Coast Guard

Combat Veterans Association

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 Michael Placenica, LM

Board of Trustees

PNP Chairman

Enlisted at Sacramento, California, August 1966.  Completed basic training at Training Center, Alameda.  CWO4 (ret.) and CGCVA Member Bill Held, was his recruit company commander.  After completing Yeoman Basic School at Groton, CT, he was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Magnolia in Astoria, OR.  This was the beginning of a 26 year career in both the Regular and Reserve components of the United States Coast Guard.


His duty stations included: Coast Guard Squadron One, at Cat Lo, VN where he was awarded the Navy Combat Action Ribbon, among other commendations.  He also served at Marine Inspection Office San Francisco, Coast Guard Headquarters, Tracen Yorktown (twice), Air Stations San Diego and Sacramento.


Mike was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer on March 1, 1984.  His last duty station was Group Monterey, where he was a silver badge Career Enlisted Advisor.  He retired in December 1992.  He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from San Francisco State University.