Historic Documents & Official Publications (Database)

Documents, including PDF photo collections, reproductions and scans of drawings, illustrations, and images, from the archives of the U.S. Coast Guard and its five predecessor agencies: the Revenue Cutter Service, the Life-Saving Service, the Lighthouse Service, the Bureau of Navigation, and the Steamboat Inspection Service from the Coast Guard Archives and Special Collections, Coast Guard, and National Archives.

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Washington, DC 20593-7031

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New London, CT 06320-8100

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Images & Photographs

1944 - D-Day SAR of a Nurse by RESFLOT 1 Cutter CG-31

"Who Was 'That' Woman" - by CMoMM Jack W. Read, USCGR; of CG-43, Rescue Flotilla One covering the rescue of the only woman by a cutter of CG RESFLOT 1 while assigned to support the Allied landings in Northern France commonly referred to as "D-Day." After the hospital ship SS AMSTERDAMN struck a mine and sank in the English Channel on 7 August 1944, CG-31, rescued a nurse assigned to the hospital ship. Of the approximately 1500 survivors rescued by the cutters of CG RESFLOT 1, she was the only woman the flotilla saved. This copy of the article was provided to the CG Historian's Office by Richard Powers, the son of the commanding officer of CG-31, LTJG Burke Powers, USCGR.

Photo by: USCG Historian's Office, Jack Read & Richard Powers
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