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100 years ago, 1 Coast Guard cutter defied segregation

from The Maritime Executive

Throughout the history of the U.S. Coast Guard, the nation has tasked the service with new missions to respond to all sorts of maritime threats and crisis. Such was the case with the Great Flood of 1913, considered by many as the most devastating flood in U.S. history. Because of this natural disaster, Congress voted to fund federal flood relief and rescue work on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Yocona, one of the "river cutters" funded by Congress, set a precedent for desegregating the nation’s sea service vessels. Within a year of Yocona’s commissioning, it received an entirely black enlisted force, with the exception of officers and non-commissioned officers. more

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