Abandoned Shipmate

The Destruction of Coast Guard Captain Ernie Blanchard

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WINTER 2018-2019

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About the Book

Captain Ernie Blanchard left for work January 10, 1995, a successful officer. Respected by superiors and subordinates alike, 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 tasteless jokes—was met with silence. Within hours, an investigation was underway into whether his remarks constituted sexual harassment. Several weeks later, threatened with court-martial, he shot himself.
The author investigates Blanchard’s “death by political correctness” in context of the turmoil surrounding U.S. Armed Forces’ gender inclusion struggles from the 1980s to the present. The experiences of Private Jessica Lynch and Lieutenant Colonel Kate Germano underscore how military women who elevate martial virtues over public relations are targeted for intimidation.

About the Author(s)

Retired Navy Reserve Captain Ladson F. Mills, III is a former trustee of the University of the South and Fellow of the Graduate Theological Foundation. He is the former president of the American Study Program of Oxford and a regular contributor to Virtueonline and The Covert Letter. He lives on Johns Island, South Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Ladson F. Mills, III
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 15 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7545-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3442-5
Imprint: McFarland