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.
During a search on the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, Dennis Noble unearthed a rescue by a forgotten hero. This forgotten hero will soon have a fast response cutter named after him: Charles C. Moulthrope.
The Revenue Cutter Service purchased the first Reliance at the start of the Civil War. Since then, the service has commissioned three cutters bearing the namesake “Reliance.” Soon, the fifth cutter to bear the name Reliance as one of the Coast Guard’s newest 360-foot Offshore Patrol Cutters. Learn more about Reliance’s distinguished history in this week’s Long Blue Line blog.
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. ThiesenCoast Guard Atlantic Area Historian In 1875, while serving in Alaska on board the U.S. Revenue
This week’s Long Blue Line article reminds us how powerful and destructive hurricanes can be. In 1938, the Great New England Hurricane blew in from North Carolina and made its way to Massachusetts. This was the most destructive storm to hit New England.
Chief Warrant Officer Amy Barringer made history June 1, 2019, when she became the first active duty female warrant officer in her specialty.
The U.S. Coast Guard’s predecessor service, U.S. Life Saving Service, headed by Sumner Kimball was divided into a unique district system to administer its network of boat stations. By 1881, the Life Saving Service had 183 stations that were organized into 12 districts. Today the Coast Guard operates with nine districts that make up the Area command structure (Atlantic and Pacific areas). Learn more about the changes in organization in this week’s Long Blue Line blog.