Vice Admiral Charles
E. Larkin was born in Los Angeles and graduated from high school in Seattle.
He entered the Coast Guard Academy in 1945 and graduated in 1949. After
graduation, he served as a navigator on the CGC Bibb in Boston, where he
was awarded the Silver Lifesaving Medal for rescuing a drowning crewmember.
In 1951, he entered the Navy Flight Training Program, graduating in 1952. He spent the next six years flying at various aviation commands in Salem, Mass.; Kodiak, Alaska; Barbers Point, Hawaii; Elizabeth City, N.C. and Naples, Italy where he served as the commanding officer.
In 1968, then a commander, Larkin graduated from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Base. During this period he also earned a master of science degree from George Washington University.
After two years as executive officer at the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala., Larkin returned to the air station in San Francisco as the commanding officer. He was then assigned as chief, aviation branch at CG Headquarters and then as chief of staff for the 7th CG District in Miami.
While in Miami, he was promoted to the flag rank in July 1976. He was then assigned as chief of office personnel at CG headquarters before his assignment as the 13th Coast Guard District commander in 1978. Subsequently, he served as Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy. His final two assignments were Commander, Pacific Area, and Commander, Maritime Defense Zone Pacific, where he retired in 1984.
Vice Admiral Larkin's decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Legion of Merit, Silver Lifesaving Medal, CG Commendation Medal, Commandant's Unit Commendation.