Headstone of William Flores at his final resting place in Benbrook, Texas. Photo courtesy of Find-a-Grave.

The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard hero and FRC namesake William Flores

On Jan. 28, 1980, the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn and tanker S.S. Capricorn collided while outbound from Tampa Bay. Seaman Apprentice William Flores sacrificed his life to save the lives of his shipmates. In the years after the sinking, surviving crew members who had witnessed Flores’s bravery, lobbied the service to recognize and honor their fallen shipmate. In 2012, the Coast Guard commissioned the Fast Response Cutter William Flores homeported in Miami.


A challenge from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Douglas Munro is more than a service-wide exam study topic. You see, my dad was a Coast Guard chief back in the 70’s. Back then, with people serving only a few decades after the end of World War II, they were much more connected to that part of our history. But, it seems that that’s something we have largely let go of. Granted, there are some history buffs out there and many leaders who pass along that desire to preserve our heritage. So, that’s my call to action to leaders at all levels: if you aren’t doing so already, talk to your crew, your office or your unit about our service’s heroes. Whether you graduated from boot camp or from the Academy, you learned Munro’s story. I challenge you to build upon that foundation of knowledge.


Salute aboard Flores

Fulfilling a promise: The commissioning of Coast Guard Cutter William Flores

Written by Chief Petty Officer Judy L. Silverstein, 7th Coast Guard District Public Affairs. A gleaming white cutter, the William Flores sat at berth as crewmembers stood solemnly at their stations. The commissioning ceremony had just begun and it was […]


The manners of our profession: remembering lives that ended tragically and too soon

Yesterday marked 32 years since the sinking of Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn. Twenty-three of the Blackthorn’s 50 crewmembers lost their lives during the Coast Guard’s worst peacetime disaster, and a memorial inscribed with the names of the crewmembers that perished […]


Third fast response cutter launched

The U.S. Coast Guard’s third 154-foot fast response cutter, the William Flores, was launched at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La., today. The launch of William Flores into the waters of Bayou Lafourche marks a major milestone as the fast response […]