Joseph Toahty, half Pawnee and half Kiowa Indian, joined the Coast Guard in 1941. He was the first Pawnee Indian to go to sea, the first Native American to participate in a U.S. naval offensive operation and the first to set foot in enemy territory during the World War II.
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Jennifer Davis is proud of her Ishak and Coushatta Nations tribal heritage and her service to her country. She served 13 years in the Army and Army Reserves and is currently a civilian working for the Coast Guard’s National Pollution Fund Center.
Native Americans have participated in the Coast Guard and its predecessor services since the early 19th century, representing the second earliest minority group to serve in the Coast Guard. The first Native Americans known to serve in the Coast Guard were the Wampanoag in Massachusetts at Gay Head Lighthouse.
Minority men and women have served in the U.S. Coast Guard since the service’s beginning in 1790. Native Americans from a variety of tribes and locations participated in the Coast Guard’s predecessor services since the early 19th century, representing the second earliest minority group to serve in the Coast Guard.
In recognition of Native American Heritage Day, we have asked William H. Thiesen, Ph.D. the United States Coast Guard Atlantic Area Historian to provide some history on Native Americans who have served with pride and distinction in the United States Coast Guard and its predecessor services. In 1879 the Life-Saving Service station at Neah Bay,