In Memory of Petty Officer Nathan Bruckenthal

MIAMI, FL. -A boat explosion in Iraq inflicted the U.S. Coast Guard’s first wartime loss of life since the Vietnam War. One other Coastie was injured in the Apr. 24, 2004 explosion at the Iraqi Khawr Al Amaya oil terminal in the early evening hours of that fateful day.

Friends say Nathan Bruckenthal, 24, dreamed of going to sea, serving his country and being in law enforcement. Five years ago today,  he died in pursuit of that dream.

Harper Bruckenthal, 1 1/2 visits her fathers grave

Harper Bruckenthal, 1 1/2 visits her fathers grave

Bruckenthal had been married two years, but missed both of his anniversaries because he was in Iraq. His wife, Pattie, Was three months pregnant with their first child at the time of his death.

For more information about Petty Officer Bruckenthal visit An Unofficial Coast Guard Blog.


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