Great article on a Haitian who was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard, now about to graduate from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Going from rescuee to rescuer. His tale almost sounds like it could be the makings of a movie.
I was in fact a cadet in the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut when the Haitian & Cuban rescue operations were taking place. Many do not realize the labor and work that the smaller older Navy of the United States puts in every day. Coast Guardsmen have served in all the major wars and conflicts. They also are there conducting rescues, maintaining navigable waters, and preserving the environment.
Viewing this article I am reminded of my own time aboard the Cutter Eagle, the same uniforms, hooded sweat shirts, my own climb up the mast….the adventure and pride of serving in one of the few military services in the world that actually serves saving lives not just taking them.
Sadly, not anywhere near as glorius on the TV screen, the Coast Guard often operates on a meager budget with aging ships. Now their role is more important than ever, protecting our coastline from terrorist threats. If there is a place in our defense budget where we should be dumping funds, it’s the U.S. Coast Guard.