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The Officers

Michael Placencia, LM

 National President


Steven Petersen, LM

National Vice President


Gary Sherman, LM

  National Secretary / Treasurer



Board of Trustees’

     Edward Swift, LM, PNP


       William Figone, LM, 2term

   Floyd Hampton, LM 2term

         Bruce Bruni, LM,1term

     Robert Macleod, LM, 1term


Robert Bailey

Noel Bell

Gil Benoit, LM (PNP)

John Ehrmann

Paul A. Ewaldt, LM

Ned Fontaine, LM

John Gnegy, LM*

Baker W. Herbert, LM*

Bill Hoover, LM, (PNP)

Donald Kneip (CTB-’95)*

R.W. Madura,LM

Barry Nance,LM*

VADM. T.R.  Sargent III, LM*

Paul Scotti, LM (PNP)

Roger Williams,LM*




Service Officer

Tom Huckelberry


Thomas Hart

PNP Paul Scotti


Convention Planner

Steve Petersen, LM

Mike Placencia, LM


Nominating Committee

William Figone


Membership Director PNP Joe Kleinpeter



Quarterdeck Log

PNP Ed Swift, LM



PNP Paul Scotti, LM



Ed Floyd, LM


Richard Ames, LM


Mike Placencia, LM



Vince Patton, LM

Small Stores Manager

Richard Hogan, JR.

Cape May Coordinator

Thomas Dougherty




Ahoy Shipmates,

Well, it’s San Diego for 2017. After reviewing the suggested reunion sites San Diego was the clear winner. It gives the Association the most bang for our buck and it’s sailor town USA. This site was very popular when we held our 1996 reunion there, with outstanding weather and now we shall return 20+ years later. The hotel and grounds are quite spacious, and our hospitality room will meet our needs nicely — plenty of room for auction items and memorabilia, and the world famous Combat Veterans Bar.

Returning again, the Andrus Brothers — Dave and Scott — will be our bartenders, honoring their father’s memory. If you don’t know the story, ask them. Get your sea stories ready, but remember that they must always start with “and this is no s - - t!” Don’t forget the tip jars on the bar — this money supports the purchase of spirits, so please be generous.

Betty Schambeau and our Auxiliary will be handling the auction and items will be displayed until the deadline. If your donation to this cause is homemade, it’s time to get with it! The 50/50 drawing with the fathom of tickets will also be a fund raiser. Look out for Chieu Hoi, our Association mascot. He has been traveling California and has the photos to prove it. For this reunion, the committee has chosen not to have an organized tour. The San Diego Trolley System
will take you to most places.

The hotel shuttle will provide transportation to Old Town and the Fashion Valley Mall area. Things to do are abundant — Seaport Village, Sea World, The famous San Diego Zoo, decommissioned Aircraft Carrier Midway, Star of India sailing ship, Coronado Island’s famous hotel, Point Loma Lighthouse, many military bases and of course, Tijuana, Mexico.

So, put on your tank tops, shorts and flip flops and enjoy our semi-annual get together with your fellow Coasties.

Steve Petersen

National Vice President



If you are planning to attend the 2017 CGCVA Convention/Reunion in San Diego please be advised that the hotel reservation printed in the last Quarterdeck Log issue has changed. 

The correct number is: 1-888-233-9527.


You may also reserve book your room via the website: 




Be sure to ask for the Coast Guard Combat Veterans Assn Reunion 2017 Rate.


Reservation deadline is: April 17, 2017.


Reunion Registration Form

Link to the Registration Page
Quarterdeck Log San Diego
Reunion 2017 

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CGCVA’s new Administrative Office mailing address has changed, effective April 15, 2016.

P O Box 777
Havre De Grace,
Maryland 21078

Gary Sherman
National Secretary/Treasurer

VA Expands Agent Orange Eligibility for More Ships

The list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships associated with military service in Vietnam and possible exposure to Agent Orange has moved to the Veterans Benefits Administration compensation website. The updated list can now be found on VBA’s “Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange” Web page.

Honoring Vietnam War Veterans
and Their

            Congress authorized the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, to oversee the honoring of Vietnam War veterans and their families during 2015 to 2017.

            The Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association is a Commemorative Partner in this endeavor.  Consequently, we agree to carry out events and activities to salute Vietnam veterans.  These salutes may be initiated and done by our members.

            Things to honor veterans and their families can be anything you can imagine:  e.g. having students/youths compose essays; holding exhibits (photo, artifacts, models); holding ceremonies; hosting luncheons; giving talks; and so on.

            As a Commemorative Partner the CGCVA is called upon to provide the Vietnam War Commemoration submissions of upcoming events, if applicable, and an after-action summary of what we have done.  To remain a partner the Association has to perform at least two activities a year.

To get word out to our members please post the attached notice on our website.

Thank you.
Paul C. Scotti
CGCVA Co-Founder/Historian Chairman,
Commemorative Partner Committee

Coast Guard Vietnam Art Project -
Your help is needed.

Dear USCG Vietnam Veterans:


As you are no doubt aware, the 50th Anniversary of the US Coast Guard’s participation in the Vietnam War is fast approaching.

Reflecting the Coast Guard’s service in Vietnam from 1965 through 1973, this commemoration is envisioned to be ongoing between 2015 and 2023 and is intended to be part of a larger outreach project which simultaneously acknowledges USCG Vietnam Veterans for their service and sacrifice while educating the public on the US Coast Guard’s important role in the war.

Great message / request it was originally posted on the old CGCVA site April 2014  is it still active? If so, We need the missing "action item" for the submissions requirements for  Vietnam Vet artist's  - Thanks - R Ames