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June 7, 2024

Into the Jaws of Death — Coast Guard landing craft at D-Day

Story and images of CPO Robert Sargent, “Into the Jaws of Death” 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

May 17, 2024

Bear Hunt — the search for Healy’s legendary cutter

Finding a shipwreck is like solving any mystery.

May 10, 2024

Devotion to Duty — Asian nationals serving in the Coast Guard

Asian nationals began serving in the United States Coast Guard 175 years ago, playing an important role in the history of the Coast Guard’s ancestor agency of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service.

April 26, 2024

Sentinels of the past — the Coast Guard’s Civil War Boat Howitzers from the Revenue Cutter Service

Written by retired Gunner CWO Steven Wilson, this essay provides the history of two Coast Guard Civil War artifacts: Boat Howitzers #245 and #246.

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.

April 12, 2024

Dobbins and Knapp — Frontier mariners, naval officers, and Revenue Cutter masters

The revolving-door saga of Dobbins versus Knapp ... a pendulum of political spoils.

April 5, 2024

“Get in the boat; we have a job to do!” — BOSN Wilson motors into the Great New England Hurricane

This motor lifeboat was the right tool for a terrible storm such as this, and the man at the helm was the best man for this catastrophe. The feeling of the men on board was: If you can hang on, you may survive.

March 29, 2024

Joseph Napier — Heroic Surfman, Gold Lifesaving Medal recipient and FRC namesake

For his heroism, Napier received the first Gold Lifesaving Medal issued by the U.S. Life-Saving Service, forerunner of the modern Coast Guard.

March 22, 2024

Bernard “Bernie” Webber and the greatest smallboat rescue in Coast Guard history

Divine intervention, dead reckoning and plain luck have all been trumpeted as ways Bernie’s crew found the Pendleton that night.