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USCG photo courtesy of James R. Atwood

USCGC MISTLETOE WAGL-237/WLM-237
September 1947

This converted lighthouse tender was used extensively by the Coast Guard. The Mistletoe remained in service till 1968 having served her entire career out of Portsmouth VA.
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USCG PHOTO

COAST GUARD 45 FOOT BUOY BOAT
JULY 9, 1959

Undergoing repairs at Base St George, Staten Island, N.Y.
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USCG PHOTO Courtesy of BMCM Ed Sigmund USCG (ret)

CG45309-D BUOY BOAT
1960's

Moored at Coast Guard Group Cincoteague.
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USCG PHOTO Courtesy of BMCM Ed Sigmund USCG (ret)

CG45310-D BUOY BOAT
1966

BM2AN1 Ed Sigmund at the helm while operating out of Cristfield Light Attendent Station.
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Contributed by Don Roberts

USCGC WALNUT WAGL-252
Honolulu HI 1953
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC MAGNOLIA WAGL328
1956
San Francisco Bay
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC MAGNOLIA
APRIL 26, 1971

Replacing the San Francisco Lightship with a unmanned 40 foot large navigational buoy. The CGC Comanche picked up two buoys earlier in Panama and delivered one to San Francisco and the other to Eureka to replace Blunts Reef Lightship.
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Courtesy of Robert Proseus

USCGC WILLOW WAGL-332

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Courtesy of Robert Proseus

USCGC WILLOW WAGL-332

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Courtesy of Robert Proseus

USCGC WILLOW WAGL-332

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R. Levesque photo

USCGC WILLOW WAGL-332
1957

Willow is retrieving a damaged buoy. While stationed at Point Reyes LBS, we were called to standby the Drakes Bay entrance buoy that had it's cage destroyed when caught in the chain towline of the tug Sea Giant. It was very foggy that morning and also very eerie as we couldn't see the buoy but could hear this awesome "wheezing" and groaning noise coming from the damaged buoy as it rode the swells.

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R. Levesque photo

USCGC WILLOW WAGL-332
1957
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Courtesy of Karl Leonard

OFFICERS OF THE CGC CACTUS WAGL-270
1957

The contributor would like to get this photo back anyone shown or their family members. He thinks the name on the plate is William H. Lawrence but not for sure. The plate appears to be dated 12-31-57. The back of the photo is stamped: US Coast Guard Official Photo, 1st Coast Guard District, Boston with a print date of 10-03-58.

If you know any of these men, please let me know and I will get you in contact with the contributor. Thanks.
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC WHITE SAGE
No Date

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USCG photo courtesy of Bill Collette

USCGC WHITE SAGE W-544
June 8, 1987

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USCG PHOTO

USCGC JONQUIL (WAGL 330)
1960'S
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC JONQUIL (WAGL 330
1960's
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BMCM Ed Sigmund USCG (ret) Photo

USCGC JONQUIL (WAGL 330) & USCGC CONIFER (WAGL 301)
Crew Change September 1960

The crew change was because of a home port change. JONQUIL was at Portsmouth VA and the CONIFER was out of Base Fort Macon, NC. The CONFIFER was assigned to Portsmouth because of it's ice breaking hull. JONQUIL was steam and the CONIFER was diesel, so the engineers stayed with the ship they were assigned prior to the change.
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC CONIFER (WAGL301)
September 1960
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Courtesy of Rallph Hawkins

USCGC CONIFER WAGL/WLB301

Ralph was an EN2 aboard from 1967-69.
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USCG photo Courtesy of Ernie Ritzmann

USCGC SAGEBRUSH WAGL-399
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USCG photo courtesy of Bill Collette

USCGC SALVIA WAGL/WLB-400

Although now decommissioned, the SALVIA is still serving her country at the Little Creek Naval Station. She is used to help train the USS GRASP and GRAPPLE in salvage. She is occasionaly beached and the two salvage vessels hone their skills in trying to safely remove her to deep water.
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Courtesy of Andy Martin

USCGC FORSYTHIA WAGL-63
No Date

The CGC Forsythia, built by Avondale Marine Ways, New Orleans, La., February 16, 1943, was a 114-foot, 230 ton tender, and one of three such vessels (her sisters were the Dogwood [WAGL-259] and Sycamore [WAGL-268]) built to replace the stern paddlewheel steamers that the Coast Guard decided were too expensive to maintain. She was built by Avondale Marine Ways of Westwego, LA, and entered service in 1943. She was stationed at Sewickley, PA until 1963 and then Memphis, TN, until she was decommissioned in 1977. (USCG)
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Painting by R. Levesque

USCGC CHIPPEWA

The CGC Chippewa is a 75 foot river buoy tender typical of cutters on the inland waterways. She is 75 feet long with a 130 foot barge. She is homeported at Paris Landing TN with a crew of 16. Her area of responsibility includes the Ohio, Tennessee, and upper Mississippi rivers.
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Courtesy of Tom Manning

USCGC SMILAX WLIC-315
1985

Brunswick GA.
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Courtesy of MK1 Ed Kinsley USCG

USCGC PRIMROSE WLIC-316

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John Wampler photo

R/V PRIMROSE (EX CGC PRIMROSE WLIC-316
January 31, 2007

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John Wampler photo

R/V PRIMROSE (EX CGC PRIMROSE WLIC-316
January 31, 2007

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John Wampler photo

R/V PRIMROSE (EX CGC PRIMROSE WLIC-316
January 31, 2007

This is the sister-ship of the SMILAX. Now a research/dive vessel. The above three photos were taken in Puerto Aventuras Mexico by former Coast Guardsman Wampler.
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC RED BIRCH
NOVEMBER 6, 1968

The 157 foot Coastal Buoy Tender working on a buoy in San Francisco Bay.
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC SPAR
July 17, 1987

Homeported at Portland Maine.
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Don Hanley USCG (ret) photo

USCGC BLACKHAW WAGL-390
1960

Off of Diamond Head HI
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Courtesy of Hans Burkhardt

USCGC BLACKHAW
1969

Working aids in Qui Nohn, RVN
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Courtesy of Hans Burkhardt

USCGC BLACKHAW
1969

While in RVN showing detail of .50 on bow. They were also on the port/starboard side amidships and two port and starboard on the fantail.
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Courtesy of Hans Burkhardt

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Courtesy of Hans Burkhardt

USCGC BLACKHAW
C 1969/70

The above two photos are from shores of Song(river)Basaac. The show the two .50's on the bow.
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC BLACKHAW
November 22, 1971
San Francisco Bay
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USCG PHOTO

USCGC BLACKHAW
August 11, 1971
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USCG photo Courtesy of Ernie Ritzmann

USCGC BLACKTHORN WAGL-391
July 26, 1960

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USCG PHOTO

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USCG PHOTO

USCGC BLACKTHORN WAGL/WLB-391

Loaded and ready to go. On January 28, 1980 she was lost in a collision with the Tanker CAPICORN. 23 of her crew perished.
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