The U.S. Coast Guard is on the verge of celebrating its 220th anniversary.
You can commemorate the milestone with “Rescue Warriors: The U.S. Coast Guard, America’s Forgotten Heroes” ($25.95, St. Martin’s Press, 2009) based on the experiences of David Helvarg.
Helvarg gives a firsthand, inside look at the Coast Guard lifesavers and its forgotten Armed Service. Helvarg spent two years riding with the members of the Coast Guard on their boats, cutters and aircraft from Hawaii to Florida to the North Arabian Gulf to take readers inside the organization and what it does for America.
The book covers the rescue missions in New Orleans on the heels of Hurricane Katrina as well as the maritime evacuation of a half-million people from Manhattan following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and shows how “Coasties” are made at the service’s enlisted training center in Cape May, N.J., and at its academy in New London, Conn.
David Helvarg is the author of “The War Against the Greens, Blue Frontier” and “50 Ways to Save the Ocean.” He lives in Richmond, Calif.
This article originally appeared in the September 2009 issue.