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A Coast Guardsman who earned a Navy Cross for actions during combat operations in Guadalcanal was buried June 5 in Lakewood, Wash. Retired Cmdr. Ray Evans, whose actions during World War II earned him the Navy’s second-highest award for valor, was part of the a mission to rescue Marines along with Douglas Munro, the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient. Evans and Munro were known as “The Gold Dust Twins.”  They were both from Washington State and joined the Coast Guard together in 1939. They subsequently served together in New York before entering the history books in the South…

A military team is testing the limits of a solar and battery-powered, street-legal golf cart by taking it on a 4,000 mile trip across America. The 10-person team made up mostly of Coasties is hoping to raise $50,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.   The idea for the trip came to Chief Electrician’s Mate Ray Rehberg while on the job at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, Va. “It was born in the classroom,” said Rehberg, who is an instructor at the training center. They were wondering how far they could actually drive a golf cart on battery power alone.  But they…

If Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are not enough reason to draw you into the movie theater to see “Pain & Gain” — the top-grossing movie in America last weekend — how about the fact that several Coasties make cameos in the movie? As the good guys, of course. Coasties with a law enforcement detachment from Tactical Law Enforcement Team South, out of Opa-locka, Fla., had a chance to be extras in the movie and meet Marky Mark. On screen, the Coasties were the guys escorting Wahlberg from a helicopter to turn him over to Miami authorities, said…

 If “Top Chef” was set on the high seas, Coast Guard Food Service Specialist 2nd Class David Blonn might have a shot. The cook on the coastal patrol boat Albacore has had to do some of his cooking in 12-foot waves. His galley is only 12 feet by 8 feet, including all the equipment. The 6-foot-2 Blonn looks like a giant when cooking inside the small galley, and when the seas get rough and the boat is rocking back and forth, cooking a meal can seem like a monumental task in the tight space. While some crew members might be…

One of four female rescue swimmers in the Coast Guard is jumping into another challenge: becoming the next American Ninja Warrior. Truthfully, said Aviation Survival Technician 2nd Class Jaime Vanacore, she is just going to have fun at the game show’s Baltimore tryouts, which are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. “It was a spur of the moment thing,” she said. The rescue swimmer said she was not familiar with ANW, but when her sister told her she should try out for the show’s fifth season, she started looking at YouTube videos and thought it looked like fun. “I was shocked,”…

If you are a junior enlisted Coastie, you might have wondered if you missed the memo April 3 when you went in to work. Your chief was looking sharp in his or her service dress blues, and you were wearing your ODUs. But the chiefs wore their SDBs on Wednesday to bring attention to a serious issue: sexual assault in the Coast Guard, said Command Master Chief R. Shane Hooker, command master chief for the deputy commandant of mission support at Coast Guard Headquarters. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The service had 156 reported cases of sexual assault in…

[HTML1] It’s not often that we get to experience a close-up view of a Coast Guard rescue, but a video released by the Coast Guard gives us exactly that, showing a North Carolina man being plucked from the sea March 6 off Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Rescued was Patrick Small, of North Carolina. Two other men, Walter and Steve Tate, also of North Carolina, remain missing. The Coast Guard called off the search for them the next day. The men were aboard the fishing vessel Seafarer when it became disabled, the Coast Guard reported in a news release. The Seafarer’s sister…

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