National Coast Guard Museum Association honors J.D. Power founder

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J. David Power III is shown navigating the Coast Guard icebreaker Eastwind in 1955.

J. David Power III is shown navigating the Coast Guard icebreaker Eastwind in 1955.

The National Coast Guard Museum Association presented the 2016 Alexander Hamilton Award to J. David Power III, a Coast Guard veteran and founder of J.D. Power and Associates.

The association said Power was an officer aboard the Coast Guard icebreaker Eastwind in the mid-1950s.

Power has spent almost 50 years as a pioneer in studying consumer opinions, with 40 years as founder of what has become one of the most prestigious marketing information companies in the world, the association said.

In his four years as an officer aboard Eastwind, Power helped lay the groundwork for a new understanding of the polar regions through three trips to the Arctic and one to the Antarctic, the association said. Braving volatile weather and treacherous ice, Power and his shipmates supplied scientists with valuable geophysical data.

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At a special ceremony in New London, Power was presented with the award, which is named in honor of Hamilton. He established the Revenue Cutter Service, a predecessor of the Coast Guard, in 1790.

Power, who is honorary chairman of the board of directors of the National Coast Guard Museum Inc., was recognized for his efforts in establishing the National Coast Guard Museum, which is being constructed on the historic downtown waterfront in New London, Conn.

Adm. Bob Papp, museum association director and former commandant of the Coast Guard, said Power was chosen to receive the award because of his steadfast commitment to the museum. The project is in the pre-construction design phase.

“Exemplifying the spirit reflected in Alexander Hamilton’s letter, establishing the Revenue Cutter Service, Mr. Power has led the efforts of the NCGMA to create the nation’s first national Coast Guard museum,” Papp said in a statement.

“Through his exemplary leadership, vision, and support, Mr. Power’s significant and enduring contributions have made this important museum a reality.”

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