The bay was calm as my father, Enginemen 1st Class Harry L. Norris Sr., answered the call to set the special sea detail in May 1961. His newly constructed Coast Guard Point-class patrol boat trailed behind two other patrol boats as they neared the majestic Cape Charles lighthouse. An 8,000-mile, 45-day journey lay ahead for as the crew as they began their journey to the west, via the Panama Canal.
The weekend is here as we showcase Coast Guard missions in a week in the life of the Coast Guard. Check out these photos to see everything from small boat operations in Ketchikan, Alaska, to servicemembers commemorating 222 years of America’s Coast Guard. From July 30 to August 5, Coast Guard men and women captured a week in the life of the Coast Guard to highlight the missions we perform on a daily basis. Stay with us throughout the week as we share a day-by-day snapshot of life in the Coast Guard.