Coast Guard

Vincent W. Patton III – First African American Master Chief of the Coast Guard

Vincent W. Patton III, a native of Detroit, MI was born in 1954. During high school he was an Eagle Scout, a part of the Naval Sea Cadets Corps and after graduating in 1972 he enlisted in the Coast Guard. He began his career as a Radioman but in 1979 changed rate to Yeoman. DuringContinue Reading “Vincent W. Patton III – First African American Master Chief of the Coast Guard”

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Bobby C. Wilks, First African American Coast Guard Aviator

Bobby C. Wilks was born in St. Louis, MO in 1931.He graduated from college in 1954 and then enlisted in the US Coast Guard Reserve the following year. He was ordered to Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as an Ensign in 1956. Not long after he was sent to Pensacola, FL to attend flightContinue Reading “Bobby C. Wilks, First African American Coast Guard Aviator”

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Black History Month: “Hell-Roaring Mike”

  Preface: As we celebrate February and Black History Month I wanted to give everyone a peek into the tremendous history of African American’s in the Coast Guard. With several articles dedicated to those amazing men and women. In 1839, near Macon, Georgia, Michael A. Healy was born to an Irish planter and a formerContinue Reading “Black History Month: “Hell-Roaring Mike””