The U.S. La Guardia de la Costa—Not Navy
Captain Earle L. Sullivan, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
I greatly enjoyed Jack Sweetman’s April article about U.S. forces landing in Veracruz and the engagement that led to running the city for seven months ("'Take Veracruz at Once'"). Of note to me was the resistance by midshipmen at the Mexican Naval Academy.
In 1969, I personally experienced the author’s sentiment that the event “soured Mexican-American relations for decades.” I was commanding the USCGC Comanche (WMEC-202), a cutter that patrolled Mexican and American waters in the Gulf monitoring illegal shrimping. During one deployment, arrangements allowed for a port visit for R&R and good will in Veracruz, and I made a courtesy call on the superintendent of the Mexican Naval Academy.