World War I Commemoration: 100 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 World War I

The U. S. Coast Guard & U.S. Lighthouse Service in World War I

Crew of the USCGC TAMPA

    April 6th, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the Coast Guard’s entry into World War I and the Service’s important role in supporting the war effort.  It was on Friday, April 6th, 1917, the day Congress declared war on Germany, that the U.S. Navy’s communications center in Arlington, Virginia, transmitted the code words “Plan One, Acknowledge” to Coast Guard cutters, units and bases initiating the Coast Guard’s transfer from the Treasury Department to the Navy and placing the Service on a wartime footing.

     During the war’s nearly nineteen months, the Coast Guard and Lighthouse Service would lose almost two hundred men and five ships. These ships included two combat losses. On August 6th, 1918, U-140 sank the Diamond Shoals Lightship after her crew transmitted to shore the location of the marauding enemy submarine, but no lives were lost. However, on September 26th, 1918, after completing her convoy escort duty from Gibraltar to Milford Haven, England, Cutter Tampa was torpedoed by UB-91. The cutter sank killing all 131 persons on board, including four U.S. Navy men, sixteen Royal Navy personnel and 111 Coast Guard officers and men. It proved America’s greatest World War I naval loss of life due to combat.

    Nearly 9,000 Coast Guard men and women would participate in the war. This number included over 200 Coast Guard officers, many of whom served as warship commanders, troop ship captains, training camp commandants and naval air station commanders. In all, Coast Guard heroes received two Distinguished Service Medals, eight Gold Life-Saving Medals, almost a dozen foreign honors and nearly fifty Navy Cross Medals, dozens more than were awarded to Coast Guardsmen in World War II.

 

Department of Homeland Security World War I Centennial Poster Series

The U.S. Coast Guard during the First World War

Department of Homeland Security and the First World War

World War I Image Gallery
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Bishops and Clerks Lighthouse, Massachusetts
BISHOPS AND CLERKS LIGHT
Bird Island Lighthouse, Massachusetts
BIRD ISLAND LIGHT TOWER WITH THE NEW LATERN ROOM
Bird Island Lighthouse, Massachusetts
ORIGINAL BIRD ISLAND LIGHT TOWER
Bird Island Lighthouse, Massachusetts
BIRD ISLAND LIGHT TOWER WITH THE CURRENT LANTERN ROOM
Biloxi Light, Mississippi; no caption/date/photo number; photographer unknown.  Photo circa 1965.
Biloxi Light, Mississippi, architectural drawing; Caption: "Lighthouse and Dwelling [;] Front Elevation."; no date/drawing number, architect/draftsman unknown.
World War I Resources
Hamilton (1967)
HAMILTON 1967
The History and Legacy of the
United States Coast Guard Cutter
BOUTWELL (WHEC 719)
BOUTWELL1968-2016
Historical Information on Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the Coast Guard and Its Predecessor Services
ASIANPACIFICAMERICANS.PDF
Small Harbor Cutters and AB Boats
James T. Flynn
Small Harbor Cutters and ...
US Coast Guard "W" Numbers
James T. Flynn
US Coast Guard "W&qu...
US Coast Guard Small Cutters and Patrol Boats, 1915-2012
HMC James T. Flynn, Jr.
Small Cutters and Patrol ...
Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters
James T. Flynn
Sentinel Class Fast Respo...
Admiral James C. Irwin Biography
Vice Commandant
IRWINJC_BIO.PDF
Women in USCG History Chronology
Women and the US Coast Guard
Hispanic-Americans History Chronology
Hispanic-Americans in Coa...
Asian-Pacific History Chronology
Asian-Pacific Americans a...
African-American History Chronology
African-Americans in Coas...
Marvin J. Perrett Oral History
PERRETT_MARVIN_ORAL_HISTO...
Coasties: My Service in the US Coast Guard, 1952-1986
Captain Richard H. Wight
WIGHT-RICHARD-MEMOIR.PDF
The U.S. Coast Guard and the First World War
DHS_WWI_18X24_FINAL_PRINT...
Department of Homeland Security and the First World war
DHS_WWI_18X24_FINAL_PRINT...
Service in the Forgotten War
Scott T. Price
Service in the Forgotten War
The Forgotten Service in the Forgotten War
Scott T. Price
The Forgotten Service in ...
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...