Taken prior to morning
personnel inspection. Talking with other staff offcers about the day's events. (L-R,
Base XO, CWO4 Remigio Abacan (Admin and Supply Officer), and CWO2 Larry Goodlet
Ltjg Ogrydziak, Ens Cramer, Ens
Kimberly Bannan, CWO4 Remigio M. Abacan
In Dress White after the 2nd
Quarter Parade, Governors Island, New York City - 1983
I left the Philippines two years after High School in 1965 and enlisted in the US Coast
Guard. In 1967, I found myself in the middle of the war in Vietnam
"Operation Market Time" with Coast Guard Squadron Three.
After my tour of duty in Vietnam, I pursued my
degree in Business Administration, and later on added Computer Science. I am now
retired from the Coast Guard after serving 30 years, and earning my Commission in
I am married to my post high school sweetheart, Irene Gebana
and have three
sons. Romy Daniel Abacan is now 27 years old and has followed my
footsteps, though he joined the US Navy, and not the Coast Guard.. He
specializes in Computers and would soon be a civilian to pursue a career
in MIS. Robert Alan is 22, and is my second son. He,
just like Romy, joined the military (Army), but got out after his
term. He is married and lives in West Virginia with his wife and
son. My youngest son, Richard Abacan, is 19 years old
and still lives with us. He attends the California State University in
Sacramento. He'll graduate in two years time and that's when we
start inching towards retirement in the Philippines.
Retire in the Philippines?
Am I crazy or what? Call me what you want, but I'm going to do
that. What do I love to do in
retirement? I want to see places in the Philippines. Yup, just
the Philippines and no place else. Why? Because I've seen most places
around the world, but not Baguio, Cebu, Mindanao, Palawan and many others.
As a young sailor in 1966.
US Navy Base Treasure Island while attending shipboard firefighting school.
Underway replenishment operations with a US Navy Tanker - off South
Vietnam near theGulf of Tonkin.
1966-1967 Off the Coast of
Vietnam after Firefighting school. What's a kid like me doing in a place like this
while everyone of my friends were partying in the Philippines?
Golf Company - US Coast Guard Training Center - Alameda, California -
Party Time - New York City - 1982
last..... so sweet and so short....back to work in
1996 for a second career.
My youngest son, Richard
Abacan, Junior student in California State University, Sacramento - BS