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Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers'

Uniforms:

A Historic Photograph Gallery


From the time of the adoption of the rank of chief petty officer by the Coast Guard in 1920, the Coast Guard chief petty officer's uniform paralleled that of the Navy's CPO uniform.  With minor modifications, including the addition of a Coast Guard shield device on the right sleeve, this essentially "Navy" uniform remained the regulation uniform for Coast Guard chiefs until the adoption of the "Bender Blues" in 1975. 


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photographs description
A photo of a Coast Guard chief petty officer's uniform. Unidentified chief, blue dress uniform, 1926.

Ambassador Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, photo.  No caption or photo number

A photo of a Coast Guard chief petty officer's uniform. Unidentified chief, white dress uniform, 1926.

Ambassador Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, photo.  No caption or photo number

A photo of a Coast Guard chief petty officer's uniform. CQM Lloyd L. Horrell, USCG, circa 1928, blue dress uniform.

No photo number, caption, or date; photographer unknown.

A photo of a Coast Guard chief petty officer's uniform. Engineroom force, USCGC Pontchartrain, 1929, blue dress uniform.

No photo number; photographer unknown.

A photo of a Coast Guard chief petty officer's uniform. Recruiting Force, Cincinatti, Ohio, 1928, blue dress uniform. 

No photo number; photographer unknown.

A photo of a Coast Guard chief petty officer's uniform. Unidentified chief, circa 1940, undress blue, A uniform.

No photo number, caption, or date; photographer unknown

A photo of a Coast Guard chief petty officer's uniform. The chief petty officers of the Coast Guard-manned USS Centauraus (AKA-17), somewhere in the South Pacific, circa 1944.  "Tropical" khaki uniforms.

Photograph donated by CGM Michael K. Opsitnik, USCG.

A photo of a Coast Guard chief petty officer's uniform. Unidentified chief, circa 1943, dress blue, B uniform.

No photo number, caption, or date; photographer unknown

A photo of a Coast Guard chief petty officer's uniform. Two unidentified chief petty officers, circa 1950.

No photo number, caption, or date; photographer unknown.

A photo of a Coast Guard chief petty officer's uniform. SN Larry M. McBreen (left) in a friendly discussion with QMC John Smith (right) regarding seamanship and knot tying.  Smith was a 33-year veteran of the Coast Guard.  

Both are in Class A Blues; photo dated 25 February 1959; photo number 13CGD-022059-02.

A photo of a Coast Guard chief petty officer's uniform. Inspection!  Khaki uniforms.

No photo number, caption, or date; photographer unknown.

A photo of a Coast Guard chief's uniform. YNC H. Rucker, Jr., date unknown (1965?); khakis.

No photo number, caption, or date; photographer unknown.

A photo of a Coast Guard chief's uniform. YNCS Earl C. Mason (left) in the then-current double breasted jacket.  Next to him on the right is the MCPOCG (BMCM) Charles L. Calhoun in the "new" Bender Blues-type uniform.  

Photo date: 14 January 1972; photographer: PHC J. Valesques.
A photo of a Coast Guard chief's uniform. YNCS Earl C. Mason (left) in the then-current double breasted jacket.  Next to him on the right is the MCPOCG (BMCM) Charles L. Calhoun in the "new" Bender Blues-type uniform.  

Photo date: 14 January 1972; photographer: PHC J. Valesques.


 

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