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William Vans Edmondson Jacobs

Date of death: Deceased

William Jacobs served as Commandant of the Coast Guard Academy from 1910 to 1914, and again from 1919 to 1923. He was advanced to Commodore upon his retirement in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1926.


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain William V. E. Jacobs, United States Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. NIAGARA, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, during World War I.

Action Date: 1918

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Captain

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Niagara