About Donald S. Nothem
Retired Chief Petty Officer, USCG. Prior Service Navy Engineman 3rd Class, Basic Training San Diego, Calif. 1973, Transfered to USS Coucal (ASR-8) Submarine Resque and Salvage ship built in 1940's for salvage operations with Diving Bells and Mixxed gas Divers onboard in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Did a Westpac in 1974, visiting, Yakoska, Sasabo, Japan. Pusan South Korea. Kalshong and Kelong Taiwain. Subic Bay Philipeines. Kalgondiora Mindinio. 1976 Transfered to Assult Craft Unit One, Coranado Calif and became a Coxwain and Engineer on LCVP, Landing Craft Vechicle and Personel, LCM-6 and LCM-8 Landing Craft Mechinized for Beach Landings in Surf to deliver Personel and Equipment from Ships to Shore. Discharged from the US Navy 1979 after 6 Years.
Worked on the Mississippi River out of Fountain City Wis. for the US Army Corp of Engineers on the US Dredge Thompson and Moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota and worked for The US Forest Service in Custer District first on Timber Marking Crews, then Cruising and finally Fire and Trails crew operating a John Deere 350c Trac Crawler piling brush and making Fire lines. Oct 1983 I enlisted in the US Coast Gaurd, stationed on the Mississippi River in Dubuque Iowa onboard a Buoy Tender USCGC Wyaconda (WLR-75403) marking Navigation to the river from Davenport Iowa north to St Paul Minnesota. Next in 1986 was a transfer to Astoria Oregon working as a Lighthouse Maintenance Tech at Greys Harbor, Willapa Bay, Northhead, Cape Disapointment, Columbia River LNB#10 Entrance Buoy and Cape Mears Lighthouses. Along with Columbia River Aid to Navigation Team at Astoria Or, we maintained Ranges and light structures for ships navigation up the columbia River from the Ocean Entrance.
Then in 1990 was another transfer to USCG Loran Station Searchlight Nevada and the Engineering Petty officer 1st class as the Stationary Engineer for Heating Cooling systems and Backup generators operations and maintenance of Government housing. 1993 brought another transfer to the USCGC Polar Sea(WAGB-11) in Seattle Washington onboard a US Heavy Polar Icebreaker, deploying to Antarctica and over the North pole in 1995 in the name of Science study on Climate change. 1996 was another back to Dubuque Iowa and back onboard the Buoy tender cgc Wyaconda and Mississippi River navigation this time as the Chief Engineering Petty Officer until 1999 when I transfered to St Paul Island Alaska in the Bering Sea as the Chief Engineering Petty officer at the Loran Stationuntil 2000 when I transfered to St Paul Minnesota to the Marine Safety Detachment for vessel inspections and documention on the Upper Misissippi River until I retired Feb 2001 and returned to South Dakota where I have restoring an old historic 1880 farmhouse and researching family history.