The course of Owen Wesley Siler’s life forever changed when he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in 1941. After he entered the Coast Guard Academy, Siler’s path soon led him to serve in the Second World War and and after the war, he rose to the rank of admiral and commandant of the USCG.
Posthumously shared in Admiral Siler’s words and edited by his daughter, this memoir recounts a young man’s journey of dedication and focus as he traveled from a farm in California to the Coast Guard academy, through the turmoil of the Second World War, and finally into thirty-five years of dedicated service. In his fascinating narrative, Admiral Siler details how he honed his lifelong interest in aviation into an occupation that expanded the lifesaving capabilities of the Coast Guard search and rescue efforts from US coasts to international waters, and how as commandant, he set new precedents that transformed future operations of the Coast Guard.
Farmer, Flyer, Futurist offers unique insight into a military man’s role with the United States Coast Guard during a critical time in history.