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U.S. Coast Guard Reserve History

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General Information:

The Coast Guard Reserve: A Historical Bibliography

The History of the Coast Guard Reserve

U. S. Coast Guard, Public Information Division. The Coast Guard at War: Temporary Reserve. Vol. XX. Washington, DC: US Coast Guard, 1948 (The official history of the Temporary Reserve during World War II).

Current Issue of the Coast Guard Reservist Magazine & Digitized Back Issues

A Chronology of the Coast Guard's Involvement in the Persian Gulf War.

The Coast Guard Liaison Officer's After-Action Report for Desert Shield & Desert Storm

Active-Reserve Integration in the Coast Guard, a report by Institute for Defense Analyses by John R. Brinkerhoff & Stanley A. Horowitz (IDA Report D-1864: October 1996).

"The Changing Role of the United States Coast Guard Reservist", a Master of Arts Thesis by Casey E. Johnson, USCGR (Charles Town, WV: American Public University, 2012).

Historic manning levels of the service from 1947 to 2012, including the Reserve.

Oral Histories of Reservists (Peace-Time):

  • Motor Machinist Mate George Cheney's Memoirs: Petty Officer Cheney served in the active duty and reserves from 1947 to 1963.  He served aboard the Dexter, General Greene, and Storis as well as ashore at LORAN Station St. Paul and Sentinel Island Light Station, both in Alaska.  He describes what it was like to: care for old diesel engines, stand watch in a cold and tossing engine room while serving on an ocean station, suffering through chronic seasickness, and what life was like at an isolated light station.

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