Admiral Clifford F. DeWolf began his career in 1946 as a cadet at the
Coast Guard Academy, graduating with a degree in general engineering
After graduation, he was an ensign aboard the CGC Bibb. He was then assigned as commanding officer of an 83-foot patrol boat in Alaska. This led to an assignment as part of the original 95-foot pre-commissioning detail in Curtis Bay, Md. He then returned to Alaska as CO of the Cape Coral, one of the first 95-footers.
After selection for legal training in 1955, he was awarded the Juris Doctor Degree by Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. After a postgraduate indoctrination tour in the legal division at headquarters, he was assigned as CO of the CGC Legare in New Bedford, Mass.
He was next assigned as an instructor in law and seamanship at the Academy. In 1963, DeWolf was assigned as staff legal officer for the 17th CG District in Juneau, Alaska. Other tours of duty include: executive officer of the CGC Chautaqua; principal legislative counsel for the Coast Guard from 1967-1972; staff legal officer and chief of operations of the 12th CG District in San Francisco; chief of staff for the Eighth CG District from 1976-1978.
Upon his promotion to admiral in 1978, he was assigned as chief counsel for the Eighth Coast District and then as district commander for the 13th CG District in Seattle in 1981.
Rear Admiral DeWolf's decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.