FRC Hernandez Commissioning

FRC Hernandez Commissioning

October 16, 2015

San Juan, Puerto Rico


Fast Response Cutter Heriberto Hernandez will be commissioned in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Friday, October 16, 2015.  The fourteenth cutter in  the Sentinel-class is named after Heriberto Hernandez, who was killed in action during combat operations in Vietnam in December 1968.  Many of our Association Vietnam Veterans were in country during this time and have expressed an interest in attending.  Please check the CGCVA website at: for information as it becomes available.  If you are considering attending, please contact me at:


Coast Guard Sector San Juan has identified the following hotels that are close to the base: 1) Sheraton Old San Juan; 2) Hyatt House San Juan; and 3) Hotel El Convento.

Some are staying at the Embassy Suites that is about 20 minutes from the base.


Mike Placencia

CGCVA President

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 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.