Tag: Purple Heart

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.

Remember the Tampa! Purple Heart Initiative

After a German U-boat torpedoed Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, the ship sank with all 130 men in 1918 off the coast of England. In 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order to allow the awarding of the Purple Heart to be retroactive for actions after April 5, 1917, an award that had been restored to use 14 years after Tampa sank. However, Tampa was overlooked until 1999. In May 2019, 10 families of Tampa crew members were presented Purple Hearts to honor their family members’ service to the country.

A memorable maritime legacy

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crewmembers circa 1918. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Judy L. Silverstein. It was toward the end of World War I, on a stormy night, when Coast Guard Cutter Tampa disappeared off the coast of Wales with all crewmembers aboard. Considered the greatest single casualty incurred by

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WWI sailor awarded Purple Heart 96 years later

Family and members of the New Hampshire American Legion join Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun and Senator Kelly Ayotte after the presentation ceremony of Fred Wesley Wyman’s Purple Heart at Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor, N.H. Wyman perished aboard Coast Guard Cutter Tampa during World War I after the ship was struck by a german torpedo.

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WWII Coast Guardsman receives Purple Heart

Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Jensen pins a Purple Heart onto the chest of WWII Coast Guardsman Harry Milton Daube. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cindy Beckert) USS Leopold at her launching in 1943. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph) World War II Coast Guardsman Harry Milton Daube, 88, the last living

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