Coast Guard in Action: Guardians of CGC Tahoma

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Over the past week, we have brought you the stories of Guardians responding to the Haiti earthquake. Today, we bring you a simple quote from the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma along with Coast Guard images highlighting his crew in action. Together, they tell the story of the Coast Guard response as elegantly as anything we could write.

“This crew is doing some amazing things. Things they have no training or experience in. I have never seen people give so much of themselves to help others in need.” – Commander Jim Spotts, Commanding Officer, USCGC Tahoma

Jose Estrada, an Information Technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, rushes an injured Haitian girl to an awaiting Coast Guard helicopter Jan. 19, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandyn Hill)
Jose Estrada, an Information Technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, rushes an injured Haitian girl to an awaiting Coast Guard helicopter Jan. 19, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandyn Hill)
A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma provides medical aid to an evacuated Haitian refugee Jan. 18, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma provides medical aid to an evacuated Haitian refugee Jan. 18, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
Ensign Jennifer Ferreira, a deck watch officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, prepares a stretcher to transport an injured Haitian woman to the pier Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandyn Hill)
Ensign Jennifer Ferreira, a deck watch officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, prepares a stretcher to transport an injured Haitian woman to the pier Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandyn Hill)
A Haitian woman gives birth on the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma . (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
A Haitian woman gives birth on the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, Jan. 15, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma provided emergency medical treatment in a makeshift clinic in the opening days of the response. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma provided emergency medical treatment in a makeshift clinic in the opening days of the response, Jan. 14, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

3 comments on “Coast Guard in Action: Guardians of CGC Tahoma”

  1. We are looking for information on the Tahoma. I was stationed on it in 1952-53. I was one of the people who brought the original Tahoma down to Portsmouth, VA shipyards from the Great Lakes. I would like to know if this is the original Tahoma and where to get a list of names of those who were stationed on that cutter when I was. I can’t seem to locate them and feel we need to be in touch again. Hats off to all of you who are serving now and doing such a wonderful job. Bill Menz

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