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).