It is with great sadness to report that our beloved Phil Wentz crossed the Bar on Thursday, July 14, 2022, surrounded by family and his friends. Phil Wentz was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and Mentor to many and will be dearly missed. Phil was committed to the very end. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers This loss is felt throughout the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at the National, District, Division, and beyond.
Phil was an active member of Flotilla 054-23-07, Herring Bay and has received numerous recognitions throughout his more than 47 years of service. In 2019, Phil Wentz received the D5SR Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Wentz’s life has been defined by service, beginning as a boy in the Sea Scouts. He then served in the US Navy aboard the USS Saratoga, one of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers. Following his active-duty service, Phil joined the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1974. He has served in many capacities both elected and appointed leadership roles. Just to name a few, he served as Flotilla Commander, coxswain, and DSO-OP. He is currently serving as District Auxiliary Qualifications examiner Coordinator (AQEC) for Sector MD-NCR where he manages the qualification examiners (QEs) for the boat crew program. As of 2022, Phil has been engaged in operations for the duration of his Auxiliary service and includes over 767+ surface patrol hours, and 2,567+administrative operational support hours, most of which were as a Watchstander at Sector Baltimore. Since 2020, Phil has logged 14,170+ mission hours which averages 300 hours per year for 47 years of service. Phil exemplifies the core values of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary on a grand scale. He is the embodiment of honor, respect, and devotion to duty. He is the backbone of his Flotilla and an inspiration to all his shipmates, especially the younger members. He remained devoted to duty despite any obstacle thrown his way, whether it be the limitations that come with age or even the passing of his wife after many decades of marriage.
The Wentz’s family preferred charity is the “Cancer Society.”