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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Historic Light Station Information
PA
Pennsylvania
LHPA.PDF
Historic Light Station Information
NC
North Carolina
LHNC.PDF
Historic Light Station Information
Puerto Rico
LHPR.PDF
Historic Light Station Information
NY
New York
LHNY.PDF
Historic Light Station Information
VA
Virginia
LHVA.PDF
Historic Light Station Information
Panama
LHPANAMA.PDF