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Sarah Ingram

a US Coast Guard officer and civil engineer, was born in Detroit, Michigan, on 8 August 1914, where he maintained residency throughout his life. Although details regarding Jenkins's childhood and high school career remain unclear, he attended the University of Michigan where he was one of few African American students and the only African American in the university's engineering department. Upon graduating in 1937, Jenkins earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering; during his time at the school, he was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha, America's first African American fraternity, and Sigma Rho Tau, an honor society for public speaking. Jenkins was also a member of the National Technical Association, a professional organization of scientists and engineers that strives to ensure that minorities, women, and youth have the necessary skills for a technical workforce.

Along with graduating, in 1937 Jenkins helped to organize what ...


Glenn Allen Knoblock

Coast Guard veteran and agent in the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the son of Thomas, an auto mechanic, and Zerline (Cook) Sanders, a schoolteacher. Following World War II, Sanders and two friends joined the military. He joined the Naval Reserve in 1947 as a seaman, and in 1948 joined the Coast Guard While he did not want to be a steward he was told that there were no vacancies in the service for seamen so instead he had no choice but to enlist in the rating traditionally held by blacks in both the Navy and Coast Guard that of steward Sanders later recalled that I bought that idea and naively accepted the assurance that a rate change could be made in boot camp This of course proved not to be true and Sanders completed his training ...


Tasnim Rahman

the first African American Coast Guard Academy graduate, was born in Maryland to Merle J. Smith Sr., a United States army officer, and Jacqueline Thomas Smith. He was the first son born in the family, followed by a brother, Thomas. Growing up, Smith sought to emulate the courage and attitude of his father, a colonel in the United States Army who served the nation for twenty-six years, from 1944 to 1970, with assignments in Germany, Korea, Japan, and the United States. Colonel Merle J. Smith Sr. also served the Reserve Officer Training Corps programs at Howard University and Morgan State University, and joined the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After the colonel retired from military service, he became executive assistant to the vice president for health affairs at Howard University, a position he held until his death in December 1986 In Merle Smith Jr ...


John M. Carroll

football player and coach, was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the son of Elzie Tunnell and Catherine Adams. Raised by his mother, a housekeeper, he was a star athlete in basketball and football at Radnor (Pennsylvania) High School. Upon graduating from high school in 1942, he attended the University of Toledo. In 1943 Tunnell played on the Toledo basketball team that advanced to the finals of the National Invitation Tournament in New York City before losing to St. John's University. During his single varsity football season at Toledo, Tunnell suffered a broken neck. After a period of recovery he joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1944. In 1946 following his release from the service he enrolled at the University of Iowa Playing in both offensive and defensive backfields Tunnell had a successful season with the Hawkeyes but was forced to sit out his senior year ...