Coast Guard Heroes: Nathan Bruckenthal

Coast Guard Heroes: Nathan Bruckenthal

On April 25, 2004, while serving as part of Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia aboard USS Firebolt, Petty Officer 3rd Class Bruckenthal, a damage controlman, and two U. S. Navy sailors were killed in the line of duty while conducting maritime intercept operations in the North Arabian Gulf.


U.S. Coast Guard graphic by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

Coast Guard to name cutter for DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal

At an Arlington National Cemetery memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of the death of Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, who died during combat operations off the coast of Iraq, Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp announced the U.S. Coast Guard will name a cutter in Bruckenthal’s honor.


Nathan aboard Coast Guard aircraft

Life of a service dog: Dogs really can fly!

As I grow up I am beginning to learn more about what it takes to be a service dog. A good service dog has to be healthy, happy, confident and steady. Oh, and did I say smart? All of these traits are also traits many Coast Guardsmen have. Just as in their training, I am provided all sorts of experiences so I can be prepared. I’d like to think I am “always ready” just like they are!


Nathan

Life of a service dog: Meeting the Bruckenthals

As a young pup I was told a lot about becoming a service dog, even though I really did not know what it all meant. I just figured I would understand someday. For now, I was busy having fun learning about all the new things in my life but my handler thought it was time for me to learn a little more about my namesake, Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan “Nate” Bruckenthal. Since I can’t read, my handler thought it was best for me to visit Arlington National Cemetery to introduce me to Nate.


100 Faces of War: DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal

100 names. 100 faces. 100 Americans who fought for freedom. So began Matt Mitchell’s journey to paint a portrait of 100 Americans who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan. From the commander of a rifle company to an Army cavalry scout, […]


DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal

“Round Island Row” in honor of DC3 Bruckenthal

Post co-authored by Christopher Lagan In 2004, Damage Controlman 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal became the first Coast Guardsman killed in action since the Vietnam War while serving in Iraq. Nate Bruckenthal was an inspiration both to his shipmates and the […]