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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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Episode 86: Jim Morphew - MK - Patrol Boat Cutterman - War on Drugs - Mariel Boatlift - PTSD

November 20th, 2020


Former MK Jim Morphew talks a near decade of service on the Gulf Coast, two tours at one of the service’s least requested duty stations in Grand …

Episode 85: William ‘Dean’ Lee - Vice Admiral (Ret.) - Commanding Officer - LANTAREA - Boat Forces

November 2nd, 2020


Vice Admiral William “Dean” Lee (Ret.) talks the most impactful case of his 36 year career - the courageous effort to save a life from inside a …

Episode 84: Steve Love - Commander (Ret) - CO - Mustang - ET - Cutter Swimmer - Boat Forces

October 28th, 2020


Commander Steve Love (Ret) talks 34 years of active service, his first patrol out of basic training aboard CGC Cherokee, white knuckling the helm and …

Episode 83: Erin Stapleton - BOSN - CGC Eagle Sailmaster - Diver - Officer in Charge

October 10th, 2020


BOSN Erin Stapleton (Ret) talks service as the Sailmaster aboard the Tall Ship Eagle during a crossing of the Atlantic, recovering a man overboard under sail, training and mentoring Academy cadets underway, qualifying …

Episode 82: Kurt Strauch - BOSN - Marine Firefighting - Antarctic Ops - Officer in Charge

October 3rd, 2020


Boatswain Kurt Strauch (Ret.) talks Coast Guard firefighting, including the rescue of a commercial fishing crew aboard an 80 foot scalloper on fire off Montauk, New York, the massive effort to save a 180 foot freighter …

Episode 81: Zach Snavely - ME2 - MSRT - BM - Coxswain - Deck Force - Defense Contractor

September 24th, 2020


Former ME2 Zach Snavely talks surviving recruit training with Phil after both enlisted in West Virginia, striking Boatswain’s Mate, service as a coxswain on the northern border at Station Niagara, how the loss of a boat …

Episode 80: Claude Morrissey - Chief Aviation Survival Technician (Ret.) - Helicopter Rescue Swimmer

September 16th, 2020


Part I. Retired Chief Aviation Survival Technician (ASTC) Claude Morrissey talks his first case as a rescue swimmer, saving fishermen washed from a jetty during Hurricane Claudette, refining his greeting to survivors, …

Episode 79: Chris Campbell - Quartermaster 2nd Class - CGC Sedge - CGC Thetis - ATON - Migrants

September 3rd, 2020


Former Quartermaster Chris Campbell talks being recalled to the CGC Sedge in the midst of a violent winter storm in an effort to save the crew of a …

Episode 78: Steve Denning - BMC (Ret) - Station OIC - Motor Lifeboats - PACTACLET - Black Hulls

August 24th, 2020


Chief Boatswains Mate Steve Denning (Ret.) talks the nighttime race to rescue nineteen people, fourteen of them children, from a capsized boat at the entrance to the port of Los Angeles/Long Beach, the struggle to …

Episode 77: Alex Mangum - AMT - Flight Mechanic - HH60 - E City - Kodiak - Life After Service

August 11th, 2020


Former AMT and HH60 Flight Mechanic Alex Mangum talks a massive effort to save three commercial fishermen after their boat grounded in a remote Alaskan Bay during the worst storm many at the airstation had ever …

Episode 76: Rick Kuntz - Engineman - Galloo Island - Station Oswego - CG AUX

August 3rd, 2020


Former Engineman Rick Kunz talks life and service on Lake Ontario’s Galloo Island where the Coast Guard maintained both a station and a lighthouse, four decades of uniform, grooming, and protective equipment advances at …

Episode 75: MEC ‘ Thunder’ Dan Merrick (Ret.) - MSST - PATFORSWA - RAID - MTB - TACLET

July 27th, 2020


Retired Maritime Enforcement Specialist ‘Thunder’ Dan Merrick talks standing up Maritme Safety and Security Teams (MSST) in the aftermath of 9/11, …

Episode 74: Mike Kreynus - Senior Chief Radioman (Ret) - Cutterman - Intelligence Agent - CPOA

July 18th, 2020


Senior Chief Radioman Mike Kreynus (Ret.) talks a lasting lesson in leadership and open door policy from the CO of the CGC Comanche, his time as a …

Episode 73: James Loy - 21st COMDT - Cutterman - Vietnam War - 9/11 - Leadership - Author

July 9th, 2020


21st Commandant of the Coast Guard and former Acting Secretary of the Department is Homeland Security James Loy talks a lesson in leadership early in his career during a dangerous maneuver in heavy seas, commanding …

Episode 72: Gary Thomas - CDR (Ret.) - Cutterman - Patrol Boat CO - LORANimal - AFRAS - NCGMA

July 1st, 2020


CDR Gary Thomas (Ret.) talks deploying into heavy seas as a cutter swimmer to rescue a man overboard, commanding a Key West patrol boat during the …

Episode 71: Martha Kotite - Captain (Ret.) - 110 XO - Public Affairs - Author

June 23rd, 2020


Captain Martha Kotite (Ret.) talks the attempted takeover of a cutter by a group of migrants detained on board, serving as the XO of a Key West …

Episode 70: Gina Panuzzi - AET2 (Ret) - Aircrew - HH60 Crash Survivor

June 18th, 2020


Retired Aviation Electronics Technician (AET) Gina Panuzzi talks a decade of service in Coast Guard aviation, the crash of CG-6028 in the Utah mountains that nearly claimed her life, and her road to recovery in the …

Todd Ebner - AET2 - Aircrew - C130 - HH60

June 8th, 2020


Former AET2 Todd Ebner talks his decade of service in Coast Guard aviation, locating 17 survivors of a fishing trip gone wrong off the Alaskan coast, …

Distant Shores Launch Special - Francois Michaud - Royal Canadian Marine SAR - Chief Instructor

June 3rd, 2020


Francois Michaud, the Chief Instructor for Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue (RCM SAR), talks his decade of service onboard the ships and lifeboats of the Canadian Coast Guard, a long and harrowing day of …

Episode 68: Tina Claflin - MKCS (Ret.) - Surf Ops - CGC Eagle - Strike Team - SAPR - CPO Centennial

May 28th, 2020


Senior Chief Machinery Technician Tina Claflin (Ret.) talks towing a sailboat through high surf, sailing aboard the tall ship Eagle, Strike Team CBR call outs for everything from a tire fire in Ohio to a burning train …

Special: Coast Guard Recruit Training Alumni

May 24th, 2020


Service academies and colleges nationwide have active and powerful alumni associations, but those who enlist and substitute boot camp for higher …

Episode 67: Jim Rambus - BMCS (Ret.) - Coxswain - OIC - Lighthouse Keeper - Lightship Sailor

May 21st, 2020


As we continue to celebrate the centennial of Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers we talk with Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Jim Rambus (Ret.) who tells of the dangers of logistic runs to the shoals and reefs of the Great …

Episode 66: Adam Cravey - HSC (Ret.) - Coast Guard Medal - Boat Swimmer - Corpsman

May 14th, 2020


Chief Health Services Technician Adam Cravey (Ret.) talks a Coast Guard Medal case that demanded he deploy into a raging sea as a boat swimmer in an effort to save the crew of a burning tug and barge, serving as an …

Episode 65: Jon Ostrowski- BMCS (Ret.) - PSU - Chief Petty Officers Association President

May 2nd, 2020


Retired Senior Chief Boatswains Mate Jon Ostrowski talks deploying for Operation Iraqi Freedom with a Reserve Port Security Unit, the centennial of …

Episode 64: Peter Eident - LT - USCGC Cuyahoga Survivor - Author of ‘Bearing Drift’ - Part II

April 30th, 2020


Part II. Former Lieutenant Peter Eident talks surviving the capsizing and sinking of the USCGC Cuyahoga during a nighttime training cruise on the Chesapeake Bay and the legal and emotional aftermath stemming from the …

Episode 63: Peter Eident - LT - USCGC Cuyahoga Survivor - Author of ‘Bearing Drift’ - Part I

April 20th, 2020


Part I of II. Former Lieutenant Peter Eident talks surviving the capsizing and sinking of the USCGC Cuyahoga during a nighttime training cruise on the Chesapeake Bay and the legal and emotional aftermath stemming from …

Episode 62: Dara O’Malley - BM1 - Surfman 111 - 36 MLB - 44 MLB

April 11th, 2020


BM1 Dara O’Malley, Surfman 111, tells of a dangerous nighttime escort across the Humbolt Bar, the capsizing and breakup of the involved cabin …

Episode 61: Angel Hughes - LT - Pilot - Aircraft Commander - HC-144 Casa Ocean Sentry

April 5th, 2020


LT Angel Hughes talks leading an aircrew on a challenging nighttime search for a distressed vessel and the aerial delivery of supplies to aid the rescue effort, flying in hurricane conditions, earning her wings on the …

Crossover Special with ‘The Evolution Podcast” - Jeff Bayless - USN - Chief Boatswains Mate

March 30th, 2020


Crossover episode with Jeff Bayless, a Chief Boatswains Mate in the US Navy and host of ‘The Evolution Podcast’, who talks his journey to resiliency …

Crossover Special with Don’t Give Up the Ship Podcast

March 29th, 2020


A crossover episode to help pass the time in quarantine with the host of Don’t Give Up the Ship Podcast. Unique episodes released on both shows have the hosts talking enlisted leadership, advancement panels, and the …

Episode 60: Darin Bibeau - BM2 - Coxswain - TACLET - Author

March 25th, 2020


Former Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Darin Bibeau talks leading a cutter boat in the response to an offshore plane crash, running boats at station vacation in Burlington, Vermont, jumping the gunwales of go fasts to …

Episode 59: Cari Thomas - RADM (Ret.) - CEO of Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA)

March 18th, 2020


Rear Admiral Cari Thomas (Ret.) talks taking her first command as the CO of a 110 ft patrol boat, responding to a mass migration in the Florida …

Episode 58: Thad Allen - 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard (Ret.)

March 6th, 2020


23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard Thad Allen (Ret.) talks being trapped by fire in the radio room of his first cutter, responding to his first mass casualty event when a plane went down in the Florida Everglades, a …

Episode 57: Mike Underwood - BM1 (Ret.) - Coast Guard Medal - Coxswain - XPO

February 26th, 2020


Retired Boatswain’s Mate First Class Mike Underwood talks leading a boat crew into 30 foot seas, 80 knot winds, and dense fog to rescue those aboard a burning tug and barge in a case that earned him the Coast Guard …

Episode 56: MCPOCG Charles ‘Skip’ Bowen (Ret.) - BM - Officer in Charge - Command Chief

February 19th, 2020


10th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles ‘Skip’ Bowen talks the capsize of a marijuana laden sailboat while under tow, the failure of his small boat’s engine during a rescue attempt in a fierce storm, …

Episode 55: Albert ‘Bud’ Buechler - CAPT (Ret.) - Commanding Officer - 378 WHEC

February 12th, 2020


Captain Albert ‘Bud’ Buechler talks the heroic response of his cutter crew to the capsizing of an overloaded Haitian sailing freighter, the unique relationships between Chief Petty Officers, the deckplate and the …

Episode 54: Kevin Grant - BM1 - WHEC - Coxswain - Active to Reserve

February 3rd, 2020


Boatswain’s Mate Kevin Grant tells of his first assignment aboard a 378 High Endurance Cutter, responding to a devastating earthquake on Haiti and the potential mass migration in its aftermath, being recalled from a …

Episode 53: Russell Burress - BMC (Ret.) - 44 MLB - Coxswain - SAR - Risk vs Gain

January 27th, 2020


Retired Chief Boatswain’s Mate Russell Burress tells making the decision to risk a boat in an attempt to save a life, serving on deck under the leadership of service legend BMCM Donald Horsley, setting a buoy to reopen …

Episode 52: John Gagnon - BMCM (Ret.) - Surfman - Officer in Charge

January 21st, 2020


Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate John Gagnon (Ret.) talks the search for a fisherman who fell overboard in monstrous surf off the Oregon coast, how towing and searching are performed in the surf by motor lifeboat crews, …

Holiday Special with MCPOCG Vince Patton (Ret.)

December 23rd, 2019


Holiday Special: 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Vince Patton (Ret.) shares a holiday message, talks the short lived music career …

Episode 51: Steven Craig - USCGR - Captain (Ret.) - Author of All Present and Accounted For

December 18th, 2019


Captain Steven Craig (Ret.) talks the dangers of walking a cutter’s deck in storm tossed seas, rising in the ranks from Seaman to mustang Captain, and being activated thirteen times as a reservist in response to major …

Episode 50: Dan Shirey - BM - Surfman - 44 MLB - Chetco River - CGC Modoc - Diver

December 12th, 2019


Former Boatswain’s Mate Dan Shirey talks pitchpoling a 44 ft Motor Lifeboat on the Chetco River bar, responding to a sinking fishing vessel despite …

Episode 49: Mark Holmes - Radioman - 210 WMEC Crew - Author

December 5th, 2019


Former Radioman Mark Holmes talks heading out and into a storm so severe it forced the Navy into port, responding to a foundering sailing vessel with …

Episode 48: Gerry Rohrer - BM1 (Ret.) - Coxswain - Ice Rescuer - PATFORSWA - Instructor

November 25th, 2019


Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Gerry Rohrer (Ret.) talks the lifesaving efforts to retrieve and MEDEVAC an elderly couple from a sailboat breaking apart on the rocks of a Michigan jetty, responding to hard water emergencies …

Episode 47: Doug Johnson - Boatswains Mate - Coxswain - LORAN Station - Pacific Islands

November 13th, 2019


Former Boatswain’s Mate Doug Johnson provides a travelogue of exotic locations he served at throughout the Pacific, including his time at a remote LORAN Station on Marcus Island nearly 700 miles from the nearest point …

Episode 46: CDR Tim ‘TJ’ Schmitz - Helicopter Pilot - HH65 - Alaska Ranger Rescue

November 8th, 2019


Commander and helicopter pilot Tim Schmitz talks the daring effort to rescue nearly fifty victims after their vessel, the ‘Alaska Ranger’, sank in the Bering Sea 180 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. A nighttime …

Episode 45: Kevin Gilheany - BOSN (Ret.) - QMCS - SAR Controller - USCG Pipe Band

October 31st, 2019


Retired Quartermaster and Boatswain Kevin Gilheany talks a search and rescue case involving a commercial fishing vessel that was poised to play out …

Episode 44: Spooky Sea Yarns

October 26th, 2019


To celebrate Halloween our hosts tell of their experiences with haunted Coast Guard cutters and stations. They also make an incredibly weak attempt to start a new legend about their favorite waterway.


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Episode 43 - Chris Costa - BM - TACLET - Instructor - ITD

October 15th, 2019


Former Boatswain’s Mate Chris Costa talks counter narcotics along the southern border, becoming an instructor and deploying worldwide to train partner nations, and how his service set the stage for later success as a …

Episode 42 - Ashlee Leppert - AET1 - Helicopter Flight Mechanic - Author of ‘The Hurricane Within’

October 8th, 2019


Retired Aviation Electronics Technician and Helicopter Flight Mechanic Ashlee Leppert talks earning the Air Medal for flying with her crew into the midst of Hurricane Harvey to rescue desperate survivors from rising …

Special Anniversary Episode - Dave Hughes - SK1 - The Prisendam Rescue

October 3rd, 2019


Thirty-nine years ago in the Pacific Ocean 330 miles off the coast of Valdez, Alaska, a fire engulfed the engine room of the Prinsendam, a cruise …

Episode 41: Mike Vecchione - MEC (Ret) - Tactical Operator - Coxswain - MSST - CENTCOM - MSRT

October 3rd, 2019


Retired Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist Mike Vecchione talks risking his first coxswain letter with a search for survivors from a capsized vessel based on his own local knowledge rather than the algorithm used by …

Episode 40: Ron LaBrec - CAPT (Ret.) - 270 WMEC - LEDET - Group Commander - Coast Guard Foundation

September 25th, 2019


Retired Captain Ron LaBrec talks being on the bridge of a 270 during a search for survivors from a wrecked vessel, leading law enforcement detachments on deployments worldwide to counter maritime smuggling, and his …

Episode 39: Wesley Jansen - BM - Coxswain - Company Commander

September 18th, 2019


Retired Boatswain’s Mate Wesley Jansen talks a faint call for help and reviving a heart attack victim in dense fog off the Washington coast, a white knuckle day in Alaskan waters and the speed conversation all coxswains …

Episode 38: Amelia Presley - MK - Boat Engineer

September 11th, 2019


Former Machinery Technician Amelia Presley talks search and rescue “Cajun style”, standing duty as an engineer on the Coast Guard’s newest boat types, being on watch during the search for the crew of a downed USCG …

Episode 37: Michael Ellis - BMCM - RFMC - Officer in Charge

September 4th, 2019


Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Michael Ellis talks the rescue of a fishing vessel captain held hostage off the coast of Guam, his first case as a certified coxswain, leadership lessons from a decade in command, and how …

Special Episode: Remembering Katrina with Sara Faulkner - AST1 (Ret.) - Helicopter Rescue Swimmer

August 29th, 2019


On this 14th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall along the Gulf Coast, we talk with Aviation Survival Technician Sara Faulkner (Ret), the …

Episode 36: Vince Patton - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (Ret) - RM - YN - CG Museum

August 24th, 2019


Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Vince Patton (Ret.) talks receiving that first SOS while underway on the Cutter Dallas, his rise through the ranks to become the first African American to fill the service’s …

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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