1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 30, 2021 12:10 PM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking records of Coast Guard Dog Nora & Evens Mitchell

    Sherri Swanson Newbie

      Seeking information on a Coast Guard Dog named "Nora." She was a German Shepard who rescued Coast Guardsman Evans E. Mitchell of Chicago, IL, while patrolling an isolated North Carolina beach at night. Nora was purchased for fifty cents from a neighborhood family and received the Bronze John P. Haines medal at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City at the American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (ASPCA) by Sydney H. Coleman. Any information or help you could give me about Nora or Guardsman Mitchell is welcome.  I have included the only photo I have found of Nora and Evans Mitchell to date.


      Nor the Fifty Cent Dog, Gaurdsman Mitchell and Sydney H Coleman



      Sherri Swanson

        • Re: Seeking records of Coast Guard Dog Nora & Evens Mitchell
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Ms. Swanson,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Photographs of Activities, Facilities, and Personalities, 1939-1967 in the Records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26) that contains the image you shared plus 4 additional images of the "Fifty Cent Dog" Nora. Some additional information is provided in the captions on the reverse of each image. These photographs have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog.


          Since the incident occurred at the Oregon Inlet in North Carolina, you may find some additional information in the logbooks for that Coast Guard station. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Logbooks, 1880-1942 for the Oregon Inlet Station in Record Group 26. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at Atlanta (RE-AT) at atlanta.archives@nara.gov for access to and information about these and similar records.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Logbooks, 1942-1947 in Record Group 26 that includes the logbooks for Oregon Inlet for 1942-1944, and the series Logbooks of Ships and Shore Installations, 1948-1972 in the Record Group 26 includes the logbooks of the Oregon Inlet Station for 1948-1949. Some of these logbooks have been digitized and may be viewed online using the National Archives Catalog. The series Reference Files, ca. 1915 - ca. 1941 includes the file Coast Guard Dogs as well. These records have not been digitized. For more information about the non-digitized logbooks and other records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of Evans E. Mitchell’s Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs). OMPFs and medical records of the personnel of the U.S. Coast Guard who were separated from service after 1897 and before April 1998 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.  To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC.  Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. If there is any information requested that you do not know, you may leave it blank or provide estimates, however the more details you provide, the easier it will be for NPRC staff to locate the correct file.  For records of veterans who separated from service after 1958, certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran or his next of kin. For more information see Request Military Service Records.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RE-AT and RDT1. Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels.  Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          Plus, we located a number of photographs related to the Oregon Inlet Coast Guard Station on the Library of Congress (LOC) website that might be of interest to you. You may be able to locate additional information in historical newspapers like those available online from the LOC’s Chronicling America website.


          Since Oregon Inlet became part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in 1953, we suggest that you contact the National Park Service site for more information. Finally, we suggest that you contact the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Historian's Office for further assistance. 


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!