USCGC Ingham (WHEC-35)
USCGC Ingham (WHEC-35)
|Namesake:||Samuel D. Ingham|
|Awarded:||30 January 1934|
|Builder:||Philadelphia Naval Shipyard|
|Laid down:||1 May 1935|
|Launched:||3 June 1936|
|Sponsored by:||Katherine Ingham Brush|
|Commissioned:||12 September 1936|
|Decommissioned:||27 May 1988|
|Motto:||Never too old to serve|
|Length:||327 ft (100 m)|
|Beam:||41 ft (12 m)|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
|Range:||8,270 nmi (15,320 km; 9,520 mi)|
|Complement:||120 to 300 men (depending on time period)|
|Aircraft carried:||originally 1 Grumman Duck seaplane, later removed|
|Location||Key West, Florida|
|Architect||US Coast Guard; Philadelphia Navy Yard|
|NRHP reference #||92001879|
|Added to NRHP||27 April 1992|
|Designated NHL||27 April 1992|
USCGC Ingham (WHEC-35) is one of only two preserved Treasury-class United States Coast Guard Cutters. Originally 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.
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 three campaigns in the Pacific Theater. Ingham was the last active warship in the US fleet with a U-Boat kill.
|HX 164||10–19 Dec 1941||from Newfoundland to Iceland|
|ON 49||27 Dec 1941-5 Jan 1942||from Iceland to Newfoundland|
|HX 171||22–30 Jan 1942||from Newfoundland to Iceland|
|ON 63||7–13 Feb 1942||from Iceland to Newfoundland|
|HX 177||MOEF group A2||1–8 March 1942||from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland|
|ON 77||MOEF group A2||18–26 March 1942||from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland|
|HX 190||MOEF group A3||20–27 May 1942||from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland|
|ON 102||MOEF group A3||10–17 June 1942||from Northern Ireland to Iceland|
|ON 116||25–29 July 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|SC 93||29 July 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 117||31 July-3 Aug 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 124||24–27 Aug 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|SC 97||29 Aug-1 Sep 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 132||21–24 Sep 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|SC 101||28–30 Sep 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 136||5–9 Oct 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|SC 103||10 Oct 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|Convoy SC 107||5–7 Nov 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 144||8–15 Nov 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 152||11–15 Dec 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|SC 112||16–21 Dec 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 160||14–21 Jan 1943||Iceland shuttle|
|HX 223||23–27 Jan 1943||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 175||4 Feb 1943||Iceland shuttle|
|Convoy SC 118||5–9 Feb 1943||Iceland shuttle|
|Convoy SC 121||9–11 March 1943||Iceland shuttle|
|Convoys HX 229/SC 122||19–21 March 1943||Iceland shuttle|
On completion of her deployment to Vietnam the Ingham returned to regular Coast Guard duties, serving until 1988, when she was decommissioned. At that time, Ingham was the second oldest commissioned U.S. warship afloat, second only to USS Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts.
Museum Ship and Memorial
Acquired by Patriot's Point (located near Charleston, South Carolina) in 1989, Ingham was displayed along with the aircraft carrier Yorktown, the destroyer Laffey, and the submarine Clamagore until 20 August 2009.
On 20 August 2009 Ingham was towed to the Coast Guard piers in North Charleston, South Carolina for minor repairs and to await dry docking. She underwent a short dry docking period at Detyen's Shipyard in North Charleston and was then towed to Key West, Florida arriving there on 24 November 2009. She is now a member of Key West Maritime Memorial Museum.
The Commandant of the Coast Guard has declared Ingham the National Memorial to Coast Guardsmen Killed in Action in World War II and Vietnam. These 912 casualties are identified on a memorial plaque on Ingham's quarterdeck. Ingham was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992.
- Presidential Unit Citation – 2 awards
- Coast Guard Unit Commendation - 2 awards with "O" device 
- Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation – 2 awards
- Coast Guard E Ribbon – 3 awards
- American Defense Service Medal with "A" device
- American Campaign Medal
- European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two battle stars
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three battle stars
- World War II Victory Medal
- China Service Medal
- National Defense Service Medal with star
- Vietnam Service Medal with three campaign stars
- Humanitarian Service Medal
- Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon
- Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
- Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
- Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one star
- Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
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- "HNSA Web Page: USS Ingham". Retrieved 28 March 2008.
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"Accompanying three photos, exterior, from 1944, 1953, and 1990" (PDF). Retrieved 2 September 2012.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Coast Guard document "Ingham WPG / WAGC / WHEC-35 (Ex-Samuel D. Ingham)".
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