Gary Sherman is a former U. S. Coast Guard Storekeeper from 1969 to 1973. He was elected to his second term as the association's secretary-treasurer at the 2011 convention at Herndon, Virginia.
In 1970, His first assignment following graduation from Storekeeper School was to the USCGC CASTLE ROCK (WHEC 383). 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 December 21, 1971.
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".
Well, one out of three isn't too bad. "Never got to Lake Erie"