Historic Highlights

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The Finest Hours

"If you’ve never felt a strong sense of connection to the U.S. Coast Guard, The Finest Hours might be the thing to change that," notes Eliza Berman of Time. Based on the true story, the film details "one of the most dangerous and daring rescue attempts in Coast Guard history: Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernie Webber (Pine) sets out with a small team to rescue the crew of the Pendleton T2 oil tanker, which split in half off the coast of Cape Cod during a brutal nor’easter in 1952."

ADMiral Russell R. Waesche, Sr., A national Leader


As Commandant from 1936 through 1945, Admiral Russell R. Waesche, Sr., ensured the successful integration of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, a purely civilian agency, with the Coast Guard in 1939 as ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt. He also presided over the greatest expansion of the USCG in its history. Read his story here.


USCG Commander Elmer Fowler “Archie” Stone 

One of the Coast Guard’s first aviators and one of the most important figures in Coast Guard history, Commander E.F. “Archie” Stone was behind the controls of the U.S. Navy seaplane NC-4 when it made its historic crossing of the Atlantic on May 8, 1919.  Commander Stone was a pilot and navigator on this first-ever successful trans-Atlantic flight. Read his story here.


Fred Mann Turns 97

Fred Mann joined the Coast Guard in August of 1939 on the eve of World War II. He held many positions on board many vessels during his 31-year Coast Guard career, but he is best known as one of the Coast Guard’s Silver Star recipients. Read his story here.