Threat of War: Neutrality Patrols
“Coast Guard units served with distinction in missions supporting the war effort even before formal U.S. entry into World War II. On 3 September, 1939, two days after the German invasion of Poland, France and Great Britain declared war on Germany. On 5 September, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed U.S. neutrality and ordered units of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard to establish a “Neutrality Patrol.” Its duties included observing and reporting belligerent warship movements in a cruising area that extended far into ocean waters adjacent to U.S. shores. Built in the late 1930’s, the service’s high-seas Treasury-class cutters (sometimes referred to as Secretary-or 327-foot, class cutters) became a mainstay of the neutrality patrol.” Thiessen, William H. “The Coast Guard’s World War II Crucible”. Naval History, Oct. 2016
Monhegan men spark interest of Neutrality Patrols
Monhegan Press, 11 Nov. 1939, pp. 1&4.