William Thiesen

C.W. Lawrence, Tamer of America’s Maritime Frontier

"When it is remembered that you have been in a harbor where from five to six hundred vessels were riding at anchor—in t...

Christmas 1944: The Liberation of Leyte

"People of the Philippines: I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil—soi...

Early African-American Service: First to Serve, First to Sacrifice

By William Thiesen 12-06-2019 03:22:00

African Americans comprise the longest serving minority in the United States Coast Guard. They were the first to serve and, in man...

Joseph Toahty, Pawnee Warrior of Guadalcanal

I am very pleased to forward a Purple Heart Medal and Certificate to you for service at Guadalcanal in August of 1942. Men such as...

The U.S. Coast Guard's First Ice Ships and Icebreakers

By William Thiesen 10-18-2019 04:06:20

Posted in: Maritime

During the Age of Sail, the seasonal pattern of icebound winters froze-in merchant vessels and reduced the wintertime demand for r...

Jack Cullen, Nazi Spies and the Founding of the USCG Beach Patrol

By William Thiesen 09-16-2019 09:16:04

Posted in: Maritime

"His keen presence of mind and discerning judgment in a grave emergency undoubtedly prevented the successful culmination of h...

The Cutter Bear and the Arctic Expedition to Save 265 Whalers

By William Thiesen 09-13-2019 01:59:56

Posted in: Maritime

"If you are subjected to miserable discomforts, or even if you suffer, it must be regarded as all right and simply a part of...

The USCG's Environmental Mission 30 Years After Exxon Valdez

By William Thiesen 07-26-2019 12:41:55

Posted in: Maritime

Thirty years ago on Good Friday, March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez steamed into a reef at 12 knots, opening eight of her...

The Yankee Clipper: The U.S. Coast Guard's Last Battle Before WWII

By William Thiesen 06-21-2019 10:31:50

Posted in: Maritime

Hitting the East Coast over 80 years ago, the Great New England Hurricane was one of the most destructive storms to strike anywher...

William Flores, Hero of the Cutter Blackthorn

By William Thiesen 04-28-2019 03:53:52

Posted in: Maritime

That quiet young man that I was impressed with from the first time I met him will forever be a hero in my eyes. I have never forgo...

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