The U.S. Coast Guard Academy football team enters Cadet Memorial Field to battle the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in the Secretary's Cup Sept. 8, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

Coast Guard Academy football dedicates season to WWII hero

As the Coast Guard Academy Bears head into a rivalry game more than four decades in the making – the highly anticipated Secretaries’ Cup – the football team has come together to celebrate the life of Lt. James Crotty by dedicating the 2014 football season to his memory, raising the profile of a hero who truly lived and died by the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.


History – LT Thomas James Eugene Crotty: A Coast Guard Leader, Hero and Prisoner of War

Post Written by By William H. Thiesen, Ph.D. Atlantic Area Historian, United States Coast Guard Near the end of Lieutenant “Jimmy” Crotty’s life, he would call on his innate leadership skills time and again in a desperate struggle against impossible […]