DC3 Nathan B. Bruckenthal, USCG

Nathan Bruckenthal

Damage Controlman Third Class Nathan B. Bruckenthal, USCG died from injuries sustained in the waters off Iraq in a suicide bombing attack by Islamic terrorists. He is the first Coast Guardsman to be killed in action since the Vietnam War. Petty Officer Bruckenthal, originally from Stony Brook, NY, leaves behind a wife, Patricia, who is three months pregnant with their first child.
He lived up to our creed, and we’re both proud of him and sad to lose him.

Creed of the United States Coast Guardsman
I am proud to be a United States Coast Guardsman.
I revere that long line of expert seamen who by their devotion to duty and sacrifice of self have made it possible for me to be a member of a service honored and respected, in peace and in war, throughout the world.
I never, by work or deed, will bring reproach upon the fair name of my service, nor permit others to do so unchallenged.
I will cheerfully and willingly obey all lawful orders.
I will always be on time to relieve, and shall endeavor to do more, rather than less, than my share.
I will always be at my station, alert and attending to my duties.
I shall, so far as I am able, bring to my seniors solutions, not problems.
I shall live joyously, but always with due regard for the rights and privileges of others.
I shall endeavor to be a model citizen in the community in which I live.
I shall sell life dearly to an enemy of my country, but give it freely to rescue those in peril.
With God’s help, I shall endeavor to be one of His noblest Works…
A UNITED STATES COAST GUARDSMAN.

Semper Paratus, Nathan!

UPDATE: The Nathan Bruckenthal Memorial Trust Fund has now been established.
UPDATE 2: DC3 Bruckenthal will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetary at 11:00 AM on May 7th, 2004.
UPDATE 3: Nathan has been laid to rest in a moving ceremony (photos here).

19 comments

  1. Dawn

    I’m really going to miss that big hearted sweet guy! I really enjoyed getting to know such a great soul. I will always remember the great laughs and character. He will forever stay close at heart and mind. Lots of love to the Bruckenthal family and especially Auntie Laurie!

  2. DH

    Nate was a man that couldnt be explained he was just a gift that every one that met him was allowed to enjoy . I was lucky to of served with him at his first station .That was 3 years ago and i still have not forgot him and I never will . Thanks Nate for going to protect all of us I WILL NEVER FORGET

  3. Stephanie

    Nate was a gentle soul. He was full of fun and laughs. I will never forget him and will miss him. I’m glad his soul will live on through his child. I feel honored to have known you. To Laurie & Noa…I love you both.

  4. Michelle

    I went to high school with Nate. I’m so sad to hear that we have lost such a wonderful soul. He was such a genuine person and will always hold a place in my heart. My condolences to the Bruckenthal Family.

  5. Judy

    I did not know Nathan Bruckenthal, but I send my condolences to his wife and family. Thank you for serving your country and protecting us all.

  6. Anna Lundberg

    Tr�ffade bara Nate 1 g�ng men han gav ett stort intryck. �r s� ledssen f�r “Paddes” skull, t�nker p� dig.

  7. Anna Lundberg

    Excuse my english i�ts not so god. I�m an old school friend from sweden of Patricia. And my translaten of that I wrote is:
    I`m only meet Nate, one time, and I liked him at ones. I�m so sorry for Patricia, and my thougts are whit here.

  8. Noabeth

    Dawnsie, no love for me? 🙁
    Anna, Patricias vem, tack sa mycket. Frum Nathans syster. Tack tack. Patricias hjarta ar mycket stark. Ny vi ar familjen. Tack.

  9. Gina

    For Sweet Patty (and baby on the way), My Dear Laurie, and Crazy NOA!, Dad-Ric, his brothers, and the much extended family of Nate…..Our love and our hearts to your house from ours!
    I was looking forward to Nate and Patty moving back over here! We will miss him very much! but Patty, you are always welcome at our house whenever you are here! Our Prayers and our hearts go out to you.

  10. Rebecca

    I never met Nathan at all, but I once knew “Padde” from upper secondary school (same as Anna) and I’m joining the choire of well wishes for her and her unborn child. She always had such a positive attitude and I pray that will help her through this. My thoughts also goes to the rest of his family.

  11. Hodge

    My condolences go out to Nathan’s family, I mourn with you. During the time he was stationed in Neah Bay he played many roles in the community. He was a member of the Coast Gaurd, but he was also a volunteer firefighter, an EMT, and an assistant football coach. I was sad to see him leave the community, and now I greive to find I won’t be able to see him again.

  12. Marcy

    I have not seen Nate in 10 years but I alway’s have him, Laurie and Noa Beth in my thoughts. My heart goes out to Patti who I got a chance to meet at the funeral to honor a great man. My thoughts are alway’s with the family as they know and losing Nate was like losing a part of me but he will always live on in my heart as will Patti, Laurie and noa beth! I love you all!!

  13. Ruwan N Melissa

    No words can describe the pain & loss we feel,God took Nate from us much too soon. I do take comfort in knowing his soul lives on in our hearts and we will see him again. Patty & Shrimp We love you!
    your cool cousins – Ruwan n Mel
    Nate guarded us in life, and he continues to in spirit.

  14. Liz Kramer

    I went to high school and worked with Nathan here in Northern VA. He used to give me such a hard time for calling him Nathan! He was a great guy to everyone and a great friend to me. I’m not surprised at the number of hearts he has touched. My heart goes out to his family. He will always be remembered by me!

  15. old friend

    A friend of Patricia and her family here in sweden, katrineholm.
    M� han vila i frid..

  16. SrA David VanSchaick

    I hung out with Nate during and after high school and he was alway such a funny guy. We would have a blast just hanging out messing around. It messed me up for awhile to hear about Nate, really brought this whole conflict home for me. The Nate I knew would have been right up front, doing his duty admirably when it happened and for that I salute him!