This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - May 11

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

1898-USRC Hudson towed the crippled USS Winslow from certain destruction under the Spanish forts at Cardenas, Cuba during the Spanish-American War.  Congress later conferred a Gold Medal of Honor on her commanding officer, Revenue First Lieutenant F. H. Newcomb.  His officers and crew were awarded Silver and Bronze Medals.  

1908-The Revenue Cutter Service was authorized to enforce Alaska game laws.
1945-On the morning of 11 May 1945, four days after Nazi Germany surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, the Coast Guard-manned destroyer escorts USS Vance and USSDurant, underway off the Azores escorting their last convoy to the Mediterranean, sighted a light ahead of the convoy.  They closed to investigate.  The Durant illuminated the target, which was the surfaced German submarine U-873, which had been at sea for 50 days. Vance, while screened by Durant, hailed the "erstwhile enemy" over her public address system, established her identity, and then ordered her to heave to.  On board were seven officers and 52 enlisted men.  Vance placed a 21-man prize crew on board the captured U-boat and delivered the prize at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 16 May 1945.  
(Source: USCG Historian’s Office)
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