June 21

WHO RECEIVES THIS NEWSLETTER? 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, & at 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.

E-MAIL: My address is & If you have e-mail service, please let me know & I will add you to Appendix E of the call book. Additionally, Dick Anderson,, & 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.


Alaska A CG helicopter crew transported a 55-year-old man with a broken ankle who was hunting 1 miles west of Tenakee with 4 other people when he broke his ankle. The hunting party used a VHF-FM radio to contact the FV Icy Lady near, which then informed the CG of the injured hunter.

Savannah: An intense search for Derrick Smith was suspended. The search began after the charter vessel Obsession sighted an unmanned 28-ft. recreational boat adrift about 5 miles east of Savannah. Keys were in the ignition, the throttle controls in the full throttle position, the fuel tank emptied & a wallet was on board. More than 5 miles were searched utilizing numerous aircraft & boatsCGC YELLOWFIN, an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter & assistance from MCAS Beaufort. Additional searches by an HC-13 Hercules & an HU-25 Falcon jet from Miami found no signs of a survivor.

Florida Keys: Units from the Florida Keys, Clearwater & Ft Myers chased & stopped 4 different attempted smuggling ventures. A total of 8 suspected migrant smugglers, all of whom have either U.S. resident alien or parole status, were taken into custody by CG personnel & turned over to the Border Patrol anti-smuggling unit. Calm seas & good weather usually entice individuals to undertake this dangerous crossing, entrusting the lives & safety to smugglers who may be violent individuals or reckless mariners. In the first case CGC SAPELO sighted & chased a go-fast vessel with Florida registration numbers 6 miles SW of Key West heading toward Cuba but turned their boat around & proceeded N past Marquesas Key. A C-13 was diverted & followed the vessel until it was intercepted & stopped by law enforcement units from CG Station Ft Myers & the Collier County Sheriffs office. In the second case a CGAS Clearwater C-13 sighted a 27-ft. go-fast vessel about 6 miles S of Key West. The CGC SAPELO was diverted to the area & boarded the suspect & located multiple items that indicated the vessel was outfitted for smuggling & the voyage was terminated & turned over to U.S. Border Patrol agents. In another case CGC RESOLUTE sighted a 25-ft. go-fast vessel; a C-13 from CGAS Clearwater followed the go-fast until CGC METOMPKIN was in pursuit. CG Stations Islamorada & Marathon launched boats & intercepted the suspected smuggler boats which were outfitted for smuggling & were taken to CG Station Marathon where they were turned over to U.S. Border Patrol agents. In the last case the RESOLUTE sighted another 3-ft. go-fast boat with Florida registration 65 miles S of Key West. METOMPKIN & Station Marathon diverted to intercept. METOMPKIN was able to stop the boat & boarded. Two suspects were taken into custody & taken to CG Station Marathon where they were turned over to U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Miami: Two Miami-area resident aliens were rescued, claiming their 29-foot boat had sunk. Both men, wearing life jackets & appeared to be in good condition, were picked up by the Samaritan vessel Hajebaba 15 miles SE of Miami. Arriving on scene, CGC MATAGORDA embarked the 2 men & transferred them to CG Station Miami Beach. The Border Patrol anti-smuggling unit is investigating the possibility that these men were part of a smuggling operation.

Key West: Three people were recovered by the dive boat Caribbean Express after their boat capsized, leaving them floating approx. 1 miles S of Islamorada for over 12 hours. All were wearing lifejackets & prudently decided to stay with the capsized vessel; one member lost his lifejacket but was able to hold on to a readily accessible CG-approved floating device (seat cushion).

Florida: The search for 2 Atlanta-area firefighters missing at sea ended when the FV Flying Alpha discovered their bodies.

Portsmouth, VA: A CG helicopter medevaced a passenger in need of medical assistance off a cruise ship 435 miles SE of Elizabeth City. RCC Norfolk received a call from the cruise ship Zenith stating that an 81-year-old female was suffering from acute pneumonia & possible respiratory failure. A CG flight surgeon concurred that a medevac should be conducted. CGAS Elizabeth City launched an HH-6 helicopter & a Hercules C-13. The helicopter arrived at the ship & safely hoisted the patient, who will be taken to a Bermuda airport, approx. 16 miles SE of the ships location, where emergency medical service transported her to King Edward Hospital.

Kodiak: A CG helicopter crew concluded a 2-day long-range medevac for a Korean crewman on a freight ship located in the Pacific Ocean. The helicopter crew flew more than 1 miles to medevac the crewman, who suffered internal pain & vomiting.

Elizabeth City: Two AMTs who rescued a 6-year-old woman during the flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd will receive Silver Star Lifesaving Medals at a ceremony in hangar 55.

DECOMMISSIONING: George E Vincent, WA5GEV, reports POINT ESTERO 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 be familiarising themselves with the operations of the replacement Cutter, the 87-ft. RAZORBILL of the Predator class, which are built to accommodate mixed crews.

Which college is the Choosiest? The most selective college, accepting only 9.6% of its applicants, is the USCG Academy!

NEW CGC ASPEN & WOODRUSH: Al Mans, KG9BI, reports that the crews for ASPEN & WOODRUSH are undergoing training at Marinette, WI. The ASPEN will go to Northern California; the other crew sailed the old WOODRUSH from Alaska through the Canal Zone up to the East Coast of Maine then flew to Marinette where they will be until 27 June, then take the new 225-footer to Alaska. The guys like the new 4-man berthing quarters & said the old 18 got pretty ripe in the Canal Zone.

COAST GUARD CLUB CALL BOOK: It is bound in a spiral binder & includes the latest changes. As of today the book is 1 thick186 sheets of paper. If you want a copy of the call book, send a cheque for $15. payable to Don Gardner.

COAST GUARD NETS: The Coast Guard Radio Amateur SSB Net is on the air each Saturday from 12-13 ET on 143 (14313 alternate). At 13 ET the Net shifts to 14327 & continues, usually for about 3 minutes. Dick Anderson, KE7A, in the Dallas-Ft Worth area, is the NCS. A CW Net with Fred Goodwin, K7LF, as NCS, is on 1452/752 & runs simultaneously.

NEW COAST GUARD BOOK: D R Peterson, our vessel historian, reports his book U.S. Lighthouse Service Tenders, was released 7 August 2. This is the first book to feature all of the lighthouse tenders & auxiliary craft of the USLHS. 9.5x9.5 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 41 476 4469, e-mail: or web page or

COAST GUARD STORIES: Check Out: Jacks Joint,, which has interesting Coast Guard short stories & scuttlebutt. I used selected short stories from this site for my version of Coast Guard Stories, Vol. I (volume II is pending). I will print the stories on my printer, put it in a spiral binder & send you a copy postage for $19.95, or on a ZIP disk for $12., also postage paid.

QUA? If you have a news item of interest to our members, please send it in. Want to swap, sell, trade gear?

COAST GUARD PRODUCTS: Shop at the Academy Exchange,


CGC ABSECON & CHINCOTEAGUE: First reunion October 2001 at Norfolk, VA. For info. contact John R Peters, 1831 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA, fone 757 479 , e-mail: or Harry S Huggins, 5411 Greenfield DR, Portsmouth, VA 2373, fone 757 484-37, e-mail: (Info from EMCM J R Peters)

BERING SEA PATROL-ALASKA VETERANS: 11-14 September. Contact Dicj Juge, Chairman 21, 3871 Red Cypress, New Orleans, LA 7131 or fone 54 394 2221, fax 54 393 669, e-mail:

CGC 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:

CGC SPENCER: 11-15 October at Williamsburgh, VA. Contact Jack Shampine, 7393 Route #21, Cicero, NY 1339, fone 315 699 3127, or Hank Rogers, Jr., #342 Freedom CT, Baltimore, MD 2122, fone 41 335 6826.

GUADALCANAL CAMPAIGN VETERANS: 13-15 September at Wilmington, NC. Contact Ernest M Phillips, 1537 Larchmont Ave., Lakewood, OH 4417-343, fone 216 221 8256, e-mail:

83 FOOTERS: Check out A reunion of 83 WPB sailors 11 August at Ft Worden, Port Townsend, WA. For additional info, e-mail Wink Weber at, or fone 53 848 3276, FAX 53 848 848. 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:

USCG LIGHTSHIP SAILORS ASSN: [From Jim Gill, K6IRR] Reunion 4-6 October 21 at Port Huron, MI. Contact Jerry Radloff, 12 Woods Lane, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-1157, fone 1-313 884 371, e-mail:

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 (Freds Place) will be there. For more info. contact: J J Huffman, POB 55388, North Pole, AK  99705, e-mail:

MEMBERSHIP: There are 477 members in our Club as of 21 May. We are striking for 5 by the end of 21! On 16 June of last year, we had 47 members        de AD4PT


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