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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.

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

  • In anticipation of the upcoming 300th Anniversary of the Boston Lighthouse, we've created a special page just for the oldest light station in the country.

  • Coast Guard Auxiliarist Dr. Doug Kroll provided us with another oral history of a Coast Guard veteran.  This time he interviewed retired Commander John Richmond who served 22 years in the Coast Guard Reserve.  CDR Richmond has the distinction of being the son of Commandant Alfred C. Richmond and also served with the actor Beau Bridges as a member of ORTUPS Los Angeles/Long Beach.  CDR Richmond tells us about what it was like to serve in a reserve unit (as well as how Beau managed his acting career while concurrently serving in the Coast Guard Reserve!).  Thanks again, Doug.  

  • We've added a biography page for Commander Ray Evans, USCG (Ret.)  Read about this amazing Coast Guard hero.

  • We're pleased to present an oral history of retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles "Skip" Bowen.  The oral history was conducted by his daughter, Kristen: "MCPOCG Charles "Skip" Bowen's oral history." Thank you Kristen!

  • Recently the Deputy Historian interviewed CDR Ralph Eustis, USCG (Ret.), the commanding officer of CGC Vigilant during the attempted defection of Lithuanian radio operator Simas Kudirka from his Soviet fish processing vessel Sovietskaya Litva.  The incident occurred during a meeting at sea while both vessels were anchored near Martha's Vineyard on 23 November 1970.  In the video interview, CDR Eustis describes his Coast Guard career before discussing what became one of the most controversial incidents in Coast Guard history.  The video was shot by Mr. Telfair Brown of the Coast Guard's Multi-Media Products Division.  This is one of the first of what we hope to be many such video interviews relating to Coast Guard history.

  •  A report on the nation's lighthouses, dated 18 October 1799: We've just posted a PDF copy of a wonderful document that details the lighthouses taken over by the federal government.  The report was signed by William Miller, Esquire, Commissioner of the Revenue, & Benjamin Lincoln, Superintendent of Lighthouses and Buoys.  Our thanks to our friend and dedicated lighthouse researcher Candace Clifford, who provided the Historian's Office with a scan of the original (the original is on file in the National Archives and Records Administration).

  • "LORAN SYSTEM: Summarization of Loran Program up to V-J Day."  Roger Connor, Curator, Aeronautics Division, National Air and Space Museum provided us with a copy of this important report.  He was researching the history of LORAN for the National Air and Space Museum's new exhibit on the history of navigation entitled "Time and Navigation."  The original report is in National Archives (Office of the Secretary of War records, Record Group 107, Entry 118, Box 7).

  • "SPARs on Film": here are a number of PDF copies of Coast Guard Public Affairs' photographs of SPARs taken from 1955 to 1975 along with the photo captions (if any).  View some photos that capture something of what it was like to serve in the Coast Guard Women's Reserve after World War II through the mid-1970s.

  • We've scanned and posted a few documents related to the Coast Guard's law enforcement mission, including: United States Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Program, an overview pamphlet, circa 1997; U.S. Coast Guard Air Interdiction Program, 1989, an informational overview of the program; U.S. Coast Guard General Law Enforcement Digest of Interdictions Statistics (compiled by G-OLE-1, 30 September 1989) & U.S. Coast Guard General Digest of Law Enforcement Statistics (compiled by G-OLE-1, "Thru 3/31/91").

  • We've added historic material on the Coast Guard fisheries mission: the CGC Tamaroa's Yellowfin Tuna Patrol Operation Order No. 4-70, Commander, Coast Guard Western Area, USCGC Tamaroa, 1970 (Unclassified--the only type of this document on our website at this time) ; the Coast Guard's 1976 study of the "new" 200-mile fisheries zone & EEZ: Study of Coast Guard Enforcement of 200-Mile Fishery Conservation Zone (P.L. 94-265) (Department of Transportation: U.S. Coast Guard Ocean Operations Division, Office of Operations, May, 1976) & finally the 2004 publication Ocean Guardian: U.S. Coast Guard Fisheries Enforcement Strategic Plan.
  • Launching of the CGC Spar (WLB-206) on 12 August 2000.

    Launching of the CGC Spar (WLB-206) on 12 August 2000.

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