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World War II Commemoration: 75 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 World War II

The U. S. Coast Guard in World War II

    As with all wars, World War II had a transformative effect on America's military services. In the years immediately preceding U.S. entry into the conflict and over the subsequent four years, eight months of fighting, the Coast Guard's responsibilities grew exponentially. To support the cause, the Coast Guard expanded to a record high of more than 170,000 men and women serving in uniform at one time, with nearly 250,000 personnel serving over the course of the war. The Coast Guard supported both combat and traditional service missions, including search and rescue, marine safety, convoy escort duty, troop transport and amphibious operations, port security, and beach patrol. By doing so, the U.S. Coast Guard proved itself Semper Paratus-"Always Ready"-to perform any maritime missions required by the war effort.

 

World War II Image Gallery
Cold weather gear, Atlantic, WWII
Coast Guardsman Marvin Perret, USCGR, in dress blues: this uniform was the same as worn by Navy sailors except for the shield device, in white, on the lower right sleeve which denoted Coast Guard personnel and the cap ribbon which had "U.S. Coast Guard" stitched on it instead of "U.S. Navy", WWII.
Helmsman and talker on the bridge of a cutter at sea in the North Atlantic, WWII
Mounted Beach Patrol, WWII
Coast Guard Archives
Uniform: Dungarees 
The Coast Guard signalman operating the blinker lamp is SM 3/c Theodore Cholewinski, USCGR, WWII
Coast Guard Archives
North Atlantic: foul weather gear, WWII
Mounted Beach Patrol, WWII
Coast Guard Archives
Mounted Beach Patrol: pea coat, knit cap, dungarees & leggings, all standard Navy-issue, WWII
Winter clothing, kapok life vests.  Coast Guardsman on right is wearing the standard Navy issue watch cap.   
They are preparing to fire a "K" gun depth charge projector.
Mounted Beach Patrol: foul weather gear.  
Note the radio on the back of the Coast Guardsman in the foreground.
SPAR Officer: service dress blue
WWII
SPAR Service dress white uniform
WWII
SPAR, assorted uniform types, 1944
WWII
LCDR (later CAPT) Dorothy Stratton; service dress white, 1943
WWII
SPAR Service dress white uniform, close up
WWII
SPARs Service dress blue
WWII
Officers: standard Navy-issue tropical khakis; Coast Guard devices on shoulder boards & hats.
SPAR uniform details: enlisted blues
WWII
SPAR uniform details, close-up: service dress blue
WWII
SPAR uniform details: service dress blue, 1942
WWII
World War II Resources
Elmer Stone Biography
STONE, ELMER_BIOGRAPHY.PDF
US Coast Guard Historian's Office
List of US Coast Guard manned LCI(L)s (Landing Craft Infantry Large) during WWII.
LCIS.PDF
US Coast Guard Historian's Office
World War II Coast Guard-Manned U.S. Army Freight and Supply Ship Histories
FS VESSELS_WORLD WAR II C...
U.S. Coast Guard Activities on City Island, NY during World War II
By Commander Timothy Dring, USNR (Retired)
April 2011
CGCITYISLANDNYWWIIA.PDF
RG 107 - Office of the Secretary of War Entry 118 Box 7 Summarization of Loran Program up to VJ Day
1945_LORAN_SUMMARY.PDF
THE COAST GUARD AT WAR IV LORAN VOLUME II Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Aug. 1, 1946
LORAN_VOLUME_2.PDF
Tars and Spars the Coast Guard Show a Tabloid Musical Revue by Howard Dietz and Lieut. Vernon Duke
TARS&SPARS-300-01.PDF
U.S. Coast Guard History Program
U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla One
USCGRESCUEFLOTILLAONEHIST...
U.S. Coast Guard History Program
U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla One
by Scott Price
USCGRESCUEFLOTILLAONEHIST...
The Coast Guard at War the Pacific Landings VI Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters March 15, 1946
USCGATWAR-PACIFICLANDINGS...
The Coast Guard at War Dec. 7, 1941 - July 18, 1944 Marine Inspection XIII Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters July 31, 1944
USCGATWAR-MARINEINSPECTIO...
The Coast Guard at War North African Landings IX Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters June 1, 1946
USCGATWAR-NORTHAFRICANLAN...
The Coast Guard at War Landing in France XI Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters September 1, 1946
USCGATWAR-LANDINGSINFRANC...
The Coast Guard at War Lost Cutters VIII Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters July 1, 1947
USCGATWAR-LOSTCUTTERS.PDF
The Coast Guard at War Women's Reserve XXII A Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters April 15, 1946
USCGATWAR-SPARS.PDF
The Coast Guard at War The Temporary Component of the Coast Guard Reserve XX Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters January 1, 1948
USCGATWAR-TEMPORARYRESERV...
The Coast Guard at War Weather Patrol VII Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters June 1, 1949
USCGATWAR-WEATHERPATROL.PDF
The Coast Guard at War Port Security XVIII Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters September 1, 1949
USCGATWAR-PORTSECURITY.PDF
The Coast Guard at War Sicily - Italy Landings X Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters July 1, 1946
USCGATWAR-SICILYITALYLAND...
The Coast Guard at War Personnel XXV Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters May 1, 1950
USCGATWAR-PERSONNEL.PDF