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Harold Joseph Doebler

Date of birth: July 21, 1906
Date of death: November 15, 1997
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: Ohio, Middletown
Home of record: Middletown Ohio

Harold Doebler graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, Class of 1930. He retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral in 1954.


Bronze Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal to Rear Admiral Harold Joseph Doebler, United States Coast Guard, for heroic conduct during operations against the enemy in the Southwest Pacific Area during World War II. As Commander of a task group escorting vessels to this vicinity, he skillfully deployed his screen of escorts to repel persistent enemy air attacks. Only two ships of the convoy were damaged by planes that penetrated the screen. By his prompt action he succeeded in rescuing several hundred men who were forced to abandon ship. his resourcefulness, initiative and coolness under fire enabled him to bring the convoy to the base with comparatively small loss.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Rear Admiral