Overlooked service

Overlooked service
Lt. Jack Rittichier in front of an HH-52A prior to his deployment to Vietnam–another Coast Guard exchange pilot, LCDR Lonnie Mixon–is to Rittichier’s right by Lt. Krystyn Pecora Every day, dozens of military members, retirees and family members hurriedly pass through the doors of the administration building at the Coast Guard base in Portsmouth, Virginia. For most of these individuals,...

Revenue Cutter Naugatuck: The Coast Guard’s Ironclad and the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff

Revenue Cutter Naugatuck: The Coast Guard's Ironclad and the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff
An illustration of Union ironclads during the Battle of Hampton Roads. (Re-upload of an image from the U.S. Coast Guard historical website.) May 15, 1862 The roar of cannon fire fills the air as a pall of gun smoke drifts across the James River, eight miles south of Richmond, Virginia. Three Union ironclads, including the Revenue Cutter Naugatuck, are fighting in a battle with Confederate-manned Fort...

Celebrating women’s history in the Coast Guard

Celebrating women's history in the Coast Guard
Personal items donated to the Old Coast Guard Station museum in Virginia Beach, Va., by Lt. Cmdr. Kerry Karwan.Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala “I’ll give you the clothes off my back.” It is a saying of generosity and altruism, but for one woman, it has a different meaning. Though she’s not literally giving someone the clothes she’s currently wearing, Lt. Cmdr....

Coast Guardsmen honor fallen shipmate near Vashon Island, Wash.

Coast Guardsmen honor fallen shipmate near Vashon Island, Wash.
Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Seattle, Maritime Safety and Security Team 91101, Coast Guard Cutter Midgett and Safeboat International convene for an at-sea wreath laying ceremony in honor of Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Gill Jr. near Vashon Island, Wash., March 25, 2015. Boats from each unit, as well as a 65-foot boat built by Safeboat for the Tunisian navy, were strung together, serving as...

100 years and Ticking

100 years and Ticking
Linwood “Tick” Thumm as a young ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard. By Coast Guard Auxiliarist member, Trey Clifton They were dubbed the greatest generation, and after spending an hour or so with Linwood Thumm, known more affectionately as “Tick,” it’s easy to understand why. His recollection of his service in the Coast Guard during WWII are as vivid as if he just left the battle....

Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg receives service’s final response boat

Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg receives service's final response boat
Vice Adm. Peter V. Neffenger and maritime industry personnel prepare to get underway on the 174th and final 45-foot Response Boat-Medium after a ceremony marking the delivery milestone, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Crystalynn A. Kneen) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard held a ceremony to recognize the 174th and final delivery of the Coast Guard’s...

Trackside to seaside: Pit stops prepare former NASCAR jackman for U.S. Coast Guard

Trackside to seaside: Pit stops prepare former NASCAR jackman for U.S. Coast Guard
Justin Terry helps set up the pit box before a NASCAR race in Charlotte, N.C. in May of 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by J.D. Terry) by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn Ever wonder what it’s like to respond to a distress call as a member of a Coast Guard boat crew, in the dark, in high winds and heavy swells? How about to work as part of a NASCAR pit crew? To be surrounded by thousands...

Coast Guard honors Centenarian, first African American woman to enlist in Coast Guard

Coast Guard honors Centenarian, first African American woman to enlist in Coast Guard
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft with Dr. Olivia J. Hooker, who had a building dedicated to her at Coast Guard Sector New York in Staten Island, New York, March 12, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi) NEW YORK — A ceremony was held at Coast Guard Sector New York in Staten Island, New York, Thursday, to officially rename the Sector New York Galley in honor...

A unique rescue operation saves two endangered sea turtles

A unique rescue operation saves two endangered sea turtles
Seaman Brandon Groshens and crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert work to free to Olive Ridley sea turtles entangled in a bundle of fishing gear off Central America Feb. 10, 2015. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Marissa Massey) Story by Lt. Donnie Brzuska ASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard Cutter Alert from Astoria conducted a unique rescue while on a counter narcotics patrol in...