Today in Coast Guard History – January 17th

  • 1832 – Treasury Secretary Louis McLane discontinued the practice of hiring “unemployed” Navy officers as senior Revenue Cutter Service officers. All vacancies were to be filled by promotions within the service. This was a tremendous boost to morale among Revenue cuttermen as they had long complained about the slow line of promotion, as unemployed Navy officers grabbed up senior positions.
  • 1994 – Coast Guard units and family members assisted those in need after an earthquake hit Los Angeles, California.

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