Robert H. Scarborough

Robert Henry Scarborough Jr. (March 12, 1923 – March 20, 2020) was a vice admiral in the United States Coast Guard who served as the 13th Vice Commandant from 1978 to 1982.

Robert H. Scarborough
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Birth nameRobert Henry Scarborough Jr.
Born(1923-03-12)March 12, 1923
Hawkinsville, Georgia, U.S.
DiedMarch 20, 2020(2020-03-20) (aged 97)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Coast Guard
Years of service1949–1982
RankUSCG O-9 shoulderboard.svg Vice admiral
Commands heldVice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

A 1944 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Vice Admiral Scarborough entered the Coast Guard in 1949 following service as an officer in the Navy and Merchant Marine. He maintained a license as Master of ocean steam and motor vessels of unlimited tonnage. Serving in various geographical areas both ashore and afloat, his numerous earlier Coast Guard assignments were in the fields of general operations, personnel, and public information including both command afloat and command ashore as Group Commander and Captain of the Port. Previous assignments as a flag officer have been as Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District; Chief, Office of Operations; and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Coast Guard.

His military awards include the Legion of Merit with gold star, Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, all World War II theater medals, and the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal in August 1980.

He was born in Hawkinsville, Georgia.[1]. He had 2 sons, Robert Henry Scarborough III and James Burton Scarborough. He died at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on March 20, 2020 from esophageal cancer.[2]

Dates of rankEdit

Ensign Lieutenant, Junior Grade Lieutenant Lieutenant Commander Commander Captain
O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6
Never held November 30, 1949 August 26, 1952 July 1, 1959 July 1, 1964 July 1, 1969
Commodore Rear Admiral Vice Admiral
O-7 O-8 O-9
Never held June 1, 1974 July 1, 1978


  1. ^ "Biographical Sketch – Vice Admiral Robert H. Scarborough" (PDF). U.S. Coast Guard. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  2. ^ "Robert SCARBOROUGH Obituary - Arlington, VA". Dignity Memorial. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
Military offices
Preceded by
Ellis L. Perry
Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
Succeeded by
Benedict L. Stabile