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. List of united states navy and coast guard ships lost during world war ii from 31 october 1941 to 31 december 1946 sorted by type and namethis listing also includes constructive losses which are ships that were damaged beyond economical repair and disposed of. Coast guardsmen manned nearly every type of support vessel for the navy and went into harms way not only in the battle against the u boats but at every amphibious landing from north africa to . Here we present another gallery of photos by dale rooks made during and after the second world war this time around were focusing on life aboard the united states coast guard ship duane a . The northland was the first american unit to make contact with the enemy in world war ii and her crew made the first us naval capture of the war the greenland patrol would remain under coast guard oversight for the rest of the conflict by 1941 war clouds had formed off both the us east and west coasts requiring further organizational change in the coast guard
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