USCGC Ingham

USCGC Ingham will be participating in the Museum Ships Weekend Event June 6 (8PM EDT) through June 8 (8PM EDT). There will be about 90 museum ships on the air and stations must contact at least 15 different participating ships in order to qualify for a 2013 Certificate.

We are looking for operators for this event, so if you want to participate, send an e-mail to Bill, KK4INP, keyscgcutters AT gmail

USCGC Ingham (WHEC-35), one of only two preserved Treasury-class cutters. Originally named Samuel D. Ingham, she was the fourth cutter to be named for Treasury Secretary Samuel D. Ingham. She was the most decorated vessel in the Coast Guard fleet and was the only cutter to ever be awarded two Presidential Unit Citations.

Her keel was laid on 1 May 1935 and she was officially commissioned on 12 September 1936. During the early part of World War II, she served on convoy duty protecting supply ships bound for Britain. On 15 December 1942 Ingham engaged and sank a German, submarine U-626.

During the summer of 1944, Ingham was converted to the AGC Command Ship configuration at the Charleston Navy Yard. She was outfitted with the latest electronic equipment available at the time, including the newest radar, twenty-five radio transmitters, thirty-five receivers and all the associated gear that included new masts and numerous antennas.

New superstructure was added to make room for all this equipment in both the radio room and combat information center (CIC). Berthing was provided for a Force Commander and and his Chief of Staff as well as five specially-trained Officers to man the CIC. In addition many of the regular crew went to went to radiomen's school or radarmen's school to become proficient in the use of the latest equipment.

In this configuration she served as the flagship to General McArthur and took part in numerous campaigns in the Pacific Theater. She served in many campaigns in the Phillipines such as Corregidor and Bataan in the Philippines; the assault landings on Panay, near Tigbauan; the landing at Pulupandan, Negros;the battle for Macajalar Bay in northern Mindanao; and the battle for the island of Balut.

After the war, Ingham was reconfigured again and returned to regular Coast Guard duties. She served in both the Vietnam War and the Mariel Boatlift and was decommissioned in 1988. At that time, Ingham was the second oldest commissioned U.S. warship afloat and the last active warship in the US fleet with a U-Boat kill.