225 Years of Service to Nation

225 years of Service to Nation: Defense Readiness

For 225 years, the Coast Guard has served as the nation’s lead Federal maritime law enforcement agency, protecting our shores each and every day. The Coast Guard also serves as one of the nation’s five armed forces, assisting in the defense of our nation during times of war.

Master Chief

Coast Guard Heroes: Donald H. Horsley

Master Chief Petty Officer Donald H. Horsley served the Coast Guard though 44 years of continuous service from age 17 to 62, enlisting Aug. 4, 1942. He served on active duty for 44 years, four months and 27 days. His career spanned three wars and saw service aboard 34 vessels.

Coast Guard Heroes: Richard H. Patterson

While on a patrol in the waters near the mouth of the Cua Viet River, about three-quarters of a mile south of the demilitarized zone, Coast Guard Cutter Point Welcome was attacked. In response, Chief Petty Officer Richard Patterson took charge of the situation. Using a fire hose he quickly extinguished a blaze that had started as a result of the strafing. Then, climbing to the bridge, he took command of the cutter.

Coast Guard units encouraged to participate in 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War

Coast Guard units at all levels have the opportunity to participate in the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War by becoming Commemorative Partners. This experience can provide a meaningful link between present-day service members and those who served in the past – especially for units that deployed or otherwise supported the Vietnam War.


Honor Flight: Welcoming American heroes to DC

The Honor Flight Network brings senior veterans to Washington free of charge to see, for the first time, the monuments for the wars they fought in, with priority given to veterans from World War II and veterans who are terminally ill.

Lt. Jack Rittichier

Lt. Jack Rittichier and the legacy of Vietnam

A 34-year-old Coast Guard pilot flew above the war-torn Republic of Vietnam with many uncertainties on his mind. While he and his fellow servicemembers faced the unknown, he was sure about one thing. “I just want to save lives as […]

History: Coast Guard Cutter Taney

Written by the Coast Guard Historian’s Office. Roger B. Taney was commissioned Oct. 24, 1936. The 327-foot cutter was designed to meet the changing missions of the service as it emerged from the Prohibition era. Taney and crew arrived in […]

Lt. Rittichier

100 years of Naval Aviation: Lt. Jack Rittichier

As part of our ongoing celebration of the 2011 Centennial of Naval Aviation, we wanted to bring you the story of Lt. Jack Rittichier, Coast Guard aviator # 997 and the first Coast Guardsman to be killed in action during […]

Heriberto Hernandez

Coast Guard Heroes: Heriberto Hernandez

This is the last post in the Compass series that chronicled the first 14 heroes the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters have been named for. These men and women, who stood the watch before us, lived extraordinary lives as they lit […]

A Coast Guard Hero Honored

A memorial service and burial at sea was held for a Vietnam War Era Coast Guard Hero, Chief Boatswains Mate Richard Patterson June 16. BMC Patterson was a legendary Coastie honored for his heroic courage under fire when the CGC […]