225th Birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard

This coming Tuesday 4 August there will be a small group of patriots in the Pensacola bay area celebrating the 225th Birthday of our nation's smallest and little-known military service branch. The beginning of the U.S. Coast Guard heralds back to August 4. 1790 when one of our nation's founding fathers and then Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton created the Revenue Marine. A force of ten cutters was established to catch smugglers and commercial ships that were avoiding paying tariffs while entering our fledgling republic. This service would continue until after the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912.



            Congress authorized the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, to oversee the honoring of Vietnam War veterans and their families during 2015 to 2017.

            The Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association is a Commemorative Partner in this endeavor.  Consequently, we agree to carry out events and activities to salute Vietnam veterans.  These salutes may be initiated and done by our members.

            Things to honor veterans and their families can be anything you can imagine:  e.g. having students/youths compose essays; holding exhibits (photo, artifacts, models); holding ceremonies; hosting luncheons; giving talks; and so on.

            As a Commemorative Partner the CGCVA is called upon to provide the Vietnam War Commemoration submissions of upcoming events, if applicable, and an after-action summary of what we have done.  To remain a partner the Association has to perform at least two activities a year.

Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association


Was a Great Event!

Millenium Hotel Buffalo NY

The Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association’s 2015 Reunion/Convention in Buffalo, New York was a huge success, with 121 attendees and no one fell into Niagara Falls!

It was a great time to see friends and shipmates and repeat old sea stories and remark on how much older “and better looking” we’ve all become!   It was great to see so many PSU Coast Guard Veterans and celebrate the PSU’s 20th Anniversary and the CGCVA’s 30th Anniversary, attended by 3 WWII Veterans and one of the original founders, Noel Bell. 

For those who attended, thank you for your support.  For those who missed it, please consider attending our 2017 reunion.

Thank you and Semper Paratus!

Mike Placencia, NP

Steven Petersen, NVP

Coast Guard Vietnam Art Project - Your help is needed.

Dear USCG Vietnam Veterans,


As you are no doubt aware, the 50th Anniversary of the US Coast Guard’s participation in the Vietnam War is fast approaching. Reflecting the Coast Guard’s service in Vietnam from 1965 through 1973, this commemoration is envisioned to be ongoing between 2015 and 2023 and is intended to be part of a larger outreach project which simultaneously acknowledges USCG Vietnam Veterans for their service and sacrifice while educating the public on the US Coast Guard’s important role in the war.