As part of The Bahamas’ 40th Independence Celebrations, Retired Defence Force Chief Petty Officer Peterson D. James, was honoured as one of the survivors of the HMBS Flamingo vessel on May 10, 1980.
Mr. James received a commemorative set of stamps depicting the crewmembers of the ill-fated voyage from the Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation, in New Providence in July.
The 65-cents stamp depicts the faces of the four crewmen – Fenrick Sturrup, David Tucker, Edward Williams and Austin Smith – who died during an attack by Cuban military MiG fighter jets after two Cuban fishing vessels were found poaching in Bahamian waters.
Mr. James expressed that while he was pleased to receive recognition during the anniversary celebrations, the tragic incident aboard the HMBS Flamingo is one that he will never forget and is one that replays in his mind from time to time.
He currently resides on Abaco as a motivational speaker and change agent for his company called Rise and Shine Motivational and Inspirational Moments, and speaks at various youth group organizations and schools. He can be contacted at 458-5451 or 365-0108.