August 3, 2018 - I received this email from Don Uptagrafft this morning.
It is with great regret that I write to inform you of the passing of my grandfather, CDR James G Wilcox. His obituary may be found here:
He was preceded in death by his wife Millie of 70 years. She passed away on April 30th. A memorial has not yet been prepared. As per their wishes, we plan to conduct a joint burial at sea with their close family present.
He spoke fondly of the last reunion into his final days. Please inform all shipmates. Semper Paratus!
Cdr Wilcox, a native of Wisconsin, enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard during the early years of World War II. He was just 17 years old at the time. After basic training he was sent to Radioman school. His first assignment was aboard a Coast Guard manned troop transport. He sailed first into the Pacific Theater and then made trips into the Atlantic and back to the Pacific.
In the late 1950's he obtained his commission and spent several years in the 13th District, eventually commanding several black hull cutters. SEBAGO was his first, and only, white hull command. He and his family made Pensacola their home in 1970, and he remained there many years after retiring.
He and his bride, Millie, lived in the Melbourne, Florida, area for the past several years. She passed away on April 30th and Cdr Wilcox crossed the bar on July 15th. The couple will be buried at sea in a private ceremony.
Those of us from SEBAGO that sailed with Cdr James Wilcox Jr. all have stories to tell, but the best are likely the ones unknown to us. He invested 30 years in our Coast Guard and he started from a wartime perspective that most of us never fully appreciated when we served with him.
I'm sure that all of the Sebago Sailors extend the condolences to the Wilcox family.
"Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea."
- Lord Alfred Tennyson