Famous Celebrity USCG Coasties
There have been many Famous Celebrity USCG Coasties throughout the American Limelight participating in the film industry, television, sports and much more.
Jeff Bridges – PO2 Boatswain’s mate from 1967 to 1975 in San Luis Obispo, California, with a terminal rank of petty officer second class.
Sid Caesar – PO3 Isaac Sidney (Sid) Caesar, U.S. Coast Guard (1939-1945)
A famous Vaudeville comedian Sid Caesar was in many movies such as Grease starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, History of the World Part 1 with fellow comedian Mel Brookes, star studded movie Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Vegas Vacation with Chevy Chase.
Chris Cooper – Served in the Coast Guard Reserve. Above co-starring as Colonel Harry Burwell in the Patriot with Mel Gibson.
Jack Dempsey – Reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. Coast Guardsman Jack Dempsey served during World War 2.
Don “The Dragon” Wilson – Wilson was accepted into the prestigious Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut in the fall of 1972.
Buddy Ebsen – Famous Movie and Television actor served in the United States Coast Guard during WW2.
Famous Celebrity USCG Coasties known as Jed Clampett in the Beverly Hillbillies television show
Allen Hale Jr. – Hale served as a Seaman in the United States Coast Guard during World War II from 1942-1945.
Victor Mature -Famous Celebrity USCG Coasties – After attempting to enlist in the U.S. Navy, but was rejected for color blindness….
Then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard after taking a different eye test the same day. He was assigned to USCGC Storis, which was part of the Greenland Patrol.
Arnold Palmer – Professional World Champion Golfer. Famous Celebrity USCG Coasties served in the Coast Guard from 1951 to 1954.
d”I thought it was a great outfit that specialized in saving lives,” – Palmer
Another Famous Celebrity USCG Coasties – Cesar Romero – On October 12, 1942, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard as an apprentice seaman and served in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
He reported aboard the Coast Guard-crewed assault transport USS Cavalier in November 1943. According to a press release from the period, Romero saw action during the invasions of Tinian and Saipan. The same article mentioned that he preferred to be a regular part of the crew and was eventually promoted to the rating of chief boatswain’s mate.
Cesar Romero was made famous by his role as the very first Joker from the Batman franchise in 1966. He was the first to personify eh Joo0ker Character on the screen for the first time setting the standard for this maniacal psychopaths tricksters. Unlike the later Jokers, the original wasn’t as dark and evil as it progressed in Batman films that followed.