From the Bridge Wing 11-20-13

From the Bridge Wing 11-20-13
Today in Coast Guard History 1943 – Landings commenced at Makin and Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands. The Coast Guard-manned assault transport USS Leonard Wood, veteran of the landings made in the Mediterranean, participated. She landed 1,788 officers and men of the 165th Combat Team of the U.S. Army’s 27th Division, on Makin Island. Coast Guard-manned LST-20, LST-23, LST-69, LST-169, LST-205,...

From the Bridge Wing 11-19-13

From the Bridge Wing 11-19-13
Today in Coast Guard History 1943 – Coast Guard Air Station Brooklyn,at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York, was designated as a helicopter training base. The Coast Guard ran the training program during the war. 1984 – The Coast Guard accepted the new HH-65A Dolphin helicopter for service. Blogs Growing the Chiefs’ Mess with blended learning – Coast Guard All Hands var...

From the Bridge Wing 11-18-13

From the Bridge Wing 11-18-13
Today in Coast Guard History 1953 – Heavy rains in the Coquile, Coos, and Willamette River Valleys of western Oregon caused flooding of the lowland areas and isolation of some towns through the blocking of highways by slides and high water, necessitating the evacuation of families and livestock. A Coast Guard relief detail of boats, men, and aircraft participated in relief assistance measures,...

From the Bridge Wing 11-17-13

From the Bridge Wing 11-17-13
Today in Coast Guard History 1791 – Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton fixed the value of rations at a “generous” 12 cents per day for each man in Revenue Marine. 1973 – The “Largest Icebreaker in the Western World,” Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, was launched. 1983 – LT Edith Munro, USCGR, a World War II SPAR veteran and the mother of Coast Guard hero...

From the Bridge Wing 11-15-13

From the Bridge Wing 11-15-13
BM3 Greg Morris, BM3 Ray Erb, SN Albin Erickson Today in Coast Guard History 1860 – The light in the massive stone Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse, which was built on the original site of the one lost in 1851, was exhibited. Work on the new lighthouse commenced in 1855 and finished in 1860. “It ranks, by the engineering difficulties surrounding its erection and by the skill and science shown...

From the Bridge Wing11-14-13

From the Bridge Wing11-14-13
Today in Coast Guard History 1963– Coast Guard air and surface rescue craft responded immediately when the freighter Fernview and the tanker Dynafuel collided in Buzzards Bay. While helicopters removed the injured aboard the stricken ships, surface craft extinguished the fires. These Coast Guard units had completed the evacuation of all aboard the disabled vessels before the Dynafuel capsized...

From the Bridge Wing 11-13-13

From the Bridge Wing 11-13-13
Today in Coast Guard History 1883 – The sloop Madge Schults capsized as she was passing in through Rockaway Inlet, about half a mile distant from the Rockaway Point Station (Third District). The only crewman of the sloop clung to the bottom of his craft and made signals for help. They were seen by the lookout at the station and the life-saving crew went off in their boat. He was taken from the...

Updated: A Special Veterans Day From the Bridge Wing 11-11-2013

Updated: A Special Veterans Day From the Bridge Wing 11-11-2013
HAPPY VETERANS DAY Today in Coast Guard History 1881 – The crew of Life-boat Station No. 14, Eleventh District (Racine, WI) rendered service during the severest storm of the season The life-saving crew noticed several vessels running north for safety under bare poles and two of them made safely into the harbor. Observing this, the master of the schooner Lavinda tried to make the same haven,...

From the Bridge Wing 11-10-2013

From the Bridge Wing 11-10-2013
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the men and women of The United States Marine Corps On this date in 1775 the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution to create a “Corps of Marines.” Although they were disbanded in 1783 and were not re-established permanently until 11 July 1798 the Marine Corps recognizes 10 November 1775 as its official birthday. The Marine Corps’ motto is Semper Fidelis...