A footnote in CG history from 1935-38

Found a bit of history with a CG slant, that I was not aware of. It starts in 1935 and involves Guano, Amelia Earhart, politically connected Pan American Airways founder, Juan Trippe, and several Coast Guard cutters in an effort to grab islands on the air route from Hawaii to New Zealand before the British could claim them. In 1979 these islands were ceded to the newly formed nation of Kiribati.

6 thoughts on “A footnote in CG history from 1935-38

  1. Thanks for the link. I enjoyed the story and having been in that part of the world understand its isolation.

    As an aside, the Coast Guard (Revenue Cutter Service) played a large part in the coup to take over the Hawaiian Islands. The RCS provided a cutter to transport troops as reinforcements in the coup. Without these reinforcements the native Hawaiians may have held out for a little longer. However, the takeover was inevitable.

    Some years ago I spoke (on another project) with the, now deceased, Captain Ira Dye, USN (ret). Captain Dye was a noted submariner and naval historian. As a young ensign he served aboard a cruiser sent to search for Amelia Earhart. He said when he got there the Coast Guard was on scene and exhibited a far more professional manner than in the conduct of the search than the navy. Pretty high praise.

  2. Thanks for the link. I enjoyed the story and having been in that part of the world understand its isolation.As an aside, the Coast Guard (Revenue Cutter Service) played a large part in the coup to take over the Hawaiian Islands. The RCS provided a cutter to transport troops as reinforcements in the coup. Without these reinforcements the native Hawaiians may have held out for a little longer. However, the takeover was inevitable. Some years ago I spoke (on another project) with the, now deceased, Captain Ira Dye, USN (ret). Captain Dye was a noted submariner and naval historian. As a young ensign he served aboard a cruiser sent to search for Amelia Earhart. He said when he got there the Coast Guard was on scene and exhibited a far more professional manner than in the conduct of the search than the navy. Pretty high praise.

  3. Thanks for the link. I enjoyed the story and having been in that part of the world understand its isolation.As an aside, the Coast Guard (Revenue Cutter Service) played a large part in the coup to take over the Hawaiian Islands. The RCS provided a cutter to transport troops as reinforcements in the coup. Without these reinforcements the native Hawaiians may have held out for a little longer. However, the takeover was inevitable. Some years ago I spoke (on another project) with the, now deceased, Captain Ira Dye, USN (ret). Captain Dye was a noted submariner and naval historian. As a young ensign he served aboard a cruiser sent to search for Amelia Earhart. He said when he got there the Coast Guard was on scene and exhibited a far more professional manner than in the conduct of the search than the navy. Pretty high praise.

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