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NATIONAL ARCHIVES

USCGC GENERAL GREENE
January 12, 1938
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Arthur F. Purchase Sr photo courtesy of Arthur Whittum USCG (ret)

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Arthur F. Purchase Sr photo courtesy of Arthur Whittum USCG (ret)

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Arthur F. Purchase Sr photo courtesy of Arthur Whittum USCG (ret)

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Bill (William P.) Quinn photo

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Arthur F. Purchase Sr photo courtesy of Arthur Whittum USCG (ret)

USCGC GENERAL GREENE
March 7, 1960

A. R. Whittum, USCG retired gave this account "I was an ET2 while serving in the General Greene 1959 - 1960. I was the QM on watch during that fateful day's happening (yeah, I know - ET's don't stand QM watch .... and I was a second RM watch stander for Jim "Moose" Ronan also during my tour. And RD watch, etc. If it had vacuum tubes, I worked it ...). Of course, on that day, I ended up on the main deck trying to catch shotlines from the Acushnet just as everyone else was doing. Also managed to get washed over the side during that evolution. I was in the drink and even though I swam back to hang on a scupper collar, I couldn't get back on board by myself - [BMC] Manny Cabral had to come over and drag me back on board by the scruff of my neck."

From the Coast Guard Historians Office: "On 7 March 1960, she grounded at East Sandwich, Massachusetts while on a rescue mission during the height of New England's worst storm of the year. Her tow line became entangled in her propellers, rendering her engines useless. Though both her anchors were quickly dropped, only the port anchor kept the cutter from grounding immediately. The cutter Acushnet responded but was unable to secure a towline to the disabled General Greene due to the heavy winds and 40-foot seas. After the General Greene lost her starboard anchor and chain, she could not withstand the power of the winds and seas that finally drove her ashore on the beach. It then took four days for the cutter Acushnet, with the assistance of the Massachusetts National Guard working from the beach side to refloat the General Greene".

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USCG photo

USCGC GENERAL GREENE WSC/WMEC-140
April 29, 1961

The GENERAL GREENE was commissioned on April 7 1926.

An excerpt from the Coast Guard Historians information states "During her final years in Coast Guard service, she added to her duties the surveillance of foreign fishing fleets off the coast. She was decommissioned on 15 November 1968. She was transferred to Newburyport, Massachusetts, for use as a museum ship but the City could not afford her upkeep. She was reacquired by the Coast Guard in 1976 and turned over to the General Services Administration for final disposal. She was sold and, in 1979, was seized by the Coast Guard for drug smuggling. At that time she was named Belmont and her 14-member crew, all arrested, claimed Guatemalan registry." (USCG)
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Ron Janard photo

GENERAL GREENE NAME BOARD
2007

What a great find the contributor located in a antique store in Newburyport MA. Possibly used on the gangway. Anyone know for sure?
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC COLFAX WSC133
WWII

The COLFAX was commissioned on April 7, 1927 and was a 125 foot "Active Class Patrol Boat". She was originally named MONTGOMERY and was first stationed in San Pedro CA but was reassigned to San Francisco in April of 1932. Her name was changed to COLFAX on April 1 1933. She was stationed in Charleston, SC by the mid-1930's and was in Chicago by 1940. During WWII she was based out of Philadelphia. She was decommissioned the final time on November 9, 1954 and sold on January 5. 1956. (USCG)

Please see my note below)
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC COLFAX WSC133
WWII
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This is a photo of Roman Milanowicz. He was born in 1921 at Jersey City NJ and entered the Coast Guard sometime between 1938 and 1942 and served 1 1/2 years before being assigned to the U.S. Army in 1942. Mr Milanowics passed away in the 1970's. His Army discharge papers indicate he was a Second Class Fireman while in the USCG and from the photo it appears that he was stationed aboard the USCGC COLFAX. If you know of him or have any photos of the COLFAX you would like to share with his family please let me know and I will get you in touch with them. Your help is much appreciated.

NOTE: 07/01/06 Received two photos along with the vessels history from the Coast Guard Historians Office today. They have been placed on the 125 footer page. Thanks to Christopher B Havern, Historian for supplying this info.
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USCGC TRAVIS WSC-153
USCG Photo

USCGC TRAVIS WSC-153
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC CUYAHOGA
1944

While at Port au Prince Haiti
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC CUYAHOGA
February 11, 1945
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Courtesy of H.G. Lucas

USCGC CUYAHOGA WSC-157
April 1976

Signed by crew. Contributor was a crewmember from 1974-77.

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Bill Collette photo

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Bill Collette photo

Above two photos taken on October 20, 1978.
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USCGC CUYAHOGA USCG Photo

USCGC CUYAHOGA
April 7, 1974

The Cuyahoga was lost in a collision on October 20th 1978 with the SS SANTA CRUZ II. Eleven men aboard Cutter perished.

NOTICE
29th USCGC Cuyahoga Memorial Commemoration. On Saturday, October 20th, TRACEN Yorktown will hold memorial services to honor the 10 Coast Guardsmen and one Indonesian Naval Officer who lost their lives aboard USCGC CUYAHOGA (WIX-157) October 20, 1978. The ceremony will begin with a no host breakfast at the Coast Guard Dining Facility from 0700-0745, followed by the observance of morning colors on the Parade field and a memorial service at the Olde Yorke Chapel. For additional information, contact BMC Ed Delosreyes at (757)-856-3500 ext 3630 or via E-mail at Edwin.J.Delosreyes@uscg.mil .

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USCG PHOTO

USCGC WOODBURY
May 21, 1945
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC WOODBURY
May 21, 1945
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Courtesy of Bill Collette

USCGC DILIGENCE WSC-135
No date

Commissioned on February 22, 1927. Decommissioned September 30, 1961 and sold January 30, 1963
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J.M. Bruce photo

USCGC MORRIS W-147
1965

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J.M. Bruce photo

USCGC MORRIS W-147
1965

USCGC MORRIS W-147
J.M. Bruce photo

USCGC MORRIS W-147
1965
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC EWING
March 2, 1954
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC EWING
February 17, 1956

I think this is the most beautiful photo I have seen of a 125 footer (affectionately referred to as a Buck-N-Quarter.
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Robert Proseus photo

USCGC EWING WSC-137
1961

Taken from the dock at Base Alameda with unidentified Lightship moored astern.

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Robert Proseus photo

USCGC EWING WSC-137
1961

Taken from the fantail of the CGC DEXTER ...Note teak deck!
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC YEATON
August 21, 1959
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC ACTIVE
1956

Modified for buoy work.
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC ALERT
December 1, 1952

Moored at Morro Bay California
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R. Levesque Collection

USCGC CARTIGAN WSC132
1962

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Courtesy of Carl Thomas

USCGC CARDIGAN WSC132 & USCGC POINT HUDSON (82322)
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