Coast Guardsman Karl Edwin Gustafson

Coast Guardsman Karl Edwin Gustafson

United States Coast Guard, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, April 2, 1925

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Karl Edwin Gustafson

Coast Guardsman Karl Gustafson was shot and killed while on prohibition patrol in Block Island Sound, approximately three miles southeast of Race Point Lighthouse, New York.

Guardsman Gustafson was on watch in the pilothouse of CG-237 and was following a small boat suspected of carrying illegal liquor at approximately 1:00 am when the occupants aboard the other boat suddenly opened fire without warning. Guardsman Gustafson was struck by a single round in the abdomen.

Other crew members immediately attended to his wound and set a course for New London, Connecticut. When they arrived at the base, Guardsman Gustafson was immediately taken to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his wound at 6:25 am.

Guardsman Gustafson had served with the United States Coast Guard for two years and held the rank of Chief Boatswain's Mate (Acting). He was survived by his mother, who lived in his native Sweden.

He was buried in the U.S. Navy section of Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New York
  • Weapon Rifle; Machine gun
  • Offender Not available

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