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Coast Guard’s 228th Birthday

Celebrate the U.S. Coast Guard

Each August 4 the U.S. Coast Guard celebrates its birthday.

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.


Our coast guard brothers & sisters don’t get enough credit. Happy birthday to all of our coastie breethen.

Posted by Uncle Sam's Misguided Children on Saturday, August 4, 2018

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  1. The Coast Guard is one of America’s five armed forces?
    Is it truly?
    The Coast Guard started off as the Revenue-Marine (tax enforcers for Alexander Hamilton) and then became known as the Revenue Cutter Service before they eventually became the US Coast Guard.
    They certainly have a history of fighting with distinction in many of America’s wars.

    The real question I have is this.
    If they are a Military force then are they not prohibited by Posse comitatus from being used as a domestic law enforcement agency?

    Which is where they currently find themselves. Under the direction NOT of the Department of Defense nor even of the Department of Transportation which was their previous home but rather under the opprobrious direction of the Department of Homeland Security . Which engages in domestic “law enforcement.”

    So from the way I see it they’re either a military force being misused in violation of federal law or just another (unconstitutional?) federal law enforcement agency.

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