Beau Bridges, left, and Jeff Bridges during their Coast Guard days. ~ In 1959, Beau enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and also served for eight years in the Coast Guard Reserve. ~ Jeff served in the US Coast Guard Reserves for eight years, from 18 until he was 26.
In 1941, Buddy Ebsen decided to apply for a Navy commission but was turned down even though he was spending time teaching seamanship to Naval Reserve OCS candidates. Ebsen applied for a commission in the Coast Guard. He was accepted and commissioned a Lieutenant (jg) in the Coast Guard. He served on the Navy frigate USS Pocatello, a weather ship that served on Station Able. He was honorably discharged a Lieutenant in 1946.