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CGA Class of 1972

"Non pro uno, sed pro omnibus"

Not for one, but for all. 


Updated 08/04/17 09:10:11 AM 

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elcome all classmates, family members and friends of Class of 72.

Join our class email distribution list (DL).  Send an email to Mark Noll.

     Past news...

8/04/17 - CGA72 45th Reunion - October 19 - 22, 2017


Class of 1972  Reservation Form

– This form is for class events & clothing orders only
Deadline for submitting this form is September 15, 2017


   - Remember, reservations for academy events (including the football game) must be made with the Alumni Association.


  - Reservations for lodging must be made directly with the hotel. The Mystic Hilton Mystic CT is our “official” HQ. Rooms have been set aside for $189 (about $217 with taxes)/night. Call 860-572-0731 and use group code "CGA 72". Or reserve on line with the following link: http://




7/09/17 - Important Notice about our Email DL

   Class - Since July 1st, our class email DL has not been working. I'm still working with the server manager to find the problem and resolve.

- If you sent an email since June 30th, it may not have gone through to the class.


- Until fixed, if you sent something "important" after June 30th or need to send something "important" to the class, please email it to me,, and I will forward it to the class manually.




6/13/17 - Clothing - Will come embroidered with the CGA seal and the Class of 72 on it.

   Reservation forms we will be put together and given to our vendor who will order it. When he gets it, we will go over to the vendor’s place and pick it up. We will make adjustments to the orders as necessary in case something is the wrong size or missing. We have enough time to get the order in and filled using the September 15th deadline on our reservation form.

As far as the clothing itself goes, remember all the “I want this” and “I want that” that went back and forth? People in cold climates had a want list which was different from those in warmer areas. We decided on a heavy coat and a light coat – similar in design and color but not exact. We had more flexibility in the shirts; however, we decided on just a few of the 15 or so colors that were available. Hats are available if you want one; not part of the march-on uniform – again, some classmates requested them, some said, “no more hats, please”.

Sizing is what sizing is. The vendor gave us the links to the sizing charts and now you know as much as I do. When in doubt, go with your gut feeling.


6/13/17 - Deadline & sizing for reservations & clothing
   Chuck just confirmed the deadline for registrations and clothing is September 15th.  The vendor says it will give him enough time.

    Sizing - You can use the link below to determine how your size corresponds to the manufacturer’s sizes. - In the Search field, enter J321 for the jacket, J719 for the other jacket and K420 for the polo. Within each page there will be a "View Product Measurement" tab.


6/10/17 - CGA72 45th Reunion

       October 19-22, 2017

        Homecoming - New London, CT

        Class Reservation & Clothing Forms


Good Saturday afternoon to all,

   Here is the reservation form for our 45th reunion to be held on October 19th - 22nd.  Keep in mind that this is only the reservation for our class events; events such as the football game, golf tournament, etc., must be made directly with the Alumni Association.

   The Alumni Association is beta testing a credit card payment system with a couple of classes this year; however, 1972 is not one of them.  That means checks still need to be mailed to Tom.

   We are offering a lightweight jacket and/or a heavyweight jacket as the official walk-on uniform.  Golf/polo shirts and ball caps are available as well.  

   Please return both the clothing form and the reservation form with your payment - if you can back to back them to save some paper.

    Hope to see many of you there.

   Class of 72 reunion committee
      Chuck & Robbie McCarthy (Primary Point of Contact)
      Tom &  Elaine Meisenzahl
Jim & Janice Norton
      Bill & Ella Armstrong

A brief history of our class
from 1968 to 2015
see Classmate's SWABO replies

 USCG Academy Campus
June 1968

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348 classmates inducted
into the Class of 72:
Approx 343 reporting
plus 5 classmates from 1971

Formed into platoons
Shock & awe hits
Haircuts (no style choice)
Clock Orderlies
Regiment, battalion & company orgs
Marching to class
Academic Studies
Professors & Instructors
(some with strange habits & tics)
Drill Teams
Uniform & room inspections
Marching in the Quadrangle to
work off demerits
Roland Hall Wreck Deck safety
Saturday specials
(avoid by going to the Wreck deck)
North Gate orderly
Report arounds
Bypassing certian companies
due to known hard asses
Square meals braced up
Trivia questions
Escape & Rebellion

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[ Eagle Note: "1976 brought significant changes to the Eagle. The Coast Guard added their "racing stripe" and the words 'Coast Guard' to her otherwise unadorned white hull. In addition, the Eagle figurehead on the bowsprit of the ship was replaced." Ref ]

Summer cruises as swabs (1968)
& 2nd class (1970)
Approx 348 sworn in

Approx 170 left at various times
for reasons

Approx 178 graduated
Studies continued
Collegiate & intramural sports
100th Day
3rd class cadets
Not swabs anymore
1969 Class of 73 swabs arrive
Then 2nd class cadets
Finally 1st class cadets
Classmates who "Crossed the Bar"
Football, basketball, soccer,
baseball games
Gymnastic, sailing, rowing crew,
golfing, shooting competitions...
and, at last...

Graduation Day
June 7, 1972
Off to new assignments
Grad School
Flight school
Ship, flight, shore & astronaut assignments

Jumping ahead

Classmates who "Crossed the Bar"
CG Retirement
New careers
Children & Grand Children

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40th Reunion at CGA
Sept 27-30, Oct 2012


see Classmate's SWABO replies
Many reached 65 before, on or after
Some celebrating 43 years of marriage
Some celebrating new marriages
Some celebrating not being married
Social Security
Retirement from new careers
Starting new careers
Some still sailing the seas
Some still working in jobs they enjoy
Enjoying children & grand children
Dealing with illnesses
Death of family members
Volunteer work
Free Time
New Adventures

OMG !!!
Where has the time gone?
Take time to live &
enjoy fulfilling your bucket list.