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(The Olympian)   If you think the Coast Guard is an easy out and won't get you killed like all the other services, think again   (theolympian.com) divider line 82
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2012-12-02 08:33:50 PM  
You can take the name away, but that doesn't change the fact that my husband is like Sheldon's twin brother.
 
2012-12-02 09:08:11 PM  
Obviously,  Subby  knows nothing about the USCG, its history or where it fits into the scheme of things.
 
2012-12-02 09:47:10 PM  
And here I was counting on the USCG to get my grandchildren out of the draft.
 
2012-12-02 09:47:48 PM  
All kidding aside, who do you think picks up all the floaters?

Not a pretty job.
 
2012-12-02 09:55:40 PM  
Those Coasties fly helicopters in weather that sinks ships.
 
2012-12-02 10:04:01 PM  
This Marine thinks Coasties are bad motherfarkers.
 
2012-12-03 12:23:26 AM  
Marcus Aurelius
All kidding aside, who do you think picks up all the floaters?

So, if you absolutely have to kill yourself, please, please, don't jump off a bridge.
 
2012-12-03 01:47:44 AM  
The deceased was from Redondo Beach. I grew up in Manhattan Beach, the town north of there. Someone I know surely knew him. This sucks.
 
2012-12-03 02:24:53 AM  

Fear_and_Loathing: Obviously,  Subby  knows nothing about the USCG, its history or where it fits into the scheme of things.


Wikipedia says: "It was established to collect taxes from a brand new nation of patriot smugglers."

Uh huh, Obama and the Dems set it up to fund Big Government on the backs of patriotic sovereign citizens, amiright?
 
2012-12-03 04:55:14 AM  
The Daily Zero scores a FARK link. Maybe there's something to this Mayan Apocalypse thing after all.
 
2012-12-03 04:56:25 AM  
Any person who puts their life on the line to save others should get all the respect in the world.
 
2012-12-03 05:08:11 AM  
story is behind a registration wall :(
 
2012-12-03 05:08:33 AM  

dbirchall: Uh huh, Obama and the Dems set it up to fund Big Government on the backs of patriotic sovereign citizens, amiright?


Uh, the United States' legitimacy was not recognized by the British government at that time. It was commonplace when British Warships, which controlled the Atlantic at that time, encountered American ships, they'd sink them and press their crews into service with the Royal Navy, or leave them adrift.
 
2012-12-03 05:17:52 AM  

HenryFnord: story is behind a registration wall :(


Not for me.

/Cuz Ret. CG.
 
2012-12-03 05:19:55 AM  
Heh, a buddy was in the CG for a few years, back in the 80's.

Approaching ships full of suspected weapons traffickers, his job was to zip around them in a Zodiac, popping smoke to "distract" them if they opened fire. With automatic weapons. On his unarmed inflatable.

He didn't stay with it.
 
2012-12-03 05:55:08 AM  
Coastguardmen piloted the LSTs at Iwo.
 
2012-12-03 05:56:40 AM  

August11: Coastguardmen piloted the LSTs at Iwo.


I believe they piloted all the landing craft at the major landings - Sicily, D-Day, Italy Main Coast - in Europe.
 
2012-12-03 06:09:11 AM  
Semper Paratus
 
2012-12-03 06:34:00 AM  
watch that movie The Guardian
 
2012-12-03 06:39:16 AM  
Doesn't the USCG course for rescue swimmers have a higher wash-out rate than any course in the world? Higher even than SAS Selection or SEAL training?
 
2012-12-03 06:52:43 AM  
Oorah Coasties!

Fark you subby.
"get you killed like all the other services"
No, the enemy does that.
 
2012-12-03 06:58:28 AM  
One of my friends was in the Coast Guard during the '90s. He did a lot of really dangerous things that involved being out on the water during storms and hurricanes.

/what ever happened to Simper Gumby? Haven't seen her in forever.
 
2012-12-03 07:03:11 AM  
Puddle Pirates!


/Army vet here. Coasties, you're brother and sisters too. Thanks for your service
 
2012-12-03 07:03:47 AM  
RIP shipmate.
 
2012-12-03 07:05:23 AM  
Only a drooling landlubber would think coast guard activities are somehow easier than, I dunno, guarding a warehouse full of boots in Oklahoma or Saskatchewan.
 
2012-12-03 07:08:47 AM  
semper paratus
 
2012-12-03 07:13:26 AM  

Valiente: Only a drooling landlubber would think coast guard activities are somehow easier than, I dunno, guarding a warehouse full of boots in Oklahoma or Saskatchewan.


I can still hear those boots... screaming in the night.
 
2012-12-03 07:30:15 AM  
Never seen anything Ballsier than when I had a chance to watch the USCG operate on the Columbia River Barr.
Extremely Dangerous and they were just training, transferring themselves ship to ship in the worlds roughest waters(arguably).

Hats Off to the USCG.
 
2012-12-03 07:32:51 AM  
Hey Subby,

I guess you've never heard of this man??

http://www.uscg.mil/history/people/munrophotogallery.asp

/Active USCG, 27 years sends.
 
2012-12-03 08:01:00 AM  
Alaska?

*rtfa*

Well...I was on the right coast, at least...
 
2012-12-03 08:02:22 AM  
The OSS Frogmen were mostly Coast Guardsmen.
Not people to be trifled with.
 
2012-12-03 08:26:22 AM  
On a train ride, I once talked with a Guardsman who sailed on a ship in Lake Erie. In the winter.

Yeah I wouldn't do that.
 
2012-12-03 08:29:32 AM  

dbirchall: Fear_and_Loathing: Obviously,  Subby  knows nothing about the USCG, its history or where it fits into the scheme of things.

Wikipedia says: "It was established to collect taxes from a brand new nation of patriot, job-creating smugglers." ftfy

Uh huh, Obama and the Dems set it up to fund Big Government on the backs of patriotic sovereign citizens, amiright?

 
2012-12-03 08:51:18 AM  
I made it through 1.5 years out of 4 at the CG Academy in New London, CT. My classmates were some of the smartest people I've ever met, before or since. (Also a couple of the goofiest.) A few are still in service, as upper level officers; all were impressive people.

And then there are the enlisted, who do the real work. I'm still proud to have been associated with them all in a very tangential way, many, many years ago.

/semper paratus
 
2012-12-03 08:52:05 AM  
I got rescued by the Coast Guard one time. They were like state cops on the water. Polite, professional, not inclined to banter. Was real farking glad to see them arrive.
 
2012-12-03 09:12:57 AM  
The other branches spend a lot of their time traing to do what the Coast Guard does every day.

/no disrespect intended to the other branches
 
2012-12-03 09:28:16 AM  
If you think that, you're too dumb to get into the Coast Guard anyway. Have fun in the Marines!
 
2012-12-03 09:50:35 AM  
I used to work with a guy who enlisted in the Coast Guard during Viet Nam thinking he would end up serving domestically and get out of any chance of seeing combat.

Not many people had heard of swift boats back then.
 
2012-12-03 09:56:45 AM  
My father served in the Coast Guard! Props to everyone who is/has friends/family that are a member!

/he doesn't talk about it much
//was stateside
///still loves the ocean
////loved hearing about self-righting ships as a little kid
 
2012-12-03 09:59:59 AM  

Lord Dimwit: The other branches spend a lot of their time training to do what the Coast Guard does every day.

/no disrespect intended to the other branches


As a Navy vet, THIS.
 
2012-12-03 10:03:06 AM  
Doesn't the USCG course for rescue swimmers have a higher wash-out rate than any course in the world? Higher even than SAS Selection or SEAL training?

Yep. Read The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. The chapters relating to the USCG Rescue Swimmer program and the actual rescue by the helo pilots is unREAL. These guys and girls are the real deal.
 
2012-12-03 10:13:25 AM  

tshauk: Never seen anything Ballsier than when I had a chance to watch the USCG operate on the Columbia River Barr.
Extremely Dangerous and they were just training, transferring themselves ship to ship in the worlds roughest waters(arguably).

Hats Off to the USCG.


I can tell you have some experience in Manly Arts by the way you use Capitals.

No seriously folks, the CG training is said to put a lot of importance on stressing you the fark out. All military needs to do this, but they are frankly up front about it.
 
2012-12-03 10:15:33 AM  
Hat's off to the Coast Guard....

Considering what they are expected to do? Um..... I'm not sure how they don't sink their inflatables with their brass balls

/Friend was CG for 20 years. How he survived that long with the stories he tells I will never know
 
2012-12-03 10:17:47 AM  

L.D. Ablo: The deceased was from Redondo Beach. I grew up in Manhattan Beach, the town north of there. Someone I know surely knew him. This sucks.


My condolences to that someone you know who maybe knew him.
 
2012-12-03 10:22:28 AM  
Hai guyz. what's going on in this thread?
greek.wunderground.com
 
2012-12-03 10:25:33 AM  
Being USCG is as dangerous as fighting a ground war? Wow, there must be thousands of unreported dead Coasties.

/no disrespect, let's just keep things honest
 
2012-12-03 10:41:57 AM  

Artisan Sandwich: Being USCG is as dangerous as fighting a ground war? Wow, there must be thousands of unreported dead Coasties.

/no disrespect, let's just keep things honest


Splendid threadshiat/troll. Thank god you came along to bring it all back into perspective.

/jerk
 
2012-12-03 10:53:32 AM  
You gotta go out, you don't have to come back.
 
2012-12-03 10:57:10 AM  
cwheelie

Now THAT looks like fun!
 
2012-12-03 11:01:52 AM  
Once I had a chance to get a tour of the Eagle. I was kinda pissed I never knew about it before I read SM Stirlings Change series. I would have loved to have sailed on that ship.
 
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