Painting of the Escanaba rescue effort by an unknown artist. (U.S. Coast Guard)

The Long Blue Line: Warren Deyampert – African-American rescue swimmer of World War II

In a time of unrest, when U-boats patrolled the icy waters of the North Atlantic, a crew of three bravely volunteered to serve the hazardous duty of rescue swimmer aboard Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba. Second Class Officer’s Steward Warren Deyampert worked on the cutter to develop a system of tethered rescue swimmers that ultimately saved well over 100 lives after an enemy submarine torpedoed U.S. Army transport Dorchester. Despite his secondary status in a segregated service, Deyampert placed the needs of others before his own and was posthumously awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Medal and Purple Heart Medal.


Gary Thomas, executive director of the Foundation for Coast Guard History's individual achievement award for his service on the tiger naming team to help identify relatives of former enlisted Coast Guard heroes.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Cmdr. Bill McKinstry

The Foundation for Coast Guard History presented an individual achievement award to Cmdr. Bill McKinstry for volunteering to serve on the fast response cutter naming tiger team. The team helps identify and locate relatives of former enlisted personnel heroes who were under consideration as possible FRC namesakes.


tezanos sketchbook

The Tezanos sketchbook

Coast Guard Art Program artist Robert Selby deployed with Coast Guard Cutter Joseph for two weeks in May 2018. While aboard, Selby executed an artist’s sketchbook in preparation for a painting that will take the work of the Coast Guard at Sector San Juan as its theme.


The Long Blue Line: Maurice Jester

The Coast Guard recently released the names of the newest Fast Response Cutters to be commissioned. Each FRC is named after a Coast Guard hero. One such Coast Guardsman is Maurice Jester, a WWII hero.


Fast Response Cutter Webber, first in the class of the “Sentinel”-class of Fast Response Cutters. (U.S. Coast Guard Collection)

The Long Blue Line: Fast Response Cutters – the mainstay of the Coast Guard’s coastal patrol fleet

The Coast Guard is building a class of cutters similar to the Morris-class designed to serve a multi-mission role. The “Sentinel”-class Fast Response Cutters (FRC) perform drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; national defense; and much more. The Fast Response Cutters will form the mainstay of the Coast Guard’s coastal patrol fleet, providing multi-mission capabilities and interagency interoperability.


Crew members man the rails aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) as aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point conduct a fly-over in two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters during a commissioning ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, Oct. 31, 2017. The Oliver Berry is the first of the three Honolulu-based Fast Response Cutters that will primarily serve the main Hawaiian Islands. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle.

24th Fast Response Cutter commissioned, begins watch over Hawaiian Islands

The Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry is the first of three operational fast response cutters to be commissioned in Hawaii. The FRCs are named after Coast Guard enlisted heroes and replace the 110-foot Island-class patrol boats.


The crew of Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick stands proud facing the crowd of the commissioning ceremony at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan, Alaska, April 12, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

Stewards of the Last Frontier

Today, the Coast Guard’s newest fast response cutter, Coast Guard Cutter John F. McCormick, officially entered the fleet. While fast response cutters have been in the fleet since 2012, this marks a significant moment for the Coast Guard’s operations in Alaska and in the region, as McCormick is the first of its class to be stationed in the state and the first on the west coast.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos crew

Living up to their cutter’s namesake, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos was recently recognized for their heroism, bravery and devotion to duty after coordinating the rescue of 511 passengers aboard a cruise ship that had caught fire near the Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Seaman 1st Class Rollin Fritch

The Coast Guard will commission its newest Fast Response Cutter, the Rollin A. Fritch, Nov. 18, 2016, in Cape May, New Jersey. The cutter’s namesake was a crewmember aboard the USS Callaway during World War II and died during a Kamikaze attack January 8, 1945.


Honoring Coast Guard’s past and present: Heriberto Hernandez

In a service of nearly 55,000 active duty, officer, reserve and civilian Coast Guard personnel, only 4 percent are Hispanic-Americans who have chosen to serve our country. We celebrate those currently serving, those who have served in the past and those will serve in the future during National Hispanic Heritage Month – a month in which we pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic-Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.


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