Kevin Dougherty is
The Singing Seabee
Navy Veteran Kevin Dougherty is the Singing Seabee!
Kevin was first dubbed "the Singing Seabee" in 1990 during his tour in Saudi Arabia, right before Desert Storm. He was invited to perform for President Bush and 5,000 fellow troops at a Thanksgiving dinner and got to meet the President and Tom Brokaw. He was featured on CNN and the Armed Forces Radio. A Navy Seabee for 22 years, he often sang to the troops to boost morale. Kevin’s last tour was aboard the USS CONSTITUTION in Boston where he retired in 2005 as the Ship’s Carpenter and Command Duty Officer.
After the Navy, Kevin became a professional, over-the-road, truck driver throughout all of the lower 48 states until he began serving Veterans at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital as a Center for Development & Civic Engagement Specialist and Events Coordinator in 2009.
His musical talent earned first place for multimedia video and original song, “She’s a Veteran, Too” in the 2015 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. He won first place gold medals for patriotic music performances in the 2018 and 2019 festivals and first place gold medal for his country music solo in 2020 and gold medals/first place for his original music POW/MIA gold medal/first place for patriotic music, "Proud to Be An American" in 2021. Kevin won a gold medal in the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in 2023 for his rendition of "Some Gave All". He was honored to sing for President George H. W. Bush and has performed the National Anthem for numerous ceremonies including Walter Cronkite’s Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony, the Boston Red Sox, and the Boston Celtics. He was a finalist in the fiercely competitive 2018 Bruins search for a National Anthem singer.
He has received numerous U.S. Navy Achievement Awards for Outstanding Performance and Leadership. In 2017 he was named “VHA Employee of the Year” by the Massachusetts Disabled American Veterans. In 2018 he received the "Unsung Hero Award" from the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board (GFEB) for Excellence in Government. Kevin completed his Masters in Transportation and Logistics from American Military University where he was honored with AMU’s Distinguished Graduate Award of 2018 for character, accomplishment, service and leadership.