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The Officers


Stephen Petersen, LM

 National President

 

Terry O'Connell, LM

National Vice President

 

Gary Sherman, LM

  National Secretary / Treasurer

 

 

Board of Trustees’

PNP Michael Placencia, LM   

Chairman

   Gil "Frenchy" Benoit, LM, 2term

    William Figone  , LM 2term

         Bruce Bruni, LM,1term

     Butch Hampton, LM, 1term


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*

*CTB

 

Appointee’s


Service Officer

Tom Huckelberry

Larry Jones


ByLaws

Gary Sherman, NS/T

 

Convention Planner

Bruce Bruni, LM

Michael Placencia, PNP

Michael A. Johnson, LM

 

Nominating Committee

William Figone

 

Membership Director 

PNP Michael Placencia

 

Quarterdeck Log

Editor

Bruce Bruni, LM

 

Historian

PNP Paul Scotti, LM

 

Master-At-Arms

Russell Weeks


Webmaster

Richard Ames, LM


Parliamentarian

Mike Placencia, LM

 

Chaplain

Vince Patton, LM


Small Stores Manager

Richard Hogan, Jr.


Cape May Coordinator

Thomas Dougherty


Coast Guard Academy

Parent's Day Representative

Edward Bachand

 


 

LINK TO USS SERPENS WEBSITE:


http://ak97.org

TO ALL CONCERNED ABOUT COVID-19 AND THE 2021 REUNION, PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THE REUNION IS 8 MONTHS OUT AND IF YOU REGISTER WITH AFRI AND THE HOTEL, YOU'LL STILL HAVE ALMOST 8 MONTHS LEFT TO CANCEL YOUR RESERVATIONS.  AT THIS POINT, WE BELIEVE THAT AMERICA WILL GET THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC, PRIMARILY DUE TO THE RESEARCH AND GENIUS OF AMERICA'S PHARMA INDUSTRY!  A VACCINE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!  HAVE FAITH IN YOUR COUNTRY AND IMAGINE THE DAY WHEN MASKS ARE NOT NEEDED.  IT'S COMING SOON!  HANG IN THERE, SHIPMATES!


 

CGCVA REUNION/CONVENTION 

NEW ORLEANS 2021


CONVENTION DATES: April 19, 2021 to April 23, 2020


The following 2 steps are needed to attend the NOLA reunion:


NOTE: The hotel is booked separately by the member and NOT through Armed Forces Reunion, Inc. (AFRI) which is only handling the reunion registration.


STEP  1


TO BOOK A ROOM:


Below are two hotel links where CGCVA members can stay during the reunion. One for the Comfort Inn is reasonably priced at $109.00 per night and the more expensive Copeland Towers is priced at $164.00 per night. Both hotels adjoin the conference facility. Our reunion is situated between these two hotels, the Copeland Tower Suites, and the Comfort Inn, both of which are located on the same property. Prices are based on which hotel you choose.


NOTE AND PLEASE READ BEFORE MAKING HOTEL 

RESERVATIONS: 


When booking a room for either hotel through one of the online weblinks listed below, you will notice that the reservation dates have been preloaded and listing the check-in day as Friday, April 16, with check-out day as Sunday, April 25, 2021. That is because we negotiated additional dates for our membership at the same reunion rate if they would like to remain in the New Orleans area for a longer period than that of the four nights of the scheduled reunion. HOWEVER, IT IS CRITICAL THAT WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR ROOM THAT YOU INDICATE ONLY THE NIGHTS THAT YOU PLAN ON BEING AT THE HOTEL AND NOT MISTAKENLY INCLUDE ANY ADDITIONAL DAYS THAT YOU DO NOT INTEND TO STAY.


This is especially concerning if you plan on arriving on Monday, April 19, but did not change the preloaded dates to reflect the actual dates of your intended stay. The reservation will show that you are arriving on Friday, April 16 and when you do not check-in on Friday, the reservation would be cancelled as a “no show.” MAKE SURE THAT THE RESERVATION IS REFLECTING THE ACTUAL DATES OF YOUR INTENDED STAY BEFORE SIGNING OUT OF THE HOTEL’S BOOKING WEBSITE.


The Group Rate Code when booking by telephone is: Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association Reunion



HOTEL LINKS ARE:


COMFORT INN - $109.00 PER NIGHT


Comfort Inn & Suites at Copeland Tower
Hotel Direct: 504-526-4595 or 800-277-7575


Online: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/QX70I6


COPELAND TOWERS - $164.00 PER NIGHT


Copeland Tower Suites:

Hotel Direct: 504-888-9500 or 800-277-7575
Online: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/OC10P2


STEP 2


REGISTERING WITH AFRI FOR THE REUNION


There are two methods for registering with the AFRI to attend the reunion. One is by the AFRI weblink 

www.afr-reg.com/CGCVA2021

and using a credit card. 


NOTE: THERE IS A 3.5% SERVICE FEE WHEN REGISTERING BY CREDIT CARD.


The second method is by completing the Reunion Registration form shown here and mailing it with a check or money order (NO STAPLES OR TAPE PLEASE) to the AFRI address listed on the form. To print out the form, just click on the “Open and Print the PDF form” link listed below.



CLICK to open and print the above PDF form and follow the instructions.


THANK YOU!


YOUR REUNION COMMITTEE:


MICHAEL PLACENCIA 

BRUCE BRUNI 

MICHAEL JOHNSON






USCGC TANEY BEING 


RENAMED



The City of Baltimore owns the USCGC Taney (WHEC 37), a veteran of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. 


The city has torn down all monuments to Roger B. Taney, former Secretary of the Treasury and U. S. Supreme Court Justice and now is planning to change the name of this 327' cutter, with an enormous record of military service in the United States Coast Guard. 


  Roger Taney is credited with writing the Court's affirmative opinion regarding the 1857 Dred Scott decision, declaring that runaway slaves were property of their owners.  (Not a shining moment in American history!)


As a 501c(19) veterans organization, we cannot take a political side, regarding this action by the City of Baltimore, although we are concerned about the historical impact this might have when research is done on WWII vessels and Coast Guard history. 



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NEW CGCVA MAILING ADDRESS!



THE CGCVA ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE HAS MOVED TO PENNSYLVANIA. 


NEW MAILING ADDRESS!

BY MAIL: CGCVA

                    P O BOX 969

                    LANSDALE,

                    PENNSYLVANIA  19446


THE CGCVA PHONE AND EMAIL REMAIN THE SAME 

BY TELEPHONE:       410-690-8000 

BY EMAIL:       cgcva@comcast.net

  

PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF THIS CHANGE!


Please leave a message on our CGCVA voicemail, any time 24/7/365 and we'll return your call as soon as possible. 


Thank you!

PAYMENTS:

How to pay dues, purchase Small Stores or make a donation:


DUES:

Pay dues on line, on this page, see left column.  


SMALL STORES:

Purchase Small Stores on the Small Stores page using debit/credit card.  


DONATIONS:

Make a Donation of any amount, by debit/credit card above, on the top right column of this page! 

PLEASE SEE OUR NEW 2020 SCHEDULE!


TO ALL CGCVA VIETNAM 


VETERANS!


The Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association is a Commemorative Partner of the United States of America Vietnam War 50th Commemoration.  Please read the following request from our Vietnam War Vietnam 50th Commemorative historian, Marc R. Henderson:

To Coast Guard Vietnam Veterans:

I am reaching out to you to solicit participants in our oral history program.

The Vietnam War 50th Commemoration partners with the Library of Congress Veteran's History Project to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of Vietnam War veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.  

Our team regularly conducts video-recorded oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans; the participants tell the stories in their own words. We include all ranks and services, and reflect the diversity of experiences. Mr. Joe Galloway, former UPI journalist and co-author of "We Were Soldiers Once, and Young," conducts the interviews. Our organization sends the unedited interview footage to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, which preserves these accounts and makes them accessible to the American public.

Our staff would be honored to preserve the experiences of Coastguardsmen that served in Vietnam. 
Below is our new 2020 Schedule:

January 27-31, 2020;  Daytona Beach, FL
February, 2020;  Atlanta, GA
April 1-5, 2020: San Antonio, TX
June 8-13, 2020;  Washington, DC
July, 2020;  Kansas City, MO
August, 2020:  Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH
September, 2020;  Oklahoma and the Dakotas
October, 2020;  Las Vegas, NV  

To schedule an interview, or learn more about the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration's Oral History Program contact Mr. Marc Henderson marc.r.rhenderson.civ@mail.mil or (703) 697-4879.

Respectfully,

Marc

Marc R. Henderson
Historian
History & Legacy Branch
Vietnam War 50th Commemoration
241 18th Street South, Suite 101
Arlington, VA 22202
Office - 703-697-4879

Email:  marc.r.henderson.civ@mail.mil    

"Join the nation. thank a Vietnam veteran!"
www.vietnamwar50th.com


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 450 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 cgcva@comcast.net 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 VBA’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