Recollections of Thirty-Two Years in the U. S. Coast Guard: And Other Ramblings

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AuthorHouse, Jul 3, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages

“The Bible not withstanding, this is the greatest book ever written.”                  

 An advertisement the author intended to take out in,                      

The St. Petersberg Times.



“This book should be required reading for everyone in the world.”            From an advertisement the author tried to take out in the, ............The New Yorker Magazine.



“I know this man,……….he’s stupid. But he tells a good story.”          A general consensus of those who know the author. 



“If God hasn’t stopped him, he must be proof that I exist, ……                  ……Mephistopheles!


This is a collection of humorous stories I recall from my time in the service, and shortly thereafter. It is my nature to poke fun at things I find funny, or in some cases, sad. Most, almost all, of these recollections are accurate, but a couple have been embellished a little where they needed help. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I enjoyed writing them.




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About the author (2008)


Mr. Meininger was born and raised in the Midwest and joined the Coast Guard in 1961. He served on several ships in both the north Atlantic and south Pacific. Returning from overseas in 1965, he was assigned to a small boat rescue station and later a patrol boat. He attended Officers Candidate School in 1970 and completed naval flight training receiving his wings in 1971. He then served as a search and rescue pilot at Cape May, NJ; Kodiak, AK; Clearwater, FL; Astoria, OR and Detroit, MI. He spent his last five years as a staff officer assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. retiring after thirty-two years of service in 1993. He holds an Associate Degree in Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, a BS degree in Psychology, and a Masters degree in Management. He now lives in Montclair, VA with his wife Carol. They have three grown children. His first book; ‘A Passage Out Of Sequence,’ can be ordered on line at, or through,, or Barnes& He is presently working on his third book; ‘Common Sense Too, My Opinion on Almost Everything,’ and jotting down notes for a fourth book. He can be reached at  


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