CGC HERIBERTO HERNANDEZ (WPC 1114)
“Valor Sin Temor”
The CGC HERIBERTO HERNANDEZ (WPC-1114) is the 14th Sentinel-class cutter commissioned in the U.S. Coast Guard. CGC HERIBERTO HERNANDEZ's namesake lost his life as a fireman on board CGC POINT CYPRESS, during the Vietnam War. As the cutter was patrolling a river in South Vietnam, FN Hernandez and his crew came under fire from Viet Cong forces. Hernandez volunteered to man the cutter's small boat for a recon excursion and was mortally wounded. FN Hernandez was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for valor.
CGC HERIBERTO HERNANDEZ patrols the dynamic 1.4mil nm Area of Responsibility around Puerto Rico and has adopted the slogan "The Iron Curtain of Mona" due to their high detection and interdictions of illegal migrants and illicit narcotics. During their June 2020 patrol, the CGC HERIBERTO HERNANDEZ apprehended 118 migrants and 1,375 kilos of cocaine attempting to make landfall in Puerto Rico.
Heriberto Hernandez was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Bronze Star Medal with the Combat “V” device for his bravery under enemy fire in the Vietnam War. Photo courtesy of Mr. Allen Dillenbeck.
Coast Guard Heroes: Heriberto Hernandez
Phone Number: (787) 501-6437
Address: 5 Calle La Puntilla, San Juan, P.R. 00901