Magazine article VFW Magazine

Coast Guard, Airborne and Marine Corps Reserve Mark Anniversaries

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Coast Guard, Airborne and Marine Corps Reserve Mark Anniversaries

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Three of the nation's armed services will recognize significant milestones this month.

Aug. 4: The U.S. Coast Guard was created on this day in 1790 when President George Washington signed the Tariff Act, which authorized construction of 10 "revenue cutters" to enforce trade laws and prevent smuggling. In 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S. Life Saving Service and became the U.S. Coast Guard.

Today, the Coast Guard counts more than 40,000 personnel and is the only U.S. military service to fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security.

Aug. 16: This day marks the 77th anniversary of the Army's first official parachute jump in 1940. President George W. Bush proclaimed it National Airborne Day in 2001, praising the "bravery and daring spirit" of the nation's "sky soldiers."

The original airborne troops served in the Parachute Test Platoon at Fort Benning, Ga. …

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