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Grosse Ile Naval Air Station

The Grosse Ile Naval Air Station was, at the time of its operation, located on the southern tip of the island of Grosse Ile in the Detroit River.  Although this air station is relatively unknown it played a major part…

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CG Search for SS Milwaukee

  The SS Milwaukee set out on October 22,1929 from Milwaukee with 52 men and cargo headed to Grand Haven on its routine voyage across Lake Michigan. Later that day the ship would sustain damage and sink prompting a large…

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A Cold War Tragedy: B-52C Crash In January 1971

On January 7, 1971 a fireball erupted over the Little Traverse Bay caused by the crash of a Boeing B-52 Model C.  Along with the fireball, a sonic boom carried the remembrance of “Hiram 16”, the call sign for the…

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Marinette Marine Shipbuilding

On the mouth of the Menominee River between Michigan and Wisconsin, sits the only military shipbuilding corporation on the Great Lakes, Marinette Marine Corporation. Created in 1942 to keep up with the shipbuilding growth during World War Two, it soon…

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Coast Guard Festival

The Coast Guard Festival takes place annually in Grand Haven, Michigan, around late July into early August. This is located along the western edge of Lower Michigan bordering Lake Michigan, and is also known as Coast Guard City, USA. In…

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US Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba

On the frigid morning of Friday, December 9, 1932, citizens of Grand Haven, Michigan gathered on the Government Basin pier. Cheers rose as the United States Coast Guard’s newest cutter, Escanaba, steamed up the channel, saluted the welcoming party, and docked…

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Lockdown: The Story of the Soo Locks and WWII

The United States’ victory in World War II can be attributed to any number of strategic, tactical and technological developments, though it has often been observed that the United States’ industrial might significantly influenced the War’s eventual outcome. This “industrial might”…

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The Eagle Harbor Life Saving Station

The last remaining building of the Life-Saving Station (LSS), in Eagle Harbor, Michigan, serves as a reminder of the heroic men and women who served in the United States Life-Saving Service. This station monitored a large swath of Lake Superior…

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Coast Guard at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse

Before the United States Coast Guard Before the creation of the modern day U.S. Coast Guard, there were four small organizations that helped to aid in the assistance and safety of mariners.  One of the first of these organizations was…

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USCGC Mackinaw Ice Breaker

The USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB-30) was commissioned on June 10, 2006 to maintain large scale ice breaking abilities in the Great Lakes region (5).  WLBB-30 replaced its predecessor, USCGC Mackinaw (WAGB-83) who served the Great Lakes for over 60 years (7).…

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