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The attacks killed over 3,000 innocent civilians. 1989  President George H. W. Bush dedicated the Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Center East, otherwise known as C3I, in south Florida. Uniforms of the United States Coast Guard Author: Donald Canney Subject: Coast Guard uniform history Keywords: Coast Guard uniforms; Life-Saving Service uniforms; Lighthouse Service uniforms; Revenue Cutter Service uniforms Created Date: 20130614131523Z 1937  Coast Guard units began flood relief operations in the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys. 1968  M/V Triple Crown foundered off the coast of Southern California with a loss of nine lives while retrieving the anchor and chain of a large offshore drilling rig. ", 1938  CGC Bibb returned to Norfolk after a 10-day post-trial run from Norfolk to the Virgin Islands and back again with the Commandant, RADM Russell R. Waesche, aboard. Cullen was the first American who actually came in contact with the enemy on the shores of the United States during the war and his report led to the capture of the German sabotage team. He was the first recorded Life-Saving Serviceman to be awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal. 1942  The 172-foot tender CGC Acacia was en route from Curacao, Netherlands West Indies to Antigua, British West Indies, when she was sunk by shellfire from the German submarine U-161. As a result, CG Radio Station Washington was renamed CG Station Alexandria on August 30, 1976. He had succeeded in swimming to a bar near the beach, where he was picked up by the crew of the schooner. They then evacuated another 36 people to awaiting boats. 1951  USS Valcour was rammed by the collier Thomas Tracy. During a three day evolution, the cutter was towed from the fabrication facility, lifted on a crane and then successfully placed in the water. 1973  The first women since World War II graduated from the Reserve Officer Candidate Program (OCS) and were commissioned ensigns. 1876  The first Gold Life Saving Medals ever awarded were presented to private citizens Lucien M. Clemens and his brothers Hubbard M. Clemons and Al J. Clemons. A Navy destroyer escort, USS Douglas A. Munro (DE-422), was named in his honor in 1944. Aspen and the NOAA team also performed scheduled maintenance and hull reliefs on buoys 46042, 46013, and 46026 ensuring the continued transmission of critical weather data and surf forecasts, as well as providing tsunami alerts to the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. L., 926, 928) provided for cooperation between the Lighthouse Service and the Forest Service in the management of the forest land on lighthouse reservations. She arrived back in Seattle on October 27, 1985. The act greatly increased the workload of the shipping commissioners, particularly in providing for the issuance of discharge books and various certificates. Diligence traveled more than 175 miles to Algeria’s location and then towed the sailing vessel to safety in Chiriqui Grande, Panama. When fire threatened a trainload of TNT, these men repaired the track and moved the train to safety, thus preventing further disaster. 1925  An Act of Congress (43 Stat. By this time, the steamer Hercules, of Philadelphia had come alongside and Dart’s master arranged for a tow to Vineyard Haven. Suspicions aroused, Point Grey commenced shadowing the trawler. Its signal was necessary for the safe evacuation of Saigon by U.S. Embassy personnel in the final days before the fall of the South Vietnamese government and it was kept on the air as long as possible. Crew members conducted two inspections of vessels suspected of smuggling narcotics and patrolled the region to counter the flow of illicit traffic. 1808  Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin requested 12 new cutters at a cost of $120,000 to enforce "laws which prohibit exportation and restrain importations" to support the embargo ordered by President Thomas Jefferson. Coast Guard units, including the cutters Dallas, Dauntless, Harriet Lane, Bear, Tampa, Cherokee, Sweetgum, and Point Roberts conducted the initial search and rescue operations and later assisted in the recovery of much of the shuttle's wreckage. On October 18, 2014, the crew of CGC Charles Sexton interdicted 22 Cuban migrants from two separate interdictions in the Florida Straits. The Revenue Cutter Service was tasked with enforcing the law. 1948  Congress approved Public Law 810 allowing retirement pay at age 60 for reservists with 20 years of service. 1950  President Harry S. Truman issued an executive order "activating" the Magnuson Act, which had been passed by Congress earlier that month. CG-36554 and CG-36535, also from the Point Adams LBS, then arrived on scene and CG-36535 took the Mermaid in tow. 1982  Members of a 7th District TACLET stood bridge watch aboard the USS Sampson, the first time a Coast Guard TACLET had served aboard a Navy vessel. Surfmen put a towline on the schooner, and, with her sails drawing, she was towed into a safe anchorage. The other members of Root's boat crew were Gunner George Jeffas, Carpenter Jacob Pedersen, Master-At-Arms W. Cormack, Coxswain F. Olsen, Third-Class Oiler W. Gardiner, Oiler W. Idstrom, and Fireman B. Rafailovich. Finding him suffering from exposure they signaled for assistance. 1952  An air detachment consisting of three helicopters and necessary personnel established as the first unit of its type on a test basis (at AIRSTA Brooklyn) began operating in support of port security operations. 2014  CGC Diligence returned to its homeport of Wilmington, North Carolina, after completing a 49-day patrol in the North Atlantic Ocean in support of Operation Atlantic Venture. A … 3539, which became Public Law No. [31] On the day of its creation, the Coast Guard had approximately 255 officers, 3900 warrant officers and enlisted men manning a headquarters, 17 regional commands, 4 depots, an academy, 25 cruising cutters, 20 harbor cutters and 280 lifeboat stations. On December 10, 1905, while riding out a severe gale, Lightship No. 2014  CGC Valiant returned to their homeport Friday at Naval Station Mayport, in Jacksonville, Florida. Telephone (866) 772-8724 He also praised the new NAVGARD Board, created in November 1980, to formalize the relationship between the two services. Maui was the first US Coast Guard Cutter to provide direct support of CTF-150 since 2011 and the first such ship to operate outside the Straits of Hormuz in nearly two years. In the face of heavy automatic weapons fire all nine men were evacuated in two trips. He realized that unless the vessel was warned she would go aground. All told seventy-four persons lost their lives. 1830  President Andrew Jackson announced an ambitious plan to add a large number of lighthouses to the federal system, with a total of 51 more lighthouse keepers. 1993  Secretary of Transportation Andrew H. Card, Jr., awarded the military members of the Coast Guard the Humanitarian Service Medal and the civilian employees the Coast Guard Public Service Commendation for their services during the Haitian migrant crisis from October 1991 through November 1992. She hoisted a signal, and the keeper reported her condition to the Merchant's Exchange. 2004  The crews of a 47-foot MLB from Station Chincoteague and a rescue helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City combined to rescue five men after their vessel began taking on water 25 miles east of Chincoteague. 1882  An Act of Congress (22 Stat. 1988  The first U.S. merchant marine World War II veterans received their Coast Guard-issued discharge certificates. CGC Alex Haley was diverted from its patrol and, after Aiviq experienced total engine failure, attempted to take both the rig and Aiviq under tow. The citation stated, "The nine men would have met almost certain death or capture without the assistance of the two Coast Guardsmen.". 1984  The Coast Guard accepted operational control from the Navy of the SES-200, a Surface Effect Ship, for five months of operational evaluations. 1963  The first of the new class of 210-foot cutters, CGC Reliance (WPC-615, later WMEC-615), was christened at Todd Shipyard, Houston, Texas. Oil containment booms contained the 300 gallons of fuel that leaked from the vessel. Acushnet's primary mission continued to be Marine Science Activities (MSA) "due to its special capabilities for environmental buoy deployment.". However, only 143 were called to duty. While underway, on June 16 and July 18, 2015, Stratton seized two separate self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) vessels carrying a total of 22,345 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Operation Gold Nugget prevention and enforcement activities included 54 at-sea boardings and 36 safety inspections. 1846  Eleven cutters were assigned to cooperate with Army and Navy in the Mexican War. 1716  The Province of Massachusetts authorized the erection of the first lighthouse in America. U.S. Coast Guard, Navy, and commercial units fought the fires for three days, searched for missing crewmen, and assisted in directing traffic through the area. 1926  Congress authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to "acquire a site at New London, Connecticut, without cost to United States, and construct thereon buildings for the United States Coast Guard Academy at a total cost not to exceed $1,750,000.". Both men ended up in the sea as the U-boat slipped beneath the waves but were pulled from the water unharmed. Thirty-seven Navy sailors perished. He served on board the cutter throughout World War II and earned his way into Coast Guard legend with his shipboard and liberty antics. Martillo, which is Spanish for hammer, was a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere effort to target illicit trafficking. 1848  Congress appropriated $10,000 for life saving stations and apparatus between Sandy Hook and Egg Harbor; the first funds to be expended under supervision of Revenue Cutter Service. The Navy loaned E2Cs to the Coast Guard for use in the efforts by CGAW-1 to track drug shipments by radar. A Coast Guard helicopter, after ascertaining that the ship was unable to anchor by herself, took her in tow until she was out of danger. 1941  Congress passed the Lend-Lease Act. 1809  Congress authorized the construction of twelve new cutters to enforce President Thomas Jefferson’s embargo. 1942  A Coast Guard aircraft located the lifeboats of SS Arubutan, which had been sunk by a German U-boat off the North Carolina coast, and directed CGC Calypso to them. 1893  Secretary of Treasury was authorized to define and establish anchorage grounds for vessels in harbor of Chicago and adjacent waters of Lake Michigan. The satellite attained a proper orbit was expected to start transmitting operational data within the next three months. The seized cocaine is worth an estimated wholesale value of more than $23 million. C-130 and MH-60 aircraft were launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, NC and braved the hurricane conditions to rescue 14 crew members who had made it into life rafts. Nevertheless the U-166 was later learned to have been sunk a few days earlier by a Navy patrol vessel, USS PC-566. Four or five cutters were on hand in early May and that number was reduced to two or three by the end of the month. However, the missiles passed over the island, landing in the sea, and caused no damage. The Kodiak Island was battling 10 to 12-foot waves 100 miles west of Gasparilla, Florida, and experiencing flooding and a loss of steering control due to a hydraulic fluid leak. 1963  The famous cutter Bear sank off the coast of Nova Scotia on this date while under tow from Halifax to Philadelphia were she as slated to be "put out to pasture" as a floating museum-restaurant. The crew diverted to provide assistance to the fishermen. 1979  During a city-wide strike by tugboat operators and longshoremen in New York City that began on April 1, 1979, Mayor Ed Koch of New York asked for federal assistance. At approximately 7:30 p.m., crewmembers from the cutter Thetis reported seeing the freighter Calypso continue to list on the right side before sinking approximately 45 miles north of Cap Haitien, Haiti. While on patrol in the South Pacific the crew of the cutter was involved in the rescue of 28 survivors of a shipboard fire and the subsequent sinking of the Taiwanese fishing vessel Hou Chun 11 900 miles southwest of Honolulu February 9th. 1790  A contract was signed for the construction of the "first" of the 10 revenue cutters, Massachusetts, at Newburyport, Massachusetts. 1819  USRC Active captured the pirate vessel Irresistible in the Chesapeake Bay. The patrolman reported it to the keeper. 2014  Coast Guard marine inspectors conducted safety and security examinations on the first-ever container ship to arrive in Cleveland. Civilians and current enlisted members of the Coast Guard who seek to advance their leadership and are ready to accept the challenge of greater responsibility in one of the service's many missions may apply for selection as a Coast Guard officer through the Officer Candidate School program. The ship’s shell was rusty and flat-bottomed, built for Gulf of Mexico. At the outbreak of hostilities and throughout the conflict, she operated in the strategically critical and politically sensitive Khawr Abd Allah and Shaat Al Arab Waterways, providing force protection to the massive coalition fleet, securing Iraqi oil terminals, and preventing the movement of weapons, personnel, or equipment by Saddam Hussein's regime or other guerilla or terrorist forces. In addition to the SPSS cases, Stratton interdicted six go-fast vessels smuggling more than 6,248 pounds of contraband. They were accompanied in flight by two C-130 aircraft from Air Station Clearwater carrying spare parts and deployment packages. The cutter USCGC Munro (WMSL-755) was commissioned in 2017 and is on active service. [USCG Public Information Division News Release, 7 June 1946.]. . Polar Sea was placed "In Commission, Special" on January 31, 1977 under the command of CAPT Richard Cueroni. She proved to be Clara Dinsmore from Boston. She sank a little over two hours later. 1981  The icebreaker CGC Westwind departed her homeport of Milwaukee for the Caribbean. 1953  Coast Guard search and rescue facilities at the Naval Base in Bermuda were instrumental in rescuing four survivors and recovering 17 bodies from the Cuban aircraft Cubana 471, which crashed on take-off from the airport at Kindley Field, Bermuda. USS Sennet (SS-408) and supply ships Yance and Merrick were stuck in ice flow at the Antarctic Circle. 1819  Congress authorized the revenue cutters to protect merchant vessels of United States against piracy and to seize vessels engaged in slave trade. 1999  The 605-foot Russian freighter Sergo Zakariadze, loaded with a cargo of cement dust, ran aground at the entrance to San Juan harbor, Puerto Rico. 1942  CGC Icarus attacked and sank the German submarine U-352 off Moorehead City, North Carolina, and then rescued and took 33 prisoners-of-war, the first German prisoners taken in combat by any U.S. force in World War II. Isla Bella was the first of two Marlin-class containerships built by NASSCO in San Diego for operation by TOTE Services in the Jones Act trade between Jacksonville, Florida and Puerto Rico. Ambassador to Haiti, the Honorable Pamela White; the Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, the Honorable Brian Shukan; the Chief of the Haitian Coast Guard, Commissaire Joseph Jean-Marie Wagnac; and other government representatives. The resulting fire detonated the munitions, killing 1,635 people and leveling much of Halifax and its environs. Endurance at 25 knots was 200 miles. Philip B. Eaton, USCG, commanded Chatham Naval Air Station and he piloted one of two HS-1 seaplanes that attempted to bomb and machine gun a surfaced U-boat off the coast of New England after the U-boat had shelled a tug and barges four miles off Cape Cod. 1994  The barge Morris J. Berman, carrying a cargo of 750,000 gallons of oil, struck a reef off Puerto Rico. The Dangerous Cargo Act gave the Coast Guard jurisdiction over ships with high explosives and dangerous cargoes. They had been attempting to establish a weather station on the coast of Greenland. 2020  The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) concluded a successful 37-day patrol in support of counter-Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing and regional security operations in Oceania, April 30, 2020. All bales later tested positive for cocaine. 2013  CGC Gallatin returned to homeport of Charleston, South Carolina following a successful three-and-a-half month patrol in counter-drug missions, search and rescue, maritime exercises, and community outreach. The use of the Navy was prohibited by regulation and the rider was amended in 1976 outlawing the use of the Air Force. 1935  Coast Guard aviator LT Richard L. Burke set a world record for altitude in an amphibious aircraft when he reached 17,877.243 feet with a 500 kilogram load on this date in 1935. Several blanks were fired and this brought the vessel to a stop. The rescue and response effort was one of the largest in Coast Guard history. The life-saving crew at once set to work. Reliance's efforts directly contributed to the prevention of 14 metric tons of contraband from reaching American shores. Barque-rigged, Chase displaced 142 tons and served as a cadet practice vessel for nearly 30 years before being decommissioned and transferred to the U.S. Public Health Service. 2015  CGC Campbell returned to its homeport of Kittery, Maine on Thursday at 2 p.m. after a 50-day patrol of the North Atlantic. The centers could then direct only those vessels which would be of effective aid to craft or persons in distress. During the summer trip, Polar Star spent weeks in the Beaufort Sea north of Barrow, Alaska, testing propulsion machinery, conducting emergency drills, and qualifying crewmembers in individual watch-stations. 46FLO was named Flossie in honor of Navy CDR Florence “Flossie” Van Straten, a pioneer in naval meteorology and oceanography and a key player in the development of the automated buoy systems the National Data Buoy Center currently uses. Captain Jackson found on the Brig about 280 African slaves. After consulting with the First District command, the cutter's commanding officer allowed Soviet crewmen to board the cutter and forcibly remove Kudirka. Finally, at noon, November 21, with CGC Northland having joined the chase, the captain of the freighter allowed a boarding team to come aboard where they discovered 516 migrants. 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