Tag: President James Madison

The Long Blue Line: Rogue cutter James Madison and first Coast Guard POWs

In a high stakes gamble against the Royal Navy, revenue cutter James Madison’s captain George Books beat the odds for a time, but his luck eventually ran out. He sacrificed the freedom of his enlisted crewmembers, one of whom paid the ultimate price in England’s ghastly prison-ship system. Brooks and his men were members of the long blue line, who went down in history as the service’s first prisoners-of-war.

War of 1812: Service expands missions

Two hundred years ago, the United States, independent for less than 30 years, went to war with Great Britain to preserve its economy, its way of life and its independence. Beginning in 2012 and continuing through 2015, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard will commemorate the bicentennial of the War of

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Semper nostra optima

The instant the keel of a new Coast Guard cutter is laid, the ship begins the journey toward its eventual decommissioning. The Coast Guard Cutter Dallas began the voyage in the 1960s and approached that inevitable fate today as the ship sailed into homeport after its last patrol as a U.S. warship.