2009-08-20 / Local & State

Retires From Coast Guard After 37 Years

Vice admiral has ties to Fulton County

A vice admiral in U.S. Coast Guard who has family ties to Fulton County retired on Aug. 10 after 37 years of service to his country.

Vice Adm. Clifford I. Pearson, son of Nellie (Mellot) Pearson, Silver Spring, Md., and formerly of Webster Mills, and the late Rear Adm. Helmer S. Pearson, officially left the Coast Guard in an impressive retirement ceremony held at the Telecommunications and Information Systems Command in Alexandria, Va.

Pearson's long service with the Coast Guard includes numerous assignments, the most recent as chief of staff U. S. Coast Guard and Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Among other service medals and awards, Pearson has received the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (two awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and the Commandant's Letter of Commendation.

Pearson is the grandson of the late Rankin and Catharine Mellott. He was baptized in June 1951 by the late Dr. Rev. David R. Hoover at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Big Cove Tannery.

Lee Glazier and his wife, Sharon, Pearson's aunt, and Dale and Esther Mellot of Shiremanstown attended the retirement ceremony

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