Celebrities in the U.S. Coast Guard and Auxiliary?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It’s a common question to members of the Coast Guard and Auxiliary… Have any celebrities served? You bet! The United States Coast Guard and Auxiliary has had its fair share.

Here are just a few…

Beau, left, and Jeff Bridges during their Coast Guard days. ( The United States Navy Memorial Photo)

Beau, left, and Jeff Bridges during their Coast Guard days. ( The United States Navy Memorial Photo)

With the Bridges, it was a family affair. Commodore Lloyd Bridges was a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mr. Bridges did a number of public service announcements for the United States Coast Guard . His sons both served in the USCG RESERVE, Beau Bridges, a Seaman served from 1959 to 1967 and Jeff Bridges, Petty Officer Second Class served from 1967 to 1975.

Humphrey Bogart, volunteered his beloved yacht Santana (as well as himself) for service with the Coast Guard Temporary Reserve in 1944.

Tim Burton, a saxophonist for the band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is avid boater and began volunteering at the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Naval Station Mayport during the Bosstones 2006 hiatus.

Sid Caesar, served in the United States Coast Guard from 1939-1945, after studying saxophone at the Julliard School of Music and playing in a number of prominent big bands. In the Coast Guard, he was assigned to play in military revues and shows. 

Walter Cronkite was a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary as well as an honorary commodore.  His close association with sailing and love of the Coast Guard and Navy saw him serve as a veteran commentator for various “Fleet Weeks” and “Operations Sails” events.

Sam Nunn from Georgia, U.S. Senator from 1972 to 1996, served on active duty with the United States Coast Guard and then served six years in the Coast Guard Reserves.

Arnold Palmer enlisted in the United States Coast Guard  in 1950 as a Yeoman and continued to serve until 1953.   

Al Roker of the NBC Today Show and the Weather Channel was named as an Honorary Commodore in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary on May 19th 2014 live on national TV.

Cesar Romero might be best remembered for his portrayal of The Joker on the 1960s television show “Batman.” In 1942 Cesar Romero voluntarily enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and saw service in the Pacific Theatre during WWII.  He made the rank of Chief Boatswain’s Mate before receiving his honorable discharge at the end of the war.

For the full list you can visit: http://www.uscg.mil/history/faqs/celeb.asp




  1. A C. Buechler, CAPT ( Ret) says:

    I note that you refer to Reservists as being in the USCG RESERVES. As an official organ of this service Please refer to them as USCG RESERVE.

    Thanks for hearing me out

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