CGC Bertholf on the ways during the
early morning hours of 11 September 2006.
Courtesy of Gordon Pierce, Northrop Grumman.
We've updated Eagle's webpage with new (but still old) photos and added information and images from President John F. Kennedy's 1962 visit on board the Coast Guard's most famous vessel that is still in commission.
We've scanned and added new images of the Revenue Cutter Bear: John M. Justice's scrapbook from an Alaskan cruise on board Bear in the Summer of 1895; scrapbook of photos from the 17th Coast Guard District's files on Bear; a number of great photos of the crew and passengers on board Bear & some miscellaneous images of the service's most famous cutter.
"Organization and Regulations Manual for High Endurance Cutter (378' Class); CG 260-7; 1974 (with updates through March, 1981; WHEC-725 Jarvis' copy).
We've scanned and added three new manuals to our Historic Documents section: UNITED STATES COAST GUARD REGULATIONS, CG-300, 1955; includes Amendments to 7 April 1959, ENLISTED RATINGS QUALIFICATIONS MANUAL, CG-311, 10 May 1967, plus eight Amendments to 10 November 1971 & United States Coast Guard Regulations, COMDINST M5000.3A, 4 March 1985.
Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Coast Guard
Headquarters at St. Elizabeths, 29 July 2013.
We've posted a paper written by CDR Patrick T. Kelly, Department of Leadership & Management, U.S. Coast Guard Academy entitled "Charting Progress: The Assessment of Core Values in the U.S. Coast Guard." This was a paper he prepared for presentation to the Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics, Washington, DC, January 28-29, 1999.
Carlton Skinner's 1949 testimony to President Harry S. Truman's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services where he describes his role and experiences with the integration of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.
"The Lost Wartime Paintings of [noted Coast Guard artist] Jacob Lawrence," an article written by Lawrence's former commanding officer on the iconic and historically important USS Sea Cloud, LCDR Carlton Skinner, USCGR.
"The Design of the United States Coast Guard 270-Foot Medium Endurance Cutter." Copy of a paper written and presented by Howard A. Chatterton and Thomas Braithwaite at the April, 1978 meeting of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
Coast Guard Auxiliarist Dr. Doug Kroll provided us with another oral history of a Coast Guard veteran; this time he interviewed Radioman Third Class Ray Carl, who served in the Pacific Theatre on board the Army's USS FS-173. His experiences aboard the small supply vessel mirror those of the crew portrayed in the Academy Award winning film "Mr. Roberts."
"A Round-the-World Cruise by Southwind"; an article by CAPT Sumner R. Dolber and CDR Robert T. Getman about the second time in history that a Coast Guard cutter circumnavigated the globe.
A story about one of the canine mascots that served at Boston Lighthouse--a black dog named Bear, written by one of the assistant light keepers, David Vitale, who served at Boston Light from 1968 to 1969. Bear was one of many in a long-line of animals that served with Coast Guardsmen at their duty stations, in this case at the famous Boston Lighthouse.
Efficiency of the Revenue Cutter Service. Senate Report No. 65; January 11, 1900; 56th Congress, 1st Session.
Revenue Cutter Service First Lieutenant & Assistant Inspector for the Life-Saving Service Charles Shoemaker's historic 1880 letter to Life-Saving Service Superintendent Sumner Kimball recommending Richard Etheridge as the new Keeper for the Pea Island Lifesaving Station; a Archivist Mark Mollan of the National Archives kindly provided us with a scan. Thank you, Mark! This letter marks one of the most important milestones in the history of the Coast Guard.
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").
Launching of the CGC Spar (WLB-206) on 12 August 2000.