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
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.
The Coast Guard LCI(L)-85, battered by enemy fire after approaching Omaha Beach, prepares to evacuate the troops she was transporting to an awaiting transport.  The "85" sank shortly after this photograph was taken.  The LCI(L)-85 was one of four Coast Guard LCI's that were destroyed on D-Day.
A Coast Guard-manned LCVP from the U.S.S. Samuel Chase disembarks troops of the First Division on the morning of 6 June 1944 at Omaha Beach
Tampa Liberty Line Wilkie
Tampa ex Miami
VADM Robert I. Price
Coast Guard Seal
Blue Dress Uniform 1928
Undress Blue A Uniform
Bender Blues Uniform 1972
Uniform circa 1950
Tropical Khaki Uniforms 1944
Blue Dress Uniform 1926
Khaki Uniforms
Blue Dress Uniform 1929
White Dress Uniform 1926
Blue Dress Uniform 1928
Bender Blues Uniform 1972
Class A Blues 1959
Dress Blue B Uniform 1943
World War I Resources
U. S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation:
A Historical Bibliography
H_LHBIB.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Bloody Point
BLOODYPOINTNRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Wolftrap Lighthouse
WOLFTRAP_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Turkey Point Lighthouse
TURKEY_POINT_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Cape Henry
CAPE_HENRY_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Baltimore Light Station
BALTIMORE_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Bloody Point
BLOODY_POINT_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Smith Point Light Station
SMITH_POINT_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Craig Hill Channel Lower Range Rear Light Station
CRAIGHILL_REAR_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Cut-off Channel Range Rear Light Station
CUTOFF_REAR_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Newport News Middle Ground Light Station
NEWPORT_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Cut-off Channel Range Front Light Station
CUTOFF_FRONT_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Sentinel Island Light Station
SENTINEL_ISLAND_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Manana Island Fog Signal Station
MANANA_ISLAND_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Thimble Shoal Light Station
THIMBLE_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Cuckholds Light Station
CUCKHOLDS_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Sandy Point Shoal Light Station
SANDY_POINT_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Solomons Lump Light Station
SOLOMONS_LUMP_NRHP.PDF
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service (NPS)
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Hooper Island Light Station
HOOPER_ISLAND_NRHP.PDF
Historic Light Station Information
SC
South Carolina
LHSC.PDF