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 … [Read more…]


Updated the cover with a new look for 2020 and made some minor editing changes and additions. Enjoy!

Reviews and Feedback

Thank you for taking time to post your comments on Amazon. Here are a few of the 5-star reviews: “The author puts you in the action from daring rescues to very routine days on board the Courageous. Mixed in are several stories about the author’s personal life that blends well with the antics of life … [Read more…]


He stood tall and alert, a strapping young man, with a stance that reminded me of the Marlboro Man without a cigarette. He cut a sharp figure, in his blue dress uniform, stripes on his sleeve, and the unmistakable “Donald Duck” Coast Guard sailor’s hat perfectly poised on his head. Standing on a corner on … [Read more…]