The United States Coast Guard in World War II: A History of Domestic and Overseas Actions

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McFarland, Nov 6, 2009 - History - 260 pages
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At home and overseas, the United States Coast Guard served a variety of vital functions in World War II, providing service that has been too little recognized in histories of the war. Teaming up with other international forces, the Coast Guard provided crewmembers for Navy and Army vessels as well as its own, carried troops, food, and military supplies overseas, and landed Marine and Army units on distant and dangerous shores. This thorough history details those and other important missions, which included combat engagement with submarines and kamikaze planes, and typhoons. On the home front, port security missions involving search and rescue, fire fighting, explosives, espionage and sabotage presented their own unique dangers and challenges.
 

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Contents

Foreword
1
Preface
3
Introduction
5
1 Prelude to Pearl Harbor
9
2 The Day of Infamy
13
3 US Coast Guard Organization
24
4 Port Security Navigation and Aviation
29
5 Coast Guard Crews and Navy Ships
38
12 The Mediterranean
108
13 DDay at Normandy
117
14 The Aleutians and the Bering Sea
134
15 The Pacific Campaign
145
16 Pacific Reminiscences
155
17 Return to the Philippines and Victory
171
Epilogue
181
World War II Era Coast Guard Chronology
195

6 Defense from the Great Lakes to the Oceans
51
7 Admiral Russell R Waesche
61
8 Coast Guard Air and Sea Warfare
66
9 The Greenland Patrol
76
10 The Atlantic War
86
11 Guarding the Convoys
95
Documents
201
Chapter Notes
217
Bibliography
233
Index
239
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A member of the United States Coast Guard Reserve from 1961 to 1969, Thomas P. Ostrom taught anthropology, geography, and history at Rochester Community College in Minnesota before retiring. He is a member of the U.S. Navy Memorial and the Naval Historical Foundation.

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