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Preston Foster (1900-1970)

Born in Ocean City, New Jersey, Foster starred in a number of films including "I am a Fugitive From A Chain Gang", 1932, "Annie Oakley" 1935, "Guadalcanal Diary" 1943, "My Friend Flicka" 1943, "Kansas City Confidential" 1952, "Law and Order", 1953 and "Time Travelers", 1964.  In 1937 he appeared in "The Sea Devils" as a Coast Guardsman, who in competition with shipmate Donald Woods, woos the heart of Ida Lupino, daughter of a salty Coast Guard Chief Boatswain's Mate played by actor Victor McLaglen.  

Foster, an avid sailor, continued his close association with the Coast Guard, volunteering for the Temporary Reserve.  During World War II he rose to the rank of Captain, Temporary Reserve, and later became an honorary commodore in the Coast Guard Auxiliary with his close friend Duke Kahanamoku.

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