February 19 is formally recognized as the birth of the #CoastGuardReserve while June 23 is recognized as birthday of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. On Dec. 7, 1941, Lt. Cmdr. Frank D. Higbee ordered the Auxiliary to duty in the 11th Naval District (Calif.) and told them (in effect): “Come back with your shield, or on it!”
For 75 years the Coast Guard Reserve has taken on the job of “utility responder” and has served in every major conflict or crisis this nation has faced. The Coast Guard Reserve has seen action from the beaches of France and Iwo Jima in World War II, to the shores of the gulf coast for Deepwater Horizon.
Since February 19, 1941, the Coast Guard Reserve has taken its full place alongside their brothers and sisters in the other Armed Forces. Every Coast Guard reservist and every American can take great pride in the professionalism, patriotism and preparedness displayed.
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