Sept. 28, 2020
The Long Blue Line: Captain Garcia/Garfield—modern Coast Guard’s 1st minority officer
Born in Morro Castle, Puerto Rico, on February 17, 1903, Henry Frederick Garcia would become a trailblazer in the history of the Coast Guard.
Garcia came from a prominent military family. His father had a career in the U.S. Army and his younger brother would retire as a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy. Garcia lived in military installations in Puerto Rico and Ohio before receiving an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. In 1924, after graduating from the Academy, he accepted a commission in the U.S. Army and served in field artillery until 1928, when he accepted a commission in the United States Coast Guard.