The Long Blue Line: Florence Finch—Asian-American SPAR and FRC namesake dons uniform 75 years ago!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

 By mamanning1in History onMay 14, 2020No comments William H. Thiesen, Historian, Coast Guard Atlantic Area Of the thousands of women who have served with honor in the United States Coast Guard, one stands out for her bravery and devotion to duty. Asian American Florence Smith Finch was born in the Philippines in Santiago City. The daughter of a U.S. […]

The Long Blue Line: Master Chief Bell—minority pioneer, Pacific War hero and FRC namesake

Saturday, June 6, 2020

 By mamanning1in History onMay 8, 2020No comments William H. Thiesen, Historian, Coast Guard Atlantic Area In September 2018, Master Chief Melvin Kealoha Bell (USCG retired) crossed the bar at the age of 98. He was a patriot whose distinguished career in service of his country spanned 65 years. A native Hawaiian, Bell was born in 1920, in the […]

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Commencement 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

U.S. Coast Guard Ensigns ‘Zoom’ Into 2020 Commencement By FRANKIE GRAZIANO• 53 MINUTES AGOShareTweetEmail Parts of the 2020 U.S. Coast Guard commencement were prerecorded and aired during the livestream of the event. In one taped element, graduating cadets took their oath of service in a Zoom call. The uncertainty of coronavirus forced the U.S. Coast Guard […]

The Long Blue Line: The last stand—Coast Guard operations at Okinawa 75 years ago

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

 By mamanning1in History onMay 3, 2020No comments BM1 William A. Bleyer, U.S. Coast Guard In late March 1945, nearly 1,300 ships of the Allied forces of America, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada assembled to support the largest amphibious operation of the Pacific War–the invasion of Okinawa and Ryukyu Islands. Okinawa is a large island, sixty miles long […]

The Long Blue Line: 10th anniversary of Deepwater Horizon and the Coast Guard’s spill response mission

Friday, May 8, 2020

 By mamanning1in Environment, History onApril 23, 2020No comments William H. Thiesen, Historian, Coast Guard Atlantic Area Even Exxon Valdez pales in comparison to the volume, scale, number of Coast Guard resources, how much time has been devoted to [Deepwater Horizon]—all far exceed any previous event.-Capt. Duke Walker, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, U.S. Coast Guard, 2012 In 2010, ten years ago, […]

2020 Coast Guard’s Professional Development Reading List

Thursday, May 7, 2020

 By mamanning1in Leadership onMay 7, 2020No comments Written by Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Karl Schultz As the Coast Guard continues to support national efforts combatting COVID-19, the social distancing required to preserve readiness presents a prime opportunity to grow personally and professionally.  The 2020 Coast Guard Professional Development List is based on recommendations from the more junior members of […]

The Long Blue Line: Cowart—the Coast Guard’s fighting engineer

Friday, May 1, 2020

 By mamanning1in History onApril 19, 2020No comments LT Shannon P. Reck, M.A., U.S. Coast Guard Perhaps the most significant period in Coast Guard history occurred in the years leading up to, during, and after World War II. In this epic struggle, many heroes made their mark in history. One such hero was Vice Admiral Kenneth Cowart, who distinguished himself […]

The Long Blue Line: Lt. Pease recounts the loss of Cutter Morris in the Key West Hurricane of 1846

Friday, April 17, 2020

 By mamanning1in History onApril 12, 2020No comments Lieutenant William C. Pease, U.S. Revenue Cutter Service Parents were separated from their children, husbands from their wives, and all was confusion, terror and dismay.-Lieutenant William C. Pease, U.S. Revenue Cutter Morris, 1846 Editor’s note: Through the ages, many hurricanes have struck the Florida Keys, however, the Key West Hurricane of 1846 […]

The Long Blue Line: Jim Evans–veteran of the World War II’s Greenland Patrol and Cutter Northland

Sunday, April 12, 2020

 By mamanning1in History, Operations onMarch 28, 2020No comments LCDR Dennis Branson (U.S. Coast Guard retired)Barbara Nichols and Kathy G’Sell (daughters of Coast Guard veteran Jim Evans) In 2016, I was speaking at a Kansas City area “Living History” event on the sinking of World War II troopship Dorchester when I ran into an eyewitness of World War II history. […]

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

Friday, April 10, 2020

 By mamanning1in History onApril 5, 2020No comments William H. Thiesen, Historian, Coast Guard Atlantic Area I want to make sure that the Coast Guard people in Vietnam know that I am hearing about them often and that I am pleased with what I hear.             -General Wallace Greene, Jr., Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1967 As indicated in the quote above, the […]

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