The United States Coast Guard will be celebrating its 225 birthday tomorrow. Established on August 4th, 1790, under President George Washington, it was originally named the Revenue Cutter Service and was part of the Department of Treasury. Since then, it has seen many changes and been part of several departments. Currently, it serves the Department of Homeland Security.
Over the past 225 years, the Coast guard has been a crucial component of many military operations including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, the Coast Guard has been essential in responding to Hurricane Katrina, massive oil spills, and more.
The Coast Guard is the smallest of the United States five armed forces, but its presence is seen locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Happy birthday, U.S. Coast Guard and thank you to all the men and women who are a part of it!