Zach Lederer was 18 when he stared defiantly at a camera and flexed his muscles. The pose, so common in weight rooms and sporting complexes, was a rare sight where he sat – a hospital bed. Lederer, diagnosed with brain cancer for the second time in his life, had just undergone brain surgery in January 2012. Doctors were able to remove part of a cancerous tumor and just an hour out of surgery he wanted to show strength. The single image has inspired thousands around the world. Of those thousands was the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Munro.
This year the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates its 75th anniversary and this is the first of several articles that will describe how each decade contributed to the evolving relationship between the active duty Coast Guard and the Auxiliary. These are stories of bravery, honor and devotion to duty sprinkled with humor, common sense, American ingenuity and hard work.
What are Coast Guard crews to do with ice, snow and blizzard-like conditions? Train. Crews at Station Cleveland Harbor recently completed two weeks of ice-rescue training led by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Vitou.
For Coast Guardsmen engaged in an active search for people in distress, who may be on the verge of panic, fright or worse, they have to be cool and calm, regardless of the state of seas, the boat or their own mind. Response crews must be ready and capable to take the helm of a Coast Guard boat and pilot it home, even the newest members.
For one week, four Royal Sailors, 14 Royal Marines and seven police force members trained with the Coast Guard on ballistic missile submarine force protection.
In the labyrinth and confluence of ladders, corridors and gangways aboard the 540-foot T. S. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s cadet training ship, it was a “hellish” close quarters combat training for 15 members from four maritime safety and security teams from Boston, New York, New Orleans and Galveston, Texas. Training multiple law enforcement teams simultaneously is a rare and precious opportunity, so this particular event means a lot to the trainees and to unit commanders.
Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn. A boat is sinking with four people aboard in the middle of 30-foot seas that are crashing into each other, spraying salt into the air and creating deep swells giving way to […]
National African American History Month, celebrated in the U.S. during February, is an international annual observance for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African people living outside the continent of Africa. The Coast Guard honors those who have faced adversity and overcome not just this month, but every month as Coast Guardsmen face peril in emergency situations every day keeping our waters safe.
Capt. Winslow Buxton is 100 years young today! Living in Bellevue, Wash., he remains affable, pert and active. He was born in New London, Conn., and attended the Coast Guard Academy from 1934 to 1938. Before the war he served as deck officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter Mojave and executive officer of Coast Guard Cutter Tallapoosa, working on search and rescue cases out of Key West, Fl. In honor of his birthday, Coast Guard historian Dr. Dave Rosen sat down with Buxton as the veteran recounted his WWII adventures.
After having gone through an extensive three year, $90 million dollar reactivation, Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is fully operational and currently deployed to McMurdo, Antarctica, for Operation Deep Freeze 2014. Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Payne, an electrician’s mate, contributed greatly to Polar Star’s reactivation. Payne began his tour while the ship was in dry-dock and extended for a year to be a part of the cutter’s first Deep Freeze mission in seven years.