Academic journal article Military Review

THE COAST GUARD IN WORLD WAR I: An Untold Story

Academic journal article Military Review

THE COAST GUARD IN WORLD WAR I: An Untold Story

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THE COAST GUARD IN WORLD WAR I: An Untold Story, Alex R. Larzelere, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2003,240 pages, $32.95.

The role of the U.S. Coast Guard in World War I has faded from memory because most people alive today were born after the war concluded. The Coast Guard in World War I: An Untold Story solves the information deficit by detailing the significant service the Coast Guard gave to the war effort. One of the many amazing facts is that the Coast Guard suffered the highest percentage of casualties of any of the U.S. services during World War I.

The book contains riveting accounts of incidents and actions from first-person reports. Among these are explosions in a burning ammunition factory in New Jersey during which the Coast Guard's heroic efforts saved hundreds (probably thousands) of civilian lives. After that disaster, a Coast Guard officer was appointed captain of the port of New York. Under his direction, no munitions incident of any kind occurred during the remainder of the war.

Author Alex R. Larzelere also describes the German submarine attack at Cape Cod and antisubmarine operations off the East Coast and overseas. While under Coast Guard escort, no U. …

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