James “Jimmy” Coleman Jr, president of the board of directors of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, was presented with the 2012 Spirit of Hope award for his selfless dedication and unwavering leadership to establish a National Coast Guard Museum that will honor the commitment, accomplishments, and sacrifices of Coast Guard men and women.
Coleman was among six recipients of the Spirt of Hope award one for each branch of the military and Secretary of Defense presented on Nov. 19 during the 2012 Spirit of Hope Award Ceremony at the Pentagon Library in Washington, D.C.
Each branch of the armed services nominates someone for the award, which recognizes volunteer efforts for the military. The Spirit of Hope honor is named after comedian Bob Hope, who dedicated countless hours to the men and women of the armed services through his work with the USO.
“I am deeply honored to be recognized by the United States Coast Guard with the prestigious Spirit of Hope award,” said James Coleman. “It is with great pride and humility that I accept this recognition on behalf of all the dedicated volunteers and Coasties devoted to seeing a National Coast Guard Museum honoring our brave men and women protecting the liberty, safety, security and values of our homeland. We do this together for them. Semper Paratus!”
A resident of New Orleans, James Coleman, Jr. has also served on the Coast Guard Foundation board since 1997.