Harbormaster honored for helping veterans

Updated: Jun 14, 2018

BY DYKE HENDRICKSON Staff Writer The Daily News

Harbormaster Paul Hogg was recently honored by the Massachusetts Special Events Division of the 101st Airborne Division. Dick George, a Newburyport resident and head of the small special events unit, made the informal presentation in front of the harbormaster headquarters on the waterfront. George, an Army veteran, said Hogg was instrumental in aiding veterans on fishing trips they take on the Atlantic. George said about 45 veterans went on a fishing voyage July 11. George and a colleague, Dick Kelley, raised money for the trip. Hogg’s harbormaster vessel led them toward the fishing area.

“We try to do what we can for veterans,” Hogg said. “They had a group here and my boat, as well as one from the Coast Guard, escorted them. “The veterans seemed to appreciate it,” he said. “My brother just retired after 29 years in the Army, so I appreciate the service of veterans.” George said he has been involved in veterans affairs since his discharge from the 101st Airborne in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in 1958. He served as adjutant to the president of the New England chapter of the 101st Airborne from about 2001 to 2008. George has continued to help veterans and their families in the Boston area and North Shore. He was involved in a fundraising effort in Boston, helping families of veterans find housing when the vets are being treated at a veterans hospital. George also raised money for Hugs for Heroes, a program that encouraged young people to send packages of needed personal items to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

[ Dick George pictured with the Newburyport Harbormaster Paul Hogg ]

He created the Massachusetts Special Events wing of the 101st Airborne in 2013 to continue providing service to veterans. George has organized several fishing trips for vets, which he said are much appreciated — including the latest trip. “Every veteran caught a huge amount of fish, the most ever taken,” he said. Kevin Hunt, who runs the Department of Veterans Services in Newburyport, praised George’s efforts. “Dick George has done good work for the veterans, and they really appreciated the recent fishing trip,” Hunt said.

Dick George presents a certificate of appreciation to Hogg. Photo courtesy of The Daily News