REAL-LIFE STORIESIn this section you'll hear stories of bravery and courage. Stories of rescues and drug busts. Stories of tracking down polluters and terrorists. Stories of notable off-duty accomplishments. These are real-life stories about Coast Guard men and women in action.
COAST GUARDSMAN SAVES LIFE WITHOUT HESITATION
ASTORIA, Ore. - Petty Officer 2nd Class Leon Doniphan, a food service specialist aboard Cutter Alert in Astoria, Ore., swam to the aid of a young girl who was nearly swept underneath the buoy in September 2011. His actions most likely saved her life.
MAKING IT OFFICIAL- COAST GUARD MEMBER BECOMES US CITIZEN
Originally born in Venezuela, she’s been calling the U.S. her home for many years – now it’s official. Fireman Maria Perez Bas, crewmember at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater's...
GOT QUESTIONS? THIS BUOY TENDER SAILOR HAS ANSWERS.
We asked our Facebook fans if they could ask a buoy tender sailor anything, what would it be? And with more than 300 questions asked...
COAST GUARD OFFICER TRAINEE WINS ENGINEERING AWARD
A Coast Guard trainee and senior at Fayetteville State University studying chemistry, received the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) in the Military Leadership category...
WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE COAST GUARD: RECRUIT
These are the lives of recruits who answered the call of service as they get an early morning wake-up call from their company commanders. On any given day these recruits undergo intense physical exercise, visit the "Pain Pond," or pool, for swim assessments and conclude most training days by honoring the sacrifices of Coast Guardsmen past and present at a sunset ceremony.
ALOHA TO HEAVY WEATHER TRAINING
You may have heard of the Coast Guard’s National Motor Lifeboat School, the center for excellence that trains the Coast Guard’s lifesavers near the notoriously perilous Columbia River bar. The school is the only one of its kind in the United States, but that didn’t keep the school’s instructors from training...
WWII COAST GUARD GRUMMAN DUCK CRASH SITE LOCATED AFTER 70 YEARS
Two Coast Guard aviators died in Greenland attempting to rescue a downed B-17 crew during World War II. Their bodies were never recovered but an exhaustive search has ensued in the decades since ...
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE NOME
“As we have done for more than 220 years, the Coast Guard is dedicated to ensuring the safe and secure transfer of maritime commerce. The Healy, our nation’s only operating polar ice breaker, and its crew are committed to upholding our long history of service to the residents of Alaska,” said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, 17th Coast Guard District commander.
PRESERVING A LIFE-SAVING LEGACY
The morning of Feb. 11, began with the crew of Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, N.J., huddled on the beach.
The cold, howling wind and pouring rain set an appropriate tone for the journey into the local life-saving history surrounding Long Beach Island, perhaps one of the most treacherous of New Jersey’s barrier island inlets, where the station is located ...
MAKING STRIDES AND BLAZING PATHS
In honor of the many contributions women have made in the history of our service, leaders of today’s Coast Guard are gathering to celebrate Women’s History Month. From boat stations to aircraft hangars, servicemembers are recognizing barrier-breaking women...
THE BLACK-HULLED KEEPER OF NEW YORK HARBOR
As the bitter winter temperatures come to an end and the ice that frosts the Hudson River begins to melt, preparations for the spring and summer months are in full effect as Coast Guard Cutter Katherine Walker makes its way north toward Albany, N.Y. ...
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A HELICOPTER RESCUE CREW
It began with a 911 call from someone stranded aboard a 17-foot recreation boat that was soft aground in the low tide waters near the San Mateo Bridge. A rescue boat crew from Station San Francisco was deployed to assist, but the stranded vessel was too far into the shallow water and the tide was going out. ...
FIRST FEMALE RESCUE SWIMMER PROMOTED TO CHIEF PETTY OFFICER
When the motor vessel Marine Electric was caught in a winter storm in the early hours of Feb. 12, 1983, their 605-foot ship capsized, tossing 34 crewmembers into the 39-degree waters east of Chincoteague, Va. ...
READY TO RESPOND: FROM HURRICANES TO THE SUPER BOWL
Coast Guard crews work year-round to ensure they are ready to support their community in the aftermath of disaster. In keeping with the service’s proud tradition of preserving life, the Coast Guard...
STATION WASHINGTON: PROTECTING THE NATION’S CAPITAL
As the summer sun sets over Washington, D.C., the sky turns a spectacular golden hue as members of Coast Guard Station Washington head out for another mission.