The Book

Always Ready – Coast Guard Sea Stories from the 1970’s chronicles the experiences and adventures of the author during his eight years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard. In his book, author Mark Holmes recounts fact-based tales of rescues at sea, liberty calls by energetic crew members, rowdy behavior and some raunchy antics by his shipmates, all with a unique perspective on the Coast Guard during the evolving 1970’s. You’ll read about life during boot camp, a daring rescue in mountainous seas, a miraculous recovery of a man overboard, and the struggles and successes of Mr. Holmes during the course of his two enlistments. Some dates and some names of people, places, and institutions have been fictionalized, but the stories themselves are true.


  1. Gary Wayman

    Congratulations on your book! I was medically retired from the Coast Guard as a RM1 (TC1) 10/96

  2. admin

    Thank you for your service. My book has been simmering for 20 years and like an old pot of water finally came to a boil.

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