We all know August 4th as Coast Guard Day, but it was actually January 28, 1915 that the Coast Guard was formed by the joining of the Lifesaving Service with the Revenue Cutter Service by Act of Congress.
Take a look at the law in the link above. Its is pretty detailed and shows how different things were then. Of course it has been 104 years.
Thanks to brymar-consulting.com for reminding me and providing the link