Small boat showing the minimal protection for boat and crew of flak vests and battle helmets. Photo courtesy of Gordon M. Gillies.

The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard small boat ops in Vietnam

During the Vietnam War, the 82-foot “Point”-Class cutters of Squadron One supported small boat reconnaissance missions. Their missions required the small boats to probe the canals and waterways of South Vietnam. These missions gathered intelligence regarding enemy weapons, troop movements, fortified positions and bunkers. Check out the blog to learn more about these dangerous operations, carried out at night and giving new meaning to the service’s old saying, “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.”


Honoring Coast Guard’s past and present: Heriberto Hernandez

In a service of nearly 55,000 active duty, officer, reserve and civilian Coast Guard personnel, only 4 percent are Hispanic-Americans who have chosen to serve our country. We celebrate those currently serving, those who have served in the past and those will serve in the future during National Hispanic Heritage Month – a month in which we pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic-Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.


The Long Blue Line: Eddie Hernandez and small boat operations in Vietnam

The Long Blue Line: Eddie Hernandez and small boat operations in Vietnam

Fast Response Cutter namesake Heriberto Segovia Hernandez volunteered for duty in Vietnam in 1968. Known as “Eddie” by his friends and shipmates, Hernandez was assigned to the 82-foot Coast Guard patrol boat Point Cypress, which served along the Cau Mau Peninsula on the southern-most tip of South Vietnam.


Heriberto Hernandez

Coast Guard Heroes: Heriberto Hernandez

This is the last post in the Compass series that chronicled the first 14 heroes the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters have been named for. These men and women, who stood the watch before us, lived extraordinary lives as they lit […]