CGC Bertholf on the ways during the
early morning hours of 11 September 2006.
Courtesy of Gordon Pierce, Northrop Grumman.
Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Coast Guard Headquarters at St. Elizabeths, 29 July 2013.
Former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, BMCM R. Jay Lloyd, USCG (Ret.), provided us with a copy of his Master's Thesis entitled " Serving in Obscurity: United States Revenue Cutter Service Operations in the Gulf of Mexico During the Mexican American War, 1846-1847."
We've scanned a number of important official reports on the post-World War
II SPAR program including reports from
Ever wonder what Coast Guard SPARS sang during World War II? Here's a
copy of their official
Ever wonder what Coast Guard SPARS sang during World War II? Here's a copy of their official song book.
Three Years Behind the Mast: The Story of The United States Coast Guard SPARS, by Mary C. Lyne & Kay Arthur, Lieutenants, USCGR(W).
Auxiliarist Dr. Doug Kroll has just finished three more oral history interviews with World War II Coast Guard veterans. This time he interviewed Gunner's Mate Niel Blumenstein and retired Captain Charles Dorian and Captain Robert Davis. Both Captain Dorian and Captain Davis graduated from the Coast Guard Academy during the war in which each class graduated a year early. Captain Dorian's first post-graduation assignment was on board the famous CGC Northland on the Greenland Patrol and was there when LT John Pritchard and Petty Officer Benjamin Bottoms were lost while on an aerial rescue mission. Dorian and Blumenstein also served in the Pacific Theatre and survived attacks by kamikazes.
" American Lightships, 1820-1983: History, Construction, and Archaeology within the Maritime Cultural Landscape," a Master of Arts thesis by Morgan MacKenzie, April, 2011.
Auxiliarist Dr. Doug Kroll has done it again. This time he interviewed Master Chief Electronics Technician Melvin Kealoha Bell, a native Hawaiian, who enlisted in 1938 as a mess attendant on board USCGC Taney. By his own initiative and talent he became a radioman and was serving at Diamond Head Light when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He intercepted Japanese radio messages throughout the war and then went on to transfer to the newly established rating of Electronic Technician. He later became the first Master Chief Electronics Technician and the first Master Chief Petty Officer of color in the Coast Guard. He retired in 1958.
Carlton Skinner's 1949 testimony to President Harry S. Truman's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services where he describes his role and experiences with the integration of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.
Launching of the CGC Spar (WLB-206) on 12 August 2000.