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American Legion Post 233
Elk Grove, California

P.O. Box 161
Elk Grove, Ca. 95759
Phone # (916) 681-4078

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Elk Grove American Legion Post 233
Chaplain Ernie Costa
Named 2014 Grand Marshal of The Elk Grove Veterans Parade

Ernie Costa Joined the US Coast Guard, In February 1943, at the advance age of 16. Ernie convinced his mother that his country needed him, so she signed for him not knowing that he needed to be 17 to enlist. Ernie completed 5 weeks of boot camp before someone realized he was not 17. Ernie was sent home, with orders to report back on his 17th Birthday, which he did after one week of additional Boot Camp, Ernie Graduated at the top of his class. Ernie’s first assignment was aboard a cutter pulling escort duty. In June 1943 his cutter was torpedoed by a German U Boat, Ernie was not yet 18 when he earned his first of several combat action ribbons. Ernie, went on to serve another 37 years in the Coast Guard. Along the way Ernie, met and married Gloria, who he was married to for almost 51 years, she is still the love of his life. Ernie also has four loving daughters, who are all still daddy girls. Ernie, has held many position in the Coast Guard, including helmsman, and Chief Of The Boat, the two positions he is most proud of. Ernie went on to be assigned as helmsman on many of the shake down cruses for new Coast Guard ships. Every time the Coast Guard received a new ship, or rescue craft, Ernie would be at her Helm. Ernie, retired in February 1982, as a Chief Boatswain's Mate after 38 years of service to the Coast Guard, and the United States.

Today Ernie, is still serving his country as a very active member of Elk Grove American Legion Post 233, he serves as the post chaplain, as well as sits on many committees. Ernie is a life time member of the American Legion (Literally) Ernie Joined the American Legion in Maine in 1947, and has served in the legion for the past 67 years.





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