US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Quonset Point, RI

Dedication, CDR Richard L. Cevoli U.S. Post Office, East Greenwich, RI


On 21 October, 2007, NCBC Sea Cadets participated in the dedication ceremony of the East Greenwich Post Office, where it was formally named to honor the memory of U.S. Navy Commander Richard L. Cevoli, a native of the town. CDR Cevoli, a recipient of the Navy Cross (the Navy's second highest decoration after the Medal of Honor) served the nation as a naval aviator from 1942 to when he died in a tragic plane crash in 1955. Distinguished speakers during the event included Steven Cevoli, the eldest son of CDR Cevoli; Congressman James Langevin, (D-RI), representing Rhode Island's 2nd District; RI Governor Don Carcieri; Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Navy Captain Thomas Hudner; Michael Isaacs, president, East Greenwich town council; Rear Admiral Jacob Shuford, president, Naval War College; and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the keynote speaker for this event. The Air Force Junior ROTC honor guard from Coventry High School performed a moving POW/MIA table ceremony, and the color guard from Naval Health Clinic New England performed with the U.S. Navy Band Northeast, from Naval Station Newport. NCBC Sea Cadets assisted with parking and crowd control, performed meet and greet duties, and supplied attendees with programs as they arrived. The event closed with a farewell salute from the Rhode Island chapter of the Patriot Guard Riders (motto: "Standing for Those Who Stood for US"), who stood with their flags at full elevation during the entire duration of this event.

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