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 31, 2018 Sector Lake Michigan Milwaukee, WI
July 7, 2018 Coast Guard Cutter Active Port Angeles, WA
October 5, 2018 Coast Guard Cutter Wedge Demopolis, AL

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 Fredicksburg, VA View Photos
November 9, 2017 CG Headquarters Washington, DC View Photos










Vietnam Image Gallery
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.
A scan of a photo of CGC BIBB
A scan of a photo of CGC BIBB
A scan of a photo of CGC BIBB
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
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...
A series of wonderful color photos of the U.S. Coast Guard's Squadron One cutters and crews covering their lives and experiences while in service in Vietnam as provided by Coast Guard combat veteran Gerald Underwood.
USCG Squadron One Color P...
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
Lieutenant Jack Columbus Rittichier:
“James Dean and Marlon Brando All in One Package”
by Mark A. Snell
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
The United States Coast G...
USCG Vietnam Casualties
USCG Vietnam Casualties
U.S. Coast Guard History Program
The Saga of Samantha By Bill Verge, USCG (Ret.)
U.S. Coast Guard History Program
Squadron One Duty On Board the Point Banks by LCDR Larry Fuchs
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