We know there are viable threats that can happen on U.S. soil, but what about those with a maritime nexus? The Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team West out of San Diego trains in tactical operations year round maintaining high levels of marksmanship, fast-roping and small boat maneuvering. Recently they traveled to the small town of Cordova, Alaska, to help the city and state of Alaska stay ready while also practicing their own missions in the unique environment that Alaska offers.
Author: Petty Officer Diana Sherbs
During World War II, the Coast Guard cutter Thetis (WPC-115) was one of 11 cutters credited with sinking U-boats. One of the “B”-Class 165-foot cutters and the namesake of its class, Thetis is all but forgotten by most histories of the Coast Guard.
After a German U-boat torpedoed Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, the ship sank with all 130 men in 1918 off the coast of England. In 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order to allow the awarding of the Purple Heart to be retroactive for actions after April 5, 1917, an award that had been restored to use 14 years after Tampa sank. However, Tampa was overlooked until 1999. In May 2019, 10 families of Tampa crew members were presented Purple Hearts to honor their family members’ service to the country.
Coast Guard aviators have always been at the forefront of technological change. So it should come as no surprise that 100 years ago, Elmer F. Stone became a driving force behind early Coast Guard aviation and served as a pilot in the Navy’s NC Seaplane Squadron One where he became the first man to pilot an aircraft across the Atlantic.