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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 collects, preserves, promotes and commemorates the Coast Guard's history and heritage in all forms, including 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.

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A photo of a Purple Heart award ceremony after the liberation of Salerno.

Original caption reads: "U.S. COAST GUARDSMEN DECORATED FOR SALERNO WOUNDS: Captain Raymond J. Mauerman, U.S. Coast Guard, presents the Purple Heart to five men wounded during the Salerno action in ceremonies held on the deck of a Coast Guard manned transport somewhere in the Mediterranean.  From left to right the Coast Guardsmen are: James M. Hablin, Potomac Mills, Virginia; Stephen A. Springsteen. . .Greenlawn, Long Island, New York; Jack N. Miller. . .Eustace, Texas; Chester Witowski. . .Detroit, Michigan.  Coast Guardsman Hollon received a star in lieu of a second Purple Heart medal from Captain Mauerman, whose home is. . .Tompkinville, Staten Island, N.Y.  All five Coast Guardsmen were members of landing boat crews in the invasion of Salerno Bay."; no date; photographer not listed; USCG Photo No. 2066.

Scan provided courtesy of Jim Matthews, Marathon Auxiliary.


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