June 23, 1939 ~ Birth of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary


Today in 1939, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was created to support the mission of United States Coast Guard.

Above all, the Auxiliary serves as a force multiplier for the Coast Guard.  Today, The Coast Guard considers the Auxiliary its primary resource for recreational boating safety outreach and prevention. In many inland portions of the country, where the majority of U.S. recreational boating occurs on lakes and rivers, the Auxiliary is the sole Coast Guard presence. They conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist the Coast Guard with homeland security duties, teach boating safety classes, conduct courtesy vessel safety checks for the public, and more

As of 2018, there were approximately 24,000 members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Collectively the Auxiliary contributes over 4.5 million volunteer hours of service each year and completed nearly 500,000 missions in service to support the Coast Guard.

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