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The Long Blue Line: 150 years of Arctic operations and the Polar Security Cutter

1 week 4 days ago
William Thiesen, Historian, Coast Guard Atlantic Area If you are subjected to miserable discomforts, or even if you suffer, it must be regarded as all right and simply a part of life; like sailors, you must never dwell too much on the dangers or sufferings, lest others question your courage.                      Lt. David Jarvis, Overland ExpeditionContinue reading

The Long Blue Line: Edward “Iceberg” Smith—Coast Guard’s admiral of the ice!

2 weeks 5 days ago
William H. Thiesen, Historian, Coast Guard Atlantic Area To the officers of the Greenland Patrol vessels: This is your command. Your first command. Your first great chance. It is hard, responsible, vital duty. War duty. Don’t fail your country or your ship or me.                                                            Rear Admiral Edward “Iceberg” Smith, 1944 In 1944, Coast Guard RearContinue reading

The Long Blue Line: “Selfless devotion to duty”—Seaman Scheuerman and the bloody landings at Salerno

3 weeks 2 days ago
BM1 William A. Bleyer, United States Coast Guard Although mortally wounded before he could deliver effective fire he remained steadfast at his post in the face of imminent death, thereby contributing materially to the protection of his ship against further attack. Scheuerman’s fearless action, great personal valor, and selfless devotion to duty under extremely perilousContinue reading

The Long Blue Line: How 80 Coast Guardsmen saved an Alaskan town during the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1919

1 month ago
BM1 William A. Bleyer, United States Coast Guard Occasion sometimes arise . . . in which the officers and crews are called upon to face situations of desperate human need which put their resourcefulness and energy, and even their courage, to the severest test.              “The Influenza at Unalaska and Dutch Harbor,” U.S. Coast GuardContinue reading

The Long Blue Line: Hamilton’s grand experiment—230 years of the U.S. Coast Guard!

1 month 2 weeks ago
William Thiesen, Historian Coast Guard Atlantic Area A few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws.                                     Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper #12 (November 27, 1787) In the above quote, author Alexander Hamilton first described a fleet of federal vessels thatContinue reading

The Long Blue Line: Hurricane Katrina and the Coast Guard set records 15 years ago!

1 month 3 weeks ago
William H. Thiesen, Historian Coast Guard Atlantic Area Hurricane Katrina began the modern era of North American superstorms as part of the record-setting 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. The tropical depression that developed into Katrina formed over The Bahamas on Tuesday, August 23, 2005. By the weekend, evacuations were underway all along the Gulf Coast. EarlyContinue reading

A letter to my shipmates

2 months 2 weeks ago
I told them I felt ashamed and like I was worthless because of how far I had fallen. They reminded me that my family and my health were more important than my career.

The Long Blue Line: Great Galveston Hurricane—Coast Guard’s first superstorm 120 years ago

2 months 3 weeks ago
In early September of 1900, a hurricane of massive force struck the Gulf Coast west of Galveston, Texas. The Great Galveston Hurricane would prove far deadlier than any man-made, environmental or weather-related disaster in U.S. history, with approximately 8,000 killed in Galveston and roughly 2,000 more lost in other parts of the Gulf Coast.This death toll is greater than the combined casualty figure for the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as Hurricane Ike, which struck Galveston in 2008.

The Long Blue Line: The Tampa—a legacy of courage!

3 months 1 week ago
On September 29, 1917, Tampa sailed out of New York, bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia. It would be the last time Tampa’s crew would see American shores.During World War I, Tampa was the largest naval loss of life suffered by the United States due to combat action.
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