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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!!!!!

04/24/18 07:21 AM #16    

Carl Priddy

They have fleetingly flit into the dark ages of the past! Come on, surely you remember that???

04/24/18 12:09 PM #17    


Jay Hickman

 Talking about both of us looking old -- Stu Overton stopped by the ranch while passing through Houston -- to any other classmates that might be passing through - make sure you look me up and if possible stop by.  

04/25/18 07:29 AM #18    

Jack Lapke

Carl,  How could we ever truely forget those useless things they made us remember.  lol

...since the man in command gave abandon at random...


04/25/18 08:01 AM #19    

Carl Priddy

Don't know what I had for breakfast, but I still remember the serial number of my M1, gas operated, clip-fed, air-cooled, semi-automatic shoulder weapon: 7191653061. Sir!

04/25/18 09:04 AM #20    

Jim Hinton

Yeah, they're kind of like 'ear worm' songs.  They keep circling through the synapses despite your best intentions.  She walks sir, she talks sir, she's full of chalk sir.  The lacteal fluid extracted from the female of the bovine species is highly prolific to the enth degree sir!  I must confess that the ability to memorize seemingly totally abstract phrases and concepts has definitely proven beneficial in life.


04/25/18 12:26 PM #21    

Chris Bond

All of you look beautiful, healthy and strong.....thanks so much for posting the pictures!!

03/27/20 02:53 PM #22    


Michael Lucia

Here's Brooke Winter and a couple of slipstick warriors!  Photos from 1974.  Anybody have some others to share?


03/28/20 07:53 AM #23    

Jack Lapke

Wow, the very early khaki days with slide rulers.  My Dad got me a Bomar Brain calculator 4th class year, or was it 3rd class year....

05/03/20 11:10 PM #24    


Michael Lucia

Courtesy of Brooke Winter


07/29/20 08:19 PM #25    


Bryon Ing

Bob Hayden did some recon and now the below vendor will put our class burgee logo on a Yeti cup.

"They turned out great!  Can you pass along to the class?  Jenny charged $30 for the 10 oz lowball tumbler with decal applied.  Very reasonable... just the Yeti goes for $24.  She's local in Severna Park and will apply the decal on a Yeti provided to her for $10."

Whiskey sipping time.

Enjoy ~ Bryon

05/13/21 03:00 AM #26    


Bryon Ing

Greetings all.

April was National Donate Life Month, but for the 107,000 people in the United States waiting for a transplant, every day is the day they pray that someone generously donates the organ that will save their life. Peta Cappello has just received the wonderful news that she has been approved as a candidate for a kidney transplant. All who know Peta know that she loves life. She loves being alive and she loves making other people's lives better. As a 27-year heart and lung transplant recipient, she has never taken for granted a single day of the life that she was gifted. As she has just been placed on the kidney transplant list, it could take up to seven years for her to receive a new organ from a deceased donor. However, that could be speeded up considerably if she were able to receive a kidney from a living donor. In addition, kidneys from living donors have a better success rate after transplantation.

Peta’s husband, Mike (aka: Capt Red Eye), had planned to donate one of his kidneys, but his recent health issues have made that impossible. (read the May/June Bulletin class notes!) Peta is hoping to raise awareness about living donation for people who may desire to help. You don’t have to be a perfect match to help Peta (whose blood type is O+). Johns Hopkins Hospital Comprehensive Transplant Center, where she is registered, has kidney exchange and altruistic donor programs, where multiple people can be helped through living organ donations Peta's health insurance will cover the full medical cost of anyone who donates a kidney to her.

For information about the living donor program visit, and if you are interested in being screened call :The Living Donor Kidney Team’s contact phone number: 410 614-9345 or 1-888-304-5069 to obtain more detailed information about the donation process.

You should let them know you are interested in donating to Peta Cappello.

05/19/21 09:23 PM #27    

Rich Nickle

Congratulations to ENS Brown, Class of 2021.  Good Job, Manson

05/26/21 04:21 PM #28    


Bruce Berwager

Retired in 2019 but I am currently working on a new oil production company start-up.  Moved to north shore of Lake Tahoe 6 months before the Pandemic lockdown.  Enjoying skiing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, golf, and boating.  If you are ever in the area, please look me up.

12/29/21 01:37 PM #29    


Larry Sandeen

Dear Class,

    Janet just got a call from Andrea Elliott.  George has Covid and is on a ventilator, they need your thoughts and prayers.  I will pass on additional information when I get it.




12/30/21 08:21 AM #30    


Larry Sandeen

Dear Class,  

I received a little more information from Andrea.  

George Elliott has Covid and is on a Ventilator. He is in Sentara General Hospital in Va Beach. Visitation is restricted to family, but your thoughts and prayers will be greatly appreciated!

Larry Sandeen

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