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.

The US Vietnam War Commemoration will be held on the National Mall 11-13 MAY 2023. For more information, please click on the links below: 

Event Schedule 


Upcoming Events:

Date  Host  Location
May 11-13, 2023

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
Vietnam Resources
“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
U.S. Coast Guard History Program
The Saga of Samantha By Bill Verge, USCG (Ret.)
USCG Aviation in the Viet...
U.S. Coast Guard History Program
Squadron One Duty On Board the Point Banks by LCDR Larry Fuchs
CGC Point Banks in Vietna...
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
Heriberto "Eddie&quo...
U.S. Coast Guard History Program USCG in Vietnam Chronology
U.S. Coast Guard in Vietn...