Uniforms, Medals, Awards & Accouterments

Historical Bibliography


Alexander, Waide. "My Sailor Suit: It All Started Right After the Big Flood and Hasn't Changed Much Since."  Coast Guard Magazine (Feb 1939), pp. 16-18.

Anderson, A.W. "New Uniform." The Bulletin (Sep-Oct 1972), pp. 4-5.

Bond, George D. "New Uniform." The Bulletin (Nov-Dec 1972), p. 4.

Borch, Frederic L. "The History of an Appurtenance: The 'V' For Valor." Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America 52 (July-Aug 2001), pp. 3-20.

Boswell, Day M. "Uniform Regs Get More Changes." Commandant's Bulletin (Sep 30 1983), pp. 30-31.

Casper, Henry. "The New Uniform, or Consternation in Miami." Coast Guard Magazine (June 1943), p. 34.

"Changes in Dress Blues for Enlisted Approved." Coast Guard Bulletin V, 12 (June 1950), p. 295.

"Changes in Uniform Regulations." The Bulletin (June 1948), pp. 81-82.

Cipra, Dave. "Commandant Approves Uniform Changes." Commandant's Bulletin (Feb 14 1983), pp. 36-38.

________. "A History of Sea Service Ranks & Titles." Commandant's Bulletin (Mar 1 1985), pp. 16-19; (Mar 15 1985), pp. 16-20; (Mar 29 1985), pp. 8-12; (Apr 12 1985), pp. 12-15; (May 24 1985), pp. 17-19; (June 7 1985), pp. 13-16.

Claflin, Jim.  "Collecting Nautical Antiques: Lighthouse Insignia?" Lighthouse Digest (Aug 2001), p. 34.

________.  "Collecting Nautical Antiques: U.S. Lighthouse Service Vest."  Lighthouse Digest (Sep 2003), p. 36.

“Coast Guard Commendation Medal [first newly redesigned CM awarded].”  Commandant’s Bulletin  #6-78 (6 Feb 1978), p. 7.

"Coast Guard Commendation Ribbon." The Bulletin (Oct 1947), p. 371.

"Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal Design." The Bulletin (Jan-Feb 1960), p. 28.

"Command Ashore Insignia." Commandant's Bulletin #23-76 (7 June 1976), p. 6

"Controversy Continues to Center around Uniforms." Coast Guard Magazine (Jan 1946), p. 10.

Copeland, Peter F., Howard K. Hayden, & John R. Elting. "United States Life Saving Service 1899-1915." Military Collector & Historian, Journal of the Company of Military Historians XXCIII (Winter 1976), pp. 166, 188.

"Criteria for Command Ashore Insignia." The Bulletin (Nov-Dec 1976), p. 3.

de Quesada, Alenjandro M. "Uniforms of the Bagpipers of the United States Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary." Military Collector & Historian 58, No. 4 (Winter 2006), pp. 269-271.

DuBois, Arthur E. "The Heraldry of Heroism." National Geographic Magazine (Oct 1943), pp. 409-444.

Evans, S.H. "Where Our Swords Come From." The Bulletin (Jan/Feb 1979), pp. 30-31.

"Everyone's Talking About Uniforms, Old and New." Coast Guard Magazine (Dec 1945), pp. 33-34.

"Evolution of the Coast Guard Uniform." Commandant's Bulletin (July 6 1983), pp. 20-21.

"Famous Designer Edith Head...Presents Some of her Preliminary Creations for Updating the Uniforms of the Women of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve..." Commandant's Bulletin #52-74 (Dec 27 1974), pp. 8-9.

"For Marksmanship [Revised medal]." Coast Guard Magazine (Sep 1932), p. 58.

"For a Practical Uniform." Coast Guard Magazine (Dec 1938), pp. 14-16.

Freeman, C.S. "The Uniform and the Enlisted Man." Coast Guard Magazine (Nov 1934), pp. 6-7, 10-12; 12 (Jan 1939), pp. 10-11, 22-27.

Frischmann, F.F. "Shoulder Boards for New Blues?" The Bulletin (Mar-Apr 1975), p. 4.

"A Good Deal, Or Not?" Coast Guard Magazine (Apr 1957), p. 23.

"Goodbye, Buttons." Coast Guard Bulletin VI, 11 (May 1951), p. 130.

"Green Uniforms Mandatory Only for Aviators, Pilots." All Hands, No. 327 (June 1944), p. 71.

Hall, Scott R. "Is the CG Changing Its Clothes?" Commandant's Bulletin (Oct 1990), pp. 28-29.

________. "Putting All Your Ribbons in a Row." Commandant's Bulletin (Oct 1990), p. 31.

Hammond, Judith. "Cutterman Insignia." Commandant's Bulletin (Nov 1991), p. 26.

"Highest Flight Honors: Lieutenant Commander F. A. Leamy, Lieutenants C. B. Olsen and R. L. Burke, U.S.C.G., Coast Guard Aviators, Who Wear Nation's Great Flight Decoration [Distinguished Flying Cross]."  Coast Guard Magazine (Feb 1939), pp. 6-7.

"History of Bell Bottoms." Coast Guard Magazine (Nov 1947), pp. 28-29.

"Information Concerning the New Coast Guard Officer and Enlisted Uniforms." Commandant's Bulletin (Apr 13 1973), Supp. No. 2.

Kern, Florence. "Captain Pease’s Cocked Hat and Gold Buttons." The Dukes County Intelligencer 24, No. 2 (Nov 1982), pp. 43-50.

Langer, William. "'Anchors Aweigh!' Away With That Uniform." Coast Guard Magazine (Sep 1945), pp. 42-44.

"Life Saving Medals." In Official Opinions of the Attorneys-General. Vol 21, pp. 65-67, 124-128. Washington: GPO, 1898.

Martin, Harrison P. "Modernizing Enlisted Men’s Uniforms." Naval Institute Proceedings 69 (Feb 1943), pp. 199-200.

McBarron, H. Charles, & James C. Tily. "United States Navy 1797 Full Dress." Military Collector & Historian 15 (Fall 1963), pp. 80-81.

McCauley, Robert H., Jr.  "A U.S. Revenue Marine Officer's Uniform, CA 1855."  Military Collector and Historian XXVI, pp. 21-23.

McClinton, J.L. "Cutterman's Insignia." The Bulletin (Jan-Feb 1975), p. 5.

McDowell, Charles P. "The Coast Guard Commendation Medal." Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America 48 (June 1997), pp. 10-17.

"Medals and Swords." Coast Guard Magazine (Dec 1937), p. 4.

"More on Uniforms." The Bulletin (Jan-Feb 1973), pp. 2-3.

"New Uniform [ Surfman ]." Coast Guard Magazine (Aug 1928), p. 32.

"The New Uniform." Coast Guard Magazine (June 1943), pp. 2, 6-7.

"New Uniforms." Coast Guard Magazine (Mar 1943), p. 11.

"New Uniform for Officer and Enlisted Personnel." Commandant's Bulletin (Jan 19 1973), p. 5.

"New Women's Uniform Available Soon." Commandant's Bulletin (Dec 10 1987), p. 42.

Onstead, Skip. "Command Ashore Insignia." The Bulletin (Nov-Dec 1977), pp. 4-5.

Perry, M.A. "A Distinctive Uniform." The Bulletin (Mar 1951), pp. 476-478.

Pine, James. "A Working and Landing Uniform." Journal of the United States Coast Guard Association I, No. 1 (Jan, Feb, Mar 1917), pp. 74-78.

"Port Security Brassard is Now Authorized." Coast Guard Bulletin VII, 4 (Oct 1951), p. 52.

Powers, Paul. "Design Function." Commandant's Bulletin (Mar 1996), pp. 2-3.

"[ Uniform ] Regulations of 1834, 1836." Coast Guard Magazine (Dec 1930), pp. 40-42.

"A Ribbon is Born [ Special Operations Service Ribbon ]." Commandant's Bulletin (Aug 7, 1987), p. 11.

"Service Insignia [ USLHS ]." Light House Service Bulletin II, No. 34 (Oct 1, 1920), p. 146.

"Service Insignia for [ USLHS ] Keepers’ Uniforms." Light House Service Bulletin II, No. 23 (Nov 1, 1919), pp. 97-98.

Sirmans, Stan. "The Navy's World War II Purple Hearts." Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America 37 (Mar, 1986), pp. 19-22.

Smith, Horatio D. "Old Uniforms of the United States Service." United Service, II, N.S. (1889), pp. 192-201, 260-271, 375-388.

________. "The United Service a Monthly Review of Military and Naval Affairs," United Service, II, N.S. (Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1889), pp. 382-386.

"Standardized Uniforms." Coast Guard Magazine (Dec 1929), pp. 8-9.

"Surfmen's Uniform." Coast Guard Magazine (May 1928), p. 30.

"This is the New Uniform!" Coast Guard Magazine (Mar 1946), pp. 42-43.

Tily, James C. "Uniform for the Navy of the United States, 1797." Military Collector & Historian 15 (Winter 1963), pp. 122-123.

"The Uniform [ letter to the editor expressing dissatisfaction with the current uniforms for the various branches ]." Coast Guard Magazine (Feb 1940), p. 34.

"Uniform Alterations: Changing the Way We Look." Commandant's Bulletin (June 1991), p. 32.

"Uniforms in 1812, 1820, 1830." Coast Guard Magazine (Nov 1930), pp. 46-47.

"Uniform Board Offers improvement Forum." Commandant's Bulletin (July 6 1983), p. 19.

"Uniforms Required of Former Lighthouse Service Personnel." Coast Guard Bulletin I, 8 (Feb 1940), pp. 55-56.

Wagner, George H. "New Coast Guard Blue Auxiliary Uniform." The Bulletin (Nov-Dec 1974), pp. 5-6.

"War Medals Now Ready for Coast Guard Vets." Coast Guard Magazine (Sep 1947), pp. 10, 12.

Weaver, Barry C. "Classification of World War II Named Purple Hearts Awarded to Navy and Marine Corps Personnel." Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America 40 (Nov 1989), pp. 15-25.

Webster, W. Russell. "Found Heroes: Going for the Gold: The USCG's Lifesaving Medals." Wreck & Rescue 11 (Summer 1999), pp. 12-13.

Wedgewood, T.L. "Decorations of The United States Coast Guard." The Bulletin (July-Aug 1974), pp. 42-43.

________. "In Testimony of Heroic Deeds. . . [Life-Saving Medals]" The Bulletin (May-June 1976), pp. 35-38.

"The Weisman Poll. The Question: Do You Favor a Change in the Uniform Now Worn by the Enlisted Men?" Coast Guard Magazine (Sep 1945), p. 18.

Worthylake, George.  "The Keeper's New Clothes."  The Keeper's Log (Fall 2001), pp. 24-29.

Books and Government Publications

Albert, A.H. Record of American Uniform and Historical Buttons. Hightstown, NJ: by the author, 1968.

Borch, Fred L. & Charles P. McDowell.  Sea Service Medals: Military Awards and Decorations of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2009.

Bunkley, J.W. Military and Naval Recognition Book. New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1943.

Canney, Donald L. Uniforms of the United States Coast Guard. Washington: Coast Guard Historians Office, 1990.

Gibbons, Cromwell. Decorations, Campaign and Service Bars. New York: U.S. Insignia Company 1943.

Kerrigan, Evans E. American Badges and Insignia. New York: The Viking Press, 1967.

________. American War Medals and Decorations. New York: The Viking Press, 1964.

________. The Sea Shall Not Have Them: A Complete Illustrated Record of the Life-Saving Medals of the United States. Noroton Heights, CT: Medallic Publishing Co., 1971.

Ketcham, Elizabeth. Armed Forces of the United States: The Ranks, Pay and Insignia of the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard Fully Described and their Historical Background. Washington: The Washington Service Bureau, 1942.

Lord, Francis A. Uniforms of the Civil War. South Brunswick: T. Yoseloff, 1970.

Morgan, J. McDowell. Military Medals and Insignia of the United States. Glendale: Griffin-Patterson Publishing Co., 1941.

National Geographic Society. Insignia and Decorations of the U.S. Armed Forces. By Gilbert Grosvenor and others. Washington: National Geographic Society 1945.

Perkins, J. W.  Battle Stars and Naval Awards: Including Presidential Unit Citations and Navy Unit Commendations Earned by the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps During World War II and Korea.  Seminole: FL: By The Author, 1999.

Rankin, Robert H. Small Arms of the Sea Services: A History of the Firearms and Edged Weapons of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard From the Revolution to the Present.  New Milford, CT: N. Flayderman & Co., Inc., 1972.

________.  Uniforms of the Sea Services, A Pictorial History. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute 1962.

Smith, Cleveland H., & Gertrude R. Taylor. United States Service Symbols. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, Inc., 1942.

Stacey, John A. U.S. Navy Rating Badges, Specialty Marks and Distinguishing Marks, 1885-1982. Fort Washington, MD: By the Author, 1982.

Tily, James C. The Uniforms of the United States Navy. New York: T. Yoseloff, 1964.

United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guardsman's Manual. 8th ed. Annapolis: NIP, 1991.

________. Insignia of Rank and Rating of Officers and Enlisted Personnel of the United States Coast Guard. Washington: U.S. Coast Guard, n.d. [1943?]

________. Public Relations Division. United States Coast Guard Book of Valor: A Fact Book on Medals and Decorations. Washington: Public Relations Division, U.S. Coast Guard, 25 May 1945.

United States Congress. House. Award of Congressional Medals of Honor to Officers of Navy, Marine Corps, and Revenue Cutter Service. H. Rp. 991, 62nd Cong., 2nd sess., 1912, Serial 6133.

________. Senate. Placing Coast Guard on Same Basis with Navy with Respect to Medals of Honor, etc. S. Rp. 1290, 73rd Cong., 2nd sess., 1934, Serial 9770.

________.________. Committee on Labor and Public Welfare. Medal of Honor Recipients--1863-1968. Prepared for the Subcommittee on Veterans' Affairs. 90th Cong., 2d sess., Senate Committee Print. Washington: GPO, 1968.

United States Department of Defense. American Forces Information Service. Armed Forces Decorations and Awards. Washington: Department of Defense 1989.

United States Navy. The Bluejackets' Manual. 21st ed. Annapolis: NIP, 1990.

Williams, Dion. Army and Navy Uniforms and Insignia: How to Know Rank, Corps, & Service in the Military and Naval Forces of the United States and Foreign Countries. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, Company, Publishers, 1918.

Wyllie, Robert E. Orders, Decorations and Insignia, Military and Civil, With the History and Romance of Their Origin and a Full Description of Each. New York: Putnam's, 1921.