GUARD CLUB NEWSLETTER
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
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.
Cutter SAPELO conducted a boarding of the 79-foot fishing vessel Capt.
A. L. Milliken, north of Marquesas Key, FL. During the initial safety
inspection of the vessel, the CG boarding team detected a strong smell of
marijuana throughout the mess deck & pilothouse. After gaining permission to
search several staterooms, a marijuana cigarette, which tested positive for THC
was located in open view. A crewmember from the Milliken informed the
boarding officer that there was a container of marijuana hidden in his
stateroom. A subsequent search revealed 5 used hypodermic syringes with a
visible unknown residue, 1 scorched spoon with residue that tested positive for
amphetamines, a small plastic container with approximately 4Ø marijuana
cigarettes, & an 8 oz V-8 can with numerous pin holes & cocaine residue.
The SAPELO escorted the vessel to the CG seizure pier in Key West, where
a joint dock-side boarding was conducted by the CG, Monroe County Sheriff's
Department & Key West Police Department Canine Unit. Additional marijuana,
(bringing the total to 1 pound) & a cocaine crack rock were located. The
master & a crewmember were arrested by the MCSD for felony possession with
intention to distribute. The owner of the Capt. A. L. Milliken, homeported in
Shallotte Point, NC was not on board during the incident. The vessel was seized
by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.
District (New Orleans): A
fisherman who fell overboard while working on his boat was rescued by the CG 25
miles SW of Freeport after spending almost 4 hours in the water clinging to a
life ring. The captain of the fishing vessel Dragon
Wagon, was reportedly working on a boom while at anchor when he fell off the
boat. When the crew realised he was missing they notified the CG Group
Operations Centre in Galveston. A Dolphin helicopter from Houston, a 41-foot
utility boat from Freeport, & the CGC MANOWAR
from Galveston were launched on the search. The Dolphin arrived on scene &
searched for almost 2 hours before locating the captain clinging to the life
ring & tangled in some rope. The helicopter crew vectored in the 41-foot
boat, which was only minutes away, & safely recovered him from the water. He
was in good condition & was returned to his vessel.
woman had begun recovery from a liver transplant when Tropical Storm Allison’s
raging floods cut power, shutting down the ventilator that kept her alive. A
team of CG pilots plucked a woman from chaos at the Texas Medical Center &
ventilated her by hand while rushing her to a suburban hospital in time to hook
her back up to working machines. ‘We know you saved her life’ her daughter
Cathy told PO1 Armstrong, who was both a paramedic & a flight mechanic with
the team that airlifted the woman to safety. The storm dumped 36” of rain in
just a few hours, killing 22 people & causing $5 billion in damage.
Secretary Norman Mineta thanked the 12 officers & 6 Houston-area CG units
presented with awards for adapting offshore rescue procedures to urban
areas, where they navigated around trees, power lines & other hindrances.
‘Time and time again, America has called on the United States Coast Guard.
Time and time again, you have answered the call,’ Mr Mineta said.
District (Seattle): The 13th
CG District will commission its newest 87-foot Cutter Friday at CG Group Port
Angeles. The CGC ADELIE, a Marine Protector Class Cutter, will be the
second coastal patrol boat commissioned in the Pacific Northwest. Since its
arrival in Port Angeles more than a month ago, the ADELIE has been
patrolling its area of responsibility that includes the waters of Washington
& Oregon including the Straight of Juan de Fuca & Puget Sound. SCPO
Timothy Schwab will be the ADELIE’S first officer-in-charge.
District (Honolulu): The
missing men helped the crew of the C-13Ø locate them by launching a flare. The
C-13Ø dropped food, water & a radio to the men & relayed their position
to the CGC ASSATEAGUE, a 11Ø-foot patrol boat home ported in Honolulu,
who will tow their boat to the Big Island.
(Anchorage): A CG Station Juneau rescue boat crew transported a 58-year-old
man to Juneau after he went into diabetic shock. Randy Felt, of Seabeck, Wash.,
was on his boat in Gastineau Channel when he began experiencing problems. His
wife contacted the CG for help. The rescue boat crew departed Station Juneau,
retrieved Felt & transported him to an awaiting ambulance crew at the CG
dock. The ambulance crew transported Felt to Bartlett Regional Hospital.
Hospital officials said Felt was discharged in good condition.
CG medevaced an ailing man from a car carrier about 48 miles south of Adak.
Rento Madrista, 37, of the Philippines, suffered from a possible appendicitis
aboard the motor vessel Morning Prince. The CG Command Centre in Juneau
received a request from the captain of the Morning Prince when it was
about 36Ø miles south of Adak. The CG instructed the skipper to turn the ship
toward Adak. An HH-6Ø from Air Station Kodiak flew about 9ØØ miles to arrive
in Adak. The Morning Prince was about 15Ø miles off shore. A C-13Ø with
an additional helicopter crew, met the helicopter in Adak. A fresh helicopter
crew flew out to the Morning Prince but couldn't hoist Madrista at that
time because of fog & cloud cover. The helicopter crew returned to Adak to
await better weather. The Morning Prince continued on its rendezvous
course to Adak. The helicopter crew departed Adak again—the Morning Prince
had closed the gap to about 48 miles south of Adak. The helicopter crew arrived
on scene & lowered a rescue basket for Madrista. The rescuers hoisted him
aboard the helicopter & transported him to Adak. An awaiting Life Flight
airplane & crew transferred Madrista from the helicopter to the airplane for
further transport to Anchorage.
USCG helicopter rescue swimmers now have their own special uniform insignia to
recognise their unique & dangerous duties. The first set of the newly
authorised ‘helicopter rescue swimmer insignia’, or ‘wings’, were
presented to the senior rescue swimmer in the CG, Master Chief Aviation Survival
Technician (AST) Keith Jensen, at CG headquarters in Washington, D.C. today.
“It’s an honour to receive these wings on behalf of all Coast Guard rescue
swimmers,” said Jensen. “This special insignia recognises the unique
position of the helicopter rescue swimmer &I’m proud to wear them,” he
said. The new rescue swimmer wings were authorised by the Commandant on July 13.
The insignia depicts crossed rescue swimmer flippers superimposed on a ‘cross
of life’ (widely used as a symbol for EMT’s) representing the swimmer’s
EMT skills, &gold wings denoting aviation.
Slightly used buoy tender. 18Ø-ft. buoy tender MALLOW, built in
1944, berthing for 49 enlisted & 8 officers. Start your own Lighthouse
Service! Vessel available for immediate inspection. Vessel is sold ‘as is,
where is’, title is free & clear of all liens. The successful bidder is to
forward $1Ø,ØØØ deposit within 3 days of close of auction. Located at
Harborview Marina in Baltimore, MD, bids start at $125,ØØØ.
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. (Sold to CGC members only.)
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.
GUARD STORIES: Check
Joint, 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, 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 paid for $19.95.
you have a news item of interest to our members, please send it in. Want to
swap, sell, trade ham gear?
Shop at the Academy Exchange, www.shopcoastguard.com/acatalog/
ABSECON & CHINCOTEAGUE:
First reunion October 2ØØ1 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).
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.
October 2ØØ1, contact BMCM Pedro San Juan, 9 Oxford St., Fairhaven, MA 92719
fone 5Ø8 993 3561.
you served on ROCKAWAY in the mid-5Øs, we are planning a reunion. Fone
Chief Harris 6Ø2 274 898Ø e-mail
email@example.com or log onto ROCKAWAY web site www.cccnews.net/rockaway.
[if ‘ccc’ is a typo, try ‘cgc’]
for plank owners; contact John Vogel 52Ø 783 3625 or e-mail LRVOGEL@cybertrails.com.
Planning 2nd reunion for 2ØØ3.
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.
October; contact Garret Conklin, 2525 Crist St., Alameda, CA 945Ø1-4623, fone
51Ø 523 1878, fax 24Ø 255 Ø233, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAMPAIGN 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.
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.
LIGHTSHIP SAILORS ASSN: [From
Jim Gill, K6IRR] 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,
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 997Ø5, e-mail: email@example.com.
There are 483 members in our Club as of 3Ø August (5 members recently Crossed
the Bar). We are striking for 5ØØ by the end of 2ØØ1!