SHIELDAzure, on a point in base Gris a point embowed Vert, on Gris a silhouette of the early CG Destroyer CG-9 Beale Sable, overall a lighthouse to dexter side, its lantern issuing a light beam to sinister Proper, all within a bordure Gules.
On a wreath Argent and Azure a stylized compass rose of the last, four mullets Or within its quadrants.
Saltirewise behind the shield a trident Or and a Naval officer's sword point to base Proper.
The words "STRENGTH ENDURANCE SERVICE" in Gold letters on a tripartite Dark Blue scroll doubled Gold and interlacing the tips of the sword and trident.
The device as described above upon a white disc enclosed within a dark blue designation scroll edged on the outside with gold rope and inscribed "USCGC WAESCHE" at top and "WMSL 751" in base in gold letters.
SHIELDThe lighthouse recalls Admiral Waesche's profound influence and impact on the United States Coast Guard and its development through the twentieth century, particularly its amalgamation with the Lighthouse Service and Bureau of Marine Inspection. The destroyer Beale refers to the Admiral's post as Commanding Officer of that ship and its significant link to the Navy, which transferred it to the Coast Guard. It belonged to the most sophisticated class operated by the Coast Guard at that time and has relevance to the Legend class, today's most modern ships in the Service. It recalls also Coast Guard control of illegal activity in the early years of Admiral Waesche?s career. Blue represents the Coast Guard; white denotes integrity and pursuit of the highest goals. The scarlet bordure signifies courage, sacrifice and unity of purpose of Coast Guard personnel and recalls the expansion of the Service during World War II.
The compass rose represents Admiral Waesche's wide scope of activities and influence in developing the United States Coast Guard's abilities as a major force in the protection of the nation and its interests, notably in maritime matters. The stars signify his high rank in the service and recall his distinction as the first Coast Guard officer to achieve such status. Gold denotes excellence.