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Recently Published Books on Coast Guard History:

Donald Connolly.  The Blue-Eyed Ensign. Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Green Ivy Publishing, 2015.  [From the back cover: The Blue-Eyed Ensign tells the true story of Don Connolly's first year in the Coast Guard, from Saint Louis to Guam and back again.]

Bonnie Hurd Smith.  U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Salem, Massachuestts: 1935-1970: A Pictorial and Chronological History (Salem's Forgotten History).  Salem, MA: Hurd Smith Communications, 2015.

John Darrell Sherwood.  War in the Shallows: U.S. Navy Coastal and Riverine Warfare in Vietnam, 1965-1968. Washington, DC: Naval History & Heritage Command (USGPO), 2015.

Dirk Langeveld, The Day Publishing Company & National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. Service Above Self: A Pictorial History of the U.S. Coast Guard.  Respect the Past, Engage the Present, Look to the Future.  Battleground, WA: Pediment Publishing, 2015.

Thomas P. Ostrom & John Galluzzo.  United States Coast Guard Leaders and Missions, 1790 to the Present.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015.

Gary Williams. Guardian of Guadalcanal: The World War II Story of Douglas A. Munro, United States Coast Guard. Lakota Press, 2014.

Phil Jaffe. Across the Arctic: Current Activities in the Arctic and the History of Icebreakers Along with the Story of the First Ship to Navigate the Northwest Passage. Tempe, AZ: Third Millennium Publishing, 2014.

Donahue, Katherine C. & David C. Switzer.  Steaming to the North: The First Summer Cruise of the US Revenue Cutter Bear, Alaska and Siberia, 1886.  Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Press, 2014.

Martin W. Sandler.  The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of An Amazing Arctic Adventure. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2014.

James W. Claflin.  Images of America: Lighthouses and Life Saving Stations Along Cape Cod.  Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2014.

Leland R. Johnson & Charles E. Parrish.  Heroes at the Falls: Louisville's Lifesavers.  Louisville, KY: Butler Books, 2014.

Ewan Partridge & Tome Singfield.  Wings Over Bermuda: 100 Years of Aviation in the West Atlantic.  Sandys MA BX, Bermuda: National Museum of Bermuda Press, 2014.  [Includes a section on the Coast Guard's Air Detachment Bermuda.]

Christian Parker.  On a Single Stack Steamer Plying Northwest Waters. 2nd ed. Chimacum, WA: Olympic Dispatch, 2013.

Steph McDougal. Images of America: Lighthouses of Texas.  Arcadia Publishing, 2014.

James Greene.  Rough Seas: The Life of a Deep-Sea Trawlerman.  Gloucestershire: The History Press, 2012.

Edward Leo Semler, Jr.  Around the World: 25 Years of Service as an Officer and Enlisted Man in the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard.  By the Author, 2013.

G. H. McLouglin.  Pirates on the Mississippi: The Story of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Louisiana, 1805-1812. The Woodlands, TX: McLoughlin Publishers, August, 2013.

Moore, James & Paul Nero.  History's Narrowest Escapes. The History Press, 2013 [El Estero incident].

Ed Parker, compiler.  Loran A and the Class of 1954 USCG Academy.  New London, CT: U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 2013.

Preston B. Perrenot. United States Coast Guard Grade Insignia Since 1834.  Charleston, SC: By the Author, 2013.

Jeffrey Hartman, Captain, USCG (Ret.).  Guarding Alaska: A Memoir of Coast Guard Missions on the Last Frontier.  Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2012.  Published by the author--contact him via 41 Wellington Court; Port Townsend, Washington; 98368 (or E-Book available at

Paul St. Germain.  Images of America: Lighthouses and Lifesaving Stations on Cape Ann.  Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2013.

Stephen Truman, Grace Truman & Joel Truman.  Storms & Sand: A Story of Shipwrecks and the Big Sable Point Coast Guard Station. Grand Rapids, MI: Pine Woods Press, 2013.

Joseph E. Salvatore, MD, and Joan Berkey.  Images of America: US Coast Guard Training Center At Cape May.  Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2012.

Doug Kroll.  The Perfect Flood: Devastation, Courage and the Heroic Rescue Efforts of U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter 1305.  Ashland, Oregon: Hellgate Press, 2012.

Binion Amerson. The Coral Carrier: French Frigate Shoals, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands: A History.  By the Author, 2012.  (Also covers the history of the LORAN station based on French Frigate Shoals.  For more information about this book see the author's website at:

Fred L. Borch & Charles P. McDowell.  Sea Service Medals: Military Awards and Decorations of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2009.

Chuck Fowler & Dan Withers.  Patrol and Rescue Boats on Puget Sound (Images of America Series).  Arcadia Publishing, 2011.

Michael J. Tougias & Casey Sherman. The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue. New York: Scribner, 2009.

J. P. Andrieux.  Rumrunners: The Smugglers From St. Pierre and Miquelon and the Burin Peninsula From Prohibition to Present Day.  St. Johns, NL, Canada: Flanker Press Limited, 2009.

Stan Zimmerman.  History of Smuggling in Florida: Rum Runners and Cocaine Cowboys.  Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2006 (Third Printing 2012).

Matthew R. Linderoth. Prohibition on the North Jersey Shore: Gangsters on Vacation.  Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2010.

Kimball Baker.  For Those In Peril: A History of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station.  U.S.: By the Author, 2011.

Thomas P. Ostrom.  The United States Coast Guard and National Defense: A History from World War I to the Present.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2011.

Dick Levesque. Coast Guard and Marine Art of Dick Levesque 2011: Preserving History. . .One Painting at a Time.  By the Author, 2011.  (Contact the artist-author via:

Donald J. Cann and John J. Galluzzo, Foreword by Capt. W. Russell Wester, USCG (Ret.).  Images of America: The Coast Guard in Massachusetts.  Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2011.

Dennis L. Noble. The U.S. Coast Guard's War on Human Smuggling.  Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2011.

John J. Galluzzo, editor. RESCUE: True Stories of the U.S. Life-Saving Service.  Gwinn, MI: Avery Color Studios, Inc and Hull, MA: United States Life-Saving Service Heritage Association, 2011.

Thompson, Kalee.  Deadliest Sea: The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in Coast Guard History. [F/V Alaska Ranger sinking].  New York: Harper Collins, 2010.

Donald L. Canney. In Katrina's Wake: The U.S. Coast Guard and the Gulf Coast Hurricanes of 2005.  Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 2010.

C. Douglas Kroll. Coast Guardsman's History of the U.S. Coast Guard.  Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2010.

USCGC Boutwell.  U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell WHEC 719: Circumnavigation January - July 2009, Captain Kevin J. Cavanaugh, USCG Commanding Officer.  (Cutter Agent Design & Services) North Mankato, MN: Walter's Publishing, 2010.

Sue Tullar.  "Letters From Puerto Rico: Excerpts from Letters Edgerly L. Brewer wrote to his wife Marguerite during World War II.  Assembled by [their] daughter Sue (Brewer) Tullar."  (Published to bookemon at:

George P. Alton.  FS's--The little Ships That Could: A History of the Campaigns in the Pacific and the Personal Experiences of the Author on the U.S. Army FS-268.  By the Author, 2000; reprint, 2010.

John Galluzzo.  Lifesavers of the South Shore: A History of Rescue and Loss.  Charleston: The History Press, 2008.

Michael R. Adams.  Ocean Station: Operations of the U.S. Coast Guard, 1940-1977.  Eastport, ME: Nor'Easter Press, 2010.

LT Matthew Mitchell.  Not Your Father's Coast Guard: The Untold Story of US Coast Guard Special Forces.  By the Author, 2009.  (See: ).

William D. Wilkinson & CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Ret.).  American Coastal Rescue Craft: A Design History of Coastal Rescue Craft Used by the United States Life-Saving Service and the United States Coast Guard.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2009.

Thomas P. Ostrom.  The United States Coast Guard in World War II: A History of Domestic and Overseas Actions. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2009.

Ann Buttenwieser. Governors Island: The Jewel of New York Harbor. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2009. (For more information see:

Jeremy D'Entremont.  The Lighthouse Handbook: New England. Kennebunkport, ME: Cider Mill Press, 2008.

Jeremy D'Entremont. The Lighthouses of Maine.  Lighthouse Treasury Series.  Beverly, MA: Commonwealth Editions, 2009.

Jeremy D'Entremont.  The Lighthouse Handbook: The Hudson River and New York Harbor. Kennebunkport, ME: Cider Mill Press, 2009.

Theresa M. Barbo, Captain W. Russell Webster (Ret.).  The Pendleton Disaster Off Cape Cod: the Greatest Small Boat Rescue in Coast Guard History. Foreword by Admiral Thad Allen (Ret.).  Third Edition, 2010.  The History Press (

Meininger, William F. Recollections of 32 Years in the U.S. Coast Guard and Other Ramblings.  Bloomington: Authorhouse, 2008.

Neil E. Hurley. Florida's Lighthouses in the Civil War.  Middle River Press: Oakland Park, FL, 2007.

U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary: Birth to the New Normalcy: 1939-2007. Nashville: Turner Publishing, 2007.


Other Books On Coast Guard History That Are Still In Print:

Frederic F. Van de Water.  The Real McCoy: The Rum-Runner Turned National Hero [William F. McCoy] Whose Quality Liquor and Fair Dealing Perpetuated the Phrase "It's the Real McCoy."  Mystic, CT: Flat Hammock Press, 2007, reprint.

Thomas P. Ostrom.  The United States Coast Guard on the Great Lakes: A History.  Oakland, OR: Red Anvil Press, 2007.

Martha LaGuardia-Kotite.  So Others May Live: Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death (Foreword by Governor Tom Ridge).  Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2006.

Doris Licameli.  Rowing to the Rescue: The Story of Ida Lewis, Famous Lighthouse Heroine.  By the Author, 2006.

Bob Trapani, Jr. Lighthouses of Maryland / Virginia: History, Mystery, Legends & Lore.  Elkton, MD: Myst and Lace Publishers, Inc., 2006.

President of the United States, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.  Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned, February 2006.  Washington, D. C.: U. S. Government Printing Office, 2006.

Mary Louise Clifford & J. Candace Clifford. Mind the Light, Katie: The History of Thirty-Three Female Lighthouse Keepers.  Alexandria, VA: Cypress Communications, 2006.

Bryan Galecki.  Rum Runners, U-Boats & Hurricanes: The Complete History of the Coast Guard Cutters Bedloe and Jackson.  Wilmington, NC: Pine Belt Publishing, 2005.

Tanney Edward Oberg. Lucky Sweetbrier: Coast Guard Cutter Survives WWII Okinawa Kamikazes, Typhoons and More. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc., 2005.

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City Wardroom.  Images of America: Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City. Chicago, IL: Arcadia Publishing, 2005.

James T. Flynn, Jr. The Ships and Craft of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.  Published by the author, 2005.

Stacy & Virginia Thomas. Images of America: Guarding Door County: Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations.  Chicago, IL: Arcadia Publishing, 2005.

Leon Fredrick.  Hooligan Sailor: The Saga of One Coast Guardsman in World War II. Ozark, MO: Hazelwood Publishing, 2005.  To order contact the author at 109 Oxford Drive, #4, Branson, Missouri, 65616. Email:

Jeremy D'Entremont.  The Lighthouses of Connecticut.  Lighthouse Treasury Series.  Beverly, MA: Commonwealth Editions, 2005.

Duey Graham.  OttoMatic: The Remarkable Story of Otto Graham.  Wayne, MI: Immortal Investments Publishing, 2004.

Frances Manning Achurch McWhorter.  Andando: Walking Through Life With Bill and Frances, 1944-1964.  Evans, GA: By the author, 2005.  (She was the wife of Commander William Achurch, the "Head Advisor to Commander, Service Forces, Korean Coast Guard" and commanding officer of the U. S. Coast Guard Detachment at Chinhae, South Korea prior to the outbreak of the Korean War).

LCDR Richard Cortis Greene, USCG (Ret.).  Ice Patrol.  By the author, 2005. (A detailed, illustrated historical narrative recounting the Coast Guard's 1938 International Ice Patrol.) 
Tom Beard, Editor-in-Chief. The Coast Guard. Seattle: for the Foundation for Coast Guard History by Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., 2004.

Warren D. Bonner.  The Tale of the "Mighty 'E'astwind": USCGC Icebreaker W279; 1943 to 1968; A Biography From WWII, North Atlantic Campaign, Arctica & Antarctica.  Orange, CA: By the Author, 2004.  (A former crewman of the CGC Eastwind has written a full-length history of his beloved icebreaker; Jack's Joint has posted a pdf copy of the book:

Margaret Thomas Buchholz.  New Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 Years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic.  Harvey Cedars, NJ: Down the Shore Publishing, 2004.

James W. Claflin. Historic Nantucket Lightships: New South Shoal, 1854-1896. A History of Nantucket's Lightships on New South Shoal, Volume 1.  Worcester, MA: By the Author, 2005.

James W. Claflin. Historic Nantucket Lighthouses: Great Point.  A History of Nantucket's Lighthouses on Great Point. Worcester, MA: Kenrick A. Claflin & Son, 2004.

Mary Louise & J. Candace Clifford. Maine Lighthouses: Documentation of Their Past. Alexandria, VA: Cypress Communications, 2004.

Elinor DeWire.  Florida Lighthouses for Kids.  Pineapple Press, Inc., 2004.

Elinor DeWire & Laurence Parent (photographer).  Lighthouses: Sentinels of the American Coast.  Portland, OR: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, 2004.

Van R. Field & John J. Galluzzo.  Images of America: New Jersey Coast Guard Stations and Rumrunners.  Arcadia Publishing, 2004.

Todd Lewans. The Last Run: A True Story of Rescue and Redemption on the Alaska Seas. Harper Collins, 2004.

Lennart Lundh.  Sikorsky HH-52A: An Illustrated History.  Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 2004.

The Lighthouse Encyclopedia.  Norwalk, CT: The Eaton Press, 2004.

Dennis Noble. Rescued By the U.S. Coast Guard: Great Acts of Heroism Since 1878. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2004.

Thomas P. Ostrom. The United States Coast Guard: 1790 to the Present.  Oakland, Oregon: Red Anvil Press, 2006.

Darrel Creacy & Carlito Vicencio: The Real Guardians: Five True Stories of Coast Guard Heroes and Their Rescues in New Orleans Following Hurricane Katrina. Houston: Dude Productions, 2006.

Bob and Sandra Shanklin.  List of All Existing U.S. Lighthouses. Fort Walton Beach, FL: The Lighthouse People, 2003.

Bob and Sandra Shanklin. Lighthouses of Alaska.  Fort Walton Beach, FL: The Lighthouse People, 2003.

Peter Spectre (Interviewer). The Reminiscences of Admiral Merlin O'Neill, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired).  Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2004.

Maurice "Moe" Steinberg.  A Sailor at War on the Greenland Patrol - WWII.  Random House/Xlibris, 2003.  (See for more information).

Paul Stillwell (Interviewer). The Reminiscences of Admiral Paul A. Yost, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard (Retired). Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2004.

Frederick Stonehouse. Wreck Ashore: The United States Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes. Duluth, MN: Lake Superior Port Cities, Inc., 1994. Reprinted 2003.

Bob Trapani, Jr.  Lighthouses of New Jersey & Delaware: History, Mystery, Legends & More. Elkton, MD: Myst and Lace Publishers, Inc., 2005.

Michael Walling.  Bloodstained Sea: The U.S. Coast Guard in the Battle of the Atlantic, 1941-1944. International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press, 2004.

George Alton.  FS's: The Little Ships That Could: A History of the Campaigns in the Pacific and the Personal Experiences of the Author on the U.S. Army FS-268.   By the author, 2000. (For information on ordering copies contact the author at:

Albert W. Becker, Sr. U.S.S. Muskogee PF-49: World War II Adventures in the Southwest Pacific; South Pacific; North Pacific. By the author, 2000.  (For information contact the author at 10450 2nd Rd., Plainview, IL  62685; phone number: (618)-836-7142; email:

Robert F. Bennett. Surfboats, Rockets and Carronades. Toms River, NJ: Ocean County Historical Society, 2003, reprint.

R. John Brockmann.  Exploding Steamboats, Senate Debates, and Technical Reports: The Convergence of Technology, Politics and Rhetoric in the Steamboat Bill of 1838.  Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Company, 2002.

James Claflin. Historic Cape Cod Lighthouses: Race Point. Worcester, MA: Kenrick A. Claflin & Son, 2003.

________. Historic Nantucket Lighthouses: Great Point.  A History of Nantucket's Lighthouses on Great Point. Worcester, MA: Kenrick A. Claflin & Son, 2004.

________. Historic Nantucket Lighthouses: Sankaty Head.  A History of Nantucket's Lighthouse at Sankaty Head.  Worcester, MA: Kenrick A. Claflin & Son, 2003.

J. Candace Clifford & Mary Louise Clifford. Nineteenth-Century Lights: Historic Images of American Lighthouses. Alexandria, VA: Cypress Communications, 2000.

________. Women Who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers. Alexandria, VA, 2000. Second Edition.

Russell Drumm. The Barque of Saviors: Eagle's Passage From the Nazi Navy to the U.S. Coast Guard. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Robert H. Farson. Twelve Men Down: Massachusetts Sea Rescues. Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts: Cape Cod Historical Publications, 2000.

Van R. Field. Wrecks and Rescues on Long Island, The Story of the U.S. Lifesaving Service. East Patchogue, NY: Searles Graphics, Inc. [the author], 1997.  (For information contact the author at 17 Inwood Road, Center Moriches, NY 11934).

Charles B. Hathaway. From Highland to Hammerhead: The Coast Guard and Cape Cod. Chatham, MA: By the author, 2000. (For more information contact the author at 42 Lakeview Avenue, Chatham, MA 02633).

Dennis L. Noble.  The Rescue of the Gale Runner: Death, Heroism, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002.

Douglas Peterson. United States Lighthouse Service Tenders: 1840-1939. Annapolis & Trappe, Maryland: Eastwind Publishing, 2000.

James W. Claflin. Historic Nantucket Surfside Life-Saving Station. A History of Nantucket's Life-Saving Stations -Volume 1.  Worcester, MA: Kenrick A. Claflin & Son, 2008.  For more information see:

Robert R. Frump. Two Tankers Down: The Greatest Small-Boat Rescue in U.S. Coast Guard History. Lyons Press, 2008.  This book chronicles the SS Pendleton and SS Fort Mercer rescues off Chatham, MA, in 1952.

Sandra Henderson Thurlow & Deanna Wintercorn Thurlow.  Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge: Home of History.  Stuart, Florida: Sewall's Point Company, 2008.

Judd, Ralph. The Coast Guard in Film. Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing, 2006.

Thomas P. Ostrom.  The USCG on the Great Lakes: A History.  Oakland, OR: Red Anvil Press, 2007.

Jeremy D'Entremont.  The Lighthouses of Massachusetts.  Lighthouse Treasury Series.  Beverly, MA: Commonwealth Editions, 2007.

Jeremy D'Entremont.  The Lighthouses of Rhode Island.  Lighthouse Treasury Series.  Beverly, MA: Commonwealth Editions, 2006.

Jeremy D'Entremont.  The Lighthouses of Connecticut.  Lighthouse Treasury Series.  Beverly, MA: Commonwealth Editions, 2005.

John C. Raffield.  United States Coast Guard Station Panama City, FL: A Seventy-Two Year History, 1933-2005. Raffield Publishing, November, 2005.  To order, see:

Kenneth G. Sutherland. United States Coast Guard Harbor Patrol Fleet 1924-1980. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2007.

Captain Arthur H. Wagner, USCG (Ret.). Aloft: A Life Well Spent. Victoria, British Columbia: Trafford Publishing, 2005. ISBN: 1-4120-6450-3 (Captain Wagner's memoirs covering his 21 years as a Coast Guard aviator).

Dick Juge.  The Historic Northwest Passage and the CGC STORIS: The Story of a Young Man Growing Up in the Coast Guard in the 1950s.  Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2007.  To order, see:

John Badgley. Frigate Men: Life on Coast Guard Frigate USS Bisbee, PF-46, During World War II. New Vintage Press, 2007.

Phil Jaffe. The 1954 Historic Arctic Adventure of the Northwind. Tempe, AZ: Third Millennium Publishing, 2003. (See for information on ordering copies).

Herbert E. Nolda with Valerie L. Vierk.  Sailing the Troubled Sea: A Nebraska Boy Goes to War: The World War II Memoirs of an Enlisted Man in the United States Coast Guard.  Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2007. (An autobiography of a Nebraskan who enlisted in the Coast Guard after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He served with LCI(L) Flotilla 4/10 during the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, Italy and at D-Day, 6 June 1944 aboard the USS LCI(L)-91.  He later served aboard the USS Admiral H. T. Mayo).

Ken Wiley.  Lucky Thirteen: D-Days in the Pacific with the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II.  Drexel Hill, PA: Casemate Publishing, 2007.  (USS Arthur Middleton veteran recounts his service in the Pacific as an LCVP coxswain.)

George E. Rongner.  Life Aboard a Coast Guard Lightship.  West Conshohocken, PA: Infinity Publishing Co., 2007.  To order call: (877) BUY BOOK.

They Had to Go Out. . .True Stories of American's Coastal Life-Savers From the Pages of "Wreck & Rescue Journal." Hull, MA: United States Life-Saving Service Heritage Association, 2007.

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