. . Milan Yencho began his military career in 1947 when he entered the US Navy. After serving aboard the destroyers USS Howard (DD-179) and USS Thomas (DE-102) he transferred to the US Coast Guard in 1952 where he sailed aboard 4 other ships.
. . Don Vitous entered the US Coast Guard in October 1942 and was assigned to beach patrol along the Gulf Coast. Don’s bother, John, who was a member of the 4th Infantry Division, died in Auckland, Germany after participating in the invasion of Normandy. Don returned home after leaving the Coast Guard
. . Francis “Frank” Hynds was born in The Bronx, New York City. By his own admission, Frank wasn’t a very good student but he was smart enough to know that joining the Coast Guard in the 1950s would be a good job for a kid looking for his start in
. . George Herwig George Herwig joined the Coast Guard in 1942 because the recruiting line was shortest. He served on a supply ship serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific. “We were in the Coast Guard, assigned to a Navy ship, and serving under the Army. The result was,
. . George Coppola missing image George Copploa volunteered for the Coast Guard in June 1967, never dreaming he’d be sent to Vietnam. After boot camp, he boarded the US Coast Guard Cutter Campbell (WHEC-32) and was part of the Deck Force responsible for maintenance and other duties including manning
. . Ernie Clayton missing image Ernie Clayton was born in Bollinger County, Missouri and grew up in Fredericktown, Missouri. During the Great Depression he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at a young age to help support his mother. He entered the Coast Guard twenty days after the bombing