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U.S. COAST GUARD IN VIETNAM:

A GALLERY OF HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS

COAST GUARD SQUADRON ONE
(Part 1 of 3)


U.S. Coast Guard Squadron One, commissioned 27 May 1965.

  A photo of the Coast Guard Squadron One patch.

Commander, Naval Forces Vietnam considered maintaining surveillance and patrols on the inland and coastal waters of the Republic of Vietnam.  The Secretary of the Navy asked the Secretary of Treasury about the availability of Coast Guard units to support this effort. . .Coast Guard representatives and the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet met and decided that the Coast Guard would provide seventeen 82-foot patrol boats. The Navy promised two repair ships (ARL’s) in support of the seventeen. On 6 May 1965 the Coast Guard ordered the deployment of the seventeen patrol boats and only twelve days later they were loaded on merchant vessels in New York, Norfolk, New Orleans, Galveston, San Pedro, San Francisco, and Seattle. At Coast Guard Base Alameda, Coast Guard Squadron One was commissioned in a ceremony that took place at 1000 hours, 27 May. [Eugene Tulich, The United States Coast Guard in South East Asia During the Vietnam Conflict.]


Map of Vietnam displaying patrol areas for the three divisions of U. S. Coast Guard Squadron One:

A photo of a map of where Coast Guard units served in Vietnam.

OFFICIAL U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTOGRAPH--Re. 6170; 4/16/66

     "A map of South Viet Nam shows the approximate locations of the bases from which Divisions 11, 12 and 13, comprising U. S. Coast Guard Squadron One, operate as part of the U.S. Navy Coastal Surveillance Force.
     The divisions are strategically located to help provide as much coverage as possible along the 700 miles of South Viet Nam coastline, roughly the length of the California coastline.  The total number of 82-foot Coast Guard patrol vessels presently attached to the Squadron is twenty-six, each manned by eleven men, including two officers.
     Division 11 (nine 82-footers) operates to the south out of An Thoi, Phu Quoc Island.  Division 12 (eight 82-footers) patrols out of DaNang to the north, while Division 13 (nine 82-footers) patrols in the central area out of Cat Lo, near Vung Tau, about 40 air miles southeast of Saigon.
     Divisions 11 and 12 first arrived at South Vietnam on July 29, 1965.  Division 13 was added months later, arriving at Cat Lo on February 22, 1966."


Photos (Click on image to see full-size) Original caption; Description; Date; Photographer (if known).  Unless otherwise stated all are official U.S. Coast Guard photographs.
A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "LT Melscheimer, Coast Guard Liaison Officer, Amphibious Base, Coronado--greets Coast Guard trainees--Group II--upon arrival at Base at start of 5 days training."

No date; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Chief [Warrant] Gunner Elmer L. HICKS, USCG, has designed an adapter for a .50 caliber Browning machine gun on top of the recoil cylinder of the 81mm seagoing mortar mount which may eventually be standard armament on all Coast Guard cutters.  The accompanying picture shows Chief Gunner HICKS beside his mount.  The 81mm is designated a mortar but it can also be fired by trigger.  It is light weight, has a simple pedestal mount and can be operated in train and elevation by one man.  A variety of ammunition types are available to this gun making it a very effective weapon for WPB Class Coast Guard Cutters.  The stability provided by using the 81mm mortar as a platform also increases the accuracy of the .50 caliber gun."

No date; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. Another view of the piggyback mortar;

No date; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam.  Briefing of Coast Guard officers prior to duty in Vietnam.

No date; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. Commissioning ceremony, Coast Guard Squadron One.

No date; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam.

"Three 82-footers being loaded on to the Pvt. JOSEPH MERRIL -- U.S. Naval Base, Long Beach.  The 3 82-footers [were] from Long Beach, Los Angeles area."

No date; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Three 82-footers being loaded on to the Pvt. JOSEPH MERRIL -- U.S. Naval Base, Long Beach.  The 3 82-footers [were] from Long Beach, Los Angeles area."

No date; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Coast Guard Squadron One 82-footers, bound for Vietnam."

 Subic Bay, Philippines; 17 July 1965; Nichols, PH1, USCG, photographer.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam.  The cutters begin the journey to South Vietnam from the Philippines, July, 1965.

No date; photographer unknown.

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Last Modified 11/17/2014