Tag Archives: U.S. Coast Guard

79 YEARS AGO TODAY – AND SIX WEEKS BEFORE PEARL HARBOR ATTACK – FDR PUT COAST GUARD UNDER NAVY CONTROL

Six weeks before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent a not-so-subtle message indicating the United States was ramping up for war. On November 1, 1941 – 79 years ago today – he signed Executive Order 8929, which put the U.S. Coast Guard under the Navy’s control, a moved usually restricted to […]

THE MOTHER OF ALL 3 U.S. COAST GUARD BIRTHDAYS: 231 YEARS AGO TODAY

Did you know that the U.S. Coast Guard celebrates three different birthdays, and that today isn’t one of them? October 2, 1789, however, is the reason all three exist. Here’s the skinny. The Coast Guard considers August 4, 1790, its true date of birth. On that day, Congress approved the construction of 10 ships for […]

230th BIRTHDAY JUST “DUCKY” FOR VENTURA HOME’S ONLY COAST GUARD VETERAN RESIDENT

Pardon Richard “Ducky” Brace when he says there was no middle ground when it came to his service in the U.S. Coast Guard in the mid- to late-1960s: He was either hot or cold with it. Indeed, Brace stayed toasty warm down in the engine rooms where he served as an engineman for two years […]