Recollections From Aviators
My Life in the Coast Guard: A Conversation with CAPT David Oliver, Coast Guard Aviator #124
In September 1999 Tom Stanback sat down with CAPT David Oliver, USCG (retired) in his hometown of Wilmington, NC to discuss his career (1941-1970). The outcome of this interview was a booklet titled “My Life in the Coast Guard”.
CAPT Oliver had an interesting and diverse career from serving aboard USCGC DIONE performing coastal convoy escort duty early in WWII to earning his wings and flying anti-submarine patrols and coastal search and rescue late in WWII. He was an early convert to helicopters at Air Station Brooklyn (December 1944) and flew several important rescues at the Rotary Wing Development Unit during a pivotal time when the Coast Guard was struggling with acceptance of the helicopter as a rescue asset. In addition, he flew International Ice Patrol missions and was the CO of the first Helicopter Port Security Detachment during the Korean War. He later served at Air Detachment Kodiak, AK; Air Station San Francisco, CA; and Air Station New Orleans, LA.
Speaker: Lt. Art Ross, USCG (Ret.)
Speaker: Capt. Bob Workman, USCG (Ret.)
“I’m Bob Workman. I’m a retired Coast Guard Captain. Coast Guard aviator number is 914, and Coast Guard helicopter pilot number 458. My wife says I belong in a museum…”