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Honored 69 years later

World War II Veteran honored

A much different sort of chaos greeted Coast Guard veteran Edward DiGiovanni on Easter Sunday in April 1945. DiGiovanni, then 18, was aboard the USS LST-884, a tank landing ship operated by his unit, heading toward Japan’s Okinawa Island. Just weeks earlier, DiGiovanni and the ship’s crew had participated in the U.S. invasion of Iwo Jima during the closing months of World War II. DiGiovanni stood at the bottom of the hill as a group of U.S. Marines raised the country s flag atop Mount Surabachi, as depicted in the now-famous photograph.

Boston’s first responders remember marathon bombings


A year ago today the Coast Guard led an unprecedented maritime response to the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon, one of the most significant terrorism incidents since 9/11. During the response, the Coast Guard joined federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to ensure safety and security on the waterways.

Sea stories as leadership lessons

Joseph and Eisenbarth

Peter Joseph, a former commanding officer on Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, and Corey Eisenbarth, an Alaska fishing fleet deckhand, tell the story of a rescue from their unique perspective to Coast Guard Academy cadets. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Tamargo. With contributions from Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Tamargo, Coast

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