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Marshall Lott

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67 years old
San Ramon, CA
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Hi folks.  I entered the Coast Guard in 1969 right after high school.  Went to boot camp in Cape May, NJ and then on to RM-A school at Governors Island, NY.  Upon graduation, I was assigned to CG Radio Station San Francisco (San Bruno).  From there I went to the 12th Disctrict Communications Center.  My next assignment was the USCGC Resolute (WMEC- 620).  I server as the RMinC for 18 months and then on to Headquarters Washington, DC as in the Communications Center.  I wanted to get back to the west coast and was assigned to Air Station San Francisco (San Bruno again) when they had fixed wing and helicopters.  I remained there for 2 years and where I was accepted to OCS.  That was a big year for me.  I also was above the cut for CPO.  So I was lucky, if I failed at OCS, my permanent rate was CPO.  When I graduated OCS, I was assigned to the Sherman and served as Deck Watch Officer, Communications Officer and then Navigation Officer.  I'm only responsible for a couple dings on the port side when we tied up in Alameda or Kodiak (that's what you get when an RM docks a 378' CG Cutter).  There's a lot more that came after that, but I'll end here.  I retired in 1996 (27 years) as a LCDR.  I went on to work 18 years for AT&T using my technical background, financial and management skills all learned in the Coast Guard.  I'm trying to stay retired this time, but we'll see what happens.

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Reply Robert Dieterle
9:53 PM on November 19, 2016 
47 years. That's great. Susan my wife divorced me in 89 and I remarried in 99. She turned out to be wrong one. My first born and best man at that wedding died a few months later in an accident. Needless to say the marriage went down hill until the divorce in 04. Am married to a wonderful woman now since 05. My second son has 3 boys, my third has two girls, and my youngest is married and lives in Taiwan working for ASUS. He visited last Dec after 5 years and is visiting again in a few months. My wife has a son with a boy and a girl, and a daughter with 2 girls and a boy. All except my wife's son live withing a mile so we see then all often. The oldest is just 14 and the youngest is just 4. I have to admit that my memory of the names of most all my CG and DPS coworkers as well as school friends are sunk deep in my sub-conscience so I am glad when one of them remember me (SMILE) and Thanks.
Reply Robert Dieterle
4:39 PM on November 19, 2016 
Hi Marshall: Lets see: After the Sherman, was sent to DeVry in Phoenix and received a BSEET degree. Then was sent to Station Alexandria and was involved with the Standard Terminal contract and support for the IRM's CG wide. Then went to Port Clarence AK for a year and then the last 9 months on Governor's Is working as an extra since I put in for retirement when my wife filed for divorce while I was in AK. Got out and went back to Phoenix where my 4 sons were with their Mom. Hired on with AZ DPS and retired as an Telecommunications Engineer III after 15 years with 35 years of service because I was able to purchase my 20 years being in the CG. So I was retired in 2005 at the ripe old age of 55. So now enjoying my 10 grandchildren, seeing 8 of them on a weekly basis. I also repair cars at cost for some folks that haven't the funds otherwise as a ministry. That's the short version. Have not played any Pinochle since the Sherman. Did play a lot of Hearts over lunch while at DPS. Hope all is well with you. have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year too.