Owen W. Siler
|Owen W. Siler|
|Born||January 10, 1922|
|Died||July 17, 2007
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Coast Guard|
|Years of service||1943 - 1978|
|Commands held||Commandant of the Coast Guard|
Occupation of Japan
Cuban refugee crisis of 1965
|Awards||Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Coast Guard Unit Commendation
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Navy Occupation Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Siler was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Santa Maria, California where he attended Santa Maria High School. He graduated from Santa Maria Junior College (now Allan Hancock College) in 1940, and transferred to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, graduating a year early due to World War II.  Upon graduation, he was assigned to the assault troop transport ship, USS Hunter Liggett, and participated in the invasion of Bougainville.
During the war, he quickly advanced through the ranks serving as Gunnery Officer, Assistant Navigator, and Deck Watch officer. In the immediate aftermath of the war, he participated in the U.S. occupation of Northern Honshū, Japan.
Upon returning to the United States in April, 1946, he briefly served as a Personnel Officer at the Coast Guard Training Center in Alameda, California, before his assignment as Navigator of the USCGC Taney.
His Coast Guard career highlights included serving as a deck officer afloat, as an aviator performing search and rescue patrols, and ashore in the law enforcement, marine safety and environmental protection fields. Other assignments included chief of the search and rescue branch in Juneau, Alaska, deputy chief of staff in Washington, and commanding officer at Air Station Miami, where the station received a Coast Guard unit commendation for Cuban exodus operations during October and November 1965.
From 1971 until his appointment as Commandant, he served as Commander of the St. Louis-based 2nd Coast Guard District.
During Siler's tenure as commandant he instituted a minority recruiting program and was instrumental in having women admitted to the United States Coast Guard Academy, making it the first of the military service academies to do so. He also oversaw the expansion of the Coast Guard's marine environmental protection program, with the passage of the Fisheries Conservation and Management Act of 1976, to include an increase of the service's jurisdiction along the nation's coastline to more than two million square miles.
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See also 
- "OBITUARY: ADM. OWEN W. SILER". US Coast Guard Headquarters.
- "From the California Coast to Coast Guard Commandant:". Foundation for California Community Colleges.
References cited 
- "OBITUARY: ADM. OWEN W. SILER". Press Release Date: July, 18 2007. US Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Public Affairs. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- Lanning, Paul. "From the California Coast to Coast Guard Commandant:". Affinity Online: the magazine for California Community Colleges. Foundation for California Community Colleges. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
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