gallatin

Gallatin’s final patrol

They stood side by side, one last time, on the back of the great white beast as they entered the quiet waters of Charleston Harbor. For the last 72 days, they had toiled together under the Caribbean sun far from home and hearth in service to their country. It had been a hard journey, but a fruitful one. However, for now, they were left only to gaze out into the harbor, each with their own thoughts. As they drew closer they could see the banners of their nation flapping gently in the soft December breeze. A crowd had gathered; some were holding signs, while others waved. They had made it; they were finally home. The last patrol of Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin and its crew had come to an end.