Commodore Bertholf, first commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and first flag officer in the service’s history. U.S. Coast Guard image.

The Long Blue Line: Bertholf – second founder of the Coast Guard

The story of Ellsworth Bertholf is lost and forgotten to the American public, but to members of the Coast Guard past and present, he remains a legacy through his heroic feats in Alaska, his role in establishing the Coast Guard as a military service, and the distinguished National Security Cutter that now bears his name.


100th anniversay of Modern-Day Coast Guard

Celebrating Coast Guard history: 100th anniversary of the “Act to create the U.S. Coast Guard”

100 years ago today, from his office in the Treasury Building in Washington, D.C., Captain-Commandant Ellsworth P. Bertholf, head of the now-former U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, or USRCS, ordered his Chief Clerk to send telegrams or radio messages to all offices, stations and cutters around the country announcing the official news of the creation of the U.S. Coast Guard.


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Sharing the Coast Guard’s story

Social media has changed the way we connect with others, engage in conversations or share our mutual interests. Social media is part of our daily lives. That means social media is part of telling the Coast Guard’s story.


Rep. Price

The spirit of Bertholf: Rep. David Price

More than 3,000 Coast Guard members call North Carolina home. North Carolina is also home to Rep. David Price, the 2013 recipient of the Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award. The annual award is a way to recognize members of Congress who exemplify the spirit of the award’s namesake – the service’s first commandant.


Sen. Landrieu

The spirit of Bertholf

Each year the Coast Guard presents the Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award to a member of Congress who exemplifies the spirit of Bertholf by making substantial contributions in support of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard and enhances the ability of the service to carry out its missions. This year’s recipient is Sen. Mary Landrieu.