World War II United States Coast Guard Training Center, St. Augustine

We dedicate this exhibit to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) who long served as GUARDIANS OF THE FIRST COAST.

During World War II, St. Augustine served as a USCG training center, where recruits from all over the United States were trained to defend our coast. While here, they enjoyed local cuisine, local history, and partook of recreational activities offered by the mild climate and access to the Atlantic coast. 

The U.S. Lighthouse Service came under the USCG in 1939, just prior to the U.S. entry into WW II. Visit our photo gallery below to view photos of recruits training in St. Augustine and the "Coasties," the affectionate name of those who served in the USCG, who were stationed at the St. Augustine Light Station.

Visit our gallery of historic photos from the WWII era in St. Augustine and the St. Augustine Light Station. (Click on the thumbnail to view photos in large format.)

If you have a personal story about your experiences in the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in St. Augustine, we would love to hear it! Please reach out to our Collections and Interpretation Department Director Brenda Swann at (904) 829-0745 ext. 208 or email bswann[at] 

USCG Training Center 
Learning to use the Breeches Buoy to save lives
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USCG at the Light Station 
In the courtyard between the tower and keepers' house near a building that no longer exitis
 On Duty in St. Augustine 
Initiating new recruits
 Off Duty in St. Augustine 

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St. Augustine, Florida 32080