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USCG Ingham Awards

  • 2 Presidential Unit Citations
  • 1 American Campaign Medal
  • 1 American Defense Service Medal
  • 5 European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medals
  • 5 Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medals
  • 3 Philippine Liberation Ribbons
  • 1 Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
  • 1 WWII Victory Medal
  • 1 China Service Medal
  • 1 Navy Occupation Service Medal
  • 2 National Defense Service Medals
  • 4 Vietnam Service Medals
  • 1 Humanitarian Service Medal
  • 1 Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
  • 1 Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • 1 Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation with Gallantry Cross with Palm
  • 1 Coast Guard Unit Commendation
  • 2 Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendations
  • 1 Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon

She earned 17 Battle Stars for service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.


Ingham was built at the Philadelphia Navy Yard The Treasury Department awarded her contract on 30 January 1934. Her keel was laid on 1 May 1935 and she was launched on 3 June 1936 along with her sisters William J. Duane and Roger B. Taney. Ingham was christened by Ms. Katherine Ingham Brush on that date and the new cutter was formally commissioned on 12 September 1936.

Ingham served with distinction during World War II on convoy duty. Protecting ships ferrying vital supplies to Britain, Ingham battled stormy weather, German U-Boats, and enemy aircraft. On 15 December 1942, during one crossing, Ingham engaged and sank the enemy submarine U-626. After 1944, Ingham served as an amphibious flagship and she would later take part in six campaigns in the Pacific Theater. The Ingham was the last active warship in the US fleet with a U-Boat kill.

Ingham patrolled the waters surrounding Korea during the 1950-1953 Korean War and earned a Presidential Unit Citation for her service during the 1959-1975 Vietnam War.

After the war the cutter returned to regular Coast Guard duties, serving until 1988, when she was decommissioned. At that time, Ingham “was the oldest commissioned U.S. warship afloat”.

Technical Specifications

Laid down: 1 May 1935
Launched: 3 June 1936
Commissioned: 12 September 1936
Decommissioned: 27 May 1988
Motto: Semper Paratus
Fate: Museum ship

General Characteristics
Displacement: 2,700 tons
Length: 327 ft (100 m)
Beam: 41 ft (12 m)
Propulsion: 2 Babcock & Wilcox boilers and 2 Westinghouse double reduction geared steam turbine engines; 6,200 hp (4.6 MW)
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h)
Range: 8,270 nmi. (15,000 km)
Complement: 120 to 300 men (depending on time period)

Depending on the time period:

  • 1 to 4 x 5” (127 mm)/38 guns
  • 2 x 5” (127 mm)/51 gun
  • 2 x 6 lb (2.7 kg) saluting guns
  • varying numbers of .50 cal. (12.7 mm) machine guns
Aircraft Carried: Originally 1 Grumman seaplane, later removed


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