2017 All Coast Guard Ships & Alaska/Bering Sea Patrol Reunions
The all Coast Guard Ships and Alaska Bering Sea Patrol reunion has come and gone. It was a great success this year with many new crew members attending. Part of the successful reunion is the wonderful support I had from the following gang that I will call my crew. A big thanks to Nitzi & Keith Barker, John Braund, Janelle Hoover, Claudia & Jack Hunter, Mandy Ireland, Nettie & Brian Kelley and Dan Petruso. Saturday for the first time we had “Early Bird” sign-up with about 50 people signing in. The hotel had a total of 563 hotel room nights. The big surprise was the coffee drinkers. The bill for the coffee was just over $700.00
Circus Circus was very happy with us and to show their appreciation 2017 room rate went from $45.00 plus tax in 2015 to $43.00 plus tax for the 2017 reunion. In addition they have extended this special rate from Wednesday 10 May thru 19 May.
There was 140 different vessels represented that crewmembers served on. Being a ships historian I want to thank all those that provided me with information on their different ships and a special thanks to Erik Cookson who had a tote full of Coast Guard history from the 1940’s when his grandfather served in the Coast Guard, and it also included various other ships information up to the present. I will have this information added to the various ships files and have it on display for the 2017 reunion.
The following was a tour suggested that people might be interested in. Read it over and let me know by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to do the tour. If we get enough people I will have it set up. It is the
“HISTORIC VIRGINIA CITY TOUR AND SCAVENGER HUNT”
The guests will be greeted by period dressed greeters and transported from Reo to Beautiful Virginia City. Your guide will narrate and point out interesting sights along the way.
As you travel up to Virginia City, the guide will be sharing additional information pertinent to the Scavenger Hunt.
Once we arrive, guest will be divided into groups. They will be instructed as if they were a mining team having just finished their shift. Bandanas in their team color will identify the group and should be tied to their body.
Teams will be given their week’s wages and instructed to search the city for the goods and services they need as defined by the clues given. Pay will be in the form of a pouch with $15.00 in silver coins (fake, of course). The coins are used to purchase the required items from the vendors. Some “wheeling and dealing” must be done in order to have enough to buy all the items –
Each item has a point value, those that are harder to get are worth more points. Extra points are awarded for money not spent.
Guests will be given a ticket for the Trolley, a 2.5 mile, 20 minute narrated tour of Virginia City. They can jump on any time they would like as the Trolley leaves the Delta Parking Lot – usually twice hourly.
THIS LOOKS LIKE A FUN VENTURE SO I HOPE YOU WILL LET ME KNOW SOONEST IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TOUR. Thanks
2015 Sherman Reunion
The Sherman was the sixth of twelve 378 Hero class cutters built. The Sherman was commissioned on August 23rd 1968 and stationed in Boston, MA until 1979 when it was transferred to it’s new home port in San Francisco. Her duties still include Search & Rescue, Bering Sea Patrols and local ops.
Being a historian of Coast Guard ships I was invited by the Reunion Coordinator, Richard Ames to join members of the CGC Sherman Reunion in Portland, ME at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn. Members covered the history of the ship as there were crewmembers that were plank owners,
those that made the Viet Nam deployment and those that came after. There were some members served aboard in Boston and some that were aboard in San Francisco.