For hundreds of years, mariners have nicknamed North Carolina’s Outer Banks the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” based on the history of ships lost in its waters. Even for experienced Coast Guard members, traversing the area can prove a difficult task. However, Coast Guard men and women stand the watch, just as the crews before them did.
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It’s not unusual for a child to follow in their parent’s footsteps. Matthew Walker, a retired Coast Guard captain and former commanding officer of three cutters: Manitou, Polar Star and Steadfast, has two sons who followed him into the Coast Guard – Fireman Maxwell Walker, currently attending Machinery Technician “A” School in Yorktown, Virginia, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Alan Nielsen, a boatswain’s mate at Station Coos Bay in Charleston, Oregon. One of his sons even followed his footsteps to one of the very cutters he commanded.
The boatcrew from Coast Guard Cutter Block Island. From left to right: Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Iannizzaro, Petty Officer 3rd Class Chuck Seckinger, Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Losinger and Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Mullinax. U.S. Coast Guard photo. In the early hours of a June morning, Coast Guard Cutter Block Island was