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USCGC Bertholf on the ways, 2006

CGC Bertholf on the ways during the early morning hours of 11 September 2006.
Courtesy of Gordon Pierce, Northrop Grumman.

  • We've scanned a number of important official reports on the post-World War II SPAR program including reports from 1958, 1962, 1965 & 1966.

  • 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.) The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Coast Guard Headquarters building at St. Elizabeths in Washington, D.C. on 29 July 2013.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Coast Guard    
Headquarters at St. Elizabeths, 29 July 2013.

  • 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.

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