From the Maryland Gazette (northern Anne Arundel Co., MD), Dec. '76: The US Army Corps of Engineers broke a precedent recently by naming a survey boat for...the late Herbert Hezekiah Linthicum, a 23-year career civilian engineer with the Baltimore District, who was born...and raised and lived...in Linthicum until his death of a heart attack on Jan. 15, 1972. Up until now, ....Corps of Engineers boats have only been... named for Maryland waterways...The unusual request needed approval from the Office of Chief of Engineers.The survey boat that bears his name is an aluminum hull, twin diesel craft measuring 45 feet long with a beam of 16 feet berthed at Ft. McHenry. The ship dedication ceremony at Ft. McHenry included Mrs. Ruth Hiltbrunner Linthicum, the engineer's widow, and their two children.Mrs. Linthicum said the honor was "just tremendous.I had no idea it was in the works."The idea was supported by Mike Kolessar of the Corps who remembers Linthicum when he was known as the "Mayor of the Eastern Shore." "I met Herb back in the 50's......He had a hell of a job in Europe in World War II-he was a forward observer.He was the greatest guy I ever met.He had a way of talking to people and they loved him immediately," said Kolessar.When the Corps faced opposition from Eastern Shore residents on a channel project, Linthicum would use his skill to gain local cooperation and solve local problems." "He'd have to go down to talk to Shore people, and he'd have a way of talking their language that made them like him.They'd feel so good, they'd load him up with oysters or crabs or whatever was in season at the time," Kolessar said. Born on April 11, 1919 in Baltimore....or Linthicum, Linthicum graduated from Glen Burnie High School in 1939.Kolessar said, "He was a beautiful person.Nobody I ever met had charisma like that."Linthicum also raised two children, both in college now."He was active in almost everything a father should be"....Scout Troop 822 and Andover Recreation Pool.Those who knew him found him willing to work without needing recognition.His hobbies were golf, camping,...hiking..., and square dancing.