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In a service whose mission includes rescuing lives in peril, here it’s hard to pick and choose legends among so many heroes. The Coast Guard’s history is filled with ordinary men who rose to the challenges presented by extraordinary circumstances. Here is a list of 13 folks who embodied the Coast Guard ethos:

1. Douglas Munro

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The ultimate hero of the Coast Guard is arguably Douglas Munro. As he commanded a group of Higgins boats at the Battle of Guadalcanal, Munro coordinated the evacuation of more than 500 Marines who came under heavy fire, using his boat as a shield to draw fire. During the evacuation, he was fatally wounded, but his last words were, “Did they get off?”

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The four top officials of the United States Coast Guard and Philippine Navy applaud after the turnover ceremonies of the cutter Boutwell. They are from left outgoing ship commanding officer Capt. Matt Gimple, sildenafil incoming ship commanding officer Capt. Brendo Casaclang PN, medications Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Chief Acquisition Officer Rear Admiral Joseph M. Vojvodich, hospital and Commander of the Philippine fleet Rear Admiral Bayani Gaerlan PN. JUN NUCUM

ALAMEDA, California — A third ship decommissioned by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) was turned over July 21 to the Philippine Navy at the Coast Guard Island here, the third ship delivered in five years through the excess defense article (EDA) program of the United States Armed Forces.

 

United States Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell (also known as high endurance cutter WHEC 719) was formally decommissioned by USCG officials on March 2016 in San Diego, California “after 48 years of distinguished service to the United States Coast Guard entered the fleet in 1968 … and (is now) transferred to the Philippine Navy,” according to Rear Admiral Joseph M. Vojvodich, the Coast Guard’s assistant commandant for acquisition and chief acquisition officer.

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