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November 17, 2020 - 1972-2020 LITC & Golden Legacy
    (LITC - Link in the Chain)
May 28, 2020 - One of Life's Puzzles & "A New View of Me"

      In May 2020, Marty & Helen Eger sent an email to the class with a poem that Helen wrote “A New View of Me – One Perspective of Alzheimer’s”.

Their story and her poem touches us all, recognizes our sorrow and gives us hope.

January 27, 2020 - Added date of death for Jim Kehoe and Bob Schmoeger to their repective Memorial page. (submitted by Mike Matune)


November 19, 2019 - Crossed the Bar - Memorial to Gary Frago


March 23, 2019 - 2022 4C Formal Dinner & Dance - Submitted by Greg Johnson & additional photos submited by Tiger

March 15, 2019 - USCGA 4th Class 1972 Summer Program -
Submitted by Ben Stoppe and scanned by Tiger

March 8, 2019 - USCGA Running Light 1972 - "
Running Light" submitted by Ben Stoppe and scanned by Tiger - Interesting read to compare USCGA in 1972 and now in 2019.
   Except from the 1972 Running Light - Swab Rules & Swab Don'ts - s
ubmitted by Dick Sellers
Nov 18, 20018 - 2022 Class Crest with 1972 LITC - Way cool!
Click on image for a larger view


November 11, 2018 - National Coast Guard Museum
    The CG is planning to build and open a National Coast Guard Museum in New London on the Thames River. With the property already purchased and the design 75% complete, construction is scheduled to begin in the fall 2019 and open in mid-2022 or early 2023.   Read more about the vision, design, build plans and the fund-raising efforts for the museum
   Donations to the Museum:  There are different ways you can donate to the National Coast Guard Museum..  Check out the museum's web site for details at    One way is to become a Plankowner by simply setting up a monthly payment of $5 or more to continue until opening of the museum and you will be a plankowner.  See their web site for details. 


November 11, 2018 - Tiger updated his SWABO in the Directory 


August 8, 2018 - Animated class ring in header
- submitted courtesy of Tiger

July 25, 2018 - Updated  Classmates Sworn-In and Graduated

July 2, 2018 - Script for CAPT Greg Johnson's CGA 72 Link In The Chain for 2022 To The Parents of the 2022 SWABs at Swearing In Day, Day 1

Admiral Rendon, Admiral Allen, Academy staff, distinguished guests, and a special welcome to the parents of the soon-to-be cadets of the CGA Class of 2022


  June 24, 1968, 50 years ago, 425 young men entered Chase Hall as the Class of 1972 and began their CGA journey.  Four years later 171 of us graduated as Ensigns and we began upholding the great Coast Guard traditions of humanitarian service to our country.  As the 50 year class for 2022, our two classes forever will be special links in the chain of the Long Blue Line of CGA graduates. 



5/02/17 - 45th NW Reunion - Astoria, OR - April 21-24, 2017

3/01/17 - Class of 72 reunion committee
   Chuck & Robbie McCarthy - Primary Point of Contact
   Jim & Janice Norton
   Tom &  Elaine Meisenzahl

2/17/17 - 45th Reunion at CGA (Oct 19-22, 2017) - Events information - from Charlie
     -  Except from Coordinator manual

   In our reunion meeting with the alumni association a few weeks ago, we were provided with a very detailed coordinator’s manual – the vast majority of which deals with how your committee interacts with the alumni association. We just received the electronic version and have included those pages pertaining to our class as far as alumni association events, transportation, parking, and a FAQ section. This should answer most of your questions. THE SAMPLE RESERVATON FORM AND SCHEDULE ARE JUST THAT – SAMPLES, so please don’t use the reservation form. When they are finalized I’m sure they will be in the Bulletin and we will get them to send out to the class.
2/16/17 - 45th reunion this year!
2/17/17 - Hotel Reservations
  Tom Meisenzahl worked with the Mystic Hilton to set up the following site for our reunion:  

    It provides the information you need to book a room.

2/16/17 - 45th Reunion

From: Charles McCarthy
To:  CGA72 Class72
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:32:32 AM
Subject: [Objee72] - 45th reunion this year!

Hard to believe this will be our 45th reunion this year.

The committee will be sending out more information as we firm up everything; however, here are a few highlights:

Dates: October 19 - 22, 2017
   - Registration for academy events will open June 1st and close October 2nd
   - Thursday - Athletic Hall of Fame and Alumni Association Awards Dinner
   - Friday - Bear Open Golf Tournament. Lunch with cadets. Class of 72 sponsored cocktail party
   - Saturday - Run to Remember. Class of 72 sponsored tailgate party Rolland Hall overlooking the picturesque Thames River. Football game vs. MIT
   - Saturday evening - Class of 72 sponsored dinner-dance
  -  Sunday - 6th Annual Women's Leadership Initiative Brunch

Our HQ will be the Mystic Hilton again this year.

One of the nice things available this year is dedicated transportation for those of us who require it. A golf cart and driver will be assigned to those who need it to ensure their safe transition from site to site. This is in addition to the the carts that will be running around everywhere.

As soon as we can get the information in electronic form we'll get it out to you.

Hope to see you then.
Class of 72 reunion committee


Sept 25, 2016 - Dick Sellers, CEO, Pine Drive Telephone Co - Celebrates 60th Anniversary
        (Jim Meyer shared this article with the class.) 

    Dick Sellers is CEO of his Colorado family telephone business founded in 1956 and recently celebrated their 60th anniversary.  The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper published an article about his business, their anniversary and a photo of Dick. 
    In 2011, Dick offered to host our class web site (note the URL address for our web site) and has been hosting it for almost 5 years now.  He also hosted our class email DL for awhile before we transferred to a different server in 2014 to resolve some email issues for our class DL.
    Congatulations Dick and Pine Drive Telephone Co employees on your success and thank you for your great support of the Class of 72. 

Aug 19, 2016 - Paul Duddy - Alumni Association Distinguished Volunteer
        (Terry Newell sent this notice to the class)

    The Alumni Association recently announced this year's Distinguished Alumni awardees, and congratulations are in order to Paul Duddy for being selected as a Distinguished Volunteer!
    As many of us know, since his retirement 10+ years ago, Paul has been very active in supporting CGA in various ways as an unpaid volunteer. He is well known and beloved by the Cadet Corps and Administration, especially for documenting the various aspects of Cadet life with his creative and inspiring photos. 
    Paul will be honored at the annual Hall of Fame Dinner which will be held in the Otto Graham Athletic Hall of Excellence in Billard Hall on 29 September. 
   Well done Paul!
   P.S.  '71 likes to claim him, but he's also part '72! Go Bears

 July 6, 2016 - Champion Golfers (email from Frank Kishman)

    Congratulations are in order for the "72 contingent of Jan Terveen, Penn Shade and Craig Coy for WINNING 1st place at this year's Otto Graham tournament.


  Many of us had intentions of going, but you three (obviously the right bunch) made the commitment and prevailed.  There are some chances over the next year or so where we might put together a strong contingent from the class.  Class of '65 had 17 members (plus 8 spouses) play in this year's CG-wide tournament in Myrtle Beach. 7th District has a three day event at the end of May. And next year's Otto tournament is September 20 at Fisher's Island.  Also a West Coast Otto in Napa Valley, CA March 26-27.


    It looked like the Fisher Island event would tie in nicely with Homecoming, but 2017 Homecoming is very late, October 19-22.


    It's always great to get together as often as possible, although hopefully we can limit the number of funerals.  Is it just me or does our class seem to have a inordinately high mortality rate.

   Hope to see you all next October for our 45th.



  July 1, 2016 - Steve Poole - Added program & photos of Steve's Burial-At-Sea Ceremony (June 29, 2017) and photo of '72 classmates at Steve's Rock & Roll" Wake (June 18, 2016)
  June 12, 2016 - Chris Waring - Added SWABO & photos to the Directory
  April 27, 2016 - Steve Poole - Added Memorial
  March 15, 2016 - Danny Benefield - Added Memorial
           Updated: 5/12/16

  Dec 17, 2015 - Harry E Bohm - Added Memorial

  Dec 14, 2015 - Charlie Williams - Added funeral pictures

  Dec 7, 2015 - Charlie Williams - Crossed the Bar

  Dec 2, 2015 - Craig Coy (CEO), Command Security Corp
     Lands a $250 M postal service security contract.  

Email from Mike Crye (12/1/15)
- Just wanted to mention a classmate who has distinguished himself in a number of ways including the white house fellows program Mass Port and other CEO level jobs, and his company which he is CEO  of just
landed a $250MM postal service security contract.  
  See online Article    Copy of Article
  Congrats Craig! 
  Who wouda thunk it?

    Nov 16, 015 - SWABO - Added Chuck Farmsorth swabo response to our directory

   July 26, 2015 - Tony Zimmer - Crossed the Bar

   May 10, 2015 - Added Funeral Service information
      April 14, 2015 - Jim Richardson - Crossed the Bar

   March 2015 - SWABO - A swabo has been issued by Jim Cooper.
    Check our Directory to see the SWABO from Jim and what is happening with our class.
    Send add'l SWABO's, updates, photos and suggestions to let your class know what is happening with you and your family.

    Check back occasionally for new items.

    Sept 2012 - Class of 72 Reunion - 40th Reunion

 Dec 2, 2015 - Craig Coy (CEO) - Command Security Corp.

             Lands a 250 M postal service security contract.  


Email from Mike Crye 12/1/15) - Just wanted to mention a classmate who has distinguished himself in a number of ways including the white house fellows program Mass Port and other CEO level jobs, and his company which he is CEO  of just
landed a $250MM postal service security contract.  

  See Article below or online Article

  Congrats Craig!   Who wouda thunk it?



    Command Security Stock Soars to 5-month High After U. S. Postal Service Contract Is Reaffirmed


    The company’s stock price is up almost 24% after announcing in a SEC filing it received confirmation it won a U. S. Postal Service contract worth $250 million over 10 years.



Photo Credit: Command Security Corp.


Command Security Corp. said it has been notified by the U. S. Postal Service of its decision to confirm the award of a contract valued at $250 million over a 10-year period. The company provides uniformed security officers, aviation security services and support security services to commercial, financial, industrial, aviation and governmental customers throughout the U.S.

HERNDON, Va. — Command Security Corp. (NYSE MKT: MOC) jumped to the highest in five months after the security services company said it had been notified by the U. S. Postal Service (USPS) of its decision to confirm the award of a contract valued at $250 million over a 10-year period.


     Shares surged to $2.83 on Monday, the highest intraday price since June 18, before trimming gains to trade at $2.38, up 15%, at 11:52 a.m. Thursday in New York.


The USPS and Command Security, based here, will begin to develop the transition process for the company to formally assume the responsibilities under the USPS contract, Command Security said in a statement.

“We have waited a long time for this affirmation and hope there will be no further delays or roadblocks imposed to disrupt this important work,” CEO Craig Coy said in the statement.


    Command Security initially received notification on December 31, 2014, of the USPS contract award, which provides for security services at 50 USPS locations in 18 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. It is valued at $20 million annually.


    The contract also covers the operation of the two USPS National Law Enforcement Communication Centers (NLECC) at Dulles International Airport, Virginia and in Ft. Worth, Texas, valued at $5 million per year.


    The award includes a four-year base contract and three two-year options.


    On January 29, Command Security said the USPS had issued a stay of the transition of the USPS contract awarded to the company pending the resolution of a dispute over the award of such contract.


On January 27, the company was notified by the USPS that ABM Security Services had lodged a protest with the USPS seeking to overturn the contract that was awarded to the company.


In a decision dated June 15, the USPS Supplier Disagreement Resolution Officer found that the USPS contract awarded to the company represented the best value for the USPS.


The Supplier Disagreement Resolution Officer denied the disagreement filed by ABM, and lifted the stay on the performance of the USPS contract with the company.


Command Security and its Aviation Safeguards subsidiary provides uniformed security officers, aviation security services and support security services to commercial, financial, industrial, aviation and governmental customers throughout the U.S.




Sept 10, 2015 - Email List Information - from Dick Sellers

       Class, it has been real quiet so now might be a good time to pass on a little information on our mail list.

   Email DL: 
      Note:  This is a private email DL for members only.  If you're a member of the class of '72, a relative or a friend and you want to be added to this DL, please send an email to the DL for review and approval.  All junk email will not be accepted and will be discarded.
    As best as I can tell (looking from the sending side) the delivery problems have been corrected, Verizon and SBC being the last hold outs. Any receipt problems I now assume to be spam settings and filters at the receiving end. I have a gmail I watch and haven't had any spam messages from the list in a while so am hopeful they've got us off their list.

    The list postings have been slow, but I haven't seen to many bounces. If a bounce does occur, every email server on the list rejects the message and the cause is always for  strange characters embedded in the text normally around an apostrophe and a "non-breaking" space. It appears to be caused by an HTML editor and sometimes in Outlook. The fix is to send messages using only "plain text" settings in your client.
    The way to detect if a bounces has occurred is  to monitor your inbox after making a post, if you don't get your message back in a short time, it likely bounced and you will need to resend in a plain text format.
    Finally, I've turned on a monthly auto-generated message concerning mail-list membership as a "ping" to the list. There is no action required on this message and we need to use it just as an affirmation that we are receiving messages from the list. So, if you don't  get a message like this every month contact me or Mark and we'll investigate (please check your spam setting as well!)

   Anyway, Go Bears!




2/27/12, from Chuck McCarthy

Homecoming 2012 is approaching, September 28th and 29th.

  Your reunion committee is hard at work organizing yet another memorable event. There are alumni sponsored events (see for FAQ and other homecoming news) and class events.

  The Mystic Hilton (across the street from the Mystic Aquarium) will be our headquarters. Our Friday night coctail party and Saturday dinner/dance will be held there. Rooms will be available at special rates. (More to follow on the Hilton.) The tailgate party will be at the new alumni center just North of Cadet Memorial Field (aka Jones Field).

  If you haven't been to a runion in awhile (or even not at all), consider joining us for these fun events. It is a great chance to reconnect with those you might have lost touch over the years and see how much the academy has changed since we were swabs.

  So, save the 28th and the 29th of September, 2012.  More information will be forthcoming as we firm up all the plans and prices.

For the reunion committee,
Chuck McCarthy


6/20/12 - Marv published his new web site for Marine Technical Consultants
               (Link also included for Marv on the Email Directory)


3/10/12 - Ben Stoppe awarded the "Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award" in Nov 2011


2/29/12, from Chuck McCarthy

Wall of Gallantry - Bill Turek   Hall of Heroes in the Spring of 2012
   On Friday, April 20th, Bill Turek is being inducted to the Wall of Gallantry at the Academy. Bill's daughter, Laura, will be in attendance with her husband, Mike, and newborn son, Liam. The ceremony is at 4:05 p.m. on the parade ground. Laura would like to meet her dad's classmates who will be there.
   There are a number of us that will be attending the ceremony. Robbie (the brains and beauty in our marriage) spoke to Laura about the possibility of those in attendance going out for dinner afterwards and she thought that was a good idea. The baby will only be 3 months old at that time so she is not sure how he might make out during the day and would like to play dinner by ear.
   If you plan to attend and would like to go to dinner after, could you please let me know so we can get a head count?





9/14/11 - Larry Brudnicki sent the class this note:
    Bill Turek will be inducted into the Hall of Heroes in the Spring of 2012


6/4/11 - Gary Swan Memorial