As a Coastie I can say I take pride in my seagoing duties. No, I’m not a sailor but I work in the coastal zones for a seagoing service (it’s an association thing). However, we have Coast Guard personnel stationed all over the world; though 95% of those are near, if not on, the water there are those who work in the midst of- well- a place I thought was too flat and dry when I went there: Oklahoma City. There is little, well actually no, coastline there. But we have Coasties there and wherever we have Coasties they’re always ready.

19 April 1995 – A rental truck filled with explosives blew up half of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard Institute and a Coast Guard reservist responded soon after the explosion and helped set up security zones, directed traffic, searched for survivors, and whatever else was needed. They also took over a church kitchen and opened what later became nicknamed “Cafe Coast Guard.” A rotating nine-person team worked around the clock to provide meals for the volunteer workers.

Always Ready.

Cross-posted from [re] ryan erickson




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  • Benjamin Walthrop

    BZ to the USCG from the USN. For a uniformed force smaller than the NYC police department, I have always enjoyed working with true professionals. The recent history of the USCG is rich with valor and courage. The efforts made after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were quite exceptional from my personal perspective. I’m sure they answered the call of duty in this disaster as well.

    Never was so much owed, by so many, to so few.

  • Benjamin Walthrop

    HT: Winston Churchill

  • grizzledcoastie

    Excellent post. I’m proud of what the Coast Guard has done and I’m proud to have been a part of it for as long as I was. Semper Paratus.

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