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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World War I Resources
Asian-Pacific Americans & the U.S. Coast Guard Historical Chronology
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Asian American and Pacific Islanders and the U.S. Coast Guard
Historical Information on Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the Coast Guard and Its Predecessor Services
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ACTIVE
USCGC ACTIVE and other medium endurance cutters
ACTIVE.PDF
USCGC ACTIVE Draft Report
Medium Endurance Cutter
WA-228_ACTIVE DRAFT REPOR...
1987 Polar Icebreaker Replacement Project
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U. S. Coast Guard Icebreakers 
Historical Bibliography
ICEBREAKERS_BIBLIOGRAPHY.PDF
Congressional Research Service
Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress
Ronald O'Rourke
May 10, 2013
CRS_ICEBREAKERMODERNIZATI...
ICEBREAKERS AND THE U.S. COAST GUARD  
by Donald L. Canney
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Three Centuries Under Three Flags: The Story of Governors Island from 1637 (USCG, 1978)
GOVERNORSISLAND1978.PDF
CH-1 TO THE COATINGS AND COLOR MANUAL, COMDTINST M10360.3C
1997
CH-1 TO THE COATINGS AND ...
USCG COATINGS AND COLOR REGULATIONS, 1935
USCG_PAINTING_REGS_1935.PDF
USCG COATINGS AND COLOR REGULATIONS, 1973
USCG_PAINTING_REGS_1973.PDF
USCG COATINGS AND COLOR REGULATIONS, 1965
1965_CG263_USCG_PAINT_AND...
USCG COATINGS AND COLOR REGULATIONS, 1952, CG-362
1952_CG263_PAINT.PDF
1952 Color Manual Color Chips
1952_COLORCHIPS.PDF
1934 Instruction to US Coast Guard Stations
1934INSTRUCTIONSCOASTGUAR...
1921 USCG Instructions for Painting Stations
1921USCGSTATIONINSTRUCTIO...
1916 USCG Instructions for Painting Stations
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1916 USCG Instructions for Painting Stations
Painting and color regulations
1916_PAINTING_REGS.PDF
1873 USLSS Regulations
1873-USLSS-REGS.PDF