Today, he remains one of the Coast Guard’s last MIAs. Records indicate that Jimmy Crotty was the only active duty Coast Guardsman that fought the Japanese at Bataan and Corregidor, operations that merited authorization of the Defense of the Philippines battle streamer for the Coast Guard.
In 1897, eight whaling ships became trapped in pack ice near Point Barrow, Alaska. Concerned that the ships’ 265 crewmembers would starve to death, the whaling companies appealed to President William McKinley to send a relief expedition.
William H. Thiesen, Historian, Coast Guard Atlantic Area His keen presence of mind and discerning judgment in a grave emergency undoubtedly prevented the successful culmination of hostile intrigue designed to sabotage our national war effort. Legion of Merit Medal citation, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class John C. Cullen, 1943 The accolades above recognize John C. Cullen,
On the evening of March 8, 1973, Coast Guard cutter Dauntless made the Coast Guard’s first seizure of a marijuana smuggler when it stopped the sport fisherman Big L at the western edge of the Bahamas.
The story of the Scottish-born Rennie brothers, who joined the Coast Guard together in 1942.
With that burning passion, she walked up Broadway Avenue, where she had recently seen the Armed Forces Recruiting Office, determined to enter the first service she came to. The recruiting sign “Coast Guard SPARS” caught her eye and, as the saying goes, “the rest is history.”
Master Chief Angela M. McShan, a 20-year veteran of the Service, was the first African-American woman to achieve the enlisted rank of master chief and was a distinguished role model for the Coast Guard’s core values. Later this year, she will be honored as namesake of the new Fast Response Cutter Angela McShan.
Truman R. Strobridge, the first Coast Guard historian, passed away at his home in Jacksonville, Florida, July 21, 2019. Truman Strobridge’s varied career is one that few, if any, in the Federal Government can match. He is one of the reasons the long history of the U.S. Coast Guard has garnered greater attention from historians as well as the American public.
William H. Thiesen, Historian Coast Guard Atlantic Area Thirty years ago on Good Friday, March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez steamed into a reef at 12 knots opening eight of her 10 oil storage tanks to the pristine waters of Prince William Sound, Alaska. The resulting spill of 15 million gallons of crude oil became
In World War II, the allies fought for freedom on the battlefields of Europe, but also on the seas and islands of the Pacific. For more than seven decades, the Indo-Pacific region has shown us its critical strategic importance.