Updated 01-23-2011 Latest photos at the top of the list.
This is where you come to re-live past experiences, visit places unseen in decades, and if you
are relatively new to the Coast Guard, see what your duty station looked like several decades ago.
Now, on with the show!
Photos posted 11-18-96
This photo comes from RDCS Jack Hawkins USCG (Ret). You will have to scroll this one. It is big (56K) with lots of small details.
CGCVBG.JPG USCGC RUSH (in foreground) and USCGC MUNRO
(in background) with carriers ENTERPRISE, MIDWAY and CORAL SEA and other U S Navy
and Royal Canadian Navy units during Exercise RIMPAC 83, held in spring of 1983 in
the North Pacific. MUNRO joined after completing an Alaska Patrol, RUSH finished
the transpacific exercise, visited Kushiro, Japan, then an Alaska Patrol before
returning to San Francisco.
The next 8 photos were received via the postal service from Keith Kuczka of the
Defense Investigative Service, and formerly a Coast Guard radioman.
WAGB4AB.JPG and WAGB4DB.JPG
are the CGC GLACIER (WAGB-4) taken from on the ice during Operation Deepfreeze '79.
WAGB4XMS.JPG was taken during Arctic West '78
and was subsequently used on the radio gang's Christmas card.
WMEC629C.JPG and WMEC629D.JPG
are CGC DECISIVE during a dependent's cruise and boat parade at Portsmouth, NH
around 1981. The Naval vessel is the USS EDSON. A 41' UTB and a CG HH52A helo also
appear in one of the photos.
WMEC629B.JPG is CGC DECISIVE in the channel at
Portsmouth, NH, in 1981 on a dependent's cruise. At the top of the photo, just to
the right of center, you can see the superstructure of CGC ACTIVE docked at
STA Portsmouth Harbor. Mr. Kuczka reports that DECISIVE and ACTIVE were the pride
of northern New England until they were moved south.
The next photos were submitted by Don Anderson.
and CGC-44CC.JPG are more photos of CGC WACHUSETT. These
photos are believed to be from the late 60s according to Mr. Anderson and BMC Glen Hart (ret.).
The following items were contributed by Cliff Rocheleau. These photos are a great memento of
a fine ship, the USCGC WINONA.
WINAK64A.JPG - "I took this picture after climbing to
the top of this mountain with James B. Pouliot, ET2, just for something to do. It was
taken on the Bering Sea Patrol of July, August & September in 1964. A 72 day patrol with
the main deck secured for 3/4 of the trip because it was so rough. When we did get a
chance to get off the ship, with our 2 allotted beers, we just explored whatever
landscape we happened to be on. The picture states where we were at the time and that
little harbor had the best halibut fishing I have ever seen." (Cliff Rocheleau)
NEWSCLPA.JPG is a large file (116K) of the newspaper article
in the Port Angeles Daily News. It tells about the WINONA and tells about the
commemorative plaque and stone marker dedicated to
WINONA on Sept. 28, 1996, at city pier in Port Angeles, WA.
Photos posted 11-11-96
First three provided by Cliff Rocheleau who was an ET2 on Winona from 63-65 and CG Squadron One
in Vietnam on CGC Pt Banks from 65 to 66.
WINONA63.JPG - USCGC Winona (WPG-65) at her homeport of
Port Angeles, WA, around 1963-1965.
BITTRSWT.JPG - USCGC Bittersweet at Kodiak, AK. Date of photo
unknown, photographer unknown.
ABSECON.JPG - USCGC Absecon. Date and location unknown. Viewer
The next photo was submitted by Chuck Roe. He found it as a postcard in an antique store in Pike Place,
Seattle, WA. This is probably the oldest picture in the Photolab. Viewer input is desired for more info.
LIFEBOAT.JPG - A lifeboat on rails attended by a sailor from
the genuine "Old Guard".
The next three are from my personal slide collection.
Photos posted 11-06-96. Provided by MKCM Charles R. Shepherd, USCG (Ret.)
EAGLE1.JPG. USCGC Eagle at CG Yard in autumn of 1975 a few
months before the figurehead was changed and the racing stripe was added, in preparation for OP Sail 76.
EAGLE1A.JPG. Eagle underway at full sail, and from this sailor's
very rusty nautical eyes, she appears to be making between 8 and 10 knots.
MUNRO1.JPG. 1982 photo of USCGC Munro at Kodiak, Alaska,
during mid-patrol break.
Photo posted 10-29-96
CAPEMAY2.JPG Don Anderson sends us this circa 1954 aerial photo of TRACEN
Cape May. It's air field heritage is clear. I recall visiting Commsta Portsmouth in the mid 60s and seeing
runways. Visiting again in the early 80s, it bore no resemblance to an airfield. Thanks, Don, for a great
historical addition to the album!
Photos posted 10-28-96
WPG-44B.JPG. Photo of USCGC Wachusett (WPG-44) from the late 1950s.
Photo provided Don Anderson.
Wray Dudley sent in a set of photos which depict Ocean Station Bravo relief. USCGC INGHAM
makes preparations to get underway, then sails north, dodging icebergs. She then
approaches USCGC Boutwell and pulls alongside
and transfers her mail via small boat. Then Boutwell
heads for home. Mr Dudley said that these photos were taken around
1973 or 1974.
Photos posted 10-27-96
These are from my personal historical files.
FIRSTDAY.JPG First day cover from U S Postal Service commemorating
the keel laying of WAGB-10. This was sent to me by a philatelist and good friend RM1 Don Morisch (USCG Ret.).
EAGLSTMP.JPG A USCGC Eagle postcard with an Eagle stamp
as displayed on the 28 Aug 78 Commandant's Bulletin.
Photo posted 10-23-96
Another treasure by Jay Lloyd. This is one of 3 PBMs (Martin Mariner) operating out of
the Coast Guard Air Detachment at Bermuda.
Photo was taken from another PBM in late 1954 or 1955. Photographer unknown.
PBM.JPG. Air Detachment Bermuda had 54 officers and men flying
three PBMs on search and rescue missions, covering a broad stretch of the Atlantic. PBMs from
Bermuda were used in the rescue operation when the Stockholm collided with the Andrea D'Oria in 1956.
Petty Officer Lloyd was an AL (Aviation Electronicsman) stationed there from late 54 through 56.
Photo posted 10-22-96
Photo provided by Jay Lloyd who was a radioman on CGC Koiner in 1954. He later changed his rate to AL.
KOINER.JPG. CGC Koiner (WDE431), one of the last of the WWII CG manned
destroyer escorts. Photo taken at Midway Island in 1953.
Photos posted 10-9-96
These two photos are the first from my personal slide collection.
Just got my transparency adapter in operation! These are two photos showing
USCGC Vigorous at the CG Yard before and after sandblasting and painting of
GOAT8.JPG. HU16E CG7250 airborne off Cape Cod. Photo provided
by CWO4 Jay Lambert of CG ARSC Elizabeth City. CWO Lambert tells us that the photo is from around 1980.
COCKPIT2.JPG. A peek into the cockpit of Coast Guard Zero Two while airborne.
Three photos stacked vertically, from my personal collection.
Photos posted 9-26-96
CGC Barataria provided by Richard Perryman. CGC Vigorous is from my personal collection
and is the first photo scanned with my new flatbed.
BARTR1.JPG USCGC Barataria - a 2,800-ton 311 ft vessel
built by the Navy in 1943 as a seaplane tender and one of a group transferred to the Coast Guard
after the war. Barataria operated out of Portland, Maine, serving primarily as an Ocean Station
vessel. Mr. Perryman served onboard from 1959 to 1961. There is a "30 September 1962" date
on the back of the photo.
VIGRUS04.JPG - USCGC Vigorous (WMEC-627). Vigorous
was homeported at the CG Academy when I served onboard from 1972-1973. Our primary mission
during that time was offshore fisheries patrol. CDR R. W. Michaels was C.O. We did one ice patrol
while I was onboard. Came aboard as RM1, became qualified as underway OOD, and went from
there to OCS. I could never begin to repay CDR Michaels for the opportunity he made available
Photo posted 9-6-96
Photo provided by Jerry (email@example.com).
CGCEAGL6.JPG - Photo from the late 30s/early 40s of what would
later become the USCGC Eagle. Vessel is flying the swastika in this B&W photo. I took the liberty of adding a
bit of light color shading.
Photos posted 8-30-96
Photos provided by Lester Theriot.
CG282A.JPG - USCGC Northwind (WAGB-282) on Arctic East,
somewhere north of Iceland, in 1976.
W382A.jpg - USCGC Bering Strait in 1957/1958 while on Ocean Station
Victor. This photo was taken from the deck of USCGC Matagorda and is showing a lot of age. Did the best
I could with it.
Photos posted 8-25-96
Photo provided by Lester Theriot.
HU16E1A.JPG - A Coast Guard HU16E on display at Memorial Park
in Mobile, Alabama.
The next four photos were taken at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire, NM. The memorial was
built by a father whose son was killed in Vietnam. The photos were provided by Pete Westerberg, who
appears in one of them. He says the Coast Guard is well represented at the Memorial and it is a very
humbling experience to visit there.
evrgrn22.jpg - USCGC EVERGREEN investigating an iceberg. Evergreen was an oceanographic research vessel.
Photo posted 7-27-96
grasp2.jpg - The modern USS GRASP was one of the salvage/rescue dive platforms at the TWA Flt 800 crash site.
This photo is the original USS GRASP, ARS-24, built in 1943 and designed to pull LSTs off the beaches during WW2.
I served on it from May 1962 to Sept 1964. The Coast Guard operated two ARS vessels, the CGC ACUSHNET and CGC YOCONA.
grasp333.jpg is the Navy file photo of a modern ARS. grasp222.jpg is the GRASP riding a two-point anchorage off Moriches Inlet with a Suffolk Police boat alongside.
Photo posted 7-26-96
seabag1.jpg - A rare 1956 photo of CGC SEBAGO (WPG-42). (Back when "Patrol Gunboat" was a valid cutter classification.) This gem was provided by Pete Moller.
Photos posted 7-23-96 and 7-25-96
Photos and information provided by BMCS Tom Doucette.
triumph1.gif - One of only 4 in existence, and all assigned to the 13th District, this is the 52', self-bailing, self-righting, CG MLB "TRIUMPH" - shown here in the Columbia River beneath a Group Astoria HH-60J.
bert.gif - Spectacular shot of a Sta Quillayute 44 ftr, CG 44363, backing away from the beach in moderate surf. The surfman was BM1 Bert Morris who is now BMCM Morris, PACAREA Command Enlisted Advisor. 1982 photo taken by FN Bill Standeven.
Photos posted 7-21-96
albatrs1.jpg - For the HU16E vets, here's a Grumman Albatross in commercial service. Found this one while goofing o.., uh, ... doing research.
sebago.jpg - USCGC Sebago, 1969. Sebago served in Vietnam during 1969 and returned
to Pensacola on Dec. 23, 1969. Photo provided by CWO4(BOSN)(Ret.) Bill Ham. Background info from CAPT Losea, USCG (Ret.)
Photographs provided by QM2 Larry Murrish of Sta Port Canaveral.
alert3.gif - USCGC ALERT (WMEC-630) underway at full speed around 1985.
daunt11.gif - USCGC DAUNTLESS (WMEC-624) as seen from the ship's helo during flight ops. 1991 photo.
daunt22.gif - Dauntless off the Florida Keys around 1989. Helo onboard.
ironwod1.gif - USCGC IRONWOOD (WLB-297) toughing it out in a gale off Kodiak, AK, mid 1980s.
Photo posted 7-11-96
MLB47200.JPG - Prototype of 47' MLB undergoing testing at Station Cape Disappointment, Washington, in 1992. Photo provided by CWO4(BOSN)(Retired) Bill Ham.
Photos posted 7-8-96/7-9-96
Contributed by Pete Westerberg
MIDGETT1.JPG - USCGC Midgett burrowing through heavy seas enroute to Juneau, AK, May, 1983, as seen from USCGC Morgenthau.
MIDGETT2.JPG - aerial view USCGC Midgett underway in Puget Sound in 1984. Current COMMANDANT of the Coast Guard was the skipper at the time of the photo.
Photos posted 7-4-96
CG1473a.jpg - Coast Guard HH3F 1473 at Cape St. Elias, Alaska, in 1985. Sadly, CG1473 was lost the following year along with six Coast Guardsmen from Airsta and Supcen Kodiak when it struck a mountain during a medevac mission. Photo provided by Jon Torrella.
44MLB.JPG - CG 44393 from Station Quillayute River in Washington State. 1983 photo provided by the photographer himself, Kurt Mills.
c180aux2.jpg While visiting AIRSTA New Orleans in the early 1980s, I ran across this Cessna 180 being heavily modified by a very dedicated Auxiliarist. Would like to know more about this aircraft and the individual who flew it.
cg02veh2.jpg LCDR Victor E.Hipkiss enjoying a view of Martha's Vineyard from 21,000 ft in Coast Guard Zero Two.
cg02mav2.jpg Martha's Vineyard and Falmouth, MA, beneath the port wing of CG02.
Photos posted 5-29-96 and 6-2-96
Here are 3 rare CG SPAR photos graciously provided by Patricia Corrigan. One is Patricia in 1944 and
the other two were taken in Long Beach, CA, in 1946.
Ms Corrigan writes via e-mail and says she never uses snail mail and she is a "computer nerd".
This fine lady turned 70 in Dec. 1995 and says she is probably the youngest living Spar and still remembers
her service number and folds her towels in thirds. At the time of the 1946 photo,
she was mustering out WWII Coast Guardsmen. Thank you, Patricia.
corrign3.gif Patricia appears with an unknown LT(jg) (same one as in corrign1.gif) and her friend, Peggy Putney.
corrign2.jpg Patricia Corrigan modeling the SPAR uniform. Average age of a SPAR was 22,
boot camp was in Palm Beach, FL. Uniforms were navy blue wool gabardine designed by Chanel of France.
"We wore them year round until whites were finally issued for summer. We had a choice of two hats,
the one I'm wearing here, and another regular square hat. Nothing else was optional,
we were 'inspected' before going out. We were never supposed to carry bundles."
Today she works with computers.
corrign1.gif Patricia Corrigan with a Coast Guard LT(jg) at an ice cream truck in Long Beach, CA, 1946.
Photos posted 5-6-96
jarvis2.jpg USCGC Jarvis at Honolulu after
returning from Alaska Patrol, November 1974. Photo by CWO(Comms) Carl Olson.
opnhaus3.jpg USCGC Eagle holds open house in Honolulu. Date on back of photo is Aug 78. Photo by unknown source.
cocffs2.jpg April 1967, LTjg Jack Rader arrives
at French Frigate Shoals for change of command. Outgoing C.O. is LT Robert G. Bates.
whales5.jpg Whales play off the bow of
USCGC Vigorous. 1973 photo taken during Ice Patrol.
petaluma.jpg Panoramic view of TRACEN
Petaluma from Aug. 1977.
cg02dd.jpg Coast Guard 02 on deck at Boston. (Re-scanned 9-26-96)
Photos posted 4-26-96
lstswps3.jpg. Light Station Southwest Pass,
at the mouth of the Mississippi river, passes beneath the banked wing of a rented Cessna 150. 1966 photo.
wxbuoy03.jpg. USCGC Cherokee passes
a line to crewmembers on weather buoy EB-01, 100 miles off Virginia coast. Note the 4.5 knot Gulf Stream current.
LT Daniel C. Woods (USN retired) (my uncle)
was stationed at CSS Panama City. He had a boathouse constructed on the base for workers to perform maintenance out of the
subtropical sun. His boathouse project is diagonally across the inlet from Coast Guard Station Panama City at the bottom of the photo.
Photos posted 3-8-96
govny04.jpg. This one is for the history books. Governors Island with a pair of 378s (722 & 721) as seen from the bridge of Vigorous while enroute to New London in early 1973.
commnmg1.gif. Commsta New Orleans as seen from 3000 ft looking north.
frfrig01.gif. Aerial view of Tern Island, French Frigate Shoals looking east.
The shoal area is 30 miles wide and Tern Island is on the NW perimeter. (Re-scanned 10-31-96)
kukui13.jpg. View from the bridge of Kukui while anchored at
French Frigate Shoals, 1967.
seaturt3.jpg. A French Frigate native returning to the sea
after laying her eggs. Yours truly was in the photo to provide size reference for the photographers in
Photos posted 2-5-96
Female boat coxswain - photo taken outside Boston in the early 1980s. We were on a 44-footer
on a very windy winter day and we never felt the boat hit the dock even once. She was a superb
boat handler and is now BMC Martha J Freeman at CG MLE School, RTC Yorktown.