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Rhodes, Earl K. (1906-1985)

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

Based on eight interviews conducted by Peter Spectre from May 1970 through September 1970. The volume contains 331 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1971 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.

After graduation from the Coast Guard Academy in 1928, Captain Rhodes served in the cutter Mojave on international ice patrol. He was then ordered to flight training and later back to sea duty in the Perseus. In 1935 he was navigation officer in the Northland, built with a steel ice-breaking hull for an Arctic Alaskan cruise. She replaced the Bear, transporting public health nurses and school teachers to Eskimo villages, carrying scientific expeditions, and handling law enforcement in the area. During World War II, he was XO in the transport General M.C. Meigs taking Brazilian troops from Rio to Naples. In 1945 he served as CO of the Coast Guard-manned attack cargo vessel Theenin, assisting in the occupation of Japan. There were several interspersed tours at Coast Guard Headquarters, and his final assignment before retirement in 1955 was Chief of Operations for the 14th Coast Guard District in Honolulu.


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