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SHIPMATE SALUTESemperParatus.com salutes all Coast Guardsmen, active, retired and former members of the oldest sea going service of the United States. This site is not associated with the U.S. Coast Guard or the Department of Homeland Security. It is a tribute to the the quality people that wear the shield and a way to keep alive the memories of an old Coast Guardman.
SERVICE RECORDS AND SHIP'S OFFICIAL LOGSSemperParatus does NOT have access to individual service records or official logs. Check with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
WHY ISN'T MY COMMAND'S PATCH/PICTURE ON THE SITE?In 1997 the web bos'n started posting casually collected naval insignia. Other collectors and shipmates responded with scans of their ship and/or unit patch and even complete collections. Today, thanks to a multitude, there are many representative insignia. Your scans are welcome as long as you own the patch and scan it. Please don't send copies from other web sites or photographs that you did not take. Scans are cleaned and color levels adjusted as needed using Adobe® Photoshop® and an Intros2® 12x12 graphics tablet. Because SemperParatus is a one person operation with many "retirement" projects, there is a delay in posting new material.
I WANT TO BUY A SHIP'S PATCH, PICTURE OR A POSTER.SemperParatus does not sell insignia, posters or pictures. Here are a few web sources for pictures, posters and patches that may be of assistance. These are for the most part untested vendors. There is no relationship between SemperParatus and these vendors.
I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I LOOKING FORCheck the links page. The links cover many frequently asked questions (faqs) and should answer most general inquiries.
COAST GUARDSMAN'S MANUALIf you tossed your Coast Guardsman's Manual or your spouse sold it at a garage sale here is an edition list to help determine which CGM edition you received at boot camp.
Check here to buy a new one. The Coast Guardsman's Manual, 11th Edition (Soft Cover)
LINKINGIf you have a web site, blog, post to a forum, please do not (direct) hot link to our images.
COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS WELCOMEOur general email address is the rusty old mail buoy that some shipmates didn't find while standing "mail buoy watch" on their first cutter. If you see something that is in error tell us kindly and it will be corrected.