Capt. Marty Moynihan

Treasurer (2017-current)

Being Commanding Officer of INGHAM from July 1978 to June 1980 was one of the highlights of my 30 year Coast Guard career and I'm pleased to be one of her former shipmates dedicated to preserving her history.  I commanded three other cutters, including the Coast Guard's Sail Training Barque EAGLE,  the Coast Guard Loran Station on Attu Island, Alaska, and was also associated with the International Ice Patrol for ten years.  After the Coast Guard, I was the Executive Director of the Port of Richmond Deepwater Terminal and Short Line Railroad for 18 years.   

Capt. Marty Moynihan

Ben Venturella

Member, Board of Directors (2017-current)

Ben spent nine years in the USCG, five years on active duty and four years active reserves. Enlisted USCGR April 1957 in June 1958 graduated HS, ordered to active duty. Transferred from 2nd CG District St. Louis, MO to USCG Cutter INGHAM WPG-35, on September 1958 to June 1960 as an EM3 promotable EM2. US Army Corps Engineers St. Louis District 1968 to 1993 retired program manager. FEMA Disaster Assistance Employee (on-call reservist) for 13 years. Founding Member of DHS March 2003. One of the early planners on-scene during 9/11 response New York, City (Sep 13 to Oct 28) 2001. Now retired, Ben is a volunteer for the US Selective Service System as a local board member.


Pete Whitfield

Member, Board of Directors (2017-current)

I served from January 19959 to 1963.  After boot camp, my first assignment was "Oiler" on board "Absecon".  Following that assignment, I served EM School January - April 1960. After school, the rest of my enlistment was spent as EM on board INGHAM.


My wife Susan, and I live about 50 ENE of Atlanta, GA.  We have 4 children and 5 wonderful grandchildren who keep us very busy.  All of them live within a 50-mile radius of us.


Matthew S. Krainski - BS, MBA

Secretary, 2012-current

In 2004 and 2006, my father asked if I could accompany him to the USCGC INGHAM Association meetings in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. During these meetings, my father spoke about the need to include the next generation of family members, as it was the only way the INGHAM Association could continue. To that end, the by-laws were changed in 2008 to include the descendants of those who served on the INGHAM. My father, Thaddeus E. Krainski served with the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, 1942-1946, as a Chief Electrician’s Mate aboard the USCGC INGHAM in all theaters of operations, Atlantic, Mediterranean, and the Pacific. Additionally, Ted was a founding member of USCGC INGHAM Association in 1984 and was part of the group who after the ship’s decommissioning in 1988 helped convince a senate committee to make the ship a permanent memorial. They were successful and had the cutter relocated to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. where his fellow WWII veterans built a museum honoring all who served. After my father's passing in 2009, I knew the greatest tribute I could bestow upon my dad would be to become a member of his beloved INGHAM Association.  As a member, it gives me an opportunity to assure that his ship and her record, as the most decorated vessel in Coast Guard history, will continue. In 2012, I became the Secretary of the USCGC INGHAM Association, Inc. and have continued in that position for the past 6 years.


Dean Beach

Past President, 2017-2021
Chair, Board of Directors

I enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in September of 1959. I did my boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey in Company Alpha 41. In December of  '59',  I was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Marion W145 and then in May 1960 went to radar school. In October of 1960, I was assigned CGC Absecon W374. Then in May '61'  was assigned to CGC Ingham W35, serving as a radar man until discharged Aug. 30, 1963, at a rank of RD 2. After leaving the Coast Guard in March of 1965, I was accepted to attend the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Ross Leffler School of Conservation in Brockway, Pennsylvania. The school is directed by the State Game Commission. Upon graduation in February of  1966, I had various assignments, one being the Monroe County Game Protector.  I served 31 years as a Game Warden and retired in 1996. In 2007, I joined the USCGC INGHAM Association and have been actively participating ever since. It has been an honor serving as your President.