On September 29, 1917, Tampa sailed out of New York, bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia. It would be the last time Tampa’s crew would see American shores.During World War I, Tampa was the largest naval loss of life suffered by the United States due to combat action.
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Joseph Toahty, half Pawnee and half Kiowa Indian, joined the Coast Guard in 1941. He was the first Pawnee Indian to go to sea, the first Native American to participate in a U.S. naval offensive operation and the first to set foot in enemy territory during the World War II.
After a German U-boat torpedoed Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, the ship sank with all 130 men in 1918 off the coast of England. In 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order to allow the awarding of the Purple Heart to be retroactive for actions after April 5, 1917, an award that had been restored to use 14 years after Tampa sank. However, Tampa was overlooked until 1999. In May 2019, 10 families of Tampa crew members were presented Purple Hearts to honor their family members’ service to the country.
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The Coast Guard will commission its newest Fast Response Cutter, the Rollin A. Fritch, Nov. 18, 2016, in Cape May, New Jersey. The cutter’s namesake was a crewmember aboard the USS Callaway during World War II and died during a Kamikaze attack January 8, 1945.
Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crewmembers circa 1918. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Judy L. Silverstein. It was toward the end of World War I, on a stormy night, when Coast Guard Cutter Tampa disappeared off the coast of Wales with all crewmembers aboard. Considered the greatest single casualty incurred by
Family and members of the New Hampshire American Legion join Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun and Senator Kelly Ayotte after the presentation ceremony of Fred Wesley Wyman’s Purple Heart at Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor, N.H. Wyman perished aboard Coast Guard Cutter Tampa during World War I after the ship was struck by a german torpedo.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Jensen pins a Purple Heart onto the chest of WWII Coast Guardsman Harry Milton Daube. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cindy Beckert) USS Leopold at her launching in 1943. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph) World War II Coast Guardsman Harry Milton Daube, 88, the last living