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USCGC Bertholf on the ways, 2006

CGC Bertholf on the ways during the early morning hours of 11 September 2006.
Courtesy of Gordon Pierce, Northrop Grumman.

  • Auxiliarist Dr. Doug Kroll interviewed Captain Donald Taub, USCG (Ret.).  Captain Taub graduated from the Coast Guard Academy with the Class of 1956 and saw service aboard CGCs Bibb, Duane, Castle Rock and Spencer, including service in Vietnam aboard the latter.  He commanded LORAN Station Cape Atholl and also served in a number of Marine Inspection billets in New York and Los Angeles-Long Beach.  He is also a noted expert on the Coast Guard's role in Greenland during World War II and after.  Interview by Dr. Douglas Kroll, USCG AUX.The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Coast Guard Headquarters, 2013.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Coast Guard Headquarters at St. Elizabeths, 29 July 2013.

  • Hurricane Katrina Archive addition: Aviation "Blue Sheet"; a spreadsheet listing all Coast Guard aircraft involved in the response to Hurricane Katrina including flight description and duration (by tail number).
  • An oral history with Commander Mitchell "Art" Perry.  Commander Perry was a member of the Coast Guard Academy Class of 1944 that graduated one year early and saw service on board the Assault Transport USS Arthur Middleton (APA-25).  While aboard he saw action at Tarawa as a Boat Division commander.  After the invistion of Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Saipan, Leyte Gulf and Luzon he transferred to Navy Transport Division 33.  After the war he attended flight training and was designated as Coast Guard Aviator #500.  He served at various air stations during his career, including at Sangley Point, Philippines, where he participated in the famous SAR case off Swatow, China during the Korean War.  Interview by Dr. Douglas Kroll, USCG AUX.
  • Officers of the U.S. Coast Guard: A portrait photo album (with most photos dating from 1915 -- this formal portrait album, now in the care of the Still Picture Branch of the National Archives, includes portraits of many officers of the Coast Guard beginning in 1915, including some who became well-known in the service, such as Charles Shoemaker, Edward "Iceberg" Smith,  Joseph Farley, Quentin Walsh, J. E. Stika, Elmer Stone, Eugene Coffin, Coit Henley, Jr., E. Reed-Hill, Frank Gorman, E. M. Webster, and Willard Smith). 
  • Letter Alex Haley wrote to Mr. Walter White, the Executive Secretary of the NAACP while Haley was in service on the USS Murzim in the Pacific Theatre discussing Haley's experiences as an African-American in the Coast Guard; dated 26 November 1943.
  • Coast Guard 1934 Appropriation Hearings before the Subcommittee of House Committee on Appropriations "relevant to the 1934 fiscal year appropriations of the Coast Guard."  Includes testimony by Rear Admiral H. G. Hamlet, Commander R. R. Waesche, Commander L. T. Chalker, Commander T. A. Shanely, Commander James Pine, Commander F. J. Gorman, Constructor F. A. Hunnewell, among others.  See how the Service's leadership dealt with the difficult budget years of the mid-1930s, including staff furloughs, forced personnel reductions, laying up patrol boats, and closing small boat stations.
  • CG-260-1: Organization and Regulations Manual for WAVP (311') WPG (327') WPB (255'); 31 July 1961.
  • Photography and articles about the tragic sinking of the cutters Bedloe and Jackson off the coast of North Carolina during the devastating Hurricane of 1944 and the subsequent rescue of the survivors.
  • The World War II memoir of Radioman First Class Ralph M. Servadio.  RM1 Servadio served as a radio operator during World War II at a Radio Monitoring Station at Quientero, Chile, intercepting German naval radio transmissions.  In his memoir, he describes his path from boot camp to his service at a secret facility in South America to his discharge after the war.
  • "SRR Replacement Project", a narrative discussion of the replacement of the HH-52 by the HH-65, by Captain Sperry Storm, USCG (Ret).
  • Three Years Behind the Mast: The Story of The United States Coast Guard SPARS, by Mary C. Lyne & Kay Arthur, Lieutenants, USCGR(W).

  • Auxiliarist Dr. Doug Kroll has just finished three more oral history interviews with World War II Coast Guard veterans.  This time he interviewed Gunner's Mate Niel Blumenstein and retired Captain Charles Dorian and Captain Robert Davis.  Both Captain Dorian and Captain Davis graduated from the Coast Guard Academy during the war in which each class graduated a year early.  Captain Dorian's first post-graduation assignment was on board the famous CGC Northland on the Greenland Patrol and was there when LT John Pritchard and Petty Officer Benjamin Bottoms were lost while on an aerial rescue mission.  Dorian and Blumenstein also served in the Pacific Theatre and survived attacks by kamikazes.

  • " American Lightships, 1820-1983: History, Construction, and Archaeology within the Maritime Cultural Landscape," a Master of Arts thesis by Morgan MacKenzie, April, 2011.

  • Auxiliarist Dr. Doug Kroll has done it again.  This time he interviewed Master Chief Electronics Technician Melvin Kealoha Bell, a native Hawaiian, who enlisted in 1938 as a mess attendant on board USCGC Taney.  By his own initiative and talent he became a radioman and was serving at Diamond Head Light when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.  He intercepted Japanese radio messages throughout the war and then went on to transfer to the newly established rating of Electronic Technician.  He later became the first Master Chief Electronics Technician and the first Master Chief Petty Officer of color in the Coast Guard.  He retired in 1958. 

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