The Coast Guard on the Texas Border

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The Revenue Cutter Service, which later merged with the U.S. Life-Saving Service to form the Coast Guard, patrolled South Texas as early as 1846. In 1852, the first lighthouse was built in Point Isabel, followed by the first lifesaving station in 1881. Salute the heroes who responded to the devastating hurricane of 1919 and stand watch with Chief Pablo Valent, the first Hispanic American to command a rescue station. From Commander Charles R. Wilson’s oral history of World War II boot camp to the legacy of station keeper Wallace L. Reed, the longest-serving officer in charge, Dr. Jackie Kyger preserves the heritage of the men and women whose unofficial motto was “Law and Order, on the Border.”
ISBN: 9781467150125
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Texas
Images: 84
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dr. Jackie Kyger is a university professor and a retired Coast Guard officer, with much of his career on border initiatives, in the way of search and rescue, law enforcement, counter narcotics trafficking and human smuggling. Chief Warrant Officer Jackie Kyger proudly served at many Coast Guard units along the Texas Border, providing the inspiration for this collection of visual history. He is an alumnus of Texas A&M University–Kingsville, holding a Doctorate in Education. He is also a plank-owner of the National Coast Guard Museum and a leading member with the Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation. He was awarded the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for his leadership as commanding officer of Station South Padre Island.
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