Last Guard Out

A Riveting Account by the Last Guard to Leave Alcatraz

by Jim Albright



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/25/2008

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 212
ISBN : 9781434350770
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 212
ISBN : 9781452065014

About the Book

The Last Guard Out is the fascinating true story of one man's life as a guard behind the merciless concrete walls of Alcatraz.
I was newly assigned to the infamous island penitentiary of Alcatraz.  Reporting to Alcatraz required me to uproot my wife Cathy and young son Kenny from Colorado to California.  As we approached San Francisco via of the Oakland Bay Bridge we got our first foreboding glance of Alcatraz Island with a dense circle of fog surrounding it.  A strange sense of dread came over me.  I looked at our young son asleep in the back seat, then turned to my wife next to me and I whispered "What The Hell Did We Do".
After moving on to Alcatraz our thought on Island life quickly changed and we decided not to apply for a transfer out, which consequently left us there until the Island closed in March of 1963.
Because of our newly born daughters foot problem they left us there until June of 1963 making me The Last Guard Out.

About the Author

I started on Alcatraz on 8-24-59 as a young man of 24 years with no prior law enforcement experience.  While working on Alcatraz I received two promotions due to my over all work ethics and proper responses during stressful situations, such as working the control center during the last two escape attempts.
After Alcatraz closed I spent the next twenty two years at various positions at several other prisons before retiring from Terre Haute, In. in 1985.  Those twenty two years were filled with various experiences and challenges such as riots, food/work strikes, and escape attempts.  I captured three Petersburg, Va. escapees while I worked at that institution.
All though my twenty six years of prison service were filled with many memories, Alcatraz will always remain the highlite of my law enforcement career.