Capt. Paul W. Welker, USCG (Ret)
(Biography as published by Beckman-Williamson Funeral Homes)
September 24, 1922 - September 12, 2012
Paul, after graduating from the Admiral Farragut Naval Preparatory Academy on Toms River, New Jersey, attended and graduated from the U.S. COAST GUARD ACADEMY in 1945. After a five-year tour of duty in Alaska on the USCG Cutters CEDAR, based at Dutch Harbor, the ONONDAGA, and BITTERSWEET at Kodiak and the HEMLOCK and Executive Officer at Base Ketchikan, Alaska. He was next assigned as Officer-in-Charge of the Port Security Card Issuing Office at Pier 9, New York City, then Executive Officer, Port Security Unit, Ellis Island New York.
He completed advanced training in Atomic, Biological and Chemical Weapons; Radiological Safety; Atomic Defense and Explosive Loading; and Fire Fighting. His next assignments were Commanding Officer and Captain of the Port of U. S. Coast Guard Station, Sabine Pass, Texas; Executive Officer/Commanding Officer of the USCG Cutter SEBAGO, Mobile, Alabama; Commanding Officer, Officer Personnel Section, Washington, D.C. where he published an article entitled "Will I Be Promoted?"; Group Commander, Captain of the Port, and Commanding Officer Base Miami Beach, Florida; Commanding Officer of the USCG Cutter BIBB, Boston, Massachusetts; the ship and crew were transferred to the U. S. Navy's 7th Fleet for combat assignment in SE Asia; and then returned to the U.S. Coast Guard for service on Ocean Station BRAVO, North Atlantic Ocean.
Paul voluntarily retired from the United States Coast Guard on 01 January 1970. He attended Florida International University for advanced studies while teaching at Miami Military Academy and Basset Academy, a school for children with learning disabilities. One of his proudest achievements was he was successful in raising the academic level of twenty students two grades. Upon the death of the owner and headmaster, the school was closed.
In 1972, he joined Sid Mass Restaurant Enterprises as Manager of Operations, supervising the acquisition, decor, food and beverage stock and the opening of two new restaurants on Miami Beach; THE FISHERY, in the Sheraton Beach Hotel; the LUAU II, in the Marco Polo Hotel.
In April 1973, he joined RCA Service Company as Manager of the Marine Department of the AUTEC Project on Andros Island, The Bahamas. The Atlantic Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) is a joint project of the governments of the Bahamas, United Kingdom and United States to develop and test the Mark 48 torpedo in the deep water range in the Tongue of the Ocean off Andros Island. In November 1976, RCA announced his promotion to Manager of Marine Operations. In May 1979, he joined Treasure Cay Ltd., on Great Abaco, The Bahamas as manager reporting to the company president with responsibilities in the development, construction, and operation of the marine facilities and marina. In addition he was responsible for the employment and training of indigenous labor utilized in a fivefold area expansion. July 1982, Paul joined Vector Research Company of Bethesda, Maryland at their field office in Cape Canaveral, Florida, as Marine Operations Manager.
February 1984, he joined Global Associates as Manager, Marine Operations at the U.S. Army Missile Range (USAKA), Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. He departed Kwajalein after a completion of a five-year contract. August 1989, he joined Raytheon Service Company and participated in the proposal for the Maintenance and Operations contract on Johnson Atoll, where an environmentally pure nuclear and: chemical waste disposal plant was recently completed. When Raytheon was awarded the contract, he was appointed as one of the ten initial managers for the Pacific Operation of Raytheon Services Nevada. He managed the operation and maintenance of the Residential Services Departments of the Department of Energy; the Defense Nuclear Agency; and the U. S. Army Chemical Activity Disposal Site on Johnson Atoll. In October 1991, he decided not to renew his contract for health reasons and "retired again" returning home to Melbourne, Florida.
Paul and Laurajean were married June 23, 1945 and have four sons, Paul, Peter, Matthew and Luke; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:30AM, Friday, September 21, 2012 at Ascension Catholic Church in Melbourne, FL.
Interment will be held at the Florida National Cemetery at 2:30PM, Friday, September 21, 2012 with Full Military Honors.