GUARD CLUB NEWSLETTER
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Members who have an upcoming birthday, each potential Coast Guard Club
recruit, & any Coastie I write to. This Newsletter is posted on the Web at
http://home1.gte.net/ke7a/index.htm., www.jacksjoint.com & at www.fredsplace.org.
If you can receive e-mail files, are a member of the Coast Guard Club,
& would like a copy of this Newsletter each month, please advise.
My address is email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have e-mail
service, please let me know & I will add you to Appendix E of the call book.
Additionally, Dick Anderson, email@example.com,
& I need to know when you obtain or cancel e-mail, change providers or
addresses & would appreciate it if you would please keep us updated.
District: – The Coast
Guard Rescue Coordination Centre Norfolk coordinated medical assistance for a
diabetic man who ran out of insulin after he and another man were rescued from
their sailboat by crewmembers of the vessel Crusader 380 miles east of
Bermuda. Crusader responded to the sailboat's distress call. One of the
men, a 41-year-old diabetic, became ill after not taking insulin shots for over
two days. A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended immediate medical assistance.
RCC Norfolk requested assistance from the New York Air National Guard Pararescue
Jumpers aboard their C-130 out of Gabreski, N.Y. The Pararescue Jumpers
successfully deployed to the Crusader and rendered medical assistance.
The Crusader is en route to Bermuda to deliver the patient, who is in
stable condition, to the hospital and offload the PJs and remaining survivor
from the sailing vessel Emma. RCC Bermuda notified RCC Norfolk that the
sailing vessel Emma had been adrift and demasted when the motor vessel
A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., found 2 men who were reported missing after their 15-foot johnboat ran out of gas and got stuck in the mud in Plum Tree Marsh. Two other passengers had been dropped off at Salt Pond Marina to purchase food Sunday night and when they returned to the pier, the boat was not there. The 2 men at the marina contacted Coast Guard Group Hampton Roads. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched as well as 41-foot rescue boats from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles, Station Portsmouth, Station Little Creek and the Coast Guard Cutter Albacore. A Langley Rescue boat and Poquoson Fire and Rescue also assisted in the search. A Langley Rescue boat crew pulled them out of the marsh.
District: - A Coast Guard
C-130 airplane from Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu located a missing boat
with 3 persons aboard who had remained unlocated for nearly 6 days. Three people
went fishing off the southwest side of Kosrae Island (FSM) in a 19-foot skiff
and were last seen by other fishing boats about two miles from shore on the
evening of Apr. 17 (FSM time). After the skiff did not return to the island as
planned, the Coast Guard’s rescue coordination centre in Guam was notified and
began coordinating a search which included a boat from FSM, a Navy P-3 airplane,
Air Force and Coast Guard C-130s and several civillian small boats. The skiff
was spotted by a Coast Guard C-130 on the morning of Apr. 23. The Federated
States Ship Independence took the skiff in tow and was scheduled to
arrive in Kosrae later that evening. The condition of the 3 people on board was
not available. The skiff reportedly had no radio, reflective gear, flashlight or
flares that would have aided in the search. [Or brains, either. Ed.]
17th District: - A Coast Guard helicopter crew transported a 27-year-old Kake mother, with postpartum complications, and her infant to Sitka Saturday night. A health aid from the Kake Clinic called the Coast Guard for help. A helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka picked up Latanya Friday and her three-day-old baby in Kake and transported them to Sitka for treatment.
District: - Coast Guard
Group St. Petersburg received a phone call from the District 12 Medical
Examiner's Office in reference to a man found floating in the Gulf Saturday. The
District 12 Medical Examiner's Office positively identified the man as
47-year-old Dixon Harper who had been missing from his fishing vessel the Fat
Kat since Tuesday April 17. The boat was 60 miles off of John's Pass at the
time of his disappearance. Coast Guard Station Cortez was notified Saturday
April 21, about a man floating in the Gulf. The station retrieved the man and
transferred him to the District 12 Medical Examiner's Office for positive
Identification. According to the Medical Examiner's Office there was no trauma
to the body and the cause and manner of death is pending further investigation,
including toxicology testing.
District: - The Coast Guard
received the call of a person overboard the W.S.F. Puyallup. The ferry
was transiting westbound from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. Witnesses, who were
interviewed by the Coast Guard and Washington State Patrol, reported the man was
sitting or leaning on the port side aft rail. The man fell overboard as the
ferry made a starboard turn approach to Eagle Harbor. A Coast Guard HH-65
Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Port Angeles, a 41-foot patrol boat from
Coast Guard Station Seattle, the Chief Seattle, and Bainbridge Island Fire and
Rescue conducted an immediate search from Eagle Harbor south to Decatur Reef.
The incident is under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office
[de George E Vincent, WA5GEV]. POINT
will be decommissioned soon & transferred to the Colombian Navy. The 82-ft.
WPB was commissioned in December 1963 at the CG Yard. Meanwhile, the crew will
themselves with the operations of the replacement Cutter, the 87-ft. RAZORBILL
of the Predator class, which are built to accommodate mixed crews.
college is the Choosiest?
The most selective college, accepting only 9.6% of its applicants, is the USCG
After 57 years of service, eight homeports & more than a half-million
nautical miles past the propeller, the CGC IRONWOOD retired from military
service. The 180-foot "B" Class (also known as Mesquite Class) buoy
tender was decommissioned during a ceremony at the Northern Lights Recreational
Facility at Integrated Support Command Kodiak, Alaska, 6 October 2ØØØ. The IRONWOOD
was commissioned Oct. 11, 1943, primarily to conduct aids to navigation duties
for the Coast Guard. It was stationed in Boston, San Francisco, Monterey,
Calif., Guam, Honolulu, & Homer, Adak & Kodiak, Alaska. The Cutter
served in World War II, the Korean War & Vietnam War, & was the only U.
S. ship left on active duty awarded the Korean Service Medal. It was the second
oldest commissioned Cutter in service behind the CGC STORIS. It also held
the distinction of being the only 180-foot buoy tender built at the Coast Guard
Yard in Baltimore, Md. The IRONWOOD & its crew departed Kodiak Oct. 7
for San Pedro, Calif., where the ship will await the final paperwork before
being sold to the Nigerian navy for tender work in the country's oil fields.
GUARD CLUB CALL BOOK: It
is bound in a spiral binder & includes the latest changes. As of today the
book is 1” thick—186 sheets of paper. If you want a copy of the call book,
send a cheque for $15.ØØ payable to Don Gardner.
The Coast Guard Radio Amateur SSB Net is on the air each Saturday from 12ØØ-13ØØ
ET on 143ØØ (14313 alternate). At 13ØØ ET the Net shifts to 14327 &
continues, usually for about 3Ø minutes. Dick Anderson, KE7A, in the Dallas-Ft
Worth area, is the NCS. A CW Net with Fred Goodwin, K7LF, as NCS, is on 14Ø52/7Ø52
& runs simultaneously.
COAST GUARD BOOK:
D R Peterson, our vessel historian, reports his book U.S.
Lighthouse Service Tenders, was
released 7 August 2ØØØ. This is the first book to feature all of the
lighthouse tenders & auxiliary craft of the USLHS. 9.5”x9.5” hardbound,
ISBN 1-885457-12-X, price $39.95 + $5.00 shipping. I bought the book &
recommend it. You may order direct from the Eastwind Publishing, 4302 Baildon
Road, Trappe, MD 21673, fone 41Ø 476 4469, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
web page www.eastwind.com or www.amazon.com.
GUARD STORIES: Check
Joint, http://www.jacksjoint.com/, which has interesting Coast
Guard short stories & scuttlebutt.
I used selected short stories from this site for my version of Coast
Guard Stories. I will print the stories on my printer, put it in a
spiral binder & send you a copy if you will pay $19.95,
which includes the cost of postage also.
you have a news item of interest to our members, please send it in. Want to
swap, sell, trade gear?
Shop at the Academy Exchange, www.shopcoastguard.com/acatalog/
ABSECON & CHINCOTEAGUE:
First reunion October 2001 at Norfolk, VA. For info. contact John R Peters, 1831
Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA, fone 757 479 ØØØØ, e-mail: email@example.com
or Harry S Huggins, 5411 Greenfield DR, Portsmouth, VA 237Ø3, fone 757 484-37ØØ,
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Info from EMCM J R Peters)
BERING SEA PATROL-ALASKA VETERANS:
11-14 September. Contact Dicj Juge, Chairman 2ØØ1, 3871 Red Cypress, New
Orleans, LA 7Ø131 or fone 5Ø4 394 2221, fax 5Ø4 393 Ø669, e-mail: email@example.com.
CASCO: Any former crewmembers who would like to be placed on a mailing list of
shipmates & activities that includes a reunion every several years, contact:
Gordon C Kelly, P O BOX 141, Lyon, WI 53148.
CGC DUANE: Next
reunion 13-15 September. Gala banquet Saturday 15th aboard USS Yorktown. Special
rates available if you mention DUANE REUNION. For more information & to
receive the free newsletter & membership information, contact Paul Turner,
USCGC DUANE Assn., HCR2 Box 15A, Summit, NY 12175, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
At Boston, MA, 25-28 May. Contact:; Joseph Quintiliani 5Ø8 548 Ø329, e-mail: email@example.com.
CGC SPENCER: 11-15
October at Williamsburgh, VA. Contact Jack Shampine, 7393 Route #21, Cicero, NY
13Ø39, fone 315 699 3127, or Hank Rogers, Jr., #342 Freedom CT, Baltimore, MD
2122Ø, fone 41Ø 335 6826.
VETERANS: 13-15 September at Wilmington, NC. Contact Ernest M Phillips,
1537 Larchmont Ave., Lakewood, OH 441Ø7-34Ø3, fone 216 221 8256, e-mail: phil3Ø2Ø6Ø@msn.com.
Check out www.geocities.com/wweber1212/. A reunion of 83’ WPB sailors
11 August at Ft Worden, Port Townsend, WA. For additional info, e-mail Wink
Weber at Winkhw@aol.com, or fone 5Ø3 848 3276, FAX 5Ø3 848 Ø848. Wink
needs head count NLT 11 June.
Navy Patrol Squadron 18 (VPB-18) annual
reunion will be hosted in Mobile, AL 9-12 October by Warren Locklin, N4RUC.
Interested parties may contact him at 334 479 2961.
Patrol Frigates: 16 to 21 September in Reno. For
further info: Roberta Shotwell, e-mail: Patrolf@aol.com.
USCG LIGHTSHIP SAILORS ASSN: Reunion
4-6 October 2ØØ1 at Port Huron, MI. Contact Jerry Radloff, 1Ø2Ø Woods Lane,
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-1157, fone 1-313 884 3Ø71, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
USCG CW Operators Assn: The 3d
annual reunion for the CG CW Operators Assn. will be Charleston, SC, from 17 to
21 October. Celebrities MCPO CG Vince Patton & Fred Siegel (Fred’s Place)
will be there. For more info. contact: J J Huffman, POB 55388, North Pole, AK
99705, e-mail: email@example.com.
255 Foot Cutters: 3d reunion of all 13 from
6-1Ø May 2ØØ1 at the Union Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas. For info write: USCG 255
Reunion Committee, PO Box 33523, Juneau AK 998Ø3, fone 1 9Ø7 789 2579 (note
from GMCS R A Morgan, Ret.)