This Day in Coast Guard History – August 18
1899-Surfman Rasmus S. Midgett of the Gull Shoal Life-Saving Station in North Carolina single-handedly rescued 10 people from the grounded barkentine Priscilla. Midgett was awarded the Gold Life-Saving Medal for his heroic actions.
1941-Coast Guard charged by Congress with enforcing a law to protect war-lanes in Alaskan waters.
1983- Hurricane Alicia came ashore at Houston, Texas. Coast Guard units responded
to calls for assistance.
(Source: USCG Historian’s Office)