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African-Americans and the U.S. Coast Guard

Historical Information on African-Americans in the Coast Guard
and its Predecessor Services

The Pea Island Lifesaving Service crew, circa 1890.  Keeper Etheridge is on the left.

The crew of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station, circa 1890s.
Keeper Richard Etheridge is on the left.


General Information:

  • The Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965; Chapter 4: World War II: The Marine Corps and the Coast Guard.  The chapter regarding the integration of the Coast Guard from the U.S. Army's official history by Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.

Information on Notable African-American Coast Guardsmen:

The first African American female pilot in the Coast Guard, LTJG Jeanine McIntosh poses in front of her HC-130

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Last Modified 1/12/2016