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.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration

The Vietnam War Commemoration (VWC) leads the national initiative to thank and honor Vietnam War Veterans and their families in cities and towns across America. Major league sports teams, corporations, and the branches of the military participate as commemorative partners to finally welcome home our Vietnam veterans.

More than 8.7 million Americans served on active duty during the Vietnam period (Nov 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975). According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, we are losing an estimated 500 Vietnam veterans every day. 

Approximately 8,000 Coast Guardsmen served in Vietnam – but our legacy does not stop there. The Coast Guard seeks to lead the way and individually present Vietnam Veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to provide a lasting memento of the nation’s thanks. All units are encouraged to collaborate with their communities,  colleagues, families and veterans groups to plan and host events to present the pins with dignity to as many Vietnam Veterans as possible, and recognize the selfless service of this remarkable generation of unsung patriots. 


Upcoming Events:

Date  Host  Location
May 11-31, 2022

Vietnam War Commemoration

National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Past Events:

Date Host  Location Photos
May 18, 2018 Sector North Bend Coos Bay, OR View Photos
March 29, 2018 Coast Guard Yard Baltimore, MD View Photos
February 3, 2018 CG Auxiliary FLOTILLA 25-11 Middle Potomac Fredericksburg, VA View Photos
November 9, 2017 CG Headquarters Washington, DC View Photos


Vietnam Image Gallery
New Year's Day poem entry in decklog of USCGC POINT HUDSON 01/01/1969, continuing a 20th century tradition that lives on to today.
USCG in Vietnam - Market Time - Squadron Three
USCG Vietnam Squadron 3
USCG Vietnam Squadron 3
USCG Vietnam Squadron 3
USCG Explosives Loading Detachment
USCG Explosives Loading Detachment
USCG Squadron One - Vietnam
USCG Squadron Three - Vietnam
USCG Squadron Three - Vietnam
USCG Explosives Loading Detachment
USCGC Dallas
USCGC Point Welcome
USCGC Point Welcome
USCGC Point Grey in Vietnam
USCGC Point Grey in Vietnam
USCGC Point Grey in Vietnam
USCGC Point Grey in Vietnam
A Coast Guard 82-foot WPB conducts boarding operations in South Vietnam.
Coast Guard Gunner's Mate William "Bill" Wells, II, mans one of CGC POINT GLOVER's .50 caliber machine guns for a Navy photographer during the turnover of the cutter to the South Vietnamese Navy in the fall of 1969 in DaNang, South Vietnam.
Vietnam Resources
MACV News Release No. 14-66
CGC POINT WHITE's combat action against a Viet Cong junk, March, 1966.
1966 CGC Point White'...
CGC POINT WHITE -- Letter from Commander, Coast Guard Squadron One (CAPT R. J. LoForte) to Commander, Western Area regarding the action of the POINT WHITE in the sinking of a Viet Cong junk with 16 Viet Cong on board in Soi Rap River in March 1966.  Letter dated 14 March 1966.

Includes award citation for a Navy Commendation Medal for LT Eugene J. Hickey, Jr., USCG.

Scanned by CAPT Larry Hall, USCG (Ret.)
1966 CGC Point White Acti...
"The Role of the United States Coast Guard in the Vietnam War: An Evaluation" by Maura McCawley.
Role of USCG in the Vietn...
Memo dated April 16, 1965 from SECNAV Paul H. Nitze to SECTREAS Henry Fowler requesting USCG support to USN in Vietnam (DECLASSIFIED).
1965 Memo from USN To Tre...
A series of color slides from Captain Gerald Underwood's service in Vietnam where he commanded CGC POINT BANKS based out of Cat Lo, Vung Tau and also commanded LORAN Station Con Son, South Vietnam.
CAPT Gerald Underwood'...
A 2010 PowerPoint presentation developed by then-Assistant CG Historian, Christopher B. Havern, Sr. covering the history of the Coast Guard's national security mission.
USCG Combat History by Ch...
A Naval Message from VADM Zumwalt to CGC INGHAM as INGHAM finishes its tour of duty in Vietnam, 4 March 1969 & complete personnel roster & sailing list
VADM Zumwalt 1969 Bravo Z...
A first-person account of the history of the CGC POINT BANKS while in service with Coast Guard Squadron One by LCDR Larry Fuchs, USCG (Ret.).
Squadron One & CGC PO...
CGC CAMPBELL's commemorative cruise book of her tour of service in the waters of Vietnam, circa 1967-1968 as part of Coast Guard Squadron Three.
CGC Campbell's Vietna...
A PowerPoint presentation covering the U.S. Coast Guard's role in combat in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
USCG Combat Operations in...
US Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton's (WHEC-715) Deployment to Vietnam, August 1969 - June 1970
As Told by the Commanding Officer, Captain James H. B. Morton, In Letters called "Family-Grams" to the Folks Back Home

Organized and prefaced by RMC (RET) C. Brent Cole
(RM3 during deployment)
Fireman Heriberto Segovia “Eddie” Hernandez
“The Boxer”
by Mark A. Snell
Fireman Heriberto Hernand...
Lieutenant Jack Columbus Rittichier:
“James Dean and Marlon Brando All in One Package”
by Mark A. Snell
Jack Rittichier
USCG Killed in Action in Vietnam
Killed in Action, Vietnam
“Skill, courage under enemy fire, and devotion to
duty:” Bronze Star Medal Recipient Heriberto “Eddie”
Hernandez and Coast Guard Smallboat Operations
in Vietnam
Dr. William Thiesen
Heriberto Hernandez and C...
Interview with Larry Villareal
Interviewed by CDR Peter Rascoe
Larry Villareal Interview
USCG in Vietnam Chronology
Historian's Office
USCG in Vietnam
Squadron One Duty on Board the Point Blanks
LCDR Larry Fuchs
Squadron One Duty on Boar...
The United States Coast Guard in South East Asia During the Vietnam Conflict
Eugene N. Tulich, USCG
The official history of the U.S. Coast Guard's role in the Vietnam War.
USCG in South East Asia D...
USCG Vietnam Casualties
USCG Vietnam Casualties