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U.S. Coast Guard Photography

Historic Photographs & Other Images

Please note that unless otherwise stated, all photos are official U. S. Coast Guard photographs and are therefore in the public domain.


Historic Photo Galleries (click on description to access the gallery):

U-boat Warfare in the North Atlantic During World War II:

Other World War II Photo Galleries:

The Coast Guard in Vietnam:

Coast Guard Personnel:

  • Officers of the U.S. Coast Guard: A Portrait Photo Album (most dated circa 1915 -- this formal portrait album, now in the care of the National Archives, includes portraits of many officers of the Coast Guard beginning in 1915, including many who would become famous, 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).
  • Pages From A Scrapbook: an incredible collection of photos from the scrapbook of BMC-L Ira Lewis, who served at small boat stations on Long Island for over twenty years, from the late-1930s to the late-1950s.  His photos document life at these unheralded stations. 

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Last Modified 3/11/2015