The Life-Saving Service crew that manned the Chicamacomico Station in 1918 when the famous Mirlo rescue took place. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: Mirlo Rescue—the Coast Guard’s baptism of fire!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the British tanker SS Mirlo near Cape Hatteras off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. A German U-boat shot a torpedo at the British ship causing it to explode. Chicamacomico Coast Guard Station in Rodanthe, North Carolina, initiated a rescue operation with station keeper John Allen Midgett at the fore. Midgett and his men improvised the at-sea fire rescue saving 42 British merchant mariners without the loss of a single surfman.

Legacy: The Midgett Family

Near a section of a hallway dedicated to the Coast Guard within the Pentagon, among pictures of John Allen Midgett Jr., namesake of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, and Rasmus Midgett – two of seven Midgett family members awarded the Gold Life Saving Medal, the Coast Guard Retiree Services Program hosted a ceremony for retired Chief Warrant Officer Llewellyn “Lew” Daniels Midgett.