This image shows minority Lt. j.g. Joseph Jenkins and Lt. j.g. Clarence Samuels aboard Coast Guard operated USS Sea Cloud in the North Atlantic in World War II. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: A history of African-Americans in Coast Guard combat

African-Americans have served in every conflict fought by the Coast Guard and its predecessor services, and currently comprise the longest serving minority in the service. Today, we commemorate the achievements and sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of African-Americans over the course of the service’s 228-year history.


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A Bear of a sea story

Written by Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Frederick, Atlantic Area public affairs. Coast Guard Cutter Bear fittingly celebrated 30 years of commissioned service with a recent return to homeport after a successful eight-week patrol in the Caribbean Sea. Bear is the oldest […]


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Dr. Olivia Hooker: Veteran trail blazer

The following is an excerpt from the White Plains Patch reprinted with permission. Westchester County recently presented Dr. Olivia Hooker, a World War II Coast Guard SPAR and one of the first African American women to enlist in the service, […]


Guardian of the Week – LTs Hannah Bealon and Randall Black

Last Wednesday Lieutenants Randall Black and Hannah Bealon where recognized as the Coast Guard’s selectees for the 2010 Department of Defense African American History Month Recognition Award during a ceremony in Atlanta. Bealon, Reserve Status Manager at the Personnel Service […]


Black History Month: Honoring the service of African American Guardians

As part of the Coast Guard Compass’ ongoing celebration of Black History Month, we bring you the following article by Coast Guard Atlantic Area Historian William H. Thiesen. Mr. Thiesen’s piece on the history of African American service is a […]