Archive for the 'Coast Guard' Category

Aug 4

Founders of the U. S. Coast Guard

Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:00 AM


August 4, 1790 Creation of U. S. Revenue Marine   In March 1976, Proceedings published a brief article by Truman R. Strobridge and Bernard C. Nalty about the discovery of correspondence between Alexander Hamilton, credited with the creation of the Revenue Marine, and Colonel Sharp Delaney, a Customs collector at the time. This correspondence, regarding the use of ships to enforce the new Customs laws of the Constitution, suggests that Hamilton may not have been solely responsible for the conception of the service that is today known as the U. S. Coast Guard. As Strobridge and Nalty write: No one denies that… Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 6

Operation Neptune, 6 June 1944

Monday, June 6, 2011 12:01 AM


Operation Neptune—the naval component of the 6 June 1944 invasion of Normandy, France—comprised thousands of warships, auxiliaries, and landing craft. Britain, Canada, and the United States, as well as the navies-in-exile of France, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Greece, supplied 1,213 warships to provide shore bombardment firepower for the troops going ashore, guard the transports, and conduct minesweeping and antisubmarine patrols on the flanks of the invasion corridor. These navies also provided 4,126 amphibious craft, including more than 3,500 specialized landing craft which provided the crucial troop-carrying capacity to land thousands of men, vehicles, and artillery during the invasion. On… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 11

Operation Market Time Begins in Vietnam

Friday, March 11, 2011 1:38 AM


March, 11th 1965 Operation Market Time was established after the Vung Ro incident to blockade the vast South Vietnam coastline against North Vietnamese trawlers that could carry several tons of arms and ammunition in their hulls. The ships would maneuver out in the South China Sea, waiting for the cover of darkness to make high-speed runs to the South Vietnam coastline. If successful, the ships would off load their cargoes to waiting Viet Cong or North Vietnamese forces. The discovery in February 1965, of a 130-foot junk off-loading enemy supplies in Vung Ro Bay brought about the decision to order… Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 18

Navy TV – The Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers

Friday, February 18, 2011 6:10 PM


Watch the story of the legendary Pea Island Life Savers, an all-black lifesaving crew that accomplished one of the most daring rescues in the annals of the Life Saving Service in 1896, saving the entire crew of the three-masted schooner E.S. Newman, for which they were posthumously awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal by the Coast Guard. See it here on NavyTV.

Jan 1

Truman Executive Order 9666 – Directing the Return of the Coast Guard to the Treasury Department

Saturday, January 1, 2011 12:01 AM


Executive Order 9666 – Directing the Return of the Coast Guard to the Treasury Department December 28, 1945  WHEREAS Executive Order No. 8929 of November 1, 1941 (6 F.R. 5581), directed that from that date and until further orders the Coast Guard should operate as a part of the navy, subject to the orders of the Secretary of the Navy; and WHEREAS the need for the operation of the Coast Guard as a part of the Navy no longer exists, its primary mission in operating as a part of the Navy having been accomplished; NOW THEREFORE, by virtue of the… Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 4

Happy 220th Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 12:01 AM


Hopefully the next 220 years are as good as the first 220 years. Enjoy this video about the Coast Guard Historian’s office and Coast Guard Museum. Semper Paratus!

May 19

USS Birmingham (CL-2) Departs on First Ice Patrol, 19 May 1912

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 2:26 PM


In response to the sinking of the White Star ocean liner Titanic after colliding with an iceberg the previous month, on 15 May 1912 the Hydrographic Office recommended that the Navy establish an ice patrol in the vicinity of the steamer lanes in the North Atlantic. The Navy designated USS Birmingham (CL 2) and USS Chester (CL 1) to alternate on the patrol. Birmingham departed Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 19 May 1912, marking the first American ice patrol. An International Ice Patrol was established in 1914, with the Coast Guard assuming the responsibility for the United Sates.

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