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Rear Admiral Frank J. Gorman


Rear Admiral Frank Joseph Gorman, Chief Finance and Supply Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard, was born in Washington, D.C., on November 3,1 891, the son of Terence J. and Hannah Keleher Gorman.  He attended public schools in Washington and was graduated from Western High school in that city in 1910.  He was appointed a cadet in the Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, in April of 1910.  Following graduation from the Academy, he received a commission as an ensign in June 1913.

His first assignment as an officer was on the Apache, on which he served until December, 1913.  He was then transferred to the Pamlico for engineering duty, which terminated in April, 1916.  Other vessels to which he has been attached include the Androscoggin, Yamacraw, Redwing, and Haida.  On the last two he served as commanding officer.  During his Coast Guard service he has completed nearly 14 years of sea duty, and spent over 2 years in the Artic and Alaskan waters.  He was attached to the USS Manning and the Seneca overseas during the first World War, and was awarded the Victory Medal with Patrol Clasp.

He has served in several capacities for the Coast Guard aside from his periods of sea duty.  These include: Division Supervisor of Communications in the Boston District; Assistant to the Personnel Officer, Coast Guard Headquarters; Assistant to the Superintendent of Construction and Repair in connection with building the cutter Northland; and Intelligence Officer at Headquarters.  In 1936 he was made Chief Finance Officer at Headquarters, and to this assignment in March, 1943, were added the duties of Chief Supply Officer.

Reappointed to the rank of rear admiral 1 June, 1945, he was detached as Chief Finance and Supply Officer and assigned as Chief Planning and Control Officer at Coast Guard Headquarters.

After his commission as an ensign, in 1913, he was promoted in rank, as follows: lieutenant (jg) October, 1917; lieutenant, November, 1918; lieutenant commander, April, 1924; commander June, 1932; captain, December, 1941; rear admiral, June, 1942 and reappointed rear admiral, 1 June, 1945.

Admiral Gorman married the former Bertha Griffith, of Washington, D.C., in 1923.  He is a member of the Tampa post of the American Legion.

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