"An exhaustive and fascinating history of an American institution." -- Night Owl Reviews
About the Author
Thomas P. Ostrom served in the USCGR from 1961-69, and had basic and advanced training at the USCG Base, Alameda, California. He served subsequently in the Port Security Reserve Unit in Duluth, Minnesota, and participated in monthly and active duty assignments each summer, earning petty officer rank. Mr. Ostrom taught history, anthropology and geography at Rochester Community College in Rochester, Minnesota for for thirty two years, has written a regular column for the Rochester ?Post Bulletin? and has been a political pundit on KROC-AM radio.
Ostrom was born in Superior, Wisconsin. He received his BA and MS degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He did graduate and post-graduate work at Ball State University, the University of North Dakota, Winona State University, and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
He is a member of The Foundation for Coast Guard History, Navy League, the U.S. Naval Institute, and the National Maritime Historical Society.