More a book about Coast Guard heritage than an academic history, this book focuses on a variety of relatively unknown Coast Guardsmen who personify the service's core values. The author highlights the contributions of a variety of individuals, from seamen to admirals on active duty, as well as Reserves, Auxiliarists, and civilian members of Team Coast Guard. These heroes, representing a great diversity in age, sex, race, and ethnicity, set an example worthy of emulation and serve as role models for today's Coast Guard men and women.
C. Douglas Kroll, a U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduate and Coast Guard officer with a PhD in history, teaches at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA. He is the author of Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf: First Commandant of the Coast Guard.
Praise for A Coast Guardsman's History of the U.S. Coast Guard
“This is a “must” read for those with Coast Guard Service, an inspiring read for those about to begin service as Coast Guardsmen, and a worthwhile acquisition for CAMP members interested in American maritime history.”
— The Journal of America’s Military Past, Fall 2011
“…An excellent resource guide for young Guardians and the people who support them....Kroll has done a fantastic job of capturing for the Coast Guardsman of today the pride of the service for which he toils.”
— Sea History, Autumn 2011
"[Kroll] endeavored to illuminate the stories of heroes of the Coast Guard through this book and a style of narrative storytelling. He is successful. The Coast Guard slogan. 'You have to go out, but you don't have to come back' epitomizes the contributions and sacrifice of the men and women who have served." — North County Times, San Diego, March 13, 2011