Commissioing ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Evans and Munro reunited in Coast Guard fleet

“Raymond Evans’ memory, character and legacy is a part of our Coast Guard culture,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. “Nothing could be more fitting than to commission a fast response cutter in his name – his spirit will live on in the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans.”


‘Zaching’ aboard Munro

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.


Coast Guard Cutter Munro

Shipmate of the Week – BM3 Michael Valdes

In 1867 the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, predecessor service to the U.S. Coast Guard, transported the first federal officials to the territory of Alaska. From this modest beginning, cutters would eventually sail into the Arctic and the Bering Sea to protect the sea and those on it. Thus, “The Bering Sea Patrol” was born. Today, Coast Guard men and women continue to sail the Bering’s frigid waters, from the Akutan to the Pribilofs. It takes a certain type of sailor to perform operations in these waters; Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Valdes is one such Coast Guardsman.


Piano

Our fame, our glory too

It’s no secret the remote but vibrant Aleutian city of Unalaska is home to many treasures of Coast Guard lore, yet one of the most prominent would seem unlikely: A piano. This piano is so important the crew from Coast Guard Cutter Munro gathered in their service dress blues at the house of City Councilwomen Zoya Johnson just to see it. Johnson generously opened her home so guests could gather around the piano keys and give a showing of the Coast Guard’s hymn, “Semper Paratus.” The musical selection was not only fitting for the company; it was on Johnson’s piano, in the Summer of 1926, that “Semper Paratus” was first composed!


Through the ice

A day on the Bering: Nothing ‘routine’ about it

Forty miles southwest of the Pribilof Islands, Coast Guard Cutter Munro navigated shifting ice fields to close on the Bering Sea’s largest fishing fleet. Arctic winds whipped through the bridge’s opened door at sunrise while crewmembers cleaved ice on the forecastle and engineers looked over the ready boat to make sure its systems wouldn’t freeze up. These frozen conditions don’t sound ideal for most people. Then again, most people aren’t crewmembers aboard Munro.


Cutterman pin

Shipmate of the Week – CWO James Bride

Chief Warrant Officer James Bride has spent his life at sea, making his way along the Alaskan coast, around the Pacific Rim and throughout the Atlantic basin. He has made moorings and anchorages from South America to the Arctic and from Tokyo to San Juan. That’s a lot of port calls and a lot of years. 20 years of sea duty to be exact.


2012 ceremony

Shipmate of the Week – CWO Clifford Mooneyham

For more than a century, sailors on patrol in the Bering Sea would make port calls into Dutch Harbor. So it wasn’t strange last week when Coast Guard Cutter Munro pulled into the remote port along the Aleutian Islands. What was unusual, perhaps, was how crewmembers assembled themselves in full dress along a humble Aleutian hillside.


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