The Extraordinary Story Of The U. S. Coast Guard Since its inception more than 200 years ago, the United States Coast Guard has rescued over 1. 1 million people. Yet, despite having more than fifty thousand active and reserve members, most of us know very little about this often neglected but crucial branch of the U. S. military. Filled with altruism and adrenaline, "Rescue Warriors" brings us into the daily lives of 'Coasties' as well as dozens of death-defying rescues at sea and on hurricane-ravaged shores. A masterpiece of adventure reporting, "Rescue Warriors" is the definitive book on America's Coast Guard.