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The Long Blue Line: 55 years ago, the Coast Guard joined the fight in Vietnam

4 days ago
Today, fifty-five years after the Service joined the fight in Vietnam, we commemorate the Coast Guardsmen who went in harm’s way, several of whom paid with their lives in a land far from home. In all, 8,000 Coast Guardsmen served in Vietnam. Their efforts curtailed maritime smuggling and enemy infiltration, saved hundreds of lives, and proved vital to the U.S. war effort in Vietnam.
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The Long Blue Line: Bootleggers beware-Prohibition Law Enforcement 100 years ago

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Prohibition began on January 17, 1920, under President Herbert Hoover’s administration. To enforce the new laws, a Prohibition Bureau was established and was almost immediately overwhelmed. Despite having a marine division, alcohol smuggling was too lucrative, and therefore too prevalent for the Bureau. The Coast Guard became the go-to resource for enforcement, but there were issues with this solution.
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Multi-mission buoy tender keeps Gulf Coast open for business

1 month ago
Commissioned in 2002, Cypress is responsible for more than 125 floating ATON that mark deep-draft shipping channels and provide markers for shoal water and shipwrecks. The cutter services ATON that guide mariners into Matagorda, Texas; Galveston, Texas; Southwest Pass, Louisiana; Gulfport, Mississippi; and Pensacola, Florida.
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Live Heart Healthy

1 month 2 weeks ago
No matter what your current health level, there are three things that a person can start doing right now that will improve their health: eat right, sleep right, and get enough exercise.
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The Long Blue Line: 75 years ago—Service trailblazer and FRC namesake Olivia Hooker took the oath

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Dr. Olivia J. Hooker was a pioneer in the history of women and minorities in the Coast Guard and the nation. She believed that her military service taught her “a lot about order and priorities” and “how to better form relationships, and how to deal with people without bias and prejudice.” Despite experiencing hatred and racism in her own life, she devoted her life and her career to serving the needs of her community and her nation.
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Stories Behind the State of the Coast Guard

1 month 2 weeks ago
No matter the motivation, our people come from every corner of society and bring with them individual experiences as diverse as our Nation. Each person’s unique skills and backgrounds are vital to our missions, and we wanted to capture the importance of that diversity during the State of the Coast Guard.
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The Long Blue Line: 140 years ago–FRC hero William Chadwick and the fight for the George Taulane

2 months ago
As it has for other enlisted heroes, the United States Coast Guard will be commissioning a new Fast Response Cutter in honor of William Chadwick, recipient of the Congressional Gold Lifesaving Medal. This essay tells the story of Chadwick, including his life, his service in the United States Lifesaving Service and his famous rescue of the George Taulane, which pitted man against Mother Nature.
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Dear Coast Guard Family: Suicide Prevention | How to Get Help and How to Give Help

2 months ago
Once a month, Coast Guard Compass will feature “Dear Coast Guard Family,” a column for Coast Guard families by Coast Guard spouse Rachel Conley. Rachel is married to her high school sweetheart, Chief Warrant Officer James Conley, and is the mother of three children. Rachel passionately serves as a Coast Guard Ombudsman and advocate of Coast Guard families. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the United States Coast Guard Ombudsman of the Year Award.
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Legacy of Light: Diamond Head Light guides mariners into Hawaii

2 months 3 weeks ago
Diamond Head Light shines from a U.S. Coast Guard facility on an extinct volcano overlooking one of the most popular beaches in the world. The 64-foot-tall lighthouse shines a white light that can be seen for 17 nautical miles, and to mark the dangerous shoal, a red sector light that can be seen for 14 nautical miles.
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The Long Blue Line: RM3 Floyd Wilvers—Coast Guard destroyer escort veteran

2 months 3 weeks ago
For most 17-year-olds, the years of graduating high school, attending college or trade school, and beginning the first steps into adulthood are a time of unbridled optimism and possibility. For Wilmington, North Carolina native Floyd Wilvers, now 92, turning age 17 meant a voyage into the unknown laced with fear, but also a sense of patriotism and duty.
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