Portraits of Lt. John McGourty and his wife Mildred Culver McGourty. U.S. Coast Guard imagery.

The Long Blue Line: Lt. John Farrell McGourty in WWI

Lt. John McGourty, 36, was a career Coast Guardsman, serving 13 years. He was also a father and a husband who lost his life when a German submarine sank Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, killing all 138 people aboard, off the coast of Wales just weeks before World War I ended in 1918.