In all of our years working with the Coast Guard, about 25 years, we’ve met the nicest, most dedicated people. Whether they were vets or active duty, auxiliary or family, they (almost to the person) have shown an outstanding commitment to country and humanity. And typically they had incredible memories to share. Monday’s Memories here and on our Facebook page are ways we can memorialize those memories and share them with others.

You can add your memories to a specific page by clicking on the email link found on that page. Enjoy!

What was the sweetest tour in all of your time in the service?

"My tour in the 70's at AIRSTA Washington, flying the Secretary of Transportation and the Commandant, ADM Owen Siler. What could be better than flying all over the world aboard a Grumman Gulfstream II with the very finest aircrew! -Jerry Hagan LCDR, USCG Retired

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What was your favorite thing to train for?

"Climbing to the top of the masts of 'The Eagle'." -Thomas L. Bentley

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What was your most vivid swim call memory? Where were you and where were you stationed?

"During the 7 years I was on the Valiant, the Dauntless, and the Dependable (back to back to back), we had at least a dozen swim and fish calls at Pickle Bank, followed by a steel beach picnic on the flight deck. And we usually had some nice grouper and mahi-mahi to grill up!" -Matt Walter

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What was your best memory of basic training?

"Within the first two days of boot camp, I recall being in a classroom.  A lieutenant came in and spoke several lines I will never forget.  'I am Lt. Allen.  My job here is to make sure you do not like boot camp.  I am very good at my job.'" -Don McLeod

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What's your favorite memory of being at sea at night?

"I remember coming back to base on the cgc hornbeam after a long day of tending buoys, when the lookout Kenny Ivory started screaming torpedo’s, torpedo’s. Seems he was dozing off and the porpoises were playing in the bow wake but he sure woke us up fast. I was qm on watch and the Officer of the deck both ran out to the bridge wing asking what the hell." -Anthony J. Burgess

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What was your proudest moment in or with the Coast Guard?

"The Proudest moment for me was pinning the chief pins on my youngest girl, BMC Kimberly Murphy, thou I had many proud moments during my twenty years of service in the USCG that is the top for a ret. BMCM." -Robert Hill

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