William A. Jenkins

William Ambrose Jenkins (born November 2, 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri)[2] is a retired United States Coast Guard rear admiral. He graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy on Dec. 19, 1941, 12 days after Pearl Harbor.

William Ambrose Jenkins
Born (1917-11-02) November 2, 1917 (age 102)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Coast Guard
Years of service1938–1977
RankRear admiral
Commands heldSuperintendent of the United States Coast Guard Academy
AwardsLegion of Merit[1]
Coast Guard Commendation Medal with gold star

After graduating from flight training in 1944, he flew 23 different types of aircraft and helicopters during his career in the Coast Guard.

He graduated from the National War College in Washington, DC in 1965.

He was Chief of the Law Enforcement Division and Program Manager at USCG Headquarters, earning Coast Guard Commendation Medals for his interagency and international work in pollution control.

He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1970, appointed to command of the Great Lakes Region.

He served as Superintendent of the United States Coast Guard Academy from June 1974 to June 1977.[3][4] He turned 100 in November 2017.[5]


  1. ^ https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/315509
  2. ^ Profile of William Ambrose Jenkins
  3. ^ https://www.history.uscg.mil/Browse-by-Topic/Notable-People/All/Article/1879249/rear-admiral-william-a-jenkins/ Notable People: Rear Admiral William A. Jenkins
  4. ^ https://www.uscg.mil/history/people/Flags/Nelson_Edward_Bio.pdf
  5. ^ Judy Klimczak (2017-10-16). "Happy 100th birthday, Bill Jenkins!". Treasure Coast Newspapers. Retrieved 2018-06-17.