Coast Guard to name cutter for DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal

U.S. Coast Guard graphic by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

U.S. Coast Guard graphic by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp speaks during a memorial service for Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Bruckenthal at Arlington National Cemetery April 24, 2014. The memorial was held to honor Bruckenthal's service and sacrifice 10 years from the day he was killed in the line of duty while on a security mission near the Iraqi Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal. Coast Guard photo by Pety Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp speaks during a memorial service for Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Bruckenthal at Arlington National Cemetery April 24, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Pety Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

At an Arlington National Cemetery memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of the death of Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, who died during combat operations off the coast of Iraq, Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp announced the U.S. Coast Guard will name a cutter in Bruckenthal’s honor.

The Commandant personally informed the Bruckenthal family a fast response cutter will bear Nathan’s name as a reminder of his courage and sacrifice in defense of his nation and our freedoms.

Bruckenthal died April 24, 2004, as a result of injuries sustained on a security mission near the Iraqi Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal when suicide bombers initiated a waterborne assault. In the decade since, he has become a hero to a generation of Coast Guardsmen – most significantly symbolized in the dedication of Bruckenthal Hall at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May where all enlisted personnel are indoctrinated into the service.

Seaman Recruit Jerome Johnson holds the November company flag during the Bruckenthal Hall Dedication Ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. The ceremony honored the late Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan B. Bruckenthal, for whom Bruckenthal Hall is named, and was held on the 14th anniversary of Bruckenthal's basic training graduation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen.

Seaman Recruit Jerome Johnson holds the November company flag during the Bruckenthal Hall Dedication Ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen.

As part of the recapitalization of the Coast Guard cutter fleet, the fast response cutters are being named for Coast Guard enlisted heroes as a reminder to their crews of the rich history of the nation’s oldest continuous maritime service and an opportunity to educate the public we serve on the contributions the service and Coast Guardsmen have made to the safety and security of the United States.

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  • AbeFromanEast

    Rest in peace

  • swede

    The United States Coast Guard’s naming of all 58 planned Sentinel-class fast response cutters in honor of enlisted service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice just reinforces the core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty held by those who serve in the oldest sea-going service of the United States. Bravo Zulu!

  • FresnoJoe

    Amen~!

  • disqus_XPvngEmOo9

    they have not all made “the ultimate sacrifice “

  • Steven H

    They just named one for a light keeper. I guess they got them confused with the “Keeper class cutters”.

  • Douglas Small

    Well done. PO Bruckenthal’s duty and sacrifice will not be forgotten.