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CGCVA ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE MAILING ADDRESS:

CGCVA

P O BOX 969

LANSDALE, PA 19446

410-690-8000

Email:  [email protected]

Pay Dues: ($40) with "Buy Now" button below!


The Officers

Gary Sherman, LM

National Secretary / Treasurer

Board of Trustees’

PNP Stephen H. Petersen, LM

Chairman

Butch Hampton, LM, 2term

Michael A. Johnson, LM 2term

Mark Pearson LM,1term

Joseph Prince, LM, 1term

Appointees:

ByLaws

Gary Sherman, LM

Quarterdeck Log

Editor

Bruce Bruni, LM, NVP

Convention Planners

PNP Michael Placencia,  LM

Chairman

Bruce Bruni, LM

Michael A. Johnson, LM

Joseph Prince, LM

Membership Director

PNP Michael Placencia

Ship's Store Manager

Russell Allyson

Cape May Coordinator

Thomas Dougherty, LM

Service Officers

Tom Huckelberry

Larry Jones, LM 


Webmaster

Richard Ames, LM

Historian

PNP Paul Scotti, LM

Coast Guard Academy

Parent's Day Representative

Edward Bachand

Chaplain

Vince Patton, LM

Parliamentarian

PNP Mike Placencia, LM

Master-At-Arms

Russell Weeks

Nominating Committee

William Femia

Founders

Robert Bailey

Noel Bell

Gil Benoit, LM (PNP)*

John Ehrmann

Paul A. Ewaldt

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*

*Cross the Bar

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LINK TO USS SERPENS WEBSITE:

CGCVA REUNION/CONVENTION

June 8-12, 2023


GOING TO RENO? 

If you are, you'll need to register with the hotel and also complete the CGCVA registration.  Below are two buttons that will assist you. 



HOTEL GROUP CODE AND TELEPHONE INFO:

GROUP CODE:   GCGVA23

800-648-1177


REGISTER WITH HOTEL

REGISTER WITH CGCVA

The above button will bring up the 2023 Reno Reunion Convention form.   Please complete the form and mail it in with your check, to the address on the form. You can pay by credit/debit card, but be sure to add the 5% on the total. You can make that payment on the Right Column of this Home Page, and mail in your Registration form.  If you are paying by card, you can email your registration to [email protected]!       Thank you! 


ATTENTION CGCVA MEMBERS! 

DO YOU NEED TO PAY DUES, MAKE A PAYMENT OR BUY SOMETHING FROM SMALL STORES? 

Here's your gui​de:​

PAY DUES:

Pay dues on this Home Page, using debit/credit cards.   See the left column to pay regular or associate member dues.   You can always save the Association 3% by mailing a check to: 

CGCVA

P O Box 969

Lansdale, PA 19446 

SMALL STORES:

Purchase Small Stores on the Small Stores page using debit/credit card, or mail our Small Stores manager a check.  His address is on the Small Stores Page.   Just click on the item you want and pay through PayPal.  (you can pay as a guest.)

DONATIONS:

Make a Donation of any amount, by debit/credit card on this Home page, above, on the top right column!  If you can, please indicate the purpose of your donation so we can account for it properly!

The Book is out!

THE LONG BLUE LINE DISRUPTED

by Robert G. Breen, Associate Member of the CGCVA and Dr. Douglas E. Campbell, noted Naval Historian and published writer.

The cost is $20.00 at book signings and by mail. Send Check or Money order to Robert G. Breen, 743 Fringed Orchid Trail, Venice, FL 34293 The book is also available on Amazon.com for $26.75 as well as Barnes and Noble Book Stores.

The Story of USS Serpens (AK-97) and the Quest for Reinstatement of the Purple Heart The story of USS Serpens (AK-97) is an important chapter in Coast Guard history - the most tragic loss of life in the more than 220 years of Coast Guard service to the United States. Contained within these pages is the official ship’s War Diary along with some 200 personal letters sent from Serpens’ crew to their friends and loved ones waiting for them to return home. On 29 January 1945, while sitting off Guadalcanal, Serpens exploded. Of the roughly 250 crew and Army stevedores on board at the time, only two Coastguardsmen survived. While this is the story of ship and crew, the final chapter still needs to be written – the awarding of the Purple Heart. It was awarded, the two who survived and several families of those killed received them, and then through misstep or miscommunication, the medal was rescinded. Help reinstate the Purple Heart on behalf of the relatives of the Serpens’ crew

WE NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!

Out of the 1,300+ members of the CGCVA, only about 500 of you have submitted your email address. That's only about 35% of you!

Why is your email needed?

If we have your email:

1) We can quickly let you know about events in your area.

2) We can make announcements quickly to the entire association that cannot wait until the next issue of the Quarterdeck Log comes out.

3) If your dues are past due, you'll get an email simply indicating that your dues are past due and you need to send money in right away, to keep your membership active.

4) We can contact you more quickly if we have a question about a payment we've received.

So many times we'll have your address in our system and get a check for your dues renewal and the addresses don't match. Some times we get a check, which doesn't match the address in our system, and the return address on the envelope doesn't match the check or our system address so it's impossible to determine which is your current address. So we call your phone number and it doesn't work or we leave a message and we get no response. Email would help get the message to you and it's easier for you to respond.

5) Email is the best form of communication. It saves us having to mail you a post card when your dues are past due.

6) If email isn't your thing, we can use your kids or grandkid's email to send CGCVA notices.

So please consider joining the 21st century and send in your email address.

As a matter of fact, just email us at [email protected] or just click on the highlighted "Email Address" above to open a pre addressed email and we'll receive your email address !!!!

We appreciate your cooperation!

Thank you!

CGCVA

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 VA’s “Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange” Web page.

Honoring Vietnam War Veterans

and Their Families

  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. http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/

Thank you.

Paul C. Scotti

CGCVA Co-Founder/Historian Chairman,

Commemorative Partner Committee

THE COAST GUARD COMBAT VETERANS ASSOCIATION 


 The CGCVA was established in 1985 by Coast Guardsmen who served in World War II and Vietnam and wanted to establish an association of Coast Guard veterans to meet and share their common experiences. 

Those who met in July, 1985 were both officers and enlisted veterans and they sought to establish an association for the benefit of it's members. They began recruiting other Coast Guardsmen who were active duty, reservist, retirees or honorably discharged veterans who participated in any combat theatre, while serving in the United States Coast Guard. 

The  association grew to over 2,000 members and their stated purpose was to illuminate the gravesite of Medal of Honor recipient Douglas Munro;  inform the public of the Coast Guard's participation in this nation's conflicts since 1790,  and to promote fellowship with its membership.   Semper Paratus!


MAKE A DONATION OR REUNION PAYMENT: 

CGCVA DONATIONS (OR REUNION PAYMENT) FOR ANY AMOUNT CAN BE MADE BELOW:

TO MAKE A DONATION,  OR A NON-DUES PAYMENT, 

PLEASE USE THE ABOVE BUTTON "Donate with PayPal "


You do not need to set up a PayPal account.  You can pay as a Guest!

The Quarterdeck Log 

    Fall/Winter 2021 Issue

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"SIGN-IN OR REGISTER" IS FOR WEBMASTER ONLY. THIS IS NOT AN INTERACTIVE WEBSITE. THIS WEBSITE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES FOR CGCVA MEMBERS. Email [email protected] if you have any questions. Thank you!