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.
Still going strong after 214 years together: The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Public Health Service
Written by Lisa Novak, Coast Guard media relations. 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 a hurricane [...]
Post Written by William H. Thiesen, Ph.D., Atlantic Area Historian 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 evolution of 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. [...]