A History of
SARWET: the precursor to the Rescue Swimmer program, written by CDR
Bill Thrall, USCG (Ret.). CDR Thrall noted that "SARWET
pre-dated the Rescue Swimmer Program by 13-plus years. It ran
successfully out of San Francisco for almost 6 years. . .Rescues were
made, lives saved and medals awarded. It was real."
Wishar, USCG (Ret.), the commanding officer of the Coast
Guard's first air station describes the early years of Coast Guard
aviation and personalities involved in his article entitled: "Some
Recollections of Early Coast Guard Aviation."
Oliver, USCG (Ret.): "My Life in the Coast Guard" a
narrative of his career as a Coast Guard aviation pioneer, including
helicopter development and operations in Alaska.
Radioman Second Class Jack Sutherlin: After graduating in the top of
his class at Aviation Radioman School, ARM2 Sutherlin served as an
instructor before being posted to Coast Guard Air Station San Diego for
the rest of the war. There he participated in ASW and SAR flights while
meeting some of the Coast Guard's most famous personalities along the
way, including Jack Dempsey, Donald B. "Cap'm Mac" MacDiarmid, Chester
R. Bender, and W. A. "Little Bull" Halsey, the grandson of Fleet Admiral
William F. Halsey.
Bernard Bailey, USCG (Ret.): An oral history covering his service as a
Coast Guard aviator in World War II, including flight training, flying PBYs off the West
Coast, and operating on photographic survey flights with the Coast &
"Cosmic Air": a
pictorial history of the Coast Guard's efforts to resupply the far-flung
chain of LORAN stations in the Pacific via Coast Guard aircraft.
A Summary of Action"
for a SAR case in
1978 when HC-130H CGNR-1500 assisted in the rescue off Alaska of the
crew of a ditched Navy P-3C (BuNo. 159892) on 26 October 1978. A
Soviet trawler, the Mys Sinyavin, also participated, making this
a unique case of cooperation by the principal antagonists of the Cold
"27 Hours in the Cold Alaska Sea."
AD1 Greg King writes
about the rescue of the crew of the fishing vessel Clover Leaf in April,
1980 while serving as an HC-130 crewman based at AIRSTA Kodiak.