contributed by Liz Zaczek, senior staff writer
On August 4, 2020, the US Coast Guard celebrates turning 230 years young! The US’s “Guardians” have a unique job in the military of both a role in law enforcement and a role in war. As of 2018, there were nearly 42,000 active duty members of the Coast Guard, 7000 Reservists and 30,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
While many are familiar with famous or infamous members of other branches of our country’s military past and present, legendary battles and plenty of museum worthy factoids our United States Coast Guard feels underrepresented in the popular history. Here’s some interesting anecdotes in honor of the USCG’s founding.
The Bridges Family (Lloyd, Beau and Jeff) one of Hollywood’s favorite acting families is also a Coast Guard family. In 2011, they were each honored with a Lone Sailor Award which, according to The United States Navy Memorial, is presented “to Sea Service Veterans who have distinguished themselves, drawing upon their Sea Service experience to become successful, in their subsequent careers and lives, while exemplifying the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.”
There are plenty of interesting tales and important people throughout history about all our service branches that didn’t make it into our traditional school books. These are just a sampling of one branch, the Coast Guard, as our way of saying
“Here’s to the last 230 years and to the next 230!”