Daily Chronology of Coast Guard History
2004-The 738-foot freighter Selendang Ayu grounded and broke in two December 8, 2004, offshore of Spray Cape, Unalaska. Fighting extremely adverse conditions, helicopter crews from Kodiak and the CGC Alex Haley , working with the crew of the Haley, rescued all but six of the sailors. AST3 Aaron Bean earned the Meritorious Service Medal and AMT3 Gregory Gibbons the Distinguished Flying Cross. During the rescue high waves caused the crash of a Coast Guard HH-60J.
1965-The Treasury Department received "official word" to commence a project to build a number of LORAN stations throughout Southeast Asia in support of the escalating U.S. efforts in the Vietnam War. The LORAN project was code-named "Tight Reign."
1912-The Lighthouse Service suffered its first gas-powered buoy accident when one exploded during maintenance. The explosion killed a machinist, John A. Dunbar, who was a member of the crew of the Lighthouse Tender Amaranth.