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U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office
2703 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20593-7031


U.S. Coast Guard Museum
Coast Guard Academy - Waesche Hall
15 Mohegan Ave
New London, CT 06320-8100

Contacting us:  U.S.C.G. Historian's Office

Commemorations

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 I, World War II, and Vietnam

Click on each sub-page for updated commemorative event information.

Commemorations:

- The U. S. Coast Guard & U.S. Lighthouse Service in World War I: 100th Year Anniversary

- The U. S. Coast Guard in World War II: 75th Year Anniversary

- The U. S. Coast Guard in Vietnam: 50th Year Anniversary

 

Image Gallery
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Unknown Tampa Crewman, Lamphey Churchyard, Wales, United Kingdom, ca. 2014

"In loving memory of our unknown shipmate from the USS Coast Guard Cutter Tampa torpedoed in the Bristol Channel September 26th 1918 Erected by the USS Tampa Coast Guard Post 719 American Legion New York"
North Atlantic: foul weather gear, 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
Mounted Beach Patrol, WWII
Coast Guard Archives
Helmsman and talker on the bridge of a cutter at sea in the North 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.
Cold weather gear, Atlantic, 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: pea coat, knit cap, dungarees & leggings, all standard Navy-issue, WWII
Resources
Cover image of the Book of Valor

UNITED STATES COAST GUARD 
Book of Valor 
A Fact Book on Medals and Decorations 
[awarded to Coast Guardsmen for valor during World War II] 
PREPARED BY THE PUBLIC RELATIONS DIVISION, WASHINGTON , D.C. 
MAY, 1945
BOOK_OF_VALOR_WWII_COVER ...
Book of Valor
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD 
Book of Valor 
A Fact Book on Medals and Decorations 
[awarded to Coast Guardsmen for valor during World War II] 
PREPARED BY THE PUBLIC RELATIONS DIVISION, WASHINGTON , D.C. 
MAY, 1945 
The following is a publication issued by the Coast Guard's Public Affairs Division in May of 1945 that lists those Coast Guardsmen who were awarded decorations of the Air Medal or higher during World War II, along with their citations.  Additionally, there were three supplemental sections added to the publication to cover those who earned awards for the remaining months of the war and these supplements are included as well.  Supplemental List No. 3 included those individuals who were authorized to wear the Commendation Ribbon. 
Coast Guardsmen were awarded a total of 532 medals (these included the following medals: Air Medal, Bronze Star, Navy & Marine Corps Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Cross, and the Medal of Honor as well as awards from foreign governments).  A total of 516 Coast Guard officers and men were awarded the Commendation Ribbon while another 957 were awarded the Purple Heart. 
The publication was organized alphabetically, subdivided by the recipients' home state.  The chapter headings are as follows (click on the chapter heading to go directly to that chapter): 
Our thanks to Ms. Erma Hill for transcribing this publication.
BOOK OF VALOR_DOC.PDF
Fireman Heriberto Segovia “Eddie” Hernandez
“The Boxer”
by Mark A. Snell
SNELL-HERIBERTO-HERNANDEZ...
Lieutenant Jack Columbus Rittichier:
“James Dean and Marlon Brando All in One Package”
by Mark A. Snell
SNELL-JACK-RITTICHIER-BIO...
Douglas Munro Service Record
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGSERVICERECORD.PDF
Douglas Munro Photograph gallery
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNROPHOTOGALLERY.PDF
USS Douglas Munro DE-422
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_DE422.PDF
Edith Munro Biography
Douglas Munro's mother
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNROEDITHBIO.PDF
Douglas Munro Medal of Honor Citation
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGMOHCITATION.PDF
Douglas Munro Index
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGLASINDEX.PDF
Douglas Munro Letters
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGLETTERS.PDF
Douglas Munro Commander Dexter Letter, transcribed
U.S. Coast Guard
MURNO_DEXTER_LETTER_TRANS...
Douglas Munro at Guadalcanal by Robert Browning
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_RBROWNING.PDF
Douglas Munro Award Packet 1943
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office
1943_MUNRO_USN_AWARDPACKE...
Douglas Munro USN Release
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office
MUNRODOUGUSNRELEASE.PDF
Douglas Munro Guadalcanal Painting
"Douglas A. Munro Covers the Withdrawal of the 7th Marines at Guadalcanal" Artist: Bernard D'Andrea
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_PAINTING_300_PIC.PDF
Mrs. Edith Munro Portrait
Douglas Munro's mother
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_MRS. EDITH MUNRO_PI...
Douglas Munro, wrestling photograph
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_WRESTLING3_PIC.PDF
Douglas Munro, baby photograph
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_BABY, CLOSEUP_PIC.PDF
Mrs. Edith Munro Accepting Award
Douglas Munro's mother
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_MRS. EDITH MUNRO, A...