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Jan. 5, 2024

The World War II Beach Patrol in Jacksonville Beach

Coast Guard Headquarters authorized the institution of beach patrols in all areas adjacent to the coast. The patrol members came to be known colloquially as “sand pounders.” By August of 1942, the first patrols with dogs were instituted.

Oct. 27, 2023

The Long Blue Line: William Trump — Coast Guard hero of D-Day

The Coast Guard-manned LCI(L)s, or landing crafts, were 158-feet long and 23-feet wide and were the smallest sea-going amphibious crafts involved in the invasion.

Sept. 29, 2023

The Long Blue Line: Lt. Juan del Castillo - Guardian of thousands, savior of millions

Juan del Castillo, Coast Guard officer, war veteran, self-taught scientist and humanitarian.

Sept. 8, 2023

The Long Blue Line: Peacock—Coast Guardsman and “World’s Fastest Human” 90 years ago

He initially advanced to coxswain designation, but later became a Boatswain’s Mate First Class. Ultimately, he was designated Chief Specialist in athletics.

Aug. 25, 2023

The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard’s “Corsair Fleet” of World War II

Volunteer crews aboard a fleet of civilian sailing yachts hunted U-boats in the Atlantic.

March 17, 2023

The Long Blue Line: Skipper, jeep driver, and bandmaster forgotten by history

Coast Guard women of World War II’s temporary reserve.

March 3, 2023

The Long Blue line: Greenland—Coast Guard’s Arctic combat zone of World War II, 1940-41

Securing mineral rights in Greenland allowed the US to build warships swiftly. 

Dec. 16, 2022

The Long Blue Line: Ray Evans—Hero of Guadalcanal who enlisted and served with Douglas Munro 80 years ago

Chief Ray Evans served with the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient, and is now FRC namesake!

Nov. 18, 2022

The Long Blue Line: Joseph Toahty, a Pawnee warrior who served at Guadalcanal with Douglas Munro

Native Native American Joseph Robert Toahty, who served in the Coast Guard in World War II.