Branch of service and rank: Coast Guard, lieutenant
Enlisted or drafted? Commissioned out of officer candidate school. I just thought it'd be a good service to join.
What did you do in the service? Mostly search and rescue. I was at a small boat station most of the time.
Why was it important? We rescue people.
What is your most important memory from service? We had a lot of rescues. My most important memory, however, is ending a watch and no one dies.
What did you like least about service? I don't really have any bad memories.
What do you want people to understand about war? We're there. We're used to doing a lot with just a little. The Coast Guard is usually there before the Marines to secure the port. The Coast Guard is usually there landing the boats from the navy ships, and the Coast Guard stays until everyone else is gone. The ports are the lifelines. We protect them. We're doing a lot of things we just don't get credit for.