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Photographs of Coast Guard

Uniforms

1946-1975


 

*For women's uniforms during this period, please see the section on SPARs or click here.


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Photographs description
A photo of a Coast Guard uniform. Coast Guard shield: officer

A photo of a Coast Guard uniform.

Coast Guard shield: enlisted
A photo of a Coast Guard uniform. Seaman, dress blue, circa 1950
A photo of a Coast Guard uniform. Surfman: dress blue, circa 1960
A photo of a Coast Guard uniform. Khakis, circa mid-1950s
A photo of a Coast Guard uniform.   CPO, dress blue, late-1940's
A photo of a Coast Guard uniform. Dress blues, 1959
A photo of a Coast Guard uniform.Undress white, 1957
A photo of a Coast Guard uniform.
New white flat top hat first authorized for use by the Headquarters Honor Guard Detail at the inauguration of President Lyndon Johnson on 20 July 1965.  The hats were then authorized for use by details at the World's Fair and other honor and color guards in 1965.**  They were authorized on 1 July 1967 "for wear with the service dress blue and white, full dress blue and white, tropical white and tropical white long uniforms by all regular and reserve members in pay grades E-6 and below.  The prime objective in approving the white service cap for use is for visual identification of Coast Guard enlisted personnel." (COMDTNOTE 10120)

Modeled by PH3 Martin J. Yost, USCG.
A photo of a Coast Guard uniform. Dress blues, 1965; on the left is a member of the ceremonial honor guard with a new type of hat designed specifically for honor guard details & color guards; new uniform items for these units also included two shoulder patches as shown.**
A photo of a Coast Guard uniform. Coast Guard Academy cadet
A photo of a Coast Guard uniform. Coast Guard Honor Guard, 1965**
A proposed uniform, circa 1965. This was a proposed new working uniform for enlisted personnel, circa 1965.  It would have been worn while personnel (according to the photo's original caption): "are acting in an official capacity on boarding duty, such as members of a boarding team, or men on station entrance guard duty.  The new uniform is not intended as a replacement for present uniforms.  Modifications in the new navy blues include a cardigan type, tieless blouse, with a narrow rounded color [sic-collar] in place of the usual middy blouse, and a new stylized Coast Guard shield badge worn under the ribbons.  Regular creased trousers would be worn instead of the usual bell bottoms.  A white patent leather gun holster, and an all-blue  hat with a new stylized shield pin, are other modifications."  Photo No. CPI-11-08-65 (01); dated 8 November 1965; photographer not listed.
Another view of a proposed 1965 uniform. Another view of the 1965 proposed uniform.  Photo No. CPI-11-08-65 (02); dated 8 November 1965; photographer not listed.
A photo of a Coast Guard uniform.   Khakis & dress blue, 1965
A photo of a Coast Guard uniform. LORAN station crew: dungarees & khakis, circa 1970

**The new items for the ceremonial honor guard details' and color guards' uniforms were first worn in President L. B. Johnson's Inaugural Day Parade on 20 January 1965.  The new uniform items were first authorized "for the enlisted detail at [the] World's Fair, other Honor Guard Details, and by color guards."  The hat was later adopted for general use on 1 July 1967 (COMDTNOTE 10120; 14 December 1966).  Also in 1965 a shoulder cord, white for blue uniform and blue for white uniform, was authorized for "honor guards only, these being units of platoon size at Headquarters, Washington Radio Station, Cape May and Alameda Recruiting Centers, and the Reserve Training Center at Yorktown, VA.  The color guards, consisting of four men on ships over 200 ft. long and at shore stations of over 40 men and at district offices, will wear the same uniform except for the shoulder cord."


Last Modified 11/17/2014