'The Atlantic Campaign'
(See pp. 12-36, June 2008 Naval History)
Rear Admiral Norman C. Venzke, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
• Congratulations on this issue. I read all the articles on the Battle of the Atlantic in one sitting. The piece on the Secretary-class cutters filled in a lot of gaps in the history of those fine ships. And the mention of USCGC Ingham (WHEC-35) triggered fond memories. With this having been my first ship after graduation from the Coast Guard Academy in 1950, I learned first hand that she might not have been that fast, but she could punch through the worst in the North Atlantic like no other ship.
Vice Admiral Charles S. Minter Jr.'s comments on the Hedgehog rounds were informative. Although I taught weapons at the Academy, I didn't realize that modified rounds were used as aircraft bombs by some PBYs. His mention of the relatively obscure Mousetrap is also interesting. These were mounted on small Coast Guard cutters and patrol boats where the weight and thrust of the Hedgehog could not be structurally tolerated. For that reason, the same basic 7.2-inch round was rocket propelled.