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.

CGC Waesche to host Vietnam Vets


Coast Guard Cutter Waesche will host Coast Guard Vietnam Veterans on her flight deck on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 11 am.  The cutter is home ported at Coast Guard Island, Alameda.  If you live in the northern California or will be in the Bay Area during this time, you are invited to attend.  Please contact Ensign Scott Pratz, the event coordinator at: Scott.A.Pratz@uscg.mil.  Your name will be placed on a guest list to ease your transition onto the base should you not have a valid Coast Guard ID Card.

You may also contact CGCVA president Mike Placencia at: cgmasterchief22@hotmail.com.  There is a good chance that Chieu Hoi will be in attendance.

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.