By Patricia Kime: Coast Guard Gets New Memorial to Fallen Enlisted Personnel
Names on the memorial date to 1915, the year the Revenue Cutter Service and U.S. Life Saving Service merged to form the U.S. Coast Guard. They include those who selflessly gave their lives in service, such as Boy First Class James Joseph Nevins, a member of the USS Seneca crew who died Sept. 16, 1918, after rescuing personnel aboard the sinking British tanker SS Wellington, and Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Terrell Horne, who died Dec. 2, 2012, killed by drug smugglers during a law enforcement operation off the California coast.
Other notable honorees on the memorial include:
Seaman Apprentice William Flores and 21 crewmates of the Seagoing Buoy Tender Blackthorn, who died Jan. 28, 1980, when the ship struck the tanker SS Capricorn. Flores, just 18, stayed on board as the vessel capsized, distributing life vests and even giving his own away. He received the Coast Guard medal posthumously for his heroism.
The 107 enlisted men on board the Weather Ship USCGC Muskeget, killed Sept. 9, 1942, when the ship was struck by a German U-boat 400 nautical miles east of Newfoundland. The wreckage was never found.
Aviation Electronics Technician Matthew Howard Baker, who, along with three officers, lost his life Aug. 24, 1990, when their E-2C Hawkeye, returning from a counter-narcotics patrol, crashed 500 yards short of the runway at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, Puerto Rico. The crew had reported a fire in the aircraft and problems with the hydraulics.
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DoD: Initial Plan for Reforming the Business Operations of the Department of Defense for Efficiency and Effectiveness
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By Lida Citroën: Here’s How This Navy Midshipman Became a Successful Entrepreneur
LC: What advice do you have for a veteran interested in working in a startup environment?
JN: If you are interested in startups, do it. There is nothing you cannot figure out and nothing that you cannot accomplish with your military training. At the same time, don’t underestimate how much work it will take. My mantra in starting a company has been that “everything takes 10X longer and 10X more money than I initially expect.”
If you want to pursue this path, make sure you have the financial savings and personal support structure to do so. Learn from others, be as efficient as possible, and remember that it is a roller-coaster of a ride that will take everything you have to succeed. But, for me, there’s nothing I’d rather do.
By Sean Mclain Brown: How This Recon Marine Became an Award-Winning Poet
It was because of the pervasive violence and constant insurgent attacks that they called a portion of Iraq’s Al Anbar Province “The Triangle of Death.” And it was there that Marine Sgt. David Rose experienced the best and worst of humanity while fighting alongside his fellow Marines with Camp Lejeune’s 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion.
He turned to writing poetry and narrative as a natural catharsis. And in 2018, Rose was awarded the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Robert A. Gannon Award for his collection of poetry, “From Sand and Time,” which focused on his experiences in the Marine Corps.