USCG Ice Breaker Photos

Allan Lasser filed this request with the Coast Guard of the United States of America.
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From: Allan Lasser

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All photos taken from the USCGC Polar Star's freeing of the Antarctic Chieftain.

Photos with attribution to the USCG were originally published alongside a post on the GCaptain blog.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, and is not being made for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Allan Lasser

From: Martindill, Keasha D LCDR

Hello Allan Lasser;
I am LCDR Martindill with the U.S. Coast Guard and I have a question about
your FOIA request

There are (3) photos listed on the blog you linked to below. Unless I'm
misunderstanding you,
the photos you seek are still on the Internet. You do not need a FOIA request
to access them.
LCDR K. Martindill

From: Martindill, Keasha D LCDR

Hello again Mr. Lasser:
Here are more CG photos in the Public domain re: Polar Star & the
See link here.

Again, you do not need a FOIA request to access/use them.
LCDR K. Martindill

From: Allan Lasser

LCDR Martindill,

I appreciate your response. Most of these images have been compressed, cropped, or otherwise reformatted by the new agencies publishing their stories. I was hoping to get all of the original, full-resolution file photographs from the mission. I apologize if my initial request was not specific enough.


From: Martindill, Keasha D LCDR

Ok. I'll let Coast Guard HQ know you still want them and they will forward to
Coast Guard District 13.
LCDR K. Martindill


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 11, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Allan Lasser

LCDR K. Martindill,

Oops! My apologies.

Would you be able to provide me the contact information for the office you forwarded my request to? Coast Guard District 13, correct?

Thank you,

From: Martindill, Keasha D LCDR

Hello; your request is being followed-up on by a different CG office,
as the pictures you have requested do not reside at my command.

Therefore, I am no longer a POC for this FOIA.

Thank you/regards
LCDR K. Martindill

From: Coast Guard

Lasser: Dear Mr.
This letter pertains to your March 11, 2015  Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)request to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).  Your request was received in this office onApril 07, 2015. Due to theincreasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we encounteredsome delay in processing your request. We sincerely apologize for the delay and anyinconvenience it may have caused. However, we want to let you know that we have been making earnest anddiligent efforts to reduce the backlog of cases, and that your file isscheduled to be reviewed in the near future. Before webegin the time-consuming review process, we want to ensure that you are still interestedin continuing the processing of this request. Please indicate your continued interest in pursuing these recordswithin 30 days from the date of this email, or we will assume you are nolonger interested in this FOIArequest, and the case will be administratively closed. If you haveany questions regarding this matter, please refer to 2015-CGFO-01291 . We can be reached at 202-475-3522 orby email at ( Sincerely, Office of Information Management CG-611/FOIA

From: Coast Guard

Dear Lasser: This is the final response to your Freedom of InformationAct (FOIA) request to the U.S. CoastGuard (USCG), dated March 11, 2015 which was assigned FOIA number 2015-CGFO-01291. In a correspondence dated August 2, 2018, you were informed that if we did not receive confirmation of your continued interest in your FOIA within 30 days of the date of that correspondence, we would assume you were no longer interested and your request would be administratively closed. This letter advises you that we have not received a response and we have administratively closedyour request file, and no fees will be assessed. If you have any questions, or would liketo discuss this matter, please feel free to contact our office at 202-475-3522.  Please refer to 2015-CGFO-01291 in all futurecorrespondence with this office. Sincerely, U.S. Coast Guard CG-611 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office