Tag: D-Day

The Long Blue Line: Royal Signalman Eddy Priestly and D-Day’s Saviors

Posed photograph of Royal Signalman Edmund Lowry “Eddy” Priestly in uniform. (Ms. Vivienne Davis)

Eddy never forgot how that Coast Guardsman had saved his life and how the Royal Signalmen had watched as the brave American swam powerfully through the waves to save strangers he would never see again. After they secured the tow rope, the Signalmen tried to thank the Coast Guardsmen, but he just waved and swam back to his rescue boat never to be seen again.

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The Long Blue Line: Quentin Walsh’s long, colorful career

Capt. Quentin Walsh experienced one of the most colorful careers in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard. From chasing rumrunners, to enforcing whale treaties, planning D-Day operations and liberating a port during World War II, Walsh made his mark on our service.

‘Nothing less than full victory’

Reflecting

Seventy years ago today 160,000 allied troops put their lives on the line in defense of freedom. Collectively they have been recognized for decades as The Greatest Generation. Today we bring you the stories of four members who would accept “nothing less than full victory.”

D-Day through the eyes of a Coast Guardsman

D-Day

A Coast Guard-manned LCVP from the USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division on the morning of June 6, 1944 at Omaha Beach. U.S. Coast Guard photo by CPHOM Robert F. Sargent. It was June 6, 1944, when Allied forces began the largest amphibious invasion of all time –

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Laying to rest a Coast Guard veteran

Fireman Efrain Rosa, a member of Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater’s honor platoon, plays taps during Lt. j.g. Frank Spatuzzi’s funeral ceremony at St. Cecelia's Catholic Church in Clearwater Fla. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael De Nyse. Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael De Nyse, 7th Coast Guard District

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Honor the fallen this Memorial Day

Honor Guard salute

  Seaman Brandon Kuechenberg, of Sector Field Office Galveston, stands at the foot of the Galveston, Texas, pier. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley. For many across the nation, Memorial Day weekend serves as an unofficial kick off for the summer and is a time to fire up the grill

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Remembering D-Day’s Coast Guard heroes

“The Jaws of Death.” A photo by CPHOM Robert F. Sargent, USCG. A Coast Guard-manned LCVP from the U.S.S. Samuel Chase disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division on the morning of 6 June 1944 at Omaha Beach. Coast Guard Photo #2343. Coast Guard Flotilla 10 tied up in the background along

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