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Revenue Cutter Service (U.S.)

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In 1790 Alexander Hamilton formed the Revenue Cutter Service for the express purpose of enforcing the customs laws. In contrast, the other armed services are prohibited by law from conducting law enforcement activities, except as authorized by Congress on a limited basis. (Posse Comitatus Act)
Herbert R. Mann, 9 October 1999

In 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service and the Lifesaving Service were merged to form the Coast Guard under its modern name. Over time, additional functions were added as other maritime safety organizations were amalgamated into the USCG.
Joe McMillan, 22 October 2000

Circa 1917

[U.S. Revenue Cutter Service flag] by Phil Nelson, 18 April 2000

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