Photo of F. Miguchi’s cutter, the Gresham. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: F. Miguchi – Japanese Hero of the Cutter Gresham

The first ethnically Asian Coast Guardsman recognized for heroism by the Service was also Japanese. Born in Kobe, Japan, F. Miguchi began serving as a cook on Gresham at the age of 37. He was perhaps the first ethnically Japanese Coast Guardsman to serve on the East Coast. However, little else is known about F. Miguchi. There is no photograph available to identify him and even his first name remains a mystery to this day. All that he left behind is the record of his Silver Lifesaving Medal, symbolizing the comradery he shared with his shipmates.