Semper Paratus: Coast Guard Turns 100

January 28, 2015

By Pat Batcheller

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Gould

"Search and rescue is still probably our bread-and-butter."

Lorne Thomas, External Affairs Director of the Ninth Coast Guard District.

The United States Coast Guard—as we know it—celebrates its 100th birthday Wednesday. Its origins actually go back to 1790, when Congress established the Revenue Marine. By the end of the 19th Century, it became the Revenue Cutter Service and officially merged with the U.S. Lifesaving Service on January 28, 1915. Besides defending America’s shores as a branch of the military, the Coast Guard serves a number of other functions in both war and peace. Lorne Thomas is the External Affairs Director for the Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland. The retired captain tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller the Coast Guard has 11 different responsibilities under federal law. Click on the audio links above to hear the conversation.