USCGC Sherman Association

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Dallas handed over

Posted by Bernie Avalle on May 23, 2012 at 6:45 PM

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Reply Richard Ames
1:31 PM on May 31, 2012 
Thanks Bernie --- a reminder that a things must pass --- cherish the memories --- Dallas was the first 378 I was ever aboard, I was at Governors Island just started EMA school and some of us went down to look at one of the new "Big White Ones" --- which most of us were destined to report to after graduation!
Reply Duke Glishke
2:51 PM on June 5, 2012 
How long until "we" are handed over....put out to pasture? Any chance of being put out to a stud farm?
Reply Mark Barrieau
5:55 PM on June 5, 2012 
It's tough to see the US discarding these great ships. But maybe such big ships no longer fit the USCG mission. Technology has made such a large crew, maybe, wasteful.
Reply Richard Ames
12:08 PM on June 6, 2012 
Mark you have a point about the changing Mission .. In fact WHEC's as a class are being replaced by even larger better/differently equipped Security class cutters:

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Cutter.

The other part of this may be the growing expense of maintaining such an old ship 40+ years with frequent equipment failures, aging technology.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_class_cutter

The Hamilton Class Cutters are still beautiful ships especially when they were brand new. I reported aboard the Sherman when she was only a few months old .. and I just turned 19. The world moves on.
Reply Bernie Avalle
12:41 PM on June 6, 2012 
I know that someday this was going to happen to this class of ships, I witnessed the older ships in Boston from WW II and knew that then all ships will meet a "retirement" phase. But it is with regret that this class had a great 43 year run and it seems that at least some of them should be preserved in a floating display, like some other Navy ships and a few Coast Guard Ships that have been saved.
Especially those with some very honorable service. the Sherman fits that catagory with serving in Vietnam, and it's other honorable service. (not that other Hamilton Class ships aren't without distinction). It is sad to note that there are Coast Guard Ships at the bottom of the Keys that served in WWII for example. I listen to my wife's Uncle who is 93, talk sadly about the "Army Air Core" and the fact his beloved B-25, and B24's are starting to disappear more and more. He also recalls how many where "left" in the jungles and how many where sold off to foregin countries to die slow deaths from lack of proper maintance. Let's face it "we" kept them in shape all those 43 years, who will continue that care. Yes I use to not be happy scooping up the muck from the bildge by hand under the deck plates with the hot engines dripping on me....but everything help "her' to run, it all had to be done. I feel in the short time I was serving on "her" she was my home and kept me safe, "she" brought me home from the violet cold seas of the North Atlantic. She was my refuge in a big city, of Boston.
Reply Mark Barrieau
12:31 PM on June 7, 2012 
Richard Ames says...
Mark you have a point about the changing Mission .. In fact WHEC's as a class are being replaced by even larger better/differently equipped Security class cutters:

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Cutter.

The other part of this may be the growing expense of maintaining such an old ship 40+ years with frequent equipment failures, aging technology.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_class_cutter

The Hamilton Class Cutters are still beautiful ships especially when they were brand new. I reported aboard the Sherman when she was only a few months old .. and I just turned 19. The world moves on.


I notice those new NSCs are larger, but have a much smaller crew. Any idea of when Sherman is due to be decom?
Reply Richard Ames
10:39 AM on June 17, 2012 
Mark:
No idea! .. have read some rumors on some of the Foreign sites that are buying theses 378's .. seems they pay attention to the dry dock work being done on the likely next candidates .. being prepped for sale .. I'm sure that will be a hot topic of conversation at the reunion this fall! Maybe someone in the know will have something to say?