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

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Historic Events
The Commandant, Admiral Owen Siler, waits to introduce two of the first women to be assigned to sea duty on board a Coast Guard cutter at a 22 June 1977 press conference. Left to right: BM3 Debra Lee Wilson, ENS Beverly G. Kelley, ADM Owen W. Siler.

DAILY CHRONOLOGY OF COAST GUARD HISTORY

Historic daily events in Coast Guard history, listed by month

Image Gallery
SPAR uniform details, close-up: service dress blue
WWII
SN Larry M. McBreen (left) in a friendly discussion with QMC John Smith (right) regarding seamanship and knot tying.  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.
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, US Coast Guard Archives
Uniform: Aviator, officer: winter working uniform.  The aviators wore standard Navy-issue forestry green Kersey coat, trousers and cap with Coast Guard distinguishing devices. 
The officer is noted Coast Guard aviator Edward Burke.
Coast Guard aviator Edward Burke, WWII
Coast Guard aviator Edward Burke, WWII
Corsair Fleet: standard Navy-issue chambray shirt and dungaree trousers, WWII
Corsair Fleet: cold weather gear, WWII.
Red Beach, Okinawa, D-Day Plus 5 April 1945
WWII

Uniform: Dungarees, the Coast Guard signalman holding the signal flag is Wilbur Selbrede.  The photo was taken on Okinawa on D-Day +5.
Jack N. Jones was the first Asian-American and the first Chinese-American Coast Guard Academy graduate.  He was a member of the Class of 1949.
Dress blues with white "Dixie Cup" hat; this was a typical uniform combination worn while on liberty.  This uniform was the same as worn by Navy sailors except for the shield device, in white, on the lower right sleeve. 
The Coast Guardsman is Frank Salvucci, USCGR
Boatswain's Mate Third Class Pedro Albino, USCG, retired from the Coast Guard after 32 years of military and civilian government service.  He was stationed at six different lighthouses throughout Puerto Rico and the Caribbean during his distinguished career.  He was a champion for working and salary improvements for lighthouse keepers throughout Puerto Rico during his career.  His dedicated service contributed greatly to the success of the lighthouse service in Puerto Rico in the years prior to World War II.  He was commended for his assistance to the crew of the grounded sloop Continente in 1929. He was born in 1886, served in the U.S. Army for three years, joined the Lighthouse Service in 1916 and he retired from the Coast Guard in 1944.
Dogs and their beach patrol handlers leap into action from a surfboat during a landing exercise along the coast of South Carolina, circa 1943.

Uniform Landing Force: undress blue with leggings
Wounded US Marines moved by the US Coast Guard sailors on landing craft on Iwo Jima
WWII

Working uniform
Juan del Castillo enlisted in the Coast Guard in June 1942 after graduating from Manhattan College and, by mid-year, he had received appointment to Officer’s Candidate School at the Coast Guard Academy. He was commissioned an ensign in December of 1942, becoming the first Hispanic American to receive an officer’s commission. Castillo served on convoys in the Caribbean before receiving training at the Naval Communications School at Harvard University. The rest of the war saw him serving on board cutters in the North Pacific.  Castillo was released from active duty in 1946 and served in the Reserves for nearly forty years. During this time, he had a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and became famous for developing “CSM,” a high-protein food substance used in disaster relief, famines and mass feeding operations.
Coast Guard Captains Edward Fritzche (left) and Miles Imlay (right) discuss the invasion of Omaha Beach on a relief map laid out in the hold of the Samuel Chase.

Officer uniform: standard Navy-issue dress blues with Coast Guard devices on sleeves and hats.
Seaman Apprentice William Ray "Billy" Flores died in the line of duty while saving the lives of many of his shipmates when his cutter, the Blackthorn, collided with the tanker Capricorn, on January 28, 1980.  The Blackthorn and the tanker Capricorn collided near the entrance to Tampa Bay, Florida. The  Blackthorn capsized before all the cutter’s crew could abandon ship. Twenty-seven of Flores’ shipmates did escape the sinking ship.  After the ships collided Flores and another crewmember threw lifejackets to their shipmates who had jumped into the water. Later, when his companion abandoned ship as the Blackthorn began to submerge, Flores -- who was less than a year out of boot camp -- remained behind and used his own belt to strap open the lifejacket locker door, allowing additional lifejackets to float to the surface. Even after most crewmembers abandoned ship, the 19-year-old Flores remained aboard to assist trapped shipmates and to comfort those who were injured and disoriented.  He was posthumously awarded the Coast Guard Medal.
GM3 Neil Blumenstein, USCGR
WWII

Dress blues with white "Dixie Cup" hat; this was a typical uniform combination worn while on liberty.  This uniform was the same as worn by Navy sailors except for the shield device, in white, on the lower right sleeve.  Note the Gun Pointer First Class insignia.
Alex Haley
Coast Guard Archives
USCGC Sea Cloud 
Coast Guard Archives
Resources
U.S. Coast Guard History Program
The Saga of Samantha By Bill Verge, USCG (Ret.)
VERGEBILLSAGAOFSAMANTHA.PDF
U.S. Coast Guard History Program Frequently Asked Questions
ALEXANDER HAMILTON'S LETTER OF INSTRUCTIONS TO THE COMMANDING OFFICERS OF THE REVENUE CUTTERS Treasury Department, June 4th, 1791
HAMILTONLETTER.PDF
Tars and Spars the Coast Guard Show a Tabloid Musical Revue by Howard Dietz and Lieut. Vernon Duke
TARS&SPARS-300-01.PDF
Guardians of the Gulf: A History of Coast Guard Combat Operations in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2002-2004
William H. Thiesen
USCGINOIF.PDF
U.S. Coast Guard History Program
U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla One
by Scott Price
USCGRESCUEFLOTILLAONEHIST...
The Unites States Revenue Cutters in the Civil War by Florence Kern
A Coast Guard Bicentennial Publication
USRCSINCIVILWAR.PDF
U.S. Coast Guard History Program
U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla One
USCGRESCUEFLOTILLAONEHIST...
The Coast Guard at War the Pacific Landings VI Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters March 15, 1946
USCGATWAR-PACIFICLANDINGS...
The Coast Guard at War North African Landings IX Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters June 1, 1946
USCGATWAR-NORTHAFRICANLAN...
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
USCGATWAR-MARINEINSPECTIO...
The Coast Guard at War Landing in France XI Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters September 1, 1946
USCGATWAR-LANDINGSINFRANC...
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
USCGATWAR-TEMPORARYRESERV...
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 Sicily - Italy Landings X Prepared in the Historical Section Public Information Division US Coast Guard Headquarters July 1, 1946
USCGATWAR-SICILYITALYLAND...
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 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
USCGATWAR-ATON.PDF
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