Tag: Greenland Patrol

The Long Blue Line: Jim Evans–veteran of the World War II’s Greenland Patrol and Cutter Northland

Colorized black and white photo from 1942, showing newly enlisted recruit Jim Evans in his dress whites. (Courtesy of the Evans Family)

In April 1943, Evans was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Northland in the famed Greenland Patrol. Evans sailed on three missions on board Northland, which escorted vessels to Greenland twice, and then to Iceland on his final mission.

The Long Blue Line: Pritchard and Bottoms – Last of the Coast Guard’s MIAs

Pritchard’s Grumman Duck in the icy waters of Greenland before taking flight on his final rescue mission. (U.S. Coast Guard)

Like many selfless Coast Guardsmen, Lt. John Pritchard and Petty Officer First Class Benjamin Bottoms, a radioman, went in harm’s way to save lives only to sacrifice their own. During World War II, the Coast Guard ran the Greenland theatre of operations. It was one of the war’s deadliest battlegrounds, where men fought not only the enemy, but the elements as well.

The Long Blue Line: 75 years ago – Escanaba rescues hundreds then perishes

Cutter Escanaba breaks ice early in its career on the Great Lakes. U.S. Coast Guard Collection.

Following a U-boat attack of the passenger steamer Cherokee, Lt. Robert “Bob” Prause, Jr., developed a cold-water rescue system of tethered rescue swimmers equipped with rubber exposure suits. These came in handy later when the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester was hit by a torpedo in icy waters between Newfoundland and Greenland in 1943. Prause’s system was one of the Coast Guard’s first successful cold-water rescue methods.

A Bear of a sea story

CGC Bear featured image

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

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African American History Month: Petty Officer Deyampert

Warren T. Deyampert

Warren Deyampert volunteered to rescue survivors in the water after a torpedo hit Army Transport Dorchester in 1943. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Renee C. Aiello Coast Guard men and women are taught early in our careers, “to do the right thing when it’s the right thing to do, even

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