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 foeman's might.
Who cheered our crews and cheered again
For Showing how to fight.
So here's the Coast Guard marching song,
We sing on land and sea.
Through surf and storm and howling gale,
High shall our purpose be.
"Semper Paratus" is our guide,
Our fame and glory too.
To fight to save or fight and die,
Aye! Coast Guard we are for you.
2nd Verse
Surveyor and Narcissus,
The Eagle and Dispatch,
The Hudson and the Tampa.
The names are hard to match;
From Barrow's shorfe to Paraguay,
Great Lakes or ocean's wave,
The Coast Guard fought through storm and winds
To punish or to save.
3rd Verse
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.