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Edwin John Roland

Date of birth: February 11, 1905
Date of death: March 16, 1985
Place of Birth: New York, Buffalo
Home of record: Buffalo New York

Edwin Roland graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Class of 1929. From February 12, 1962 to April 22, 1962, he served as the 7th Assistant Commandant of the Coast Guard, and from April 23, 1962 to 1966 he served as the 12th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. He retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Admiral in 1966.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Defense Superior Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral Edwin John Roland, United States Coast Guard, was awarded the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States in 1965 and 1966. Admiral Roland was responsible for the Coast Guard's swift response to the Navy's request for patrol craft to assist in coastal surveillance in South Vietnam. He also skillfully guided the handling of the Cuban Exodus operations in the Straits of Florida in 1965. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Admiral Roland culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and his dedicated contributions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Coast Guard.

Action Date: 1965 & 1966

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Admiral

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral Edwin John Roland, United States Coast Guard, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States, culminating as Assistant Commandant of the Coast Guard from 12 February 1962 to 22 April 1962, and as Commandant of the Coast Guard from 23 April 1962 to 1966. Admiral Roland has an outstanding record in maintaining a military readiness posture unparalleled in the peacetime history of the Coast Guard.

Action Date: 1963

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Admiral