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Merle Smith, JD ’74, first African-American Coast Guard Academy Grad Honored

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Merle Smith

Merle Smith, JD ’74, the first African-American graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, was honored by that institution with a pioneer award on Sunday, April 1.  Smith, who after graduating from the Academy 1966 commanded a patrol boat in Vietnam, was also the first sea-service African-American to be awarded a Bronze Star.

You can read more about Merle Smith and efforts to diversify the Coast Guard Academy’s student body here.

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