Coast Guard to name cutter for DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal
Posted by Christopher Lagan, Thursday, April 24, 2014
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.
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.