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
The US Coast Guard in Kodiak The First 50 Years 1947 to 1997
Public Affairs Detachment Western Alaska
PAC Kenneth Arbogast
PA1 Marshalena Delaney
SN Jason Lawrence
Kate J. Arbogast
February 1, 1997
CG1471 Loss
Helicopter HH-3
HH3-CG1471LOSS07AUG1981.PDF
SUBJ:  RETIREMENT OF THE 44 FT MOTOR LIFEBOAT
A. PERSONNEL MANUAL, COMDTINST M1000.6 (SERIES)
1. THE RETIREMENT AND DECOMMISSIONING CEREMONY FOR THE COAST
GUARDS LAST 44 FT MOTOR LIFEBOAT (MLB), 44301, IS SCHEDULED FOR 8
MAY 2009 AT COAST GUARD STATION CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS.
2002_44-FT-MLB-RETIREMENT...
44 FT MOTOR LIFEBOAT (MLB) Operators Handbook
8 September 1992
44FOOTMLB_CIM_16114_3B.PDF
41' Utility Boat, Large Boat Plans 
41 foot  UTB
41_FOOT_UTB_MODEL_PLANS.PDF
1982 USCG Small Boat Disposition List
USCGSMALLBOATDISPOSITION1...
USCG Standard Boats
USCGSTANDARDBOATS.PDF
USCG Standard Boat List 1944
1944_CGSTANDARDBOATS.PDF
Boat, 30' utility boat medium (UTB) plans
30-FT-UTB-PRELIMINARYPLAN...
Modernization and the Surface Subculture
LT Benajamin Goff
2010
MODERNIZATIONGOFF2010.PDF
Annual Report of the Lighthouse Board to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 1884.
Washington Printing Office
1884
6613 L H
1884USLHSAPPENDIX2.PDF
USCGC Manzanita Transradio Press December 23 1941
PRESS REPORT COPIED ON US...
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
Loggerhead Key Lighthouse History
LOGGERHEADKEYHISTORY.PDF
Hispanic-Americans in Coast Guard History
Historical Chronology

The history of Hispanic-Americans in the U.S. Coast Guard may be traced as far back as the early 1800s. Hispanic Americans performed duties at light house stations as keepers and assistant keepers, such as Keeper Juan Andreu who served as the Keeper of the St. Augustine Light from 1824-1845 and Keeper José A. Ramirez, who served as the Head Keeper of the Windward Point Light Station in Cuba, prior to World War II. Others served on board Revenue Service cutters and as surfmen at Life-Saving Service stations along the coast. Many gave their lives in the performance of their duties and others were decorated for their heroism.

19 February 2018
USCG_HISPANIC-AMERICAN_CH...
US Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton's (WHEC-715) Deployment to Vietnam, August 1969 - June 1970
As Told by the Commanding Officer, Captain James H. B. Morton, In Letters called "Family-Grams" to the Folks Back Home

Organized and prefaced by RMC (RET) C. Brent Cole
(RM3 during deployment)
HAM-WHEC DEPLOYMENT TO VI...
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
ASIANPACIFICAMERICANS_SEP...
Asian-Pacific Americans & the U.S. Coast Guard Historical Chronology
ASIANPACIFICCHRONOLOGY_SE...
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
1987-ICEBREAKERREPLACEMEN...