Texas Navy Friends and Colleagues:
Please join us Thursday evening, May 3 at 1900 at Rosenberg Library in Galveston, to recognize Capt. Frank Dietz as he receives his formal commission from the Governor of Texas as an Admiral in the Texas Navy.
Captain Dietz, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, holds a 100-ton Master’s License and operates a retired 82-foot Coast Guard Patrol Boat, that he uses with the Sea Scouts program to enable scouts to meet their qualifications. He also operates the 60-foot sternwheel paddleboat Yellowstone on the San Bernard River in Brazoria County. Yellowstone and Captain Dietz appear in the recent Texas Navy Association production, How the Texas Navy Saved the Revolution (above), which is distributed for free use by educators across the state.
Captain Dietz is active in a number of historical organizations, including the Brazoria Historical Commission, the Texas Historical Cemetery Guardianship Association, Brazoria County Militia, the Texas Army, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the SCV Mechanized Cavalry. Captain Dietz is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and a volunteer with the Brazoria County Cavalry (Honoring Vets and First Responders), Friends of the San Bernard River, and with the annual Veteran’s Day Parade in Brazoria County.
The Texas Navy Association is a private, 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting the historical legacy of the naval forces of the Republic of Texas, 1835-46. The mission of the Texas Navy Association is to preserve and promote an appreciation of the historic character and heroic acts of the Texas Navy; to promote travel by visitors to historical sites and areas in which the Texas Navy operated; to conduct, in the broadest sense, a public relations campaign to create a responsible and accurate image of Texas; and to encourage Texas communities, organizations, and individuals, as well as governmental entities, to participate with actions and money, in pursuit of these objectives. Membership in the Texas Navy Association is open to all persons age 16 and over who have an interest in Texas history and want to help support the goals of the organization.
In Galveston, the Charles E. Hawkins Squadron was organized in the fall of 2016, and meets on the first Thursday evening in odd-numbered months.