The Long Blue Line: USS Serpens—the Coast Guard’s greatest loss

Nearly 73 years ago on Jan. 29, 1945, a catastrophic explosion destroyed the Coast Guard-manned transport, USS Serpens. In terms of lives lost, the destruction of the Serpens ranks as the single largest disaster ever recorded in Coast Guard history.

Flags across America

As the sun rose over Arlington National Cemetery, a group of Coast Guard members and their families gathered. With steam rising from their coffee cups, they set out amongst the cemetery’s autumn leaves to perform the most humbling of acts […]