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U.S. Coast Guard History


U.S. Navy Department Certificate of Identification, 1918

Historic Documents of the U.S. Coast Guard


Navy Department Certificate of Identification,

Captain Frederick C. Billard, USCG, dated 12 August 1918

The following is an ID certificate issued to Captain Frederick C. Billard (later Commandant) for travel to Europe during World War I.  Note the use of fingerprints as a form of identification, a relatively new form of ID at this time.

This document is in the Coast Guard Historian's Office archive.


An image of Captain Frederick Billard's ID card, circa 1918


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