This blog is part of a series leading up to the commissioning of the Coast Guard’s next national security cutter. On Aug. 8, 2015, the Coast Guard will commission the fifth national security cutter, Coast Guard Cutter James. Learn more about the James namesake in the coming weeks as Coast Guard Compass shares posts leading up the commissioning ceremony! Today, Coast Guard Compass shares the stories of those serving today who carry on the James namesake.
Written by Lt. Karen Love Kutkiewicz, D1 Public Affairs Officer
With the introduction of the newest Coast Guard National Security Cutter, the Joshua James, we set out to find out what impact Capt. Joshua James has had on the modern-day Coast Guard. Here are a few Coast Guardsmen who serve today and bear his name, whether intentionally or by coincidence.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Guthlein, son of retired Ancient Keeper Chief Warrant Officer Tom Guthlein, was appropriately stationed at Station Point Allerton a few blocks from Joshua James’s home Life Saving Station. Recently, Joshua Guthlein removed his crows, enlisted rank insignias, and reported to Officer Candidate School in New London, Connecticut, where he began his journey of becoming a commissioned officer in the Coast Guard.“We all embody the attributes of Joshua James in some way,” said Joshua Guthlein. “It is an honor and humbling at the same time to be named after the Coast Guard’s most famous lifesaver. I truly admire his ability for 60 years to perform hundreds of rescues in hazardous conditions.”“His leadership is something that sticks out in my mind, no matter what crew he took out on those daunting missions,” Guthlein continued. “He was able to make sure they were properly trained and completed their mission to the best of their ability.”
Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua R. James and his brother, a former machinery technician, followed in the footsteps of their father, retired Chief Petty Officer John James, by joining the Coast Guard. Joshua James served aboard Coast Guard cutters Tahoma, Blackfin and Key Biscayne. As a permanent cutterman and chef, he embodies the devotion to the service much like Capt. Joshua James.
“Having the name Joshua James is a great honor,” Tonneas said. “It also comes with some very large shoes to fill. I hope I am making Joshua James proud with my service, especially up here in Massachusetts.”
As a yeoman, he may not serve in a position where he directly save lives, Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua James Zwearcan proudly serves the men and women who do. Zwearcan provides customer service and administrative capability to assist members who protect and serve the American public.“It is an honor to bear the name Joshua James and to honorably serve in a service whose history is deeply enriched by Capt. Joshua James,” said Zwearcan.
When Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua James Lamphere’s parents named him, they were unaware of the Coast Guard or the significance of Joshua James. After joining the service, Lamphere learned of the Coast Guard’s history during basic training and of Joshua James.“I felt like this is what I was meant to do with my life,” said Lamphere. “I am honored to have this relation in name with one of the greatest Coast Guardsmen who has ever served. It is truly an awesome coincidence.”
Ens. Joshua James Dodson – Coast Guard Telecommunication and Information Systems Command, Alexandria, Virginia
Known for his heroism as a U.S. Lifesaving Station keeper, it is stories like Capt. Joshua James’s that provide Coast Guardsmen with the constant drive and determination to keep focused on the qualities, competencies and core values required for honorable service and leadership in the modern day Coast Guard.“It’s with honor that I share the same name as the legendary Joshua James,” said Ens. Joshua James Dodson. “It is important to me that I carry out his legacy with a devotion to duty mentality, which exemplifies honor and respect that strives for excellence.”
Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua James Hollyfield, boatswain’s mate – Coast Guard Cutter Washington, Apra Harbor, Guam
“I am proud to bear the name Joshua James,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua James Hollyfield. “The man risked his life every day to save people he never knew. He stood his watch, now it’s my turn. As a boatswain’s mate I feel I follow in that tradition as a coxswain and a cutterman.”
Capt. Thomas Morkan fondly remembers his time aboard Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba where he lived just down the street from the Hull Lifesaving Museum in Hull, Massachusetts, which was filled with Capt. Joshua James artifacts. Morkan and his wife subsequently decided to name their son after the most celebrated lifesaver in the Coast Guard.“Josh is now nine and has fully embraced the historical significance of his namesake,” said Morkan. “He has a fearless disposition that would make even Capt. Joshua James proud.”
Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua James Orbinati, boatswain’s mate – Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco
Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua James Orbinati’s grandfather’s first name was James. His grandfather was his hero and having Capt. Joshua James and his grandfather with such similarities makes it that much more special. “It’s an honor to have the same name as a man known for being the most celebrated lifesaver in the world,” said Orbinati.