By Alejandro de Quesada, Stephen Walsh
I gave this booklet to a veteran of the coast safeguard in global conflict II and he came across it all, together with the images, very exact and whole. he's loaning the publication out to different veterans from the opposite braches of the carrier to teach them what the coast shield did in WWII. this can be a solid present for veterans.
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The Reserve Force included the Coast Guard-manned Cavalier. The transports assembled off Saipan while the fire-support ships and carrier aircraft began an intense bombardment at 8am on June 15, 1944. Some 8,000 men of 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions headed towards the beach along a 4-mile front in 600 LVTs (“amtracs”), supported by 150 howitzer-armed LVT(A)s. The LCIs and even the little LCVPs could not be used to land the initial assault waves because their deeper draft prevented them from crossing the reefs that fringed the island; these landing craft ferried Marines to the edge of the reefs, where they transferred into the shallower-draft LVTs, which then shuttled back and forth between the reefs and the beachhead with loads of troops – trips made hazardous by the fire of the Japanese defenders.
Here a PHS doctor aboard a Coast Guard-manned transport ship is dressing the injury of a German prisoner captured in Normandy. (AdeQHA) American planners deployed a much larger force for the Kiska operation. About 29,000 Americans and 5,300 Canadian troops landed on the island on August 15 and 16 respectively, supported by a powerful fleet centered on three battleships and a heavy cruiser, supported by 168 aircraft. They found the island deserted; taking advantage of heavy fog more than two weeks previously, the Japanese had successfully evacuated Kiska without detection on 28 July (though leaving behind booby traps that killed upwards of 20 men as they secured the island).
Qxd:ELI 180 US Coast Guard 8/1/10 11:23 Page 43 When the United States entered World War II in December 1941 there were fewer than 17,000 troops in Alaska. In 1942 Canada and the United States, under a mutual defense agreement, constructed a network of bases in the southeastern “panhandle,” and others along the southern coast and the Alaskan Peninsula. The Navy extended its chief base at Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands chain, set up air and submarine bases at Kodiak and Sitka, and established radio stations throughout Alaska.
US Coast Guard in World War II (Elite) by Alejandro de Quesada, Stephen Walsh