CGC Bertholf on the ways during the
early morning hours of 11 September 2006.
Courtesy of Gordon Pierce, Northrop Grumman.
- Auxiliarist Dr. Doug Kroll interviewed Captain
Donald Taub, USCG (Ret.).
Captain Taub graduated from the Coast Guard Academy with
the Class of 1956 and saw service aboard CGCs Bibb,
Duane, Castle Rock and Spencer,
including service in Vietnam aboard the latter. He
commanded LORAN Station Cape Atholl and also served in a
number of Marine Inspection billets in New York and Los
Angeles-Long Beach. He is also a noted expert on the Coast
Guard's role in Greenland during World War II and after.
Interview by Dr. Douglas Kroll, USCG AUX.
Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Coast Guard
Headquarters at St. Elizabeths, 29 July 2013.
- Hurricane Katrina Archive addition:
Aviation "Blue Sheet"; a spreadsheet listing all Coast
Guard aircraft involved in the response to Hurricane Katrina
including flight description and duration (by tail number).
An oral history with Commander Mitchell "Art" Perry. Commander Perry was a
member of the Coast Guard Academy Class of 1944 that
graduated one year early and saw service on board the
Assault Transport USS Arthur Middleton (APA-25). While
aboard he saw action at Tarawa as a Boat Division
commander. After the invistion of Kwajalein, Eniwetok,
Saipan, Leyte Gulf and Luzon he transferred to Navy
Transport Division 33. After the war he attended flight
training and was designated as Coast Guard Aviator #500. He
served at various air stations during his career, including
at Sangley Point, Philippines, where he participated in the
famous SAR case off Swatow, China during the Korean War. Interview
by Dr. Douglas Kroll, USCG AUX.
Officers of the U.S. Coast Guard: A portrait photo album
(with most photos dating from 1915 -- this formal portrait album, now in the care
of the Still Picture Branch of the National Archives, includes portraits of many officers of the Coast
Guard beginning in 1915, including some who became well-known in the
service, such as Charles
Shoemaker, Edward "Iceberg" Smith, Joseph Farley, Quentin Walsh, J. E. Stika, Elmer Stone, Eugene Coffin, Coit Henley, Jr., E. Reed-Hill, Frank
Gorman, E. M. Webster, and Willard Smith).
Alex Haley wrote to Mr. Walter White, the Executive
Secretary of the NAACP while Haley was in service on the USS
Murzim in the Pacific Theatre discussing Haley's
experiences as an African-American in the Coast Guard; dated
26 November 1943.
Coast Guard 1934 Appropriation Hearings before the
Subcommittee of House Committee on Appropriations
"relevant to the 1934 fiscal year appropriations of the
Coast Guard." Includes testimony by Rear Admiral H. G.
Hamlet, Commander R. R. Waesche, Commander L. T. Chalker,
Commander T. A. Shanely, Commander James Pine, Commander F.
J. Gorman, Constructor F. A. Hunnewell, among others.
See how the Service's leadership dealt with the difficult
budget years of the mid-1930s, including staff furloughs,
forced personnel reductions, laying up patrol boats, and
closing small boat stations.
CG-260-1: Organization and Regulations Manual for
WAVP (311') WPG (327') WPB (255'); 31 July 1961.
articles about the tragic sinking of the cutters
Bedloe and Jackson off the coast of North
Carolina during the devastating Hurricane of 1944 and the
subsequent rescue of the survivors.
- The World War II memoir of
Radioman First Class Ralph M. Servadio. RM1 Servadio
served as a radio operator during World War II at a Radio
Monitoring Station at Quientero, Chile, intercepting German
naval radio transmissions. In his memoir, he describes his
path from boot camp to his service at a secret facility in
South America to his discharge after the war.
"SRR Replacement Project", a narrative discussion of the
replacement of the HH-52 by the HH-65, by Captain Sperry
Storm, USCG (Ret).
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
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.
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