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

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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, firefighting, explosives, espionage and sabotage presented their own unique dangers and challenges.

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Editorial Reviews

Seapower
Provides a thorough, comprehensive account of the Coast Guard's wartime service.
Baird Maritime
Extensively researched and well-written history.
Proceedings
Ostrom gives us most enlightening lessons on the 'Guardian of the Heartland' that had previously been adequately recognized in U.S. combat history...World War II and Coast Guard history buffs alike will be pleased with Thomas Ostrom's latest book. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786442560
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/18/2009
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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 currently a member of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association, U.S. Navy Memorial, Foundation for Coast Guard History, and the Naval Historical Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Foreword John Galluzzo Galluzzo, John

Preface

Introduction

1 Prelude to Pearl Harbor

2 The Day of Infamy: Pearl Harbor

3 U.S. Coast Guard Organization

4 Port Security, Navigation, and Aviation

5 Coast Guard Crews and Navy Ships

6 Defense from the Great Lakes to the Oceans

7 Admiral Russell R. Waesche: Wartime Commandant

8 Coast Guard Air and Sea Warfare

9 The Greenland Patrol

10 The Atlantic War

11 Guarding the Convoys

12 The Mediterranean: North Africa, Sicily, Italy

13 D-Day at Normandy

14 The Aleutians and the Bering Sea

15 The Pacific Campaign

16 Pacific Reminiscences

17 Return to the Philippines and Victory

Epilogue

World War II Era Coast Guard Chronology

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    An important book

    It was a gift for someone and he seemed to be eager to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    A thrilling and informative account

    Ostrom has done it again. His book is readable, well researches and well illustrated. Ostrom particularly excells at describing the situations proceeding from a dual peacetime and wartime mission. Great for people interested in World War Two, law enforcement and and maritime matters. The book abounds with suprises and little known history. Especially enjoyable is his account of Operation Hula, a little known joint mission between the Coast Guard and The Soviet Navy.

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