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Feb. 16, 2024
Black History Month: The celebration continues!
Join the Coast Guard on February 22 for the second instillation of African Americans and the Arts.
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.
Feb. 2, 2024
First to serve, first to fight and first to sacrifice — African Americans in the U.S. Coast Guard
The history of African American participation in the Coast Guard and its predecessor services dates back to the very founding of the Service in 1790.
Feb. 28, 2023
Legacy’s Shadow: The Keeper’s Lost Grave
Finding the final resting place of Keeper Capt. L.S. Wescott
Feb. 24, 2023
The Long Blue Line: Remembering centurium Alphonzo Barbour—eyewitness to African American history
The Coast Guard's 8th MCPOCG shares his time with a centenarian.
Feb. 17, 2023
The Long Blue Line: The mystery of “River Cutter” Yocona the Coast Guard's first desegregated cutter homeported in the Deep South.
Homeported in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Cutter Yocona’s achievement remains an important chapter in American minority history.
Feb. 10, 2023
The Long Blue Line: WWII recruit training at Manhattan Beach and desegregating the U.S. military
Many African American Coast Guard recruits trained in the New York facility prior to serving their country.
Feb. 3, 2023
The Long Blue Line: Keeper Richard Etheridge and the Gold Medal lifesavers of Pea Island
The first African American officer-in-charge of a military installation.
Feb. 18, 2022
The Long Blue Line: Louis Etheridge—Gun captain and African-American war hero
Read about the courageous actions resulting in the Coast Guard’s first military medal bestowed on an African American Coast Guardsman for combat heroism.