Dennis L. Noble

Dennis L. Noble entered on active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1957 and retired in 1978 as a Senior Chief Marine Science Technician. Shore duty included a Lifeboat Station, an Air Station, the Oceanographic Unit, a district office, and Headquarters.

Sea duty took him six times to the Arctic, twice to the Antarctic, International Ice Patrol, and other locations between these extremes. He served in the icebreakers Northwind, Westwind, and Edisto. During oceanographic field work he also served in, Evergreen, Barataria, Storis, Staten Island, and Glacier.

On his off-duty time, Noble earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees. After retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard, he earned a Ph.D., in U.S. history from Purdue University.

After retirement, Noble worked as a seasonal National Park Service Ranger, a U.S. Army historian, a library director in two public libraries, and a library manager in a closed security prison in Washington State.

Dennis L. Noble now writes full-time and lives in Sequim, Washington, with his wife, Loren, and a strange cat.



February 16, 2011
KONP-AM      Todd Ortloff Show. Discussing Cuba research trip in January 2011.

March 10, 2010
KONP-AM      Todd Ortloff Show. Discussing Cuba research trip in January 2010.

November 18, 2009
KONP-AM      Todd Ortloff Show. Discussing biography of Captain Michael A. Healy.


Appeared in the following:

History Channel. Modern Marvels: Icebreakers.

History Channel: History vs. Hollywood: The Sand Pebbles.

Public Broadcasting System. "The Odyssey of Captain Healy."


April 12, 2012.
"Captain Michael A. Healy." New London, Connecticut.

September 20, 2011.
"Cuban Human Smuggling Operations, 1965-2006." Suitland, Maryland.

April 8, 2010.
"Captain Michael A. Healy." Sheldon Jackson Museum, Sitka, Alaska.

February 24, 2010.
"Captain Michael A. Healy." National Archives. Washington, D.C.

January 14, 2010
"Captain Michael A. Healy."
Cuban Society for History of Science and Technology, Havana, Cuba.

October 26, 2009.
"Captain Michael A. Healy." Hampton Roads Officer's Association, Norfolk, Virginia.

October 22, 2009.
"Captain Michael A. Healy." Naval Memorial. Washington, D.C.