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August 04, 2005

Happy Birthday!

On this day in 1790, the United States Revenue Cutter Service was born.

Today - we know them as the Coast Guard, the 5th Armed Service of the United States.

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"COAST GUARD MATCH BOX FLEET: THE DOUGHTY FLEET OF COAST GUARD 83-FOOTERS PLY THE ROUGH WATERS OF THE ENGLISH CHANNEL OFF THE COAST OF FRANCE. THIS COAST GUARD RESCUE FLOTILLA PERFORMED VALIANT SERVICE, SAVING ALMOST 1500 MEN FROM THE WATERS ON D-DAY AND SUCCEEDING DAYS."

They were there at Normandy, and other hard fights. The manned a lot of the landing craft. They hunted subs and escorted convoys. They earned Medals of Honor. And did their regular job, too.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: Semper Paratus!