Coast Guard Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro protects withdrawing Marines at Guadalcanal. During WWII the U.S. Coast Guard performed a wide variety of duties. One of the more important tasks was manning amphibious craft for the U.S. Navy. It was
'I walked beside the evening sea
And dreamed a dream that could not be;
The waves that plunged along the shore
Said only: "Dreamer, dream no more!" '
by George William Curtis (1824-1892)//
BACK TO THE BARN: As the setting sun ma
The crew of the USS Oregon (Battleship No. 3) watch the fall of a shot at the Spanish armored cruiser Cristobal Colon during the Battle of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday 3 July 1898. The cruiser, the sole survivor of Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topetes Caribbean squadron after its attempted breakout from the port, was pursued for more than an hour before her captain turned toward shore and scuttled his ship. Just five weeks earlier, the Oregon had completed an epic 14,000 mile voyage around South America from San Francisco in 66 days to join the Atlantic units.
'I never can understand how anyone can not smoke-it deprives a man of the best part of life...with a good cigar in his mouth a man is perfectly safe, nothing can touch him-literally.' (Thomas Mann, 1875-1955)//
Two sailors on board the USS Olymp
'Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.' (Peter Drucker, 1909-2005).// The bridge of the USS Newark, most likely between 1891-93, presents a very workmanlike and professional scene. With the exception of the sin
The screw steam frigate USS Pensacola was the backdrop for this Alexandria, Virginia waterfront scene by photographer James F. Gibson, circa 1861. Built in 1859 at Pensacola, Florida, the frigate later served with the flag officer David Glasgow Farraguts West Gulf Blockading Squadron and was the second ship in line during the historic run past the forts below New Orleans on 24 April 1862. She served for varying periods until finally struck from the Navy records in 1901 and burned by the Navy in San Francisco Bay off Hunters Point in May 1912.