U.S. Coast Guard March
Semper Paratus

From Aztec shore to Arctic zone, to Europe and Far East.
The Flag is carried by our ships in times of war and peace;
And never have we struck it yet in spite of foe-men's might,
Who cheered our crews and cheered again for showing how to fight.

The HUDSON and the TAMPA, the names are hard to match;
From Barrow's shores shore to Paraguay, Great Lakes or ocean's wave,
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 the sky.
To sink the foe or save the maimed, Our mission and our pride,
We'll carry on 'til Kingdom Come, Ideals for which we've died.

So here's the Coast Guard marching song, We sing on land or sea.
Through surf and storm and howling gale, High shall our purpose be.
"Semper Paratus" is our guide, Our fame, our glory too,
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, 1922, 1927.
Words and Music Copyright by Sam Fox Publishing Co, Inc.


1. Coast Guard FAQs for a history of the Semper Paratus anthem.
2. Semper Paratus March Wikipedia article.