U.S. # 5008a
2015 49¢ U.S. Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard has been protecting American waters since 1790. It began as the Revenue Cutter Service, which curtailed smuggling, ensuring tariffs were collected. Since those early days, the organization’s duties have expanded to include navigational aid, search and rescue efforts, and joining forces with the Navy during times of war. In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Coast Guard Act to create the military force that exists today.
Among the Coast Guard’s duties, rescuing distressed boaters remains one of the most important. From the days of sail to today, the Coast Guard has aided victims of shipwrecks including immigrants on overcrowded boats and stranded pleasure boaters. In 1944, helicopters began assisting ships in these efforts.
The Coast Guard is the only military branch governed by the Department of Homeland Security. But during wartime, it becomes part of the U.S. Navy. Its ships serve as escorts, providing fire support and rescuing survivors of sinking vessels.
For more than two centuries, the brave men and women of the Coast Guard have served the United States – protecting our nation’s maritime interests and its people both at home and overseas.
This stamp issued for the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard was created by aviation artist William Phillips using oil and Masonite. The artwork pictures the three-masted cutter Eagle, known as America’s Tall Ship with an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter flying overhead.
Value: 49¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate
Issued: August 4, 2015
First Day City: Washington, D.C.
Type of Stamp: Commemorative (Imperforate)
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Method: Offset printing in sheets of 120, with 6 panes of 20
Quantity Printed: 120,000 stamps
The dedication ceremony for this stamp was held at the Coast Guard’s Douglas A. Munro Headquarters. Munro received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his bravery at the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II.
U.S. #5008 is the second U.S. stamp to honor the Coast Guard. The first, U.S. #936, honored their role in World War II.