The United States Coast Guard in World War II: A History of Domestic and Overseas Actions
Thomas P. Ostrom. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2009. 260 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $39.95.
Thomas Ostrom's motivation for writing this book stemmed from the respect and admiration he gained during and after his eight years in the Coast Guard Reserve. As Coast Guard historian John Galluzo notes in his foreword, the service and its predecessor agencies "have been involved in every American war since 1798."
Among other tasks it performed during World War II, the Coast Guard provided crewmen for Navy and Army vessels as well as for its own ships, carrying military cargo and landing troops on dangerous shores. On the home front, its port security work included search and rescue, firefighting, and counter-sabotage missions.