In November 1958, Melvin Bell became the first master chief in his rate. Perhaps more significantly, he became the first minority master chief in the history of the Coast Guard. He will soon be honored as namesake of a Fast Response Cutter.
Revenue Cutter Bear before WWI. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Frederick, Atlantic Area public affairs. Coast Guard Cutter Bear fittingly celebrated 30 years of commissioned service with a recent return to homeport after a successful eight-week patrol in the Caribbean Sea. Bear is the oldest of the Famous-class medium endurance cutters