The Destruction of Coast Guard Captain Ernie Blanchard
About the Book
Captain Ernie Blanchard left for work January 10, 1995, a successful officer. Respected by superiors and subordinates, his personal and professional values seemed perfectly aligned with the institution he served, the United States Coast Guard. By day’s end his career was finished.
At a speaking engagement at the Coast Guard Academy, Blanchard’s icebreaker—a series of time-tested corny jokes—was met with silence. Within hours, an investigation was underway into whether his remarks constituted sexual harassment. Several weeks later, threatened with a court-martial, he shot himself.
The author investigates Blanchard’s “death by political correctness” in the context of the turmoil surrounding the U.S. Armed Forces’ gender inclusion struggles from the 1980s to the present.
About the Author(s)
Ladson F. Mills, III
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 11 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
Table of Contents
I. January 10, 1995 9
II. Tailhook and Other Scandals 17
III. Aftermath of Tailhook 28
IV. Background to the Academy 37
V. The Formal Investigation Convenes 49
VI. A Terrible Truth 58
VII. A Family Abandoned 64
VIII. Search for Meaning 74
IX. Sweetbrier 80
X. Help from Beyond 87
XI. The Rise of Warrior Women 99
XII. The Navy Too 113
XIII. Seeking Justice 122
XIV. Power Elitism in the Modern Military 135
XV. Abandoned Shipmate 140
Chapter Notes 155
Book Reviews & Awards
- “Beautifully written and painstakingly researched book”—Charleston Mercury
- “Ladson F. Mills III has written an incredibly researched 188 pages that seafaring professionals of all services will find a must read…[Mills’] credentials are impeccable as author, columnist and theologian”—Proceedings
- “Semper Paratus, the ‘Always Ready’ motto of the United States Coast Guard, is a prideful and well-deserved calling card. Ladson F. Mills, a retired U.S. Navy Captain, puts this proud phrase to the test in this thoroughly researched Abandoned Shipmate…. This is a book that should be of interest to anyone concerned with political correctness having an undo influence on our military.”—Paul E. Barents, USMC infantry platoon leader in Vietnam.