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Happy Birthday, United States Coast Guard!

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Contemporary studio portrait of US Coast guardsman in uniform and cap smiling.  American Flag and Coast Guard flag can be seen in the background.
Vincent William Patton, III in uniform. Vincent William Patton, III Collection, AFC/2001/001/43230

August 4th marks the 225th birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard, the only military organization within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard work tirelessly to safeguard our nation’s maritime interests and environment around the world.
Click here to access digitized collections of more than 130 veterans who served honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard, like Vincent William Patton, III. Thankfully for us all, they were “Semper Paratus,” always ready!


  1. happy birthday to the usa coast guard…

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