Category: History

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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Then and Now Part 2: Putting the SEARCH in Search and Rescue

Post written by LTJG Ryan T. White Let’s go back in time, to the mid-1800s, on the sparsely populated east coast. You are wearing the uniform of a surfman, assigned to a U.S. Life Saving Service station in New Jersey. It’s about 2 a.m. and winter is loosening its grip on the mid-Atlantic state. There

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What is a Coast Guard “Ancient”?

Recently, the Compass posted a story or two about the Coast Guard’s “Ancients.” As part of our 219th birthday celebration last week, we talked with the Ancient Keeper, Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Guthlein, and the Silver Ancient Albatross, Senior Chief Peter Macdougall. They answered questions about their role as an “Ancient” and what the title

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Remembering Chief Journalist Alex P. Haley: 1921-1992

Eighty-eight years ago today, Chief Journalist (JOC) Alex P. Haley came into this world and started what would become a remarkable journey. He joined the Coast Guard as a mess attendant at the age of 18, but in just a few years he was making waves as an amazing writer. He soon became the first

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Then and Now Part 1 – From Sails to Turbines

Post written by LTJG Ryan White USRC Massachusetts (typical form of early revenue cutters) Let’s wander back in time to a day in March, 1791, when the first U.S. cutter was launched. That cutter was the Revenue Cutter Vigilant, rigged as a schooner. Revenue Cutter Vigilant, first in the fleet and, of course, first in

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