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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Legend Class 418 foot National Security Cutter
    Keel Laid 29 March 2005 - Launched 29 September 2006
    Christened 11 November 2006

    Commissioned (Special) 8 May 2008
    Commissioned (Full) 4 August 2008

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USCGC Bertholf WMSL-750 Covers Page 1     (2005-08)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
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Killer Bar Text

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Locy Type F



Commissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Commodore Ellsworth Price Bertholf, USCG (April 7 1866 - November 11 1921).
Bertholf was a Congressional Gold Medal recipient who later served as the fourth Chief of the United States Revenue Cutter Service and first Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.
Bertholf was court-martialed while serving as a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, for allegedly participating in a hazing incident. Following his expulsion from the Naval Academy, Bertholf enlisted on September 14 1885 in the Revenue Cutter Service as a cadet, graduated and was appointed a third lieutenant on June 12 1889 and retired from the US Coast Guard (the successor entity of the Revenue Cutter Service) on June 30 1919 holding the rank of Commodore.
Bertholf died at his residence at Bretton Hall Hotel in New York City on November 11 1921. Commodore Bertholf was laid to rest with full military honors in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery. He is buried next to his nephew, Charles Mariner Bertholf, Captain, United States Navy, and his nephew's son, Charles Mariner Bertholf, Jr., Captain, United States Marine Corps. His brother, Wallace Bertholf, Captain, United States Navy, is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The ship's sponsor is Mrs. Meryl Chertoff, wife of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.



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