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Bob Barker-  Transferred to Governor's Island after return from WESTPAC, and was the CMAA at the training station until 1970. Then went aboard the Morganthau on another WESTPAC until 1971. I transferred to CCGD3 operations until retirement in Aug 1974. Retired to Arkansas and worked in a radio station until 1982,  then various jobs until heart problems in 1994. Had a double by-pass surgery in 1995 and fully retired in 1996,drawing SS and retirement check. Presently working with the Rogers High School athletic dept keeping the stats for the football team and the girl's and boy's basketball teams, and enjoying retirement. When I went on the WESTPAC trip on the Morganthau, I had the privilege of serving with my brother. I qualified as a underway OOD. Bought a computer to keep up with all the stats and have published a stat book  the coaches referred to.
MMCM B B Blackmon- After deployment met my present wife while she was working in the exchange on Miami Beach Base. PCS from the "Andy" to RTC Atlanta. From there back to RTC Miami Beach from where I retired  in 1973. Was Engineer on the "AB Wood" a research vessel out of Port Everglades, contracted to the Navy for underwater research. Jack Weathers was Capt., Tommy Stringer First Mate. They also were retired from the CG. In 1975 went with Factor Mutual Engineeing inspecting boilers, pressure vessels and Loss Prevention in manufacturing plants. I was resident inspector at Union Camp Savannah for 11 yrs. Got my nuclear certifications for construction and inservice inspections. Was involved with construction of St. Lucie 2 Nuclear Prower Plant at St. Lucie, Fl. Was assigned as the Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector at the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant in Florida City, Fl. I was there for 10 year and I retired from Factory Mutual Engineering In 1999 and moved From Homestead, Fl to Sumter, SC. I am at present doing fishing, lot of camping and some  work around the house as long as it doesn't require a lot of effort. Bbrooksblac@cs.com
Brad Bradbury-  After leaving the  Andy I spent a few months at CGAS ST Petersburg. Then transferred to CGC Burton Island LongBeach Ca. Made 2 patrols down under. From there to CGAS E-City N.C.,  and then to CG Institute, OK, where I retired Nov 1 1996. Worked several jobs in Ok as meat cutter and market manager. Attended Rose State College in OKC and attained an Associates Degree in American History. I worked for the Air Force for a ffew years as commissary meat market mgr. My wife Susan and I moved back to St Pete in 1986. She worked for the St Pete Times until her death in May of 98. I mostly sold Real Estate with Century 21 and worked retail men's clothing with JC Penney, Maas Bros, and Burdines. My oldest son Jeff is a CWO2 (BOS'N)  stationed at Staten Island N.Y. He is on the job 24 years now. My oldest grand daughter is a YN2 with Commander, Eastern Area, Portsmouth, Va.

Would love to hear from any of the Andy crew at BUSCGE9@aol.com  or area 727-343-3130. If your in town visit me at 2590 64th Way North, St. Petersburg Fl 33710. This summer I'll be working as usher for the Devil Rays Stadium. Who els can see 80 baseball games and get paid for it. Hope to see you all or all you all at the reunion.

SK1 Elmick Brasseaux - Like a lot of the guys I was not transferred  off the Andy right away.  I was lucky enough to make that memorable ocean station.  I was transferred in January of 69.  I went to the USN Construction Battalion Center in Port Hueneme, California.  There I became an instructor in the Disaster Recovery Training Department.  We taught identifying and decontamination of NBC hazards.  We did for Navy,  Coast Guard, and Marine shore units what the Ship Riders did at Gitmo.  First I went to Instructor Training School at NTC, San Diego.  Then I went through our own school in Port Hueneme.  Then I went to the Armyís Chemical Warfare School in Anniston, Alabama.  Next I went to the Los Angeles County Rescue Training School in Hollywood California.  The last school was a week of  explosive training.  I learned how to use dynamite and prima cord.  In our training I got to use the prima cord but not the dynamite.  My tour of duty there was 3 years.  We were a mobile training unit.  Three man units covering bases on the west coast and the 14th Coast Guard District.  I made it all over the west coast  plus a 6 weeks trip to Hawaii and later on a 6 weeks trip to Guam although one of those weeks was on Yap Island.  This duty was considered ďsea dutyĒ for the Seabeeís.  All of the trips were for six weeks and we had to spend more than six months per year on the road.  It was during this tour of duty that I met and married my wife.  From their I was transferred to USCGC Vigorous (WMEC  627) home ported at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Ct.  Our claim to fame, we were the first 210 to make The International Iceberg Patrol.  In May 73í we were at the CG Yards and I ran  into DCC Larson.  That was a pleasant surprise but then the Andy was moored there with some other 255ís to be sold for scrap.  That was a downer.  But a couple of weeks later my first daughter was born and I was a happy man.  The decision was a very hard one but I traded one family for another family and left the Coast Guard for the next eight years I had a couple of decent jobs but then at the ripe old age of 36 I had my first Myocardial Infarction (heart attack).  Six weeks later I had my first quadruple bypass surgery.  Five weeks later I had my second heart attack.  Eleven months later I had a triple bypass surgery and five months after that I had a sever Angina attack.  That is when my doctor got me on disability retirement.  Four months later I had a TIA (temporary stroke).  My guardian angel has stayed with me for nine years later I had another quadruple bypass surgery followed eight weeks later by a Ventricular Tachtacardia.  That is the BIG ONE!  90% fatality rate.  I am now on my second defibrillator/pacemaker.  I have had eight heart catherizations and had my heart shocked back into rhythm twice.  God has also Blessed me with two daughters, two grandsons, a step-granddaughter, two sons-in Ėlaw  and my wife of 31 years.  I think life has been like a roller coaster for me but the highs outnumber the lows.   I live in Missouri City, Texas (borders Houston on the SW side).  I would love to hear from anyone and if your in this area call 281-499-7031 and maybe we can get together.

MCPO James L (JIM) Bridges (retired)-  In service from 1/56 to 8/88. My last 6 years, I served 1 year as CG Yard MCPO, and 5 years as 1st district Master Chief. They were great tours. Now living in Charleston, SC . Phone # 843 766-1060. Playing lots of golf, and restoring a 1962 mk2 Jaguar. Would love to hear from shipmates & will be at the reunion.
CAPT Howard Copeland -  Hello, Shipmates. Marylin and I look forward to seeing all of you again, and we cherish the memory of those who have passed on. The Andy was a growing experience for me, and I thank all of you for the experience. I never imagined then a 26-year Coast Guard career, mostly Reserve. The Andy experience was enriching and contributed greatly to my later experiences. copelaw757@aol.com 
Mike Donnell -    2 weeks after returning to Miami, I was sent to Aviation Machinist Mate's school in Memphis for 6 months , then on to  ATC Mobile where I served as plane captain on HU-16 Albatross and helo's. Separated fromthe C.G. as  AD3  in 1971, returned home to Tulsa, hired on with Otis Elevator Company and spent the last 30 years servicing elevators in the Oklahoma area. Looking forward to retiring in 15 months and touring in a motor home.  As for hobbies,  I hold a commercial pilots certificate, multi-engine with instrument and flight instructor ratings, and was Stock Car Champion at the local dirt track in 1997. I have 2 children, 2 step children and 4 grandsons.

Lt Lloyd George- Shortly after we all returned to Miami Beach, I was transferred to Marine Inspection, Philadelphia.  I loved my assignment, as I did all of my assignments in the Coast Guard.  That was my last tour, however, as I felt I could not accomplish my long term goals if I stayed in.  That was the toughest decision Iíve ever made.

I cannot overemphasize the warmth I always have felt toward the Coast Guard overall, the Academy, my Academy classmates, my Mackinaw shipmates and, especially, my Androscoggin shipmates.  My wife Barbara, our children Kristina, Michelle and Anne-Marie, our parents, our sons-in-law, and many of our co-workers in civilian life know something about my Andy experience.  They know it meant a lot to me and is one of the most prominent building blocks to what I have been able to accomplish in my career and what I am as a person.

Barbara and I were married on 8 June, 2 days after my discharge.  I started graduate school in September of that year and earned my MBA by the end of 1970. Missng the Guard, I entered the reserves in Region 1ís ASW unit through LCDR and then found myself too busy career-wise to continue.  Barbara earned her Masters in Teaching French the during Spring 1970.  She taught for almost 8 years, until she delivered our first of three daughters, Kristina.  Barbara has been the primary family manager ever since, not only in our home, but also to neighbors, friends and extended family through joys and sorrows.  Iíve worked in many venues, including public accounting, management consulting, state government and various industries.  I am a CPA, have earned the CLU and ChFC credentials, and am about to earn a certificate in business valuation.  Iím currently consulting in business valuation and career management, including transition, leadership development and executive coaching.

Kristina, a physical therapist, and Michelle, a paralegal with DOJ, and about to enter law school, were married last year.  Their husbands are first class!  Kristina delivered our first grandchild in June of this year, a beautiful boy named Christian Lloyd Gillquist.  Our youngest, Anne-Marie, is a criminal justice major at the University of Maryland and is working this summer in Washington, D.C. in a child advocacy program.

 My aspirations are to stabilize my consulting business, to help my 90+ year-old mother enjoy the rest of her days, and to spend as much time with my children and grandchildren as possible.  I also look forward with great anticipation to reconnecting with my Androscoggin shipmates and my Academy classmates, as many times as I can, while I can.  You all are such a huge part of my life, from whom Iíve learned an enormous amount about people, life and myself.

Jim Hammit- Like most of the crew, I left the Andy after we returned from Viet Nam.  I was stationed at Radio Miami, 7 blocks from my home until 1970.  Early in 1970 I mutualed with a guy at the Thirteenth District Communications Center. I  was stationed there for the next 3 plus years.  I watched them build the King Dome from the window of the commcen.  We ran 5 section liberty most of the time I was there so I had a lot of time off.  During my off hours for the next three years, I ran the Communications Center for Mitsui, a Japanese Shipping Co. in Seattle. 

I also took flight training at Boeing Field and finished up with a Commercial License in 1972.  I did not fly again after that until 2001.  The other things I became involved in and places I lived did not allow me to go on with flying.  I guess in truth I lost interest.  I flew a few times in 2001, but finally stopped because it was costing me $125 every time I went up for an hour.  That seemed a bit much for something that could only be a hobby at this stage of my life. 

Anyway, back to the 70's.  From the District Office I went to the CGC Munro.  I was on the Munro for two years, most of which was spent in the Gulf of Alaska,underway training at San Diego or on Cadet cruises.  We were the last ship to pull Ocean Station November.  In 1975, I went from the Munro to Radioman C school at NTC San Diego.  After 6 months of school I was put in charge of communications for CG Group Seattle where nothing I had learned was of any use.  In 1977 I applied for and was accepted by CGI.  I was trained in forensics by Air Force OSI and by the CG for matters pertaining to the Coast Guard.  I was sent to CCGD3 where I stayed for the next 5 years until my retirement.  During my first year with CGI I investigated petty crime within the Coast Guard, including AWOLs, theft, drugs, fraud and such exciting things as being part of the security detail for Jimmy Carter, (one of my personal favorites - NOT), and the Pope when they came to town.  During that time I and all the other Agents in our office conducted Background investigations all over the 5 States that made up CCGD3.  That part was without a doubt the most boring work I have ever done in my life.  In 1978, I was fortunate enough to be selected to take over the 'Operational Intelligence' section of the office.  I use the word section loosely, because I was the only Agent doing that type of work for the district.  I was the section.  In contrast to the previous year, the next four were perhaps the most exciting years of employment I have experienced up to and including the present.  I no longer had to pursue Coasties. 

My entire attention was directed toward the civilian population and more specifically toward the smuggling of narcotics into the U.S.  I received additional training from DEA, U.S. Customs, and the New York State Police.  I worked closely with the New York task force and Customs Patrol on Long Island.  We arrested a lot of bad guys, most of whom were out of jail before I retired.  I was involved in the seizure of thousands of pounds of narcotics, marijuana, hashish, counterfeit prescription drugs from Colombia, etc., etc.  Actually thousands of pounds is a little understatement, we seized over 100 tons of marijuana alone during my 4 years on the job.  I loved the work and was very proud of what I was doing.  When I retired, I went into the "Foreign Service'.  I worked in that field for the next 20 years with assignments in Central Africa, Europe, Asia and Central and South America.  I retired from the Service in January 2001. 

We then settled in Houston Texas.  I found quickly that I was not able to get through a day without being able to work doing something, anything!  So, to fill up my days, I began driving a school bus for the local school district and continue to do so up to the present.  Except for the 200 children I have to deal with twice daily, my life has slowed down quite a bit from what it was.  We have a nice home, a couple of cars, a large dog and no debts.  Not being on the move and being 'involved' in things has been a bit of a let down for both of us but we are learning to live with it.  Something new continues to pop up each day to keep us busy.  For instance, I recently killed both our front and back lawns.  In the future I will pay more attention to the instructions on the fertilizer bags.  So, not only am I keeping busy, I am still learning something new, the hard way, every day

W Bruce Haught-  Shortly after we returned to the States from our Vietnam deployment, I transferred to Governor's Island, NY, to attend ET school. After graduating from ET school, I was assigned to LORSTA Point Arena, CA, for the remainder of my enlistment 1969-71. I then returned to college (University of Florida) and obtained an accounting degree in 1975. After college, I went to work as an auditor with the Federal government:
1975 - 1983 Office of Inspector General, USDA, in Atlanta, GA
1983 - 1986 Office of Inspector General, US Dept. of the Interior, Washington, DC
1986 - Present Office of Inspector General, US Dept. of the Interior, Tamuning, Guam
I've been on Guam for almost 16 years and really enjoy the tropical weather - a far cry from the weather in Washington, DC! On Guam, my office is responsible for auditing Dept. of the Interior agencies/programs and the local governments of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, American Samoa, and occasionally we get an audit assignment in Hawaii. The travel and work out here is very interesting - I guess that is one of the main reasons why I have not transferred back to the States. However, when I retire from Federal service in 2 years, I plan to move to Florida to build my retirement home (somewhere between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach). I am married and have one child.

Clyde Kraemer-  I was transferred to Governors Island to attend ET school in October 1968. In November 1968 my mother became ill. I had to take a hardship discharge. I returned to Smyrna Ga. I worked for SBT&T Co. for two years while raising my 5 younger siblings. In 1973 I went to work for the City of Woodstock as a Fireman, then transferred to the Police Dept. I attended Rienhardt Collage and majored in Criminal Justice. I married and adopted a daughter (now a retired Marine). In 1977 I started a small construction company in Woodstock. My wife died in 1979, and I became involved with alcohol and drugs to get me through the bad days. This activity led to an involvement with the criminal world. I transported drugs to support my habit; I lost my business. I remarried and carried on a violent lifestyle, was arrested in Tennessee for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, which lead to my involvement in robbing a bank as well as being charged with over a dozen assault charges. I was imprisoned in Tennessee and Georgia for 5½ years. I was released in 1986 by the judge who sentenced me in 1981, clear and free. From 1986 until 1996 I owned a small Construction Co.  I also remarried in 1986 and got two more children in the deal.

In 1996 I was approached by a group of men who were starting a Construction Co. in Atlanta. We worked an equitable salary/package and I have been with them as a superintendent doing multi-tenant warehouse and office buildings.

I will also add that in 1987 I became involved with a group of volunteers who build a church free of labor cost each year. Since 1993 I have been a volunteer missionary with the North American Mission Board, spending as many as 14 weeks each year coordinating projects as well as working with youth in the repair of homes of elderly/disabled and those on fixed incomes. You can visit my web site and link to all I do at http://whereverheleads.org/

Dana Lewis- Tom Vento talked me into re-enlisting up in Boston, where he had some high level job cutting out paper sailboats and floating them in the frog pond on Boston Common. Tom got me back in and I spent some time in Boston before heading out to Hawaii and Alaska for a bit. Had some duty in Seattle, Boston, Seattle, Boston. Felt like I should get frequent traveler miles on I-90. Retired in Seattle in 88 . Got my Captains License and have been spending my time since then running small exploration type cruise ships in southeast Alaska. Have been married for 32 years now and have 2 daughters just about ready to move out. I then plan on spending their inheritance and trying retired life. Well that has just about wore my fingers to the nub, there has to be someone else alive out there. Lets hear from ya. Dana Lewis QM3 extraordinaire
Dillard Poskey - My wife was using a search engine and typed in my name to see what would happen and up came the Andy web site. What a surprize! My wife is an Australian. I married her in Bermuda before I was transferred to the Andy so it wasn't to hard to get a visa to come and live here. I did a 6 month course with IBM and had a job with IBM Australia before I left the USA, so it made the move easy. I came to Australia in 1971 and worked as a systems engineer for ten years, then opened a wholesale chocolate business  and  flavours  for cooking mainly to bakeries etc. etc. I export small amounts to SE Asia. Would love to get over there in 2004 but it is a long way---Dillard Poskey
Allen Robertshaw -After leaving the ANDY I was transfer to the Lake Worth Life Boat Station. Then left the service and was hired by the West Palm Bch Police Dept. where I worked for 23 years. While on the dept. I worked patrol was a Field Training Officer, worked traffic as a motorcycle officer and accident investigation. Then transferred to narcotics and then the last 10 years, Homicide, rape and robbery. While in homicide I was on the T.V. with Peter Jennings which was a special called Men, Sex and Rape, also was on nightline and a show called Day One.

I went to school and learned Hypnosis and became a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Master Hypnosist. I also worked as a Forensic Hypno-Investigator for the dept and had my own business doing Hypnotherapy and Counseling.

After retiring from the dept. I moved to Va. doing the same work and consulting for police dept's and private practice.

I'm divorced and have two grown kids and five grand kids, all still living in Fla.

Milt Rose- I left the Andy in June 1969 and, on the way to my next duty station, I married Jill, my college sweetheart. Mike Guritz, Ron Haner and Bill Jones were actually in my wedding party in Chicago. Great shipmates. June 69 - Aug 71 Ops Officer on CGC ACTIVE (a 210'), a terrific ship with a terrific crew, running SAR and Fisheries Patrols out of Portsmouth, N.H. I resigned my commission and left the CG in Aug 71. My 4 yrs at sea on the Andy and Active were some of my best memories, and locked in the deep respect I still have today for the Coast Guard and its people. Leaving the CG was the hardest career choice I have had to make so far.

Sep 71-Jan 73. Univ of Denver. Got an MBA. GI Bill and CG Reserves helped pay for it. Missed the seagoing profession, so was hired in Jan 73 by Zapata Marine Service in Houston, a company that had offshore supply vessels working worldwide serving the offshore oil industry. Started as financial analyst, but missed the action, and was granted request to transfer to Operations. Stayed with Zapata (which later became Zapata Gulf Marine Corp which was later merged into Tidewater) for 12.5 yrs. Held jobs as Port Engineer, Port Captain, Operations Manager, Area Manager, VP of Operations and VP of Engineering. Lived in Belem, Brazil (on the Amazon River) for 18 mos and London for just under 4 years, but always kept home in Houston. Set up and ran operations all over the world. It was fun for a while. Left Zapata Gulf in 1985 - was recruited to run a harbor tug company for an old line Houston family. Bay-Houston Towing Company was the largest harbor tug company in Texas and had been in business since late 1800s. Fine company run by fine family and thought I'd be there till I retired. But came an opportunity I had to take. I joined Seacor Marine in 1993 as President and continue in that job today. Seacor Marine is the largest operating division of Seacor Smit Inc, a NYSE company. We operate about 350 offshore supply vessels all over the world, and Seacor Marine has about 220 of those vessels in the U.S. and all through the Americas.

Houston is still home to Jill and me. We've been married almost 33 yrs and we have 2 terrific daughters. Jenny, 28, lives in Austin and works for a publishing company, having completed her Master's at UT. Sarah, 24, graduated from Georgetown 2 yrs ago and works in Washington D.C. 

Looking forward to the reunion.

Seacor Crew of M/V Alex G receive USCG Rescue award.
Seacor President Milt Rose on far right.

Joe "Tom" Thomas-  My last exit down the brow of the Androscoggin was December 24, 1968, after a grueling Ocean Station Delta patrol. I was in receipt of orders to the Coast Guard Radio Station/NMA, Perrine, Florida. After a few days leave, shortly after the new year, I reported for duty at NMA. In February of 1970 I received orders to the Coast Guard Air Station/NOM, Opa Locka, Florida. I relieved our own RM1 Dillard Poskey, who had elected to depart the Coast Guard for greener pastures. In February 1971 I received orders to the CCGDSEVEN Communications Center, Miami, Florida where I served until February 1972. In February 1972 feeling the heat from having been placed at the top of the list for out of district transfers for RM1's, I found a willing participant in a mutual exchange of stations and reported into the Coast Guard Group Lower Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee. After taking the RMC exam 12 times (every 6 months for 6 years) I finally decided that what they were asking on the exam was far advanced above my knowledge, January 1973, I applied for and received orders to Radioman "B" School, Naval Training Center, San Diego, California. Upon graduation, I had a prearranged set of orders for Coast Guard Communications Station/NOJ Kodiak, Alaska for a two year tour that was cut short by hardship. I was advanced to RMC 9/74 prior to my transfer, and reported for duty at the CCGDFIVE Communications Center. In August 1977, loving the great northwest, I did a flip flop and went back to NOJ for another 2 year tour of duty. I was promoted to RMCS 9/78 during that period. As I pondered retirement in 1979, I was offered and accepted a job in my home town as Officer in Charge, Coast Guard Recruiting, Louisville, Kentucky. I had decided that this was going to be my final move, until I wrote number 1 on the RMCM exam and agreed to give 3 more years and a transfer back to the RM field for the promotion. I received orders to CCGDSEVENTEEN Communications Center, Juneau, Alaska and relieved RMCM/MCPO-CG Carl Constantine, who had been selected for the top enlisted job. There I took over as Radioman In Charge, and CMS Custodian. I retired from that position 10/1/1984 and moved back to my hometown of Louisville, KY. My first job in the civilian world was as Communications Specialist at the Division of Police Louisville, KY. After three years I was hired by the U. S. Customs Service where I served 5 years a Customs Inspector, and 6 years as a Customs Import Specialist. I attended numerous Customs Schools, and was certified as Firearms Instructor, Seized Property Custodian, and Contraband Enforcement Training Officer. I took an early retirement from that position in December 1998.I thought I was ready for retirement at that time, after 6 months of boredom, I found that I had to have something else to do. In May 1999 I applied for and was hired as Federal Court Security Officer, under contract to the U. S. Marshal Service, as a Special Deputy Marshal. It's a very interesting position, and I'll probably be there until I reach my 62nd birthday or cross the bar, which ever comes first. RMCM Joseph L. Thomas, Sr, U. S. Coast Guard (Retired)
Tom Vento -   Retired from the CG in 1974. Went back to school and got a BS degree at the University of South Florida. Started up and owned 5 marine supply shops, and part owner in 5 boat shows. Sold everything to go back to sea. Sailed deep sea as second mate on container ships, passenger ships in Hawaii, and other assorted vessels. Captained casino vessels in Iowa, and Louisiana. Currently fill in as captain on Isle of Capri Casino vessel in Shreveport, LA. Presently manufacture KeepAlive Aerators, a family business, with my wife Janie and son Tom. www.keepalive.net .

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