Memoirs of a Coast Guard Career

Welcome to My Blog

I’ve been working on my memoirs for nearly six years. The book is now in edit with a launch date in the near future. Meanwhile, I will share excerpts on this blog. My memoirs cover my career from Academy days beginning in 1953, to my retirement as Commanding Officer of the Training Center Petaluma in 1985.

You’ll find stories that elicit names like Ernest Hemingway, Nikita Khruschchev, Perry Como, Jacques Cousteau, and Ambassador Eliot Richardson. In between, there will be stories of: rescues at sea; boarding Russian factory vessels in Alaska; and implementing changes in recruit training in the turbulent sixties.

I was privileged to be the first director of the Coast Guard Leadership and Management School. You will discover the origins of that program, and how it led me to be the first Coast Guard Officer on the faculty of the National Defense University.

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When the book is ready to launch, I’ll let everyone know.

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