Rescued Crew from the Tug Thomas Tracy

Coast Guard Heroes: William C. Hart

In November 1926, CG-213, with Hart in charge, stood out toward Absecon Bar to assist the stranded tug Thomas Tracy. Owing to the prevailing heavy seas, accompanied by a 70-mile gale, it was found necessary for the crew to abandon ship.


U.S. Life Saving Serice crew landing rescued

Coast Guard Heroes: Joseph O. Doyle

Joseph O. Doyle was appointed keeper of the Charlotte, New York Life Saving Station July 11, 1878. As keeper, he secured the appointment of a paid crew and became known as one of the most distinguished surfmen attached to the U.S. Life-Saving Service.


PritchardDuck

Coast Guard Heroes: Benjamin A. Bottoms

Benjamin Bottoms eagerly volunteered to accompany the pilot, Lt. John A. Pritchard, of the cutter’s plane on the hazardous rescue flight. Though no one ever before had successfully landed a plane on the ice cap, the two men were confident that the rescue could be accomplished.


Coast Guard Heroes: Terrell Horne III

Coast Guard Heroes: Terrell Horne III

Terrell Horne III stood the watch on the front lines of Coast Guard operations throughout his nearly 14 years of active duty. Throughout his Coast Guard service, his professionalism and commitment, like those before him, ensured that the Coast Guard was always ready to answer the nation’s call.


Coast Guard Heroes: Robert G. Ward

Coast Guard Heroes: Robert G. Ward

Ward served as coxswain of a landing craft in the first wave, in the landing operations against the enemy on Cotentin Peninsula. Ward successfully landed his troop personnel despite heavy enemy opposition. Upon retracting from the beach, he observed the stranded crews from two other landing craft whose boats had been destroyed by enemy mortar fire. Ward returned to the beach, took off both crews despite continued shelling, and returned safely with them to his ship.


Petty Officer 2nd Class John Thompson, a boatswain's mate aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia, and Dr. Joe Haxel, a research assistant with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, prepare special floats used to deploy a hydrophone in Challenger Deep near the Federated States of Micronesia, Jan. 11, 2015. The crew of the Sequoia and NOAA scientists deployed the hydrophone in an attempt to listen to ambient sound in the deepest part of the Challenger Deep. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle.

Listening to the deep

We know more about the surface of the Moon and Mars than we do about the ocean’s seafloor. With water encompassing 63.78 million square miles, the oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, with the world’s largest body of water, the Pacific Ocean, covering roughly one third. The Pacific also boasts the deepest trenches, specifically Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench near the Federated States of Micronesia. Given Challenger Deep’s inhospitable environment, no one has attempted to extensively record ambient sound at its full depth. That is, until now.


Coast Guard Heroes: Forrest O. Rednour

Coast Guard Heroes: Forrest O. Rednour

As Escanaba moved in to pick up survivors, the men designated for this operation got the rescue equipment ready. Rednour was one of these men. Lines were cut and made ready for hauling helpless men aboard. Sea ladders were placed so that they would be readily available when needed. Heaving lines were made ready, the cargo net was dropped, ready for use, and Escanaba’s retrievers put on their rubber suits with lines made fast to them.


Coast Guard Heroes: Nathan Bruckenthal

Coast Guard Heroes: Nathan Bruckenthal

On April 25, 2004, while serving as part of Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia aboard USS Firebolt, Petty Officer 3rd Class Bruckenthal, a damage controlman, and two U. S. Navy sailors were killed in the line of duty while conducting maritime intercept operations in the North Arabian Gulf.


Coast Guard Heroes: Richard T. Snyder

Coast Guard Heroes: Richard T. Snyder

For gallantry in action during the amphibious assault, Snyder was awarded the Silver Star. In his award citation, it was noted that, “Snyder’s forceful initiative, cool courage and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”


Coast Guard Heroes: Joseph Gerczak

Coast Guard Heroes: Joseph Gerczak

Gerczak was on board USS LST-66 during the initial assault against the Japanese-held Borgen Bay Area of New Britain on Dec. 26, 1943. As seven Japanese dive bombers suddenly attacked his ship as it stood in the bay awaiting other vessels then unloading cargo on the beach, Gerczak immediately manned his battle station and was the first to open fire.


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