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Semper Paratus (march)

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Semper Paratus (march)

"Semper Paratus" (Latin for "Always Ready") is the official march of the United States Coast Guard.

Semper Paratus is also the official Coast Guard piano" in Unalaska, Alaska.[1][2]

The current verse, as well as a second chorus, were written by Homer Smith, 3rd Naval District Coast Guard quartet, Chief Cole, Walton Butterfield in 1943. In 1969, the first line of each verse was changed.

Verse 1

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 foemen's might,
Who cheered our crews and cheered again
For showing how to fight.


We're always ready for the call,
We place our trust in Thee.
Through surf and storm and howling gale,
High shall our purpose be,
"Semper Paratus" is our guide,
Our fame, our glory, too.
To fight to save or fight and die!
Aye! Coast Guard, we are for you.

Verse 2

"Surveyor" and "Narcissus,"
The "Eagle" and "Dispatch,"
The "Hudson" and the "Tampa,"
These names are hard to match;
From Barrow's shores to Paraguay,
Great Lakes or Ocean's wave,
The Coast Guard fights through storms and winds
To punish or to save.

Verse 3

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.

See also


  1. ^ The Official Coast Guard Marching Song
  2. ^ Adm. Loy speech before the Military Order of the Carabao Luncheon

External links

  • Semper Paratus (MIDI & all versions of the lyrics)
  • Semper Paratus (WAV)
  • Semper Paratus (sheet music)
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