Category: History

WWII Coast Guardsman receives Purple Heart

Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Jensen pins a Purple Heart onto the chest of WWII Coast Guardsman Harry Milton Daube. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cindy Beckert) USS Leopold at her launching in 1943. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph) World War II Coast Guardsman Harry Milton Daube, 88, the last living

Continue reading

History: The Rhode Island School for the Deaf’s Voyage on EAGLE

This month’s history post isn’t a tale of an amazing rescue or one about a Coast Guard legend. Instead, we bring you an inspiring story of compassion, leadership and love of the sea. It chronicles the adventures of six teenagers from the Rhode Island School for the Deaf on board the Coast Guard’s Barque Eagle

Continue reading

ADM Papp’s Memorial Day message

Earlier today, Admiral Papp released the following ALCOAST in recognition of Memorial Day and in honor of “the sacrifice of our fellow Coast Guardsmen who gave their lives in service to our nation.” SUBJ: Commandant’s Memorial Day Message Admiral Robert J. Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard (U.S. Coast Guard photo) 1. Shipmates, Memorial

Continue reading

The origin of Memorial Day

For many Americans, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer and an opportunity to gather with family and friends. For veterans and their families, it is a day of rememberance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country. As we head into the holiday weekend, we wanted to

Continue reading

Living the American dream: VADM Manson Brown

Vice Adm. Jody A. Breckenridge joins hands with Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown after being relieved as Pacific Area commander. Vice Adm. David Pekoske, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, presided over the ceremony. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Critchfield.) “My experience is that the Coast Guard is one

Continue reading

Armed Forces Day 2010: United In Strength

Today is Armed Forces Day 2010. Please join us in honoring all of the men and women who serve in the United States armed forces. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed

Continue reading

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche joins the fleet

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche man the rails during the ship’s commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sherri Eng) The Coast Guard commissioned the second National Security Cutter, CGC Waesche, last Friday in Alameda. Named after Coast Guard legend Admiral Russell Waesche, who served as Commandant of

Continue reading

History: Sea Language washes ashore or Why beat the rush?

The term “beat the rush” has become lexicon as millions of Americans plan to get up early enough to avoid their fellow traveler on a road trip. As summer approaches, beating the rush is sometimes the difference between a successful or failed long weekend at the beach. But, have you ever stopped to think about

Continue reading

VIDEO: Demolition of America’s largest LORAN tower

Until 1:30p.m. yesterday, the tower at Coast Guard LORAN Station Port Clarence was the largest structure in the state of Alaska and the largest LORAN tower in the United States. That was until the Coast Guard’s Civil Engineering Unit from Juneau and Controlled Demolition, Inc. conducted a demolition of the 1,350-foot Long Range Aids to Navigation tower.

Continue reading

Guardian of the Week: LTjg La’Shanda Holmes

This week’s Guardian of the Week post comes to us from Naval Air Station Whiting Field where history was made as Lieutenant (junior grade) La’Shanda Holmes had her wings pinned on and became the first African American female helicopter pilot in the United States Coast Guard. Lt. Jeanine Menze, the first African American female aviator

Continue reading