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Record 35
Name: ROY NUNEZ
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: LOS ANGELES
Time: 1998-05-16 04:27:00
Comments: 1966 I SERVED ON THE HOVERCRAFTS, COASTAL SQUADRON ONE, PACV DIVISION 107. UNIT CONSISTED OF THREE HOVERCRAFTS AND WERE BASED OUT OF CAT LO. PACV'S PARTICIPATED IN BOTH MARKET TIME AND GAME WARDEN PARTOLS. DURING NOV/DEC 1966, PACV'S OPERATED IN THE PLAIN OF REED WITH ARMY SPECIAL FORCES. THE UNIT LEFT VIETNAM CHRISTMAS EVE 1966 AND RETURNED TO CORONADO. UNIT DISBANDED JUNE 1967.


Record 46
Name: Joe Coyne
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Byron,GA (Cahokia Il)
Time: 1998-06-06 04:55:16
Comments: Great Web Page. I was In-country July66 to Dec67. I rode PBR's out of Cat Lo for abuot 3 months. After Roy Castleberry another ET that I also went to 'A'school with got killed, the Navy pulled all ETs of the boats. I got sent to COMNAVFORV headquaters in Saigon. Worked out of the ET/RM shop. Spent a lot of time TAD to bases and ships in the Delta and Nhe Be working on radars. I'd like to hear from George Crouch, Jimmy Harmon, or anyone else that I might have served with.


Record 66
Name: Don Herr
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Long Beach, CA
Time: 1998-07-30 04:08:46
Comments: Served aboard U.S.S. Tutuila ARG-4, An Thoi and Vung Tau, Vietnam 1966 /1967. Anyone remembers the Tutuila?


Record 118
Name: Dave Wallace
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Atlanta, GA
Time: 1998-11-11 23:59:08
Comments: OinC PCFs 32 & 65 out of Cat Lo and Sa Dec in 1969-70. Water-skiied the Bassac!


Record 111
Name: Tom C. Dailey
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Denver, Colorado - drier here!
Time: 1998-10-24 17:33:02
Comments: ...stuck on Guam, MI, for most of 67-69. TAD into VungTau commcenter, but back to "duva". guess I was lucky, though did'nt feel like it. Our ship went up river in 1962! (of course WE were'nt there, you know). My buddy Tom Lefavour ET3 there, and got a VVA buddy in Denver (Frank Riddle EM I think) who was on swifts. Watch those bights, sailor! "Barlady, another 33 please!" Tom


Record 120
Name: G.E.Langworthy
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Upstate New York
Time: 1998-11-15 22:46:14
Comments: In country 9/29/70 to 9/29/71. After turnover in Cat Lo rode Swifts with Costal Flotilla V (advisor). Spent most of the year at Solid Anchor (Nam Can).


Record 125
Name: Tim Hetz
Website: Lee County (Florida) Sheriff's Office
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Time: 1998-11-27 10:02:20
Comments: Served as radioman at NSA Det Cat Lo, RVN, 1967-68. Would like to hear from anyone else who served there.


Record 129
Name: Dean
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Alabama,but now in Bolivia
Time: 1998-12-09 12:59:46
Comments: I was a plank owner AO2 with VAL-4. Stationed in Vung Tau and Bien Tui. Was with the original group in Vung Tau and left in May 70. Flew back seat every once and a while in the "Black Ponies"and had the forward machine gun position at the end of our position near the fuel bladders.Lt.Com. Butterfield was our commanderand Warren officer Mason. Remember the big sign we had "Go Navy,beat Army".I am a missionary now in Bolivia and my kids think about Vietnam like we thought about the First World War.


Record 145
Name: Mike Gregory (RMSN)
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Indianapolis, Indiana
Time: 1999-01-11 18:06:02
Comments: Was attached to YRBM 16 from July of 1970 through her being towed out to Guam for re-fit, and then the 20 through her being towed to Vung Tau Harbor in May of 71. Would like to renew aquaintances with anyone having served during this period. especially the old radio or ops gang. Any one remember the animals? Jane?, Bud?, George?, Jato? OIC?


Record 158
Name: BM2 Virgil
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1999-02-13 23:02:32
Comments: Aboard the YRBM20 Apr,May,June 1970. Advisor to the RVN Boats going to Cambodia. Thanks for all your help you guy's were great, I thing you felt sorry for me. Would love to hear from other advisors from CosFlot3 out of CatLo, swifts,pbr's and wpb's. Did any of you ship over?


Record 175
Name: Everette 'Yogie'Hebert
Website: Patrol Boat River of Section 533
Referred by: Lycos
From: Houma,LA. 60 miles south New Orleans
Time: 1999-03-11 23:47:43
Comments: Kent , you have a very impressive web site. It's very professionally done and informative. I was "InCountry" 9/66-9/67. I started out in CatLo waiting for the our PBRs to arrive, patroled with the 542 sectiion there. We assembled 532 and they left for MyTho. I stayed behind and started 533. We got our boats and we moved to NahBe, which was being built at the time (we lived in tents like on M.A.S.H.). After a 7 month stay there we moved to an LST for the remainder of my tour. The section (533) Finally moved to MyTho, But was at Vin Long for TET 68.I never had the pleasure of a YRBM but it had to be as good as an LST without A/C. Again Good site, ~Yogie EN3, Membership Chairman of PBRFVA (pbr-fva.org)


Record 195
Name: Bill Hart
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Ottumwa, Iowa
Time: 1999-04-12 04:11:20
Comments: Thanks Kent, you have really put together a fine page. Lot of work here. Brought back some memories and tears too. I served at Cat Lo and Nha Be. RD 541 Feb 96 to July 97. One of the first boats in service. It is really great to see so many of the "Brown Water Navy" shipmates responding. I lost all my pictures in a bad divorce 20 years ago. Now I can down load these for an album. Not exactly the same, but they will do. Thanks again Bill Hart EMC, USN, RET


Record 200
Name: GM. JOSEPH GREER
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: COAL CENTER PENNA.
Time: 1999-04-27 18:45:13
Comments: REALLY GREAT SITE KENT, I VISIT OFTEN TO SEE IF ANY SHIPMATES HAVE CHECKED IN, THAT WERE THERE IN 71. I WAS STATIONED ABOARD THE YRBM-20 IN 71. UNTILL THE 20 WAS TAKEN OFF THE RIVER, AND I RECIEVED ORDERS TO AN AMMO DUMP IN VUNG TAU .. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM PERSONS THAT WERE THERE DURING THAT PERIOD,LOOKING FOR MONTE GLUCK OR ALBERT FINNEY. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, KENT...


Record 202
Name: Ric SINCLAIR
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Perth,Western Australia,Australia.
Time: 1999-05-06 12:48:13
Comments: I have just come online with tne Internet and found your website by chance.I have spent a number of hours so far going over your website and have had a lot of enjoyment going over your stories & photos. It brings back a lot of memories for me as I was in Vietnam in 1969 where I served with the Royal Australian Engineers on board AV1356 Clive Steele as a gunner behind an M60.The Clive Steele was a WW2 LSM,commonly known as the "Jolly Green Giant". Most of our time was spent down the Mekong delivering 105 shells to your fire support bases like Cantho,Catlo.I have quite a number of slides of your boats taken around that region and some years ago purchased a book "The Brown Water Navy" by Col.Victor Croizat which I have read a number of times.Feel free to contact me ,keep up the good work mate.


Record203
Name: MATTY VENEZIANO
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: BELLINGHAM , MA.
Time: 1999-05-07 04:25:31
Comments: GREAT SITE KENT YOU MUST HAVE AS MANY HOURS SETTING THIS UP AS YOU DID IN COUNTRY.IT WAS GREAT TO HEAR SOME OF THE OLD NAMES AGAIN, THE 16- 20- 21 WE MOOCHED MORE THAN ONE GOOD MEAL OFF YOU GUYS,GREAT LOBSTER TAILS. I THINK THE 16 IS STILL IN THE NAM, THE ASKARI ARL 30 IS GONE TO INDONESIA, THE TUTULIA ARG 4 WENT TO CHINA, WASHOE CTY 1165 IS IN PERU, AKL MARK IN CHINA, HUNTERDON CTY 838 IN MALAYSIA AND THE HARNETT CTY IS IN SUBIC BAY. I WAS ON THE YTB 785 NAS NHA BE 70-71 I THINK WE TOWED YOU GUYS TO VUNG TAU END OF 70 HAVE PICS SETTING UP THE TOW LINES AND 50 GUYS HANGING OFF THE RAILINGS GOOD MEMORIES. I TRIED TO GET THE PICS OUT OF THE ALBUM BUT THERE STUCK PRETTY GOOD I GUESS 30 YEARS HAS TAKEN ITS TOLL ON MORE THAN A FEW MINDS. I'LL WORK ON THEM, ALSO ANY INFO ON OTHER SITES TO FIND LOST SHIPMATES. ANYBODY STILL KICKING OUT THERE BMC FALARDEAU R.L., SNIPE, BM1 CALLAHAN, BM2 SANDERS, EM2 BROWN, WADSWORTH, MAUTINO, WEBBER, BAKER, SMITTY, SWARTZ. THANKS AGAIN YOU DID A GREAT JOB WILL CHECK BACK AGAIN.


Record 231
Name: Bob Olson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Borger, Texas , Tulsa, Oklahoma
Time: 1999-07-07 19:13:39
Comments: USS Enterprise 1966-1967 CSC Vung Tau 1968 Advisory Team 62, Saigon 1969-1970


Record 208
Name: Robert (Bob) Byram, rdsn
Website:
Referred by: Viewing another Guestbook
From: Spring Creek ,Nv.
Time: 1999-05-12 15:15:26
Comments: I was on various "Swifts" fm Sept. 69-70 at CatLo/Sadec The comraderie was tremendous in the Brown Water Navy, and I remember almost everyone I served with. I feel a particular sadness for those not as fortunate (in country) as I. I feel that same sadness for those that did not re- cover back here, in what we called "THE WORLD."


Record 261
Name: Alfred E Kennon
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Farmington Missouri
Time: 1999-08-25 21:44:47
Comments: Was on board the USS JOHN R CRAIG DD 885 in1969 then went to camp tin shal da dang then went to cat lo as advisor to vietnam navy then don tham then to USS ASKARI ARL 30 last duty station in cam mau


Record 266
Name: Dick Allen
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Alameda,ca
Time: 1999-09-06 19:22:11
Comments: Was on Swifts, first out of An Thoi, then Cat Lo. Was at Cat Lo when PBRs came in country. We were glad to see them as it meant no more bottom scraping for us


Record 271
Name: Richard P Turner
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: middletown Rhode Island
Time: 1999-09-13 03:44:59
Comments: Kent great web page i graduated from niotc class mrf 56 i served in country on tango 152 13 from May 1968 to July 1969 operated off Uss Benewa and Mercer Apl 26 And Apl 30 in mekong delta cantho Vung tau Mytho Dongtam twin rivers cross road snoopys nose the where we got feet wet training for battle i am 57 years old retired from the navy in march of 1984 at newport ri work for the naval station now been there 16 years presently working for a navy bmc my rate we know our shit i operate his boats for oil boom ops for the coast guard ships do painting keep his pier looking good he call me his main man i have a purple heart from the u minh forest we got our ass kicked a lot of action down in delta i am not married messed up from ptsd under treatment by va uin providence ri rate at 30% that chief i work for saw his dad a va hospital in jersy when he was 6 years old his dad later died for amnesia from vietnam talk again richard p turner bm1 (sw) usn retired


Record 278
Name: David Ajax
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Washington State / Colorado
Time: 1999-10-07 20:11:46
Comments: Served with PBR River Divisions 531 & 533 in My Tho 67-68, came back in-country with Swift Boats Coastal Division 13 Cat Lo/Sa Dec 69-70. Viewing all of the web sites bring back many memories .


Record310
Name: David Ajax
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Westminster, Co. by way of Bremerton, Wa.
Time: 1999-12-22 01:18:31
Comments: Served with RivDiv 531 & RivDiv 533 in My Tho from July 67 until July 68, then came back for more with Coastal Division 13 69-70 in Cat Lo and Sa Dec. Looking for fellow Vets. Great Page, Kent.


Record 319
Name: Mike Burden
Website:
Referred by: Viewing another Guestbook
From: Saginaw, Michigan
Time: 2000-01-09 06:47:34
Comments: I was a FN aboard the USS Monmouth CTY. between Oct 1969 - June 1970 (you have a picture of me aboard LST 1032 leaning over the railing, passing a JP5 fuel line to your YRBM - 20}. This picture must have been taken around Jan. '70 because I can remember being on the fantail shortly after super and one of your mess cooks dumped a can of trash & garbage off your stern and about 4 to 5 local civilians dugout boats, with make shift nets, started scooping this junk up. We had to use the high pressure fire hoses to keep them away from the ships because it was during the Tet offence and we were under orders not to dicharge our weapons unless we were fired upon. We were attached to COMLANSHIPRONTWO (command landing ship squadron two) and based out of Vung Tau at AB&T (Alaska barrage & transport) compound where we would beach the ship, open the bow doors, lower the tank ramp, & take on supplies.I hope to see more pictures, since I did not take any during my tour (I could not imagine anyone ever wanting to remember those days) and for that I am sorry. Would like to hear from my shipmates (it's been so long - can't even remember the names :-{ ). God Bless the USN!!!!!


Record 335
Name: Mel Neef
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Harpers Ferry, WV
Time: 2000-02-05 03:52:15
Comments: I was at Cat Lo from May '69 to Dec '70. Worked as an engineman on the pier crew working on PCFs. I also ran the Mike-8 (LCM8 740) out of Cat Lo to Saigon, Nha Be, Rung Sat Zone etc.


Record 371
I really enjoyed all those photos of Brown Water ships and boats. I was also stationed on the USS Caliente (AO-53) which operated off the coast of Viet Nam refueling carriers and destroyers. The Caliente also escorted several minesweepers back to Hawaii after they swept Hanoi Harbor. Thanks for doing such a great job on your web site. Dennis Murphy

Dennis Murphy <smurphofpa[ at ]aol.com>
Unit/Ship= USS Mark (AKL-12), - YRS= 70-71 - base/location= Cat Lo, RVN
- Friday, March 24, 2000 at 17:18:25 (PST)


Record 383
Just like to say hope everyone who was over there is doing fine. if you remember me e-mail me. even if you don't send me something.

richard foster <wingnuts[ at ]csj.net>
UNIT/SHIP= PBR27, - YRS= one - BASE/location= cat lo nhe bey
FROM= 66-67, ILL.
- Wednesday, April 12, 2000 at 14:53:39 (PDT)


Record 384
Was an RDSN/RD3 incountry 69/70, detached to SEAFLOAT in late 69/early 70. Had a bunch of pictures that were unfortunaley stolen with the camera (back in the states), so am enjoying these pictures, brings back a bunch of memories, even some good ones.

Brian Hupper <brian.hupper[ at ]hanscom.af.mil>
UNIT/SHIP= SEAFLOAT/ IUWG-1, - YRS= 69-70 - BASE/location= SEAFLOAT & Vung Tau
FROM= Merrimack, NH
REFFERED By= WEBFERRET
- Thursday, April 13, 2000 at 04:16:05 (PDT)


Record 397
I served on USS MARK (AKL-12) from October 1970 until she was decommissioned on July 1, 1971, in Taiwan. I have just recently started searching for my shipmates through the Mobile Riverine Force Association web site (WWW.MRFA.ORG).

Stan LAMBERT (YN2) <stanlambert[ at ]prodigy.net>
UNIT/SHIP= USS MARK (AKL-12), - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= Cat Lo, RVN
FROM= St. Clair Shores, MI
- Wednesday, April 26, 2000 at 07:44:02 (PDT)


Record 419
Great site. Appreciate the pictures. Brings back a lot of old memories. Looking for some of the original crews of River Section 532 who formed up in Cat Lo and put the boats together and moved to My Tho. Enjoyed browsing. Thanks again. Doug Lott in Utah.

Douglas L. Lott <lottdl[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= River Section 532, - YRS= 1966 - BASE/location= My Tho
FROM= Layton, UT
- Tuesday, June 27, 2000 at 12:27:35 (PDT)


Record 425
Looking for crew, and friends

James L. Boyd <safetyjimb[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= PBR 44, - YRS= 66-67 - BASE/location= Cat-Lo
FROM= Houston, Tx
- Saturday, July 08, 2000 at 11:06:05 (PDT)


Record 473
Thanks for the memories....kind of tried to forget, but it never goes away...many bad and beautiful times and many, many wonderful shipmates...

Gene Heintz <genezh[ at ]earthlink.net>
UNIT/SHIP= PCF Div 101 [ at ] 102, - YRS= 65-66 - BASE/location= Cat Lo [ at ] An Thoi
FROM= Phoeniz, Az
- Saturday, September 23, 2000 at 15:43:37 (PDT)


Record 481
Great Site.

James Hodges <jrhodges_qmc[ at ]yahoo,com>
UNIT/SHIP= cosdiv 13, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= cat lo
FROM= Eldorado, Tx
REFFERED By= bowing
- Wednesday, October 04, 2000 at 12:10:29 (PDT)


Record 485
Arrived in country back end of Tet at Siagon. Myself and seamen Harry Creamer were put on a 30 cal. mg on the roof. Prior attachment to Sealords, we lost Pochell and McDermott. Started with Sealords Oct 68 and stay with it until Feb 69 when I got my freedom bird. Former crew Ltjg Jim Will (OIC), RDSN Jack Cook, GM2 Herman Lavinghouse ( from LA and still looking for him), QM2 Raul Najera, EN2 Odell Young. Prently serving as an officer of Swift Boat Sailors Association. Will be in San Diego on November 11th, 2000 to dedicate the All Unit Navy Memorial, PCF-104, a PBR and CCB. Tommy Trees Forrest

Thomas G. Forrest <Tmytrees[ at ]concentric.net>
UNIT/SHIP= PCF 28, 98 & 102, - YRS= 68 - 69 - BASE/location= Cat Lo
FROM= Detroit, MI
REFFERED By= Brousing
- Saturday, October 07, 2000 at 14:36:55 (PDT)


Record 486
Enjoyed your site.Spent a lot of time around Vung Tau and south of there. Keep up the good work-never forget...

John L. Warren <airsnoopy[ at ]home.com>
UNIT/SHIP= USS Oxford AGTR-1, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Vung Tau
FROM= Knoxville, TN
- Sunday, October 08, 2000 at 07:55:39 (PDT)


Record 500
Great Site. Hope to see alot of guys at reunion in San Diego.

David Ajax <dpajax[ at ]USWEST.net>
UNIT/SHIP= RD 533 / Cos Div 13, - YRS= 67-70 - BASE/location= myTho/Cat Lo/Sa Dec
FROM= Westminster, Co
REFFERED By= PBR-FVA Links Page
- Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at 17:45:45 (PST)


Record 509
I was SK2 from Mar of 69 to Feb of 70. I have pictures of the Monmouth County. If any one wants a copy of them send me a E-Mail.

Gary Bales <gbales[ at ]erinet.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Monmouth County LST-1032, - YRS= 1 - BASE/location= Vung Tau
FROM= Middletown, Ohio
- Monday, November 20, 2000 at 11:33:19 (PST)


Record 513
Excellent site, more pictures are needed, I have some to send in.

Paul H. Beebe <phbeebe[ at ]earthlink.net>
UNIT/SHIP= USS Tacoma (PG-92), - YRS= 71-72 - BASE/location= Guam, CamRanh, VungTau
FROM= Wesley Chapel, FL
REFFERED By= Joe Patton
- Monday, November 27, 2000 at 08:31:59 (PST)


Record 524
I was on an LSD, but I spent most of my time on a gunboat. Great site. Dan

Dan McGowan <bear10[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= USS Asheville PG-84, - YRS= 68-72 - BASE/location= Cam Rahn Bay/Vung Tau
FROM= Taunton, MA
REFFERED By= Just surfed on to it
- Friday, December 08, 2000 at 23:41:43 (PST)


Record 541
Served on the Pitkin County from 7-67 to 9-68 and the USS Tutuila ARG-4 from 6-69 to 6-70. Went everywhere on the Pitkin from Cua Viet down to Vung Tau and up the rivers. Stationed on the Tutuila at An Thoi and Vung Tau. Was a shipfitter on both ships. Would like to hear from and share the brown water experience with other LST sailors or mates from the Toot. Great Web Site! Keep up the great job and as Bob Hope would say, "thanks for the memories"!

Steve Holden <smholden[ at ]plix.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Pitkin County LST1082, - YRS= 67-68 - BASE/location= Guam, M.I.
FROM= Colville, Wa
- Sunday, December 24, 2000 at 21:01:32 (PST)


Record 543
Hey there! Did my Navy time in Okinawa '63-'67. Worked for AB&T on Tugs Michael and Cayuse in Danang and Vung Tau off/on 1968-1972. Had many USN buddies in both locations. Looing at the river maps is a trip back in time (although I think of that life quite often). I just wanted to say hello to all of you guys and just remember that you were a part of history and that those days are never to be repeated in your lifetime. For better or worse, one hell of a time! Good luck to all.

Roger Manley <bsmff[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Ab&T Tug Michael-Cayuse, - YRS= '68-'72 - BASE/location= Vung Tau-Danang
FROM= Los Angeles, Ca
REFFERED By= Surfed on while researching AB&T
- Thursday, December 28, 2000 at 19:05:05 (PST)


Record 552
Good Site. Just browsing and came upon it. I came in country at the first of Jun 68. Fighting was still going on in Cholon. Lived in the Ky Son Annex just off Tran Hung Dao St. near the Metropole. Assigned to the VN Naval Shipyard relieving EMC James Cook. Outside of a few rocket and mortar attacks it was a good year. If I lived in the boonies, I might have other thoughts on the subject. Flew down to Vung Tau for a week and numerous trips to Long Binh, Ben Hoa and Nha Be. Several of us would cruise down the Saigon River on newly built Yabuta Junks,making sure they worked. The first time I saw VN was in Jan/Feb from the Deck of USS O'Bannon (DD-450). In 1970 while aboard the Fleet tug "Moctobi" we towed a YTB from Subic to Vung Tau, and then towed a Water barge from Danang to Subic. In 75 I was aboard HB Wilson (DDG-7) off Vung Tau for the evacuations and also under fire from the NVA (No Hits!). 15 May saw us off Koh Tang Is., Cambodia, (Mayaguez), picking Air Force and Marines out of the water, after their Helo had been shot down. Spent the rest of the day giving gunfire support to the Marines trying to get off the Island. The next day loaded with about a hundred Marines, we headed for Subic Bay. The last time I saw Vietnam was in 99 flying from Malaysia to Hong Kong. You have a great site here. I have written a book for my daughters, about my Navy career, with my one year in country, being the longest chapter.

Jack W Miller EMC USN (ret) <moc105[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNIT/SHIP= NAG Saigon,VN Shipyard, - YRS= 68-69 FROM= San Diego, CA
- Friday, January 05, 2001 at 08:20:08 (PST)


Record 556
I am trying to find people who were on Swift boats in the Cau Mau area 69-70, especially the Mark 3 boats. 3 We were based at Cat Lo for awhile.

James E Morgan <JMORGAN12,rye5239>
UNIT/SHIP= COSDIV16, - YRS= 69-70 - BASE/location= SEAFLOAT
FROM= Holly Hill, FL.
- Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 17:31:20 (PST)


Record 558
Awsome website. We ran the rivers alot hauling supplies to you guys. From getting mined in Vung Tau (it didnt go off) to having fire onboard in Cambodia, It made for a lot of exciting times. The words I hated most were "Your can't return fire, That's a friendly village". Friendly my butt!!

Bill Posson <bposs[ at ]phillipsburg.net>
UNIT/SHIP= USS Hampshire County LST 819, - YRS= 69/70 - BASE/location= Mekong/Bassac Rivers
FROM= Stuttgart, KS
- Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 15:47:45 (PST)


Record 585
I was on the USS Hampshire County LST819 and was in-country during summers of 68-69. It would be great to hear from old shipmates.

Larry Roszkowiak (RM3) <lroszkowiak[ at ]its.ucsf.edu>
UNIT/SHIP= USS Hampshire County LST-819, - YRS= 1968-69 - BASE/location= Vung Tau
- Friday, February 09, 2001 at 15:08:37 (PST)


Record 593
looking for old buddies keith brackett william wilbanks and mac miller

charles e.rowe <rowboat69[ at ]alltel.net>
UNIT/SHIP= cat lo repair div et shop, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= cat lo rvn
FROM= 4/68 4/69, ohio
REFFERED By= friends on iwon.com keno
- Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 01:04:45 (PST)


Record 610

Served aboard PCF-35 out of Cat Lo at the begining of 1969 unitl our boat and a few others were transfered to Coastal Division 11 operating off of APL-21. It was interesting to see pictures of my boat docked at Operation Seafloat.


Gary "Carpie" Carpenter <biggare29[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNIT/SHIP= PCF-35, - YRS= 1969-1970 - BASE/location= CosDiv 13 then CosDiv 11
FROM= La Puente, CA
- Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 13:05:59 (PST)



Record 611
I remember being anchored near the Tutuilla and going up above Vung Tau and up the Co Chien and the Ham Luong Rivers for fire support missions as well as H&I fire. Looking for any other shipmates from any of the "Rocket Rainmakers" ships. The Carronade, White River LSMR536, St. Francis River LSMR525 and the Clarion River LSMR409. I was a GMGSN aboard the Carronade from Dec 1965 to Aug 1968. Either look up my Carronade webpage or me directly at my email addy. Thank God we made it back...Bernie

Bernard Howlett GMGSN <Husky5[ at ]webtv.net>
UNIT/SHIP= USS Carronade IFS1 , - YRS= 1965-1968 REFFERED By= surfing by
- Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 16:59:22 (PST)



Record 613
was looking for a freind i had in catlo and used copernic and found this site, its beautiful. anybody still alive and can remember those years please email me.

charles hertzog <zog2916[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNIT/SHIP= navsupport catlo vietnam, - YRS= 65-66 - BASE/location= catlo vungtau vietnam
FROM= annville , pa
REFFERED By= just got lucky
- Monday, March 19, 2001 at 19:52:40 (PST)



Record 617
Great page....Lots of memories, lots of history...

Tom Sellers <tom.sellers[ at ]gsa.gov>
UNIT/SHIP= USS OXFORD (AGTR-1)/IUWG-1 WPD Unit 2 HECP, - YRS= 67-70 - BASE/location= An Thoi, Cahm Rahn, Vung Ro
FROM= Manassas, VA
REFFERED By= Just surfed in....
- Monday, March 26, 2001 at 10:50:42 (PST)



Record 625
Volunteered for PBRs but they assigned me to a desk. Visited Nha Be frequently, also Vung Tau, Cat Lo -- and lots of nights in Saigon bars.

Ron Farmer <farmer147[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Naval Advisory Group , - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= Vietnamese Naval HQ, Saigon
FROM= Johnston City, IL
REFFERED By= (search)
- Tuesday, April 03, 2001 at 10:02:44 (PDT)


Guest Record 634
Was on the Iredell County LST 839 in 69 and 70. Delivered supplies to the Flotilias and bases on the Mekong Delta. We were on a sand bar for 10 days after making a river run.

NAME = Robert E Dunbar <EMAIL = Robert _Dunbar[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Iredell County 839
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-70
FROM WHERE = Bolivar, NY
- Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 17:39:22 (PDT)


Guest Record 635
Served on the Iredell County supplying Flotilias and bases on the Mekong Delta. The Ship was on a sand bar for 10 after making a river run.

NAME = Robert E Dunbar <EMAIL = Robert _Dunbar[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Iredell County 839
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-70
FROM WHERE = Bolivar, NY
- Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 17:35:32 (PDT)


Guest Record 637
Looking for anyone who served with my husband George Edward Burtchell. Two tours in Vietnam 66/68 Only information I have was written on his cartridge case, 152nd Mobile Riverine Force=Anloc=Bein Ho=PBR 105. "To my brothers who never left Country,I'll always love you" *********************************************************** I also have his black beret,pin with river assault flotilla 1 & River rat patches. George died of a sudden heart attack on 4/1/00. Photos,Veterans links and his memorial can be seen on my website. Thanks and may God Bless all of you for a job well done! Rosemarie LILITALY--> http://lilitaly.homestead.com/

NAME = Rosemarie Burtchell (for my husband George)
WEB SITE = http://lilitaly.homestead.com
<EMAIL = lpn412rb[ at ]usit.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Rowan/ USS TTutuila/ 152nd MRF/ PBR 105
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Anloc/Bein Hoa/Cat Lo/Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66/68
FROM WHERE = Brooklyn N.Y to, TN
REFFERED By = surfed on
- Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 21:14:53 (PDT)


Guest Record 649
After training at coronado for Naval Advisory Group went all overthe place doing everything except NAG stuff. Worked on new galley at Nha Be, worked some at Cat Lai, Vung Tau, and at Warehouse Six outside of Saigon. Lived at the Walling Hotel for a while. Really enjoyed the website.

NAME = john craig
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Naval Advisory Group
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Saigon/Warehouse six, Nha Be, Cat Lai
YEARs in VIETNAM = 71/72
FROM WHERE = Largo, FL
- Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 20:38:09 (PDT)


Guest Record 663
Looking for Fritz Von Stife's email address. can anyone help? He was also a radioamn on board the USS Indra. I was the resident Teletype Repairman and repaired the machines not only on our ship but one or two ships in Vung Tau.

NAME = Jerry Lentsch RM2 <EMAIL = jlentsch[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Indra ARL-37
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = St. Paul, MN
- Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 20:38:56 (PDT)


Guest Record 668
the 329th supported the marines in eye corp, and was based in danang harbor near camp tien sha. we later moved down the coast to vung tau and supported the army at dong tam and throughout the delta. always envied you PBR guy's. great job on the site!

NAME = David Faulkner <EMAIL = dafturbo[ at ]excite.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 329th Trans. Co. (Hvy Bt) LCU 1575
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang, Vung Tau, Can Tho
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968
FROM WHERE = San Diego, CA
REFFERED By = Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club
- Monday, May 14, 2001 at 15:24:54 (PDT)


Guest Record 672
Minesweepers in Runsat and Marketime. Then Swifts in the Delta, Ha Tien, Nam Can, and Cambodia. Thanks guys. I'm sorry it didn't break our way.

NAME = John O'Neill <EMAIL = oneilljohn[ at ]copn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Pcf's Ha Tien, Seafloat, Cosdivs 11 & 13, USS Woodpecker MSC 209
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Anthoi, HaTien, Seafloat, Vung Tau, Runsat
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-70
FROM WHERE = Houston, Tx
- Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 10:22:18 (PDT)


Guest Record 698
I was stationed at Vung Tau on the USS Tanner AGS 15. We were at the mouth of the Mekong River. We surveyed the river. I was on watch when the Esso tanker went up.

NAME = Jim Brockman RM3 <EMAIL = Brockman[ at ]peoplepc.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Tanner AGS 15, USS Conserver ARS 39
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau, An Thoi
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-1969
FROM WHERE = McDonald , PA
- Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 13:56:50 (PDT)


Guest Record 699
I was on the YRBM 20 from Feb '71 until the 20 was towed to Long Pier in April '71. Most of the crew was released with undated orders and were suppose to be on their honor to report to Annapolis in three days. C.W.Bell and I got our orders stamped in Nha Be (by the same yeoman from the YRBM 20 that left the date off) and didn't reported in until we got orders for our next duty station, ten days later. We lived at the Vic' and in that short time learned how to make money selling non-rationed items like candy, soap and tissue paper from the well stocked Cholon PX. From that point on I never spent my paychecks but managed to stay at the Vic' so often the people at the front desk kept room 701 reserved for me the entire year I was in-country. By the way; the terrace of the Vic' that's on this web sight says it's on the 13th floor. For your information, I have a booklet I saved from the hotel that says the terrace was on the 9th floor.
From there I went to the YW 126 and Bell went to the YF 866. On the YW, we spent most of the time tied up at Cat Lo skiing, drinking beer, shooting the .45 at empty beer cans in the water and watching movies. We had three mama-sans cooking and cleaning the YW until we got caught of the coast of Vung Tau with them onboard. The Craftmaster got sent to another boat and we got an Admirals inspection. Everything turned out OK because the Admiral knew the women were there just to clean and since they had worked on the Cat Lo base before they were hired to work on the YW, we all got off with an ass-chewing and a new Craftmaster that turned out to be a good guy - Chief Dixon. We then went back to parting everyday at Cat Lo or Vung Tau; except when our screw fell off and we spent six weeks at the Port of Saigon in dry dock. I spent about two thousand dollars at the Vic' during that time on the room, a girl, parting around town, food and consa. I have many great memories of Saigon but have yet to see other vet's talk about the "fun" stuff. Like the USO show on the YRBM just before it got towed to Long Pier that featured the big breasted girl that did a striptease and more, kicking back in the nets around the flight deck of the YRBM while getting a buzz and watching the helo's shooting tracers at VC all night and all the other cool stuff people don't want their relatives to know about.
The YW was more like "McHale's Navy" with our laid back lifestyle and constant focus on liberty call. I had a unique tour; my brother was wounded six weeks after arriving in-country and is still disabled so I appreciate my good fortune. You have a great web site. Thanks for your hard work. Rick Pratt


NAME = Rick Pratt <EMAIL = clayroses[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 20 - YW 126
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo - Nha Be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971
FL
- Friday, June 22, 2001 at 19:42:53 (PDT)


Guest Record 708
Did maintenance and repair work on Partol Boats and partied in VUNG TAU, town of "a thousand raven haired beauties(?) and a hundred bars" and those famous words from them girls "Hey sailor, you buy me a Saigon Tea?" Looking for shipmate from that era.

NAME = Don Herr <EMAIL = rustyone21[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS TUTUILA ARG-4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= AN THOI & VUNG TAU
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-1967
FROM WHERE = Long Beach, CA
REFFERED By = Surfed in
- Wednesday, July 04, 2001 at 16:50:28 (PDT)

Guest Record 722
In country mid67/ 4-68. Was QM2 on a land base...go figure. Rode Swifts and Junks only on occasion....spent lots of time with Aussies. Was told about an R&R center in VungTau but never found it! Have found some old buddies including BMC Sangillo, EN1 Emch, and Trung Ta Son. So glad he made it out in 75!

NAME = Tom Burton <EMAIL = VungTauQM[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Coastal Surveillance Center/ Naval Advisory Unit, VungTau
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Robinson Compound/ Lighthouse Hill
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68
FROM WHERE = Baltimore (in 67), MD
- Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 06:25:36 (PDT)



Guest Record 723
I can say that the good lordwatched over me, I transfered from cat-lo to IUWG-2, the day I left a young fellow ask if he could have my bunk becuse it had an electric plug neer it he wanted to plug in his radio,the next day the V.C.fired a b-40 round into the quanset huts and it hit his radio and he was hit with wires and parts from his radio, This could have been me. when the time came to go home thay senta young boy to replace me,I was32 yrs old at the time and i remebered how young he looked with his bright red hair, He got to the Base at 3pm and he got hit with a hand gernade that evening while walking in Cat-LO,he got hit in the ankle and budotts he suvived,he had 3 days in country,a short tour!had to whait another 30 days for a replacment,When I first got to Cat-Lo we were living in tents and had bunker to get in-to and a fighting trench to repell attacks,I have seen some pictures on your web site and thay sure have built the base up after I left. Ill close for now saying (Toi Goi ahn vay ahn Nha)Im Glad you got home. John Weiler

NAME = John a Weiler <EMAIL = JWeiler 542 [ at ] aol .com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Macv, IUWG-2
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat-Lo, 1/66-1/67 mt top vung tau68-69
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2 yrs
FROM WHERE = Albany , - Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 08:04:20 (PDT)



Guest Record 724
YR-71 was at SCRF Annex, Camp Tien Shau, DaNang. We repaired and recovered PBR's (RIVDIV 543) and Swift Boats. With our LCM-8 that was made into a floating mobile drydock. After the turn over of the Swifts, the PBRs as well as the Coast Guard Cutters. We were sent south first to Cat LO then Vung Tau (rough duty) then up river to Bhien Thuy. Set up shop mid-river outside NAVSUPACT Bhien Thuy until we we moved up river to Tan Chau. We were at Tan Chau for a few months then we had company...If I remember correctly it was APL-23. Then it came time to DEROS...being a snipe meant sea duty....so I ETS and joined the Army. Spent 23 years in the military and without a doubt my tours in the Brown Water Navy is what I consider the high light of my career... not only because of the location by the people that I had the pleasure of serving with... God Bless! Welcome Home Brother... Steve Dall

NAME = Steve Dall <EMAIL = dall48[ at ]juno.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR-71
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DaNang, Vung Tau, Bhien Thuy, Tan Chau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68,69, 70-71
FROM WHERE = Esparto, CA
REFFERED By = Just passn' thru...
- Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 09:19:26 (PDT)



Guest Record 726
Hot, muggy and monsoonal. Need I say more? Vung Tau was heaven on earth.

NAME = Doug <EMAIL = duke525[ at ]home.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS St. Francis River LSM(R)-525
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cam Rahn
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-69
FROM WHERE = Lakeside (San Diego), CA
REFFERED By = Met Kent a couple of years ago
- Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 16:56:09 (PDT)



Record 731
I was the young Ensign Supply Officer from Dec. 1970, (located right outside Cambodia) until Feb 1971 when we floated down the Mekong to Vung Tau and she went on to Guam. I will never forget the expertise of the men during a "scramble." Other memories- Petty Officer Hatten, a former Hell's Angel, the Flaming Flamingo, concussion grenades all night,the Beer Barge. Went to ISB Cat Lai as a Supply Advisor until Dec. 1971. Later served in Desert Storm. Thanks Supply Department for taking me under your wing and taking care of me. Finally retired in 1997 as a Captain. Thanks for your web site. It brought back a lot of memories.

NAME = Moe Letlow <EMAIL = mletlow[ at ]wii.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= ISB Cat Lai
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = Arcadia, LA
- Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 05:36:52 (PDT)

Record 759
Was QM/COB on Swifts at COSDIV 13 from 9/67 to 1/68. Moved North to support counter TET Ops. Qui Nhon from 1/68 to 9/68 as COB and MAA. Left as QM1. Stayed in Reserves after Nam and returned to active duty in 9/99 will retire 9/02

NAME = Dave Bradley <EMAIL = bradleydm[ at ]ncwg2.navy.mil>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = COSDIV 13 & 15
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo & Qui Nhon
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68
FROM WHERE = Maumee, OH
- Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 12:15:45 (PDT)

Record 776
Bitter sweet thoughts and memories. Flew with US, Austrailian, and New Zeland groups. Favrite times Hail and Fairwell Parties for the Aussies round eyed strippers and flaming butts races (lit newspapers held between buttucks of returnees).

NAME = Wayne Donelson <EMAIL = donelson[ at ]tiac.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 765th Transportation Btn
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau Airbase
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-70
FROM WHERE = Nairobi, Kenya, - Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 07:49:46 (PDT)

Record 777
I was on yr71 1970-71 at tan chau cambodia border i was a en repairing 12v71 detroits for swift boats was there on 5-28-71 atack on yrbm21 would like to contact any one around at the time. would like info on small craft painted like US flag that came down river out of cambodia at high rate of speed we all called him captain america.

NAME = JOE BEST <EMAIL = jjssbest[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yr71 navel ordance vung tau harold e. holt de 1074
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70 71 72
FROM WHERE = rhome , tex
- Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 10:55:07 (PDT)

Record 779
Whew!! Found your site. Was on the Mark and "Benjo Maru" (LST-902)as a QM-1. Saw the pictures of downtown Vung Tau (been there, done that)(had a nice "barb er shop" near the right side of the picture, as I remember) and that hotel/restaurant. Quite a trip...some I remember, some I don't care to. Took all four LST's (Luzerne, Pitkin, and 2 others) back to Mare Island early 1970. Boy, I had been on old Fletcher-class DD's, but those T's were really antiques. Had a Loran on there that was so old, had to manually count each step. "Killer" Krause (ET-2) and I made it go away (haha) and I used celestial and visual nav all the way back. Food was so bad, most of the crew ate C-rats. Wonder where Len("Gumby Gad") Gadsinski and Baldini are??? Flew back Incountry to the Mark and finished my tour on it. Was supposed to have gone to the Junk Force as advisor, but they wanted me to extend incountry for another year. However, "Vietnamization" was going on then (remember that??), so just completed my tour.

NAME = Ron Bay <EMAIL = rbay[ at ]pacnorwest.uscg.mil>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Mark (AKL-12), USS Luzerne Cty (LST-902)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSB Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970-71
FROM WHERE = Luverne, MN
- Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 08:16:27 (PDT)

Record 783
Have enjoyed your website. I was a green LTJG and served as OPS OFF on board the Soley before she came back, with her whole squadron,for inactivation. Good memories aided by your website. Would love to hear from any shipmates. Thanks

NAME = Harlan Frymire <EMAIL = frysline[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LST-902
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tao
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969
FROM WHERE = Tyler, TX
REFFERED By = LST "Scuttlebutt" newspaper
- Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 17:54:55 (PDT)

Record 786
Served aboard the Tutuila ARG-4 repairing Coast Guard, and variety of PBR,s, Supply ships. Stationed at the island of An Thoi for 9 months. 1 yr tour of duty from 2-68 to 2-69. Worked in "R-1 and R-2 Office. Smooth sailin to all shipmates serving at that time.

NAME = Jack Shanahan HTC,USN,RET <EMAIL = jshanirh[ at ]iland.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS TUTUILA ARG-4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau and AnThoi
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2-68 2-69
FROM WHERE = Sedalia, MO
REFFERED By = Me
- Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 17:41:30 (PDT)

Record 790
TOLD A SMALL PART OF IT ALL, AFTER READINDING OTHERS ACCOUNTS I THOUGHT WHAT THE HELL.DOES ANY ONE REMEMBER WHEN IN 1971 I CAN'T REMEMBER COXINS NAME WE WERE SENT UP RIVER TO PICK UP 200 MATERESS FOR COUNTER PARTS.ON THE WAY BACK WE WERE BITCHING ABOUT THE FACT SOME OF US SPENT THE NIGHTS IN HAMKS. SO WE THROUGH OVER BOARD 17 OF THESES WITH CONCOSION GERNADES ON TOP FOR EFFECT. GOT BACK WAS IN TROUBLE. BACK END OT 06 BOAT WAS BLOWN OFF.

NAME = joe best EN 4 <EMAIL = jjss[ at ]msn.com >
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR71,VUNG TAU NAVEL ORDANICE, HAROLD.E.HOLT DE 1074
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70,711.72
FROM WHERE = RHOME TX. SAN JOSE CALIF., REFFERED By = SURFED IN
- Monday, August 27, 2001 at 15:54:38 (PDT)

Record 791
I was in IUWG-1 stationed on the hill. Saw the few pictures on the net and I could add a few more. I was a Signalman when I was there.

NAME = Jim Johnson <EMAIL = jayhaw5[ at ]attglobal.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = IUWG-1 WPD
BASEs or LOCATIONS= The hill, Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969-1970
FROM WHERE = Glenmora, LA
REFFERED By = Surfed in
- Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 17:51:41 (PDT)

Record 792
Was on HMAS Jeparit as Radio Bloke, on our last trip to Vung Tau we had quite a few blokes on board for a cold beer, we called it the "Vung Tau Clutch", you shook hands then autimatically the fist went into the shape of the cold bottle or tin of fosters beer. The ship was presented with squadron and/or Unit Plaques by all the mobs up there which are now housed on the Royal Australian Navy Shore Base in Sydney "HMAS Kuttabul". would like to know who were the Helicopter Unit at Vung Tau in February 1972 and also if any US Navy guys are out there what were the names of the two US Navy ships berthed at the pier who I heard were supplying power to the airfield at the time. As I get older the memories fade so any info would help. ..regards to all Vietnam Vets.. Ern Barrett.

NAME = ern barrett <EMAIL = ern1610[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = HMAS Jeparit. Aussie Navy Ship
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1972
FROM WHERE = Adelaide South Australia, REFFERED By = Nobody
- Friday, August 31, 2001 at 05:43:15 (PDT)

Record 827
I was in Cat Lo from Feb 67 to Mar 68. I spent most of my time PCF 37 although I spent time on a number of other boats toward the end of my tour. I was the Gunners Mate. I was on the sister boat when Gary Friedman was killed on a double load of a mortar round in 1967. My boat officer was Ltjg Bob Plumb. I served with 1st Class Radarman Leo Johnson, Boatswains Mate Woody Drew, Yeoman Mike Youle, 2nd class Enginman Ed Zimmerman. I've been in communication with Bob Plumb and would like to contact others on my crew.

NAME = James H Marohn <EMAIL = jmarohn[ at ]new.rr.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF 37 96 70
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-68
FROM WHERE = Neenah, WI
- Sunday, September 30, 2001 at 19:50:48 (PDT)

Record 835
I spent about 6 mo in Danang at the ET shop and then they sent just me to a bunch of new guys in Cat Lo and then on to Long Phu via a landing craft( can't remember the name of the craft). We worked on Swift Boats, PBRs and other boat electronics - Radios, Radar and the like. I remember the Army bringing their boats in to be worked on. In Long Phu, I did none of that twidget stuff. I filled sand bags and built bunkers, rebuilt a small fiberglass boat with a ship fitter named Kenny Kane. That was 30 years ago. Any one out there remember Danang Navsupfac or Long Phu?

NAME = Andy Stimpson <EMAIL = stimp04[ at ]digitalexp.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Nav Sup Fac
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970 - 1971
FROM WHERE = Billerica , Mass
- Friday, October 05, 2001 at 17:22:24 (PDT)

Record 844
MAN THIS SURE BROUGHT BACK SOME FAROUT MEMORIES! I'LL BE BACK AT THIS SITE AGAIN AND AGAIN! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

NAME = NELLO D'AMATO <EMAIL = WWW.NELLOD[ at ]MSN.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MADERA CTY905 PAGE CTY 1076 LANSHIPSQUAD2 ARG4TUTUILA
BASEs or LOCATIONS= VUNG TAU, DELTA,BASES ALONG COAST.
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-71
FROM WHERE = WASH.DC., REFFERED By = FELL IN TO YOUR SITE.
- Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 12:46:22 (PDT)

Record 847
WELCOME HOME BROTHERS. DAMN, WE WERE YOUNG AND PROUD! NOW WE'RE JUST PROUD!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK KENT. I'LL BE A REGULAR AT THIS SIGHT. GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND THE BROWNWATER NAVY.

NAME = NELLO (DAGO) D'AMATO <EMAIL = WWW.NELLOD[ at ]MSN.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LANDINGSHIPSQUADRON2-LST-905 MADERA CTY, LST-1076 PAGE CTY, TUTUILA ARG-4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= VUNG-TAU, VINH LONG, CAN THO, DONG TAM, SAIGON, AND BASES UP AND DOWN THE COAST.
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-71
FROM WHERE = WASH,DC., REFFERED By = SURFED IN.
- Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 06:33:56 (PDT)

Record 859
Nice site! Just feelin' nostalgic, Thought I'd say Hi to LTJG John (CRAZY JOHN) Kelkerer and Ed Fortier. Yeah, I know they'll never see this. But what the heck.Ya'll take care now, hear? dale

NAME = Dale(Big AL) Kumher RM1 <EMAIL = msgraph[ at ]bellsouth.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NAG ComCosFlot3, LSB CAT LAI
BASEs or LOCATIONS= CAT LO YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
OH
REFFERED By = Just surfed in
- Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 12:08:23 (PDT)

Record 861
During my time in SVN I was a very young grunt,served 20 years in the Oz Army and am now like many others of our era, permanently incapicated but keep what brain cells I still have left active by doing voluntary work assisting other vets with dealings with out Vet Affairs Dept.The info I seek on behalf of a Navy vet is confirmation of a Vietnamese, probably a buddist monk,burning himself to death at Cat Lo area around 6th to 8th June 1966-any info would be appreciated. God Bless.

NAME = Trevor Dunne <EMAIL = boxcar[ at ]iprimus.com.au>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 5th Bn Royal Australian Regiment
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nui Dat
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-67
FROM WHERE = Australia, WA
REFFERED By = a VetNet mate
- Thursday, November 01, 2001 at 05:43:29 (PST)

Record 863
Looking for anyone who served with my husband George in Nam. Photos can be seen at my website "Anchors Away"I wish you are in one of them..George passed away 4/1/2000. May God Bless all of you,for a job well done! Rosemarie

NAME = George Burtchell (by wife Rosemarie)
WEB SITE = http://www.homestead.com/lilitaly/Welcome.html
<EMAIL = lpn412rb[ at ]usit.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Tutuila 64/67 USS Rowan 67/68
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Anloc/Bein Hoa/AnThoi/Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66/67
FROM WHERE = Crossville TN. (former New Yorker), REFFERED By = surfed on
- Thursday, November 01, 2001 at 12:54:42 (PST)

Record 875
My first entry was #485. Back for another visit. I am still searching for Herman Lavinghouse from Cajon country. He was our gunnermate. Please note my new e-mail address. Still active with the Swift Boat Sailors Association.

NAME = Tommy Trees Forrest <EMAIL = Tompcf102[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF's 28, 98 & 102
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68 - 69
FROM WHERE = Harper Woods, MI
REFFERED By = Surfed In
- Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 15:23:08 (PST)

Record 884
after SERE school in whidbey island, wash in july 68 i flew into saigon, stayed at the imfamous annapolis hotel. first night in-country pulled guard duty atop the hotel m-60, sandbags all around, all i could say was what the hell did you get yourself into this time. haven't volunteered for anything since!!! from there i went to cam rahn bay and served as a staff yeoman after being there for a few months i was sent to cat lo to replace their staff yeoman. while in each place i participated in several PCF patrols, wanted to be in the action i suppose, some were quite boring and others well let's they were quite an experience. sure would like to hear from anyone that was at either place during those dates. some names i remember; warrant officer bob spinner, lcr russell, cmd, horne, cmd hodge, yn1 whitlock, yn1 murdock, sk2 bob hudson, rm2 bob clubbs, sn mmike lavallie, sn sampson and a ton of other crazies i'd love to hear from. mentioned above that i was in other places, now and then i got dragged along to help inspect the othe swifty bases, an thoi, da nang, and quin nhon

NAME = Craig P. Doyle <EMAIL = bacp575[ at ]earthlink.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = COMCOSRON1 Cam Rahn Bay and COSDIV13 (Black Cat) Cat Lo
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cam Rahn Bay, Cat Lo, Quin Nohn and short stops in a few other places
YEARs in VIETNAM = July 68 - Aug 69
FROM WHERE = Pittsburgh, Pa
REFFERED By = just surfing
- Monday, November 12, 2001 at 14:59:57 (PST)

Record 898
Second generation LST sailor.Memories-Welding up holes in the bottom of the hull that rusted through,Beached next to the Tom green County when it was hit with a 122MM rocket in Vung Tau,Waking up in the middle of the night in Dong Tam for GQ during rocket attacks.

NAME = Warren Storms SF-2 <EMAIL = Thunderstorms47[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LST 1032 Monmouth County
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 8/68 1/70
FROM WHERE = Mahwah, n.j
REFFERED By = browsing the web
- Monday, November 19, 2001 at 18:38:02 (PST)

Record 903
I was in the first group of PBR sailors to go in country. We trained in Coronodo CA and ourfitted our boats on the Belle Grove in the South China Sea. I was on the very first PBR patrol ever to take place in Viet Nam on Easter Sunday, 1966. JOHN LYTLE, I was close friends with your father and would like to hear from you. I am also in contact with another river rat who knew your father well. Your entry in the guest book did not include instructions as to how to contact you.

NAME = Rusty Johnson EN2 <EMAIL = propinquity1[ at ]home.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Section 541, PBRs 26 and 18
BASEs or LOCATIONS= USS Belle Grove, Cat Lo, Nha Be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966
FROM WHERE = Tacoma, WA
REFFERED By = Surfed on in
- Monday, November 26, 2001 at 21:47:17 (PST)

Record 908
GMGSN Jim Marohn Neenah Wi Cat Lo I arrived in Cat Lo in March of 1967 and spent my first few weeks on PCF 96 along with my crew. After less than a week in country, on a training run with our sister boat, a mortar round exploded on board on a presumed double load of the 81 MM on the fantail, killing Gary Friedman and wounding a few others. That was LTjg Keating's PCF. What a way to start. Shortly after that we assigned to PCF 37 and stayed on it for most of our tour. My crew consisted of me as the gunner, LTjg Bob Plumb as boat officer, Radarman 1st Class Leo Johnson, Woody Drew BMSN, Ed Zimmerman 2nd class snipe and Michael Youle Yeoman SN. Bob Plumb is in Washingotn DC. His e-mail is plu[ at ]bellatlantic.net It was good year and bring lots of memories - both good and bad. The year was a roller coaster of sheer boredom to adrenaline bursts. Great Fun... Anyway, I left Cat Lo right during the start of the Tet Offensive - nice timing. I sure would like to heard from some of the my old friends.

NAME = Jim Marohn GMGSN <EMAIL = jmarohn[ at ]new.rr.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF 37 , 96 and few others
BASEs or LOCATIONS= COMCOSDIV 13 Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/67-3/68
FROM WHERE = Neenah, WI
- Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 20:03:35 (PST)

Record 917
served a year at cat lo as agmg3/gmg2 from jan 67-jan68

NAME = gabriel m.vigil
WEB SITE =
<EMAIL = vigil1947[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = pcf 35 pcf 95
BASEs or LOCATIONS= cat lo cos ron one black cat div
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1-1967-1968
FROM WHERE = aguilar, colo
REFFERED By = self
- Monday, December 03, 2001 at 03:00:47 (PST)

Record 920
I have really been enjoying these pages. They bring back memories like going back home almost. I recognize some of the pictures. Crewman Weiser was in the boat unit when I arrived in country. He was from Miami and he went by the name of Bud Weiser. He was the Snipe on IUWG1 35 as indicated in the picture, It was the fastest boat in the unit. Shortly after I arrived, a new LCPL (same as IUWG1 35) arrived at Cat Lo. I became the Snipe on IUWG1 52. Unfortunately for Bud Weiser, and IUWG1 35, new boats rule! I would very much like to hear from any of the gang from Cat Lo and The Hill from '69-'70 or before or after I was there.

NAME = Jim Nelson <EMAIL = SWABBYNELSON[ at ]worldnet.att.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = IUWG1 26, IUWG1 52, IUWG1 27
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau Harbor patrol out of Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 5/28/69-5/26/70
FROM WHERE = West Palm Beach, FL
REFFERED By = surfed on in
- Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 18:50:44 (PST)

Record 926
SHIP MATES REMEMBERED: "BILLY JEAN" CLARK "SN" FM: WEST MEMPHIS ARK., PARTYED VUNG TAU IN CIVIES>LUCIE&BILLY JEAN MY NICKNAME "LUCIE" RMSN-RM3/LANGUAGE SKOOL CORANADO W/OIC SUPPORTED 1ST [ at ] PHAN THIET RAN THE MEKONG. RUN AGROUND VUNG TAU HARBOR, REPAIRED [ at ] AG3 OIC:ATTORNEY OFF A CARRIER; CAME ABOARD AS JG>LT/HQ. BM1: NAME N/A FM: CLAREMORE OK GM:NAME N/A 2ND CLASS/HIT BT 6-BY! EG: NAME N/A 2ND CLASS <><><><><><><>*TRYING 2 HOOKUP W/???*

NAME = LUCIEN BUFFINGTON CLARK JR. <EMAIL = BUFFYABOY[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = COMCOSDIV 13
BASEs or LOCATIONS= CAT LO>PHAN THIET>SOUTHERN RIVERS>MEKONG
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68
FROM WHERE = TULSA , OKLA
REFFERED By = N/A
- Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 13:21:24 (PST)

Record 927
Came in country Feb '69....Vung Tau (Cat Lo) then Cam Ranh before going down to Nam Can....was at Seafloat from July 69 to Dec 69....Worked the radio shack and went on patrols planting sensors and listening devices along the routes....ran the alleys (thanks for the ride)....Could use some pictures from that time....lost all of mine....Was there when Dave Nichols (ltjg..Seal) was killed and a couple of others.....Just found this location....great site

NAME = Steve Bertschi <EMAIL = box50[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = IUWG-1
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Seafloat, Nam Can, Ca Mau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969
FROM WHERE = Long Island, NY
REFFERED By = surfed in
- Monday, December 10, 2001 at 09:06:20 (PST)

Record 964
i Was transfered to catlo from Danang in early 1970. I was a SK3 at the time. I worked in the supply warehouse issuing parts. I was one of the only "RT" drivers, so I loaded many ammo-ships before they headed up river. I was there when we changed the command of the base to the vietnam navy. I remember good liberty in catlo, and great liberty in VungTau...................to all my brothers..Welcome Home..

NAME = Dean B. Booen SKCS/SS (USN-RET) <EMAIL = deano[ at ]westal.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSAD CATLO
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969 1970
FROM WHERE = JANESVILLE, MN
REFFERED By = JUST FOUND IT
- Friday, January 04, 2002 at 12:19:19 (PST)

Record 968
More to follow.

NAME = Jeff Mohn, Sr. <EMAIL = dwnhilrcr[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Bo's'n locker LCM's
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970
FROM WHERE = Sinking Spring {Reading}, Pa.
REFFERED By = surfed on in
- Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 18:03:13 (PST)

Record 974
Arrived in the Nam for Tet '68 aboard USS Kemper County (LST854) in support of river ops. Hit bases in all Corps but spent most of our time between DaNang and Saigon. Watched fuel piers a Vung Tau go up one night after rocket attacks on LST. Upon return to the world to see all the antiwar stuff of 69-74 in SoCal and San Francisco, stayed in reserves and joined PBRs at Mare Island. Got commissioned in '73 and checked out in '74...now a family man with my own two little reasons to continue to uphold and defend our freedoms and way of life forever and "against all enemies, foreign and domestic". Peace and Strength in Unity and Freedom.

NAME = Travis McCann <EMAIL = travis_mccann[ at ]dca.ca.gov>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Kemper County, CosRiv Div11
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cua Viet, Chu Lai, Vung Tau, Saigon, DaNang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = Sacramento, CA
REFFERED By = Just Browsing PBR sites
- Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 11:04:32 (PST)

Record 976
Guys ,What no pictures of 37 barbershop in Vung-tau. DILLIGAF RIGGIN

NAME = Theodore J. Riggin,Sr. <EMAIL = THEOPACRAT[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = U.S.S. Tutuila ARG-4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= An-Thoi and Vung-Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-70
PA
REFFERED By = Just Browsing
- Friday, January 11, 2002 at 08:41:58 (PST)

Record 980
Outstanding Website.... This is my first visit. You can change the tag under the MSO from possibly to it is! That is the Firm. I would imagine that the Firm made more than one trip to Vung Tau but during her 1965 deployment she anchored off Vung Tau and sent the motor whale boat in. Unfortunately, as I remember it, the motor whale boat ran aground. The C.O. at the time, LCDR. C.W.Roth, was not a happy camper. Always looking to exchange sea stories with old shipmates........

NAME = Ed Livingston <EMAIL = baldy-san[ at ]juno.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Firm (MSO-444)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Also, MinePac (YFU-39) & USS Whippoorwill (MSC-207)
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1965-1969
- Saturday, January 12, 2002 at 18:55:10 (PST)

Record 984
I got very close to the guys in my boat I think closer than family, would like to here from any of you to see how life is treating you.We all had some real bad times but we stuck togeather lets not forget to stay in touch.

NAME = Jim Nelson "Nelli" <EMAIL = jabo[ at ]xyz.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Division 512
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Location VungTau , CamRanh
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68 - 69
FROM WHERE = Homer, AK
- Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 01:38:19 (PST)

Record 991
great site!! I've been looking for a number of the guys from the VN days EN3 Neef, Hebert(Bill) Williams, Ralph Wiengard,EN1 Anderson,John Smith(from LA)and the Morman EN3 at Cat Lo, among many others for 30 + years just to resolve questions of what happened to them. Especially Bill Williams. If anyone of you all can get me up to speed on this info I would be most greatful.

NAME = Neal H Clark (Tiny) <EMAIL = nealclarkn[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = COSDIV 13, LCM 8-740/751
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo, Nha Bae
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969-70
FROM WHERE = Virginia Beach, VA via Maine, REFFERED By = surfed in
- Sunday, January 20, 2002 at 08:31:33 (PST)

Record 992
While I started out on a guided missle distroyer in 1965. When I got back to the states I had orders to go to training on the pbrs. And I was to head back to vietnam for another tour. Man I don't regret it at all, I met alot of good friends.

NAME = jIim MacCarthy <EMAIL = Macc33[ at ]earthlink.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = (DLG16) PBR 122 (533)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat lo,Nha be. Mye toe
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2.5yrs.
FROM WHERE = 65,66,67, Massachusetts
REFFERED By = just surfing
- Sunday, January 20, 2002 at 13:20:41 (PST)

Record 993
black amerasian looking for my father. served two tours had relationship with my mother Sot Trans. had a son , and mother pregnant in her six month. before he left to come back to the states. name was David she called him "Davy" Lawrence.any info please contact me at Luvcoffe[ at ]aol.com or (610)310-1106 he served in 1966-67 and then in 1968-69

NAME = Karla <EMAIL = luv coffe[ at ]aol.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung tau in 1966-67and 68-69
YEARs in VIETNAM = 5 years
- Sunday, January 20, 2002 at 15:54:54 (PST)

Record 998
I found this site and posted long ago. I have recently been "found" by old shipmates via this board..THANKS! Cat Lo engine shop, pier crew, and Mike 8 from May '68 to Dec '70. Still in contact with a couple of Cat Lo'ers and would love to hear from more. I would not trade my 1.5 years in Cat Lo for anything. BTW, last name pronounced Neff and this has caused at least one old friend from finding me until recently. He'd been searching by wrong spelling for me whilst I spelled his name wrong also.

NAME = Mel Neef <EMAIL = melneef[ at ]intrepid.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-70
FROM WHERE = Harpers Ferry, WV
REFFERED By = 2nd posting, surfed on 1st visit
- Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 16:52:25 (PST)

Record 1003
I was lead radioman/TTY operator at the establishment of the ATSB at Song Ong Doc. I worked in telecomms support for RivDiv 572 and RAD 131 while there. I also did a couple of tours in the comms at Cat Lo, with three men whos names I do not remember. But one was from Michigan (lead radioman) another from North Carolina (pro D.J.) another guy was qualified Navy diver and a fourth was from southern California. Would like to hear from any of the old gang that might read this. Most of my Vietnam memoribilia got snuffed when a flood came through my home in 1982 - So, I dont have many photos to share. Take care and welcome home Brothers - - Regards, Dennis Walker RM3/c

NAME = Dennis J. Walker <EMAIL = dennis.walker[ at ]conexant.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA for River Division 572 -- '69-70
BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSAD Cat Lo - ATSB [ at ] Song Ong Doc -- '69-'70
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969 -1970
FROM WHERE = San Jose, CA
REFFERED By = Surfed In
- Friday, January 25, 2002 at 16:02:47 (PST)

Record 1017
HI all brown water sailors, I was a doorgunner with HA(L)-3 Navy Seawolves, stationed at Vung Tau and Nha Be from 3/68-3/69. You guys have a great website here. All the great pictures bring back a lot of memories. We flew air cover for the PBRs, etc a lot. I was in on a rescue of 2 wounded off a PBR where our pilot hovered our ship on the bow of the boat and took off the two wounded sailors. I am told they both survived. Welcome home!!! Regards, Jack Carter AO2

NAME = Jack Carter <EMAIL = pyramidrock[ at ]sedona.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = HA(L)-3 Navy Seawolves
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau - Nha Be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/68-3/69
FROM WHERE = Sedona, , Ariz
REFFERED By = Seawolf Chuck Cosgrove
- Friday, February 01, 2002 at 12:48:13 (PST)

Record 1021
Seeking info on Allen Balian Lt.jg skipper PCF 36 out of CatLo in 1968.Later posted to the destroyerUSS COURTNEY

NAME = Robbie Robinson <EMAIL = freeland[ at ]tsn.cc>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 32 small ship sqn RAE Australian Army
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau (pcf 36 Cat Lo)
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-70
FROM WHERE = Sydney Australia, - Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 21:49:09 (PST)

Record 1038
38571 Still looking for anyone who served with my husband George in Vietnam,Thanks Rosemarie

NAME = Rosemarie Burtchell
WEB SITE = http://www.homestead.com/lilitaly/Welcome.html
<EMAIL = lpn412rb[ at ]usit.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Tutuila arg 4=USS RowanDD782=PBR 105
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau/AnThoi/Anloc
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66/68
FROM WHERE = Crossville TN. (former New Yorker), TN
REFFERED By = surfed on
- Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 13:10:32 (PST)

Record 1061
I was with ARG Bravo surgical team in 69-70. I June 70 I was assigned to the base sickbay at Cat Lo. (HM2) In October 70 I went aboard the YRBM 17 at Dong Tam (HM1). After the boat was turned over to the VNs in Dec 70, we were towed upriver to Chau Doc (I think - it could have been Tan Chau) where we were anchored in the river about 200 yards from the YRBM-20. I am interested in hearing from anyone who was at Cat Lo June-Oct 70, on the YRBM-17 Oct 70-Apr 71 (or later to see what ultimately happened to the 17), or on the YRBM-20 who remembers when the 17 was downriver from the 20, especially anyone involved with the "boat race" and related activities in about March 70.. The names I remember from the 17 were Himes, Godwin, Crawford, Nix & Benoit (all but Benoit were on the advisory team).

NAME = Jim McArthr <EMAIL = mcarthur.jim[ at ]usa.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-17
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo, Dong Tam, Chau Doc (or Tan Chau?)
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-71
FROM WHERE = Wickenburg, AZ
REFFERED By = Doug Lindsey
- Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 13:10:20 (PST)

Record 1070
I was a Radioman on the USS UNION in 1967/68, made Westpac cruise during that time to many ports, including Vietnam (Vung Tao & Danang). In approx. June 1971, I went through Naval Advisory Training at the Amphib Base in Coronado (San Diego area), Ca., then on Dec. 15, 1971 I arrived in Saigon VN. I spent about 3 weeks there then got orders to Danang. There was about 40 of us Naval Advisor's in my camp, along with some Seal Team members. There were two other radioman with me, but I can't for the life of me remember their names. I left Danang in late November 1972, spent a few weeks in Saigon, then left NAM on 02 Dec. 1972 for the states. I then was discharged (Honorable) from the NAVY on 08 Dec. 1972. I will be 55 in Sept. 2002, just for info and presently living in EL CAJON, CA. (San Diego area)...r/JOHN...

NAME = JOHN C. SCHUNN JR. <EMAIL = SCHUNNJ[ at ]NAVAIR.NAVY.MIL & JCSSNOOPY[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NAVAL ADVISORY GROUP DANANG, USS UNION (AKA-106)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Peninsula 10-15 KM's South of Camp Tien Shaw/DANANG
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1 yr. incountry
FROM WHERE = CLEVELAND, OHIO
REFFERED By = DONALD L. CLARK
- Friday, February 22, 2002 at 07:19:28 (PST)

Record 1076
I was stationed in DaNang,Vietnam with NavSupAct in 65-66 Assigned to PB-16. Our voice call was Kennelworth and later changed to Negotiate. I would like for anyone that may recall PB-16 delivering an Air Force pilots body to the White Elephant landing in early to mid 1966,please contact me at e-mail add. I told myself I'd never forget his name, but for the life of me I just can't recall. I would love to hear from anyone from our boats. At the time I was an SM-2.

NAME = James (Jim) Davenport <EMAIL = cicatrix[ at ]dbtech.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PB-16 NSA Danang 65-66 TDY RivRon-13 early 68
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang Cat lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 65-66,68
FROM WHERE = Clanton, Al.
REFFERED By = Surfing
- Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 22:28:38 (PST)

Record 1080
Arrived Saigon from Subic Bay, flew out to Can Tho next day on a DC-3 type plane, PBR Base out on the Bassac River. Waited a couple of days for the LST to arrive, stood guard duty on midnight watch front gate. Welcome to the Brownwater Navy. LST sailors, the LST Assoc. is having a National Reunion this year in ST. LOUIS in August ck there web. I called a 1032 EN last night talked over an hour. Have not seen him since 67.

NAME = Phil Eastman EM2 <EMAIL = Peast1032[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Monmouth County LST-1032
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Saigon, Can Tho, Vung Tao, coast ports
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966/1967
FROM WHERE = Falmouth, MA
REFFERED By = A friend
- Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 13:13:34 (PST)

Record 1088
Trying to locate any Swift Boat Sailor, any Cos Div, Swifties are having a reunion next year. We want all Swifties to be there.

NAME = George A. Wendell <EMAIL = PCF982000[ at ]Yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF-98
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969
FROM WHERE = Tarentum, Pa.
REFFERED By = Surfed in
- Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 17:10:00 (PST)

Record 1091
I reported for duty in jan,1971 aboard the yrbm16.I put in a transfer to the yrbm21 to serve with my brother cs3 Jim Wilson who was the night baker.I eventually was assigned to the boat shop. I was assigned to mike 4.I was on patrol around the ship on the night of 2 june,1971 when we were attacked by nva and vc.according to citations my engineman and myself penned down the attackers untill the seawolfs could get them.I later was transfered to the naval ammo base at vung tau. I would enjoy hearing from crew thatI served with me during that time

NAME = gerald d wilson <EMAIL = THE_NEEDLES_DAD[ at ]YAHOO.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yrbm 21/boat division
YEARs in VIETNAM = jan,71/dec,71
- Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 14:57:06 (PST)

Record 1106
I was in River Section 542 in Nha Be May 1967 - May 1968. I Was first stationd on the Jennings County then the unit was transferred to Nha Be. We patrolled the Song Nha Be River from Vung Tau to Saigon. I think I can safely say any one who was on the river will never forget that experience and always appreciated having the helos close by at Nha Be when we needed help. The tank farm at Nha Be was always nice to have with their 155's ready at a moments notice.

NAME = Michael Codian <EMAIL = MichaelCodian>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Section 542
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1968
FROM WHERE = Lynwood , Ca
- Friday, March 08, 2002 at 22:49:11 (PST)

Record 1125
AS YOU SEE I AM ARMY OR WAS ARMY, BUT DROVE BY THE NAVY STATION EVERYDAY I WAS ON THE HILL. LEARNED TO BECOME A PRETTY GOOD DRIVER ON THE HILL. ENJOYED MY TOUR ON THE HILL, MET ALOT OF GOOD PEOPLE INCLUDING NAVY.IF ANYONE OUT THERE REMEMBERS MY GET IN TOUCH. GOOD SITE

NAME = LEON TOWNS <EMAIL = JOHNHENRY1776[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = US ARMY, TRUCK DRIVER
BASEs or LOCATIONS= VUNG TAU VC HILL, LONG LINES BN SOUTH
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68 70-71
FROM WHERE = HAGERSTOWN, MD
- Monday, March 18, 2002 at 13:52:47 (PST)

Record 1127
I served on the YRBM 16 from about February 1970 until they turned it over to the Vietnamese Navy in Nha Be in about July or August 1971. I ran supplies up the French Canal to some of the remote Army bases in the Mike boat while stationed there. I rode the YRBM 16 out of the delta to Vung Tau where they were taking it for repairs. Unable to repair it in Vung Tau they hooked it to a fleet tug and towed it to Guam Naval Shipyard, via Subic Bay,Phillipines. After an extensive yard period where all the sides were replaced with new steel, it was towed back to Nha Be just outside of Saigon where it was turned over to the Vietnamese Navy. Serving my country on the "Delta Queen" was an honor.

NAME = Darrell Singleton <EMAIL = Chevcorvet[ at ]AOL.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Chau Duc, Tan Chau, Mekong River
YEARs in VIETNAM = '70-'71
FROM WHERE = Seattle, WA
REFFERED By = Don Walsh
- Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 17:36:36 (PST)

Record 1143
Good page. Nice to see another reference to US AJ in country.

NAME = Neville MADDEN <EMAIL = nrmadden[ at ]optusnet.com.au>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 32 Small Ship Sqn RAE, AV1355 Vernon Sturdee, AS 3051 John Monash
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966, 1968, 1969
FROM WHERE = Sydney, Australia, NSW
REFFERED By = MRFA
- Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 11:29:14 (PST)

Record 1150
My best friend,Don MacDowell SM-2 was KIA in late 67. I got a letter from him, saying he had been wounded,about a week before I read in Stars And Stripes that he had died of wounds. Have had this on my mind for many years. Would love to talk to anyone from his boat. I think he was from Ohio.

NAME = Jim Davenport <EMAIL = cicatrix[ at ]dbtech.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PB-16,MSO-455,Swifts,DD-447
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DaNang,Cat Lo,Coastal Ops
YEARs in VIETNAM = 65-66,66-58
FROM WHERE = Clanton, Al
- Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 23:22:06 (PST)

Record 1159
No stories for now. I see that John Hendrickson (whom I think I remember as "Cowboy Copus" is here, so I will try to contact him.

NAME = David Covert <EMAIL = dcovert[ at ]coho.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Saigon (YRBM-16[YFNB-21], USS Mark, Clarion River
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha be, Cat Lo, Tan Chau, Bin Thuy, Ben Tre
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-69
FROM WHERE = Sacramento, CA
REFFERED By = JSOB
- Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 13:40:56 (PST)

Record 1163
Thanks to all those who maintain sites about Vietnam.

NAME = Reuben Collier <EMAIL = RWCOLLIERJR[ at ]AOL.COM>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSA-DET CAT LO
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-71
FROM WHERE = Shreveport, lA
- Friday, April 05, 2002 at 11:00:34 (PST)

Record 1191
Proud of the Luzerne County, which earned 12 Battle Stars in its career. Mostly we loaded up in Saigon & unloaded at Can Tho. Late in my year we carried 200 U.S. Army comrades on a few days' transport. At Can Tho we would race our Aussie comrades for control of the watering hole. After 7 mos we had a little R&R, a stop in Hong Kong and 3 weeks at Subic, then dry dock in Guam, then back to the grind. Thanks for the great work at this website. Shipmates, contact.

NAME = John A. GARZA <EMAIL = utusn[ at ]flash.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Luzerne Cty (LST 902)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Saigon, Can Tho, Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 10-67 /10-68
FROM WHERE = Rio Grande Valley, TX
REFFERED By = Webring
- Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 20:01:49 (PDT)

Record 1195
I went to the "Toot" out of EM B school as an EM3. Left as a 2/C in Feb. of 68 as the TET OFFENSIVE began. Delayed 2 days in country at Cat Lo before going to Tan San Knut to fly home. Did 10 yrs in military and only 2 days at real GQ. However no Combat Action Ribbon awarded. Earned 1 good conduct tho. Thanks to the men who gave all. Dan Ives

NAME = Dan Ives
WEB SITE = none
<EMAIL = ozarkpoetz[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = u s s Tutuila arg-4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2-67 2-68
- Monday, April 22, 2002 at 02:31:47 (PDT)

Record 1201
I am interested in contacting shipmates from the Hickman and Clark Co. It is important for me to know of other medical problems caused by service on these ships in Vietnam. I have multiple mylenoma and Type II diabetes, and my doctors believe it was exposure to toxic chemicals in Vietnam. Would be very interested to speak with others from either of these ships.

NAME = marvin bretsen <EMAIL = bretsen5[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = hickman co. lst 825 and clark co. lst 601
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau etc. Vietnam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969-1970
FROM WHERE = bainbridge island, wa
- Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 14:24:00 (PDT)

Record 1204
As an advisor to the RVN our primary duty station was at the Hai Dang (the light house on the seaward hill overlooking the city of Vung Tau and the South China Sea). Our group was responsible for maintaining coastal surveillance from just north of Vung Tau south along the Delta and around the southern tip of VN to Cambodia. We essentially controlled the various sea borne units (PCFs, WPBs, and the Coast Guard vessels) that patrolled the coastline. We also had some command and control responsibilities for several Seal Teams in the Bassac River area as well as a Black Pony squadron out of the Army Airbase at Vung Tau. We were housed in a converted villa/hotel near the entrance of the Air Base. Had much contact with Cat Lo units as well as our headquarters in Cam Rahn Bay. Time has made memories and names of comrades fuzzy but will always remember the restaurant Cyranos along the beach in downtown VT as being one of the best I have ever been in - and that is saying alot! Would enjoy hearing from colleagues stationed there.

NAME = Don Pryber <EMAIL = dpryber45[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Coastal Surveillance Group, CTF II5
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970 to 71
FROM WHERE = Willowbrook, Illinois
REFFERED By = Surfing
- Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 06:31:20 (PDT)

Record 1211
Still looking for anyone who remembers my husband, in Nam. Please come visit my website Anchors Away,you may be in one of the photos. God Bless all of you,and WELCOME HOME! Rosemarie

NAME = Rosemarie Burtchell-for->George
WEB SITE = http://lilitaly.homestead.com/Welcome.html
<EMAIL = lpn412rb[ at ]usit.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Tutuila 64/67 USS Rowan 67/68
BASEs or LOCATIONS= AnThoi/Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66/68
FROM WHERE = Crossville (former New Yorker), TN
REFFERED By = surfed on
- Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 15:08:41 (PDT)

Record 1214
I'm looking for GM3 BILL CROSS. He was attached to the YR71, after the YR71 was turned over to the Vietnamese he left for NAM CAN. If anybody who served at NAM CAN remembers him please contact me.I have a xmas card from Bill that he sent me from NAM CAN while I was stationed at Vung Tau Naval Ordanance Base in 71. I have been trying to find him for years. Bill Poffenberger

NAME = BILL POFFENBERGER <EMAIL = cmbtvet[ at ]cox.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR71 YRBM21
BASEs or LOCATIONS= TAN CHAU AND VUNG TAU
YEARs in VIETNAM = 71-72
FROM WHERE = TULSA, OK
- Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 21:03:52 (PDT)

Record 1228
I went to Nam as a boot RDSN. I didn't even know where the place was, but peer pressure in A school made me volunteer. Turns out it was the beginning of a 30 year career that took me through two wars, a coup attempt, and a million great liberty ports. Fortunately, through the years, I have somehow repressed all the bad memories of Vietnam, and now I just remember the good times. For example, I remember standing on the fantail of a Swiftboat just about dark one evening, tied up alongside YRBM 20, shooting the shit with 3 or 4 other boat guys. All of a sudden a grenade landed on deck in the middle of all of us. We scattered like cockroaches in the light, and it exploded right over the fuel tank. Ripped a nice hole in the deck, but thankfully no one was hurt. It was blamed on the watch, for not making it all the way to the water with his toss, but myself and one other guy know the truth. We laughed about that until our sides hurt later that night. I remember fishing with grenades and cooking steak almost every day. And I remember those great times on liberty, either in Vung Tau, Cat Lo, SaDec (my favorite place) or in Chau Doc. (Did the MP's really chase me out of that cathouse?) Looking back on my time in Nam, it's an experience I wouldn't have traded for anything. I turned 21 over there, and can honestly say that I grew up during that year. I'm proud of what we did over there - I just wish we would have had the leadership to win. Okay, that's enough for now. If anyone wants, check out my website for some pictures of Swiftboat life. Any of you shipmates (boatmates?), feel free to drop me a line. Take care. Jack Spratt http://www.geocities.com/sprattj/vietnam/vietnam.html

NAME = Jack Spratt
WEB SITE = http://www.geocities.com/sprattj/vietnam/vietnam.htm
<EMAIL = sprattj[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Swiftboats
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Catlo, Sadec
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-70
FROM WHERE = San Diego, CA
REFFERED By = Surfed in
- Saturday, May 11, 2002 at 01:31:52 (PDT)

Record 1231
Any names or locations of other ship mates on either ship. Some of the crew from the Caddo Parish moved to the Iredell County when the Caddo is turn over to the Phillipines. I have photos of ship mates and a good photo of the Iredell County when it is completely out of water when it ran aground in Vietnam and we sat there for 10 days. Would be glad to share these with anyone.

NAME = Robert E Dunbar <EMAIL = Robert _Dunbar[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Cado Parish LST 515 and USS Iredell County LST 839
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau & Delta Rivers
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69 -70
FROM WHERE = Rehoboth Beach, DE
- Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 15:08:50 (PDT)

Record 1248
My ship got IN Country in May of 1968 and spent most of our time at Cat Lo or Nha Be. The more I look, the less I find. It's like we were the ship with a phantom crew and never existed.

NAME = Bruce Tidball <EMAIL = Bruce2bt[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS INDRA ARL37
BASEs or LOCATIONS= San Diego; Viet Nam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1/2
FROM WHERE = Missoua, Mt
REFFERED By = Been looking
- Saturday, May 25, 2002 at 21:44:55 (PDT)

Record 1250
While assigned to PCF-31, Cat Lo, 1966-67, I was a QM3. While assigned to YFU-81, Da Nang, 1968-69, I was a QM2. While assigned to MACV, Saigon, 1970, I was a QM2. I spent 13 years on active duty, ending as a QM1, aboard the USS Milwaukee AOR-2. Spent five years attending night school to get my BA degree is Criminal Justice and joined the Naval Reserve in 1984. I retired in 1998 as a QMCS.

NAME = George Henry White II <EMAIL = Seawolf72[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF-31, Cat Lo, RVN
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-67, 68-70
FROM WHERE = Deerfield Beach, Florida
- Sunday, June 02, 2002 at 20:20:44 (PDT)

Record 1252
tour 1--1966 csc vung tau operation mkttime voice of sepia up on the hill. tour 2--couldn't stand the navy stateside after vietnam///volunteered to go back///dumbest thing i ever did//2nd tour was after tet and the whole war sucked.. was a roadrunner our of nha be.. traveled all over the delta repairing tty's.. went everywhere and travled every-which way hit aat dong tam a couple times ben tre once they were going to oeveer-run us.. was short in-country and in the navy//was pissed getting action that late..was there the day after eod blew themselves up at nha be///buddy harold was just let of watch on the river or he would have got it too.. any sepia's or roadrunner's communicating?????

NAME = randy scott <EMAIL = tigger.grrr[ at ]verizon.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = csc vung tau//nsa sgn
BASEs or LOCATIONS= vung tau// nha be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-67,68-69
FROM WHERE = seattle, wa
REFFERED By = surfing
- Monday, June 03, 2002 at 23:27:48 (PDT)

Record 1261
Built and taught at PBR and PCF schools, Mare Island and PhibSchool, Coronado, '65-'68 Made Chief and WO while there. Transferred to USS Brule in 7/'68 as Cargo Officer and 1st Lt. Managed to see many of my ex-students when Brule stopped at Cat Lo, An Thoi and other bases in the delta. Managed to make one night patrol out of Cat Lo with SM2Travis Bayham and his crew. My association with the PCF program is one of the proudest periods of my career.

NAME = Tom Young <EMAIL = tyoungusn[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Brule (AKL-28)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= PCF School Instructor, NavPhibScol, Coronado
YEARs in VIETNAM = 7/68 to 8/69
FROM WHERE = Coos Bay, OR
REFFERED By = MRFA Website
- Sunday, June 09, 2002 at 22:53:33 (PDT)

Record 1304
The boats you are calling a "35 boat" are actually LCPL's (Landing Craft Personnel, Large). They were the primary boats used by Inshore Undersea Warfare Group 1 for Harbor Defense. These boats were used primarily on the waters of Vung Tau, Cam Ranh Bay, Nha Trang, Qui Nhon and Vung Ro. IUWG-1 also used "skimmers", a 16 foot Boston Whaler with an 85 HP outboard engine and 45 ft picket boats. Some of the people you met at the MRFA Reunion in San Diego have more pictures of these boats. I have some also, in addition to pictures of the skimmers.

NAME = John Wright <EMAIL = jphotow[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = IUWG-1, Units 2 & 4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cam Rabh Bay & Nha Trang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968
FROM WHERE = San Diego, CA
REFFERED By = Kent
- Tuesday, July 02, 2002 at 11:46:28 (PDT)

Record 1313
HELLO AGAIN! IT'S BEEN AWHILE SINCE I WROTE. I VIEW THE LETTERS JUST ABOUT DAILY. I HAVE'NT SEEN ANY ENTRIES FROM THE MADERA OR PAGE CTY'S! COME ON GUYS, I KNOW YOU'RE OUT THERE. I'D LIKE TO HERE FROM THE OLD CREWS. ANYONE REMEMBER JIM GREEN FROM TENN? OR TOM WARDLOW FROM TEXAS? OR HOW 'BOUT THE ROCKET ATTACK ON THE VIET OILER THAT WAS DOCKED NEXT TO THE PAGE CTY AT DONG TAM? WE LOWERED ONE OF OUR LCVP'S TO PICK UP THE WOUNDED. I HAD THE MID WATCH WHEN IT HAPPENED. I SAW THE ROCKET SLAM INTO THE STERN OF THE OILER WHERE HER CREW WAS SLEEPING TOPSIDE. SAW THE EXPLOSION, HEARD THE SCREAMING. SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME!! I'LL CLOSE FOR NOW. BUT WILL BE BACK. WELCOME HOME BROTHERS!!

NAME = NELLO D'AMATO <EMAIL = WWW.NELLOD[ at ]MSN.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LANSHIPSQUAD2 - MADERA CTY(LST-905), PAGE CTY(LST-1076)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= HOME PORT- VUNG TAU, RESUPPLING & SUPPORT OF BASES IN & AROUND MEKONG & TRIBUTARIES & ALONG COAST.
YEARs in VIETNAM = '69-'71
FROM WHERE = THEN:WASH.DC.NOW: PITTSFIELD,MA., REFFERED By = FROM MY FAVORITES.
- Saturday, July 13, 2002 at 06:25:21 (PDT)

Record 1315
Howdy Perky Bears, with gratitude I remember the Swift Boat sailors and the assistance you provided to our RF/PF troops and U.S. Army Advisors. I especially thank the crew of PCF 56 for coming inland off the wide Co Chien River at about 0115 hours on 3 Feb 69, going 5 Kms into VC controlled infiltration area on the narrow Rach Cai Bai (canal)to get within 81mm range of us around partially built An Hoa OP (mud fort, only one wire; no mines laid) to respond to my urgent call "FIRE MISSION--UNIFORM SERRA IN CONTACT!!-- WE NEED HELP NOW!!!" Us being only seventy-five RF and 26 PF under attack by 400-500 VC. PCF-56 hit VC troop targets breaking up a flanking attack and I'm here to tell our story. Those SEALORDS you men ran,from late 1968 to early Spring 1969,in Thanh Phu broke VC control and provided the offensive punch we (RF/PF) did not have from GVN sources. The Brown Water Navy support was the decisive factor when Swifts hauled our RF/PF warriors into VC areas, deep into FFZ and STAYED with us providing needed fire support when we were on sweeps out beyond the range of the ARVN 105 Hwz section. We especially appreciated the EXTRACTION ride. I know you sailors did not like hauling RF/PF on your boats because they took everything not locked away. After we (Army and MACV US Navy) Advisors got the VN Navy Junks to transport the RF/PF, thus freeing Swifts to be escorts and fire support it worked out much better. Navy support allowed my Counterpart, our District Chief to put RF/PF units deep into the Thanh Phu "Secret Zone" to destroy VC operations located in eastern Thanh Phu FFZ. Successful RF/PF missions would not have been made without close combat support by Swifts. Accelerated pacification by GVN did occur after the Swifts provided increased RF/PF mobility and added fire power. I was the Co Van that cleared the SEALORDS with the District Chief and NEVER did the Cat Lo Swifts ever fail to timely provide our US Advisor Team requested support. I am an Infanrty soldier who rode with Swifts and very proud to have served along side warriors, you Swift Boat sailors. Today I am an active member of the Swift Boat Sailors Association. I encourage other Army Advisors to "come aboard" with SBSA. Thank you Swift Boat sailors, especially for the milk! David P. Marion, Dai Uy Co Van

NAME = David P. Marion, CPT - Infantry <EMAIL = dpmarion[ at ]excite.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Thanh Phu District Advisor, Kien Hoa Prov. ,MACV - IV CTZ
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Supported by Swift Boats from Cat Lo (TF 115.3.7)
YEARs in VIETNAM = Aug 68 - Jul 69
FROM WHERE = Spur, Texas
REFFERED By = PCF 59 O in C
- Sunday, July 14, 2002 at 18:40:18 (PDT)

Record 1321
Lost my best friend, Don Snyder, Fire Fight on Dam Doi canal,May17, 1970. I never really knew what happened. I hape to find information from crew of pcf64,50, or 692 boats that were involved. I would also love to here from any of the sailors I served with.

NAME = mike ramsey <EMAIL = mikeramz[ at ]thebillguy.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = pcf9 &pcf103
BASEs or LOCATIONS= cat lo, sa dec, anthoi, ha tien, sea float
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970
FROM WHERE = wichita, ks
REFFERED By = surfed in
- Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 11:42:08 (PDT)

Record 1333
Got to the beautiful southeast tropical part of the world in 1965 and we stayed on that little ship for almost four years with the greatest bunch of sailors in the world . toughest bunch,no swowers no clean clothes and sometimes very little clean drinking water. we endured hardships that no other U S Navy personel could endure and we fought day and night up close and in tight rivers,when our crew left rhe 409 they condemed it

NAME = DON BARNES <EMAIL = drbarnes[ at ]darasrar.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS CLARION RIVER LSMR 409
BASEs or LOCATIONS= CAT LO DANANG SAIGON NA TRANG ALL OVER
YEARs in VIETNAM = THREE
FROM WHERE = CARRIERE, MISS
REFFERED By = SURFING
- Saturday, July 27, 2002 at 20:04:00 (PDT)

Record 1337
this is a great web site it has brought many memories the littleship called rocket rainmaker also the 409 was called theGRIM REAPER the white river and the clarion river was the deadliest fire support boats that was in the rivers of viiet nam both of the commanding officers of these little inshore fire support boats retired from the navy as rear admirals and was great leaders as young Lt.s . they were also good buddys to the crews These boats brought more havoc to the NVA than they could stand.we have so many U S army and marines have thanked us that it shook us up. we were damned glad that we helped we were always fired on by idiots god rest their souls or budda or whoever welcome home brothers

NAME = DON BARNES <EMAIL = drbarnes[ at ]datastar.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS CLARION RIVER LSMR 409
BASEs or LOCATIONS= cat lo danang camrhan bay vau tung all o corps viet nam
YEARs in VIETNAM = three
FROM WHERE = carriere , Miss
REFFERED By = just surfing
- Sunday, July 28, 2002 at 20:43:10 (PDT)

Record 1351
RM AT CSC Vung Tau Mar 68 to Apr 69. Went on a couple "pleasure cruises" with boys at Cat Lo. Don't remember many names there, but ran around with RM Densil Allen in Vung Tau. Would like to hear from shipmates.

NAME = Bruce Worth <EMAIL = bwbw[ at ]TCAEXPRESWS.NET>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = CSC Vung Tau [CTG 115.3]
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = Hartley, Ia
REFFERED By = Surfed in
- Sunday, August 04, 2002 at 12:45:57 (PDT)

Record 1345
STILL LOOKING FOR bILL CROSS GM3 WENT TO NAM CAN AFTER THE YR-71 WAS TURNED OVER TO THE VIETNAMESE NAVY.

NAME = Bill Poffenberger <EMAIL = cmbtvet[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR-71 YRBM-21 VUNG TAU NAVY AMMO DUMP
BASEs or LOCATIONS= TAN CHAU VUNG TAU
YEARs in VIETNAM = 71-72
FROM WHERE = TULSA, OK
- Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at 22:47:18 (PDT)

Record 1351
RM AT CSC Vung Tau Mar 68 to Apr 69. Went on a couple "pleasure cruises" with boys at Cat Lo. Don't remember many names there, but ran around with RM Densil Allen in Vung Tau. Would like to hear from shipmates.

NAME = Bruce Worth <EMAIL = bwbw[ at ]TCAEXPRESWS.NET>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = CSC Vung Tau [CTG 115.3]
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = Hartley, Ia
REFFERED By = Surfed in
- Sunday, August 04, 2002 at 12:45:57 (PDT)

Record 1353
Worked the river "Mekong" from ten miles inside Cambodia and canals in between,An Thoi.

NAME = Dennis Willess <EMAIL = DW121070[ at ]flash.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = CosDiv13 and USS Calvert APA 32 Dec 1965
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo,SaDec
YEARs in VIETNAM = 12/69-12/70
FROM WHERE = Henderson, Tx
REFFERED By = Surfed in
- Sunday, August 04, 2002 at 18:50:21 (PDT)

Record 1354
I served on USS Greenlet (ASR-10) a submarine rescue vessel, auxiliary. Greenlet had extensive and elaborate salvage gear and pumps, as well as a complement of twenty deep sea and second class divers, with a Master Chief Diver in charge of diving operations. The Captain and the First Lieutenat were also required to be divers. So when we went to Vietnam, in April 67, we were ordered to salvage duty and to assist the USS Current (ARS-22) a rescue and salvage auxiliary vessel. Greenlet was sent to salvage a sunken barge at Vung Tau in the Mekong Delta. The salvage job had to be postponed, and the barge was towed to a safe place out of the shipping channel. Greenlet was sent to Nha Trang to assist in refloating the M/V Amastra, an oil tanker that had been mined by a swimmer. We spent about a week on that job. Then Greenlet went to Cam Ranh Bay to salvage the black box and the crew's bodies from a C-141 that took off in automatic landing mode and flew into the bay. That took about a week. From there we went to Hong Kong for R & R, but the Red Guard riots ruined it, so we went to Subic Bay instead. I worked in the electrical gang, and stood watch on the auxiliary generators that powered the salvage gear and pumps. Greenlet carried only about a hundred officers and crew. She was very seaworthy and could take rolls up to 45 degrees that would sink any other ship. She also did well in 100 foot seas. Her officers were superb shiphandlers, which saved our bacon in many a storm.

NAME = RB Hemming <EMAIL = rbhemming[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Greenlet (ASR-10)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau, Nha Trang, Cam Ranh Bay (salvage operations)
YEARs in VIETNAM = April 1967
FROM WHERE = Monterey Park, CA
- Sunday, August 04, 2002 at 21:42:46 (PDT)

Record 1366
just dropped by to update e-mail address and to let Mel Neef know I am still trying to send photos!!

NAME = Neal H. Clark <EMAIL = Ncnealclarkn[ at ]aol.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = Aug 69-Aug 70
FROM WHERE = Virginia Beach(via Maine), VA
REFFERED By = dropped by
- Wednesday, August 14, 2002 at 17:46:25 (PDT)

Record 1379
I have been here quite a few times, but do not remember leaving any comments. We spent our time hauling supplies up the rivers of nam, all the rivers. Landing Ship Squadron - Two (Hickman 825, Monmouth 1032, Madera 905, Luzerne 902, Caddo Parrish 515) was assigned to nam in July 1965. From the history I have found, they were the first LST's be assigned permanent incountry duty, and travel the rivers of nam. The Hickman earned 11 battle stars (5 while I was aboard), MUC, VN MUC-Gallantry, VN Svc medal (with several stars), VN campaign, Combat Action. Several crew members were awared the Purple Heart (some while I was aboard). I remember mortar/rocket attacks at Dong Tam, Vinh Long, Saigon, Cau Viet. Remember the night Charlie blew the oil tank at Cat Lo, and mortar'd beach at Vung Tau. I was accross the street at the bar (go figure) when it started. Ran to the beach cause there was a bunker there, hit the door of the bunker and bounced back into the beach. It was full of guys and no room, so I figured what the hell, ran another 25 yards to where the Hickman was beached. Almost got shot by my own guys trying to get their attention. Finally got the word passed to the CO, and he dropped the bow ramp while I went back to the bunker and had everyone run to the ship. Very lucky move, when the sun came up, the bunker was gone, had taken a direct hit from a mortar. Maybe I was stupid or just young and didn't think I could die, but during those times of being attached, I was never scared, I just did my job. After everything was over, was when I got scared, and it dawned on me that I (maybe) just did something that could have gotten me killed. Problem was, I never thought about that when we went to Red Alert, only after. Anyway, wanted to say to LSR-2 ships and crews, from 65 to 69 when squadron departed Nam for the last time: Job Well Done...God Bless you ALL. You put yourselves and ships on the beach's, in positions that you could not use your guns to defend yourselves. You just sat there and took it. You men are some of the bravest (believe it or not) men to have ever served in nam. God Bless you and WELCOME HOME SHIPMATES! ALL YOU ARMY, MARINE, NAVY (PBR, SWIFTS,etc) that looked out for us when we were helpless, THANK YOU, GOD BLESS YOU, and WELCOME HOME ! Every one of you are Hero's in my book, Well, maybe not the guys that drank Bami-Bah (33) beer. I figure if you could drink that stuff, you weren't smart enough to duck, so all your medals were earned by accident or brain damage from the beer. If any of you LSR-2 guys have any pictures of your ship, I would sure like to have some. Most of my pictures were lost when my basement flooded, then the house burned down. Hey, I got a new house, a new truck, and a new camper.....ain't home owners insurance great !!!!! Later my friends

NAME = Larry Hickman <EMAIL = lhickman[ at ]fcc.gov>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Hickman County LST-825 (LanShipSqd-Two)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Homeport: Vung Tau, Ops: Armed Resupply, Rivers of Nam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 7-68 to 8-69
REFFERED By = Found page by search engine
- Monday, August 26, 2002 at 09:25:43 (PDT)

Record 1423
Seven of us built a radar base on Con Son Island,a shipfitter and I built a floating dry dock for Swift Boats at Cat Lo,Helped rebuild Dong Tam after charlie blew up the ammo dump,built advaced bases for PBR's At Nha Be for the Swift Boats (bases on floating ammi barges....looking for any guys at Nsa Saigon during 68-69.

NAME = Wilwson Hogg <EMAIL = abstract59[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Saigon
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Con Son Island,Cat Lo,Vung Tau,Nha Be,Dong Tam,Saigon
YEARs in VIETNAM = Sept,68 -Sept.69
FROM WHERE = Hampton, Va.
REFFERED By = Searching the web
- Thursday, September 12, 2002 at 05:11:59 (PDT)

Record 1424
Arrived 3rd Coastal District HQ,Vung Tau June 65; counted 3 bars and an Aussie Air Force compound. Cat Lo was a one building junk repair base. Spent most of my tour in the Delta after the Rung Sat Zone. Extractions to Vung Tau revealed building of R&R Center and an additional 82 bars by my count. Met an Army Nurse from the 8th Field Hospital, Nha Trang on the plane home and married her.

NAME = Leo (Zak) Zayauskas <EMAIL = zayauskas[ at ]mindspring.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Junk Force Advisor
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Divisions 32, 33 & 35 Vung Tau & Co Chien River (Mekong)
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1965-66
FROM WHERE = Chicago, IL
- Saturday, September 14, 2002 at 20:49:38 (PDT)

Record 1441
Served on PCF-35 from Mar. 1969 to Aug. 1969. Then Staff Gunner's Mate on APL-21. When the rest of my crew was transfered to Da Nang (Sept. 1969), Zumwalt and his crew took over the 35 boat. Thanks to "Coastal Squadron One Swift Boat Crew Directory" (after 30 years) I have had contact with my entire crew. A lot of memories in these pages!

NAME = Gary Carpenter <EMAIL = biggare29[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF-35
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo, An Thoi, and Seafloat
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2/69 to 2/70
FROM WHERE = La Puente - now 29 Palms, Calif.
REFFERED By = Ran across the site accidentally
- Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 03:19:35 (PDT)

Record 1449
hi guys new on computer and just found this page i was on swift boat 87 the last american crew swift boat to take a hit and suffer death and injuries nov 1970. i was on the bow the hit was the back helm. i was fine. one of the few. would love to hear from everyone especially randy holland and joe rodgers. welcome home everybody.

NAME = Robert O Lincoln <EMAIL = bobolinkr[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = swift boat 87
BASEs or LOCATIONS= cat lo delta area
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = ypsilanti, mi
- Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 18:38:06 (PDT)

Record 1452
I was bow gunner on PCF 87 in nov 1970 when it was the last swift to take a rocket and have dead and injured crew and passengers. Would like to hear from everyone but really for Joe Rodgers from NY and Randy Holland from Arkansas. Welcome home buddies.

NAME = Robert O. Lincoln <EMAIL = bobolinkr[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = pcf 87
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo Sa Dec Cambodia all over delta area
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = Belleville, mi
- Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 15:58:26 (PDT)

Record 1455
I was bow gunner on pcf 87 in Nov1970 with Kit Carson Scouts as passengers when we took a rocket hit to the rear helm. I was told it was the last swift to loose crew to death or injury before the turnover. Welcome home guys.

NAME = Robert O. Lincoln <EMAIL = bobolinkr[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = pcf swift boats
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo Sa Dec
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = Belleville, Mi
- Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 14:19:06 (PDT)

Record 1462
i remember loading alot of ammo in cam rahn and getting drunk in cat lo what a time

NAME = bill bevington <EMAIL = deerrings[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = uss st francis river lsmr 525
BASEs or LOCATIONS= cam rahn bay cat lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66 67 68 69
FROM WHERE = franklin, penna
REFFERED By = surfed in
- Friday, October 04, 2002 at 07:28:22 (PDT)

Record 1467
Initial instructor staff at PCF school in Coronado as SM1/SMC, Assigned USS Brule 7/68 as W1 Bos'n. Nice opportunity to visit some of my former students in country. Especially recall Travis Bayham and his crew at Cat Lo, made a night patrol with them. Made the acquaintance of Bos'n Steve Cherry at Cat Lo, also. I would enjoy hearing from any of you guys if the spirit moves you to communicate.

NAME = Tom Young <EMAIL = tyoungusn[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Brule (AKL-28)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Swift Boat School Staff, PhibScol, Coronado
YEARs in VIETNAM = 7/68 - 8/69
FROM WHERE = Coos Bay, OR
REFFERED By = Self
- Saturday, October 05, 2002 at 01:05:43 (PDT)

Record 1471
Just recently got in touch with my old buddy. He told me about this sight. Just thought I`d try too see what happens. Have been talking to him the last two weeks and can`t get enough. The tears just keep flowing. We talked by phone today for the first time, 35 yrs. Just unbelievable. Hope this is enough info. for anyone who may want ot get in touch, Welcome Home to All my Brouthers, Bee Careful Rich.

NAME = Bm3, Cook BlueFin/2
WEB SITE = N/A
<EMAIL = cjrpve[ at ]aol.com.>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Uss Tanner AGS-15 ,Sound Boat 2 (Coxwain)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Meakong Delta, Vung Tau, Hon Tri Island, Roc Gai. ?
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-68
FROM WHERE = Fairmont, WV.
REFFERED By = Shipmete, Bm2, Sallee
- Monday, October 07, 2002 at 16:09:46 (PDT)

Record 1479
Great website! Hello to all who served at Cat Lo.

NAME = Frank Carlson <EMAIL = ncarlson[ at ]penn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA-DET Cat Lo
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/70-3/71
FROM WHERE = Galeton, PA
REFFERED By = surfed in
- Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 19:50:32 (PDT)

Record 1480
Interesting sight. I was Army stationed on the CC Bay at Vung Tau.

NAME = Bud Little <EMAIL = woodrow.little[ at ]iwon.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USNS Corpus Christi Bay
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971-1972
FROM WHERE = Pittsburgh, PA
REFFERED By = surfed in
- Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 11:50:39 (PDT)

Record 1482
Anyone remember the Tutuila? She provided maintenance support for coastal and river patrol boats. Looking for shipmates from those days. Vung Tau, town of 100 bars and 1000 raven haired bar beauties(?), who would say "I love you no s#*t, you buy me a Saigon Tea?"

NAME = Don Herr, MR3 <EMAIL = rustyone21[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS TUTUILA ARG-4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= An Thoi & Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966 - 1967
FROM WHERE = Long Beach, CA
REFFERED By = Surfed in
- Friday, October 11, 2002 at 19:42:08 (PDT)

Record 1483
Welcome Home everyone and let me take this time to say it has been 35 years and its about time we got together and talked! So anyone from TANNER is welcome to respond to this. Anyone remember the ships newspaper featrure written by Fred Foc'sle and Gary Gedunk? LOL Waiting to hear from you guys.......Den Kemper

NAME = Dennis L. Kemper <EMAIL = denkem[ at ]up.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS TANNER (AGS-15)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= PHUQUOC ISLANDS, AN THOI, VUNG TAU, OLONGAPO CITY
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966thru1968
FROM WHERE = Hancock , MI
REFFERED By = Surfing
- Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 12:04:25 (PDT)

Record 1490
i started out in the infantry around dmz area..68-69....ended up with partol boats....458th pbrs.....either 34 or 35 boat...69-70

NAME = lenny bryant <EMAIL = leonard_b11[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 458 pbr
BASEs or LOCATIONS= cat lo,quin nhon
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-1970
- Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 11:45:12 (PDT)

Record 1500
I was stationed at Binh Thuy from April 70 to 71, on the Viet Nam Navy Base side. Looking for anyone there same time as I. At the time I was a GMG-2, at the Armory/ Ammo Dump.

NAME = James S. Mills <EMAIL = jsmpcf9[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Boat Squadron One, NSAD Binh Thuy
BASEs or LOCATIONS= An Thoi, Cat Lo, Binh Thuy
YEARs in VIETNAM = 65-67 70-71
FROM WHERE = Detroit, Mi
- Friday, October 18, 2002 at 04:53:45 (PDT)

Record 1517
With Captain Christensen's encouragement, we put together a band and provided the entertainment for the crew and occassionally some army outpost.

NAME = rollie C. Salonga <EMAIL = rolliesalonga[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Tutuila
BASEs or LOCATIONS= AN THOI & VUNG TAU
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1969
FROM WHERE = PASADENA, CA
- Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 16:52:49 (PST)

Record 1524
I was Cat Lo pier crew, engine shop and Mike-8 (LCM740) engineer from May '69 to Dec '70. Would like to hear from anyone from anyone who was in Cat Lo during that time. I have visited this site many times and really enjoy it. I have posted here before but have changed email address. Please contact me at melneef[ at ]frontiernet.net

NAME = Mel Neef <EMAIL = melneef[ at ]frontiernet>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo RVN
YEARs in VIETNAM = 5/69-12/70
FROM WHERE = Harpers Ferry, WV
REFFERED By = Returning visitor
- Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 20:41:27 (PST)

Record 1530
Great site! I hope everyone is doing well. Few people know that there some Army guys that went at Mare Island and then went to Nam and patrolled. I'd like to here from another Army pal.

NAME = Tom Wright <EMAIL = wwright[ at ]us.ibm.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PBR Army MP
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-70
FROM WHERE = Sacramento, CA
REFFERED By = Surfed
- Saturday, November 02, 2002 at 23:19:04 (PST)

Record 1538
i served on the tutuila from norfork to vung tau 66-67. i worked in the machine shop as an m.r. i have been looking for a few shipmates like steve martineck, kurt wickershamand nick muth. i remember don herr! has there been any talk of a reunion that i`ve missed ?

NAME = bill gray <EMAIL = captianbilly30044[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = uss tutuila arg-4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= an thoi vung tao
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1
FROM WHERE = atlanta, ga
REFFERED By = surfing
- Tuesday, November 05, 2002 at 19:23:11 (PST)

Record 1541
HEY BILL GRAY, IN REFERENCE TO MESSAGE YOU POSTED ON NOVEMBER 05, 2002. I TRIED CONTACTING YOU BUT MY E-MAIL WAS RETURENED AS 'UNDELIVERABLE.' CONTACT ME FOR INFO ABOUT USS TUTUILA'S REUNIONS.

NAME = Don Herr, MR3 <EMAIL = rustyone21[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS TUTUILA ARG-4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= An Thoi & Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966 - 1967
FROM WHERE = Long Beach, CA
- Thursday, November 07, 2002 at 05:47:25 (PST)

Record 1549
Iwas Attached to the Delta AR9 in 69 which sat in Vung Tau harbor repairing the shot up river boats. Was later assigned to the Chicago CG 11 cruising the tonkin gulf.Finished last 8 months of duty in country at Naval Air Station Da Nang

NAME = Don Wenz <EMAIL = itiwenz[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Delta AR 9 USS Chicago CG11
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-71
FROM WHERE = Brunswick, Ohio
- Saturday, November 09, 2002 at 21:03:50 (PST)

Record 1562
Just happeded to come across the web page. Like to hear from anyone out there. Currently serving in the US Marine Corps Reserve (since 1977). Does anyone know the name of the operation in March 1970, that earned us the Combat Action Ribbon. I would like to know so as to get my OQR up dated before retirement.

NAME = Anthony L Perez <EMAIL = akoni[ at ]iccas.com or t_rez47[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Iredell County (839)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = Nov 69 Jul 70
FROM WHERE = Whittier, CA
- Thursday, November 14, 2002 at 14:00:02 (PST)

Record 1569
Arrived Dong Tam 7/67 to a sea of mud and a few buildings on Navy side. There were no ASPB's in country so we filled in on Riv Div 91 & 92 Tango boats. All of the 112 Alpha boat crews were sent to Chu Lia to work on Swift boats (same engines and size of a Alpha boat) Returned to Dong Tam in Dec and went to Vung Tau to get our boat. Spent Dec To June 68 operating with Riv Div 112. Spent Spring of 67 at small boat school Mare Island Ca.

NAME = Bill Perry <EMAIL = b1xga8d[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Riv Div 112 A-112-6
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam, Chu Lia, and ships of Riv Flot 1
YEARs in VIETNAM = 7/67 - 6/68
FROM WHERE = Philly, Pa
REFFERED By = MRF Web page
- Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 16:38:30 (PST)

Record 1568
Im 52 now and I remember that year as if it was yesterday. Give me a call. Lets talk about the fun we had.Remember crash? How about twenty feet sir; or How about Where are you going? Strawberry fields forever.

NAME = Mark Foreman <EMAIL = Markfor100[ at ]MSN.Com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Brule AKL 28
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo, Mekon Delta
YEARs in VIETNAM = 4-69 to 4-70
FROM WHERE = Rillton, Pa.
REFFERED By = Self
- Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 12:38:30 (PST)

Record 1570
Remember those who did not make it home & welcome those who did.

NAME = Dennis Willess <EMAIL = DW121070[ at ]flash.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Calvert APA 32 (1965) Cos Div 13 PCF 71,60,55
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo,SaDec
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1965,1969-70
FROM WHERE = Henderson, Tx
REFFERED By = Return visit
- Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 17:15:13 (PST)

Record 1576
Not just a job, an adventure.

NAME = Kear, N.R. <EMAIL = dkear[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = U.S.S.Snohomish cty (LST 1126)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Da Nang , Chu Lai, Vung Tau, Dong Ha
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1/66 to 9/66 & 1/67 to 12
FROM WHERE = Santa Barbara, CA
REFFERED By = searching Internet
- Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 19:15:09 (PST)

Record 1577
Served Brother duty aboard U.S.S. Snohomish county 15 january 1966 until around 10 december 1967.En3 in charge of auxillary engine room. Brother commissaryman, that cooked some recipes, no doubt furnished by the VC. all is forgiven. spent most time transporting rockets and 50 cal. ammo from Da Nang to Chu Lai, with a few short trips near the DMZ.

NAME = Kear, N.R. <EMAIL = dkear[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = U.S.S.Snohomish cty (LST 1126)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Da Nang , Chu Lai, Vung Tau, Dong Ha
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1/66 to 9/66 & 1/67 to 12
FROM WHERE = Santa Barbara, CA
REFFERED By = searching Internet
- Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 19:42:02 (PST)

Record 1586
RAN BASES LCM'S TO NA BE, SAIGON AND DONG TAM. BROUGHT FIRST ASPB'S IN FROM M.M SHIPS IN HARBOR. REPAIRED IUWG BOATS AND COSDIV 13 SWIFTS.MADE EN2 AND WAS PUT IN CHARGE OF 2ND SHIFT IN BASES ENGINE REPAIR SHOP REBUILDING V-12'S, 6-71'S AND 6121T'S. EVEN PUT IN SOME TIME ON THE FUEL PIER.REMEMBER THE OLD FUEL TANKER WITH NO FRONT END AND A HEMI ENGINE? ANTONE OUT THERE REMEMBER THE RPG-7 AND SNIPER ATTACKS ON THE BASE? NICE TO HEAR FROM OTHER SHIPMATES THAT SERVED IN AND AROUND THE AREA!

NAME = JIM SELBY <EMAIL = VNSNIPEaAOL.COM>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSA DET CAT LO
YEARs in VIETNAM = NOV 67/JUL69
FROM WHERE = LAKE VILLA, IL.
REFFERED By = JUST SURFED IN
- Friday, November 22, 2002 at 20:10:00 (PST)

Record 1608
66-67 up on the hill in vung tau ctg115.3 sepia 68-69 roadrunner out of nha be wandered mekong delta by helo/boat/drove/hitch-hiked...

NAME = randy scott <EMAIL = randy.scott4[ at ]verizon.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = marketime/nsasgn
BASEs or LOCATIONS= vung tau/nha be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-67,68-69
FROM WHERE = edmonds , wa
REFFERED By = trying to link
- Tuesday, December 03, 2002 at 20:00:13 (PST)

Record 1632
Repaired radio and radars on swift boat at Cat Lo adn Bien Thuy in 1967-1969

NAME = Paul Bishop <EMAIL = ppbishop[ at ]msn.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Bien Thuy Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1969
- Tuesday, December 17, 2002 at 17:48:15 (CST)


Record 1673
ARRIVED IN COUNTRY FEB. 67 DEPARTED SEPT.68.WAS ON LCPL'S PICKETS AND SKIMMERS JUST A SEAMAN ENDED UP WITH AKA 56 USS ARNEB EAST COAST BM3 STAYED ON BOATS ALL THE TIME.LOOKING FOR LARRY THURBER HE WENT TO A RESERVE TIN CAN OUT OF NEW ORLEANS.MARKET TIME, GAME WARDEN,AND STABLE DOOR.

NAME = BILL URBAN <EMAIL = whistle[ at ]pldi.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = IUWG1 UNIT 1
BASEs or LOCATIONS= CAT LO
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68
FROM WHERE = WAYNOKA, OK
REFFERED By = JUST LUCK
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Record 1659
I was YNSN assigned to MSTS Vung Tau. I drove the Battle Gear Boat. We supplied merchant vessels with helmets and flak jackets for their river transit. We liasoned with merchant vessels. We also off-loaded what we wanted via U.S. Mail bags. We partied with the Australians and the U.S. Army. Several LSTs visited our beach and we hosted some great cookouts. We were attacked on 16 OCT 69 with 122mm rockets. KIA was LCDR Paul E. Wall. Wounded was SK3 Art Huntington and BM1 (Ican't remember his name.) Also several other KIA and wounded that morning. Never the same after that. I was medivaced to 93rd Evac in Long Bing and eventually assigned to MSTS Office is Saigon (light duty) for remainder of tour. We were small, so small, and nobody ever remembers us. Oh woe! "It's a great life if you don't weaken" (SK3 Huntington)

NAME = Paul J. Ryan <EMAIL = paulryan2tulsa[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MSTSOV Vung Tau
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau LST Beach
YEARs in VIETNAM = May 69-May 70
FROM WHERE = Tulsa, OK
REFFERED By = one long ongoing search
- Monday, December 30, 2002 at 01:59:44 (CST)


Record 1671
Looking for guys who sailed the Caddo or Iredell Cty.

NAME = Wayne Brinton <EMAIL = wayne.brinton[ at ]district196.org>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Caddo Parish, LST515/Iredell County, 839, ComLanShipRon II
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969/70
FROM WHERE = Burnsville, MN
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Record 1683
GREAT WEBSITE, BRINGS BACK LOTS OF MEMORIES.I WAS ON BOARD THE ARMY VESSEL()AV1356) CLIVE STEELE, AUSTRALIAN ARMY LANDING SHIP MEDIUM. MET A LOT OF AMERICAN BOAT PEOPLE WHICH WERE BASICALLY BEACHED AND LIVING ON THEIR CRAFT AT VUNGTAU BEACH. OUR VESSEL CARRIED STORES AND EQUIPMENT UP TO BARIAVIA CAT-LO,SAIGON NAVAL BASE, DA-NANG, CAM RAN BAY. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE INCIDENT AT CAT-LO APPROX 8 AUG 66 WHEN OUR SHIP JOINED IN THE 'FIRE POWER DEMONSTRATION FOR SENATOR CABOT LODGE, WE WERE UNINVITED, WERE QUIETLY TOLD TO "PISS OFF". WHAT A DAY!!! WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO WAS IN THAT FIRE POWER DEMO.

NAME = COLIN W SYMONS
WEB SITE = not applicable
<EMAIL = taploc[ at ]myplace.net.au>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 32 SMALL SHIP SQN /ROYAL AUST ENGINEERS (LSM)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= BEACH AT VUNGTAU
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966
FROM WHERE = PERTH, AUSTRALIA, REFFERED By = SURFING THE NET
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Record 1700
Hi Kent, Don't know if my first message came thru or not,so I'll try again.I was with the first group to go through training back in 1965. Arrived at Ton Sun Nut, then went to CatLo. Iwas there till I left country in 67. Just going over your site brings back memories.I was the forward gunner while serving on the boats.It has been awhile since my last entry.Glad the site is there,I,ll be in touch from time to time.

NAME = Frank Foster
WEB SITE = none
<EMAIL = Rivron5[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PBR.s 543
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1965-1967
FROM WHERE = Schaumburg, ILL.
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Record 1723
I was a CYN3 in the com shack aboard APL-55. Call sign Spike 55. Lt. Mel Schantz was the CO. Looking for anyone that remembers me. Like to hear from anyone aboard at that time. I have enjoyed this site very much.

NAME = Marshall Munns <EMAIL = munns4144[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-18 (APL-55)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Mekong Deltal Region - Don Tam My Tho Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1968
FROM WHERE = Raleigh, North Carolina
REFFERED By = Surfing the Net
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Record 1724
I was the senior advisor at Coastal Group 34 from May 71 until we pulled out in Dec 71. I was then at Cat Lo doing various jobs including going back out on patrol. I would love to hear from other guys who were there at the same time.

NAME = E. J. Gibson <EMAIL = ethangibson[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Coastal Group 34, 3rd Coastal Zone
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo, Vung Tau, Kien Hoa
YEARs in VIETNAM = 71-72
CO
REFFERED By = Surfed in
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Record 1728
our boat was anchored in the mouth of the cua-tiet river entering the delta.It being to late to continue to our home port after delivering much needed supplies to the base camp at dong-tam. Darkness was quickly approching so we anchored . Fotunately a PBR. approched -boarded and informed us that the V.C. probably would try to cross at the very same place we would be at that point in the river. Needless to say we were under way in a matter of moments. No sooner than we were under way the flashes started,coming from both sides of the shore. The men on those boats--{2} rose to the occasion their guns blazing charged into the valley of death. It is unknown to us if they all got out of there in one piece-we all prayed that they did. My thanks go's out to the men of the Brown Water Navy for not only saving us that night,but also for sending me home in one piece------------THANK-YOUand I Love you my Brothers. heavy boat co.-john Pufpaff

NAME = john pufpaff <EMAIL = pufpaff.[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCU 1501
BASEs or LOCATIONS= vung-tau-delta region
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-67
FROM WHERE = buffalo, ny
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Record 1735
Was the ops/OinC. Wonder if the "o" club we started was ever finished? Would like to catch up with Bosn Cherry..

NAME = Carl Cathey <EMAIL = Dandpcathey[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Det Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = Tucson, Az
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Record 1746
After a few months in Cholon as the Nav type desk rep,was assigned as Ops/asst OinC at Cat Lo. WasOinC after Cdr. Lanphear was invited to leave. Great duty station. Had a cracker jack repair team and inovative personnel. Warrent officer Steve Cherry was the man for cumshaw. We even put in a tennis court. Retired in 80 and now in Az. Have lots of slides of that facility if Kent can use or wants them..

NAME = Carl Cathey <EMAIL = Dandpcathey[ at ]aol.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSA Det Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = Tucson, Az
REFFERED By = surfed in
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Record 1748
Hey guys...first, a heart felt thank you to all of you who served our country and served it well !!! I'm trying to research the service of EM2c Robert Allan Miller who I believe served with IUWG-1 in Vietnam, specifically at Cat LO. I have reason to believe that he may have been WIA on December 15, 1969. Does anyone remember EM2c Miller and/or know of any actions that occurred on that date ?? Any help would be much appreciated !!! Thank you again... Thanks for your time... Victor J. Doylida

NAME = Vic Doylida <EMAIL = doylidav[ at ]oceusa.com>
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Record 1758
Worked in the Carpender shop at Catlo repairing shot up PBRs and PCFs and MAA force. Fiberglass shop at Nah Be. Lots of memories good and bad. Focus on the good go on with life.

NAME = John F. Conley <EMAIL = jconley[ at ]woh.rr.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NAS Siagon
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo Nha Be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = Lima, Ohio
REFFERED By = Surfing
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Record 1780
i was a bm3 . started out as crew member and then became a boat captain

NAME = chuck goff <EMAIL = lbchuck[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = riv div 543
BASEs or LOCATIONS= cat lo/nha ba
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1965-67
FROM WHERE = fresno, cal
REFFERED By = surfed in
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Record 1785
I worked with all the boats in Market Time and Sealords and got to go on many missions throughout my tour in 3 Corps. I have some GREAT memories of the guys on the boats. I was one of the voices of "Sepia"

NAME = Keith Marley <EMAIL = marleynj01[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = CSC Vung Tau, 3CZA
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-1971
FROM WHERE = Prospect, NY
REFFERED By = surfing
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Record 1795
Now living in Fla

NAME = Joe Sadoff <EMAIL = cpa[ at ]buckstartshere.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Tanner AGS 15 Soundboat crew 1967
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-67-68
FROM WHERE = Chicago, IL
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Record 1799
I got to Viet Nam on Salvage Duty,1967, with Harbor Clearance Unit 1 Cleared an inverted Barge, sucked it up against our keel and took it away, Phillipines I think. Came back worked on a Shell Tanker a sapper hit below the water line right close upon the beach, Then went over to Cam Rahn Bay and salvaged an 8- boat that was broached. Later came back to Camp Tien Sha, S C R F Wire and Sail Loft, at Carpenter Shop. left in July or August, 69 We made chokers and straps for LCU's YFU's etc. We would trade you out of your false teeth if you would let us. We had a hell of a network all over I-corp. Made gun covers too, and any thing else you could make out of canvas,leather or Naughahyde. I worked with BM 1 Ellis, Sn. Yock spent nearly every day putting boats on and off the quay wall, scraping and painting and all other types of patchwork. I like the site.

NAME = ELMER CLARK <EMAIL = elmerthecop[ at ]lycos.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Current ARS 22 ; S C R F DaNang
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tao Harbor, CAM RAHN BAY, NHA TRANG
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67 68 69
FROM WHERE = Dayton, Tx.
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Record 1800
I got to Viet Nam on Salvage Duty,1967, with Harbor Clearance Unit 1 Cleared an inverted Barge, sucked it up against our keel and took it away, Phillipines I think. Came back worked on a Shell Tanker a sapper hit below the water line right close upon the beach, Then went over to Cam Rahn Bay and salvaged an 8- boat that was broached. Later came back to Camp Tien Sha, S C R F Wire and Sail Loft, at Carpenter Shop. left in July or August, 69 We made chokers and straps for LCU's YFU's etc. We would trade you out of your false teeth if you would let us. We had a hell of a network all over I-corp. Made gun covers too, and any thing else you could make out of canvas,leather or Naughahyde. I worked with BM 1 Ellis, Sn. Yock spent nearly every day putting boats on and off the quay wall, scraping and painting and all other types of patchwork. I like the site.

NAME = ELMER CLARK <EMAIL = elmerthecop[ at ]lycos.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Current ARS 22 ; S C R F DaNang
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tao Harbor, CAM RAHN BAY, NHA TRANG
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67 68 69
FROM WHERE = Dayton, Tx.
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Record 1802
Get behind our boys,girls in Persian Gulf;couldn't stand for the things to happen to them that happened to me after I came home.In and out of the Navy,then reserves.Retired from reserves 7/2000.Some good memories,times ,places.Some bad.At peace.

NAME = Fred M. Walker <EMAIL = fwalker[ at ]mesh.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = U.S.S.Sphinx (arl-24)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Parrot's Beak , Vung Tau,Tan Chau,Solid Anchorage
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1
FROM WHERE = 6/70,8/71, Tx.
REFFERED By = surfing
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Record 1837
In country 10/65 to 10/66, coastal patrol on Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle. Work in maintenance of craft. All I did was fish.

NAME = Stanley S Fink USN SFM2 (DV) <EMAIL = sfink1[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PACV Division 107
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat-lo / Vung Til
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1
FROM WHERE = New Orleans, Louisiana
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Record 1839
Many great memories of the men of the Delta; the Mekong, Bassac, Seafloat/Solid Anchor, Dong Tam, Cat Lo, etc.....

NAME = Bill Robinson, Lcdr., ret. <EMAIL = billavapi[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = CO, USS Mark (AKL-12)
YEARs in VIETNAM = '70-'71
FROM WHERE = Harrisonburg, VA
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Record 1845
Was in R-Div. Remember when the YFU/LCU went up on the rocks in An Thoi, the aromatic Nuc Mam factory in An Thoi and all the other exotic sights, smells and sounds of the time

NAME = Frank Curran <EMAIL = cheiuhoi[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Tutuila
BASEs or LOCATIONS= An Thoi, Vung Tau, Nha Be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/69 - 12/70
Ill
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Record 1849
Howdy all swabbies and special forces I served with.can't say it was fun but we did the best we could. Speedy Self

NAME = self,Louis(speedy)
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 531/533
BASEs or LOCATIONS= PBR River Division-My Tho-67/68.returned to cat Lo 68/swiftboat coastal division 13
YEARs in VIETNAM = 5/67-7-69
FROM WHERE = Duncan, OK
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Record 1857
Served as a Radioman on board the Hydrographic Research ship Uss Tanner AGS-15 in the mouth of the Mekong Delta. Conducted largest survey of the river. Worked with CTU 73.8.1, TF 116 Game Wardens. Transfered to the Uss Conserver ARS-39, conducted rescue salvages ops all over the east and west coasts of RVN. Pulled the SS Norwich Victory off the rocks near the DMZ.

NAME = Jim Brockman <EMAIL = jsbrock[ at ]peoplepc.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Uss Tanner AGS-15 Uss Conserver ARS-39
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau, An Thoi
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-1969
FROM WHERE = McDonald, Pa
REFFERED By = Just Surfed on
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Record 1860
NGUYEN DUC VINH co vo ten la LE THI HONG THAM .Ong la linh NHAY DU danh tran o TAY NINH-VIET NAM nam 1969. Luc do vo Ong mang thai 8 thang.Gia dinh ben vo cua Ong o VUNG TAU- Ba Ria.Bo vo ten la LE THAI Truoc nam 1975 Ong LE THAI la Hieu Truong Truong Tieu Hoc o Ben Da Vung Tau.Con Bo ruot cua ong la NGUYEN DUC HOACH .Me ruot cua ong la Ba VU THI OANH.Gia dinh cua ong truoc do o Cho Ong Ta. Duong thanh Mau. SAI GON.Sau do gia dinh ong don ve QUANG NGAI.Bo cua Ong lam viec o TY NGAN KHO -QUANG NGAI.Ong co nguoi Anh nuoi ten DAC. Co 2 nguoi em trai ten NGUYEN DUC VINH. va NGUYEN DUC HINH.Co co Em gai ten la NGUYEN THI HANH.Ong co nguoi ban than ten la BUI NHO.Ba LE THI HONG THAM hien dang song o MY. Thanh Pho SACRAMENTO.Tieu bang CALIFORNIA.USA. Neu ai biet tin tuc cua NGUYEN DUC VINH da mat tich nam 1969 toi nay . Xin vui long lien lac voi toi ten la NGUYEN THI NGOC QUYNH.Toi la dua con gai cua Ong NGUYEN DUC VINH chua tung duoc gap mat! Xin thanh that goi so (916)217-0410 Hoac so (916)688-3921; (916)731-5678 . Xin Cam On1

NAME = NGUYEN DUC VINH
WEB SITE = Cobe1chieumua Yahoo.com
<EMAIL = AmyNguyen[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = TAU CHIEN HAM CUA MY
BASEs or LOCATIONS= VUNG TAU_TAY NINH_DA NANG
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-1969
FROM WHERE = SACRAMENTO, CA
REFFERED By = NGUYEN THI NGOC QUYNH
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Record 1867
excellent site, i would enjoy hearing from some of the guys in cosdiv13 & 11 i served on pcf71 and several others i can't remember. look forward to hearing from some of y'all.

NAME = steve weekley <EMAIL = weekley6732[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = cosdiv13&11 pcf71& others
BASEs or LOCATIONS= cat lo, an thoi
YEARs in VIETNAM = dec67tooct70
FROM WHERE = co;umbia, sc
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Record 1891
Functioned as electronics repair advisor to Junk force in the Mekong Delta, also spent "off time" as radio operator at the CSC on the hill. Call sign Sepia. Left in March of 68 for ET"C" school in valijo and then on to Yokouska Japan. Retired in April 89. Saw Tom Burton's name on listing but his email address is no longer valit. Tom if you see this email me. We had some good times together!

NAME = Bill Caffrey <EMAIL = WCaffrey[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = CSC/NAU Vung Tau
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67/68
FROM WHERE = Virginia Beach, VA
REFFERED By = Web Search
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Record 1899
It has been some time since I last wrote. Anybody out there that served with me please drop a line. Sam Crawford and I served together on board the Regulus. I have acquired from him his "Brownwater" series of books he has written. Anyone who served in the rivers and went through Saigon via the Annapolis hotel will really enjoy these books. All you have to do is change the names and some of the events and it could be a story about every one of us. Thanks for the memories Sam. Any of you guys ever go to Vung Tau to blow off some steam? Remember the barber shop where I don't think they ever cut hair, ever!?? There was a girl there that looked as though her face had been on fire and put out with an ice pick, but oh my the talents she had!! Just thought I would bring a smile to many of your faces. Hope you all are well and say those words that no one understands but us..... "Welcome Home".. Tom

NAME = Tom Werth <EMAIL = twerth[ at ]dreamscape.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Satyr ARL-23, USS Luzerne Cty LST-902, USS Regulus AF-57
BASEs or LOCATIONS= All the rivers and Yankee Station
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-71
FROM WHERE = Syracuse, NY
REFFERED By = Daily Visitor
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Record 1931
I WAS ASSIGNED TO SCRF(SMALL CRAFT REPAIR FACILITY)AT NSA DANANG IN JUNE 1970. THEN I WAS ASSIGNED TO THE YR71 ENGINE OVERHAUL SHOP IN SUPPORT OF PCF's. I WAS A EN2. THE PCF's HAD RECENTLY BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE VN's. YRBM16 WAS MOORED BEHIND THE YR71. WE LIVED AND WORKED ON BOTH. YR70 WAS MOORED NEXT TO YR71. I FULLY EXPECTED THAT I WOULD NOT SPEND A FULL YEAR IN-COUNTRY. THEN TO MY SURPRISE YR71 WAS TOWED TO VUNG TAU, WE WERE TOLD THAT WE WERE GOING TO CHAU DOC.YR70 AND YRBM16 STAYED IN DANANG. WE ENJOYED A WONDERFUL R&R FOR A MONTH IN VUNG TAU AND BREIFLY WAS AT CAT LO. THEN WE WERE TOWED TO BIHN THUEY AND SPENT 3 MONTHS THERE. PCF's STILL HAD AMERICAN CREWS AND WE WERE IN SUPPORT OF THEM. THEN WE WERE TOWED TO OUR FINAL DESTINATION NOT CHAU DOC BUT TAN CHAU. WE STILL SUPPORTED PCF's. THE YRBM20 WAS ALSO THERE IN SUPPORT OF PBR's. WE SPENT 6 MONTHS AT TAN CHAU. THE PCF's WERE FINALLY TURNED OVER TO THE VN's IN ABOUT APRIL OF 1971.AT THIS TIME THE VN's WERE JOINED WITH US AND WE TRAINED THEM TO TAKE OVER. IN MAY 1971 THE YRBM20 WAS SERIOUSLY HIT ONE NIGHT WITH RECOILLESS ROUNDS OF SOME KIND. IT DESTROYED A HUEY AND THERE WERE SOME WIA's AND KIA's. I LEFT IN JUNE 1971 AND THE YR71 WAS SUPPOSE TO COMPLETELY TURN OVER IN JULY.

NAME = TIM ESTEP <EMAIL = ESTEPT[ at ]FC.MANATEE.K12.FL.US>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM16 AND YR71
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DANANG,VUNG TAU,BIHN THUEY, & TAN CHAU
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = BRADENTON, FL
REFFERED By = SURFING
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Record 1957
thanks for your service, keep the faith

NAME = Vaughan Guenley <EMAIL = vguenley[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 560th MP Co
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 4-68 11-69
NM
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Record 1958
I would like to find anyone that served on the yllc-1 in 1969.

NAME = SM3 Clyde H. Brooks <EMAIL = chbrooks00[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = harbor clearence unit one
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 4 , 1969 to 70'
FROM WHERE = Houston, Texas
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Record 1968
JUST LOOKING FOR MY OLD BUDDIES I'LL COME BACK TO THIS PLACE LATER AND ADD MORE. IF YOU ARE OUT THERE GUYS,DROP A LINE P.O. BOX 1397 BELLINGHAM WA. 98225. IF YOUR HEAD HAD A ZIPPER IN IT YOU'D LOOK LIKE A FOOTBALL.

NAME = daniel w. adams ET2
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = POINT LEAGUE 82304
BASEs or LOCATIONS= CAT LO
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = BELLINGHAM, WA.
REFFERED By = LIL' OL' ME
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Record 1973
I haven't heard from any of my friends that I was stationed with while in Nam except one of my bboat officers. I would like to hear from any of them that visits this web site.

NAME = Harold T. Futrell <EMAIL = hfutrell[ at ]mchsi.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo Danang Seafloat
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69-70
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Record 1987
tour in the Tonkin Gulf USS F.D. Roosevelt CVA 42. Upon returning to the states transfered to USS J.V.Forrestal CVA 59. Blown up on July 29,1967 and returned to the states.Transfered once again to Nam aboard the USS Mark AKL 12 supplying the Mobile Riverine Forces. Assigned to the USS Hunley AS 31 in 1969. Transfered to NIOTC Mare Island Class R/C 7-70. Upon returning back in country was assigned to VNN RivDiv 51, Cat Lo,Later on asignes as POL/PSY Warefare advisory duty.Last incountry station ATSB Thuet Nhon( Pigs And Chickens)Returned to the states assigned to Naval reserve Center Staunton VA.Left the Navy in 1973 . Joined the Coast Guard and ret in 1983. Been looking for many years for my friend and NIOTC class mate BM1 David Freeman any help locateing him appreshated.

NAME = Martin A.Taylor SM1 <EMAIL = medtra[ at ]kih.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Mark AKL 12, NIOTC CLASS R/C 7-70
BASEs or LOCATIONS= CAT LI,CAT LO.BINH YHUEY,ATSB THUEY NHON
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-72
FROM WHERE = RUSSELL, KY
REFFERED By = Surfed in
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Record 1999
Our first trip into Cua Viet was also a real learning experience. We hit the beach, put the engines at full ahead, and because of the heavy incoming artillery barrage left the boat and ran for the bunkers. These were hastily constructed of metal conex shipping containers surrounded with sandbags. I hunkered down against the back wall and watched the fireworks, feeling safe from the shrapnel that was flying around outside. A Navy corpsman (combat medic) was near the entrance smoking a cigarette, watching for causalities outside. “I wouldn’t sit there if I were you.” “Why not?” “We haven’t sandbagged that wall yet.” I moved to the front wall. As soon as the last forklift load left our boat we ran back aboard and pulled off the beach. If the boat had taken a direct hit the entire beach would have been wiped out - our cargo was 200 tons of high explosives. There were several shrapnel scars on the superstructure, and large jagged pieces of metal lying around the deck. We waited in mid stream for the remainder of the boats, and fought our way back to the ocean. The areas around the rivers were declared “free fire” zones; if we were shot at, we returned fire. If something looked like it might shoot, we fired. If something looked like something could be hiding behind it that might shoot, we fired. It took us a few trips (and many causalities) to learn this. The Navy lost a couple of boats because the crews were too nice; they only fired at targets they could see. A small figure sits on the bank of the river fishing. (In the middle of a firefight?) Nearby a boat lines up on a mark. The “fishing” boy touches the ends of his “fishing lines” together. A five hundred pound command detonated bomb explodes under the boat, blowing a hole the size of a truck in the bottom, killing or injuring the entire crew. It was a very small beach - just large enough for two of our boats at a time to squeeze in. The actual area for cargo operations was about 100 feet wide and maybe 100 yards deep. It was well within range of North Vietnamese 130 mm howitzers setting North of the DMZ. The Soviet made 130 howitzer is a very effective and accurate piece of artillery. I’m very glad and fortunate that they had no artillery spotters in close to correct their fire.

NAME = Robert G. Scott
WEB SITE = http://justalife.homestead.com/tales.html
<EMAIL = robertscott1[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 329th TC, LCU 1581 & 1580
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau, Da Nang
YEARs in VIETNAM = July 1966- March 68
FROM WHERE = Newport News, VA
REFFERED By = Web Search
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Record 2004
My uncle Oscar Cloninger, Jr. (a.k.a. Junior) enlisted in the Navy in July of 1963. He was initially stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, on a NAS-Crash Boat. From 1964 to 1965 he was assigned to the USS Escape ARS-6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and afterwards in Viet Nam. From March 1966 to March 1967, Oscar Cloninger, Jr. was a Naval Petty Officer in the Navy's River Patrol Force known as the Brown Water Black Berets. He was assigned to Task Force 116-Operation Game Warden River Division 511. He was primarily stationed at Cat Lo in the Rung Sat Special Zone of the Saigon River on a PBR (Patrol Boat River). His responsibilities as s shipfitter were to make sure his boat was ready for patrol or battle, as well as damage control. The River Patrol Force (Task Force 116) was established on 18 December 1965. From then until March 1966, the Navy procured river patrol boats (PBR) in the United States, prepared the crews at the Coronado, California, and Mare Island, California, training centers, and deployed the units to Southeast Asia for Operation Game Warden. On 15 March 1966 the River Patrol Force was also designated River Patrol Squadron 5 for administrative and supply purposes. Junior was among those first deployed in the River Patrol Force. Cat Lo was one of the seven original land bases, which was gradually migrated to Nha Be, Game Warden Headquarters in Saigon. Prior to being stationed in Vietnam, Junior trained with the Navy Seals in California to prepare him for this mission. The 'unofficial' meaning of PBR was "PROUD-BRAVE-RELIABLE" and they were all of those things and more. As my youngest son says, "Uncle Junior was the shiz!" Uncle Junior's crewmates' unofficial definition for PBR was "Pabst Blue Ribbon" boys! They referred to themselves as "River Rats." He told me he learned to water ski in Viet Nam behind a PBR! He would very much like to hear from any of his shipmates. You can reach him via me at DarLank99[ at ]aol.com.

NAME = Oscar Leroy Cloninger, Jr. <EMAIL = darlank99[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Task Force 116 - Game Warden River Division 511
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-67
FROM WHERE = Belmont, NC
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Record 2038
Spent time in Vung Tau, Sea Float and patroled most of the rivers in the delta. Was on the 67 when she was blown up with a command detonated mine on 2/22/69

NAME = Allen Cott <EMAIL = Allencott[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF 32, 73-
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo, An Thoi
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1/69-1/70
FROM WHERE = Huntington Beach, CA, CA
REFFERED By = Surfed in
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Record 2050
THIS IS AVERY BENIFICIAL WEB SITE FOR A LOT OF REASONS,AND PROVIDES A GREAT SERVICE TO DESERVING PEOPLE.I SERVED ON THE MADERA CTY. FROM FEB '68 UNTIL MAR '69.I SAW MOST OF SOUTH VIET NAM SO THERE ARE A LOT FAMILAR COMMENTS IN ALL OF THE ENTRIES.I AM SURPRISED TO ONLY FIND ONE OTHER MENTION OF MY SHIP.IF NOT FOR NELLO D'AMATO I WOULD WONDER IF I IMAGINED THE ENTIRE YEAR.IT SEEMS SO UNBELIEVABLE ANYWAY. I WAS SH3 AND CUT HAIR;RAN LAUNDRY;RAN SHIPS STORE AND SMALL STORE;AND SOMEHOW STOOD PORT & STARBOARD WATCH MOST OF THE TIME.SYAYING BUSY WAS FOR THE BEST THOUGH. NEXT SHIP WAS USS ASHTABULA (AO-51)YANKEE STATION AND MARKET TIME FOR 9 MONTHS.I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO HEAR FROM LST 905 SHIPMATES. WHERE ARE YOU?

NAME = JAMES HARTNESS
WEB SITE = www.executivechefssupply[ at ]aol.com
<EMAIL = executivechefsup[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS MADERA CTY.(LST-905)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= HOME PORT-VUNG TAU: ALL RIVERS IN DELTA
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68 & 69
FROM WHERE = HOUSTON, TX
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Record 2061
In Cat Lo at first then transfered to An Thoi (base was APL-21). We were part of the group that cleaned out the Cui Lon river after the 43 boat was destroyed so Seafloat could be moved in. Conducted many operations from Seafloat. What a year and YES, your website really takes you back.

NAME = Gary "Carpie" Carpenter <EMAIL = bowers6[ at ]prodigy.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF - 35
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo and An Thoi also operated off of Seafloat
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69 - 70
FROM WHERE = La Puente - now in 29 Palms, CA
REFFERED By = Stumbled in while surfing the web for pictures of Swift boats
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Record 2071
I remember CatLo well,my sgnt and I would call in on our way to Vung Tu to visit our wounded at our base.I still have the K Bar that I swapped for my slouch hat and Skippy badge,all the best to all you guys out there Ken Harrold

NAME = Ken Harrold <EMAIL = kenharr[ at ]eftel.com.au>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 1 Batt Royal Australian Regiment
BASEs or LOCATIONS= NuiDat
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968
FROM WHERE = AUSTRALIA, QLD
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Record 2078
I remember pulling into Cat Lo a couple of times late 67 when the squadron was trying to hoodwink charlie by varying our runs up and down the river and had us hold up there to run up-river at dawn. Also remember the EM club and the hottest peppers that a southern boy had ever tasted. We wasted all your 55 gallon targets out in the marshes with our 50's and were never asked back. choi duck shit

NAME = roger campbell <EMAIL = mceleste[ at ]surfsouth.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = msb 18
BASEs or LOCATIONS= nha be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-67
FROM WHERE = attapulgus, ga
REFFERED By = browsing
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Record 2086
I was stationed at Cat Lo on the CGC POINT MARONE an 82ft patrol boat on market time duty on the Mekong, Bassac, and Bodee rivers. We operated in an area including Con Son island, Phan Thiet, and as far north as Cam Rahn. I remember things like Mamason's place on the base at Cat Lo.The base was sort of built around where she lived and had a little store.I also remember taking lambretta rides to Vung Tau on liberty.

NAME = Jiles Hinson <EMAIL = jhinsonjr[ at ]ec.rr.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = CGC POINT MARONE USCG SQUADRON 1
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-69
FROM WHERE = Wilmington, N.C.
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Record 2100
just browsing thru the swift web noticed your site

NAME = ROBERT L PREWITT <EMAIL = nanrod[ at ]worldnet.att.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = pcfs 56, 95 aug 68 aug 69
BASEs or LOCATIONS= danang , chu lai, cat lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = aug 68 to aug 69
FROM WHERE = jacksonville, fl., fl.
REFFERED By = browsing
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Record 2120
While on the Abnaki we performed a number of activities close in, including: sonic soundings of the beach at Cam Ranh Bay before the Marines landed; search & seizure on junks off the delta; electronic and physical jamming of the Russian Trawlers off North VN to allow the flights 3-minutes of safety after launch. In the South - over the months in 1965 and '66 we had contact with SWIFTS and Riverboats, including search and rescue of a SWIFT that hit a snag at night. I'm also trying to get information anyone who knows about Agent Orange exposure at Cubi Point NAS. My friend Jim was stationed at Cubi for 2 years ('64 - '66) and has come down with a dibilitating muscle/neurological disease. We're trying to find any other Cubi men who may have a similar experience. If you know of someone who could share some cross-reference, have them email Jim at: "chaim444[ at ]msn.com"

NAME = Bill Karns <EMAIL = karnsb[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Ashtabula (AO51), USS Abnaki (ATF96)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau to Danang to Haiphong
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1963 - 1966
FROM WHERE = Scholls, Oregon
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