Mission + Vision + Values
During the 1942 Battle of Guadalcanal, Douglas Munro was mortally wounded by enemy gunfire while protecting withdrawing Marines. Focused on his mission to the end, his dying words were: "Did they get off?"
The National Coast Guard Museum supports Coast Guard missions by inspiring and engaging with the public to celebrate the service’s members and their accomplishments of the past, present and future.
The National Coast Guard Museum will engage and educate through art, artifacts, exhibits, interactive and immersive experiences. Visitors will be able to employ these educational programs utilizing STEM, civics and art, both in person at its physical location and online through virtual exhibits.
Since its founding in 1790, the Coast Guard has evolved into a nimble, maritime sea service with a unique identity, purpose and tradition. Through steady pursuit of its many federal duties, the Coast Guard exemplifies its motto, Semper Paratus – “Always Ready.”
Integrity is our standard. We demonstrate uncompromising ethical conduct and moral behavior in all of our personal and organizational actions. We are loyal and accountable to the public trust.
We value our diverse workforce. We treat each other and those we serve with fairness, dignity, respect and compassion. We encourage creativity through empowerment. We work as a team.
We are professionals, military and civilian, who seek responsibility, accept accountability, and are committed to the successful achievement of our organizational goals. We exist to serve. We serve with pride.
United States Coast Guard Ethos
In Service to our Nation
With Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty
We are Semper Paratus
We are the United States Coast Guard