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2703 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20593-7031


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Coast Guard Academy - Waesche Hall
15 Mohegan Ave
New London, CT 06320-8100

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Vietnam Commemoration: 50 Year Anniversary

Please search the image and resource galleries at the bottom of the page for images, articles, documents and publications detailing the Coast Guard's involvement in Vietnam.

The U. S. Coast Guard in Vietnam     

As America’s role in the Vietnam conflict escalated,  President Lyndon B. Johnson committed the Coast Guard for deployment to war-torn Southeast Asia.  82-foot Point-class patrol boats proved to be both adaptable and capable in the conduct of interdiction and combat missions.  Five high endurance cutters (WHEC), primarily assigned to the Gulf of Thailand, supported a variety of combat missions.  The Coast Guard also provided port security , Explosives Loading Detachments, installation and maintenance of aids-to-navigation, established LORAN stations in both Vietnam and Thailand, and conducted search and rescue missions. Some eight thousand Coast Guardsmen served in Vietnam, supporting both combat and traditional service missions.

    

Vietnam Image Gallery
USCG Mascots: A pig on a cutter?  Yes, that's Samantha, and she saw combat service on board the USCGC  Point Glover  in Vietnam.

Squadron One Division 11 was based in the Gulf of Thailand on Phu Quoc Island.
Vietnam Resources
U.S. Coast Guard History Program
The Saga of Samantha By Bill Verge, USCG (Ret.)
VERGEBILLSAGAOFSAMANTHA.PDF
AMERICAN MILITARY UNIVERSITY USCG AVIATION DURING THE VIETNAM WAR A TERM PAPER SUBMITTED TO
DR. JOSEPH DIRENZO III MILS 650 BY THOMAS KALISZ
WASHINGTON DC AUGUST 2009
KALISZTHOMASCGAVIATIONVTN...
U.S. Coast Guard History Program
Squadron One Duty On Board the Point Banks by LCDR Larry Fuchs
FUCHSPOINTBANKSVIETNAMART...
The Quarterdeck Log:
Skill, courage under enemy fire, and devotion to duty: Bronze Star Medal Recipient Heriberto "Eddie" Hernandez and Coast Guard Smallboat Operations in Vietnam by William Thiesen
THIESEN_QDLOGHERNANDEZART...
U.S. Coast Guard History Program USCG in Vietnam Chronology
USCGVIETNAMCHRONOLOGY.PDF