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The Coast Guard to Maneuver Stormy Seas

“I am a Coast Guardsman… I stand the watch… I scan the horizon for signs of friend or foe, squall or calm, shoals or deep water, challenges and opportunities… always vigilant… As we look to the horizon, I have great confidence and optimism about where we are today… and where we are headed.” (Papp 2013)Continue Reading “The Coast Guard to Maneuver Stormy Seas”

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Ida Lewis: The True Keeper of the Light

Preface: In continuing with my articles on influential members of the Coast Guard, I thought it fitting to write about another hero, this time a female, during National Women’s Month.   Idawalley (Ida) Lewis was born February 25th, 1842 in Newport, Rhode Island. Her father was a Captain in the Revenue Cutter Service (modern dayContinue Reading “Ida Lewis: The True Keeper of the Light”

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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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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””