KEY WEST, FLORIDA
MOHAWK's predecessor, the USS/USCGC MOHAWK (WPG-78), was built by Pusey & Jones Corp., Wilmington, Del., and launched 1 October 1934. First assigned patrol and general icebreaking duties on the Hudson and Delaware Rivers, the outbreak of war found her stationed at Cape May, N.J. In accordance with Executive Order No. 8929 of 1 November 1941, Mohawk was directed to serve as part of the naval forces. Assigned North Atlantic escort operations, she launched a total of 14 attacks against submarine contacts between 27 August 1942 and 8 April 1945.
Highlights of her at-sea rescue operations included the 27 August 1942 rescue of 293 survivors from USAT Chatham and the 22 November rescue of 24 men from SS Barberry. Mohawk assumed ice patrol duties 25 May to 14 August 1945, and was directed to return to Treasury Department jurisdiction 1 January 1946.
USS/USCGC MOHAWK (WPG-78) is now a floating museum located, ironically, in Key West Florida. The museum is open for tours and is a unique piece of American and Coast Guard history. Here are a number of photographs of USS/USCGC MOHAWK (WPG-78) dating from the late 1930s and during WW-II. You can visit the museum website at:www.ussmohawk.org
c/o Sector Key West
100 Trumbo Point Annex
Key West, FL 33040
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