USCGC Ingham (WHEC-35) , one of only two preserved Treasury-class United States Coast Guard Cutters. Originally Samuel D. Ingham, she was the fourth cutter to be named for Treasury Secretary Samuel D. Ingham. She was the most decorated vessel in the Coast Guard fleet and was the only cutter to ever be awarded two Presidential Unit Citations.
Ingham was built at the Philadelphia Navy Yard The Treasury Department awarded her contract on 30 January 1934. Her keel was laid on 1 May 1935 and she was launched on 3 June 1936 along with her sisters William J. Duane and Roger B. Taney. Ingham was christened by Ms. Katherine Ingham Brush on that date and the new cutter was formally commissioned on 12 September 1936.
Ingham served with distinction during World War II on convoy duty. Protecting ships ferrying vital supplies to Britain, Ingham battled stormy weather, German U-Boats, and enemy aircraft. On 15 December 1942, during one crossing, Ingham engaged and sank the enemy submarine U-626. After 1944, Ingham served as an amphibious flagship and she would later take part in six campaigns in the Pacific Theater. Ingham was the last active warship in the US fleet with a U-Boat kill.
Acquired by Patriot's Point in 1989, Ingham was displayed along with the aircraft carrier Yorktown, the destroyer Laffey, and the submarine Clamagore until August 20, 2009.
On August 20, 2009 Ingham was towed to the Coast Guard piers in North Charleston, SC for minor repairs and to await dry docking. It underwent a short dry docking period at Detyen's Shipyard in North Charleston, SC. It was then towed to Key West, FL arriving there on 24 November 2009. She is now a member of Key West Maritime Memorial Museum.
The Commandant of the Coast Guard has declared Ingham the National Memorial to Coast Guardsmen Killed in Action In World War II and Vietnam. These 912 casualties are identified on a memorial plaque on Ingham's quarterdeck. USCGC Ingham was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992.
The Cutter INGHAM continues to proudly serve her country toady, as a training platform for the Special Forces Dive Teams of the U.S.Navy,U.S.Army,and F.B.I, offering them a stable platform to perform various operations that would normally have to be performed on an active duty ship.