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The Long Blue Line: Royal Signalman Eddy Priestly and D-Day’s Saviors

Posed photograph of Royal Signalman Edmund Lowry “Eddy” Priestly in uniform. (Ms. Vivienne Davis)

Eddy never forgot how that Coast Guardsman had saved his life and how the Royal Signalmen had watched as the brave American swam powerfully through the waves to save strangers he would never see again. After they secured the tow rope, the Signalmen tried to thank the Coast Guardsmen, but he just waved and swam back to his rescue boat never to be seen again.

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The Long Blue Line: Lt. Pease recounts the loss of Cutter Morris in the Key West Hurricane of 1846

Based on historical data, this University of Georgia map shows the storm track of Key West Hurricane of 1846 through Cuba and Florida Keys. (University of Georgia Extension)

Through the ages, many hurricanes have struck the Florida Keys, however, the Key West Hurricane of 1846 is believed to be one of the worst, destroying the city and killing over 250 residents. This recounting of the storm was written by eyewitness and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service officer, Lieutenant William C. Pease.

The Long Blue Line: 55 years ago, the Coast Guard joined the fight in Vietnam

The 82-foot patrol boats of Squadron One (RONONE) deploying from Subic Bay in the Philippines to the theater of operations in Vietnam. (U.S. Coast Guard)

Today, fifty-five years after the Service joined the fight in Vietnam, we commemorate the Coast Guardsmen who went in harm’s way, several of whom paid with their lives in a land far from home. In all, 8,000 Coast Guardsmen served in Vietnam. Their efforts curtailed maritime smuggling and enemy infiltration, saved hundreds of lives, and proved vital to the U.S. war effort in Vietnam.

The Long Blue Line: Jim Evans–veteran of the World War II’s Greenland Patrol and Cutter Northland

Colorized black and white photo from 1942, showing newly enlisted recruit Jim Evans in his dress whites. (Courtesy of the Evans Family)

In April 1943, Evans was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Northland in the famed Greenland Patrol. Evans sailed on three missions on board Northland, which escorted vessels to Greenland twice, and then to Iceland on his final mission.