U. S. Coast Guard
Cutter Losses World War II

See U.S. Navy Losses at
Vessel, Type, Hull Number Area or Event, *Cause Date of Loss

Patrol Gunboat - 327'

Alexander Hamilton (WPG 34) Iceland, T 01-30-42

Patrol Gunboat - 165'

Escanaba (WPG 77) Newfoundland, T 06-13-43

Patrol Gunboat - 125'

Bedloe (WSC 128) Atlantic, W 09-14-44
Jackson (WSC 142) Atlantic, W 09-14-44

District Patrol

Bodega (WYP 342) EM Panama, G 12-20-43
Dow (WYP 354) EM Puerto Rico, W 10-14-43
Natsek (WYP 170) EM Newfoundland, OW+ 12-17-42


LS 73 (WAL 503) Vineyard Sound Lightship, W+ 09-14-44


Acacia (WAGL 200) Caribbean, G 03-15-42


Muskeget (WAG 48) EM Ocean Wx Station #2, OT+ 09-09-42
A Aircraft   K Kamikaze
B Bomb   M Mine
C Collision   O Overdue; failed to return
D Depth charge, own   SC Scuttled by US forces
EA Enemy Action   T Torpedo
EM Emergency acquisition vessel, converted trawler or merchant   US Sunk or destroyed by US forces after enemy action
EX Explosion; non enemy action   W Weather; typhoon/hurricane
G Gunfire   + Lost with all hands
GR Grounding      
1. Only US Coast Guard Cutter losses are listed here.  In addition to 400 cutters and 4000 small craft the Coast Guard manned 299 Navy and 287 Army vessels during WW2.  Navy ships types included DE, PF, AOG, AP, APA, AKA and most types of landing craft.  Army vessels included transports, freighters, tankers, repair ships and tugs. The Coast Guard expanded from a pre-war strength of 10,00 personnel to over 170,000 active and 50,000 temporary reserves during the World War II.

2.  The "W" preceding a Coast Guard Cutters identification number dates back into the 1930's.  It is unclear why the letter W was used.   In the U.S. Coast Guard Call Sign Book, 1941, most large cutters were assigned an identification number preceded by the W.  When the Coast Guard began to operate under the Navy in WW2, the Navy vessel types were affixed to the Coast Guard Cutters.  Large cutters became PG's and so forth.  The W was not affixed to the vessel type (WPG) until near the end of the World War II.