They Had to Go Out

They Had to Go Out

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Get ready to whiten those knuckles and hold fast as we get underway to talk with Coast Guard veterans about the most daring, dangerous, and epic sea stories ever told. Whether facing ruthless men who prey on other mariners or storms that turn calm seas into graveyards, those who go down to the sea and cast off lines enter the most challenging and dangerous environment on earth. Only here will you hear their stories and the lessons gained through their experience. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theyhadtogoout/support


56: MCPOCG Charles ‘Skip’ Bowen (Ret.) - BM - Officer in Charge - Command Chief
Feb 19 • 50 min
10th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles ‘Skip’ Bowen talks the capsize of a marijuana laden sailboat while under tow, the failure of his small boat’s engine during a rescue attempt in a fierce storm, saving the crew of his cutter’s…
55: Albert ‘Bud’ Buechler - CAPT (Ret.) - Commanding Officer - 378 WHEC
Feb 11 • 57 min
Captain Albert ‘Bud’ Buechler talks the heroic response of his cutter crew to the capsizing of an overloaded Haitian sailing freighter, the unique relationships between Chief Petty Officers, the deckplate and the wardroom, taking command of his first…
54: Kevin Grant - BM1 - WHEC - Coxswain - Active to Reserve
Feb 3 • 75 min
Boatswain’s Mate Kevin Grant tells of his first assignment aboard a 378 High Endurance Cutter, responding to a devastating earthquake on Haiti and the potential mass migration in its aftermath, being recalled from a port call to interdict a drug sub in…
53: Russell Burress - BMC (Ret.) - 44 MLB - Coxswain - SAR - Risk vs Gain
Jan 26 • 76 min
Retired Chief Boatswain’s Mate Russell Burress tells making the decision to risk a boat in an attempt to save a life, serving on deck under the leadership of service legend BMCM Donald Horsley, setting a buoy to reopen a strategic port in the midst of a…
52: John Gagnon - BMCM (Ret.) - Surfman - Officer in Charge
Jan 20 • 43 min
Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate John Gagnon (Ret.) talks the search for a fisherman who fell overboard in monstrous surf off the Oregon coast, how towing and searching are performed in the surf by motor lifeboat crews, and the most impactful lessons learned…
Holiday Special with MCPOCG Vince Patton (Ret.)
Dec 23, 2019 • 23 min
Holiday Special: 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Vince Patton (Ret.) shares a holiday message, talks the short lived music career of the E-10s on the USO’s Overseas Holiday Tour, and encourages all who can to help get the National Coast…
51: Steven Craig - USCGR - Captain (Ret.) - Author of All Present and Accounted For
Dec 17, 2019 • 49 min
Captain Steven Craig (Ret.) talks the dangers of walking a cutter’s deck in storm tossed seas, rising in the ranks from Seaman to mustang Captain, and being activated thirteen times as a reservist in response to major events and disasters including the…
50: Dan Shirey - BM - Surfman - 44 MLB - Chetco River - CGC Modoc - Diver
Dec 12, 2019 • 58 min
Former Boatswain’s Mate Dan Shirey talks pitchpoling a 44 ft Motor Lifeboat on the Chetco River bar, responding to a sinking fishing vessel despite knowing he lacked enough fuel to make it back to shore, escorting a listing cargo ship hundreds of miles to…
49: Mark Holmes - Radioman - 210 WMEC Crew - Author
Dec 5, 2019 • 52 min
Former Radioman Mark Holmes talks heading out and into a storm so severe it forced the Navy into port, responding to a foundering sailing vessel with a skeleton crew aboard CGC Courageous, procuring a replacement deck gun for a cutter from the front lawn…
48: Gerry Rohrer - BM1 (Ret.) - Coxswain - Ice Rescuer - PATFORSWA - Instructor
Nov 24, 2019 • 50 min
Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Gerry Rohrer (Ret.) talks the lifesaving efforts to retrieve and MEDEVAC an elderly couple from a sailboat breaking apart on the rocks of a Michigan jetty, responding to hard water emergencies with an ice rescue team, deploying…
47: Doug Johnson - Boatswains Mate - Coxswain - LORAN Station - Pacific Islands
Nov 12, 2019 • 49 min
Former Boatswain’s Mate Doug Johnson provides a travelogue of exotic locations he served at throughout the Pacific, including his time at a remote LORAN Station on Marcus Island nearly 700 miles from the nearest point of land. He also tells of responding…
46: CDR Tim ‘TJ’ Schmitz - Helicopter Pilot - HH65 - Alaska Ranger Rescue
Nov 8, 2019 • 58 min
Commander and helicopter pilot Tim Schmitz talks the daring effort to rescue nearly fifty victims after their vessel, the ‘Alaska Ranger’, sank in the Bering Sea 180 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. A nighttime takeoff from the storm swept and frozen…
45: Kevin Gilheany - BOSN (Ret.) - QMCS - SAR Controller - USCG Pipe Band
Oct 31, 2019 • 59 min
Retired Quartermaster and Boatswain Kevin Gilheany talks a search and rescue case involving a commercial fishing vessel that was poised to play out like a Greek tragedy until he took action to establish a viable search area and direct assets to locate and…
44: Spooky Sea Yarns
Oct 26, 2019 • 26 min
To celebrate Halloween our hosts tell of their experiences with haunted Coast Guard cutters and stations. They also make an incredibly weak attempt to start a new legend about their favorite waterway. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest…
43 - Chris Costa - BM - TACLET - Instructor - ITD
Oct 15, 2019 • 97 min
Former Boatswain’s Mate Chris Costa talks counter narcotics along the southern border, becoming an instructor and deploying worldwide to train partner nations, and how his service set the stage for later success as a trainer with Magpul Dynamics and now…
42 - Ashlee Leppert - AET1 - Helicopter Flight Mechanic - Author of ‘The Hurricane Within’
Oct 8, 2019 • 56 min
Retired Aviation Electronics Technician and Helicopter Flight Mechanic Ashlee Leppert talks earning the Air Medal for flying with her crew into the midst of Hurricane Harvey to rescue desperate survivors from rising flood waters, unknowingly hoisting a…
Special Anniversary Episode - Dave Hughes - SK1 - The Prisendam Rescue
Oct 3, 2019 • 54 min
Thirty-nine years ago in the Pacific Ocean 330 miles off the coast of Valdez, Alaska, a fire engulfed the engine room of the Prinsendam, a cruise ship carrying over 300 passengers. As the fire raged, the captain gave the order to abandon ship. Recalled…
41: Mike Vecchione - MEC (Ret) - Tactical Operator - Coxswain - MSST - CENTCOM - MSRT
Oct 3, 2019 • 56 min
Retired Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist Mike Vecchione talks risking his first coxswain letter with a search for survivors from a capsized vessel based on his own local knowledge rather than the algorithm used by a command center computer, deploying…
40: Ron LaBrec - CAPT (Ret.) - 270 WMEC - LEDET - Group Commander - Coast Guard Foundation
Sep 25, 2019 • 48 min
Retired Captain Ron LaBrec talks being on the bridge of a 270 during a search for survivors from a wrecked vessel, leading law enforcement detachments on deployments worldwide to counter maritime smuggling, and his toughest duty while in command. Now on…
39: Wesley Jansen - BM - Coxswain - Company Commander
Sep 18, 2019 • 52 min
Retired Boatswain’s Mate Wesley Jansen talks a faint call for help and reviving a heart attack victim in dense fog off the Washington coast, a white knuckle day in Alaskan waters and the speed conversation all coxswains have with their crews, standing up…
38: Amelia Presley - MK - Boat Engineer
Sep 11, 2019 • 56 min
Former Machinery Technician Amelia Presley talks search and rescue “Cajun style”, standing duty as an engineer on the Coast Guard’s newest boat types, being on watch during the search for the crew of a downed USCG helicopter, and how she’s carrying on the…
37: Michael Ellis - BMCM - RFMC - Officer in Charge
Sep 4, 2019 • 34 min
Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Michael Ellis talks the rescue of a fishing vessel captain held hostage off the coast of Guam, his first case as a certified coxswain, leadership lessons from a decade in command, and how he’s using his own podcast to better…
Special Episode: Remembering Katrina with Sara Faulkner - AST1 (Ret.) - Helicopter Rescue Swimmer
Aug 28, 2019 • 71 min
On this 14th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall along the Gulf Coast, we talk with Aviation Survival Technician Sara Faulkner (Ret), the first woman to graduate from the Coast Guard’s own Rescue Swimmer School, about the immediate response of…
36: Vince Patton - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (Ret) - RM - YN - CG Museum
Aug 24, 2019 • 99 min
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Vince Patton (Ret.) talks receiving that first SOS while underway on the Cutter Dallas, his rise through the ranks to become the first African American to fill the service’s top enlisted role, and his…
Conversation with Susan Ludwig - President - Coast Guard Foundation
Aug 22, 2019 • 36 min
Susan Ludwig, President of the Coast Guard Foundation, talks the herculean efforts of the nonprofit to aid Coast Guard members and their families in times of need, disaster, and loss. Her stories left the hosts of this podcast speechless and forever…
35: Donna Cottrell - RADM - HH65 Pilot - Coxswain - HITRON CO
Aug 17, 2019 • 20 min
RADM Donna Cottrell talks the launch of three helicopters to save a foundering commercial fishing vessel off Atlantic City, leading the response to a medical evacuation as an enlisted BM and coxswain, and commanding the service’s aerial gun crews at the…
34: Miguel Calderon - ME - Boarding Officer
Aug 17, 2019 • 70 min
Former Maritime Enforcement Specialist Miguel Calderon talks a tense standoff with a well armed boat at the southern border, how hijinks at a station likely inspired a scene in the movie Jackass, and how once you’ve worn blue you’ll always have friends to…
33: Live from Grand Haven Day 2
Aug 10, 2019 • 20 min
Recorded live on the Waterfront Stage at the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, Michigan - Marine Science Technician Zac Edwards talks his wedding and the rescue of a victim trapped in an Alabama rip current. President of the National Coast Guard Museum…
32: Live From Grand Haven Day 1
Aug 3, 2019 • 23 min
Recorded live on the Waterfront Stage at the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, Michigan - Phil & National Coast Guard Museum Communications Director Drew Forester talk with Boatswains Mate Chuck Vogel about his response to a boat allision with a…
31: Shawnle Jones - SK - 44 Motor Lifeboat Crew
Aug 3, 2019 • 57 min
Former Storekeeper Shawnle Jones talks candidly about the challenges and struggles of being one of the first women to enlist after the Coast Guard opened all assignments to women in 1978, her first tour of duty as a Motor Lifeboat Crewmember at Station…
30: Steve Hathaway - CWO (Ret.) - Helicopter Rescue Swimmer
Jul 27, 2019 • 71 min
CWO Steve Hathaway (Ret.) talks the first years of the Coast Guard’s Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Program and what it took to prove swimmers could save lives, responding to a plane crash in the swift waters of an Alaskan river, a tough MEDEVAC off Oahu, the…
29: Christopher O’Brien - LT (Ret.) - WHEC Crew - Circumnavigator
Jul 20, 2019 • 67 min
Lieutenant Chris O’Brien (Ret.) talks circumnavigating the Earth on a High Endurance Cutter, interdicting suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden, and coordinating the rescue of a downed fighter pilot in the middle of the Pacific. —- This episode is…
28: Joe Peterson - RD - Russian Translator
Jul 13, 2019 • 69 min
Former Coast Guardsman Joe Peterson talks the unexpected arrival of the Russian fishing fleet off the Oregon coast in the late ‘60s and how his ability to read and speak Russian put him in the middle of high profile medevacs, law enforcement, and security…
27: Brian Boland - CDR - C-130 Pilot
Jul 6, 2019 • 50 min
From our first live show at the Escape Hatch in E City - Commander Brian Boland talks his first command as an Ensign, flying the mighty C-130 Hercules, and how the plane and its aircrew respond to search and rescue, law enforcement, and security missions…
26: ASTCM Don Murray (Ret.) - Helicopter Rescue Swimmer
Jun 29, 2019 • 41 min
From our first live show at the Escape Hatch in E City - Master Chief Aviation Survival Technician Don Murray (Ret.) talks the rescue of a fishing vessel crew in a violent nor’easter off the Massachusetts coast and a broken helicopter hoist that left him…
25: Adrian Campbell - FT/ET - Cutterman
Jun 22, 2019 • 54 min
Former Fire Control Technician Adrian Campbell talks running cannons at GQ-1 in hostile waters, earning the Cutterman insignia, and celebrating line crossings as she sailed the world’s oceans. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…
24: Chad Carlson - ME/AST (Ret.) - Helicopter Rescue Swimmer
Jun 15, 2019 • 60 min
Maritime Enforcement Specialist and former Aviation Survival Technicial Chad Carlson (Ret.) talks an all volunteer mission into the worst of a tropical storm to save the crew of a tugboat grounded on a shoal and breaking apart in violent surf off the…
Conversation with Cody Wright - Author of the Rescue Swimmer Mindset
Jun 13, 2019 • 52 min
Former Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Cody Wright talks with us again, this time getting specific about the physical and mental aspects of preparing for and graduating from the toughest Coast Guard ‘A’ School - Aviation Survival Technician. Recorded during a…
23: Jeremy Gourde - BMC - Coxswain
Jun 7, 2019 • 63 min
Chief Boatswains Mate Jeremy Gourde (Ret) talks exceeding operational limits to send a towline to a disabled fishing boat threatening an Atlantic City bridge and the punishing response to save a jet ski’s operator who set out in a hurricane. —- This…
22: Michael Carr - LT - Strike Team - Diver
Jun 1, 2019 • 58 min
Former Lieutenant Michael Carr talks diving on the wreck of the Cutter Blackthorn in the immediate aftermath of her deadly collision on Tampa Bay and the search and recovery efforts for 23 Coast Guardsmen, responding to the collision of the MV Summit…
21: Chris Huntington - CGIS - FT/ET
May 25, 2019 • 68 min
Episode 21: Former Special Agent Chris Huntington of the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) talks sailing to war as a Fire Control Technician in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, a dogfight in an HH65 above the Nation’s capital, the focused…
20: Pepe Carire - ASTC - Company Commander
May 18, 2019 • 69 min
Chief Aviation Survival Technician Pepe Carire ( Ret.) talks life and death decisions in the surf off Puerto Rico during one of his first missions as a helicopter rescue swimmer, and the lessons learned from an overturned liferaft in the frigid waters of…
Special Episode: Karla Nemitz - USCG - EM - Just Keep Swimming
May 18, 2019 • 59 min
Special Episode: In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month we’re releasing this special episode to further the conversation. Former Electrician’s Mate Karla Nemitz talks her experiences with sexual assault, mental health, and suicide while in the…
19: John Kopp - USCG - BM1 - Surfman
May 11, 2019 • 44 min
Former Surfman John Kopp talks what it takes to pass an underway checkride and certify to lead boat crews in the surf, and how he’s helping to keep the lessons learned from a 1997 tragedy alive in the hopes they prevent future loss of life. —- This…
Conversation with Susan Curtain - Chair - Coast Guard Museum Association
May 6, 2019 • 37 min
Conversation with Susan J. Curtin, Chair of the Coast Guard Museum Association, who talks her father’s service in the Antarctic and how a former Port Security Specialist is now leading the charge to build the National Coast Guard Museum. —- This episode…
18: Kyle Kinser - USCG - ME2 -
May 4, 2019 • 52 min
Former Maritime Enforcement Specialist Kyle Kinser talks his personal struggles to transition from an active maritime tactical unit to a slower paced assignment and later civilian life. Surviving suicide attempts and a criminal conviction, he now helps…
17: Mario Vittone - USCG - CWO - AST
Apr 27, 2019 • 49 min
Chief Warrant Officer Mario Vittone (Ret.) talks a response to a distressed vessel off the Georgia coast that turned near catastrophic, with a rescue swimmer left alone in a liferaft hundreds of miles from shore and a helicopter so low on fuel its crew…
16: Timothy Montowski - USCGR - BM - PSU
Apr 20, 2019 • 61 min
On the mission’s 25th anniversary, Boatswain’s Mate Timothy Montowski (Ret.) talks deploying to Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy and the unique wartime roles played by reservists assigned to the nation’s Port Security Units. —- This episode is…
15: Glen Holt - USCG - OS1
Apr 13, 2019 • 46 min
Former Operations Systems Specialist Glen Holt talks the response to a sinking tall ship and the levels of responsibility placed on even the most junior personnel in the service. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
14: Dwight Crumpacker - USCG - BM
Apr 6, 2019 • 64 min
Boatswain’s Mate Dwight Crumpacker talks a nighttime tow with an expecting mother in big swells off the Oregon coast and running some of the last wood hull life and utility boats in active service. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way…
13: Sean McCarthy - USCG - Boatswain - Commanding Officer
Mar 30, 2019 • 44 min
Boatswain (Ret.) Sean McCarthy talks a rescue and medevac in breaking seas off Fire Island, NY and how leaders are forged through experience. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this…
12: Tom Ellis - USCG - RD - Polar Ops
Mar 23, 2019 • 42 min
Former Radarman Tom Ellis talks the response to a tanker fire in Seattle and icebreaking operations at both ends of the Earth. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast:…
6: Mark Engle - USCG - BMCS - Officer in Charge
Mar 19, 2019 • 42 min
Senior Chief (Ret.) Mark Engle talks the tragic loss of a tanker off the Maryland coast, the final words of her captain, and the lessons on duty and attention to detail he’s carried ever since. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…
11: Charles ‘Tex’ McDonald Holt - USCG - BM
Mar 16, 2019 • 41 min
Charles ‘Tex’ McDonald Holt talks a Texas flood that left him in a fight for survival after his boat capsized, and the friend who defied orders to save him. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app…
10: Matt Crow - USCG - AST1 - x2 CGCM
Mar 9, 2019 • 63 min
AST1 (Ret.) Matt Crow talks a boat that broke up in the surf off Puerto Rico and the Herculean effort to get all nine survivors out of the water and to safety. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
9: Cody Wright - USCG - AST3 - Author of ‘The Rescue Swimmer Mindset’
Mar 2, 2019 • 64 min
Episode 9: Aviation Survival Technician Cody Wright talks a deadly boat collision on the Great Lakes and how seemingly minor lessons from the service’s most difficult school prepared him to adapt, overcome, & persevere when lives, including his own, were…
8: Todd Fletcher - USCG - BMC - Executive Petty Officer
Feb 23, 2019 • 39 min
Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) Todd Fletcher talks a man overboard during a security boarding off the South Carolina coast, the MEDEVAC that followed, and how a small Alaskan island nearly became a graveyard for his boat and crew. —- This episode is sponsored…
7: Carlos Perez - USCG - MEC (Ret.) - Tactical Operator - 9/11 Medal
Feb 18, 2019 • 42 min
Episode 7: Maritime Enforcement Specialist Chief (Ret.) Carlos Perez talks how the 9/11 attacks played out in view of his boat crew, the maritime evacuation of lower Manhattan, and dealing with the realization that we as responders can do everything…
5: Bob Downs - USCG - Boatswain - Surfman - Commanding Officer
Feb 10, 2019 • 43 min
Boatswain (Ret.) Bob Downs talks a real fast night time tow into Oregon’s Chetco River, a search of a boat for an armed suspect, and a migrant interdiction off the Texas coast. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
4: Kristin & Wes Lunkley - USCG - CG Medal
Jan 27, 2019 • 37 min
The Lunkleys talk a Coast Guard Medal case that ended in the successful rescue a victim trapped in a capsized boat and the lifelong relationships created by a close knit service whose everyday missions involve life and death. —- This episode is sponsored…
3: Tom Rooks - USCG - BMCS - BM A School Chief - Officer in Charge - 3x CGCM
Jan 25, 2019 • 40 min
Senior Chief (Ret.) Tom Rooks talks a helicopter crash on the flight deck of an underway cutter and the intense levels of the responsibility the USCG places on even its most junior personnel. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…
2: Tim Woody - USCG - Boatswain - Surfman - Commanding Officer - MSM - 2x CGCM
Jan 16, 2019 • 46 min
Boatswain (Ret.) Tim Woody talks a night time surf case at the mouth of California’s Noyo River and the dangers of the “press to respond” that all rescuers feel. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
1: The Rules Say You Have to Go Out, But Nothing About Coming Back
Jan 13, 2019 • 37 min
Our hosts introduce the podcast and tell the first sea stories. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theyhadtogoout/support