Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

 DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Akiyama via  Flickr .

DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Akiyama via Flickr.

When the Coast Guard "Reserve" was authorized by act of Congress on June 23, 1939, the Coast Guard was given a legislative mandate to use civilian volunteers to promote safety on and over the high seas and the nation's navigable waters. The Coast Guard Reserve was then a non-military service comprised of unpaid, volunteer U.S. citizens who owned motorboats or yachts.

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