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From the time of the adoption of the rank of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) by the Coast Guard in 1920, the Coast Guard CPO's uniform paralleled that of the Navy's CPO uniform. With minor modifications, including the addition of a Coast Guard shield device on the right sleeve, this essentially "Navy" uniform remained the regulation uniform for Coast Guard Chiefs until the adoption of the "Bender Blues" in 1975.
Blue Dress Uniform, 1926
Unidentified chief, blue dress uniform, 1926. Ambassador Studio, Philadelphia, photo. No caption.
White Dress Uniform, 1926
Unidentified chief, white dress uniform, 1926. Ambassador Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, photo. No captain.
Blue Dress Uniform, circa 1928
CQM Lloyd L. Horrell, USCG, circa 1928, blue dress uniform. No caption or date; photographer unknown.
Blue Dress Uniform, 1929
Engineroom force, USCGC Pontchartrain, 1929, blue uniform. Photographer unknown.
Blue Dress Uniform, 1928
Recruiting Force, Cincinatti, Ohio, 1928, blue dress uniform. Photographer unknown.
Undress Blue, A Uniform
Unidentified chief, circa 1920, undress blue, A uniform. No caption or date; photographer unknown.
"Tropical" Khaki Uniforms, circa 1944
The Chief Petty Officers of the Coast Guard-manned USS Centauraus (AKA-17), somewhere in the South Pacific, circa 1944. "Tropical" khaki uniforms. Photograph donated by CGM Michael K. Opsitnik, USCG.
Dress Blue, B Uniform, circa 1943
Unidentified chief, circa 1943, dress blue, B uniform. No caption or date; photographer unknown.
Uniform, circa 1950
Two unidentified Chief Petty Officers, circa 1950. No caption or dated; photographer unknown.
Class A Blues, 1959
SN Larry M. McBreen (left) in a friendly discussion with QMC John Smith (right) regarding seamanship and knot typing. Smith was a 33-year veteran of the Coast Guard. Both are in Class A Blues; photo dated 25 February 1959; photo number 13CGD-022059-02.
Inspection! Khaki uniforms. No caption or date; photographer unknown.
YNC H. Rucker, Jr., date unknown (1965?); khakis. No caption or date; photographer unknown.
Bender Blues Uniform, 1972
YNCS Earl C. Mason (left) in the then-current double breasted jacket. Next to him on the right is the MCPOCG (BMCM) Charles L. Calhoun in the "new" Bender Blues-type uniform. Photo date: 14 January 1972; photographer: PHC J. Valesques.