Thomas R. Sargent III
Thomas R. Sargent III
|Born||December 20, 1914|
|Died||May 29, 2010 (aged 95)|
Lake San Marcos, California, United States
|Service/||United States Coast Guard|
|Years of service||1938–1974|
|Commands held||Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard|
Sargent was born on December 20, 1914 in London, England. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1930. In 1933, he graduated from high school in New London, Connecticut. Later, Sargent graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
During World War II, Sargent first served aboard the USCGC Modoc (WPG-46). After commanding a United States Navy submarine chaser, he was assigned to the USCGC Duane (WPG-33) before becoming the first commander of the USS Sandusky (PF-54) and serving in the Philippines Campaign.
After the war, he was stationed at the Coast Guard Academy. He then served as Executive Officer of the USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) from 1950 to 1951 and later as Commanding Officer of the USCGC Winnebago (WPG-40) from 1954 to 1956. During the Vietnam War, he supervised the development and construction of LORAN transmitting stations in Thailand and Vietnam.
In 1968, Sargent was named Chief of Staff of the United States Coast Guard. He became Assistant Commandant of the Coast Guard in 1970. The title was changed to Vice Commandant in 1972. He remained in the position until his retirement in 1974.
During his career, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation.
In a ceremony held November 9, 2017, Sargent was inducted into the United States Coast Guard Academy's 2017 Wall of Gallantry in recognition of distinguished acts of heroic service by a board of academy cadets.
Dates of rankEdit
|Ensign||Lieutenant, Junior Grade||Lieutenant||Lieutenant Commander||Commander||Captain|
|June 2, 1938||July 28, 1941||June 26, 1942||December 1, 1943||January 26, 1951||July 1, 1960|
|Commodore||Rear Admiral||Vice Admiral|
|Never held||July 1, 1967||July 1, 1970|