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The Long Blue Line: Cutterman John Faunce—distinguished officer of the Revenue Cutter Service

Paul H. Johnson, Librarian, Coast Guard Academy (retired) This Department in closing its official connection with Captain Faunce is happy to express to you its satisfaction at the prompt, energetic and able manner in which he has conducted his command whilst in its service.                Navy Secretary Isaac Toucey to Treasury Secretary Howell Cobb, April

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The Long Blue Line: The Ensign—Coast Guard’s brand identity since 1799!

Special Agent Keith J. Bassolino, United States Coast Guard Reserve When Alexander Hamilton established the “system of cutters” in 1790, the fleet was charged with enforcing U.S. customs laws, requiring revenue cutters to stop ships and board them. However, Hamilton’s cutters needed a way to identify themselves as federal vessels. Congress failed to appropriate funds

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The Long Blue Line: Rescue Swimmer Milam’s fight for survivors and survival in the frigid Bering Sea

CWO Kurt N. Fredrickson, United States Coast Guard Public Affairs [Editor’s note: This article by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson originally appeared in a 2007 issue of Coast Guard Magazine. It has been updated for re-publication by PACAREA Historian, Dr. David Rosen] Our crew saved four people that night . . . and then my crew saved

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The Long Blue Line: 150 years of Arctic operations and the Polar Security Cutter

William Thiesen, Historian, Coast Guard Atlantic Area If you are subjected to miserable discomforts, or even if you suffer, it must be regarded as all right and simply a part of life; like sailors, you must never dwell too much on the dangers or sufferings, lest others question your courage.                      Lt. David Jarvis, Overland Expedition

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The Long Blue Line: Edward “Iceberg” Smith—Coast Guard’s admiral of the ice!

William H. Thiesen, Historian, Coast Guard Atlantic Area To the officers of the Greenland Patrol vessels: This is your command. Your first command. Your first great chance. It is hard, responsible, vital duty. War duty. Don’t fail your country or your ship or me.                                                            Rear Admiral Edward “Iceberg” Smith, 1944 In 1944, Coast Guard Rear

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