Something I Wish I'd Said
Last month, after publication of the Coast Guard issue in which we annually celebrate the birthday of the spunkiest of our nation's military services, a reader wrote to say that once again we had failed to give the Coasties their due.
Hmm, I wondered, how did we fall short? Let's see. Our cover was a great picture of the Bertholf, newest of the National Security Cutters, slashing through a sparkling blue ocean, a new maritime patrol aircraft above and a newly engineered HH-65 helicopter off the stern. Could that be what upset our reader?
Maybe there weren't enough stories. Our Spotlight section on the Coast Guard did contain five feature length stories. The popular "Nobody Asked Me, But. . ." column called for establishment of a Coast Guard historical center. Our back page, where we run vintage photos from the Naval Institute's Archive, was a striking picture of Guardsmen battling for their lives on a tanker struggling to survive a hurricane. Doesn't really seem like we shortchanged the Coasties.