Herman Kossler was born on December 8th, 1911 in Norfolk Virginia. He attended the Naval Academy and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral over his 43 year career in the navy. During the Second World War he served in the Pacific. Among his commands were: Commander of Naval Forces in the Philippine Islands during the Vietnam War as well as Commander of the Sixth Naval District stationed in Charleston, South Carolina.
Admiral Kossler died in July of 1988 leaving behind his wife (Ursula Breher Kossler), 6 children and 21 grandchildren.