World War II Commemoration: 75 Year Anniversary

World War II

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 II

The U. S. Coast Guard in World War II


    As with all wars, World War II had a transformative effect on America's military services. In the years immediately preceding U.S. entry into the conflict and over the subsequent four years, eight months of fighting, the Coast Guard's responsibilities grew exponentially. To support the cause, the Coast Guard expanded to a record high of more than 170,000 men and women serving in uniform at one time, with nearly 250,000 personnel serving over the course of the war. The Coast Guard supported both combat and traditional service missions, including search and rescue, marine safety, convoy escort duty, troop transport and amphibious operations, port security, and beach patrol. By doing so, the U.S. Coast Guard proved itself Semper Paratus-"Always Ready"-to perform any maritime missions required by the war effort.




World War II Image Gallery
A photo of Marvin Perrett in World War II
A photo of Marvin Perrett
Mounted Beach Patrol, WWII
Coast Guard Archives
Mounted Beach Patrol, WWII
Coast Guard Archives
Uniform: Dungarees 
The Coast Guard signalman operating the blinker lamp is SM 3/c Theodore Cholewinski, USCGR, WWII
Coast Guard Archives
Winter clothing, kapok life vests.  Coast Guardsman on right is wearing the standard Navy issue watch cap.   
They are preparing to fire a "K" gun depth charge projector.
Helmsman and talker on the bridge of a cutter at sea in the North Atlantic, WWII
North Atlantic: foul weather gear, WWII
Cold weather gear, Atlantic, WWII
Mounted Beach Patrol: pea coat, knit cap, dungarees & leggings, all standard Navy-issue, WWII
Coast Guardsman Marvin Perret, USCGR, in dress blues: this uniform was the same as worn by Navy sailors except for the shield device, in white, on the lower right sleeve which denoted Coast Guard personnel and the cap ribbon which had "U.S. Coast Guard" stitched on it instead of "U.S. Navy", WWII.
Mounted Beach Patrol: foul weather gear.  
Note the radio on the back of the Coast Guardsman in the foreground.
SPAR Officer: service dress blue
SPARs Service dress blue
LCDR (later CAPT) Dorothy Stratton; service dress white, 1943
SPAR Service dress white uniform
SPAR Service dress white uniform, close up
SPAR, assorted uniform types, 1944
Officers: standard Navy-issue tropical khakis; Coast Guard devices on shoulder boards & hats.
SPAR uniform details: service dress blue, 1942
World War II Resources