The Long Blue Line: “Selfless devotion to duty”—Seaman Scheuerman and the bloody landings at Salerno

BM1 William A. Bleyer, United States Coast Guard Although mortally wounded before he could deliver effective fire he remained steadfast at his post in the face of imminent death, thereby contributing materially to the protection of his ship against further attack. Scheuerman’s fearless action, great personal valor, and selfless devotion to duty under extremely perilous

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The Long Blue Line: How 80 Coast Guardsmen saved an Alaskan town during the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1919

BM1 William A. Bleyer, United States Coast Guard Occasion sometimes arise . . . in which the officers and crews are called upon to face situations of desperate human need which put their resourcefulness and energy, and even their courage, to the severest test.              “The Influenza at Unalaska and Dutch Harbor,” U.S. Coast Guard

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The Long Blue Line: Patterson–FRC namesake and Gold Medal hero of 135 years ago

Cmdr. Timothy R. Dring, U.S. Navy Reserve (retired) U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association, member The United States Coast Guard will soon be commissioning a new Fast Response Cutter named for John C. Patterson, a recipient of the Congressional Gold Lifesaving Medal for heroism. John Patterson was born in 1834, in the town of Howell, New

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The Long Blue Line: Hamilton’s grand experiment—230 years of the U.S. Coast Guard!

William Thiesen, Historian Coast Guard Atlantic Area A few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws.                                     Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper #12 (November 27, 1787) In the above quote, author Alexander Hamilton first described a fleet of federal vessels that

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The Long Blue Line: Hurricane Katrina and the Coast Guard set records 15 years ago!

William H. Thiesen, Historian Coast Guard Atlantic Area Hurricane Katrina began the modern era of North American superstorms as part of the record-setting 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. The tropical depression that developed into Katrina formed over The Bahamas on Tuesday, August 23, 2005. By the weekend, evacuations were underway all along the Gulf Coast. Early

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The Long Blue Line: BMCM “Big Wave” Dave Duren–leader, mentor and FRC namesake

Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class William A. Bleyer, United States Coast Guard Duren’s peers considered him an outstanding boat driver who operated with common sense and a great respect for the sea. He never asked anything of his crew that he hadn’t already done or was willing to do at the time.                 PA1 Levi A. Read,

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The Long Blue Line: Ocean Station—Coast Guard’s support for the Korean War 70 years ago!

Scott T. Price, Chief Historian United States Coast Guard After 21 days of being slammed around by rough cold sea swells 20 to 50 feet high, and wild winds hitting gale force at times, within an ocean grid the size of a postage stamp, you can stand any kind of duty. Coast Guard Ocean Station

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