RAdm William Hart Stewart, USCG (Ret)

Cdr Stewart - Taken when CO of Cutter Androscoggin

RAdm Stewart Served as XO 1964-65

Aboard from July 1964 when SEBAGO relocated from Mobile to Pensacola as home port, LCdr Stewart was promoted to Commander in July of 1965 and four months later was assigned to Chief of Personnel Division at D7. 

SEBAGO wasn't his last D8 assignment though. In August of 1978 he was appointed to Rear Admiral and in 1981 named Commander Coast Guard District Eight, which he held until retirement.  

He retired to Mobile, Alabama, the home town of his wife, Laura. Mrs. Stewart died in 1999. RAdm Stewart crossed over the bar on 30 November, 2007. He and his wife are buried at Magnolia Cemetery in Mobile.

The information below was found on the USCG.mil site and appears to be his official biography and record of assignments and promotions.  

His official biography upon assuming command of D8: 

A native of central Texas, Read Admiral Stewart is a 1949 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He has attended George Washington University at Washington, D.D. where he earned his Master's degree in Public Administration.

Admiral Stewart has seen service aboard many Coast guard cutters during his career, including a tour as Commanding Officer of the USCGC ANDROSCOGGIN which took part in Operation Market Time along the coast of Vietnam. Besides considerable sea duty, Admiral Stewart has also served in various administrative posts at District Offices in Honolulu and Portsmouth, VA.

The Admiral's mos recent assignment before assuming command of the Eighth Cost Guard District was Chief of the Office of Personnel at Coast Guard Heqdquarters.

Admiral Stewart is married to the former Laura Hamilton of Mobile, Alabama, and has a daughter, Karla Bohn, who lives in Naples, Italy.

When RAdm Stewart died he was honored by US Representative Jo Bonner with these remarks placed into the Congressional Record: 

As per remarks by Representative Jo Bonner, “In Memory of Admiral William H. Stewart,” capitolwords, Memorial, Volume 153, Number 191, pp. e2581-e2582, 13 December 2007. http://capitolwords.org/date/2007/12/13/E2581-2_in-memory-of-admiral-william-h-stewart/

A native of Gulf, Texas, Admiral Stewart graduated from Austin High School in 1943. He attended the University of Texas at Austin for two years before leaving to attend the Coast Guard Academy. He graduated from the Academy in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in marine engineering and was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard. 

The Admiral's distinguished Coast Guard career spanned almost four decades. His first assignment was as a deck watch officer aboard the Coast Guard cutter Tampa based in Mobile. He then went on to serve as operations officer aboard the cutter Newell in Honolulu. In 1954, he was assigned to the Fifth Coast Guard District in Norfolk, Virginia, as chief of the Military Personnel Branch of the Personnel Division. Admiral Stewart returned to Mobile in 1957 as executive officer of the cutter Blackthorn. He was sent to Washington, D.C. in 1959 to attend George Washington University, where he received his master's degree in public administration. Following graduation, he was assigned as chief of the Material Management Branch of the Office of the Comptroller at Coast Guard Headquarters

In 1964, Admiral Stewart returned to the Gulf Coast as executive officer of the cutter Sebago based out of Pensacola, Florida. He was then assigned as chief of Personnel Division K of the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami. In 1967, he was named commanding officer of the cutter, Androscoggin, a cutter he to took to Vietnam in December of 1967 to participate in Operation Market Time. The Androscoggin remained on station in Southeast Asia until August 1968

Following this tour of duty, then-Commander Stewart returned to Washington, D.C. and served as special assistant to the commandant of the Coast Guard before serving as administrative aide to the commandant. Then-Captain Stewart was transferred back to Honolulu to the Fourteenth Coast Guard District, where he served as chief of the operations division and then chief of staff. He once again returned to Washington, D.C. in 1976 as deputy chief of staff at Coast Guard Headquarters. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the rank of rear admiral and was named chief of the office of personnel, a position he held until 1981, when he was assigned commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, Louisiana.

As commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, Admiral Stewart worked tirelessly to prevent illegal drug smuggling. In 1983, he testified before the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. During this time, he also served as an advisor to then-Vice President George H.W. Bush before his retirement on June 28, 1985.

Admiral Stewart earned an impressive list of medals and awards over the course of his distinguished career, including: the Coast Guard Achievement Medal; the Combat Action Ribbon; the Bronze Star Medal (with Combat ``V'') and the Gold Star; the Meritorious Service Medal (with two Gold Stars); the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Gold Star; and the Legion of Merit.

Admiral Stewart's retirement certainly was not the end of his service to his community, state or nation. Following his retirement from the Coast Guard, he served as a Kiwanian, a founding member of the board of trustees of the National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico, a member of the board of governors of the Bienville Club, a past president and member of the Mobile Council for the Navy League of the United States, a member of the board of directors of the Veterans Day Commission, a past chairman and member of the Military Affairs Committee of the Mobile Chamber of Commerce, a past division chairman of the United Way, a past chairman of the Disaster Service Committee of the local Red Cross Chapter, and a member of the board of directors of the Alabama Military Hall of Honor at Marion Military Institute.

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