James S. Gracey

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James S. Gracey
James S Gracey.jpg
Born (1927-08-24) August 24, 1927 (age 89)
Newton, Massachusetts
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Coast Guard
Years of service 1945-1986
Rank US CG 10 shoulderboard.svg Admiral
Commands held Commandant of the Coast Guard
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Korea War

James Steele Gracey is a retired United States Coast Guard admiral who served as the 17th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard from 1982 to 1986.

Gracey was born in Newton, Massachusetts and is the son of Ernest J. Gracey and Edna S. Gracey. Following graduation from Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts,[1] he accepted an appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. While a cadet at the Academy, he served as Battalion Commander and captain of the baseball team. He was also a member of the soccer and rifle teams. Following graduation in June 1949, he agreed to remain at the Academy until the following September as a tactical instructor. From 1951 to 1953, he was stationed at the Port Office in Boston, Massachusetts. He entered Harvard University in 1954, receiving a Master of Business Administration in 1956.[2]

Gracey served in a number of Flag Officer assignments prior to becoming Commandant, including Commander of the Cleveland-based Ninth Coast Guard District, with responsibility for the Great Lakes area; Commander of San Francisco-based 12th Coast Guard District and Pacific Area, with responsibility for the Pacific Ocean area; and Commander of the Governors Island, New York-based 3rd Coast Guard District and Atlantic Area, with responsibility for the U.S. Eastern seaboard and Gulf Coast.

Dates of rank[edit]

Ensign Lieutenant, Junior Grade Lieutenant Lieutenant Commander Commander Captain
O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6
US CG O1 insignia.svg US CG O2 insignia.svg US CG O3 insignia.svg US CG O4 insignia.svg US CG O5 insignia.svg US CG O6 insignia.svg
June 3, 1949 ~1951 ~1954 ~1959 ~1965 July 1969
Commodore Rear Admiral Vice Admiral Admiral
O-7 O-8 O-9 O-10
US CG O7 insignia.svg US CG O8 insignia.svg US CG O9 insignia.svg US CG O10 insignia.svg
Never held October 1, 1974 July 1, 1978 May 28, 1982


  1. ^ http://www.uscg.mil/history/WEBORALHISTORY/Gracey_Interview_1_12.pdf
  2. ^ USCG Historian's Office. "James S. Gracey". Retrieved October 2, 2012. 

See also[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
John B. Hayes
Commandant of the Coast Guard
Succeeded by
Paul A. Yost, Jr.