Portraits of Lt. John McGourty and his wife Mildred Culver McGourty. U.S. Coast Guard imagery.

The Long Blue Line: Lt. John Farrell McGourty in WWI

Lt. John McGourty, 36, was a career Coast Guardsman, serving 13 years. He was also a father and a husband who lost his life when a German submarine sank Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, killing all 138 people aboard, off the coast of Wales just weeks before World War I ended in 1918.

Walking through Arlington: Self-guided Coast Guard tour available on app

For more than 150 years, servicemembers from every military branch have been laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery has a free app to help visitors locate gravesites, monuments and more. It also includes a self-guided Coast Guard tour focusing on points of interest relating to the Coast Guard, Coast Guard aviation and notable pioneers of naval aviation.

From the Commandant: Standing the Watch

For those who can join friends, family and loved ones over the holiday season, Fran and I encourage you to make the most of every moment as we honor those who are on watch tonight, and every night, protecting the freedoms we so enjoy.

Honoring fallen Coast Guard heroes

As we observe the manners of our profession this Memorial Day, we remember and honor our nation’s Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who died while in military service. We must never forget that freedom is not free, but is only made possible by the thousands of patriots who stood the watch and selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice to serve our nation. We owe them an eternal debt of gratitude.


Ringing in the New Year with rhyme: Afloat

On New Year’s Eve the midnight log entry at a Coast Guard unit takes on a life of its own and is traditionally written as a poem. The Compass reached out to those standing the mid-watch to share the tradition of applying verse to the ship’s log as we all rung in 2013.

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Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Friday

A week in the life of the Coast Guard is almost complete, but there are still lots of missions to see. From responding to a boat fire to the crisp precision of the service’s silent drill team, you don’t want to miss today’s Coast Guard action. From July 30 to August 5, Coast Guard men and women captured a week in the life of the Coast Guard to highlight the missions we perform on a daily basis. From a port security unit on a morning patrol off the coast of Kuwait to flight operations off the coast of Seattle, you’ll get a glimpse of just how much the Coast Guard does as we feature a day-by-day snapshot.

A memorable maritime legacy

Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Judy L. Silverstein. It was toward the end of World War I, on a stormy night, when Coast Guard Cutter Tampa disappeared off the coast of Wales with all crewmembers aboard. Considered the greatest […]

WWI sailor awarded Purple Heart 96 years later

Written by Chief Petty Officer Jeff Hall, 1st Coast Guard District public affairs. On a grey winter’s day along the coast of New Hampshire, recognition for sacrifice came to a local man nearly 100 years after he perished aboard Coast […]

Emlen Tunnell

History: Emlen Tunnell, an unsung hero

Update: Emlen Tunnell was posthumously awarded the Silver Lifesaving Medal at a ceremony in Alameda, Calif., March 9. A photograph from this ceremony has been added below. Written by Dr. David Rosen, Coast Guard Historian As we head into Super […]

Coast Guard Academy Billet Night

In a time-honored tradition, the Coast Guard Academy‘s Class of 2010 were informed of their initial billets as officers during Billet Night. The soon-to-be ensigns found out which Coast Guard units they will report to when they graduate later this spring. […]

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