The Coast Guard
During World War II
Dr. Robert M. Browning, Jr.
Two hundred and thirty one thousand men and 10,000 women served in
the Coast Guard during World War II. Of these, 1,918 died, a third
losing their life in action. The Service sustained its first casualties
on 8 December 1941 when the Leonard Wood was bombed by Japanese
aircraft at Singapore. One Coast Guardsman died as a prisoner of war,
having been captured at Corregidor. Almost 2,000 Coast Guardsmen were
decorated, one receiving the Medal of Honor, six the Navy Cross, and one
the Distinguished Service Cross. The Coast Guard returned to the
Treasury Department on 1 January 1946.