World War II Commemoration: 75 Year Anniversary

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The U. S. Coast Guard in World War II

    As with all wars, World War II had a transformative effect on America's military services. In the years immediately preceding U.S. entry into the conflict and over the subsequent four years, eight months of fighting, the Coast Guard's responsibilities grew exponentially. To support the cause, the Coast Guard expanded to a record high of more than 170,000 men and women serving in uniform at one time, with nearly 250,000 personnel serving over the course of the war. The Coast Guard supported both combat and traditional service missions, including search and rescue, marine safety, convoy escort duty, troop transport and amphibious operations, port security, and beach patrol. By doing so, the U.S. Coast Guard proved itself Semper Paratus-"Always Ready"-to perform any maritime missions required by the war effort.

 

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World War II Resources
U.S. Coast Guard History Program
U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla One
by Scott Price
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The Coast Guard at War the Pacific Landings VI Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters March 15, 1946
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The Coast Guard at War North African Landings IX Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters June 1, 1946
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The Coast Guard at War Dec. 7, 1941 - July 18, 1944 Marine Inspection XIII Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters July 31, 1944
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The Coast Guard at War Landing in France XI Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters September 1, 1946
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The Coast Guard at War Lost Cutters VIII Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters July 1, 1947
USCGATWAR-LOSTCUTTERS.PDF
The Coast Guard at War Women's Reserve XXII A Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters April 15, 1946
USCGATWAR-SPARS.PDF
The Coast Guard at War The Temporary Component of the Coast Guard Reserve XX Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters January 1, 1948
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The Coast Guard at War Weather Patrol VII Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters June 1, 1949
USCGATWAR-WEATHERPATROL.PDF
The Coast Guard at War Port Security XVIII Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters September 1, 1949
USCGATWAR-PORTSECURITY.PDF
The Coast Guard at War Sicily - Italy Landings X Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters July 1, 1946
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The Coast Guard at War Personnel XXV Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters May 1, 1950
USCGATWAR-PERSONNEL.PDF
The Coast Guard at War Aids to Navigation XV Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters July 1, 1949
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The Coast Guard at War Alaska III Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters February 15, 1946
USCGATWAR-ALASKA.PDF
The Coast Guard at War Assistance XIV Volume 1 Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters October 30, 1944
USCGATWAR-ASSISTANCE.PDF
The Coast Guard at War Greenland Patrol II Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters July 15, 1945
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The United States Coast Guard in the War Against Japan
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The Coast Guard at War Intelligence XII Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters January 1, 1949
USCGATWAR-INTELLIGENCE.PDF
The Coast Guard at War Beach Patrol XVII Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters May 15, 1945
USCGATWAR-BEACHPATROL.PDF
The Coast Guard at War Auxiliary XIX Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters May 1, 1948
USCGATWAR-AUXILIARY.PDF