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Dec. 3, 2021

The Long Blue Line: The attack on Pearl Harbor—“a date that will live in infamy”—80 years ago

In his war declaration speech, President Franklin Roosevelt labeled Dec. 7, 1941, as a “date that will live in infamy.” On that day, without forewarning or a declaration of war, forces of Imperial Japan attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In the battle, Coast Guard units served alongside the Navy firing anti-aircraft barrages

Oct. 15, 2021

The Long Blue Line: Pacific War veteran Sy Siegel, 101 years strong and still Semper Paratus! 

Sy Siegel is one of many distinguished combat veterans of the long blue line.

Sept. 2, 2021

The Long Blue Line: “Hot Rocks”—a Coast Guardsman on the beach at Iwo Jima

[This essay was excerpted from the book chapter of the same name: “Hot Rocks,” Sea, Surf and Hell: The U.S. Coast Guard in World War II (New York: Prentice-Hall, 1945), 276-79.]Because of the concentrated mortar fire, which the Japanese are laying down on this landing area, it is one of the bloodiest of all the assault beaches in the Pacific War to

July 30, 2021

The Long Blue Line: Danmark—the friend-ship between Denmark and the Coast Guard

How did a ship without a nation become a training platform for the U.S. Coast Guard?

May 7, 2021

The Long Blue Line: The history of Pacific Island men and women in the U.S. Coast Guard

For over 170 years, thousands of Pacific-Island men and women have served with distinction in the United States Coast Guard.

March 5, 2021

The Long Blue Line: Japanese “Good Luck” Flag captured in the Battle of Eniwetok 

Most Good Luck Flags date from before or during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II from 1937 to 1945.

Jan. 8, 2021

Watch: PBS’s “The Codebreaker” premiers Monday, Jan. 11

America’s greatest codebreaker was a Coast Guard civilian

Dec. 31, 2020

The Long Blue Line: USS Wakefield—the Coast Guard’s “B & L Ferry” 75 years ago

In World War II, the USS Wakefield (AP-21) served as a fast troop transport whose role was to deliver military personnel and supplies to the war front.

Nov. 11, 2020

The Long Blue Line: “Into the Jaws of Death”—SM2 John Roberts and LCI-93 at Omaha Beach

“We were sitting ducks and the Germans clearly had us in their sights,” Steward’s Mate 2nd Class John Noble Roberts, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.