Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Capt. Joseph Mazzotta

The Great Depression was a time in America when people, who were jobless and hungry, turned to things like bootlegging, or hopping into a boxcar and riding a train off into the uncertainty of the West in the hopes to get lucky and finding a job. It was during this time that a 17-year-old in New Jersey native turned to the sea for opportunity, not to catch fish, but to save lives. Joseph Mazzotta enlisted in the Coast Guard as a Second Class Seaman, not knowing he was signing up for an adventurous career that would carry him through the ranks to become a captain, a football star and weave him through historic events to become part of the fabric of Coast Guard history.