This Christmas letter was created using quotes from Hamerschlag’s narrative in the book “Three Years Behind the Mast”, quotes from newspaper articles, and stories relayed by the descendants of Unit 21 SPARs.
Jacob Lauri Arthur Poroo was a Hospital Corpsman 1st Class who was stationed at Adak Island, Alaska. On the morning of June 2, 1968, he entered a burning cabin to attempt a rescue. When fire erupted about 3: 30 a.m., it engulfed the doorway of the old recreation building. Poroo, together with seven other men, successfully escaped. Hearing shouting and believing it to be a cry for help from a trapped companion, Poroo re-entered the flaming cabin to render assistance with complete disregard for his own safety.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Washington recently visited Ulithi Atoll to deliver humanitarian supplies and teach locals about safe boating practices. Washington, a 110-foot patrol boat out of Guam, delivered rice, rainwater collectors, school books, clothing and outboard boat engines. These supplies were much needed on the small islands that make up the atoll, as the ship that normally delivers cargo to the atoll has been unable to make the voyage for almost a year due to mechanical problems.
CAPE MAY, N.J. – (L-R) Adm. Thad Allen, Jack Anastasia and George Hamilton turn off switches on attenuator boxes to decrease the Long-Range Aids to Navigation (LORAN-C) signal at LORAN Support Unit Wildwood, Feb. 8, 2010. The Coast Guard terminated the LORAN-C signal at 19 of its 24 stations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Chief Warrant Officer
On Monday, Feb. 8, the U.S. Coast Guard will cease transmission of the United States Loran-C signal and will commence a phased decommissioning of the Loran-C infrastructure. To read more about the termination of Loran-C, click here to read a Compass blog post. In this post, a Coast Guard Historian talks about the legacy of
BAUDETTE, Minn. – Chief Thomas Hanson sauntered back to LORAN Station Baudette while a light snow fell, April 2, 2008. Hanson is months away from retirement after spending half his career at isolated Long-Range Navigation Stations like this one. (Photo by PA3 William Mitchell) LORAN Support Unit (LSU) Wildwood, NJ logo This week, we are
(File photo from 1992) Loran Station Dana, Indiana. The unit's mission is to transmit Loran-C navigation signals into the Northeast United States and Great Lakes chain. (File photo from 2000) Electronics Technician 1st Class (ET1) Damon Raley performs a routine system check at Loran Station Kodiak. (USCG photo by PA1 Keith Alholm) At 2000 GMT
Crew members from the CGC Crocodile transfer Luke Finch to a smallboat in the Gulf of Mexico Dec. 1, 2009. Finch was rescued 140 miles southwest of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., after reportedly being kidnapped by his father Saturday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Hallman) Click on the image to
Post written by LTJG Ryan T. White Let’s go back in time once more; further back than we’ve ever gone before, to a time before the U.S. Life Saving Service; back even before the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service. It’s August 7, 1789 and we have witnessed the creation of the U.S. Lighthouse Service. Prior to