From Aztec shore to Arctic zone, to Europe and Far
The Flag is carried by our ships in times of war and
And never have we struck it yet in spite of foe-men's
Who cheered our crews and cheered again for showing how
SURVEYOR and NARCISSUS, The EAGLE and DISPATCH,
The HUDSON and the TAMPA, the names are hard to match;
From Barrow's shores shore to Paraguay, Great Lakes or
The Coast Guard fought through storms and winds, To
punish or to save
Aye, we've been "Always Ready", To
do to fight, or die
Write glory to the shield we wear, In letters to
To sink the foe or save the maimed, Our mission and our
We'll carry on 'til Kingdom Come, Ideals for which
So here's the Coast Guard marching song, We sing on
land or sea.
Through surf and storm and howling gale, High shall our
"Semper Paratus" is our guide, Our fame, our
To fight to save or fight and die! Aye! Coast
Guard we are for you!
Words and music attributed to Captain Francis Saltus Van Boskerck, USCG,
Words and Music Copyright by Sam Fox Publishing Co,
1. Coast Guard
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