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The Long Blue Line: Early African American service—first to serve and first to sacrifice

Very rare and faded photograph showing the original Pea Island Life-Saving Station crew and keeper, Richard Etheridge, on the left side. (U.S. Coast Guard)

African Americans comprise the longest serving minority in the United States Coast Guard. They were the first to serve and, in many ways, were the first to sacrifice, pioneering the way ahead for all minorities in the Coast Guard, U.S. military, and the nation.

The Long Blue Line: African-Americans in the U.S. Coast Guard (Part 1)

The history of African-American participation in the Coast Guard and its predecessor services dates back to the very founding of the service in 1790. In over 225 years of Coast Guard history, African-Americans have been the first minority group to serve, first to fight and the first to sacrifice.

In behalf of humanity

Cutter Etheridge

Another vessel has joined the ranks and earned the title “Coast Guard cutter.” However this isn’t just any cutter, it’s a fast response cutter. At 154-feet long, the ship has an impressive array of capabilities, including sustained speeds of more than 28 knots and an armament of a stabilized 25mm machine-gun mount and four, crew-served .50-caliber machine guns. But more impressive than its technology, more impressive than its features, is the cutter’s namesake – Richard Etheridge.

Coast Guard Heroes: Richard Etheridge

This Compass series chronicles the first 14 heroes the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters have been named for. These men and women, who stood the watch before us, lived extraordinary lives as they lit the way for sailors in times past, braved gunfire in times of war and rescued those in peril at sea. As Coast

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Guardians pay their respects to LT Herbert Collins

Lieutenant Herbert Collins as a surfman at the all-black life saving station at Pea Island, North Carolina during Word War II. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) Earlier today Coast Guard leaders paid their respects to a Coast Guard hero. Vice Admiral Robert J. Papp, President Obama’s nominee to be the next Commandant of the Coast Guard,

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Remembering LT Herbert Collins

Lieutenant Herbert Collins, a Coast Guard legend and the last surviving member of the all-black Pea Island life saving station succumbed to cancer on Sunday evening. Lieutenant Herbert Collins as a surfman at the all-black life saving station at Pea Island, North Carolina during Word War II. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) Born in 1921, Collins

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“Rescue Men” – The story of the Pea Island Surfmen

Click on the image to watch a trailer of the documentary, “Rescue Men – the story of the Pea Island Surfmen.” “Rescue Men – The story of the Pea Island Surfmen” is a 90-minute documentary about to be released recognizing the extraordinary historical significance of the Pea Island Lifesaving Station. “Station 17” was manned by

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Black History Month: Honoring the service of African American Guardians

As part of the Coast Guard Compass’ ongoing celebration of Black History Month, we bring you the following article by Coast Guard Atlantic Area Historian William H. Thiesen. Mr. Thiesen’s piece on the history of African American service is a reminder not only of how far we’ve come as a nation, but also of the

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The Coast Guard Celebrates Black History Month

Post Written by LTJG Virginia Hudgins, Coast Guard Diversity Workforce Staff Throughout the month of February, the Coast Guard will be celebrating Black History Month (BHM) with a special emphasis on the theme, “The History of Black Economic Empowerment”. This theme outlines the struggle of African Americans to overcome socioeconomic and racial barriers to achieve

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Guardian of the Week – LT Felicia Thomas

Today, at 9 a.m., LT Felicia Thomas became the first female African American to command a Coast Guard cutter as the Commanding Officer of CGC PEA ISLAND. Congratulations to Lieutenant Felicia S. Thomas for becoming the first female African American to command a Coast Guard cutter! During a change of command ceremony today at 9

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