Coast Guard Cutter Bruckenthal Commissioned In Honor Of Fallen Hero

Posted on July 27, 2018

The Coast Guard commissioned the 28th Fast Response Cutter into the fleet at a ceremony in Portsmouth, Virginia on July 25. Coast Guard Foundation board member Bob Montgomery presented a $5,000 check to Commanding Officer LT Bryan Kilcoin for the crew to begin their morale and wellness fund.

The cutter is named after Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, who was mortally wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom when he thwarted a multi-vessel suicide attack on an oil terminal in the Arabian Gulf in 2004. For his courageous actions, Bruckenthal was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

The Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund was established following Bruckenthal’s passing with his widow, Patti, being the first recipient of the Fallen Heroes Scholarship - which covers 100 percent of higher education expenses. With the help of this scholarship, she was able to finish her degree in nursing, a career that was inspired by her late-husband’s life.