The U.S. Coast Guard today
announced the death of Adm. J. William Kime
, 72, Coast Guard commandant from 1990 to 1994, who succumbed to cancer earlier this morning.
"This is a very sad day for the Coast Guard," said Adm. Thad Allen
, commandant of the Coast Guard. "The Coast Guard lost a close member of our family, and America has lost a great leader. In the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Adm. Kime pioneered how the Coast Guard now prevents and responds to oil and hazardous chemical spills, significantly minimizing the environmental damage caused by such spills. His legacy can be seen today in how the Coast Guard responds to a broad range of threats and hazards to our maritime, homeland, and national security interests."
"Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Valerie, their children, and the entire Kime family during this very difficult time," Allen said.
Kime was nominated to become the 19th commandant of the Coast Guard by President George Bush and, following Senate confirmation, he relieved Adm. Paul A Yost, Jr., on May 31, 1990.
Kime will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery