Signalman First Class Munro uses landing craft to set Marines ashore at Guadalcanal. When they become trapped Munro leads 10 craft back, shielding the Marines from shore fire at they re-board. Munro is killed, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Alexander Hamilton; Alex A. Fraser; Coast Guard personnel
Alexander Hamilton establishes the Revenue Marine Service to combat smuggling. Over time new duties are added, and a Government Lifesaving Service. In 1915 the two bodies merge to form the Coast Guard. Its mission continues to be diverse and dangerous.
Teamster Black Maria beats off smugglers who try to steal her load of cannon intended for a revenue cutter. She later runs a boarding house, keeping it well-mannered with her fists. She assists the police, giving rise to the slang term for a police wagon.
Revenue service (later Coast Guard) men and vessels defend the country at sea and along the shore from the Quasi-War of 1798 through World War II, in which the Coast Guard operates the world's fifth biggest navy.
Francis Tuttle; Coast Guard personnel; Inuit guide
Officers of the Coast Guard cutter "Bear," unable to break through pack ice, walk 2000 miles to Point Barrow, using dogs and herding reindeer. Their arrival relieves the desperate inhabitants and marooned seamen.