The Long Blue Line: Danny Hahn

Daniel “Danny” Hahn came from a family long associated with the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland. He served 50 years continuously at the Yard and set the record as the longest-serving wage grade civilian in Coast Guard history. He died in 2017 but will always be remembered as a hard-working Coast Guard civilian who served with distinction as a member of the long blue line.

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This blog is part of a  series  honoring the long blue line of Coast Guard men and women who served before us. Stay tuned as we highlight the customs, traditions, history and heritage of the Coast Guard.

Written by William H. Thiesen, Ph.D.
Coast Guard Atlantic Area Historian

Danny Hahn mans the Central Tool Room at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Md. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Danny Hahn mans the Central Tool Room at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Md. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Daniel “Danny” Hahn served with distinction at the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay, Maryland. He came from a family long associated with the Yard. His father served at the Yard for 30 years and met his wife through a co-worker at the Yard. Five of Hahn’s uncles served lengthy careers at the Yard, and Hahn’s grandson currently serves as a supervisor in the Yard’s Paint Shop. In fact, Danny Hahn was born in a house just outside the main gate in 1933.

Photo of Daniel Hahn provided by the Hahn family.
Photo of Daniel Hahn provided by the Hahn family.

Hahn began his career at the Yard while still a student at Baltimore’s Glen Burnie High School. At the time, he worked as a shipyard apprentice. After graduating, during the Korean War, he interrupted his Coast Guard career to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. He returned to the Yard in 1955 and married his wife Thelma that same year. After a few months, he chose to work elsewhere for a little over a year before returning to the Yard for good.

For the next 30 years, Hahn worked as an electrician as a member of the Yard’s Electric Shop staff. In 1990, he became Tool Room Mechanic as a staff member of the Yard’s Central Tool Room. Hahn helped with some of the Yard’s best-known construction programs. These included the service’s 41-foot utility boats, 82-foot and 95-foot patrol boats, 100-foot buoy tender Azalea, 157-foot coastal buoy tenders, five of the 210-foot medium-endurance cutters, and 160-foot construction tenders.

In 2007, Hahn had served 50 years continuously at the Yard, receiving accolades from Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger and President George Bush. In May 2011, Hahn retired from the Yard with 54 years of service. During his Coast Guard career, he set the record as the longest-serving wage grade civilian in Coast Guard history.

During Hahn’s lengthy career, the Coast Guard Yard built and maintained all kinds of watercraft, from boats to buoy tenders, cutters and Barque Eagle. In 2017, Hahn died leaving behind his wife of over 60 years, three children, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Daniel Hahn was one of the many hard-working Coast Guard civilians who have served with distinction as members of the long blue line.

Danny Hahn stands with his wife Thelma and members of his family and yard-mates at his 50-year anniversary ceremony at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Md. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Danny Hahn stands with his wife Thelma and members of his family and yard-mates at his 50-year anniversary ceremony at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Md. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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