Tag: Native American

The Long Blue Line: Joseph Toahty (Le-Tuts-Taka)- Pawnee warrior of Guadalcanal

Coast Guard enlistment photograph of Joseph R. Toahty at age 21. (National Archives)

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.

Deep roots: Proud heritage woven in service

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.

The Long Blue Line: The Wampanoags at Gay Head Light

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.

The Long Blue Line: Native Americans and their Service in the Coast Guard

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.

Native Americans and the United States Coast Guard

George “White Bear” Drapeaux

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,

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