Sunday, June 29, 2003

Hope this email finds all you well and ready for summer vacation.

New Logo. I have been playing with my web site again and have added a few old and new stories. My newest article is about the awards the USCGC CHASE has earned. I have updated the patch article and will do so with any story or article on my web site. Any additions or corrections are welcome.

Reunion is getting closer and sounds as if a good number is planning on attending. My hat is off to all of the organizing crew. They have put a lot of hours into this project. Sounds like it is going to be a good time.

I have received word that Captain Kerns, Commanding officer of the CGC CHASE, left last Friday in a change of command ceremony. I do not know if he retired or moved on to a new duty station. I will keep my eyes open and try to update all on the new CO and Captain Kerns information.

I received news form a contact on the CGC CHASE that plans are to keep some of the old cutters around for a while. The new cutters will be larger, faster, and have fewer crew members. Lots of study has gone into these new ships and makes one want to reenlist to serve on one. Joking………

I received an email about a new book.

Fellow Coast Guard COMVET

I have written a book about a little-know period in Coast Guard history. It is important that the Coast Guard's history be recorded and publicized. I think you will be surprised at the extent of our Service's involvement and proud of the accomplishments of individual Coast Guardsmen, during World War I.

In the Foreword to The Coast Guard in World War I: An Untold Story, Admiral James M. Loy said, "This book should be read by all."

The US Naval Institute Press described the book, saying, "The U.S. Coast Guard suffered the highest percentage of losses of any American armed force in World War I, yet until now the extent of the Coast Guard's involvement in that war remains little known to the public. The author, an experienced Coast Guardsmen himself, makes extensive use of such primary sources as personal journals and letters, cutter logs, reports of commanding officers, personnel records, and interviews to compile this historic, first-time-ever account. To bring the history to life Alex Larzelere draws on his extensive seagoing background and fills the book with action narratives that document the heroism of men like Lt. Fletcher Brown, Warrant Officer Midgett, and their crews, who went to the rescue of ships torpedoed by German U-boats."

"The Coast Guard was transferred to the Navy, when war was declared in 1917. A small service of less than 5,000, it was made up of highly experienced cuttermen, sorely needed for the U.S. Navy's rapidly expanding fleet. This book describes the activities of the guardsmen and their units, in the War Zone and at home, from the time they were mobilized and transferred until the service was returned to the Treasury Department in August 1919. As explained by Larzelere, their many operations give readers a full appreciation of their contributions to the war effort."

240 Pages. 22 Photographs. Appendixes. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Hardcover. ISBN 1-55750-476-8. $32.95

The book can be ordered from the US Naval Institute Press by calling
(800) 233-3378 or online at:

With best wishes,

Alex Larzelere, CAPT, USCG, (Ret.)

I will close for now. Still have many projects planned. I wish all a great summer, God bless.    


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