Claude William Jenkins
Captain, United States Coast Guard
Captain Claude William "Bill" Jenkins, United States Coast Guard (retired), 83, a resident of Satellite Beach, Florida, died Tuesday, October 19, 2004 from complications of throat cancer at Duke Medical Center in Durham North Carolina.
He was born November 7, 1920 in Bloxom, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore to the late Winifred Somers and William Thomas Jenkins. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Sara Kathryn Jenkins. Captain Jenkins is survived by three children, Susan Jenkins Allen of Hampton, South Carolina, Karen Jenkins Polakowski and husband Robert of Satellite Beach, and Patricia Jenkins of Cary, North Carolina. He also is survived by one adored grandchild, Sarah Tucker Jenkins of Satellite Beach; and several nieces and nephews.
Captain Jenkins has been a Satellite Beach resident since 1975. During his 35 year Coast Guard career, Captain Jenkins participated in WWII, Korea and the Vietnam wars. He participated in the Normandy invasion and the landing on Omaha Beach. He was Captain of several icebreakers in the North Atlantic, many Search and Rescue ships in Moro Bay, California, Sitka, Alaska, and Mayport, Florida, and arose from the enlisted ranks after attending Officers Candidate School in New London, Connecticut. He was Captain of the Port in Savannah, Georgia, and New York City. He was an avid golfer and member of the Melbourne Beach Community Chapel, Melbourne Beach, Florida.
A celebration of his life was held on Monday, October 25th at 11 a.m. at the Melbourne Beach Community Chapel. A funeral service with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the Sara K. Jenkins Memorial Fund, Melbourne Beach Community Chapel, P.
O. Box 510695 Melbourne Beach, Florida. 32951 or the Kids Medical Club,
2210 Sarno Rd. Melbourne, Florida 32935.