The Creed of 


the United States 



By Harry Hamlet

I am proud to be a United States Coast Guardsman. 

I revere that long line of expert seamen who by their devotion to duty and sacrifice of self have made it possible for me to be a member of a service honored and respected, in peace and in war, throughout the world. 

I never, by work or deed, will bring reproach upon the fair name of my service, nor permit others to do so unchallenged.

I will cheerfully and willingly obey all lawful orders.

I will always be on time to relieve, and shall endeavor to do more, rather than less, than my share.  

I will always be at my station, alert and attending to my duties. 

I shall, so far as I am able, bring to my seniors solutions, not problems. 

I shall live joyously, but always with due regard for the rights and privileges of others. 

I shall endeavor to be a model citizen in the community in which I live. 

I shall sell life dearly to an enemy of my country, but give it freely to
rescue those in peril. 

With God's help, I shall endeavor to be one of His noblest Works -

Written in 1938 by VADM Harry G. Hamlet, USCG, Commandant 1932-1936. 


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