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Thought it might be fun to start a discussion on the US Coast Guard's roles and ships in WWII. WWI as well might be fun to hear about as well for that matter.

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I use to love looking at the Coast Guard history page on their website. Sadly when we switched to a portal based intranet all those links went dead.

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One of my questions is did they have any DDs or Cruisers around that time in USCG or just frigates and slasher boats?

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Here is an excellent article on the Coast Guard in ww2 from the Naval Institute.

 

https://www.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2016-10/coast-guards-world-war-ii-crucible

 

And another on the USCGC Icarus and the sinking of U-352

 

http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/the-long-blue-line-cutter-icarus-and-the-sinking-of-u-352/

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On 1/5/2018 at 12:25 PM, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

One of my questions is did they have any DDs or Cruisers around that time in USCG or just frigates and slasher boats?

I would say most Cutters would fall between Patrol Boats to Destroyer Escorts. Probably closer to Corvettes due to lack of torpedoes.

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https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/npswapa/extContent/wapa/coast_guard/cg1.htm

 

The USCG was "In the [edited]" during WWII.  They were deeply involved with landing craft and amphibious operations.  Also a small blurb from that link:

"The Coast Guard's participation in amphibious activity during World War II was perhaps the most important war-related job the service performed. Incredibly, the Coast Guard fully manned more than 350 naval ships, including 76 LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank), 21 cargo and attack-cargo ships, 75 frigates, and 31 transports. In addition, the Coast Guard manned more than 800 cutters, nearly 300 ships for the Army, and thousands of amphibious-type assault craft."

 

For the Pacific, they were involved with the amphibious operations from Guadalcanal thru Okinawa.

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On 1/5/2018 at 3:40 PM, BaronVonTom said:

Here is an excellent article on the Coast Guard in ww2 from the Naval Institute.

 

https://www.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2016-10/coast-guards-world-war-ii-crucible

 

And another on the USCGC Icarus and the sinking of U-352

 

http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/11/the-long-blue-line-cutter-icarus-and-the-sinking-of-u-352/

 

Two good reads. The Coast Guard deserves a lot more recognition for their efforts during WWII. Thanks for sharing.

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On 1/21/2018 at 4:26 PM, Jazzyblaster said:

Two good reads. The Coast Guard deserves a lot more recognition for their efforts during WWII. Thanks for sharing.

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On 1/21/2018 at 4:26 PM, Jazzyblaster said:

Two good reads. The Coast Guard deserves a lot more recognition for their efforts during WWII. Thanks for sharing.

Yeah good to hear more about the Coast Guard, my Grandfather served many years in the USCG and then the Auxiliary until he died.

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On 1/5/2018 at 2:25 PM, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

One of my questions is did they have any DDs or Cruisers around that time in USCG or just frigates and slasher boats?

Technically they only had cutters.

but I think we all know what you mean lol

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I think it’s sad what’s happened to the USCG in the modern era. 

They used to be capable of actually being useful in wartime on the high seas, but no more...

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If you like heavy metal, Sabaton's song "Wolfpack" about convoy ON-92 prominently mentions the USCG cutter Ingham. This ship was in commission from 1936 to 1988, served in both theaters of WWII as well as the Vietnam War, and today is a museum in Key West.

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20 hours ago, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

Yeah good to hear more about the Coast Guard, my Grandfather served many years in the USCG and then the Auxiliary until he died.

What an honor. Thank you to your Grandfather for his service.

1 hour ago, ARCNA442 said:

If you like heavy metal, Sabaton's song "Wolfpack" about convoy ON-92 prominently mentions the USCG cutter Ingham. This ship was in commission from 1936 to 1988, served in both theaters of WWII as well as the Vietnam War, and today is a museum in Key West.

I love learning new facts and never knew this. Thanks for sharing.

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Here's a fun article to read about the most famous dog "mascot" in the Coast Guard during ww2....SINBAD.

 

http://www.phillypetpages.com/sinbad-the-coast-guards-most-famous-mascot-from-new-jersey/

 

and a newsclip about Sinbad the famous Coast Guard mascot in ww2:

 

 

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