Bertholf, Ellsworth Price
Born: Apr 07, 1866 AD
Died: 1921 AD, at 55 years of age.
Categories: Naval Officer
1866 - Born on the 7th of April in New York City. American Coast Guard officer.
- Ellsworth Price Bertholf, USRCS, USCG, was the first Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.
1885 - He enlisted in the Revenue Cutter Service as a cadet.
- Became the first Revenue Cutter Service officer to attend the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
1889 - Bertholf was stationed in Alaska.
1897 - As a Second Lieutenant on the hazardous Bering Sea Patrol, Bertholf volunteered for an arctic rescue mission aboard the USRC Bear.
1898 - Was one of those who rescued over 200 American whalers in danger of starvation, whose fleet of eight whaling vessels had become trapped and damaged in the Arctic ice.
1902 - Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor.
1907 - He was promoted to captain.
1908 - He returned to the USRC Bear as its commander during its Arctic duties.
1911 - President Taft appointed him commandant of the US Revenue Cutter Service in recognition of his record of outstanding service.
- Served as the 1st commandant of Coast Guard.
1915 - President Woodrow Wilson re-appoint Bertholf as Commandant of Coast Guard.
1919 - Retired from the Coast Guard to become a Vice President at the American Bureau of Shipping.
- He was a member of the Order of the Midnight Sun, the Lotos Club, and the Explorers Club of New York, the Press Club of Washington, and the Army and Navy Club of San Francisco.
1921 - He died on 11th of November in his room at the Bretton Hall Hotel in New York City.
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