Tampa (ex-Miami)



USCGC Tampa known as Miami

Revenue Cutter Miami

USCGC Tampa, originally known as Miami, was built by the Newport News Shipbuild­ing and Drydock Corporation, Newport News, Virginia. Construction was authorized on 21 April, 1910. She launched on 10 February 1912, and was commissioned on 19 August.

Following the sinking of RMS Titanic in April 1912, Miami was assigned ice patrol duty with Seneca in 1913, and saw extensive duty as part of the international ice patrol.
That same year, Miami and her crew participated in the city of Tampa’s Gasparilla Pirate Festival, a celebration of a mythical Spanish pirate. That tradition continued until the United States entered World War I in 1917. The cutter and crew enjoyed a close relationship with the city of Tampa, and was re­named in honor of the city in 1916.

Tampa, under the command of Captain Charles Satterlee, was one of six Coast Guard cutters assigned to convoy duty in European wa­ters during World War I. Armed with four 3-inch guns, she es­corted eighteen convoys, losing only two ships and earning a special commendation for exemplary service.

On 26 September 1918, having just detached from her 19th convoy, and sailing alone through the Bristol Channel toward the Welsh port of Milford Haven to recoal, Tampa was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-91. Exploding amidships, she sank in just under three minutes. One hundred and thirty men lost their lives, including 111 Coast Guardsmen.

The sinking of the cutter was the single largest loss of life for the Coast Guard during World War I. The sacrifices of her crew were not forgotten. The city of Tampa conducted a fundraising campaign, “Remember the Tampa!,”  to an effort to sell war bonds. In 1921, the Coast Guard christened a new cutter in her name. Seven years later, on 23 May 1928, The US Coast Guard Memorial was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery, honoring the sacrifice of those who had served aboard Tampa.

Crew of Miami

The crew of Miami

Captain Charles Satterlee

Captain Charles Satterlee

USCGC Tampa in Gibraltar

USS Tampa, in Gibraltar


USS Tampa Purple Heart Project

At the time of Tampa’s loss, the Purple Heart was not authorized. In 1942, eligibility was extended to include the Coast Guard, but it was not until 1952 that the awarding of the Purple Heart was made retroactive for actions after 5 April 1917. However, Tampa was overlooked until 1999, when then-Commandant Admiral James Loy authorized the posthumous awarding of the Purple Heart Medal to the crew of CGC Tampa. Today, over one hundred years after Tampa was lost and twenty years after the first Purple Heart was awarded to one of her crew, the Coast Guard is still attempting to identify those families who have yet to receive their ancestors’ Purple Heart. The following crew list identifies those individuals who have yet to be awarded the Purple Heart for their sacrifice. (Please note the asterisk denotes those Purple Hearts already awarded or in progress.) To submit applications for TAMPA Purple Hearts, please contact Ms. Nora Chidlow, Coast Guard Archivist, at nora.l.chidlow@uscg.mil or 202-559-5142. Documentation showing the descendant’s relationship to the Tampa crew member, such as family trees, pages from family Bibles, birth/death certificates, and/or pages from Ancestry or other genealogical applications, is required to apply for a Purple Heart. Please expect about 4-6 weeks for processing.

Coast Guard

James Jenkins Adams, 23, Key West, Florida

Robert Leake Agee, 22, Ft. Lauderdale, Forida

Earle Clarke Bell, 23, Dover, Florida

Algy Knox Bevins, 23, Davenport, Florida

Arthur Lee Bevins, 25, Davenport, Florida

Roy Ackerman Bothwell, 28, Brooklyn, New York

John Bouzekis, 23, Pashalimani, Greece

Leonard Richardson Bozeman, 24, Tampa, Florida

William Richard Bozeman, 29, Tampa, Florida

John Robertson Britton, Jr. , 22, Tampa, Florida

Roy Wallace Burns, 23, Brocton, Massachusetts

Alfonso Joseph Busho, 21, Saulte Ste. Marie, Michigan

Arthur Robert Campbell, 22, Brooklyn, New York

Herman A. Carmichael, 18, Tampa, Florida

John Thomas Carr, 40, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

William Benson Clements, 20, Boston, Massachusetts

William Randolph Connell, 19, Tampa, Florida

Stanley Shields Cooke, 25, Denver, Colorado

*Richard Cordova, 26, Key West, Florida                                          

Frank William Creamer, 25, Brooklyn, New York

Joseph Cygan, 27, New Bedford, Massachusetts

*Benjamin Nash Daniels, 25, Baltimore, Maryland

Jules Garnier Darnou, 41, Tampa, Florida

Arthur Joseph Deasy, 23, Brooklyn, New York

Charles Dechrit, 20, Danbury, Connecticut

William Francis Deering, 25, Boston, Massachusetts

Edgar Francis Dorgan, 21, Woodhaven, New York 

Gilbert James Doyle, 24, Brooklyn, New York

*James Marsden Earp, 30, Baltimore, Maryland

Albert Cecil Emerson, 20, Tampa, Florida

Herrick Leopold Evans, 19, Key West, Florida

Clarence Milton Faust, 20, Chicago, Illinois

William Leonard Felton, 18, Key West, Florida

Norman Wood Finch, 23, Springfield, Massachusetts                                  

*James Marconnier Fleury, 30, Jamaica, New York 

Peter Fonceca, 18, Boston, Massachusetts

James Alexander Frost, 30, Brooklyn, New York

*Charles Emmitt Galvin, 24, Tampa, Florida

Frank Charles Garrett, 22, Flip, Missouri

Charles Edward Greenwald, 26, Albany, New York

George Henry Griffiths, 22, Mineola, New York

Hans Hansen, 17, Hvitmolle, Sweden

Arthur Thomas Harris, 25, Brooklyn, New York

Otto Guenerious Harrison, 21, Jamaica, New York

William Pizza Hastings, 21, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Harold Michel Haugland, 26, Haughland, Norway

John Francis Healy, 23, Brooklyn, New York

William Hickey, 33, Boston, Massachusetts

William Holland, 20, Newark, New Jersey

Hubert Holstein, 19, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Maurice James Hutton, 35, Washington, District of Columbia

Harold Benjamin Irsh, 21, Hartford, Connecticut

Hans Ivar Johanson, 30, Arslat Tassune, Bohnslan, Sweden

*Carl Ivar Johnson, 23, Ragan, Nebraska 

Edward William Kelleher, 29, Maxwell, Nebraska

*Charles Henry Klingelhoefer, 42, Baltimore, Maryland

John Cieslw Kosinski, 22, Baltimore, Maryland

Wilhelm Knudsen, 33, Copenhagen, Denmark

Bert Hunter Lane, 23, Lakeland, Florida

Ludvig Andres Larsen, 27, Odderns, Kristianssand, Norway

*Clement Minor Lawrence, 21, New York, New York 

Shelby Westen Layman, 25, Rineyville, Kentucky

Eston Drew Legree, 19, Tampa, Florida

Joseph Lieb, 18, Brooklyn, New York

Angus Nelson MacLean, 23, Sneads, Florida

*John Farrell McGourty, 36, New London, Connecticut

*Frederick Mansfield, 23, Tampa, Florida

*Percy Mansfield, 19, Tampa, Florida

Gerassemos Mehalatos, 36, Agea Efhemea, Chefalonia, Greece

*John Fred Miller (Johann Topoloski), 30, Jamaica, New York

*Harold George Myers, 18, Tampa, Florida

Ben Nelson, 25, Elroy, Wisconsin

William Foster Newell, 19, Jacksonville, Florida

*Jacob Darling Nix, 30, Estelle, South Carolina

*Wesley James Nobles, 20, Gasparilla, Florida

Robert Norwood, 18, San Antonio, Texas

Charles Walter Parkin, 17, Greystone, Rhode Island

*Felix George Poppell, 19, Quay, Florida

Anders Poulsen, 26, Voer, Denmark

*Frank Hugh Quigley, 26, Wallingford, Connecticut

William Henry Reynolds, 22, Sanderson, Florida

John Irving Richards, 18, Dorchester, Massachusetts

Perry Edward Roberts, 40, Key West, Florida

Robert Green Robertson, 18, Birmingham, Alabama

*Jimmie Ross (Vincenzo Guerreira), 16, Tampa, Florida

Alexander Louis Saldarini, 20, Union Hill, New Jersey

Michael Sarkin, 27, South Framingham, Massachusetts

*Charles Satterlee, 43, Gales Ferry, Connecticut

Archibald Howard Scally, 35, Baltimore, Maryland

Paul Bartley Schwegler, 25, Washington, District of Columbia

Francis Richard Scott, 26, Muskegeon, Michigan

*Edward Francis Shanahan, Jr., 21, Jersey City, New Jersey

*Irving Slicklen, 15, New York, New York

John Smith (Peter Skelte), 28, Libau, Russia

*Homer Sumner, 19, Tampa, Florida

*Wamboldt Sumner, 24, Tampa, Florida

*John Edgar Talley, 20, Oakhurst, Florida

Frank Joseph Taylor, 25, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Louis Avery Thomas, 20, Charleston, South Carolina

Charles Henry Thompson, 19, Key West, Florida

Harald Tonneson, 37, Brooklyn, New York

Julius Maxim Vallon, 23, New York, New York

Louis Franklin Vaughan, 18, Tampa, Florida

*Norman Stanley Walpole, 20, Weehauken, New Jersey

Paul Other Webb, 19, Tampa, Florida

William Weech, 31, Key West, Florida

Justin Plummer Wiley, 23, Dorchester, Massachusetts

*Francis LeRoy Wilkes, 21, Nantucket, Massachusetts

James Cristopher Wilkie, 29, Charleston, South Carolina

*William Williams, 24, Calumet, Michigan

*Fred Wesley Wyman,  23, Goffstown, New Hampshire



*Carl Lewis Dalton, 21, Gastonia, North Carolina

*David A. Hoffman, 22, Boston, Massachusetts

*Edward Reavely, 23, Sale Creek, Tennessee

*Hadley Howard Teter, 27, Conshocton, Ohio