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I know, who cares, right? Just kidding. My name is John Galla and I am the creator, designer, and webmaster of this here site. I am currently a firefighter/EMT in Stoneham Massachusetts and served in the Coast Guard in the early 1990's. I served on board the USCGC Spencer and at the USCG SupCen Boston Medical Clinic. I am married to my lovely wife Marlene and have 2 children, my daughter Jennifer and my son Michael. I am a member of the U.S. Naval Institue and The Coast Guard Sea Veterans Association. I started my first website, FireNews and Apparatus Photos in mid-1998, which centers on the fire service. Being a collector of USCG patches and retaining my interest in the service, I decided that it was time to make a site specifically centered on the Coast Guard. Ok, so the next question is why is there Navy stuff? My Dad is an ex USN sailor and I sort of inherited his interest in Navy ships. I think the WWII and post WWII heavy cruisers and battleships are just awesome. So there you have it. I hope you enjoy the site and feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or just to say Hi.