Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan morale event teaches Coast Guard history lesson

Written by Ens. Zach Hall It was show time in Milwaukee as members of United States Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan and their families prepared to watch a movie about the Coast Guard’s most daring sea rescue. Often called the […]


Chicago’s Christmas Ship – The Committee Who Makes It Happen

written by Lt. Lindsay Cook The holiday season is a time for enjoying family, friends, setting new resolutions and for some it’s an opportunity to give back. Whether it’s a random act of kindness, participating in a toy drive, or […]


Coast Guard cutters get “dressed up” for 4th of July

  There are 10 cutters homeported in the Great Lakes. These cutters conduct maintain aids to navigation, enforce laws, help clean the environment, keep our homeland secure and rescue boaters in distress. Most of the year the ships are out […]


Illuminating the way: Women lighthouse keepers of the Great Lakes

  In a Feb. 27 Facebook post, Bill Meahan said the following, regarding female lighthouse keepers on the Great Lakes … “Note these women do not wear spandex nor possess some supernatural power, they are simply strong and capable women […]


Michigan highway engineer mapped the way to equality as 1st African-American commissioned naval officer

African-American History Month, celebrated in the U.S. every February since 1976, is an annual observance for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African-Americans. Similar observances, instead titled Black History Month, are celebrated in February in […]


Life Boat Station Ludington, Mich., completes first rescue, overcoming odds

One characteristic of a life-saving crew is to never give up. A second is to always try to overcome all odds. This is exactly what the first crew of Life Boat Station Ludington, Mich., did for their first rescue, Nov. […]


World War II combat diary of J.J. McAndrews: The start of a journey to “hell”

The Great Lakes Coast Guard is sharing the story of Petty Officer 3rd Class J.J. McAndrews on his journey across the Atlantic Ocean into the Mediterranean Sea for the invasion of Italy, then to the shores of Normandy for D-Day, in […]


Fair winds and following seas- story of the 2013 Port Huron to Mackinac Race

  Every year on Lake Huron a prestigious yacht race is held. The Bell’s Beer Bayview-Mackinac Race is one of the oldest long-distance freshwater sailing races in the world. Since 1925, sailors have raced from Port Huron, Mich., to Mackinac […]


SPAR “parachutes” into Coast Guard, World War II on her, CG’s birthday

 When Dolores (Denfeld) Schubilske enlisted in the Coast Guard, the United States was already into its third year of World War II. Bloody battles were being fought throughout Europe and the Pacific while hundreds of thousands of men were giving […]


His story- a history lesson from a WWII veteran

    The Coast Guardsmen filled their plates with lunch, grabbed their drinks, and sat down. On most days, a gathering of chief petty officers and officers, also called Anchors and Eagles, would be full of conversation and sea stories, […]


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