Per say, the coasties were out in front of the mine sweepers in the Kwar Abd Allah at the beginning of IEF, we take credit for the first lives saved in the war. USCGC Aquidneck WPB-1309. Not recorded, but we saved 12 Iraqis that day in the Kwar Abd Allah, near Um Qasr. Not one Iraqi civilian or Coastie harmed during the fire fight. May 4, 2003. Never forget. Just a little history of what we do during a war. We took troop inland during WWII, Korea, and Nam. We guard the Navy during war. We are actually the first line of defense during war and the last line during invasion. We are a little more than just puddle pirates.