William Thiesen

The USCG and the Amphibious Assault on Saipan

His courage and conduct throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service. – Adm. Chester W....

100 Years of Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers

In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the establishment the United States Coast Guard, a new military agency comprised...

The 10th Anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Spill

"Even Exxon Valdez pales in comparison to the volume, scale, number of Coast Guard resources, how much time has been devoted...

55 Years Ago, the U.S. Coast Guard Joined the Fight in Vietnam

"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 wit...

Oliver Henry - Warrior, Leader, Trailblazer

In the U.S. Coast Guard, there are thousands of highly motivated men and women doing extraordinary things. This kind of individual...

The 75th Anniversary of the Loss of USS Serpens

"I felt and saw two flashes after which only the bow of the ship was visible. The rest had disintegrated and the bow sank soo...

40th Anniversary of the Loss of the Buoy Tender Blackthorn

One of forty 180-foot buoy tenders built during World War II, Blackthorn (WLB-391) was commissioned on March 27, 1944. The princip...

C.W. Lawrence, Tamer of America’s Maritime Frontier

"When it is remembered that you have been in a harbor where from five to six hundred vessels were riding at anchor—in t...

Christmas 1944: The Liberation of Leyte

"People of the Philippines: I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil—soi...

Early African-American Service: First to Serve, First to Sacrifice

By William Thiesen 12-06-2019 03:22:00

African Americans comprise the longest serving minority in the United States Coast Guard. They were the first to serve and, in man...

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