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Hell-Roaring Mike’s a Hero

Hell-Roarin Mike’s A Hero! July 1999, USNIP. The Coast Guard’s first African American skipper was “the law” in Alaska. He was also a brutal leader and an alcoholic. But, without his skills and perseverance, many would have perished.

Cape and Islands’ Prevention & Readiness for a High Capacity Passenger Vessel Accident at Sea

Cape and Island Prevention and Preparedness for High Capacity Passenger Vessel Accident. June 1, 1999 Cape Cod Times’My View by the author articulating unique public-private sector partnerships designed to address the very real threat of mass scale ferry tragedies. These same partnerships and capabilities were stressed and leveraged the following months during the JFK Jr. and Egypt Air 990 air crashed.


Found Heroes: The US Coast Guard’s Lifesaving Medals. Wreck & Rescue Winter edition 1999. The author discusses how the Coast Guard recognizes America’s maritime heroes.

‘Someone get that damned dog!’

During a World War II convoy, the USS Bibb (WPG-31) stayed behind to pluck 235 survivors from U-boat-infested waters in the North Atlantic-but the only recognition given went to the crewman who saved Rickey, a dog.

The Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard. August 1996 USNIP. The status of US Coast Guard- KGB Maritime Border Guard relations and its historical significance to the nation.

Rescuers Can Be Victims, Too

Rescuers Can be Victims Too. Second Runner up, USNIP Essay contest December 1995. The author discusses how maritime rescuers can be affected by tragic circumstances and offers solutions based on experience.

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W. Russell Webster