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The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (CGAUX) Records Collection

Welcome to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Records Collection Database. The CGAUX database can be searched by typing a keyword into the “Search Term” box. Using the drop-down lists on the advanced search page, searches may be limited in a variety of ways. Searches may be limited also by date. Not all of the records in the collection are currently reflected in this database. Currently, only records for Districts 1, 12, 13, and 17 are reflected in the database. Researchers may contact the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department for assistance by calling (252) 328-6671 or by emailing us at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/spclcoll/SpecialCollectionsReferenceForm. When making requests from the CGAUX collection, please include any known specific, related information concerning the records that you are requesting such as title, subject matter, year(s), type of document, etc. Most importantly, all requests should also include the CGAUX district, division and flotilla numbers that pertain to the items requested. These should include the current numbers and the older numbers if relevant and are known.

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On Sept. 16, 1990, the oil tanker Jupiter exploded on Saginaw River in Bay City, Michigan. Robert Colby and Lee Rieser of the USCGA are seen here patrolling the disaster site.
“On Sept. 16, 1990, the oil tanker Jupiter exploded on Saginaw River in Bay City, Michigan. Robert Colby and Lee Rieser of the USCGA are seen here patrolling the disaster site.”

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The O.W. “Sonny” Martin Jr. Coast Guard Auxiliary (CGAUX) Records Collection

The J. Y. Joyner Library’s Manuscripts and Rare Books Department is the official repository of the records of the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (CGAUX). The auxiliary is made up of civilians who volunteer thousands of hours in support of the United States Coast Guard missions and recreational boating safety. Although a part of Homeland Security, the auxiliary operates separately from the U.S. Coast Guard financially and structurally. The O. W. “Sonny” Martin Jr. Coast Guard Auxiliary Records Collection was established in 1988 through the efforts of Mr. Martin, who was the head of administration of the Wisconsin Historical Society. For many years he diligently collected documents of auxiliary members from across the country. Through the work of both dedicated members and district historians of the auxiliary, the collection continues to grow. Dating from the inception of the CGAUX in 1939 to the present, the collection documents the work of the auxiliary throughout its history, including its role in patrolling the coast and providing port security during World War II and its present participation in search and rescue missions, administration of certified marine examinations, and promotion of boating safety. Like the CGAUX, the collection is organized by district, region, division and flotilla, and each of these individual groups within the auxiliary has its own unique challenges and highlights. Each section of records features a range of documents. A list of these types of documents can be viewed at http://media.lib.ecu.edu/sandbox/coastguard/docList.cfm. Because of the size and rapid growth rate of the collection, a searchable database was created in 2007 to provide better access. The finding aid for the collection provides greater detail concerning the contents and how they are organized.

signalling class

Instructor C. Hann (standing) teaches the recruits of Flotilla 308, New Brunswick N.J. in basic pennant interpretation (1941). The members of the CGAUX must participate in regular training classes and the examinations in order to provide an effective life saving service for this country.

Credits:
Rochelle Barainca, Nanette Hardison, Stuart Parks, and the USCGAUX Historian’s Office.

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