Dr. C. Douglas Kroll is an associate professor of history at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California. He has been a full-time faculty since the fall of 2001.
He graduated with a B.S. degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1971 and served as a Coast Guard officer afloat and overseas before resigning his commission. He currently is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
He holds a M.A. degree in history from the University of San Diego, a Ph.D. degree in history from the Claremont Graduate University and is the author of numerous articles and several books dealing with Coast Guard and naval history. His previous books include Commodore Ellsworth Bertholf: First Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and A Coast Guardsman’s History of the Coast Guard.
Doug, and his wife Lana, make their home in Palm Desert and have two grown sons, Timothy, a U.S. Postal Inspector who lives in Anaheim, California and is a commissioned officer in the Coast Guard Reserve, and Matthew, a helicopter pilot currently assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey.