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  • 1996 Awards
    in the airline industry as well as a marine coastal station operator and supervisor most notably with the well known New York harbor station WSF Al Gross received the Marconi Memorial Gold Medal of Achievement to honor his important work in Radio Communications and engineering Mr Gross can rightly be called the father of personal communications Prior to World War 2 he developed a hand held high frequency transceiver possibly the world s first walkie talkie In World War 2 he developed miniature radios for the Office of Strategic Services as well as the earliest military walkie talkies After the war he went on to develop many other personal communications devices including the world s first pocket pager beeper Walter H Prang received the Marconi Memorial Gold Medal of Achievement to honor a U S Merchant Marine Radio Officer and his technical operations ashore Mr Prang began his seagoing career in the engine room before becoming a Radio Officer After serving at sea as a Radio Officer he came ashore to spend the rest of his career training countless Radio and Electronics Officers in the increasingly complex world of communications and navigation equipment Along with fellow VWOA member Paul Anselmo

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  • 1997 Awards
    in honoring a U S Merchant Marine Officer and his technical operations ashore Sam is a past president of the VWOA having held that office from 1988 through 1991 He first went to sea in 1934 aboard the S S Melrose and remained at sea throughout WW2 In 1946 he came ashore and joined coastal station WSL From 1954 through 1979 he started and ran Southhampton Electronics providing products and

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  • 1998 Awards
    Seaman s Church Institute amateur radio club A Navy veteran Mr Ehrlich is employed by the New York City Transit Authority Douglas S Stivison received the DeForest Audion Memorial Gold Medal of Dedication in recognizing his outstanding dedication to the Veteran Wireless Operators Association Mr Stivison is the current vice president of the VWOA and has served on the VWOA board of directors since 1986 He holds amateur radio callsign NR1A and is a well known author of many books and magazine articles about technology Herman Arond received the David Kintzer Memorial Award Plaque in recognition of his 16 years of service as Treasurer of the VWOA The citation recognized his avid unselfish cooperation while maintaining high standards of integrity The award was presented to Mr Arond by Mrs Jolanda Kintzer widow of David Kintzer Mr Arond is a retired radio officer and high school mathematics teacher In 1989 Mr Arond was awarded the VWOA s highest award the Marconi Memorial Gold Medal of Service to honor him for his 24 years as a radio officer in war and peace Francis T Cassidy received an Honorary Life Membership in the VWOA in recognition of his tenth year as Chairman of

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  • 1999 Awards
    route Bernie joined Western Union and eventually ITT from which he retired as as Corporate Manager of Safety Fire Prevention and Environmental Health after a distinguished career documenting and addressing the dangers of microwaves PCB s VDT radiation and other workplace hazards Walter J Kane III received the Marconi Gold Medal of Achievement The medal is inscribed Presented to Walter J Kane III recognizing his alertness to radio signals that saved a life at sea may 21 1999 Miles D MacMahon received the Marconi Gold Medal of Achievement in recognition of his accomplishments as a professor university administrator and educational innovator Dr MacMahon an alumnus of Hoffman Island served as a radio operator aboard Liberty Ships and troopships in WW2 He was also an Army RADAR instructor before earning a doctorate in Physics from Rutgers and embarking on a distinguished career as a university physics professor at Rutgers and a professor administrator and innovator at Essex County College In an academic career spanning 25 years Dr MacMahon introduced many innovative programs to expand life long learning beyond the classroom Alan M Ehrlich received the David Kintzer Memorial Award in recognizing his outstanding dedication to the Veteran Wireless Operators Association Mr

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  • Barry Goldwater
    He joined the VWOA in 1966 fully qualifying as a veteran member for his military service as both pilot and radio operator in the Air Service later the Air Force In 1968 he accepted our highest award the Marconi Gold Medal Four years later in 1972 he accepted the office of Honorary President He held the office for 27 years Barry will certainly be remembered for his political views but I am certain that he will be remembered even longer for his character His politics are well known He lost the 1964 national presidential election a loss universally attributed to his outspoken conservatism He was lambasted at the time as too extreme only to find that his problem was not the extremity of his views so much as timing President Reagan one of the most popular presidents in history ultimate ly ran and served on a platform of smaller government and greater personal responsibility which was modeled on Barry Goldwater s platform Barry was in many ways simply ahead of his time Though a losing presidential candidate he was also virtually single handedly responsible for the redefinition of the power base of his own party shifting it squarely away from the Northeast into the South and West This power shift was in many ways directly responsible for the growing strength of his party in later years Although routed in the 1964 general election Barry Goldwater will be remembered for a legacy of political achievement that escaped the man who defeated him for the White House Both Colin Powell and General Norman Schwartzkopf have repeatedly credited much of the victory in Operation Desert Storm directly to the reorganization of the American military after Viet Nam Barry Goldwater and Sam Nunn of Georgia together studied the operational problems with military command that plagued our forces in Viet Nam and they worked tirelessly to change them in order to allow for much faster must more flexible and much more effective strategic and tactical decision making It may be one of the great ironies of American history that possibly Barry Goldwater s greatest single contribution to our nation may well be the revitalization of the military after the Viet Nam defeat And Barry achieved this by studying the mistakes made in Viet Nam by the man who defeated him in the race for the White House Lyndon Johnson Goldwater received a tremendous amount of criticism for his Senatorial votes against the landmark Civil Rights legislation of the 1960 s The interesting thing is that he was anything but a bigot anything but a racist His opposition to the legislation stemmed from his fundamental belief in restricting the size scope and reach of federal power He felt deeply that Washington should not legislate morality should not control every lunch counter bus and classroom in the nation even if the goal of the legislation itself was undeniably good and noble And Barry never missed an opportunity to say that he felt the goal of the Civil

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