Happy 228th birthday, U.S. Coast Guard!

Actually, the official birthday of the Coast Guard is August 4, but it’s never too late to extend a warm congratulations!

According to Military.com, the Coast Guard is one of America’s five armed forces and traces its founding to Aug. 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. Responsibilities added over the years included humanitarian duties such as aiding mariners in distress.

The service received its present name in 1915 when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S. Life-Saving Service to form a single maritime service dedicated to the safety of life at sea and enforcing the nation’s maritime laws.

The Coast Guard is a multi-mission, maritime, military service and the smallest of the five Armed Services. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment and U.S. economic interests in the nation’s waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security.

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7 Responses to Happy 228th birthday, U.S. Coast Guard!

  1. Lucille says:

    World War I Poster

    World War II

    Liked by 1 person

  2. czarowniczy says:

    Allllllright…where’s our Alaskan PA on this post?????

    Liked by 2 people

    • stella says:

      She’s around somewhere.

      Liked by 2 people

    • The Tundra PA says:

      Hey guys, sorry to be so late chiming in here; very busy all day yesterday with campaign events for my retired Coast Guard Captain husband and Alaska State House candidate. And WOW, I really love this! Those old posters from Lucille are great, I’d never seen them. We were at a fundraiser for the campaign on Saturday and another retired Coastie was there. We had a rousing toast to the Coast Guard. Thanks for this post, Stella. Lots of people leave out the 5th and smallest branch when naming the armed forces. I am so glad that President Trump never does forget the Coast Guard. Semper paratus!

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