Lt. Brendan Rogers was researching a figure in Coast Guard history for a presentation on organizational change when he came across a letter written by the Honorable Sumner Kimball. Kimball was an administrator whose work was pivotal in standardizing and organizing the U.S. Life-Saving Service that soon merged with the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service to form what we know today as the U.S. Coast Guard.
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In 1900 a hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, obliterating a lifesaving station and killing thousands. The storm unleashed winds of approximately 150 mph and the storm surge flooded the city. The station’s keeper and his crew had little forewarning of the storm, but they could sense that something was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.
When many think about the Coast Guard, they think of the modern, sea-going service that remains ‘Always Ready’ to answer calls for help. But where did our Nation’s Coast Guard come from? The Coast Guard traces its history directly from the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, or RCS, created on Aug. 4, 1790 to protect the nation’s revenue laws at sea and to discourage smuggling, which had become a national pastime.
Beach patrols were normally done on foot, going back as early as 1871, when the Life-Saving Service, a predecessor of the modern Coast Guard, used foot patrols to watch the coastlines for ships in distress. The service used horses to haul boats from storage sheds to the launching point to rescue crews from ships run aground. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the wartime beach patrol was put into action and the seagoing service saddled up in 1942, when horses were authorized for use to patrol U.S. beaches. Using the horses allowed the patrols to cover far more territory faster and more easily than men on foot.
Written by Lisa Novak, Coast Guard media relations. Cmdr. Aaron Middlekauff uses a pharmacy counting and verification system. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lisa Novak. When you deal with your Coast Guard pharmacist, you’re dealing with someone who has more than just medication behind the pharmacy window. There’s a whole lot of history and maybe
Post Written by William H. Thiesen, Ph.D., Atlantic Area Historian A U.S. Life-Saving Station crew pulls a Monomoy surf boat on it's beach trailer. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Coast Guard history has been shaped in no small part by the nation’s response to natural and man-made disasters. Nowhere is that lesson clearer than in the
Post written by LTJG Ryan T. White Let’s go back in time, to the mid-1800s, on the sparsely populated east coast. You are wearing the uniform of a surfman, assigned to a U.S. Life Saving Service station in New Jersey. It’s about 2 a.m. and winter is loosening its grip on the mid-Atlantic state. There