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
Rescue Flotilla One
Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla One
Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla One
A photo of LCI Flotilla 4 in port in Tunisia
Omaha Beach at low tide
A burning landing craft approaches the Omaha beachhead.
83-foot Coast Guard cutter USCG 1 off Omaha Beach on the morning of D-Day.
The aftermath: debris litters the beaches of Normandy.
The mortally damaged LCI(L)-85, her decks littered with the dead, lays alongside the transport Samuel Chase. Her crew managed to disembark the survivors before sinking. Note how the censor scratched off the dead man's face.
Omaha Beach: LCVPs from the Samuel Chase approach under fire.
Coast Guard LCI(L)-83 disembarks troops at Omaha Beach, D-Day, 6 June 1944. She struck a mine upon landing and lay disabled on the beach, under enemy fire, until her hull was patched and she was able to get underway.
Two RAF flight crew members from a Mosquito bomber that crashed in the English Channel are rescued by the crew of a Coast Guard 83-foot cutter of Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla One.
A memorial plaque in England
A Coast Guard LCVP on the way to Omaha Beach
A photo of a Coast Guard cutter at Normandy
Bound for Normandy: U.S. Army troops on board a Coast Guard-manned LCI(L), the night of 5 June 1944.
The Coast Guard-manned assault transport USS Bayfield, flagship of the Utah Beach invasion forces.
LCI 85 At Slapton Sands for a training exercise
Coast Guard Flotilla 10 tied up in the background along
with British landing craft, prepare to sail the English Channel and invade Nazi-occupied France. These landing craft landed U.S. troops on Omaha Beach.
LCI(L)-326 en route to Utah Beach on D-day.
World War I Resources
Mrs. Edith Munro Accepting Award
Douglas Munro's mother
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_MRS. EDITH MUNRO, A...
Douglas Munro, wrestling photograph
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_WRESTLING3_PIC.PDF
Douglas Munro Guadalcanal Painting
"Douglas A. Munro Covers the Withdrawal of the 7th Marines at Guadalcanal" Artist: Bernard D'Andrea
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_PAINTING_300_PIC.PDF
Mrs. Edith Munro Portrait
Douglas Munro's mother
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_MRS. EDITH MUNRO_PI...
Douglas Munro, civilian portrait
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO CIVILIAN PORTRAIT_I...
Mrs. Edith Munro
Douglas Munro's mother
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNROEDITHPORTRAIT1_PIC.PDF
Douglas Munro, sidearm photograph
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGSIDEARM_PIC.PDF
Douglas Munro Medal of Honor
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGMOHFRONT_PIC.PDF
Douglas Munro Medal of Honor
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGMOHR_PIC.PDF
USCGC Douglas Munro
U.S. Coast Guard
USCGC MUNRO_PIC.PDF
Douglas Munro Memorial Point Cruz
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNROMEMORIALPOINTCRUZ_PI...
Douglas Munro, newspaper clipping, scan
U.S. Coast Guard
NEWSPAPER CLIPPING_INITIA...
Douglas Munro, wrestling photograph
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGWRESTLE1_PIC.PDF
Douglas Munro, wrestling photograph
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_WRESTLING2_PIC.PDF
Douglas Munro, wrestling photograph
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRODOUGWRESTLE2_PIC.PDF
Douglas Munro, baby photograph
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_BABY_PIC.PDF
Douglas Munro, Map, Action at Point Cruz
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_MAP, ACTION AT POIN...
Douglas Munro, sidearm photograph
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_IN UNIFORM_HIGH RES...
Douglas Munro, climbing ladder photograph
U.S. Coast Guard
DOUGLAS MUNRO_CLIMBING LA...
USCGC Douglas Munro, Tsunami
U.S. Coast Guard
MUNRO_TSUNAMI_1_PIC.PDF