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National Vice President
National Secretary / Treasurer
Board of Trustees’
PNP Michael Placencia, LM
Gil "Frenchy" Benoit, LM, 2term
William Figone , LM 2term
Bruce Bruni, LM,1term
Butch Hampton, LM, 1term
Gil Benoit, LM (PNP)
Paul A. Ewaldt
Ned Fontaine, LM
John Gnegy, LM*
Baker W. Herbert, LM*
Bill Hoover, LM, (PNP)
Donald Kneip (CTB-’95)*
VADM. T.R. Sargent III, LM*
Paul Scotti, LM (PNP)
Gary Sherman, NS/T
Bruce Bruni, LM
Michael Placencia, PNP
Michael A. Johnson, LM
PNP Michael Placencia
Bruce Bruni, LM
PNP Paul Scotti, LM
Richard Ames, LM
Mike Placencia, LM
Vince Patton, LM
Small Stores Manager
Richard Hogan, Jr.
Cape May Coordinator
Coast Guard Academy
Parent's Day Representative
LINK TO USS SERPENS WEBSITE:
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!
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.
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
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
COPELAND TOWERS - $164.00 PER NIGHT
Copeland Tower Suites:
Hotel Direct: 504-888-9500 or 800-277-7575
REGISTERING WITH AFRI FOR THE REUNION
There are two methods for registering with the AFRI to attend the reunion. One is by the AFRI weblinkwww.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.
USCGC TANEY BEING
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.
NEW CGCVA MAILING ADDRESS!
THE CGCVA ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE HAS MOVED TO PENNSYLVANIA.
NEW MAILING ADDRESS!
BY MAIL: CGCVA
P O BOX 969
THE CGCVA PHONE AND EMAIL REMAIN THE SAME
BY TELEPHONE: 410-690-8000
BY EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
How to pay dues, purchase Small Stores or make a donation:
Pay dues on line, on this page, see left column.
Purchase Small Stores on the Small Stores page using debit/credit card.
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
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 email@example.com 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!
VA Expands Agent Orange Eligibility for More Ships
Honoring Vietnam War Veterans
and Their Families
and Their Families
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.
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/
Paul C. Scotti
CGCVA Co-Founder/Historian Chairman,
Commemorative Partner Committee