The history of Hispanic-Americans in the U.S. Coast Guard may be traced as far back as the early 1800s. Hispanic-Americans performed duties at light house stations as keepers and assistant keepers, such as Keeper Juan Andreu who served as the Keeper of the St. Augustine Light from 1824-1845 and Keeper José A. Ramirez, who served as the Head Keeper of the Windward Point Light Station in Cuba, prior to World War II. Others served on board Revenue Service cutters and as surfmen at Life-Saving Service stations along the coast. Hispanic-Americans have served continuously in the Coast Guard once it was created in 1915, including seeing action in combat during the nation's armed conflicts. They continue to serve proudly today.
"Pioneers of Diversity: Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Coast Guard:" an illustrated, printable, color historical pamphlet by Dr. William Thiesen.
"'Skill, courage under enemy fire, and devotion to duty:' Bronze Star Medal Recipient Heriberto "Eddie" Hernandez and Coast Guard Smallboat Operations in Vietnam" by Dr. William Thiesen, The Quarterdeck Log, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Summer 2013).