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During World War II, JAMES ALGER was a Lieutenant Commander with the U.S. Coast Guard, commanding the cutter USCGC DIONE on many ASW patrols and convoy escort duty along the east coast of the United States.  He knew that the German crews in the U-Boats that operated off the American shores were tough and determined - but fair and honorable, and so when various books were published with the obligatory remarks about machine gunning survivors in the water, ALGER angrily took exception and on many occasions, wrote to the author and/or the publisher.

JAMES ALGER ultimately retired the USCG at the rank of Rear Admiral.  He was a good man and he knew that his adversary in World War II was honorable.

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