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The following is a list of people who served in the United States Coast Guard and have gained fame through previous or subsequent endeavors, infamy, or successes:


John C. Acton

  • John C. Acton is a retired Rear Admiral who serves as the Director of Operations Coordination for DHS.[1] Acton formerly served as Director of the DHS Presidential Transition Team.[2][3]
  • Derroll Adams — Folk Musician
  • Nick Adams — Actor (Served 1952-1955)
  • Thad Allen — former Commandant and Incident Commander for Deep Water Horizon oil spill and Hurricane Katrina disaster recovery operations.
  • Gerald Arpino — Choreographer


Humphrey Bogart

  • Al Barlick — Professional Baseball Umpire, National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (Served during World War II)
  • Edward T. Barry — American Professional Hockey Player
  • Panayiota Bertzikis — Executive Director, Military Rape Crisis Center
  • Humphrey Bogart — Actor (In 1944 Bogart volunteered his yacht Santana (as well as himself) for service with the Coast Guard Temporary Reserve)
  • Lee Bonnell — Actor (Served during World War II)[4]
  • Milton H. Bren — Producer ("Tars and Spars"), Writer, Director
  • Beau Bridges — Actor (Served from 1959 to 1967 in the Reserves)
  • Jeff Bridges — Actor (Served from 1967 to 1975 in the Reserves)
  • Lloyd Bridges — Actor (He was a member of Coast Guard Auxiliary and did a number of public service announcements for the Coast Guard)
  • Frank Brimsek — Professional Hockey Player, National Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee (Served from 1943 to 1945)
  • Aaron Brown — Broadcast journalist, Professor of Journalism at Arizona State
  • Danny Joe Brown — Original lead singer in Molly Hatchet southern rock group
  • Erroll M. Brown, the first USCG African-American admiral
  • Nathan Bruckenthal, the only Coast Guardsman killed in action in Iraq, and the first KIA since the Vietnam War
  • Daniel C. Burbank, second Coast Guard astronaut, Captain, USCG


Walter Cronkite

  • Sid Caesar — Comedian
  • Richard R. Callahan, Coast Guard Medal Recipient
  • Gower Champion — Dancer, Actor, Director
  • Howard Coble — Congressman (NC)
  • Hamilton Cochran — Writer[5]
  • Lou Carnesecca — College Basketball Coach
  • Chris Cooper — Actor
  • Art Coulter — Professional Hockey Player, National Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Warren Covington — Musician, Band Leader (took over Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra)
  • Richard Cromwell, actor
  • Walter Cronkite — Newscaster - member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and an honorary commodore


  • William D. Delahunt — Congressman (MA)
  • Jack Dempsey — Professional Boxer
  • Marlene Dietrich — Actress
  • Don "The Dragon" Wilson — Martial Arts Master, Actor


  • Buddy Ebsen — Actor
  • Blake Edwards — Writer, Director, Producer
  • Perry Ellis — (1940-1986), Fashion Designer
  • Edwin D. Eshleman (1920–1985), former U.S. Congressman, Pennsylvania


William R. Flores


Charles Gibson

  • Neal Gay — Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductee[4]
  • Charles Gibson — Newscaster
  • Arthur Godfrey — Entertainer
  • Gale Gordon — Radio, TV & Movie Actor
  • Sid Gordon, — 2-time All Star major league baseball player
  • Otto Graham — Professional Football Player and Coach
  • Burton Gilliam — Actor


Alex Haley

  • Alan Hale, Jr. — Actor
  • Alex Haley — Writer
  • Wynn Handman — Actor, Director
  • William O. Harbach — Producer
  • Michael A. Healy — 1st African American to Command a USCG Cutter
  • Jim Hegan — Professional Baseball Player & Coach
  • Christopher Hibler — Producer, Director[4]
  • William Hopper, actor
  • Robert Horton — Actor
  • Tab Hunter — Actor


  • Charles Isaacs — Writer[4]



  • Robert Kellard — Actor
  • Michael Kilian — Author, Writer (CG Auxiliarist)
  • Jack Kramer — Tennis Professional


  • Jacob Lawrence — Artist


Frank Murkowski


Sam Nunn

  • Frank Newcomb — Commodore, USCG and Congressional Gold Medal recipient
  • Sam Nunn — former Senator (GA)


  • Edwin O'Connor — Pulitzer Prize winning Author
  • Thomas F. O'Neil — Executive
  • Jess Oppenheimer — Writer, director, producer of I Love Lucy television show


  • Arnold Palmer — Professional Golfer
  • George S. Patton, Jr. — awarded the Silver Lifesaving Medal for saving 3 boys from drowning
  • Vincent W. Patton III — 1st African American to become Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG)
  • Claiborne Pell — former Senator (RI)
  • John Perrydisambiguation needed — Producer
  • Tom Philpott — Editor, Navy Times Magazine[4]
  • Popeye — Cartoon Character[4]
  • J.D. Power — Businessman (Served from 1953 till 1957 as a line officer)
  • Ronald C. Prei, Coast Guard Medal Recipient
  • Pluto — Cartoon Character[4]




Carlton Skinner

  • Walter Sande — Actor
  • Charles S. Shapiro, former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela
  • Carlton Skinner — first Civilian Governor of Guam
  • Ron Sparks — Alabama politician
  • Ted Steele — Radio Personality
  • Dorothy C. Stratton, first director of the SPARS


Ted Turner



Rudy Vallee

  • Rudy Vallee — Entertainer [6]


Henry Wilcoxon


Gig Young



Coast Guard History


  1. "Department of Homeland Security Leadership structure". Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  2. "Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on the Department’s Transition Efforts". Homeland Security. November 6, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  3. Matt Kohut, Harvard Kennedy School "A Steady Hand during a Time of Transition" December 2, 2008
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 "What celebrities or other famous persons once served in or were associated with the Coast Guard?". Coast Guard History: FAQ. U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  5. "Hamilton Cochran (1898-1977)". Coast Guard History: FAQ. U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  6. Wise, Jr., James E. and Anne Collier Rehill (1997). Stars in Blue: Movie Actors in America's Sea Services. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis MD. p. 293. ISBN 1-55750-937-9. 

Source: U.S. Coast Guard

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