These men and women were the first known minority service members to graduate from the Coast Guard Academy. U.S. Coast Guard photos.

The Long Blue Line: The Coast Guard Academy – commissioning minority officers for 75 years!

The U.S. Coast Guard has had a history of ethnic diversity that rivals all other federal agencies. Therefore, it is only fitting that we should document the service’s diverse history by focusing on the Coast Guard Academy, which has commissioned minority officers for 75 years.


George “White Bear” Drapeaux

Native Americans and the United States Coast Guard

In recognition of Native American Heritage Day, we have asked William H. Thiesen, Ph.D. the United States Coast Guard Atlantic Area Historian to provide some history on Native Americans who have served with pride and distinction in the United States […]