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Coast Guard Seaman 2nd Class Seymour Wittek, a World War II veteran, receives the Coast Guard Commendation Medal from Vice Admiral Robert Papp on November  11, 2008.  Wittek passed away on December 30, 2009. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Seth Johnson)

Coast Guard Seaman 2nd Class Seymour Wittek, a World War II veteran, receives the Coast Guard Commendation Medal from Vice Admiral Robert Papp on November 11, 2008. Wittek passed away on December 30, 2009. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Seth Johnson)

  • 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 property in New York City in 1943. Wittek was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal just last year for his bravery during the fire. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Seaman Second Class Seymour Wittek.
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  • In the wake of multiple maritime tragedies in the Phillipines this past week, the U.S. Embassy in Manila has announced that it has approached the U.S. Coast Guard about deploying Guardians to the region to help train the maritime industry there and develop long-term solutions to maritime safety issues. Guardians have a long history of assisting the navies and coast guard’s of our allies.
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  • As we close out the year, it is a time for reflection on the sacrifices made not only by Guardians but also by their families to protect and save Americans both here and overseas. Operation Hug-A-Hero provides dolls bearing a parent’s image that serve as an “emotional safety blanket” for the children of military, law enforcement and first-responders. Click here to learn more about the program or to donate a doll.
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