The Long Blue Line: The Wampanoags at Gay Head Light

Native Americans have participated in the Coast Guard and its predecessor services since the early 19th century, representing the second earliest minority group to serve in the Coast Guard. The first Native Americans known to serve in the Coast Guard were the Wampanoag in Massachusetts at Gay Head Lighthouse.


The Long Blue Line: Native Americans and their Service in the Coast Guard

Minority men and women have served in the U.S. Coast Guard since the service’s beginning in 1790. Native Americans from a variety of tribes and locations participated in the Coast Guard’s predecessor services since the early 19th century, representing the second earliest minority group to serve in the Coast Guard.