The crew of the USCGC Miami, which was later renamed Tampa (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

On Sept. 26, 1918 the USS Tampa was struck by a German torpedo while sailing through the Bristol Channel, killing all 130 crew members, including 25-year-old Cambridge resident Francis Joseph Taylor.

More than a century later, the U.S. Coast Guard is looking for Taylor's descendants to give them the Purple Heart he received for making the ultimate sacrifice during World War I.

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- By day, Arik Rangel works as a U.S. Coast Guard operations specialist third class, but when the spotlight hits, his stage name and personalty -- Arik Cavalli -- takes over.

Rangel, born in San Marcos, Tx., was raised by a single mother with three sisters. He didn't want his mother to have to support him after high school, so he honored her and his country by joining the U.S. Air Force in 2012.

He worked as a senior airman in the Knowledge Operations Management field and was in the Air Force reserves for three years. In 2015, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard as an operations specialist and is currently stationed at Fort Wadsworth.

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In 2023, the year Vincent G. Danz's namesake ship is commissioned, the Coast Guard's youngest personnel will be 17, born years after he was killed on Sept. 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center attacks.

On Tuesday, the Coast Guard honored Danz, an NYPD emergency services officer from Farmingdale, in a naming ceremony for the patrol ship.

The ship is to be a 154-foot-long cutter with a crew of 24, according to Chief Warrant Officer Mariana O'Leary, a Coast Guard spokeswoman. Danz, then 37, was believed to have been on the fourth floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower.

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U.S. Coast Guard photo

How do you know your bachelor party has been a success? Most of us would point to the mountainous pyramid of tumblers, bottles, and beer cans on the hotel counter, or the acrid cloud of cigar smoke, stripper perfume, and booze fumes wafting off your body like some kind of shame-infused exhaust.

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