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

This is a tribute to all the members of the US Coast Guard
 who have earned high level awards in combat or for other heroic activities.

"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.


Douglas Munro

Official USCG Photo
Congressional Medal Of Honor
Navy Cross

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.

See - Coast Guard Cutter Munro

Civil War

Marcus Hanna
Marcus Hanna

Congressional Medal Of Honor
Navy Cross

Marcus Hanna was awarded the Medal of Honor for service during the US Civil War while serving with the US Army.  But he did not receive it until 1895.  In the meantime he was appoint as a lightkeeper in 1869,  and in 1885 was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal for saving the lives of two sailors.  He is the only person to have been awarded both of these medals.  A Keeper Class Buoy Tender has been named for him. See USCGC Marcus Hanna

Gold Lifesaving Medal




to Duty
Nathan Bruckenthal
Nathan Bruckenthal
Official USCG Photo

Bronze Star With Valor

Navy Cross

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.


Larry D. Villarreal

Silver Star
Navy Cross

Engineman Second Class Larry D. Villarreal, a crewman on board the cutter Point Banks on patrol in Vietnam, was awarded the Silver Star for "his heroic courage and gallantry in action while engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam on Jan. 22, 1969."  He and fellow Point Banks crewman GM1 Willis J. Goff volunteered to man the cutter's launch to rescue a group of nine South Vietnamese soldiers who were trapped along a beach by two Viet Cong platoons.  Under continuous enemy fire, they made two landings on the beach to rescue successfully all of the South Vietnamese soldiers. 

Robert J. Yered

Silver Star
Navy Cross

Engineman First Class Robert J. Yered was awarded the Silver Star for action on 18 February 1968 while attached to Explosive Loading Detachment #1, Cat Lai, Republic of Vietnam.  EN1 Yered was supervising the loading of explosives on board an ammunition ship when an enemy rocket struck a barge loaded with several tons of mortar ammunition moored alongside.  His citation noted that "without regard for his personal safety, [he] exposed himself to the enemy fusillade as he helped extinguish the fire on the burning barge. . .His courageous act averted destruction of the ammunition ship, and the Army Terminal."  EN1 Yered also received the Purple Heart for injuries suffered during the attack.  see
Coast Guard Cutter Robert J Yered

Charles B. Mosher

Silver Star
Navy Cross


Lieutenant (j.g.) Charles B. Mosher, commanding USCGC Point Grey, was awarded the Silver Star Medal "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action"  while serving on a Market Time patrol.  On 10 May 1966 near the mouth of the Co Chien River, the Point Grey engaged an enemy trawler attempting to infiltrate arms and ammunition to the Viet Cong.  After forcing the trawler to ground in shoal water near the shoreline, "POINT GREY laid down an effective, intermittent barrage along the shore to prevent Viet Cong forces from removing the trawler's cargo. . .[he] twice drove his cutter through a withering blast of enemy gunfire in attempts to put a boarding party on the trawler,  He ceased these valiant attempts to put a boarding party on the trawler only after three of his crewmembers were wounded.  He then joined with newly arrived friendly forces in destroying the enemy vessel and confiscating part of its cargo.


Navy Cross All USCG Personnel awarded the Silver Star during the Vietnam war


Bronze Star

First Coast Guard Female
Recipient Of the Bronze Star

Bronze Star Recipient

Lt. Holly Harrison Commanding Officer Of the Coast Guard Patrol Boat Aquidneck during the war in Iraq


Bronze Star
Navy Cross

Petty Officer 1st Class George Taylor
Petty Officer 1ST Class
George Taylor

News Item on PO1 Taylor IRAQ

Bronze Star
Navy Cross

Youtube Video Of
PO1 Daniel Burgoyne receiving the Bronze Star Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Burgoyne, a boatswain's mate assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Flores, receives the Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., Dec. 5, 2011. Burgoyne received the award for his service in Iraq as a team member of Training and Advisory Team Four. U.S. Coast Guard multimedia production by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick Ameen.
Coast Guard Medal
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

Coast Guard Medal.jpeg

PO2 Traci Huddleston

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz poses with Petty Officer Traci Huddleston, first recipient of the Coast Guard Medal for heroism since 2012. (Courtesy USO)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Traci Huddleston
For "extraordinary heroism" while attending a concert in Las Vegas that was the scene of a mass shooting, October 1, 2017. The shooting killed 58 and injured 850 others. "Huddleston disregarded her own safety to guide others to cover and then spent hours providing first aid and assisting other victims before other help arrived."
  US Coast Guard Gold And Silver Lifesaving Medal
Gold Lifesaving Medal
  Gold Lifesaving Medal
Navy CrossWorld War I and II Recipients of the NAVY CROSS>

Purple Heart
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See Article in USCG News on Purple Heart Honorees