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
A photo of a Sikorsky HH-52 in flight
A photo of Coast Guard Destroyer (CG-23) TUCKER, date unknown.
A photo of the Coast Guard tender WHITE SAGE
A photo of the Coast Guard tender WHITE SAGE
A photo of the Coast Guard tender WHITE SAGE
A photo of the Coast Guard tender WHITE SAGE
A photo of the Coast Guard tender WHITE SAGE
A photo of the Coast Guard tender WHITE SAGE
A photo of the buoy tender White Alder
A photo of the White Alder Memorial
A photo of the White Alder Memorial
A photo of USCGC Burton Island underway, no date
A color photo of CGC Yakutat in 1969
A portrait photo of Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz, USCG
A portrait photograph of Vice Admiral Fred Midgette
A portrait photograph of Vice Admiral William Lee, USCG
Portrait photograph of retired Coast Guard Rear Admiral Dale Gabel.
World War I Resources
History of the CGC TAMPA
Remember the Tampa!
History of the Coast Guard in Alaska & Hawaii
Alaska & Hawaii - Bri...
"Structural Considerations in the Design of POLAR Class of Coast Guard Icebreakers, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Paper presented at the Ship Structure Symposium, Washington, DC October 6-8, 1975."  Paper by Bruce H. Barber, Luis Baez, and Gary North, USCG HQ.
POLAR Class of Coast Guar...
LANT & D-5 CO Vice Admiral Thad Allen's Official Oral History Interview regarding his role in the Coast Guard's response to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001
VADM Thad Allen's 9/1...
Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) report for 133 foot buoy tender fleet written by Todd Croteau, Jet Lowe, Dana Lockett, Pete Brooks, Candace, Kevin Foster & booklet was designed by Ms. Candace Clifford.
USCG 133-Foot Buoy Tenders
A photo gallery of images from the 1965 Camarioca Cuban Boatlift
1965 Camarioca Cuban Boat...
A Photo Gallery of CGC GLACIER Images
CGC Glacier Photo Gallery
A detailed illustrated overview of the entire class of 154-Foot Fast Response Cutters entitled "The FRC 0 154-Feet Long and Full of Fight"; researched, written and published by James Flynn.
FRC Sentinel Class Cutter...
An illustrated narrative article covering the history of U.S. Navy warships & vessels manned by Coast Guard crews in World War II>
Coast Guard-Manned Naval ...
The first-person memoir of Seaman First Class Jack Drew who describes his service in the Coast Guard during World War II.
S1c Jack Drew's World...
A history of the efforts of various Life-Saving Service crews who assisted the Wright Brothers in their experiments with heavier-than-air flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Indispensable Men - Life-...
CGC CAMPBELL's commemorative cruise book of her tour of service in the waters of Vietnam, circa 1967-1968 as part of Coast Guard Squadron Three.
CGC Campbell's Vietna...
Moments in CG History from 1790-1990, a publication in commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the "Birth" of the Coast Guard.
Moments In History, 1790-...
USCG CG 260-7 Organization and Regulations Manual for Hight Endurance Cutter (378' Class) circa 1981 [for CGC JARVIS WHEC 725) but applicable to all 378-foot cutters.
378 WHEC Organization &am...
Cutter plans and drawings of the 378-Foot WHEC HAMILTON Class Cutters as they were originally launched.
378-Foot WHEC Cutter Plans
A package of documents & drawings covering the FRAM process for the Coast Guard's fleet of 378-foot HAMILTON Class WHEC cutters.
378' WHEC FRAM Documents
An article providing a detailed overview of the "new" 378-foot HAMILTON Class High Endurance Cutters.  It was written by LCDR Hubert E. Russell, USCG, commanding the RIO in New Orleans that oversaw their construction at Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans.  Approved for publication on 4 June 1965.
First High Endurance Cutt...
Artist renderings of the "new" 378-foot Hamilton Class Cutters, including interior imagery.
378-Foot WHEC Artists Ima...
Pacific Islander Chronology
Version May 16, 2020
Pacific Islander Chronology
USCGC BAYBERRY (1954); WLI 65400

Scan of cutter file including cutter log book, newspaper clippings, articles, and cutter information
CGC Bayberry Historical I...