||Wendell R. Benson received the Marconi
Memorial Gold Medal of Achievement, "to honor a U.S. Merchant Marine Radio
Officer and his technical operations ashore..." Mr. Benson's career included service
in the Naval Armed Guard in World War 2. He later served as a Navy radioman and, for many
years, a shipboard radio officer aboard merchant ships. He served ashore in the airline
industry as well as a marine coastal station operator and supervisor, most notably with
the well-known New York harbor station, WSF.
|Al Gross received the Marconi Memorial
Gold Medal of Achievement "to honor his important work in Radio Communications
and engineering." Mr. Gross can rightly be called the father of personal
communications. Prior to World War 2, he developed a hand-held, high-frequency
transceiver--possibly the world's first "walkie-talkie." In World War 2 he
developed miniature radios for the Office of Strategic Services as well as the earliest
military walkie-talkies. After the war he went on to develop many other personal
communications devices including the world's first pocket-pager ("beeper").
||Walter H. Prang received the Marconi
Memorial Gold Medal of Achievement, to "honor a U.S. Merchant Marine Radio
Officer and his technical operations ashore..." Mr. Prang began his seagoing career
in the engine room, before becoming a Radio Officer. After serving at sea as a Radio
Officer, he came ashore to spend the rest of his career training countless Radio and
Electronics Officers in the increasingly complex world of communications and navigation
equipment. Along with fellow VWOA member Paul Anselmo, he helped establish and expand the
training operations of the American Radio Association.
|Henry Paulisen (SK) received the David
Kintzer Memorial Award Plaque in recognition of his many years of service to the VWOA.
Mr. Paulisen had been honored with the Marconi Memorial Gold Medal of Achievement
in 1969 in recognition of his service as FCC Engineer in Charge of New York.