This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - April 20

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

1871- Secretary of Treasury was authorized by Congress to employ crews of experienced surfmen at lifeboat stations at maximum rate of $40 per month, marking the end of the volunteer system. This was the beginning of direct Federal control over life-saving activities.

 
1997- Dikes along the Red River in North Dakota gave way causing dangerous floods. The Coast Guard responded to calls for assistance and rescued more than 200 people from danger.
 
(Source: USCG Historian’s Office)
 
 

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