Those of you that were aboard when the cannon was spiked and the colors hauled down will be able to tell us how many people represented the press that day. My guess is not too many even bothered to show up. But this letter signed by Mr. Deming was the last press release issued by SEBAGO as a commissioned vessel.
The text reads as follows:
25 February 1972
Subj: Decommissioning of the USCGC SEBAGO, information concerning
1. The information contained herein up-dates the data previously released in the SEBAGO News Media Information Sheet dated 24 January 1972 and my letter 5720 of 25 January 1972.
2. At 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, 29 Febuary 1972, ceremonies will be held on board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SEBAGO at the Municipal Pier, Pensacola, Florida, marking the retirement of Commander James G. WILCOX. Jr., USCG, the Commanding Officer, USCGC SEBAGO, as well as the decommissioning of the cutter.
3. Commander WILCOX, who plans to continue his Pensacola residence, is retiring after 29 years of service to the U.S. Coast Guard, having served in both an enlisted and officer capacity.
4. It is presently planned that, after her decommissioning, the Cutter SEBAGO will be moved to the Coast Guard Base, Mobile, for completion of preparations for her placement into the Reserve Fleet under the auspices of the U.S. Maritime Administration. Further details are not available at this time.
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