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Don't Screw Up in the Military

You’ve been punished before. We all have. Whether it was being grounded by your parents or being sent to the principal’s office, you’ve had to pay for your crimes one way or another.


Have you ever screwed up so badly that:

1. You had to mop up the rain?

2. You were ordered to sit right in front of a sprinkler?

3. You didn’t have a birthday one year? 

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Radiation Readiness

Japan Coast Guard anti-terrorism team members attend the emergency exercise on the assumption that terrorists attack a nuclear plant on May 11, 2013 in Tomioka, Fukushima, Japan. The exercise was jointly operated by the Japanese Police Agency and Japan Coast Guard. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Making Things Right: The U.S. Coast Guard Will Finally Respond To The Titanic’s Distress Signal

When the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in 1912, the people on board began to fear the worst. The crew sent out numerous distress signals, but all they could do was wait to be rescued and hope for a miracle. Well, now it looks like they’re finally going to get one, after the United States Coast Guard announced that it will be responding to the distress signal that the Titanicsent out as it was sinking!

We’re calling it now: This is the most inspiring story of 2016!

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Lighthouse Drawings in celebration of National Lighthouse Day

National Lighthouse Day is August 7 and to celebrate, we’re highlighting some architectural drawings and maps relating to lighthouses from our holdings of the Records of the United States Coast Guard, Record Group 26.

One of the more famous lighthouses in the United States, and also the tallest, is the lighthouse at Cape Hatteras, NC.  Its cylindrical shape with the lantern at the top and spiral stripes painted down its sides provide an iconic look at the architecture of many coastal beacons.  The stripes are unique to the lighthouse and act as a daymark for ships to identify it along the coast.  Keepers, and visitors today, had to take 257 steps to reach the balcony, which is similar to a 12-story building.

The lighthouse plans within our holdings also give us a closer look into the lives of lighthouse keepers.  In the days before automation, the keepers most well known duty, was to manage the lantern.  They not only had to light the lamps, but they needed to tend to basic cleaning and maintenance using the proper tools.

More Lighthouses at Lighthouse Drawings in celebration of National Lighthouse Day | The Unwritten Record