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the helicopter anti-submarine war- fare tactics we know today. Later in 1946, Stewart Graham was trans- ferred to the Coast Guard’s Rotary Wing Development Unit in Elizabeth City, NC. There he served as Executive Officer and chief test pilot. Graham continued to push the envelope of helicopter opera- tions and was involved in several dar- ing helicopter rescues. One of these missions was the rescue of eighteen survivors of a Sabena Airlines DC-4 which had crashed in Gander, Newfoundland. Another mission was the first night time medevac flight. This flight required using the phosphorescence of the waves on the shore of the Outer Banks to navi- gate. Still another mission was the first night hoist pick-up which res- cued three people from the fishing vessel Kimtoo (Commander Stewart Ross Graham Official Coast Guard Historian’s Office Biography, n.d.). These rescues gave significant pub- licity to the fledgling helicopter which was considered impractical by many people at the time. In 1951, Graham’s expertise was again requested by the Navy. He was trans- ferred to Naval Air Development Squadron One (VX-1) in Key West, FL to teach Navy helicopter pilots and crew members anti-submarine warfare tactics.


In 1952, Graham moved on to the Naval Air Test


Center at Patuxent River, MD as head of the Rotary Wing Section in the Tactical Test Division (Graham, S., Wolfpack, n.d.).


Stewart


Graham later returned to Coast Guard operational flying positions in both seaplanes and helicopters serving as an Assistant Operations Officer and Executive Officer of Coast Guard units in Florida, Newfoundland and Massachusetts. In 1960, Stewart Graham


retired from the Coast Guard at the rank of commander. His distin- guished rotary wing career included


many firsts highlighted by develop- ing both shipboard helicopter oper- ations and helicopter anti-subma- rine warfare.


Among Graham’s


many awards and honors are two Air Medals, a Distinguished Flying Cross, a commission as a “Knight in the Order of Leopold” from Belgium (for his part in the 1946 Sabena Airline rescue) and induc- tion into both the Coast Guard Aviation Hall of Fame and the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor. Now in his nineties, Stewart Graham resides in Maine with his wife.


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