In early 1879, Soong signed on to the revenue cutter Albert Gallatin in Boston and served on board for over a year. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: Chiaio-shung Soong – Cutterman and powerful Chinese patriarch

Chiaio-shung Soong (a.k.a. Charles Jones Soong) is the most famous individual of Chinese ancestry to serve in the United States Coast Guard. However, his fame is little known in the U.S. compared to his celebrity in the Far East. Soong led an extraordinary life and, as a young teen, he began a journey that would lead him from his home in China around the globe to the United States, where he became a Coast Guardsman. In the span of just a few years, he would return to his homeland to become one of the most influential men in late 19th-century China.