Coast Guard Medals

Coast Guard Medals

Coast Guard Medals.  Here at service medals and ribbons we have a large selection of military medals.


Coast Guard History

history of the United States Coast Guard goes back to the United States Revenue Cutter Service, which was founded on 4 August 1790 as part of the Department of the Treasury. The Revenue Cutter Service and the United States Life-Saving Service were merged to become the Coast Guard per 14 U.S.C. which states: “The Coast Guard as established January 28, 1915, shall be a military service and a branch of the armed forces of the United States at all times.” In 1939, the United States Lighthouse Service was merged into the Coast Guard.  However, under 14 U.S.C. § 3 as amended by section 211 of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006, upon the declaration of war and when Congress so directs in the declaration, or when the President directs, the Coast Guard operates as a service in the Department of the Navy.


Early History

Because it’s roots go back to the early days of the Republic. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton lobbied Congress to authorize a small fleet of vessels to enforce tariffs. On 4 August 1790 (now recognized as the Coast Guard’s official birthday).  Congress passed the Tariff Act, permitting the construction of ten cutters and the recruitment of 100 revenue officers.  These “revenue cutters” were the country’s only naval force.

Coast Guard Academy 

The school therefore, provided a two-year premise to ship supplemented by some class work and tutoring in technical subjects.  In 1906, an engineering program for cadets began. Nevertheless, the school remained small, with 5 to 10 cadets per class. In 1914 the School became the Revenue Cutter Academy and with the merger of the Revenue Cutter Service and the Life Saving Service in 1915, it became the United States Coast Guard Academy.

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