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
REAR ADMIRAL HARRY G. HAMLET
REAR ADMIRAL HARRY G. HAMLET
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
1978 COMMANDANT CHANGE OF COMMAND ADM HAYES
World War I Resources
Oral History with ETCM Melvin K. Bell
Interviewed by C. Douglas Kroll
Melvin K. Bell Oral History
Oral History with Marvin J. Perrett
Interviewed by Scott T. Price
Marvin J. Perrett Oral Hi...
Fireman Heriberto Segovia “Eddie” Hernandez
“The Boxer”
by Mark A. Snell
SNELL-HERIBERTO-HERNANDEZ...
Lieutenant Jack Columbus Rittichier:
“James Dean and Marlon Brando All in One Package”
by Mark A. Snell
SNELL-JACK-RITTICHIER-BIO...
USS Douglas Munro DE-422
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_DE422.PDF
Edith Munro Biography
Douglas Munro's mother
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNROEDITHBIO.PDF
Douglas Munro Index
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGLASINDEX.PDF
Douglas Munro Medal of Honor Citation
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGMOHCITATION.PDF
Douglas Munro Letters
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGLETTERS.PDF
Douglas Munro Photograph gallery
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNROPHOTOGALLERY.PDF
Douglas Munro Service Record
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGSERVICERECORD.PDF
Douglas Munro Commander Dexter Letter, transcribed
U.S. Coast Guard
MURNO_DEXTER_LETTER_TRANS...
Douglas Munro at Guadalcanal by Robert Browning
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_RBROWNING.PDF
Douglas Munro Award Packet 1943
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office
1943_MUNRO_USN_AWARDPACKE...
USCGC Munro's Part in the Search Rescue & Salvage Operations of the Korean Airline Flight 007 (KAL-007) Shot Down on 1 September 1983 by BMCS Jack Crowley USCG Retired
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office Oral History Program
MUNRO_1983KAL007_SAR.PDF
Douglas Munro USN Release
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office
MUNRODOUGUSNRELEASE.PDF
U.S. Coast Guard & Disaster Relief in Indonesia After the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_2004TSUNAMI.PDF
Douglas Munro, baby photograph
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_BABY, CLOSEUP_PIC.PDF
Mrs. Edith Munro Accepting Award
Douglas Munro's mother
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_MRS. EDITH MUNRO, A...
Douglas Munro, Portrait
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGPORTRAIT1_PIC.PDF