This year marks the 214th anniversary of the founding of the Coast Guard. This year is also the official observance of the 60th anniversary of World War II.

Beginning Wednesday, the Coast Guard will begin a year-long campaign to record the oral histories of Coast Guard veterans who served in World War II.

The Coast Guard's role in WWII began in 1939, enforcing the United States' neutrality. During the war, 241,000 men and women served in the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard's only Medal of Honor recipient, Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro, was from Cle Elum, Wash. Munro died on the beaches of Guadalcanal in September 1942.

The Library of Congress Veterans Oral History Project will be collecting the stories via the Internet. The Veterans History Project relies on volunteers to interview, record, compile and donate materials.

For questions, contact the Library of Congress Veterans Oral History Project Web site at ( or the 13th District Public Affairs office at (206) 220-7235.


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