Orlando, as a Coast Guard Academy GraduateA 6-year-old boy and his mother probably would have died of starvation at sea had the Coast Guard not found them and their fellow migrants, lost and out of food after leaving Haiti on a crowded wooden dinghy destined for America.

The gratitude he felt as a boy led Orlando Morel to eventually join the Coast Guard. Today, 18 years later, he graduates as a cadet.


(READ the AP story in Stars and Stripes)


  1. Thanks for the story Geri.

    I was part of the operation back in 1992 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It is an experience I will never forget. I’m happy to see that the efforts made by the joint armed forces were not in vain.

    I’m sure this is but only one of many such wonderful stories…

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