Celebrate The Coast Guard’s 228 Years Of Life Saving, Ice Breaking, And More

On August 4, 1790, the United States Coast Guard was born. Since then it has evolved into and integral part of our military and national defense as well as in life saving duties on every coast and inland water body of size.

The United States Coast Guard is a unique service, having responsibilities that include life saving duties on our inland waters, lakes and rivers, as well as national security duties in protecting our many seaports.

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The Coast Guard has many different responsibilities.

It is, and always has been, an important part of our national security. They interdict drug smuggling efforts on the high seas and are called upon to conduct ice-breaking missions in the Antarctic and on the Great Lakes and some of our rivers as well.

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The Coast Guard is involved in life-safving missions around the world.

The Coast Guard has participated as a military force in many of the wars this nation has fought. They were at Normandy and other beach landings throughout Europe, as well as in the Pacific in WWII. They conducted mine-sweeping operations in both Korea and the Vietnam Wars. They have been involved in missions in the Persian Gulf.

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On land, by sea, or in the air, the Coast Guard is there.

In every case they have fought and sacrificed their lives in service to the nation alongside their military brothers and sisters in the other branches. The modern Coast Guard is responsible for wide range of duties. They have a Special Forces unit, snipers, and an air wing that includes fixed wing planes as well as helicopters.

They can do it all, even though they are the nation’s smallest force.

Watch more coast guard action in the video below!

The Veterans Site sends its birthday greetings to the United States Coast Guard on their 228th birhtday. We send our respect to all who have served and all who are presently serving in the United States Coast Guard today.

You have honored your motto throughout your history: Semper Paratus!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.