USCG Patroling Coast on Horseback World War Two

 US Coast Guard had among its duties in World War Two patrolling all beaches in the US 

USCG patrol WW Two Official

Dogs and their beach patrol handlers leap into action from a surfboat during a landing exercise along the coast of South Carolina, circa 1943.

 

 

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“In September 1942, horses were authorized for use by the beach patrol. The mounted portion soon became the largest segment of the patrol. For example, one year after orders were given to use horses, there were 3,222 of the animals assigned to the Coast Guard. All came from the Army. The Army Remount Service provided all the riding gear required, while the Coast Guard provided the uniforms for the riders. A call went out for personnel and a mixed bag of people responded. Polo players, cowboys, former sheriffs, horse trainers, Army Reserve cavalrymen, jockeys, farm boys, rodeo riders and stunt men applied. Much of the mounted training took place at Elkins Park Training Station and Hilton Head, the sites of the dog training schools.”

Photos and captions from USCG. You can read more here:

http://www.uscg.mil/history/uscghist/Beach_Patrol_Photo_Index.asp

When I was a stockbroker in the 1980s one of my clients was a retired pilot from Pan American Airways. He told me that during World War Two he was in the Coast Guard. I asked him what he did,

“Patrolled the beaches of Catalina Island and made sure the beautiful girls on the beach weren’t enemy saboteurs.”

“How long did you do this?”

“The entire war. World War Two was good to me.”

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/