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I'm Oliver North this is war stories were -- the majestic US Coast Guard Bart.
Eagle in New London, Connecticut this 295.
Foot sailing vessel.
Is the largest I'll ship -- the stars and stripes and the only square -- our military.
36 she was taken as war reparations from Germany after World War II.
Today she serves up voting leadership laboratory for -- two options.
The Coast Guard and its predecessors and served as an armed force in every conflict since the founding of our republic.
For more than two centuries whatever help was -- on or near the water coast has valiantly.
Answered the call living up to their motto -- what brought -- always right.
This is the story of the united states Coast Guard and tonight you'll meet these guardians of the -- -- just 39000.
Active duty personnel the Coast Guard is smaller in the new York city police department.
Don't remember these highly trained -- these are certainly the most -- Worldwide thinks he's illegal drugs -- shipping lanes and keep our waterways ice -- and of course save lives over the here's -- bit under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Treasury.
The department of the navy and transportation.
And in 2003 it was transferred to the newly formed department of homeland security and but defending our homeland is nothing new for America's Lifesavers.
After an eight year bloody war of independence our brand new country was financially and dire straits.
In the course of the revolution America at a -- a fifteen million dollar debt.
We're by the first secretary of the treasury Alexander Hamilton.
Congress authorize the construction of ten cutters to be built at the cost of a thousand dollars each.
On August 4 1790 the revenue cutter service was.
Born they were created to enforcement here -- walls.
States doctor Robert Browning juniors the coast guard's chief historian of the recruit let's start off.
Organization the officers have -- official uniform -- official flag until later all but yet there expect them.
Enforce the law states it was somewhat like the navy because the navy in times faces is laid up.
But the revenue cutters are out there almost a daily basis sailing around doing their duty what is the first time.
That -- put under the control of the US navy.
During the quality war seventeen -- first time desperate.
In does that happen in every conflict there after it happens in virtually every conflict.
Enforcing maritime law on the high seas also meant catching pirates.
Innu nation that pirates -- Pirates who were pulling in the places along the Carolina coast revenue cutter service -- along with -- -- To literally pushed the parent off a partial hours they burned out their strong holes and the caption -- Covers service can choose to uphold the law of the land in the city.
61 the union should have me fired the British -- shot of the civil war guard.
Arbor networks like civil war breaks there's divisions of the current army -- Guys going -- guys -- doubles.
What happened because you have some cutters that the states now that's on the -- and stay with the north some of the cutters that were seized by the confederacy.
Actually become like eight others.
Because there's so fast moment -- can't -- six cutters and use them about the war.
January 28 1915.
President Woodrow Wilson authorize the merger of the lifesaving service and the revenue -- service.
Creating the modern US Coast Guard -- 1942.
It would also include the lighthouse service the bureau of navigation.
And the steamboat inspection service.
The combination of these five feet is what makes the -- -- multi -- did today.
And now Coast Guard is asked this -- We have beach patrols here in the states we'll watch that.
But they also sent six -- -- over to Europe to -- -- it conflicted as it is today.
Keeping a watchful -- on our ports of entry was Paramount.
Only this time the Coast Guard wasn't chasing pirates the Germans trying to sabotage one -- the ammunition.
Plants and in New Jersey.
-- July 20 ninth 1960.
An enormous explosion occurred -- this that.
-- liberty for the police then called back -- The blast shattered windows in Manhattan New Jersey and Brooklyn are caught -- sabotage rose above the United States.
Those still hopeful America was becoming painfully aware of the enemy within and everywhere the -- black more on an angry nation -- In the Coast -- -- in.
Groups of -- and to try to help put out the fire to rescue people out of this.
Some 9000 men serve the Coast Guard and World War I and more than a hundred were killed in action war ones over nineteen.
Few years after that you have prohibition and just come from major hassles of us are cheap illegal liquor from a partial.
This -- gets its first airplane flying.
Scout out and look for for rum runners.
All eyes focused on Adolf Hitler's insatiable desire for expansion in Europe.
The Coast Guard stepped up its efforts when it was -- securing the frigid waters around Greenland.
The reason we had interest in grain was because Cryolife -- there Cryolife was incredibly.
Important and that it was them definitely -- aluminum you have to have aluminum aircraft industry and Denmark had just fallen in Greenland was.
Possession and -- And so because Karr was all of in an area.
-- -- to make sure that that remained.
Out of Germany and.
But another threat loomed in Asia.
In an uncanny coincidence that would change history president Franklin Roosevelt ordered the entire US Pacific fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor.
It was defended by every branch of our armed forces including the Coast Guard.
Some said it was most heavily garrison island in the world.
We have gone on December 7.
Lost out in the streets where were you on December 7.
I just in this news conference in his home you know through -- -- We've we'll.
There were -- planes flying over.
We couldn't -- -- -- Just weeks before Pearl Harbor was on 21 year old -- -- -- the Coast Guard.
He suddenly found himself in the naval surface where they send -- review -- sort of opposite.
Don't -- -- what we're doing reform government power.
4000 miles away in New Orleans and other young American was devastated by the savage attacks -- my -- where -- You win the Japanese bombed pearl high school as a seventeen year old Garrett goes -- freedom is on the line.
And like some of the other guys cross country wish to going in do our part for the sake of freedom.
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