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Coast Guard 83-Footers Speed to the Rescue


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This original Underwood and Underwood Press Release photograph from World War II’s D-Day Invasion was recently donated to us.

The caption with the photo reads, “Two cutters of the now famous Coast Guard Invasion Rescue Flotilla, which saved the lives of hundreds of men in the icy channel waters off France, speed toward another rescue. The little cutters maintain an unceasing patrol off the invasion coast.”

Many people do not realize the major role the United States Coast Guard played in World War II. This original photograph is a vital link to preserving our nation’s maritime history.

We encourage others to step forward and donate historic and vintage U.S. Coast Guard photos to the Lighthouse History Research Institute, PO Box 250, East Machias, ME 04630 or by email to editor@LighthouseDigest.com. The U.S. Coast Guard took over the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1939 and since then, has managed our nation’s aids to navigation, which includes lighthouses.

This story appeared in the November 2005 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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