The crow’s nest of USCG Duane as seen beneath the waters off Key Largo, Florida in March 2007

Robert William Goehring (no relation to the infamous Nazi, Hermann Goehring) was born on February 12, 1917, in Somerville, New Jersey. He spent a good portion of his high school years training to be a cadet. Upon graduating in 1935, he made a beeline to the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and signed up on August 5.

The promotions came quickly. Lieutenant (junior grade) in 1941, Lieutenant in 1942, and Commander in 1943.

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