Grand Haven Chief Petty Officers Association Challenge Coin

Grand Haven CPOA Challenge Coin designed by artist Christopher Fiore

Front Side

Grand Haven CPOA logo

The Chief’s Anchor is surrounded by ten points floating on a blue sea. The ten points represent the ten original U.S. Revenue Cutters: Vigilant, Active, General Green, Massachusetts, Scammel, Argus, Virginia, Diligence, South Carolina, and Eagle. The life ring represents the U.S. Life Saving Service. The line surrounding the coin joins the two services together to form the U. S. Coast Guard.






Back Side

Escanaba Memorial Park Grand Haven, MI

During World War II, the Escanaba was called into the war on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. On June 13, 1943 she sank following a huge explosion aboard with the loss of 101 of her 103 person crew. News of the sinking was a great loss for the people of Grand Haven. The aftermath of this event, such as the memorial service for the Escanaba’s crew, fundraising for Escanaba II, and the recovery and placement of the Escanaba’s mast in what was still Kelly Memorial Park, were some of the first occurrences that would eventually lead to the city of Grand Haven being designated as Coast Guard City U.S.A.

It was during the 1949 Coast Guard Festival Memorial Service that Mayor Martin Boon made the announcement that Kelly Memorial Park was going to be renamed Escanaba Memorial Park in commemoration of the World War II loss of the Escanaba and its 101 crewmen. The Grand Haven Chapter CPOA assists the city of Grand Haven by maintaining the memorial park.

Coin Prices -  $5.00 for Chapter Members, $10.00 Non Chapter Members, available for purchase at the monthly membership meetings or the annual CG Festival Water Tent Fundraiser