As a former 327 sailor I’d like to thank the crew of Decisive for their work on the Ingham (WHEC-35/WPG-35). Coast Guard Compass has the story.
The keepers of the Ingham, MIAMI-DADE HISTORICAL MARITIME MUSEUM INC, are trying to raise money to keep the old girl in shape. If you can help, this is the place to go. Donations are tax deductible and must be made by credit card.
This is their short history of the ship,
U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER INGHAM (WHEC-35)
Maritime Museum & National Historic Landmark National Memorial to Guardians Killed in Action In World War II and Vietnam
The only Coast Guard Cutter afloat today to receive two
Presidential Unit Citations for extraordinary heroism
in action against an armed enemy
With over 50 years of service around the world, USCGC INGHAM is a quintessential portrait of Coast Guard history from 1936 to 1988.
This is an important memorial dedicated to the lives lost throughout the INGHAM’S service, and we are determined to preserve this memorial, but your help is necessary for our success. A ship of this size requires an astronomical amount of maintenance. It is and always will be a battle to keep this Museum afloat.
More Facts about the USCGC INGHAM
The USCGC INGHAM was built in 1935 and served until 1988. This 327 foot cutter is the most decorated cutter in history earning 27 medals and 13 battle stars for service from WWII through Viet-Nam. Highlights of her career are:
31 Convoys across the Atlantic in WWII and sinking of UBOAT 626, the only American War vessel afloat today to have sunk a German Sub.
Participated in 13 landing in the Pacific and flagship for 5, most notably the Flagship for General MacArthur’s return to Corregidor.
Flagship after WWII for the South China Naval Force under the Command of RADM Elliot Buckmaster, the former Captain of the USS YORKTOWN at the battle of Midway, the turning point of the battle in the Pacific.
Awarded two Presidential Unit Citation by President by President NIXON for Service in Viet-Nam.
Participated in the Mariel Boat lift in Key West to Cuba in 1980 saving many lives and vessels.
In 1985 was the most decorated and oldest serving Naval Vessel in U. S. Service receiving a letter from President Reagan attesting to her service.
Retired in 1988 after serving honorably for 52 years which at that time was 25% of our Nations’ History.
USCGC INGHAM was designated a NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK in 1992.