The Coast Guard has the world’s worst publicist. Much of the general public doesn’t realize that the Coast Guard is actually one of the branches of the American Military Services and is the nation’s oldest continuous sea going service. They see the Coast Guard as; life savers at sea; heroes during hurricanes; or as boarder protectors against drug smugglers. There is so much more to tell.
The Coast Guard has undertaken missions ranging from; defending this nation during EVERY war; breaking the ice in the Antarctic to maintain operations at McMurdo Station; to having boots on the ground in Central America during the height of the drug wars.
Even less publicized to the public and within the Coast Guard is that for over the last seventy years the Coast Guard Reserve has been a major partner in the success of the Coast Guard. Honoring the United States Coast Guard Reserve (USCG-R) attempts to correct that deficiency.
It is the real-life story of a career Reservist telling the history of the Coast Guard Reserve, the Coast Guard, and “Team Coast Guard” from a ‘deck plate’ perspective.
At times the story is light hearted and even irreverent, how many people know that Humphrey Bogart was a Coast Guard Reservists and Popeye was a Coast Guardman? But the story is always serious about the efforts of the Coast Guard Reserve in their over seven decades of service to the citizens of the United States of America.