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 […]

The Long Blue Line: 100 years ago—Coast Guard opens Air Station #1 at Morehead City

Friday, March 27, 2020

 By mamanning1in History onMarch 22, 2020No comments John Moseley, Historian, Coast Guard Aviation AssociationWilliam Thiesen, Historian, Coast Guard Atlantic Area The Naval Appropriation Act of 1916 provided the authorization, but not the funding, for 10 Coast Guard air stations. These air stations were to be located along the coasts of the Atlantic, Pacific, Great Lakes and Gulf of […]

The Long Blue Line: Bootleggers beware-Prohibition Law Enforcement 100 years ago

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

 By mamanning1in History onMarch 12, 2020No comments by Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen B. Lehmann On June 21, 2019, the Coast Guard and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection unveiled a remarkable feat – the interdiction of more than 16 tons of cocaine, worth approximately $1 billion. The haul was described as “one of the largest drug seizures […]

Multi-mission buoy tender keeps Gulf Coast open for business

Friday, March 20, 2020

 By mamanning1in Operations onMarch 6, 2020No comments Written by Walter T. Ham IV Coast Guard Cutter Cypress (WLB-210) helps to keep mariners on course around the resource-rich and storm-prone waters of the Gulf of Mexico. From Apalachicola, Florida, to Brownsville, Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border, the 225-foot seagoing buoy tender patrols a 900-mile area and maintains the Aids […]

The Long Blue Line: WHEO-701 and oceanography, Coast Guard’s lost mission

Sunday, March 15, 2020

 By mamanning1in History onMarch 5, 2020No comments Dr. P.J. Capelotti, PACM, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve (Ret.) In 1969, the crowning glory of nearly a century of Coast Guard oceanographic research was to arrive when Congress authorized construction of the largest and most advanced oceanographic vessel in the world. The 399-foot high-endurance oceanographic vessel WHEO-701 was to have set […]

The Long Blue Line: 75 years ago—the Coast Guard lands on bloody Iwo

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

 By mamanning1in History onFebruary 27, 2020No comments Dr. Robert M. Browning, Historian, U.S. Coast Guard retired The American flag was raised on top of Mt. Suribachi. Many a life was lost trying to get to the top of that mountain.-Diary of Carpenters Mate 3rd class Leno DiRosario,LST-795, February 23, 1945 In the quote above, CM3 Leno DiRosario recounted in […]

Stories Behind the State of the Coast Guard

Sunday, March 1, 2020

 By mamanning1in Core Values, Operations, Readiness onFebruary 18, 2020No comments By Adm. Karl Schultz, Commandant of the Coast Guard The theme for the 2020 State of the Coast Guard Address is “Why I Serve,” which highlights the individual motivations each of us have to serve in the world’s best Coast Guard. Some of us joined to travel, some for college, […]

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