PtDoran_banner.jpg (14068 bytes) image002.gif (10730 bytes)  September 11, 2001, We will never forget.

A tribute to all the members of the US Coast Guard
 lost in the line of duty, not just those depicted.
A US Coast Guard list of members who died in the line of duty.

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"You Have To Go Out, You don't have to come back." (old Coast Guard adage)
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Coast Guard Hymn

Eternal Father, Lord of Hosts
Watch o'er the ones who guard our coasts
Protect them from the raging seas
And give them light and life and peace.
Grant them from thy great throne above
The shield and shelter of thy love.
Lord, guard and guide the ones who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky
Be with them always in the air,
In darken storms or sunlight fair,
Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air!

Grant to them Your eternal peace, Oh Lord,
For they have followed your commandment,
That No Greater Love has he,
who would give up his life for another.

ALAMEDA – Petty Officer Third Class Travis Obendorf died in a Seattle hospitalTravis Obendorf Dec. 18 2013 as a result of injuries he sustained during search and rescue operations near Amak Island, Alaska, Nov. 11, while serving aboard Coast Guard Cutter Waesche.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Petty Officer Obendorf’s family and his shipmates aboard Coast Guard Cutter Waesche during this difficult time,” said Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area.

See the full story at Coast Guard News

U. S. Coast Guard Monuments and Memorials (a pdf document)

Tampa Memorial
The Monument to the sinking of the Tampa and the Seneca
Tampa  Seneca




to Duty
Colleen Cain

LT Colleen Cain
Official USCG Photo.

Lieutenant Colleen Cain, the first female Coast Guard pilot to fly an HH-52, became the first female Coast Guard aviator to qualify as an HH-52 co-pilot, pilot and aircraft commander. Lieutenant Colleen Cain became the first woman killed in the line of duty when the HH-52 she was flying as co-pilot crashed during a SAR mission.

Date of incident:  7 January 1982
Names of personnel killed in the incident:
LCDR Horton W. Johnson
LT Colleen A. Cain
AD2 David L. Thompson
Station the aircraft and/or crew were assigned to: AIRSTA Barbers Point
Aircraft type and Coast Guard tail number (if applicable):  Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard,1420
Location of the incident: Mokokia, HI
Description of the incident:
While on an early morning search for a sinking fishing vessel off the island of Molokai, this crew encountered rapidly deteriorating weather.  They impacted on a cliff.

A Personal Note:  I went to Officer Candidate School with Colleen.  She was a bright, happy vivacious person who loved to laugh and made everyone around her feel good about themselves.  She also loved to fly and was determined to get the USCG to allow women to fly helicopters.  She achieved that goal.  She blazed a trail for women to follow in the  USCG.  Her loss was a huge loss for the USCG. She had a bright future ahead of her.  God Bless you Colleen.

Douglas Munro

Official USCG Photo

Congressional Medal Of Honor recipient
Douglas A. Munro, a signalman first class of the United States Coast Guard, died heroically on Guadalcanal September 27, 1942, after succeeding in his assignment, for which he had volunteered, to evacuate a detachment of Marines from a point where enemy opposition developed beyond anticipated dimensions.  Munro's final words were "Did they get off?"

Douglas Albert Munro was born in Vancouver, Canada, of American parents, on October 11, 1919, but spent his entire life previous to his enlistment in South Cle Elum, Washington.

IRAQ Nathan Bruckenthal

Nathan Bruckenthal
Official USCG Photo

Bronze Star With Valor

He was the first Coast Guardsman to die in wartime action since the Vietnam War. Bruckenthal died along with two U.S. Navy sailors intercepting a waterborne suicide attack on the Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal off the coast of Iraq in the northern Persian Gulf. Bruckenthal was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart for his actions.

A Personal Note: I did not know Nate Bruckenthal, but I was honored to be at the ceremony in which he was awarded the Bronze Star.  His courage was undeniable.  He served with honor and exemplified the USCG Core Values.

Tribute Coast Guard 6535 uscg.wmv

Uploaded by on Mar 3, 2012

A tribute in honor of 4 heroes, their lives & ultimate sacrifice. United States Coast Guard helicopter 6535 went down in Mobile Alabama on Feb 28, 2012 with 4 crew members aboard. LCDR Dale Taylor, LTJG Thomas Cameron,  CPO Fernando Jorge and PO3 Andrew Knight were heroes in life.....and in death. Guardians to the end, Guardians in heaven. This was made by an 8yr. old boy & 11yr. old girl to say kids care too. God bless you all, god bless the United States Coast Guard.

Petty Officer Ronald Gill

United States Coast Guard Office of Law
Enforcement, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Sunday, March 25, 2007
  Coast Guard Helo CG-1473
6 Killed on Nov 2, 1986

CG-1473 Memorila
Quillayute River Disaster February 12, 1997

Three Coast Guard sailors lost their lives during a rescue attempt.  One Survived. Link to tribute page.  This is far better than I could put together here.
ature/us-coast-guard/quillayute-river-disaster.htmlruary 12, 1997

Click on image to go to Hall of Honor.

See Article in USCG News on Purple Heart Honorees
  CPO Terrell Horne III
Killed in the line of duty while the small boat he was on was attempting to apprehend drug smugglers.
Dec 2, 2012 
  CPO Terrell Horne III USCG

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our shipmate. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, and his shipmates aboard Coast Guard Cutter Halibut,” said Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Robert J. Papp. “We are focused on supporting them during this very difficult time. Our fallen shipmate stood the watch on the front lines protecting our nation and we are all indebted to him for his service and sacrifice.  Finally, I commend the responding Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection units whose quick actions led to the successful interdiction and apprehension of those believed to be involved.” 

Photo from Law Enforcement Today

A tribute to the Vietnam War Memorial and to all those who fought and died there.

Vietnam Memorial

The Wall
(The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC) By Peter D. Eikenberry Sr. I wrote this in the early 90’s the first time I saw the Wall.

The tombstone for thousands
It is a stark black featureless slab
Yet I see all their faces in the stone

I knew only a few of them
Yet I know all of them
I did not go with them
But my spirit was there

I also served
But I did not give their ultimate sacrifice
They played war games with me as a child
But they grew old too fast

Visitors here are silent
Yet I hear the clamor of the voices of the fallen
Their souls cry out for peace
Let them rest

They were forgotten and un-forgiven by a generation

But their children have redeemed them
and future generations will never forget
I will never forget


U.S. Coast Guardsmen Killed in Action during the Vietnam Conflict

Lt Jack Rittichier
LT Jack Rittichier,  a Coast Guard exchange pilot attached to the U.S. Air Force's 37th Aerospace & Recovery Squadron, was killed in action on 9 June 1968.

The only Coast Guardsman missing in action in Vietnam. His remains were recovered Feb 14, 2003 with the three  Air Force members  in his aircraft. Buried Oct 6, 2003 in Arlington Cemetery with full honors.  See Also: USCG Aviators who flew in Vietnam.

LTJG David C. Brostrom, 
commanding officer of the Point Welcome [WPG-82329], was killed in action on 11 August 1966.

EN2 Jerry Phillips, of the Point Welcome [WPG-82329], was killed in action on 11 August 1966. 

FN Heriberto S. Hernandez, of the Point Cypress [WPG-82326], was killed in action during small boat operations on the Ca Mau Peninsula on 5 December 1968.

ENC Morris S. Beeson, on the Point Orient [WPG-82319], was killed in action during a boarding on 22 March 1969.

EN1 Michael H. Painter was killed in action by a mortar explosion on board the Point Arden [WPG-82309] on 9 August 1969.

LTJG Michael W. Kirkpatrick 
was killed in action by a mortar explosion on board the Point Arden [WPG-82309] on 9 August 1969.  LTJG Kirkpatrick was the executive officer of the Point Arden