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
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, 1952, CG-362
1952_CG263_PAINT.PDF
USCG COATINGS AND COLOR REGULATIONS, 1965
1965_CG263_USCG_PAINT_AND...
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
Painting and color regulations
1916_PAINTING_REGS.PDF
1916 USCG Instructions for Painting Stations
1916_USCGPAINTINGSTATIONS...
1873 USLSS Regulations
1873-USLSS-REGS.PDF
1876 USLSS Station List
USLSSSTATIONLIST1876.PDF
1900 USLSS Annual Report, Brazos Texas
USLSSANNUALREPORT1900BRAZ...
1878 USLSS Act
1878_USLSS_ACT.PDF
Air Station Annette, Alaska
AIRSTA_ANNETTE.PDF
FREQUENTLY CLOSE TO THE POINT OF PERIL: 
A HISTORY OF BUOYS AND TENDERS IN U.S. COASTAL WATERS 
1789 - 1939 © 
  
A Thesis 
Presented to 
the Faculty of the Department of History 
East Carolina University 
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree 
Master of Arts in Maritime History/Nautical Archaeology 
  
by 
Amy K. Marshall 
April 1997
AMY_MARSHALL_THESIS.PDF
United States Coast Guard Kauhola Point Light House HAER No. HI-89 Old Kohala Mill Road Halaula Hawaii County Hawaii 
  
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS 
 
WRITTEN HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE DATA 

Historic American Engineering Record National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office Oakland, California
KAUHOLAHAER.PDF
Fresnel Lenses Still in Operation (as of Decemer, 2008)
CG_CLASSICAL_LENS_IN_OPER...
CULTURAL RESOURCES REMOTE-SENSING SURVEY OF HALFMOON REEF, MATAGORDA BAY, MATAGORDA COUNTY, TEXAS 
 
November 2010 
 
FINAL REPORT 
 
 By 
 
Charles E. Pearson 
 
Coastal Environments, Inc. 1260 Main Street Baton Rouge, LA  70802 
 
Texas Archeology Permit Number 5429
HALFMOONREEFFINAL2010.PDF