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06/09/13 09:36 PM #1    

Mike Vincenty

Welcome to CGA78 Message Forum

This is a place to post public messages about anything going on or what's on your mind. Consider it an online conversation during the Eternal Happy Hour. This would also be a good place to post updates for inclusion in the regular Alumni Notes.

Thanks for joining in!

06/09/13 09:42 PM #2    

Mike Vincenty

Geezer Group - Admiral Joe takes over D11 on July 2, 2009

Seward, Delikat, Meyn, Winter, Vincenty, Castillo

10/10/13 10:30 PM #3    


Bryon Ing

A handsome and young looking crew...oh, wait this is four years old!!!!!!!!!!!

See you guys for the 35th!!

04/09/16 01:20 PM #4    


Brooke Winter

'78 Vegas Reunion:  A very good time was had by all!  Here's one picture.  From left to right, Mark Ashley, Mike Vincenty, Randy Forrester, Brooke Winter, Jim Hoeft, Mike Seward, Michael Lucia, Bill Meyn.  As someone said, we look like the "founding fathers"!  Go '78!

04/11/16 07:56 AM #5    

Carl Priddy

Huh. Puts me in mind of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner". For some reason! Turning 60 in a few days myself. How did this happen?



05/24/16 09:52 AM #6    

Tom Sullivan

Date: 24 May 2016

To: CGA Class of '78

From: Tom Sullivan (Sully)

Subject: Cadet Cruise Sea Time

Greetings Shipmates,

I trust that this letter will find all well.  Just a month more and 24 Jun 16 will be here for the anniversary of our reporting day.

I have a great favor to ask of all of you, thought the forum would be the best way to make contact, and would hope that any responses that may be had will be received by then.

After my three plus decades in heavy industry, I've found myself embarking on (as many of you have) a second career, mine in the passenger vessel industry.  I've sat for my CG Masters License, but was disappointed to learn that my DD-214 showing 6 months of Shipboard Service combined with a narrative I wrote of our cadet cruises was not sufficient to be accepted as sea service (cadets do not receive transcripts of sea service).  This time, if accepted, should allow me to upgrade my position.  I was hoping that a few letters proving that I in fact served will be acceptable to NMC.

The cruises I made were as follows:

USCGC EAGLE (WIX-327) -  Swab Summer '74​ New London, New Bedford - Third Class Summer '75 ​New London, Antwerp, LeHavre, Rota - ​Second Class Summer (OP-Sail '76)​ New London, New Bedford, Newport (Would anyone have a copy of the Meritorious Unit Citation with "O" that we received?) - ​First Class summer '77 New London, Hamburg, Chatham.

USCGC BIBB (WHEC-31) - T​hird Class Summer '75 Rota, Barcelona, Las Palmas, New London.

​USCGC VIGILANT (WMEC-617)​ - ​Second Class Summer '76 Offshore Fisheries Patrol Georges Bank with Mike Rand.

​STORMY PETREL -​ Yachts, 3 Semesters Fourth and Third Class Years with ​Fred Harwood.

​Any help in this matter will be greatly appreciated.  What a flood of great memories of shipmates and adventures have come back writing this letter.  '78 is Great!

Please send to:

National Maritime Center

C/O Thomas J. Sullivan, Jr.

792 Commercial St.

 Braintree, MA 02184-1033 if you wish to email of email a PDF

617-347-6731 if you wish to talk  

Fair Winds,



06/25/16 08:33 AM #7    

Larry Sandeen

25 June 2016

For some of us the 25th of June was more of a shock than the 24th.  The 24th was a blur........the 25th started waking in a dark room, being husttled to the parade field, and doing calesthentics in the cold, wet grass.  As I recall, we had our reversible T shirts, which never really felt that comfortable, and often smelled pretty bad.....

For me, it got worse when the morning run started, and everyone in the class passed me by......I can still remember coming up the hill to Chase Hall with three cadre yelling in my ears, and only one classmate in sight in front of me.  This started a long pattern of taking a shower while still sweating, putting on the uniforrm, hustling to inspection, and arriving with a throughly sweat soaked uniform, often late,  The worst news, is that I fear that I caused more than a few pushups during that summer.    

It is true what they say - what does not kill us makes us stronger..........

A greater group of men I have never known!

78 is great!



06/24/17 11:44 AM #8    


Bryon Ing

A mini-gathering in Crownsville, MD to toast our 43rd year...

Mike & Peta Cappello, Mike & Nancy Mangan, Bob & Debra Hayden, Bryon Ing

06/25/17 11:35 AM #9    

Carl Priddy

What the hell? Where is the grey hair? You guys all look like you're still in your 30s or so. Sheesh.

06/25/17 01:41 PM #10    


Brooke Winter

Agree with my First Wife, Carl.  Next time on the East Coast, I shall remember to call one of you.  The champagne shall be on me!

06/25/17 02:48 PM #11    

Cleon Smith

Good looking pic.  Great group of guys!!  Go 78!!

06/25/17 03:54 PM #12    

Carlos Garza

I miss Mike's partys since I moved to Los Angeles 6 years ago. Lookin' good everyone! 

04/08/18 10:17 PM #13    


Bryon Ing

As the Class celebrating its 40th reunion, we got an opportunity to send two classmates to sail EAGLE and reside in Officer Quarters.  Below is an excerpt from my note to the group of volunteers!

Dear classmates:   I conducted a virtual Cage Brawl event and the last two standing are the primaries with the 3rd & 4th  alternate positions are filled by the last two to be eliminated!!
So here is what I am sending to CGAAA & CGC EAGLE. for the 19 Jun departure from San Juan, PR and the 30 Jun arrival at Roatan, HO.
Hank Tessier (first name picked so you have choice of rack!!)
& Tom Sullivan
1st Alt:  Mike Lucia
2nd Alt: Bill Billings
3rd Alt:  Kerry Watterson
Alternates are standing by in case one of you primary reps bags out for some reason - (like OMG what did I just sign up for??  I never thought I'd get picked!)
We will look forward to the seas stories told from the quarterdeck!!

Faithfully your classmate!!

04/09/18 09:01 AM #14    

Mike Hanratty

Don't forget to pack the Brasso!

04/23/18 09:21 AM #15    

Mike Allen

Looking forward to October. This photo is with our first Grandchild--Derek Jason Allen. Where the hell did 40 years go!!!!!

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