In memoriam: Coast Guard WWII veteran, Chief Petty Officer John Gatton

“The Greatest Generation,” a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw, describes the generation who grew up during the Great Depression and fought for America in World War II. One member of the generation, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John Gatton Jr., who served as a quartermaster on a landing craft during the Invasion of Normandy, crossed the bar for the final time, October 26, 2016, at the age of 93.


The Long Blue Line: The “Gold Dust Twins” and the battle of Guadalcanal (Part 2)

The Guadalcanal campaign began on Thursday, August 7, 1942, exactly eight months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. With its lush jungle cover and tropical waters, Guadalcanal was a picturesque contrast of deep green and azure blue. But for all its natural beauty, Guadalcanal was also a fearful place to fight a war. This is Part Two of the story of Coast Guardsmen fighting in the battle of Guadalcanal during WWII.


The Long Blue Line: The “Gold Dust Twins” and the battle of Guadalcanal (Part 1)

The Guadalcanal campaign began on Thursday, August 7, 1942, exactly eight months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. With its lush jungle cover and tropical waters, Guadalcanal was a picturesque contrast of deep green and azure blue. But for all its natural beauty, Guadalcanal was also a fearful place to fight a war. This is Part One of the story of Coast Guardsmen fighting in the battle of Guadalcanal during WWII.


The name of Petty Officer 3rd Class Alfred Warm is displayed on a granite memorial, Sunday, July 3, 2016, on Mount Tom near Holyoke, Massachusetts. The memorial honors 25 service members who lost their lives when the B-17 they were flying in crashed on July 9, 1946. U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Andrew Barresi.

Labor of love: Strangers keep service members’ memories alive 70 years after crash

Seventy years ago a plane bound for Massachusetts with 25 service members returning from Greenland following the end of WWII crashed into a mountain. All 25 lives, including 15 Coast Guardsmen, each with unique stories and hopes for the future, were lost upon impact. For 50 years the crash site went unmarked until a group of dedicated volunteers decided that the 25 departed deserved more.


The Long Blue Line: Coast Guardsman Eliot Winslow, Nazi Johann-Heinrich Fehler and the surrender of U-234 (Part 2)

Today we continue the story U.S. Coast Guardsman Eliot Winslow and Nazi Johann-Heinrich Fehler.


The Long Blue Line: Coast Guardsman Eliot Winslow, Nazi Johann-Heinrich Fehler and the surrender of U-234

This is the tale of two combat captains. Each of them shared a love for the sea, the ability to command a crew under extreme conditions, and a loyalty to their nation and its wartime cause. But at the same time, they fought on opposing sides of World War II.


Return to Eagle: Former Coast Guardsman completes his bucket list

Former Coast Guardsman Jim Briggs, one of the first American crewmembers on the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, was able to check the last item off his bucket list recently: visiting his old cutter 66 years after he left it.


itCG – CG hero dies, assisting allies, daddy dolls

The Coast Guard family lost one of its heroes yesterday. 88-year-old Seymour Wittek was a World War II veteran and one of the men responsible for putting out a fire aboard a ship laden with explosives that threatened people and […]