Category: History

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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Coast Guard History – LT Robert Prause & CGC ESCANABA’s Rescue Swimmer System

Although most people associate Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers with daring helicopter rescue cases, there are also Cutter Surface Swimmers and divers trained to deploy off cutters.  Training people to enter the water is necessary in many of our missions from saving lives to maintaining navigational aids to ensuring maritime security. This historical account below discusses

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Coast Guard History – Enlisted Ratings

Throughout the next couple of weeks, the Compass will be celebrating the Coast Guard’s 219th birthday by posting stories and commentary on historical events. One interesting topic is the history of the enlisted rates (or “jobs” as they are called in the civilian world). Oh, how they have changed throughout our 219-year history. Or… have

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Guardian of the Week – EMCM Vobornik

Senior Chief Petty Officer Chris Kukla, the 8th Silver Ancient Mariner, removes the distinctive lighthouse keeper's hat as Master Chief Petty Officer Richard Vobornik assumes the watch as the 9th Silver Ancient Mariner. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Kendrick) On July 17th, EMCM Richard S. Vobornik relieved GMCS Christopher C. Kukla as

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CAPT Robert “Bobby” Charles Wilks: 1931-2009

Today, funeral services were held for a historical luminary in the U.S. Coast Guard, retired Captain Robert “Bobby” Charles Wilks. Captain Wilks was a trailblazer making history as the first African American Coast Guard aviator, the first African American to reach the rank of captain in the Coast Guard and the first African American to

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Coast Guard History Day – Honoring Captain Frank A. Erickson

As we discussed previously, the Compass will post a feature story about Coast Guard history on the fourth of every month. This month’s story comes from the Office of Aviation Forces and honors the late Captain Frank A. Erickson and his contributions to Coast Guard Aviation. -CBraesch _________________ Captain Frank A. Erickson On June 20,

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