Funeral Service to be Held for Former Coast Guard Commandant

 SAVANNAH, Ga. – The memorial service for a former Coast Guard commandant will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church Friday at 11 a.m.

Adm. Owen W. Siler, 85, of Savannah, died Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital, peacefully from heart failure. Owen’s family, The Coast Guard National Honor Guard and many Coast Guard personnel from around the nation will be attending this memorial service.

Admiral Siler served as Commandant of the Coast Guard from 1974 to 1978. During his tenure, he instituted a minority recruiting program, was instrumental in having women admitted to Coast Guard Academy making it the first of the military service academy to announce acceptance of woman cadets. He arranged for the first female officers to attend flight training, and oversaw the expansion of the Coast Guard’s Marine Environmental Protection program that included an increase of the service’s area of jurisdiction along the nation’s coastline to over two million square miles with the passage of the Fisheries Conservation and management Act of 1976.

Surviving are his wife, Betty W. Siler of Savannah, a son and Daughter-in-law, Gregory John and Terri Siler of Columbia, Md., and a daughter and son-in-law, Marsha Siler Antista and James V. Antista of Tallahassee, Fla.

Remembrances may be made to the Coast Guard Academy, the American Heart Association or St. John’s Episcopal Church.

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