On Sat, 17 May 1997 13:14:34 -0700 Ken Ashe <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>At 03:05 PM 5/17/97 PST, Jim wrote:
>>See...they never taught us that in History and Traditions...just that
>>Uncle Sam's Misguided Children were formed in Tun's Tavern...the
>>branch of the US Military organized under the new country. There
>>of course a Continental Army and Navy...later US Army and
>>It would make sense that, the Marines originally being organized to
>>strictly as a fighting unit on Navy ships, they would have been
>>by the Navy.
> Somehow I was under the impression that the Coast Guard,
>the Revenue Cutter Service, was the oldest branch. Of course there are
>who don't consider the CG to be exactly a "military" service.
When I enlisted in 1956, two friends of mine were about to go into the
Coast Guard. The recruiter told me that after they served their hitch
[3? 4? years], they would still be draft eligible because, except in
time of war, the Coast Guard fell under the aegis of, I believe, the
Treasury Department. None of which is to say that the Coast Guard is
cushy duty...even in peacetime. I think I'd prefer damn near anything
other than facing an Atlantic gale on a rescue mission.
I always figured that [former Senator] Sam Nunn was as safe in the Coast
Guard as Dan Quale was in the Indiana National Guard...from Nam service
that is...except recently I recall seeing something about Coast
Guardsmen there. Is't true?
But, to the matter addressed above, I believe your final statement is,
almost, right. It's not a question of those who don't consider the
Coast Guard one thing or another, but of the functions assigned it.
Also, there is no Coast Guardsman on the Joint Chiefs...just the four.
One more time, this is not to impugn the bravery of the Coast Guard and
the hazardousness of their duty in any way.