Category: History

The Coast Guard Celebrates Black History Month

Post Written by LTJG Virginia Hudgins, Coast Guard Diversity Workforce Staff Throughout the month of February, the Coast Guard will be celebrating Black History Month (BHM) with a special emphasis on the theme, “The History of Black Economic Empowerment”. This theme outlines the struggle of African Americans to overcome socioeconomic and racial barriers to achieve

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WWII Coast Guardsman honored for heroism

Storekeeper Second Class Richard Swanson was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his role in the February 3, 1943 rescue of 93 survivors from the S.S. Dorchester after their ship was torpedoed off the coast of Greenland. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) Earlier this week, Storekeeper Second Class Richard N. Swanson was awarded the

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History – LT Thomas James Eugene Crotty: A Coast Guard Leader, Hero and Prisoner of War

At the Academy, Crotty excelled in leadership and athletics. During his senior year, he served as class president, company commander and captain of the football team. Graduation in 1934 proved to be the last time many of Crotty’s classmates and friends would see him. (Coast Guard Academy Tide Rips, 1934) Post Written by By William

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History – LTJG Joe Tezanos

Post written by William H. Thiesen, Ph.D, Coast Guard Atlantic Area Historian Ensign Joe Tezanos (U.S. Coast Guard photo) In the spring of 1942, 22-year-old Joseph Tezanos, a factory worker and Spanish immigrant, enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. His life would change forever. By the end of the decade, Tezanos would be a highly

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Honoring a Proud Guardian Tradition of Service and Sacrifice During Wartime: World War I 1917-1919

USRC Miami, circa 1912. Renamed the Tampa in 1916 USCGC Tampa crewmembers, probably 1918 After the merger of the Revenue-Cutter Service and the Life Saving Service, the newly formed United States Coast Guard consisted of just 5,200 officers and men. In 1917, the tiny service was transferred to the United States Navy for World War

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History – USCG Destroyers in Prohibition

Post written by Chris Havern, Staff Historian On January 17, 1920, “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes” was declared illegal by Constitutional amendment. The era generally known as Prohibition

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History – Special Collections

Post Written By Jeffrey Bowdoin, Collections Manager, & Scott Price, Deputy Historian. One of our charters is to collect, preserve and promote Coast Guard history and we do that through collecting all kinds of material, including official records, manuals, newspaper articles, historical artifacts and official photographs. But I think one of our most important activities

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History – Fresnel Lenses

This month’s history post comes from the Coast Guard Curatorial Services Program. The program’s curator ensures the proper collection, preservation, security, accountability and use of the Coast Guard’s historically significant artifacts and art. The Coast Guard Museum on the Coast Guard Academy grounds in New London, Connecticut, as well as other museums and exhibit centers

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Guardian SEALs

Today, two Guardians made history by being the first Coast Guardsmen to graduate from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs, sometimes better known as BUD/S. Although this is just one major milestone in their extensive training, it is an impressive one – not only for the members but also for the Coast Guard. Read more about the Guardian

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Then and Now Part 3: Shedding Light on Navigation

Post written by LTJG Ryan T. White Let’s go back in time once more; further back than we’ve ever gone before, to a time before the U.S. Life Saving Service; back even before the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service. It’s August 7, 1789 and we have witnessed the creation of the U.S. Lighthouse Service. Prior to

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