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Souvenir of the Big Advance at Cambrai

Turned over in a police firearms surrender, a trophy Luger from a historic Great War battle on the Western Front is now in a museum.

The pistol, a 1911-marked DWM, was collected by the Wiltshire Police during the UK’s National Firearms Surrender this summer. While the majority of firearms collected will be torched, the Luger was passed to the famed Tank Museum in Bovington for them to display.

“Firearms handed into the police during surrenders are sent for ballistic tests to ensure they haven’t been used in crime and are usually then destroyed,” said Wiltshire Police Armourer, Jamie Ross. However, an exception was made for the Luger, which was transferred in unmolested condition. “This live firearm is a part of history and I know that it is a welcome addition to the collection at the Tank Museum,” said Ross.

The intact DWM Parabellum was made in 1911 and, brought back as a war trophy the UK, is in a holster marked “Souvenir of the Big Advance at Cambrai November 1917.” (Photo: The Tank Museum)

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Bearing the Torch, 76 years ago today

U.S. troops aboard a landing craft head for the beaches during Operation Torch of the North African Campaign Oran, Algeria. 8 November 1942.

Imperial War Museum photo. Hudson, F A (Lt), Royal Navy official photographer

Note the man wearing the old school “Brodie” helmet in the back of the boat, probably a Royal Navy man, as the group had spent 22 days aboard the converted ocean liner RMS Orbita on the voyage from Scotland to North Africa. The men aren’t wearing unit patches, but the cased gear to the front right look to be marked “1-19” which could be 1st Bn/19th INF Regt, which at the time was in the States and would later serve in the Pacific. In fact, they are men of the 1st coy, 19th Engineer Battalion, who did take part in the Torch landings.

Less than a year after Pearl Harbor, the Torch landings would be the U.S. Army’s first brush with war in the ETO. Other than a few officers and NCOs with Great War experience or service in the National Guard, most of these men were recent volunteers and draftees, living ordinary lives in George Bailey’s America and had only held a gun when going hunting or at a carnival shooting gallery. It’s a good thing the French didn’t really have the inclination to mix it up. The 19th Engineers went on to serve at the horrors of the Kasserine Pass (where they lost 3/4 of their active strength and it was reported that “the 19th Engineers no longer exist”) and the Rapido River, where the Germans were much more ready to fight.

As noted by the Army “During World War II, The battalion conducted five amphibious landings while accompanying the victorious allied armies through Africa, Italy, France, Germany, and Austria. The battalion had suffered 902 combat casualties including 144 killed in action. For their gallantry and service, the battalion was awarded 10 campaign streamers from World War II, and soldiers from the battalion were awarded 7 Silver Stars and 13 Bronze Stars”

Below is a great doc on the 19th, with several interviews with vets, and directly shows the above image as a reference.

The 19th is still on active duty, based at Fort Knox.

Have a ripple


A combination shot of two screen frames of Convair F-102 Delta Dagger, 53-1793, as it ripple fires 24 × 2.75 in (70 mm) FFAR (Folding Fin Aerial Rocket) unguided rockets from its missile bay doors.

The world’s first supersonic, all-weather jet interceptor and the U.S. Air Force’s first operational delta wing aircraft, the F-102 used a very complex fire control system for the time, the Hughes MG-3/10 series, which would automatically fire the onboard air-to-air rockets and missiles. Besides the FFARs shown, the Dagger could carry a mix of a half-dozen semi-active radar homing (the AIM-4A Falcon) and infrared homing (the AIM-4C Falcon) guidance air to air missiles as well as the brutal AIM-26A Nuclear Falcon, which sounds like a classic Air Force weapon.

F-102A-5-CO s/n 53-1793 served in the following Fighter Intercepter Squadrons:

*USAF 18th FIS.
*USAF 37th FIS.
*USAF 460th FIS.
*USAF 16th FIS.
*USAF 509th FIS.
*10/1965: Stuck off charge at Clark AB, Philippines.

Charles N. Daly was not a man to be trifled with


The man pictured from these scans of Firearms Curiosa (Lewis Winant, Bonanza Books, New York, 1955) is antiquarian Capt. Charles Noe Daly.

The book ( pg. 12) states that the armor was “found in Bordeaux in 1917” and found its way into the collection of aforementioned Mr. Daly. The cuirass weighs 30 pounds and holds nineteen cartridge pistols. Here is a further description from Firearms Curiosa:

“cuirass of steel . . . when brought into a right angle position may be fired in batteries of four and five by pressing the studs and levers, which release the hammers which are cocked by a hook carried on a chain.” The armor also came with a pair of stirrups that contained two pistols, which would fire by pulling on a strap in case one is pursued or attacked from behind. (ibid)

[ Hattip, Eldon Litchfield on the above ]

A 1922 article by Sumner Healy in Outers details the armor to more extent and includes photos of it with a set of pistol-loaded stirrups and two pistol loaded sabretechs which all told gave the horseman a total of 39 shots before having to reload.

noe curriass

As for Noe, he married one Mary Ecclesine in a New York society event, and died at age 65 on Thursday, October 5, 1933 in York, Ontario, where he had long been U.S. Consul.

His 1,000 item personal collection that included the strange armor above, a saddle gun used by William of Orange, Adm. Nelson’s pistol, and others, were sold in 1935 at public auction in Ottawa.

Some of the lots:

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Who knows where it is at now.

Warship Wednesday July 2 Helen’s daughter

Here at LSOZI, we are going to take off every Wednesday for a look at the old steam/diesel navies of the 1859-1946 time period and will profile a different ship each week. These ships have a life, a tale all of their own, which sometimes takes them to the strangest places.

– Christopher Eger

Warship Wednesday July 2 Helen’s daughter


Here we see the British Dido-class light cruiser HMS Hermione (Pennant 74) of the Royal Navy slicing through the Italian coastal submarine Tembien like butter on 2 August 1941, west of Malta. The (gouache on board) artwork is entitled, “A British cruiser ramming an Italian submarine” by Marc Stone. It is in the collection of the UK National Archives.

The 16 ships of the Dido-class, built to a prewar design, were some of the most modern fleet escorts in the Royal Navy and found themselves at the sharp end of the spear throughout World War Two. Originally designed to be a svelte 5700 tons, with a 1:10 length to beam ration (512-feet oal, 50-foot abeam), they were fast (33-knots) but lightly armored ships capable of swatting away aircraft, light combatants, and submarines from the fleet proper. Armed with ten rapid-fire 5.25-inch (133mm) guns in five dual-mounted turrets, as well as two sets of triple torpedo tubes, they were basically just really big destroyers– with a little bit of armor.

Where they had an advantage was in a 4000-nm cruising range of 16-knots, which enabled them to cross the Atlantic at a fair clip. This made them perfect for escorting convoys to places like Malta, Cyprus, or across the big pond.


The Dido‘s were all named after classical history and legend (e.g Black Prince, Bonaventure, Charybdis, Naiad, Spartan, et al) which made cruiser number 74’s name after Hermione, the daughter of Menelaus and Helen in Greek mythology, logical. As such, she was the Royal Navy’s third ship to carry that moniker, the first a Napoleonic war 32-gun frigate, and the second being a WWI-era Astraea-class protected cruiser, both with somewhat unlucky histories. The frigate’s crew had mutinied and surrendered to the Spanish while the old cruiser had grounded herself at least twice and was too obsolete to take an active part in the Great War.


The third would be the unluckiest of all.

Laid down at Alexander Stephen and Sons in Glasgow, Scotland in 1937, the war started before Hermione was commissioned on 25 March 1941. With just a few weeks in service, she was part of the Bismarck hunt, and served on the Northern Patrol in the Atlantic for two months. Rushed to the Med where the Royal Navy was fighting for its very life alone against the Italian, Vichy French and German forces there, she joined 1st Cruiser Squadron Force H, protecting the lifeline convoys running from Gibraltar to Malta and back, then convoys from Malta to Alexandria.

Dido-class sisters, The cruisers HMS Edinburgh, HMS Hermione (center), and HMS Euryalus, steaming in line abreast whilst they escort a convoy as part of Operation Halberd, at the time the largest resupply effort to Malta, to which the entire Italian navy sortied to attempt to stop.

The (Town class) cruisers HMS Edinburgh, along with the Dido-class sisters HMS Hermione (center), and HMS Euryalus, steaming in line abreast whilst they escort a convoy as part of Operation Halberd, at the time the largest resupply effort to Malta, to which the entire Italian navy sortied to attempt to stop.

These runs carried fighters to Malta, oil and supplies to Montgomery’s troops fighting Rommel in North Africa, and other valuable commodities. As such, Hermione shot down attacking dive bombers, endured endless hours on alert for U-boats and fast attack craft, and had her ‘turn in the barrel’ everyday for over a year running this gauntlet.

The ship's good luck charm "Convoy", Hermione's ship's cat, sleeps in his own hammock whilst members of the crew look on

The ship’s good luck charm “Convoy“, Hermione‘s ship’s cat, sleeps in his own hammock whilst members of the crew look on

On the night of Aug 2, 1941 Hermione encountered the Italian Adua-class submarine Tembien on the surface preparing to send a brace of torpedoes into the precious carrier HMS Ark Royal. Had the Ark been sunk, British naval power in the Med would have changed for the worse. It was on that evening the daughter of Menelaus sliced the Roman shark in two, sending her to the bottom.

*Sidebar on the unlucky Adua-class boats of the Regia Marina: These plucky 800-ton, 200-foot long vessels were well-designed but their crews were unprepared for war against the Royal Navy, which had a long tradition of killing submarines operating close to their ships. Of the 17 Adula’s operational during World War II, 16 were lost, almost all to the RN. The class did not chalk up many kills for all of their reckless bravado.*

H.M.S. Hermione

For her role in sinking the Italian submarine, the cruiser Hermione was immortalized in wartime martial art, which was soon turned into war propaganda posters. Tragically, the cruiser had already met her own fate before the ink was dry on these posters.

Assigned to the 15th Cruiser squadron in the eastern Med, she came face to face with a boat who had already tried to sink her once the previous winter. On 16 June 1942, she was sunk after being torpedoed just off Alexandria by the German U-boat U-205 with a loss of some 85 of her crew.


Commanded by Kptlt. Franz-Georg Reschke, U-205 herself the subject of a blood vendetta by the Royal Navy, who sent her to the bottom near the coast of Libya 17 Feb, 1943, with the destroyer HMS Paladin finishing her off.

The Hermione‘s name was issued to a Leander-class frigate (F58) in 1967, a ship that by all accounts had a lucky and safe thirty-year life and whose crew share a reunion and remembrance association with that of the lost WWII cruiser.


Displacement: 5,600 tons standard
6,850 tons full load, wartime overload, 7700-tons.
Length: 485 ft (148 m) pp
512 ft (156 m) oa
Beam: 50.5 ft (15.4 m)
Draught: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Propulsion: Parsons geared turbines
Four shafts
Four Admiralty 3-drum boilers
62,000 shp (46 MW)
Speed: 32.25 knots (60 km/h)
Range: 1,500 nautical miles (2,780 km) at 30 knots
4,240 nautical miles (7,850 km) at 16 knots
1,100 tons fuel oil
Complement: 480 (more added in 1941 to man additional AAA guns)
Original configuration:

10 x 5.25 in (133 mm) guns,
2 x 0.5 in MG quadruple guns,
3 x 2 pdr (37 mm/40 mm) pom-pom quad guns,
6 x 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes (2×3).

1941 – 1943 configuration:

10 x 5.25 in (133 mm) dual-purpose guns (5×2),
5 x 20 mm (0.8 in) single guns,
8 x 2 pdr (37 mm/40 mm) pom-pom guns (2×4),
6 x 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes (2×3).

Belt: 3 inch,
Deck: 1 inch,
Magazines: 2 inch,
Bulkheads: 1 inch.


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Men Of Iron

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Men of Iron by Don Troiani : Doughboys assault German positions in the Bois de Mort Mare during the Battle of St. Mihiel.

Battle of St. Mihiel, the Bois de Frière, Sept. 12, 1918

The 3/358th Infantry, 90th Division, was designated the assault unit for the American attack on the morning of September 12. As they were moving forward toward their jump-off positions before dawn, the unit was caught by German counter-battery fire. Major Allen, battalion commander, was wounded and evacuated while unconscious to an aid station in the rear. Regaining his senses, Allen removed his medical tag and sought to rejoin his unit, which had already advanced through the Bois de Frière. Allen gathered a group of men separated from their units and led them forward. They discovered a group of Germans bypassed by the first wave of American troops emerging from their dugout. Allen led his men in desperate hand-to-hand combat with the Germans. After emptying his pistol and despite his wounds, Allen fought with his fists, losing several teeth and suffering another serious wound.


Allen and his men are shown engaging the Germans in the trench. On the morning of September 12, American troops wore raincoats to protect against the rain. Allen is using his .45-caliber pistol which was standard issue for American officers. American tactical doctrine required the assault battalions to advance as quickly as possible toward their first objective line. Follow-on battalions were given the task of mopping up German strongpoints bypassed by the leading troops. The American early morning artillery barrage drove many German units into the protection of their dugoutsand many were passed over by the first wave of American troops. During the St. Mihiel offensive several American support units engaged in desperate battles to clean out small groups of Germans scattered throughout the woods.

Allen would rise to command the American 1st Infantry Division in North Africa and Sicily in World War II. Criticized for lax discipline, Allen was relieved of his command by General Dwight Eisenhower. Allen was then assigned to command the 104th Infantry Division and he led them through the Battle of the Bulge and Germany’s surrender in May 1945.

An American attack in the Seicheprey region, in a watercolor by the artist-correspondent Harvey Dunn.

USCGC Dallas retired after 45 years

The venerable USCGC Dallas is decommissioned and is being turned over to the Philippines Navy, who also operates the Dallas’s sistership, the ex-USCGC Hamilton. No doubt she may very soon be on the end of a shooting war with Chinese pirates, smugglers, and possibly PLAN naval vessels.

Originally commissioned in 1967 at Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans, La., Coast Guard Dallas is the sixth cutter to bear the name of Alexander J. Dallas, the Secretary of the Treasury under President James Madison. Dallas had a long and varied career in the Coast Guard and was the cutting edge of  technology when she came out of the builders works. After nearly 45 years of service to the nation, Coast Guard Cutter Dallas is being decommissioned. From performing naval gunfire support missions off Vietnam to being the command ship during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift, Dallas has truly seen it all. As Dallas is decommissioned, a new fleet of national security cutters are coming on the line to protect and serve our nation. They stand at the ready to perform homeland security missions at sea, just as Dallas did for decades. The Coast Guard paid $16-million for her in the Johnson Administration and it looks like they got their monies worth.

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Dallas is moored to the pier prior to the cutter decommissioning ceremony at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Friday, March 30, 2012. The missions conducted by the crews aboard the cutters 45 years of service included search and rescue, maritime law enforcement and environmental protection. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

Builder:     Avondale Shipyards
Commissioned:     11 March 1968
Decommissioned:     30 March 2012
Homeport:     Charleston, South Carolina
Motto:     Semper Nostra Optima
(Always Our Best)
Status:     Awaiting Transfer to the Philippine Navy on May 2012
Displacement:     3,250 tons
Length:     378 ft (115 m)
Beam:     43 ft (13 m)
Draft:     15 ft (4.6 m)
Propulsion:     Two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines
Speed:     29 knots (54 km/h)
Range:     14,000 mi (22,531 km)
Endurance:     45 days
Complement:     167 personnel
Sensors and
processing systems:     AN/SPS-40 air-search radar
Armament:     As built: 1x 5″/38 (12.7 cm) Mark 12 gun (of the same type as on the Brooke (FFG-1), Garcia (FF-1040), Long Beach (CGN-9), Albany (CG-10) classes), 2 Mk67 20mm, x4 M2 .50cal MG. This suite used in extensive small boat actions and naval gunfire support in Vietnam. The 5″ gunw as rumored to be refurbished from an old Essex-class Aircraft carrier and had been used to shoot down kamakazies in WWII.

1992: 1 Mk75 76mm, x1 Mk15 Phalanx CIWS, 2 Mk38 25mm, 2 Mk64 grenade launchers, x8 RGM-84 Harpoon antiship missiles (deleted  1999), x6 (three triple) Mk36 tubes for ASW homing torpedoes (deleted 1995-1999).

Currently One OTO Melara MK-75 76mm gun, replacing the 5″ gun, Two MK-38 25mm Machine gun system, Two MK 36 SRBOC systems, One Phalanx CIWS missile defense gun, along with multiple mounted M2HB .50cal machine guns and M240 7.62mm machine guns.

The USCG PAO, LT Stephanie Young, with the help of Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley. has the history of the ship as told by its chief’s mess:


Oct. 26, 1967

Greetings! To all whose eyes may fall upon these pages, we, the original Chief Petty Officers of Dallas, welcome you. Today at 1000 at the Naval Support Activity in New Orleans, La., we commissioned her and set sail for Baltimore, Md., by way of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Excitement runs high as we leave the dock and there’s a feeling of wonder throughout. What does the future hold? What ports will see Dallas? How many miles will pass under our keel before each of us is replaced? These answers, perhaps, will be found somewhere in this log. I think that I might add, without fear of contradiction, that we are all proud to be an original crewmember of Dallas!!

E.W. Brown, HMCPAV

July 4, 1968

This day started out with tragedy for Dallas! At approx. 0030 our commanding officer, Capt. Jay P. Dayton, was struck down with a heart attack and fell to his death. Captain Dayton had a long and distinguished career, having served 27 years active service in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, a daughter and a son. Farewell to a Shipmate!! Alas, life must go on and duty calls. Underway on 8 July 68 at 1800 for Ocean Station Delta.

E.W. Brown, HMCPAV

July 13, 1968

Another first for the “Mighty D.” We relieved the CGC Hamilton W-715, thus becoming the 378’ to relieve a 378’.
A photograph of the log entry about Coast Guard Cutter Dallas relieving Gallatin, the first time one 378 relieved another. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

A photograph of the log entry about Coast Guard Cutter Dallas relieving Hamilton, the first time one 378 relieved another. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Sept, 30, 1976

Today will not be another first, but a last. After today our tradition of wearing the khaki uniform by the C.P.O.’s will not be authorized. Might mention that myself and Chief Newton are two diehards, due to the fact that we are wearing our khaki uniforms for the last time as a Coast Guard uniform. Very regretful for all future C.P.O.’s.

MKC E.M. Jones

March 21, 1977

Terminated ASWEX early due to SAR off Cape Hatteras. Aboard the M/T Claude Conway, seems someone decided to do hot work and the resulting explosion tore her in half and killed eleven people. Tis rather eerie to see a 712-foot vessel split in half and know you go to sea for a living.

YNC Keethy

March 25, 1977

Used the bow section of M/T Claude Conway for target practice most of the day and are almost out of 5” ammo. Hope we don’t go to war…

YNC Keethy

Sept. 17, 1977 (America’s Cup)

Another day of watching grass grow. Americans won again by a HUGE time factor. Wonder if Australians know how to sail at all.

YNC Keethy

Feb. 7, 1978

CGC Dallas (WHEC-716/ BLDG. -716), under cover of darkness and a snowstorm, was wretched free of a 3 month accumulation of coffee grounds and moved by tugs to the Bethlehem Steel Shipyards, Hoboken, N.J. It appears our “ship handlers” saw fit to pass the anchor chain around the bow a couple times. We’ll continue to add to this saga as it develops…

STC Hoye

Nov. 13, 1978

Played softball against the crew. Very tight game. Chiefs lost by a score of 20-3 in the 3rd inning. Crew and officers can beat us in softball, but the chiefs have been kicking butt in bowling!

BMC Carbino

Nov. 17, 1978

DCC is gear adrift.


April 17, 1979

VOLCANO ERUPTED at 1710! Ashes got on the ship, scared to death. We are off St. Vincent Island for an evacuation SAR case.


June 3, 1979

At 1400 Dallas seized a 70’ shrimp boat loaded with pot. The word is this is the first bust Dallas has ever made. Our prize crew is aboard to sail it to Base San Juan, P.R. The name board (Foxy Lady) was hung over our stern with a chain. Will try to get a picture for this log.

ETC Carmona

March 29, 1980

1800 u/w en route Gitmo (maybe) via Norfolk and St. Croix, V.I. Rumor has it Gitmo might be cancelled due to the Energy Crisis. No fuel. Gas on the outside is $1.29 a gallon some places!


April 25, 1980

We receive orders to proceed to the Fla. Straits to provide rescue and assistance as required to more than 10,000 refugees leaving the utopia that is the People’s Republic of Cuba.


April 29, 1980

Well, we’ve been here three days and it’s turning out to be a rather big affair. Dallas is On Scene Command. In company are Cutters Dauntless, Diligence, Dependable, Venturous, Ingham, 7 95’/82’s and a whole bunch of UTB’s out of Key West and Marathon.

June 7, 1980

Summary of “Cuban Exodus” 25 April to 6 June

1. After being diverted from Gitmo on liberty weekend to assist in the Cuban Mass Migration into the United States, the following statistics were compiled.

A. Total refugees entering the U.S. – over 110,000

B. Dallas stats
Ensign Jane Hamilton aboard Dallas during the Mariel Boatlift. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Ensign Jane Hamilton aboard Dallas during the Mariel Boatlift. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

1. refugees carried 443

2. tows 34 (total SARs 71)

3. medical assists 59

4. admirals aboard 6 COMDT, Vice COMDT, CCGD7, LANTAREA, CCGD7 Operations, COMPHIBGRU 2

5. reporters aboard 3 ABC, CBS TV with crew, Time Magazine

6. Helos landed 106

7. vertreps 8 (Air Stations worked: Brooklyn, Cape Cod, Cape May, Miami, Borinquin, Clearwater, Corpus Christi, Elizabeth City, Houston and Savannah)

8. Most tows at one time 6

9. Liberty drills 7 liberty calls 5

10. OSC Dallas, ships in company: Acushnet, Chilula, Cherokee, Courageous, Dauntless, Diligence, Dependable, Ingham, Vigorous, Venturous, Valiant, plus 6 95’s, 10 82’s, 10 Navy vessels and numerous small boats.

11. Medals won Humanitarian Service

NOTE! With over 110,000 people arriving in Key West, only 38 confirmed sinkings and 25 confirmed deaths


July 7, 1980

All hands aboard during Cuban Exodus 25 April to 6 June are awarded CG Commendation.


July 24, 1980

Visited by COMDT, DOT and CCGD7 again. Told us what a good job we were doing. He should have been here when we almost boarded a suspicious vessel at 3 a.m. It had a white hull with a red and blue racing stripe…


May 27 1985

Memorial Day – at 1530 Dallas goes DIW and we bury the dead. A retired chief MK gets his ashes buried at sea and the crew musters on the flight deck.


Aug. 24, 1985

Moored CG yard Baltimore, Md., for teletype installation.


Jan. 28 1986
A sad day in U.S. history! Just about the time we commenced a mission with the U.S. Navy the challenger Space shuttle exploded and burned one minute passed launch 18 – 20 miles off the coast of Cape Canaveral. We have been diverted and are enroute the area on turbines to commence SAR operations.


Jan. 31, 1986
Under way from Port Canaveral, Fl., back on patrol for search more areas for debris. Dallas has regularly been seen on the Good Morning America show. We picked up pieces of the Challenger wing, cockpit, and body. Also internal pieces – a piece of Flashy Christa McAuliffe’s boots, patches, flags, school supplies, and her daughter’s Kermit the Frog stuffed toy that she brought along.


Feb. 2, 1986
Chief’s Mess visited by astronaut William Shephard. He talked to us about the effort to discover the reason for the Challenger’s crash and thanked us for our efforts and work to that end.

RMC White

April 7, 1986
Arrived at Port Everglades Fl. Had HH65 Helo 6518 land on Dallas. First landing of this new type of Helo on Dallas. U/W in the afternoon and evening conducting day/night flight ops.

QMC R.D. Brown

Nov. 21, 1986
The Dallas is now decommissioned. At Bathe Iron Works they will strip her to the bone. She will be re-worked and given a new lease on life. As they take off the old and replace it with the new, one part of her will not be replaced. She will retain her soul. This ship, if she could talk, would elaborate on the text of this log. The past Chiefs encourage all who follow to help maintain this log. My tour on Dallas was short but great. Best wishes to all that sail on the NEW “Pride of the Fleet”.

George E. Rollings, DCC

Jan 10, 1990
Coast Guard Cutter Dallas sails in calm seas as the sun sets Feb. 7, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Coast Guard Cutter Dallas sails in calm seas as the sun sets Feb. 7, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

After 5 hours of deliberation, a command decision was made to turn the ignition key and start this [expletive] war machine! Lines were successfully tossed and underway we went to good old Governor’s Island, NY. We still carry with us a great deal of confusion that was blessed to us by Bathe Iron Works. Some questions that were most commonly repeated:
1. Can we push these buttons?
2. Whose compartment does this belong to?
3. Has anyone seen the ETC?
4. Did Manny let his whole division off again?
5. Did you get a picture of that?
6. Do we need a refrigerator in the Mess?
7. Should we call RDC Boats or Mr.?
All watch is set, good to be underway again!

STC Dickson

Sept. 15, 1992
We are enroute to Earl Weapons Station to offload bullets, torpedoes, and buoys. These few days are the last time any torpedoes or buoys will aboard CGC Dallas. We are getting rid of them, along with the Sonar Technician rate.

STC M. A. Pleasant

Jun. 5, 1994
Today we are in Portsmouth, England and have the Commandant on board. As part of the 50th Anniversary of the Normandy invasion, we paid tribute and rendered honor to the War Memorial on our way out of Portsmouth. Later that afternoon, we were part of a formation of ships from various countries. As the Britannica passed by us, we laid a wreath in memory of those on D-Day. Tonight the Commandant, Adm. Kramek, will have dessert with the chiefs.

EMCS Daniel Segarra

Aug. 10, 1995
We had our first accident on this patrol. The helicopter crashed after take off with three passengers on board. All survived the crash and were MEDVACed for further observation. We basically saw the helicopter spin in the air and then plunge about 40 feet. The Dallas turned and got the air crew. Right now (1910 hrs) the USNS Mohawk is on scene salvaging what is left of the Dolphin.


Feb. 4, 1996
We left Governor’s Island on 12 Jan, did an ammo offload at Earl, and sailed more or last directly to our new home port of Charleston, SC. That’s right, after all these years the plug is being pulled G.I. in an attempt by the Guard to save some money. Of all the schemes over the years, it seems like this one will actually work.

R. Oakley GMCS
A photo from the chief’s log of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Vince Patton’s visit aboard Coast Guard Cutter Dallas in 1993. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

A photo from the chiefs’ log of Master Chief Petty Officer Vince Patton aboard Coast Guard Cutter Dallas in 1993. Patton became the master chief petty officer of the Coast Guard in 1998. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Feb. 8 2003
We depart Charleston, SC., for an estimated 6 month deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Once again, the CGC Dallas is making history!! Note: “official orders” still pending signature from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

SKC Lisa Roberts

March 13, 2003
Our new mission: steam for the Eastern Mediterranean. While enroute, a cargo ship carrying four of our 110’s sailed past us heading for either the Eastern Med. or Persian Gulf.

SKC Lisa Roberts

March 20, 2003
We are at war! We woke this morning to the news that the U.S. has begun the attack on Iraq. The CGC Dallas is responsible for protecting 2 aircraft carriers, USS Truman and USS Roosevelt.

SKC Lisa Roberts

July 26, 2011
I assigned the E-7s on Dallas to write 32 lines about their experience on this patrol. The outcome above was written by E-7 Thomas. I find it to be honest, but he made a grave mistake by referring to me as MKCS vice MKCM. E-7 Driscoll was delinquent in his requirement to submit his experience on this patrol and will be dealt with accordingly.