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The World Health Organization estimates that 370,000 people drown each year, and according to the United States Coast Guard 82 percent of those people were not wearing a life jacket. The Kingii is an emergency life preserver that you can strap right to your wrist in case you don’t feel like wearing a life jacket. It’s lightweight and portable design makes it much less bulky than a life preserver. To use it simply pull the lever on the wristband and the flotation device will inflate within seconds, thus floating you to the surface of the water.

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Trump Weighs Cuts to Coast Guard, T.S.A. and FEMA to Bolster Border Plan
The goal is to shift about $5 billion toward hiring scores of additional agents, as well as toward infrastructure to support a crackdown on illegal immigration.
By Nicholas Fandos

Think about it……..to build his fucking wall, he would slash $5 billion from other agencies that are supposed to protect the US and its citizens. This man is certifiably insane, if not reckless, if not just plain ignorant. Your pick.

Michael Chertoff, former head of the Department of Homeland Security under President Bush, said the following:

“It’s a little bit like putting an extra lock on the front door and none on the back door. You are not really protecting the house.”

“Did they get off?”

Few outside of the Coast Guard would recognize the name Douglas Munro but those that do recognize the name of a hero.

73 years ago today during the Battle of Guadalcanal Signalman First Class Munro took charge of ten landing craft in order to ferry three companies of U.S. Marines under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Lewis B. Puller from a staging point at Lunga Point Base to the western coast of Guadalcanal. The initial landing was successful and with the Marines ashore, Munro and his boats withdrew to their original staging area.

The Marines advanced 500 yards inland before being overcome by Japanese forces. The lack of radios made it hard for the Marines to communicate their plight and resorted to spelling out the word HELP using white t-shirts on a low ridge near the beach. Munro volunteered to navigate his landing craft back to the beach and extract the marines, risking enemy fire as they did so.

As the evacuation progressed, Munro recognized the dire situation that was developing. The Japanese were firing from points only 500 yards away from where the Marines were retreating. Munro immediately directed his own landing craft in between the Marines and Japanese forces, providing much needed covering fire.

With the marines embarked, Munro’s landing craft began pulling back out to sea except one that had come too far ashore and beached itself. With Japanese forces now closing in, Munro ordered a landing tank to pull the immobilized craft free while he continued to provide cover. 20 minutes later the stricken landing craft was free and headed out to sea under a barrage of Japanese machine gun fire.

It was during this time that Munro was struck by a single bullet. He died before reaching the staging area but according to reports, the Signalman remained conscious long enough to utter his last words; “Did they get off?”

For his actions Munro was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is the only member of the Coast Guard to be given the award.

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Honoring our men and women in uniform….

                                                Armed Forces Day
                                                   May 21, 2016

First observed in the United States on May 20, 1950, Armed Forces Day was created to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard – following the then-recent consolidation of the military services into the U.S. Department of Defense.

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. At the time, World War II was still fresh in everyone’s minds….and the Korean War was soon to follow.

It was originally intended to replace the separate Army-, Navy-, Air Force-, Marine Corps- and Coast Guard Days, but the separate days are still observed, especially within the respective services.

President Harry S. Truman (C, dark suit) & soon-to-be President Dwight D. Eisenhower (L, in uniform) watch the first Armed Forces Day parade in 1950.

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions and air shows across the Nation.

The United States’ longest continuously running Armed Forces Day Parade is held in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2016, Chattanooga celebrates the 67th year of their Armed Forces Day Parade.

     The Armed Forces Day parade in Chattanooga, TN May 16, 2015

Armed Forces Day is also celebrated in a multitude of other nations on a variety of dates meaningful to each country. The vast majority of nations honor and salute the men and women who dedicate their life to the security of the nation and its people

                                              Honor and respect!

                                          ______________________

>>The two posters at the top serve as almost-bookends for the annual celebration of Armed Forces Day in the United States. The first poster represents this year, 2016….while the second image is from the second celebration of the day in 1951. The faces are more diverse now….but the look of dedication and pride remain the same.

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The Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) from Virginia participating in a training evolution in Hyannis, Mass., Thursday, Oct., 22, 2015. The highly trained and specialized team, using a real-world underway ferry, practiced tactical boardings-at-sea, active shooter scenarios, and detection of radiological material.

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38-foot United States Coast Guard picket boat Miss Pensacola II, and it’s odd catch. In the summer of 1933, the anchor of the boat became tangled around a particularly large (5000 pounds and 22 feet wide) manta ray. Unable to untangle and risking a capsize, the Coasties aboard “dispatched the beast with 30 shots from a high-powered rifle”.