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Coast Guard History

Frequently Asked Questions


 

In what wars and conflicts did personnel from the Coast Guard or one of its predecessors serve in and what were the casualties in each?

 

War Number Served Deaths in Action Wounded Total Casualties POWs

Quasi-War with France
unknown unknown unknown unknown 0

War of 1812
100 (?) unknown unknown unknown 86

Mexican War
71 officers unknown unknown unknown 0

Civil War
219 officers 1 unknown unknown 0

Spanish-American War
660 1 0 1 0

World War I
8,835 111 * unknown unknown 0

World War II
241,093 574  ** unknown 1,917 4

Korean War
8,500 *** 0 0 0 0

Vietnam War
8,000 7 60 67 0

Mayaguez Incident
8 ****  0 0 0 0

Grenada: Operation Urgent Fury
162 0 0 0 0

Panama: Operation Just Cause
9***** 0 0 0 0

Operations Desert Shield / Storm
400 0 0 0 0

Kosovo
100 0 0 0 0

Operation Enduring Freedom
27****** 0 1 1 0

Operation Iraqi Freedom
1,250 1 1 2 0

 

* = 81 Coast Guard deaths from other causes, i.e. crashes, accidents, disease or drowning.

**= 1,343 Coast Guard deaths from other causes, i.e. crashes, accidents, disease or drowning.

***= Approximate number of Coast Guardsmen who were eligible for the Korean Service Medal.  

****= Crewmen on board HC-130B CG-1339 & one Coast Guard officer participating in the USCG-USN Exchange Program on board USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074).

*****= There were six personnel from Group Miami LEDET who were stationed aboard the USS Vreeland (FF-1068) which was conducting CN operations when the ship was diverted for Operation Just Cause.  Three others were assigned permanently to Panama and were also involved in the conflict.  No casualties were incurred.

******=These figures are currently being updated: There are at least 22 people on the USCG RAID Team and this team renews annually.  In addition there was at least 3 NSA SIGINT USCG members [deployed] in the past year, there are two USCG SEALs (now Navy) who served in AFG twice.  One of the USCG SEALs received a Purple Heart for being wounded by a RPG in 2012.  He received the Bronze Star Medal with a "V" for Valor for his actions as well.


Last Modified 11/17/2014