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June 21, 2024

Jack Hamlin — Boatswain, rescue swimmer, and savior of D-Day

CG-23 and other rescue cutters performed heroically against the weather and the odds. Jack estimated his boat saved around 50 lives that day.

June 14, 2024

D-Day hero Jack DeNunzio and LCI-94 at Normandy

Jack DeNunzio’s final breath would be forever recorded for posterity by a Coast Guard photographer and a world-renowned Life Magazine combat photographer.

May 31, 2024

“Love your Freedom, because that’s what we fought for” — D-Day Gunner’s Mate Frank DeVita

“There’s a cemetery right above Omaha Beach with 9,400 dead GIs. I go there every year and I cry, and I cry. They made the biggest sacrifice. They gave their lives so that we have freedom today.” - Frank DeVita

April 19, 2024

Joe Gerczak’s service and sacrifice from Philly to New Guinea

LST-66 ended the war as the most-decorated LST serving in the Coast Guard.

March 15, 2024

Edith Munro — leader, mentor, SPAR and Medal of Honor hero mother

Edith Munro took the oath to join the SPARS two hours after accepting the Medal of Honor for her son Douglas Munro.

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.