World War II combat diary of J.J. McAndrews: Limeys and Jerries and Frogs, Oh Boy!

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, […]


World War II combat diary of J.J. McAndrews: A war-torn winter and the Allied invasion of Italy

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, […]


World War II combat diary of J.J. McAndrews: Dropping eggs by the dozen

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 […]


World War II combat diary of J.J. McAndrews: German snipers, souvenirs and a volcano

  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, […]


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 […]


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, […]


Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary march down State Street in Chicago during the city's annual Memorial Day parade.

Great Lakes Coast Guardsmen celebrate Memorial Day

With contributions from Lt. j.g. Brian Dykens, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan. As members of one of the five Armed Services, Coast Guardsmen take pride in participating in Memorial Day celebrations, honoring those who have served the United States as […]


From the Field: Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan honors SPAR

Guest post written by Lt. j.g. Brian Dykens, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan: It’s been many years since she was last at a Coast Guard unit, but Valentine’s Day provided a great opportunity to have her aboard at Coast Guard […]


Just a small, “Thank You.”

Editor’s Note: Click here to view a multimedia video from the Honor Flight event. On the morning of Nov. 9, 2011, Cleveland-area Coast Guardsmen paid their respect to World War II veterans taking a trip to the war memorial in […]


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