Admiral
Donald
Hann


Rear Admiral Donald (Swabby) Hann is a native of Stratford NJ. He attended both Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, GA and Virginia Military Academy (VMI) Lexington VA. He enlisted in the USCG and was sent to the Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, NJ in July 1956. He graduated as a Seamen Apprentice and was sent to the Coast Guard Training Center, Groton, CT. Six months later he graduated from Radio School with the rank of RM3. He was assigned to the USCGC Aurora berthed in Savannah, GA. Next assignment was to the USCGC Ariadne, Key West FL. He was promoted to RM2 and transferred to the USCGC Mendota in Wilmington, NC. His next promotion to RM1 came while he was aboard 

the Mendota. Due to several commendations he was promoted to RMC and transferred to the Coast Guard Primary Radio Station 5th District (NMN) at Norfolk/Oceania VA. After a very short duration he was transferred back to sea on the USCGC Chilula berthed out of Morehead City NC. Here he was honorably discharged in order that he attend Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia PA. He was transferred to the Coast Guard Reserve with the rank of Warrant Officer. He graduated from now - Drexel University, with a BS in Business Administration. He continued on to obtain a MS Degree at Drexel in Computer Science. He was promoted to CWO3. When he completed his MS Degree he attended University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business where he obtained his PhD in Computer Science. He at that time held the rank of CWO4.Next he was activated into the Regular Service and attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) at the Coast Guard Academy, New London CT. He graduated as a LT (0-3) and was assigned back on the “Old Rust Bucket” - USCGC Mendota berthed at Wilmington NC. Next he was transferred to another “Old Rust Bucket” - USCGC Absecon berthed in Norfolk VA. as her Captain at the rank of LCMD (0-4).He next attended the Navy War College at Portsmouth, RI and graduated at the top of his class. He then served two 6 month - consecutive tours, as an Instructor at the Naval War College. His specialty was Admiral Nelson’s defeat of the combined fleets of both France & Spain at Trafalgar on the Nile. He converted Admiral Nelson’s crossing of the T into land guerrilla attacks. He was promoted to the rank of CMD (0-5).His next and last sea command was the USCGC Chase a replacement for one of the “Old Rust Buckets“. He was a full Captain (0-6). After delivering the Chase for Vietnam Duty. He was replaced in order to command a number of Secret OPS Missions. He served three one year tours in Vietnam. One year in the beginning, One year in the middle. One year at the very end. He was promoted to Rear Admiral L/H (0-7) reporting to the Coast Guard Commandant for the purpose of Designing and Implementation of a Pilot Computer System for the Seventh Coast Guard District and was located at the Coast Guard Air Station in Miami FL. When the Computer System was completed he was promoted to his present rank of Rear Admiral U/H (0-8) and was responsible for the Implementation of the Pilot Computer System into all remaining Coast Guard Districts. His last command was the Commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District , Portsmouth, VA. where he was discharged after 30 years of Service.


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