They Had to Go Out

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Get ready to whiten those knuckles and hold fast as we get underway to talk with Coast Guard veterans about the most daring, dangerous, and epic sea stories ever told. Whether facing ruthless men who prey on other mariners or storms that turn calm seas into graveyards, those who go down to the sea a… read more

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Conversation with Susan Ludwig - President - Coast Guard Foundation

August 22nd, 2019


Susan Ludwig, President of the Coast Guard Foundation, talks the herculean efforts of the nonprofit to aid Coast Guard members and their families in …

Episode 35: Donna Cottrell - RADM - HH65 Pilot - Coxswain - HITRON CO

August 17th, 2019


RADM Donna Cottrell talks the launch of three helicopters to save a foundering commercial fishing vessel off Atlantic City, leading the response to a medical evacuation as an enlisted BM and coxswain, and commanding the …

Episode 34: Miguel Calderon - ME - Boarding Officer

August 17th, 2019


Former Maritime Enforcement Specialist Miguel Calderon talks a tense standoff with a well armed boat at the southern border, how hijinks at a station likely inspired a scene in the movie Jackass, and how once you’ve …

Episode 33: Live from Grand Haven Day 2

August 11th, 2019


Recorded live on the Waterfront Stage at the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, Michigan - Marine Science Technician Zac Edwards talks his wedding and the rescue of a victim trapped in an Alabama rip current. …

Episode 32: Live From Grand Haven Day 1

August 4th, 2019


Recorded live on the Waterfront Stage at the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, Michigan - Phil & National Coast Guard Museum Communications Director Drew Forester talk with Boatswains Mate Chuck Vogel about his …

Episode 31: Shawnle Jones - SK - 44 Motor Lifeboat Crew

August 4th, 2019


Former Storekeeper Shawnle Jones talks candidly about the challenges and struggles of being one of the first women to enlist after the Coast Guard opened all assignments to women in 1978, her first tour of duty as a …

Episode 30: Steve Hathaway - CWO (Ret.) - Helicopter Rescue Swimmer

July 27th, 2019


CWO Steve Hathaway (Ret.) talks the first years of the Coast Guard’s Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Program and what it took to prove swimmers could save …

Episode 29: Christopher O’Brien - LT (Ret.) - WHEC Crew - Circumnavigator

July 20th, 2019


Lieutenant Chris O’Brien (Ret.) talks circumnavigating the Earth on a High Endurance Cutter, interdicting suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden, and …

Episode 28: Joe Peterson - RD - Russian Translator

July 13th, 2019


Former Coast Guardsman Joe Peterson talks the unexpected arrival of the Russian fishing fleet off the Oregon coast in the late ‘60s and how his ability to read and speak Russian put him in the middle of high profile …

Episode 27: Brian Boland - CDR - C-130 Pilot

July 6th, 2019


From our first live show at the Escape Hatch in E City - Commander Brian Boland talks his first command as an Ensign, flying the mighty C-130 …

Episode 26: ASTCM Don Murray (Ret.) - Helicopter Rescue Swimmer

June 29th, 2019


From our first live show at the Escape Hatch in E City - Master Chief Aviation Survival Technician Don Murray (Ret.) talks the rescue of a fishing …

Episode 25: Adrian Campbell - FT/ET - Cutterman

June 22nd, 2019


Former Fire Control Technician Adrian Campbell talks running cannons at GQ-1 in hostile waters, earning the Cutterman insignia, and celebrating line …

Episode 24: Chad Carlson - ME/AST (Ret.) - Helicopter Rescue Swimmer

June 15th, 2019


Maritime Enforcement Specialist and former Aviation Survival Technicial Chad Carlson (Ret.) talks an all volunteer mission into the worst of a …

Conversation with Cody Wright - Author of the Rescue Swimmer Mindset

June 13th, 2019


Former Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Cody Wright talks with us again, this time getting specific about the physical and mental aspects of preparing for …

Episode 23: Jeremy Gourde - BMC - Coxswain

June 7th, 2019


Chief Boatswains Mate Jeremy Gourde (Ret) talks exceeding operational limits to send a towline to a disabled fishing boat threatening an Atlantic City bridge and the punishing response to save a jet ski’s operator who …

Episode 22: Michael Carr - LT - Strike Team - Diver

June 1st, 2019


Former Lieutenant Michael Carr talks diving on the wreck of the Cutter Blackthorn in the immediate aftermath of her deadly collision on Tampa Bay and …

Episode 21: Chris Huntington - CGIS - FT/ET

May 25th, 2019


Episode 21: Former Special Agent Chris Huntington of the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) talks sailing to war as a Fire Control Technician …

Episode 20: Pepe Carire - ASTC - Company Commander

May 18th, 2019


Chief Aviation Survival Technician Pepe Carire ( Ret.) talks life and death decisions in the surf off Puerto Rico during one of his first missions as a helicopter rescue swimmer, and the lessons learned from an …

Special Episode: Karla Nemitz - USCG - EM - Just Keep Swimming

May 18th, 2019


Special Episode: In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month we’re releasing this special episode to further the conversation. Former …

Episode 19: John Kopp - USCG - BM1 - Surfman

May 11th, 2019


Former Surfman John Kopp talks what it takes to pass an underway checkride and certify to lead boat crews in the surf, and how he’s helping to keep the lessons learned from a 1997 tragedy alive in the hopes they prevent …

Conversation with Susan Curtain - Chair - Coast Guard Museum Association

May 6th, 2019


Conversation with Susan J. Curtin, Chair of the Coast Guard Museum Association, who talks her father’s service in the Antarctic and how a former Port Security Specialist is now leading the charge to build the National …

Episode 18: Kyle Kinser - USCG - ME2 -

May 4th, 2019


Former Maritime Enforcement Specialist Kyle Kinser talks his personal struggles to transition from an active maritime tactical unit to a slower paced assignment and later civilian life. Surviving suicide attempts and a …

Episode 17: Mario Vittone - USCG - CWO - AST

April 27th, 2019


Chief Warrant Officer Mario Vittone (Ret.) talks a response to a distressed vessel off the Georgia coast that turned near catastrophic, with a rescue swimmer left alone in a liferaft hundreds of miles from shore and a …

Episode 16: Timothy Montowski - USCGR - BM - PSU

April 20th, 2019


On the mission’s 25th anniversary, Boatswain’s Mate Timothy Montowski (Ret.) talks deploying to Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy and the unique …

Episode 15: Glen Holt - USCG - OS1

April 13th, 2019


Former Operations Systems Specialist Glen Holt talks the response to a sinking tall ship and the levels of responsibility placed on even the most …

Episode 14: Dwight Crumpacker - USCG - BM

April 6th, 2019


Boatswain’s Mate Dwight Crumpacker talks a nighttime tow with an expecting mother in big swells off the Oregon coast and running some of the last …

Episode 13: Sean McCarthy - USCG - Boatswain - Commanding Officer

March 30th, 2019


Boatswain (Ret.) Sean McCarthy talks a rescue and medevac in breaking seas off Fire Island, NY and how leaders are forged through experience.


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Episode 12: Tom Ellis - USCG - RD - Polar Ops

March 23rd, 2019


Former Radarman Tom Ellis talks the response to a tanker fire in Seattle and icebreaking operations at both ends of the Earth.


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Episode 6: Mark Engle - USCG - BMCS - Officer in Charge

March 19th, 2019


Senior Chief (Ret.) Mark Engle talks the tragic loss of a tanker off the Maryland coast, the final words of her captain, and the lessons on duty and attention to detail he’s carried ever since.


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Episode 11: Charles ‘Tex’ McDonald Holt - USCG - BM

March 16th, 2019


Charles ‘Tex’ McDonald Holt talks a Texas flood that left him in a fight for survival after his boat capsized, and the friend who defied orders to …

Episode 10: Matt Crow - USCG - AST1 - x2 CGCM

March 9th, 2019


AST1 (Ret.) Matt Crow talks a boat that broke up in the surf off Puerto Rico and the Herculean effort to get all nine survivors out of the water and …

Episode 9: Cody Wright - USCG - AST3 - Author of ‘The Rescue Swimmer Mindset’

March 2nd, 2019


Episode 9: Aviation Survival Technician Cody Wright talks a deadly boat collision on the Great Lakes and how seemingly minor lessons from the …

Episode 8: Todd Fletcher - USCG - BMC - Executive Petty Officer

February 23rd, 2019


Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) Todd Fletcher talks a man overboard during a security boarding off the South Carolina coast, the MEDEVAC that followed, …

Episode 7: Carlos Perez - USCG - MEC (Ret.) - Tactical Operator - 9/11 Medal

February 18th, 2019


Episode 7: Maritime Enforcement Specialist Chief (Ret.) Carlos Perez talks how the 9/11 attacks played out in view of his boat crew, the maritime evacuation of lower Manhattan, and dealing with the realization that we …

Episode 5: Bob Downs - USCG - Boatswain - Surfman - Commanding Officer

February 10th, 2019


Boatswain (Ret.) Bob Downs talks a real fast night time tow into Oregon’s Chetco River, a search of a boat for an armed suspect, and a migrant interdiction off the Texas coast.


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Episode 4: Kristin & Wes Lunkley - USCG - CG Medal

January 27th, 2019


The Lunkleys talk a Coast Guard Medal case that ended in the successful rescue a victim trapped in a capsized boat and the lifelong relationships …

Episode 3: Tom Rooks - USCG - BMCS - BM A School Chief - Officer in Charge - 3x CGCM

January 25th, 2019


Senior Chief (Ret.) Tom Rooks talks a helicopter crash on the flight deck of an underway cutter and the intense levels of the responsibility the USCG places on even its most junior personnel.


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Episode 2: Tim Woody - USCG - Boatswain - Surfman - Commanding Officer - MSM - 2x CGCM

January 16th, 2019


Boatswain (Ret.) Tim Woody talks a night time surf case at the mouth of California’s Noyo River and the dangers of the “press to respond” that all rescuers feel.


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