The Coast Guard recently released the names of the newest Fast Response Cutters to be commissioned. Each FRC is named after a Coast Guard hero. One such Coast Guardsman is Maurice Jester, a WWII hero.
The Great Depression was a time in America when people, who were jobless and hungry, turned to things like bootlegging, or hopping into a boxcar and riding a train off into the uncertainty of the West in the hopes to get lucky and finding a job. It was during this time that a 17-year-old in New Jersey native turned to the sea for opportunity, not to catch fish, but to save lives. Joseph Mazzotta enlisted in the Coast Guard as a Second Class Seaman, not knowing he was signing up for an adventurous career that would carry him through the ranks to become a captain, a football star and weave him through historic events to become part of the fabric of Coast Guard history.
The Coast Guard will commission its newest Fast Response Cutter, the Rollin A. Fritch, Nov. 18, 2016, in Cape May, New Jersey. The cutter’s namesake was a crewmember aboard the USS Callaway during World War II and died during a Kamikaze attack January 8, 1945.
“The Greatest Generation,” a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw, describes the generation who grew up during the Great Depression and fought for America in World War II. One member of the generation, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John Gatton Jr., who served as a quartermaster on a landing craft during the Invasion of Normandy, crossed the bar for the final time, October 26, 2016, at the age of 93.
The Guadalcanal campaign began on Thursday, August 7, 1942, exactly eight months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. With its lush jungle cover and tropical waters, Guadalcanal was a picturesque contrast of deep green and azure blue. But for all its natural beauty, Guadalcanal was also a fearful place to fight a war. This is Part Two of the story of Coast Guardsmen fighting in the battle of Guadalcanal during WWII.
The Guadalcanal campaign began on Thursday, August 7, 1942, exactly eight months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. With its lush jungle cover and tropical waters, Guadalcanal was a picturesque contrast of deep green and azure blue. But for all its natural beauty, Guadalcanal was also a fearful place to fight a war. This is Part One of the story of Coast Guardsmen fighting in the battle of Guadalcanal during WWII.
Seventy years ago a plane bound for Massachusetts with 25 service members returning from Greenland following the end of WWII crashed into a mountain. All 25 lives, including 15 Coast Guardsmen, each with unique stories and hopes for the future, were lost upon impact. For 50 years the crash site went unmarked until a group of dedicated volunteers decided that the 25 departed deserved more.
From its beginning as the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790, the Coast Guard’s unique authorities and organizational culture of adaptability have allowed it to make great contributions to intelligence and to important military successes in our nation’s history.
Historical Fact: The Cutters Taney, Kukui and Tiger along with other Coast Guard ships and patrol craft, and the CG-8 all responded to the attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to the United States’ entry into World War II.