CONGRATULATIONS: New U.S. Coast Guard Seaman from our area

Carrying the U.S. Army flag – second one in – is Fritz Schlesser, who just graduated from U.S. Coast Guard boot camp in Cape May, N.J., and is a USCG Seaman. His proud family, in West Seattle and on Bainbridge Island, asked us to share the news.

Before applying to service, he worked in Antarctica at The McMurdo Station, a United States Antarctic research station. It was here that he had his first exposure to the US Coast Guard and their vast capabilities. He returned this summer to mainland Washington knowing his destiny.

He successfully completed boot camp in Jersey and graduated this morning at 8 am EST from Cape May!

Fritz was encouraged by the West Seattle Coast Guard community to apply and he did. There is a well respected presence of the US Coast Guard in West Seattle. This not only provides security but also sends a positive message to young men and women like Fritz.

He will start his USCG service in Boston.

8 Replies to "CONGRATULATIONS: New U.S. Coast Guard Seaman from our area"

  • Bradley September 14, 2019 (1:15 am)

    Awesome story and a strong young man. Thanks for sharing.

  • Carol September 14, 2019 (9:17 am)

    Go Fritz and congratulations!!!Ahh. Someday your hair will grow back!😁 Youz a handsome fella anyway.Carol

  • WSMom September 14, 2019 (10:42 am)


    • Nancy September 15, 2019 (10:10 am)

      From a shipmate to a seamanCongrats. I look forward to working with you.

  • Duke September 14, 2019 (9:06 pm)

    “Semper Paratus”, good luck it gets better each day and as time goes by you will think about all the good and bad times you had. Charlie 61, roster 107, 359-989

  • CG Parent September 15, 2019 (7:25 am)

    Congratulations !,  A proud moment for sure.My son is also in Boston with the USCG,on the Spencer 905. Pulled out of a port in Mexico this week , on their way to the Eastern Pacific to interrupt the constant drug flow to our country. Among other things😉.Semper Paratus , Good Luck

  • Linda September 15, 2019 (1:48 pm)

    Bravo Zulu, SN Schlesser.  Thank you for volunteering to serve our country.    USCG  AUX District 7

  • Johm September 15, 2019 (3:24 pm)

    BZ seamen.  I was in Company P-44 in the fall of 1960.  Spent most of my four years on sea stations and loved it.

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