USCGC Sherman Association

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Richard Ames


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68 years old
Baltimore MD.
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I was born on a US Coast Guard Lighthouse off the rocky coast of Maine in 1950. My father a EN2 in the USCG and assistant light house keeper at Whitehead Light Station. 

I joined the Coast Guard in November of 1968, my Father was then a ENCM Chief with 20 years in the Coast Guard, as a Master Chief's son it was not a hard decide which service to join.

Serving on the US Coast Guard’s 378’ Cutter Sherman, my first duty was weathering a Hurricane on Ocean station Bravo then I went to Cuba’s "Gitmo" for Fleet Training Group and finally to Vietnam in the Spring of 1970

 Captain Paul Lutz, my commanding officer, wrote about the events of Sherman's Vietnam cruise in 1970."The Coast Guard in Vietnam" Please click the title to read our Captains account of our service.

 The ship returned to her home port in Boston Mass. to a hero's welcome. Many of us had our choice of duty stations.  I asked for and got USCG Base Curtis Bay Maryland Field Testing and Development unit. 

 I loved my time on the Sherman, good memories and friends as well! Hopefully many of the Sherman crew will also post photos and comments.

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23 Comments

Reply Steve Davis
12:04 AM on July 18, 2015 
Thanks Richard !
Reply et3 john porter
10:42 PM on October 5, 2013 
Well, his first name was Dave. Hometown was Woodstock VT.
Reply MKCM William M Griffin
8:02 PM on August 3, 2013 
My time on the Sherman was an unforgettable experience in my long career in the Coast Guard. Best remember the evap.; A-gang work on it my whole tour. At the end we received a kit to rebuild it from scratch. The instructions came and along with the instructions came some pages that looked like a contract. The EO, chief Dan Arcia and myself read the instructions and said lets do this. Dan did all the welding and I did all the mechanical things. We were still tied up so the captain got us underway just to test the system. As in the instructions we pushed the three start buttons in order and BAM we were making fresh water at a rate almost twice what was advertised. A couple of week later I was transferred to MSO San Francisco not to far away. A couple of weeks later Dan calls me from the ship and said the EO and Captain want to talk with us. Got back to the ship and up to the CO's cabin and found out that the cover pages had been lost in the mail. on the cover page in red ink it said "Ships crew not to accomplish work. Leave for yard personnel."
Capt. was worried and the EO was in distress. I asked the Capt. if anyone had asked, he stated No. So I responded "Don't ask, Don't tell."
Now that we are all retired and the ship decommissioned it ok! Foot note To my knowledge the evap never had a major problem but the other four couldn't keep running after the yard.
Reply Johnny Zeock
4:44 PM on March 11, 2013 
Richard, thanks. I'll be standing by for your directions.
Reply Johnny Zeock
8:15 PM on March 10, 2013 
Richard, thanks. Is there anyway to correct the problem with my name/nickname not showing up? If there is anything I can do, please let me know.
Reply Bill
5:08 PM on July 13, 2012 
Hi Richard, nice to hear from you and hopefully others from the Sherman crew. Thanks for the referral to MyFamily.com. After retirement from the Coast Guard I went into Law Enforcement in CO and retired in 2002. Just travel now with friends in Florida' Nature Coast. .
Reply Bernie Avalle
4:07 PM on July 5, 2012 
Thanks for the comment and reply Richard. I don't want to add to your busy plate, I can wait...just wanted to check. No problem. I hope all goes well with the Sherman visit, will be really great...certainly we all know the "needs of the service"..Huh?
Reply Bernie Avalle
2:31 PM on July 5, 2012 
Thanks for the update and all the hard work, I really appreciate it! I feel honored to be part of the great crew of this ship. I know other Coasties where I live but they are from different ships and different years, always enjoy meeting and talking to other "mates". I do have a question since I did not copy what I sent...there was no amount for transportation to Sherman, I asume that is to be worked out, but I want to make sure my wife and I are on the list...I think I signed her up for all the other activities and paid the correct amount. She did visit me on the Sherman so she wants to see it too! I found a few pictures from my Coast Guard service but not any from the ship I wanted to find....have some of the crew and some of the ship yet somewhere from the 1972-73 year.
Reply Jennifer Harper Burns
8:01 PM on May 21, 2012 
Thank you Richard, I would love to join your site. I have some pictures to upload for you guys, my sister found his cruise book and some more photos, I'll share them when I get can get them! I'm happy that you remember Dad- he was a funny guy!
Reply Dylan Dans
12:59 PM on May 19, 2012 
Hi Richard, thanks for the friendly welcome! How long did you serve on the Sherman? I am wondering, what happens if and when the Sherman gets decommissioned? Does She get replaced by something else? I am going to try to make it to the reunion.
Reply Woody
11:34 AM on May 17, 2012 
Hey Rich, I'm glad to be aboard the Sherman. Chase and Sherman have a very unique connection besides serving together in Vietnam. When Chase was decommissioned her entire crew including Skipper Captain Greg Sanial manned the Sherman and became her crew. I'm not sure how that all took place but it did. When we chatted with Greg we said "remind your crew that they are still Chasers, HA! When the Chase Assoc. was started we had our Patch designed by one of her current crew (2 yeras before decom) as a contest, much how Chase's originl patch and VN patch was designed during the Nam cruise. We used Coastie Rob Green's Cutter Agent web site http://www.cutteragent.com/ for our T shirts and Patches. Rob took the winning hand drawn color artwork and did his magic to creat our world class crest. CG Patch Master Rex Wessling is Rob's patch vendor and both their prices are very reasonable. If you haven't had this done yet you may concider following the same path we did. It is a good way to get Sherman's current (and potentially last) crew involved. If you contact Rob feel free to drop my name. Good luck and I look forward to a long brotherhood with the Sherman mates.
Reply Richard Hunter
8:31 PM on May 9, 2012 
Again. Very nice job Richard. You do understand without you none or little of of this would be here?
I hope more of those from the old site will join here also.
Reply John Montgomery III
12:37 PM on April 22, 2012 
Yes I did, Thank you! Looking forward to seeing the old girl again!!
Reply Mike Henderson
12:27 PM on March 7, 2012 
I can bring the Jack but not the frags. Too many beefs going through security. On uploading pix, do I type in the file path? As it stands now, there is just a blank box and a magnifying glass next to it.
Reply Mike Henderson
10:07 AM on March 7, 2012 
Sorry but, no charts. I do have and cherish very much, the underway Jack Sherman flew on the 20 and 21 November, 1970. I.C.O. (SL3 Trawler) Also, I have some M-16 frags from our trip up to the caves in the DMZ, picking off cave men and M-60 fraghs from the stbd bridge wing mount. Sherman used her "Hedge Hogs" on that shoot, remember?
Reply Gene Greco
11:11 PM on December 31, 2011 
@ Rich Ames, the welcome notification came to me almost immediately. Nice website, a retired lifer friend of mine gave it to me when I asked him where I could get a Sherman hat. I was stationed on the Sherman mid '74 to mid '75 when I transfered to LORAN Sta Lampedusa. We made a couple lengthy cruises during my time and I wouldn't trade that time for anything.
Reply Mike Hicks
3:09 PM on December 23, 2011 
I served on the Sherman from 1985 to 1986 as an FT. Got out in 1987 and went to work for my Dad as an electricians helper. Sat for the state exam here in Florida in 1996. Got my license on the first take. My Dad retired some years later and I took over everything. The rest is history.
I enjoyed my time in the Guard and would not trade those memories for anything. I made a lot of friends and still keep in touch with a lot of them.
Reply William F. Landry
8:36 PM on September 29, 2011 
Wow! Sure makes me feel good when people remember me from way back when!! Getting kind of anxious to get to the Reunion next year!! It'll be great.

Speaking of the reunion, Rich, maybe a few more places to post the info: VFW magazine, American Legion Magazine, www.fredsplace.org, Coast Guard Community Channel. ??
Reply Lucia
9:12 AM on August 29, 2011 
Spent rougher weather on SHE 1 and 2 than we had with Irene, glad she's gone though.
Reply Richard Ames
11:38 AM on August 28, 2011 
Not Sure these replys I make to all new crew members if the website "auto-magically" notifies them that someone replied to them .. any feedback on that??

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