Admiral Paul Alexander Yost, Jr., USCG (Retired), 18th Commander of the Coast Guard, died Feb. 9, 2022, in Provo, Utah, at the age of 93.
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Admiral Yost graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1951. Admiral Yost earned two master’s degrees; the first in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1959 and the second in International Affairs from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in 1964. He also graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, RI in 1964.
His career included various tours ashore and afloat, including commanding the Coast Guard Cutter RESOLUTE in San Francisco, California; Task Force 115.3 Commander Combat Command supporting Operation Market Time during the Vietnam War; Chief, Bridges Branch, Aids to Navigation Division; Special Assistant to the Chief Counsel, Coast Guard Headquarters; Harbor Master, Seattle; chief of staff and chief of operations for the Seventeenth Coast Guard District in Alaska; and Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of the Department of Transportation and Alternate Delegate for the United States Law of the Sea Delegation.