Two crewmembers assigned to Coast Guard Station Quillayute River in La Push, Wash., lay a wreath into the water from a 47-foot Motor Life Boat in honor of three crewmembers who lost their lives during a rescue mission 18 years ago, Feb. 12, 2015. The crew holds a memorial ceremony every year on the anniversary of the incident. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Quillayute River.

Coast Guardsmen remember shipmates who gave all in La Push, Washington

Eighteen years ago this week, four brave men did what thousands of Coast Guard members do every day: put their lives in danger to save others. Three of them paid the ultimate price. Their shipmates have not forgotten them. Read their story here.

100th Anniversary

Origins: 100 years ago a combination of services led to the modern day Coast Guard

Not long ago, the Coast Guard America knows today – the organization that saves thousands of lives at sea each year, helps keep fisheries safe and fishermen afloat, prevents thousands of tons of narcotics from reaching U.S. soil and aids mariners from around the world – faced an untimely demise. But in the wake of the loss of the Titanic then President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation that merged the Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service to establish the Coast Guard in 1915.

All in a day’s work: Multi-mission ready, a buoy tender takes to law enforcement

From aiding navigation to saving lives, seagoing buoy tenders uniquely embrace the Coast Guard spirit by executing all of the service’s missions. Read more about the Fir’s role in safeguarding Pacific Northwest fishermen.

Heading south for the winter: Engineers keep a venerable cutter underway

From the ship’s bow to the stern light, and from high in the aloft conning tower to the lowest bilge, every space in Polar Star holds equipment and machinery that the ship’s engineers have to maintain in order to keep the screws turning and the lights burning. Read on to learn more about how they keep the Polar Star running.

A group of Marines assigned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., render a three-volley salute in honor of Coast Guard Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro during a memorial ceremony at Munro’s gravesite in Cle Elum, Wash., Sept. 26, 2014. Munro is the only Coast Guardsman to receive the Medal of Honor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

Coast Guard WWII hero honored in Cle Elum, Wash.

Signalman 1st Class Douglas A. Munro gave his life to evacuate Marines from the beaches of Guadalcanal during World War II. In September each year Coast Guardsmen, veterans, family, community leaders and residents gather in his home town of Cle Elum, Washington, to remember his sacrifice. Munro received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for his efforts. He is the Coast Guard’s only MOH recipient to date.

Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Olson, a maritime enforcement specialist assigned to Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 and volunteer firefighter in Oso, Wash., surveys the damage area after the deadly Oso mudslide, April 2, 2014. Olson spent more than 260 hours over 24 days assisting with recovery operations after the Oso, Wash., mudslide, the deadliest in the nation's history. (Photo courtesy of Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Olson)

Freedom fighter, firefighter, friend: An Oso resident’s call to serve

The town of Oso was thrust into the national spotlight when the deadliest landslide event in U.S. history changed the town’s landscape forever. Ryan Olson is one example of the resilience of Oso residents. Read about his service during this tragedy and how his Coast Guard prepared him.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew conducts training with a Coast Guard smallboat in 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford.

From the Helm: Welcome to Coast Guard Pacific Northwest

People often forget facts and figures, but stories stay with us. Those stories happen everyday. They are punctuated by the harrowing search and rescue cases you see on the news, but there is so much more to your Coast Guard. With the Coast Guard Pacific Northwest blog we intend to provide a window into the larger issues, the day to day, the gamut of missions and the people who make it all happen here in the 13th District.

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