CGC Bertholf on the ways during the
early morning hours of 11 September 2006.
Courtesy of Gordon Pierce, Northrop Grumman.
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.
Retired Chief Warrant Officer Dana Lewis has written a new article that we are pleased to post: "A Case for Who Was the First U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer"; is he right?
The Coast Guard at Normandy, D-Day, 6 June 1944, a series of photo galleries of official U.S. Coast Guard imagery: Volume One (Preparations, Rescue Flotilla One & LCI(L) Flotilla 4); Volume Two (LCVPs in combat & LSTs unloading at the beaches); & Volume Three (misc. images.)
Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Coast Guard
Headquarters at St. Elizabeths, 29 July 2013.
U.S. Coast Guard Regulations manual from 1923 (Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1924). Includes all of the associated General Orders (these were amendments to the Regulations) and all of the Circulars published through 1927. This was the second set of regulations promulgated by the Coast Guard since 1916. This 1923 volume contained the regulations that were in force during the height of Prohibition enforcement by the service.
"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.
Patrol & small boat expert HMC James Flynn has researched and written another excellent study of the smaller members of the Coast Guard's fleet entitled; "U.S. Coast Guard Small Cutters and Patrol Boats 1915 - 2012, Vessels of less than 100-feet in Length," and we are pleased to post it to our website.
"Uniforms: Special Issue", a very special edition of the U.S. Coast Guard Reservist Magazine from 2006 that was called the "Uniform Issue", which was an illustrated "quick reference for Coast Guard uniform standards" for the year and included an article entitled: "A Brief History of Coast Guard Uniforms: From Blue to Blue and Every Variation in Between." A great historical reference regarding the uniforms of the Coast Guard in the early 21st Century. We've also updated our uniform section with new pdf photo galleries: Bender Blues," circa 1974; Coast Guard Men's Uniforms, Circa 1990; Coast Guard Women's Uniforms, Circa 1990; Coast Guard Uniforms, 1991 (taken from the 1991 Uniform Manual).
We've added a new Powerpoint presentation entitled "Celebrating Women in U.S. Coast Guard History" by Base Elizabeth City HRC.
We've updated Eagle's webpage with new (but still old) photos and added information and images from President John F. Kennedy's 1962 visit on board the Coast Guard's most famous vessel that is still in commission.
We've scanned and added new images of the Revenue Cutter Bear: John M. Justice's scrapbook from an Alaskan cruise on board Bear in the Summer of 1895; scrapbook of photos from the 17th Coast Guard District's files on Bear; a number of great photos of the crew and passengers on board Bear & some miscellaneous images of the service's most famous cutter.
"Organization and Regulations Manual for High Endurance Cutter (378' Class); CG 260-7; 1974 (with updates through March, 1981; WHEC-725 Jarvis' copy).
We've scanned and added three new manuals to our Historic Documents section: UNITED STATES COAST GUARD REGULATIONS, CG-300, 1955; includes Amendments to 7 April 1959, ENLISTED RATINGS QUALIFICATIONS MANUAL, CG-311, 10 May 1967, plus eight Amendments to 10 November 1971 & United States Coast Guard Regulations, COMDINST M5000.3A, 4 March 1985.
We've posted a paper written by CDR Patrick T. Kelly, Department of Leadership & Management, U.S. Coast Guard Academy entitled "Charting Progress: The Assessment of Core Values in the U.S. Coast Guard." This was a paper he prepared for presentation to the Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics, Washington, DC, January 28-29, 1999.
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.
"The Lost Wartime Paintings of [noted Coast Guard artist] Jacob Lawrence," an article written by Lawrence's former commanding officer on the iconic and historically important USS Sea Cloud, LCDR Carlton Skinner, USCGR.
"The Design of the United States Coast Guard 270-Foot Medium Endurance Cutter." Copy of a paper written and presented by Howard A. Chatterton and Thomas Braithwaite at the April, 1978 meeting of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
Coast Guard Auxiliarist Dr. Doug Kroll provided us with another oral history of a Coast Guard veteran; this time he interviewed Radioman Third Class Ray Carl, who served in the Pacific Theatre on board the Army's USS FS-173. His experiences aboard the small supply vessel mirror those of the crew portrayed in the Academy Award winning film "Mr. Roberts."
"A Round-the-World Cruise by Southwind"; an article by CAPT Sumner R. Dolber and CDR Robert T. Getman about the second time in history that a Coast Guard cutter circumnavigated the globe.
A story about one of the canine mascots that served at Boston Lighthouse--a black dog named Bear, written by one of the assistant light keepers, David Vitale, who served at Boston Light from 1968 to 1969. Bear was one of many in a long-line of animals that served with Coast Guardsmen at their duty stations, in this case at the famous Boston Lighthouse.
Efficiency of the Revenue Cutter Service. Senate Report No. 65; January 11, 1900; 56th Congress, 1st Session.
Revenue Cutter Service First Lieutenant & Assistant Inspector for the Life-Saving Service Charles Shoemaker's historic 1880 letter to Life-Saving Service Superintendent Sumner Kimball recommending Richard Etheridge as the new Keeper for the Pea Island Lifesaving Station; a Archivist Mark Mollan of the National Archives kindly provided us with a scan. Thank you, Mark! This letter marks one of the most important milestones in the history of the Coast Guard.
In anticipation of the upcoming 300th Anniversary of the Boston Lighthouse, we've created a special page just for the oldest light station in the country.
"LORAN SYSTEM: Summarization of Loran Program up to V-J Day." Roger Connor, Curator, Aeronautics Division, National Air and Space Museum provided us with a copy of this important report. He was researching the history of LORAN for the National Air and Space Museum's new exhibit on the history of navigation entitled "Time and Navigation." The original report is in National Archives (Office of the Secretary of War records, Record Group 107, Entry 118, Box 7).
"SPARs on Film": here are a number of PDF copies of Coast Guard Public Affairs' photographs of SPARs taken from 1955 to 1975 along with the photo captions (if any). View some photos that capture something of what it was like to serve in the Coast Guard Women's Reserve after World War II through the mid-1970s.
We've scanned and posted a few documents related to the Coast Guard's law enforcement mission, including: United States Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Program, an overview pamphlet, circa 1997; U.S. Coast Guard Air Interdiction Program, 1989, an informational overview of the program; U.S. Coast Guard General Law Enforcement Digest of Interdictions Statistics (compiled by G-OLE-1, 30 September 1989) & U.S. Coast Guard General Digest of Law Enforcement Statistics (compiled by G-OLE-1, "Thru 3/31/91").
Launching of the CGC Spar (WLB-206) on 12 August 2000.