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Feb. 16, 2024

Lewis Wescott—the lost grave of a heroic Pea Island lifesaver

A discovery uncovers the whereabouts of a Pea Island Keeper, one whose last resting place was lost for more than 70 years.

Feb. 9, 2024

Melvin Williams Jr. — An African American Coast Guardsman’s aviation story

Melvin Williams Jr. was the first African American to make chief as an Aviation Survivalman and then as a Chief Warrant Officer.

Jan. 12, 2024

Built to Last - The early days of the 210-foot cutter fleet

The two leading ships of the 210-foot Reliance-class cutters, Coast Guard cutters Reliance and Diligence, will turn 60 years old in June and August of this year, respectively.

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.

Dec. 1, 2023

The Long Blue Line: 50 Years of Women’s Service in the regular Coast Guard!

The milestones marked by legislation and policy changes are undeniably significant, but true equality is not found in the ink of signed bills or policy development. It must continually thrive in every service member's heart, mind, and actions.

Nov. 10, 2023

The Long Blue Line: Lest we forget — the Coast Guard Memorial at Arlington Cemetery (Part 2)

The Coast Guard War Memorial represents valor, bravery, and ultimate sacrifice during a war unlike any other time. Lest we forget these men, the Coast Guard carries on its missions in their memory.

Nov. 9, 2023

The Long Blue Line: Lest we forget — the Coast Guard Memorial at Arlington Cemetery (Part 1)

The presence of family and friends was a potent reminder of the war’s toll on the Coast Guard community and reflected the members’ shared grief, sacrifice and patriotism.

Nov. 3, 2023

The Long Blue Line: Aviator #8 recounts the early days of Coast Guard flight

“I didn’t know whether he should have a court-martial for risking the plane and his life or be recommended for a medal for bravery beyond the call of duty. He retired as Rear Admiral.”

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.

Oct. 20, 2023

The Long Blue Line: The Great New England Hurricane of 1938

"The three of us will probably die trying to save one guy who will die also. Get in the boat—we have a job to do!”