About the Foundation for Coast Guard History

The Foundation for Coast Guard History is a non-profit organization, IRS 501c(3), whose purpose is to promote the recognition and prestige of the United States Coast Guard by emphasizing its illustrious past and contributions to the nation.


    To create and sustain a foundation for scholarship, education and preservation of the U.S. Coast Guard’s history and that of its predecessor organizations.


    To provide educational opportunities for individuals and institutions by encouraging studies relating to U.S. Coast Guard traditions and history, including the history of its predecessor organizations.
    To promote a deeper understanding with recorded history of the U. S. Coast Guard’s role and people who served.
    To promote and provide support for the preservation, perpetuation and appropriate display of manuscripts, books, pictures and all other objects and information pertaining to traditions and history of the U.S. Coast Guard.
    To recognize individuals, public and private institutions, U.S. Coast Guard units and federal agencies for special achievements leading to public awareness of U.S. Coast Guard history, issues and topics through original creative works.
    To raise funds for these purposes.


    Annually recognizes published authors writing on topics related to the U. S. Coast Guard.
    Annually recognizes U.S. Coast Guard operating units which accomplish the most in preserving and publicizing the heritage of the Service.
    Began in 2000 funding the recording and transcribing of former commandants’ oral histories.
    Began in 2001 funding graduate interns to work with the Coast Guard Historian.

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