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Coast Guard Historian's Office logo, designed by Chris Rose, USCG 

Welcome to the website of the U. S. Coast Guard Historian's Office.  We are proud to serve as the gateway to the study of our service's illustrious past.  The Historian's Office preserves, promotes and commemorates the Coast Guard's history and heritage in all forms, including official documents, publications and manuals, photographs, oral histories, memoirs, and artifacts, among others. We also help preserve the history and heritage of each of the five predecessor agencies that make up today's Coast Guard:  the Revenue Cutter Service, the Life-Saving Service, the Lighthouse Service, the Bureau of Navigation and the Steamboat Inspection Service.

The links to the left will serve as your initial points of entry.  We hope that you enjoy your visit and thank you for stopping by.

An early Coast Guard radio broadcast, circa 1923 

Original caption: "Hdqtrs. of the U.S. Coast Guard are using unique method for distributing news of their service by means of radio.  Capt. [sic*] F. C. Billard, aide to the commandant is shown broadcasting.  Lt. F. A. Zensler is coaching him from the receiving set which is being used by Lt. E. M. Webster (with ear pieces)."
Library of Congress photo, dated 1923 (January or February).

*This may have been a simple typo but until the Coast Guard's officer rank structure was changed to mirror that of  the U.S. Navy in the early 1920s, the Coast Guard had followed the rank structure of the Revenue Cutter Service.  In the RCS the highest rank an officer could attain was as an O-4 equivalent (hence Billard's sleeve insignia in this photo), which in the RCS
signified a "Captain."


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