RMCM Michael “Mike” Lachman was born in Brooklyn, NY on October 20th, 1942 and grew up in Aurora, Colorado. Mike enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard voluntarily soon after his 20th birthday, in 1962 with the aims of service to his country, seeing the world and protection of the public and the environment in coastal regions. He attended Radio School in Groton, Conn. earning his speed key certificate as well as off and on line crypto designations. Like many other Coasties, he served broadly: CG AirSta Miami, CGC Balsam, RadSta Adak- Alaska, CGC Mendota, RadSta Pungo-VA Beach, VA, CGC Ingham, CCGDSeven Miami, O’CCGDTwelve –Alameda, CA
In his service RadioMan Lachman was often touted for his “can do” attitude and devotion to his work. “He is without a doubt one of the finest technical radio specialists in the Coast Guard..While RMC Lachman’s actions were highly commendable, they are only indicative of his regular performance of duty”
His Commendations include: Coast Guard Achievement Medal with “O” Device, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross), Vietnam Service Medal with Two Bronze Stars, Presidential Unit Citation (Navy), Navy Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for service on the Mendota in Market Time Operations, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, National Defense Service Medal, Cutterman’s Insignia (Silver), Four Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals
In Addition: Mike received a Letter of Appreciation for superior performance of duty to the 7th CG District and another Letter of Appreciation from Cmdr Group Miami in praise of his organizing and administering training to 40 CG Auxiliarists from CG Auxiliary Division VI to stand watches at Group Miami Communications Center as well as manning CG Auxiliary RadSta Key Biscayne, an integral part of CG Group Miami’s Search and Rescue Operations.
Mike retired in 1982 and was actually retired longer than he served. His technical skills acquired in the Coast Guard served him well, as post-retirement he worked first for the Pacific Stock Exchange in San Francisco and designed and implemented the upgrade to the trading floor operations. He remained in the field of Information Technology and worked for Johnson Controls, PageNet and lastly PayChex for the past 8 + years.
Mike devoted his life to his work, his wife and beloved companion of 37 years, Jill, and to the couple’s three dogs. After a year-long brave fight with COPD and Emphysema, Mike passed away peacefully on November 20, 2016 at home in Long Beach, California while listening to his favorite song-Dave Brubeck Quartet’s “Take Five” –along with sounds of his favorite NFL team-the Miami Dolphins-starting their game. Then, as always, Jill and the dogs were by his side. He leaves also a brother and a sister. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a contribution in his name to your favorite charity please do so. Let it be your choice to support who you feel in your heart deserves some recognition. Mike liked underdogs.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to have Mike's Obituary published. I have attached it as well as a picture of RMCM Michael "Mike" Lachman.
In addition, I did not put it on the Obituary I wrote but if anyone wishes to contact me about Mike, share any memories or stories I would like that very much as Mike was quiet about his service.
I did not put that on the Obituary as I did not know if it was appropriate and what the mechanism is for that sort of contact-whether you prefer folks go thru you guys or contact me directly. If you prefer that folks contact me directly that is not a problem.
People can contact me:
6319 Lewis Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90805
I authorize you to put a note that if folks wish to contact me to share memories or stories to please have them contact me at the above listed address.
Thank you once again so very much,
RMCM Mike Lachman