Gary Sherman is a former U. S. Coast Guard Storekeeper from 1969 to 1973. He was elected as the Association's National Secretary at the 2009 convention in Reno, NV and National Secretary/Treasurer at the 2011 convention at Herndon, Virginia.
In 1969 he joined the USCG and was assigned to Recruit Company Papa 76, in Cape May, NJ. In 1970, his first assignment following graduation from Storekeeper School was to the USCGC CASTLE ROCK (WHEC 383). He sailed with the Castle Rock in a 1971 SQUADRON THREE deployment and remained on board until the turnover of Castle Rock to the South Vietnamese Navy on 21 December, 1971, in Saigon, Republic of Vietnam.
Gary claims three reasons for joining the Coast Guard:
1. To get the GI Bill for college.
2. To get stationed close to home on Lake Erie.
3. To stay the "hell out of Vietnam". He says "I guess one out of three isn't too bad. Got the GI Bill, but "Never got to Lake Erie and got an all expenses paid trip to Vietnam"!