Eagan, Lance A.

Lance A. Eagan, Commander, USCG
February 20, 1940 – September 15, 1993

Commander Lance A. Eagan graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1962 and upon commissioning served in-the North Atlantic aboard the USCGC BARTARIA. He received his Naval Aviator wings in 1965 and was assigned to Air Station Brooklyn, NY; there he flew the HU-16E Albatross and the HH-52A helicopter. He was among the first group of Coast Guard Aviators to volunteer to serve in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force flying rescue missions. Upon his return to the Coast Guard, Commander Eagan became an HH-3F instructor pilot at the Aviation Training Center in Moblie, AL. After earning his Master’s Degree in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School his next duty assignment was as Assistant Chief, Enlisted Assignment Branch at Coast Guard Headquarters.

Returning to the cockpit he served as Executive Officer of Air Station Savannah, GA. and then as Executive Officer of Air Station Kodiak, AK. Prior to coming to Cape May, Commander Eagan attended and was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force’s Air War College.

Commander Eagan has been awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal (with 10 oak leaf clusters), a Combat Action Ribbon, two Letters of Commendation, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal {with 4 bronze stars) and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross {with palm).

Lance A. Eagan was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on September 15, 1993 at the age of 53.

He served in the U. S. Coast Guard as an exchange pilot with the USAF 37th ARRS in Vietnam in 1969.

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