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Record 4
Name: Greg Brenner
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Waco, Tx.
Time: 1998-03-05 03:41:09
Comments: Enjoyed looking at your pictures. I was in Rivron9-Rivdiv91 from Mar '67 til Feb '68 and spent a lot of time on one of the Delta Hiltons. We were near Dong Tam most of the time. Won and lost a few bucks in some poker games there too!



Record 53
Name: Henry Barber
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Port Lavaca, Texas
Time: 1998-06-28 23:17:54
Comments: Served Vietnam, Naval Advisor Group 71-72 Stationed at Dong Tam, CaMau and Saigon



Record 62
Name: John Quinn, RMCM(SW) (Ret)
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Diego
Time: 1998-07-26 08:02:10
Comments: Brings back lots of memories. I was a radioman stationed in Rach Soi 1/72 - 3/72. The first part of my tour I was in Dong Tam.



Record 81
Name: JOHN R. HENDRICKSON
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX
Time: 1998-08-20 18:59:58
Comments: I WAS ABOARD THE YRBM-16 WHEN SHE WAS DESTROYED BY AN EXPLOSION AT APPX. 1:15 A.M. THE MORNING AFTER THANKSGIVING DAY, 1967. THE ATTACK OCCURRED AT BINH TRE (SPELLING?) AND SHE WAS THEN TOWED TO DONG TAM FOR A SEA PATCH BEFORE BEING TOWED BACK TO JAPAN. SEVEN SAILORS DIED AS A RESULT OF THAT ATTACK. THE FIVE YOU LIST WERE PBR CREW WHO DIED IN THEIR BERTHING SPACE. SHIP'S COMPANY CASUALTIES WERE ROBERT LYNDON GRAY, ETN-3 AND WILSON NATHANIEL FLOWERS, EN2. THEY BOTH DIED A FEW DAYS LATER IN JAPAN.



Record 98
Name: Doug Lindsey
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Sacramento Ca
Time: 1998-09-25 01:06:49
Comments: It sure nice to see a sight dedicated to the Brown Water Navy and the support ships and bardges. I was on the YRBM-17 in Dong Tam from Mar 67 to Jan 68. I worked as a shipfitter and we maintained atc's and monitors. If there are any former crew members of the 17 go ahead and e-mail me, I'd like to hear from you, particularly the one's that were there when I was. Don Gale are you out there! I already e-mailed and talked to a couple of the crew members of the YRBM-16 since I was on It for a short time in Japan. Great site!



Record166
Name: Erving Briggs
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New Boston, Texas
Time: 1999-02-25 02:03:27
Comments: I really enjoyed your site, I was also in the Brownwater Navy. Stationed at Binh Thuy in the 1st DIV.(70-71) operating Mike 8 and Mike 6 boats. We made regular trips to Rach Soi, Chou Doc,Dong Tam, and alot of places I can't remember the names of. Spent three months at ATSB Moc Hoa on the Cambodian border( that was a trip).I hadn't thought of these places in 25 or so year. I remember going to, I think it was Rach Soi and catching a ride into Rach Gia, anyway whereever it was there was five or so sailors and we couldnot get a ride back so we decided to walk. It was around midnight, we started walking and I remember coming to a bridge and there was an old papa son on guard duty and he tried to get us to go back, we continued to walk. Anyway, small arms fire started up and we hit the side of the road. When I looked up I was laying on a grave staring at a tombstone, scared to death, I thought what a place to die.ha No one was hurt and we made it back. Thinking back on the situation it may have been papason having alittle fun.


Record 181
Name: T Cooke
Website:
Referred by: AOL
From: Washington
Time: 1999-03-25 05:31:18
Comments: VERY interesting - - - I was USN Roadrunner Sa Dec/Vinh Long/Dong Tam/My Tho/Nha Be and others.....like to see this!


Record 192
Name: Chuck Fox
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Maple Valley, Washington (Seattle area)
Time: 1999-04-08 04:33:16
Comments: I was "in country" from Oct 68 to Nov 69 in the Mobile Riverine Force based outside Dong Tam. My boat was A-92-1 (an ASPB) tied to the USS Benewah. I have enjoyed viewing your pages and will check back from time to time. If anyone else reads this that was a "River Rat" during my time period I would like to hear from them.


Record 194
Name: RALPH BAKLE
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: FORT WAYNE ,INDIANA
Time: 1999-04-12 03:42:33
Comments: RM2/2OMM GUNNER ASBP 132-8 AUGUST 69 THRU JULY 70 AFTER 30 DAYS LEAVE CAME BACK ABOARD MONITOR-1 AT SONG ONG DOC. AM NEW TO USING THE WEB. HAVE SEVERAL HUNDRED SLIDES AND PICTURES OF U.S.& VIET PERSONNEL HAD WORKED WITH. HAVE 8MM MOVIE OF TURN OVER OF LAST AMERICAN BOATS AT DONG TAM. ALSO COLLECTED MANY STARS & STRIPES ANDOTHER ASSORTED VN NEWSPAPERS. WILL BE AT 99 REUNION AT FT. MITCHELL.


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 to 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 296
Name: William H. Strobel, Jr.
Website:
Referred by: Lycos
From: Warminster PA
Time: 1999-11-23 15:54:05
Comments: I served in Nam from Apr 1970 to Apr 1971. My duty stations were many including Admin Officer for Mobile Riverine Force in Dong Tam, Patrol Officer for RivDiv 153 out of Nha Be, CSO for RivRon 15 in Bin Thuy, and finally Senior Advisor to RID-47 in Go Dau Ha.


Record 331
Name: Alan Sassatelli (ISC) (RET)
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Taylorville, Illinois
Time: 2000-01-26 20:37:03
Comments: Fantastic site!!!! In country with BSU-1 (Det ALPHA) 71-72. First at Dong Tam and later at Ha Tien. Your pictures of Ha Tien really bring back a flood of memories (good & bad; mostly good). I especially remember patroling the Vihn Te Canal as a Advisor with the VNs. Looking for GMG2 Stan Sigel (Stan the Man) and BMC Griffith,if anyone knows where they are at. Keep up the great work.


Record 357
KENT THIS IS #1 WEB SITE YOU DID A 4.0 JOB!IT SURE BRINGS BACK"
"ALOT OF OLD MEMORY'S CON GRATS


BILL ARBOGAST <ARBO48[ at ]AOL.COM>
Unit/Ship= RIVDIV131,MINEDIV113,NAG RAID72 ADVISIOR , - YRS= 69/70 - base/location= DONG TAM
- Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at 02:43:18 (PST)



Record 389
I'LL WRITE MORE LATER-I WENT IN COUNTRY WITH RIVER ASSAULT SQUADRON 13--T-131-7, FROM JUNE-OCT '69 MACVSOG-LATE OCT. '69 RAID 72 SENIOR ADVISOR WAS LT. BELL. TRYING TO FIND ANYONE THAT KNEW BERNARD THIBADEAUX (SP) BOAT CAPT. OF T-131-7, TRYING TO LOCATE HIM-IMPORTANT- THANKS...GOD BLESS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA...!!! H. BRUCE McIVER CAN YOU GUYS REALLY BELIEVE WE MADE IT BACK? HARD SOMETIMES TO RECALL THE HELL WE WENT THROUGH, WE GAVE IT OUR ALL AND MANY GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. I KNOW WE WERE THE BEST OF THE BEST...NEVER FORGET-THE PROUD - THE BRAVE - THE FREE-----

BRUCE "MAC" McIVER <HBMc528[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNIT/SHIP= T-131-7/RAID72/MACVSOG, - YRS= 13MO. - BASE/location= DONGTAM;ETC.SFB50CAMP
FROM= TALLAHASSEE, FL
REFFERED By= SELF
- Friday, April 14, 2000 at 23:49:25 (PDT)


Record 439
Great Job on the Site guys . I am proud . I had a great time my 1 yr spent on the YRBM-17. Many great guys .. I was a nobody, never got past E-3 my time in the Navy. Still the many many places and adventures were wonderful ... We used to sneak in the watch the USO girls take a shower after a show , had to stand on the LT.'s bunk and peak through to do it . He would have killed us .. ------------ I loved the massage parlor and other trades offered on Base at Dong Tam . --------- I never fired a shot , but worked my butt off ........ The real men were the ones who went out on all those Patrols .. My hat is off too you .. God Bless all of You ........

Allen Kinchen <alice7777[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM-17, - YRS= 1 - BASE/location= Dong Tam
FROM= Sept 68-Oct69, - Sunday, July 30, 2000 at 18:47:44 (PDT)



Record 442
great site. i would like to find two old friends bob comes and ed wissman off of the 17.

larry g. bradley <lgb82146[ at ]juno.com>
UNIT/SHIP= yrbm17, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= dong tam
FROM= weavweville, nc
REFFERED By= halsted
- Monday, July 31, 2000 at 14:07:26 (PDT)



Record 445
Great site,nice to read all the messages. Was thinking it was all a big dream, until I came upon the web site.Looking at some the pictures sure brings back memories. Never thought I would ever see pictures of Ha Tien again. Looking for a William Pinkerman that served in nsa Dong Tam in 70-71, I think you saved my life over there, so they told me.Will the world ever know what we went through.It sure was a hell of a way to spend my 19th birtday.Will submit some photos soon. AS I sit here crying Im glad now it wasn't all a bad dream. Lost some good friends in Dong Tam, may they rest in peace for a job well done.

mike miller <Hucktinn99[ at ]aol.com>
- YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= Dong Tam , Ha Tien
FROM= Southampton, ma
- Friday, August 04, 2000 at 16:31:11 (PDT)



Record 448
Welcome home Brothers. Great site here.Was on ATC 92-8 & R 92-1 12-67 to 12-68. Would like to hear from anyone in 91 or 92 at that time. Any VNV MC river rats out there? Peace Brothers. Woody

E."Woody"Wittorf <Woodtroll [ at ] aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= TF117 Div 92, - YRS= 67-68 - BASE/location= MRF,Dong Tam
FROM= Sinking Spring, Pa.
REFFERED By= Just surfin'
- Wednesday, August 09, 2000 at 17:31:57 (PDT)


Record 453
Impressive Web Site, thanks for sharing.

Walter Snow <sanwa[ at ]home.com>
UNIT/SHIP= RIVRON15, CCB151-1, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Dong Tam
CO
REFFERED By= surfing web sites
- Tuesday, August 22, 2000 at 15:54:10 (PDT)


Record 457
I was the radioman (RM3) on board A-91-3. Am now 53 years old but still remember the river and the crew. Jeff Chandlier BM2 Boat Captain, Duke Hamilton EN3 boat engineer,Roger Hillard forward fifty gunner, Willy Brown 20MM gunner. Have not seen them since '69 but always remember them and our time on the river. Rick Boutcher RM3 A-91-3

Rick Boutcher <priny8[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNIT/SHIP= A-91-3, - YRS= 68 - 69 - BASE/location= Dong Tam
FROM= New York City, NY
REFFERED By= - - -
- Monday, August 28, 2000 at 00:53:56 (PDT)


Record 459
Any VNN advisors out there??? GREAT SITE!!! Welcome home and thanks.

BobCooley EN3 <Bcool186[ at ]bellsouth.net>
UNIT/SHIP= R.A.I.D.72 A.T.F.211 , - YRS= 70-72 - BASE/location= Dong Tam
FROM= Port Clinton, Ohio
REFFERED By= Surfed in
- Tuesday, August 29, 2000 at 20:14:19 (PDT)


Record 479
I've waited years for a website like this. Went to Mare Island early 70's then to the Presido for Vietnamese language.Arrived by chopper after ANNAPOLIS BEQ to Yrbm 20.Patroled with buddies from NIOTC then transfered to the heavies at an ATSB near Cambodia.Trying to hear from old river sailors CPO Dryden,LT.Hardy,Gmg1Wahoo Henthorn,Bm2 Aliff,Troy,Scratch,Compton,O'ddone,most of the guys in our Rid group wounded & sent home.Also my Pbr buddies John Bunn & Joe Flowers.Miss you guys proud of all you Navy men where ever you served.We all did our duty when called & to this day I am proud of any service man or woman who could go in harm's way any time.God bless all Veterans & veterans to be.

Ronald Davis EN2 <rdavis6[ at ]cinci,rr,com>
UNIT/SHIP= RPG/RID 42 , - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= Vin Te canal/ Dong Tam
FROM= Cincinnati, OH
- Sunday, October 01, 2000 at 19:15:53 (PDT)


Record 517
First time entering your website. It's been great and fascinating. Have been cut off from that part of my life, but excited it can be revisited especially remembering the good times, which were many. Was a fifty cal./twenty MM gunner and part time coxswain/radioman/engineman/medic etc. {weren't we all?}on Tango 111-13 originally out of Dong Tam. Remember "Rocket Alley", "The Four Corners", "Route 66"? Toured the Mekong Delta remembering My Tho, Tre Cu,and I think Tuey Nahn. Lots of operations on the Vam Co Tay, Vam Co Dong, Saigon River, etc. Spent a month on a canal paralelling the Cambodian border I think up in the Parrots Beak area. Fellow crewmates Vincent J Reynolds, Kevin Campbell both from Boston and Wesley Eugene Malott from Dripping Springs, Texas, hope you guys are alive and doing well.

Larry A Wright <Lorenzosoil32[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= RivDiv 111and 113, - YRS= one - BASE/location= Dong Tam/Nha Be
FROM= Redmond, Or
REFFERED By= New surfer
- Wednesday, November 29, 2000 at 16:01:12 (PST)


Record 528

IN THE MIDDLE OR THE LATTER PART OF 1968 I ARRIVED ABOARD THE USS MERCER TO REPORT FOR DUTY. LIKE MOST GUYS DURING THAT TIME I WAS SCARED TO DEATH OF THIS COUNTRY AND WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO ME. BUT IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG...I MADE FRIENDS AND LIFE WENT ON. TODAY, OVER 30 YEARS LATER I'M STILL ALIVE AND I THINK GOD DAILY FOR LETTING ME BE ONE OF THE ONES THAT WAS ABLE TO COME BACK SAFELY. A WEEK AGO THE COMPANY THAT I WORK FOR 'GREATER TEXAS ICE" WENT ON THE INTERNET. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I AM NOW ABLE TO TRY AND FIND SOME OF MY OLD BUDDIES THAT WERE ON THE MERCER WITH ME. THE PROBLEM IS, OVER THE YEARS I HAVE SUPPRESSED MY MEMORY AND I DO NOT REMEMBER ANY NAMES BUT ONE: BILL ELLIOTT. BILL IF YOU ARE OUT THERE AND CAN CONTACT ME PLEASE DO. ANYONE ELSE THAT RECOGNIZES BILL OR MY NAME, OR WAS ON THE MERCER DURING 68&69 PLEASE CONTACT ME. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. UNTIL A FEW DAYS AGO THE LAST CONTACT THAT I HAD WITH THE MERCER WAS WHEN SHE WAS DECOMMISSIONED IN CALIFORNIA. NOW THANKS TO ALBERT MOORE I KNOW NOW THAT SHE IS "ALIVE AND WELL" IN JAPAN. THAT'S GREAT!!! GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU GUYS FROM THE PENCIL PUSHERS TO THE "MUD STOMPER" AND ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO PAID WITH THEIR LIVES....BOB T.


ROBERT D. TARBUTTON JR. <btarbutton[ at ]greatertexasice.com>
UNIT/SHIP= USS MERCER APB39, - YRS= 68&69 - BASE/location= DONG TAM
FROM= HOUSTON, , TX
REFFERED By= SURFED IN
- Thursday, December 14, 2000 at 05:07:55 (PST)


Record 564
hi

clark steve <criver33>
UNIT/SHIP= 3/47.apl.26, - YRS= 1968 - BASE/location= dongtam
FROM= cr33, tn.
- Monday, January 22, 2001 at 20:11:13 (PST)


Record 571
Supplied Ice Cream via LST & Sealand Van in '69 to 6 Navy Boats anchored in Harbor as a jesture of inter-service cooperation. For that I was dubbed "The Dairy Queen of The Delta" thru channels......Has provided lots of laughs during the past 30 years......Thanks Navy!!
Sincerely, Al (formerly Lt. Bordeau)


Al Bordeau <abordeau[ at ]together.net>
UNIT/SHIP= 9th S&T US Army, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Dong Tam
FROM= Stowe, VT
REFFERED By= Web Search
- Monday, January 29, 2001 at 15:26:31 (PST)


Record 575
Great site brings back many memories.Worked closely with the 9th division from May 1967 til April 18th 1968 when I was seriously wounded while serving as a helicopter pilot.Was evac'd to Japan and finally home.The names of the areas in which you operated was our old stomping ground especially in the Dong Tam/Ben Tre/Mytho area.Keep up the good work.CW2 Darwin C. Mininger

darwin c mininger <dmininger[ at ]excite.com>
UNIT/SHIP= 135th/191st ahc, - YRS= 1967/68 - BASE/location= blackhorse/bearcat
FROM= mobile, al
REFFERED By= just surfed on in
- Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 13:44:42 (PST)


Record 597
Looking for sailors stationed at Ben Luc and Dong Tam from April 1970 to April 1971. I worked in the engine shop rebuilding 6v 53's and was fuel king at Ben Luc. (NSA 1st 6 months) Last 6 months, NAG at Dong Tam, Training Vietnamese. Thanks for the site

Alvin Hall EN2 <hallal[ at ]citcom.net>
UNIT/SHIP= NSA and NAG, - YRS= 1970/1971 - BASE/location= Ben Luc / Dong Tam
FROM= Lake Toxaway, NC
REFFERED By= Surfin
- Tuesday, February 27, 2001 at 18:48:45 (PST)


Guest Record 641
Thanks, Bubba. I can finally look at where all the stuff happened without going blitzo, if you know what I mean. I visited the Vietnam Memorial Wall in DC last Summer for the first time. It helped to get rid of some hostilities I have carried for many years. I am currently involved in a web-page site for POWs/MIAs and it is very time consuming gathering information but well worth the effort. We cannot allow ourselves to forget those who have not yet come home. Thanks again for the refresher course.

NAME = Bill M. Clark
WEB SITE = msnhomepages.talkcity.com/msngamingzone/crazywilliam/bringthemhome.htm
<EMAIL = bclark6007[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU 56 Lighterage Division Danang ( 1st. Tour)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= LSB Dong Tam '73 (2nd Tour)
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2
FROM WHERE = Dallas , TX
- Friday, April 20, 2001 at 17:40:47 (PDT)


Guest Record 642
Great site very informative and teriffic pictures. Looking for anyone who served with 1097th, especially the early years at Dong Tam. We were the pioneers.Big change from off loading ships in a bay to towing around arty (3\34) thru those narrow and fast rivers. Great "on the job training"

NAME = Donald Messner <EMAIL = vietvet1097[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 1097th Trans. Co
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cam Ranh\ Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-67
FROM WHERE = Philadelphia, Pa
REFFERED By = surfed in
- Friday, April 20, 2001 at 23:42:04 (PDT)


Guest Record 644
I was a plank owner of River Dicision 112. Since they couldn't turn all the crews over at the same time we were lucky enough to only have to do a 6-7 month tour before going back to the world. As of now I know the location of one other crew member on my boat and his name is Roger Pete.

NAME = Bill Frede <EMAIL = flaflash7[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = T-112-2
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967
FROM WHERE = Orlando, FL
REFFERED By = Self Search
- Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 15:51:33 (PDT)


Guest Record 645
Was in nam 3 tours 1965 and 1966 aboard the USS Weiss APD we worked the Mekong Delta with Navy Seals an Recon Marines My last tour was in country at LSB Dongtam Like to here from anyone who was there when i was. Retired from the Navy in 1978 with 26 years.

NAME = jimmy mcclure <EMAIL = jimmy_mcclure[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = repair
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dongtam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970 1971
FROM WHERE = Fort Smith, ark
REFFERED By = found it brousing the web
- Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 23:01:18 (PDT)


Guest Record 647
I was on the yrbm 20 from sept 1970 til may 1971 would like to here from anyone onboard around that time. Spent the rest of my tour at LSB Dong Tam. Would like to hear from anyone that might remember me.

NAME = sammy brown <EMAIL = sammyb030>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yrbn 20
BASEs or LOCATIONS= chau duc/ tan chau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970
FROM WHERE = Grand Cane, La,
REFFERED By = surfing
- Monday, April 23, 2001 at 19:59:20 (PDT)


Guest Record 650
Looking for anything about HM2 Richard Ayres who served in 1967-68 with Riverines in RVN please contact

NAME = Doc Harbert <EMAIL = kenharbert[ at ]hotmail.com>
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2
PA
- Monday, April 30, 2001 at 10:32:40 (PDT)


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Guest Record 669
I Have been looking for any crewmember that were on the yrbm17 in 1967 to 1968, at dong tam.I was cs2 at time working out of base galley.I was galley baker for the first year we were there.I,AM looking for cs2 who releaved me back then. IF THERE ARE ANYONE OUT THERE GAVE ME A CALL AT 520 344-O364.

NAME = SMITTY CS2 <EMAIL = FALISHELMA>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM17
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DOUNG TAM
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67/68
FROM WHERE = YUMA, AZ
REFFERED By = DOUG LINDSEY/DOUG HALSTED
- Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 10:13:38 (PDT)


Guest Record 690
Just thought I would try to reach out to a few Navy guys from back there. I really had it made my first tour, clubs and messes, working on slot machines in Danang, traveling all over I corps. I tore up my knee one night durring a mortor attack on the base. I ended up in 106th army hospital, yokohama japan. I felt bad about bieng there with all the others on the limb ward. anyway, I voluntered for a second tour when I recovered. yrbm-17 dong-tam was my next duty station. worked on river boats, water pumps, ramp gaskets for mike boats. Was the original eager-beaver firefighter on the navy base. Helped set up thousands of cambidoian refugees in dong tam at the old 9th div army base. If David Casman, Kieth tyler, Nick Nagel, frenchy,bear,or anybody else want to talk. E-mail me. I have some old photos of yrbm-17 crew

NAME = Tim Wendel <EMAIL = firedog1225[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Danang (69) yrbm-17 (70)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Camp tin sha -DaNang, NSA-dong tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-70
FROM WHERE = Houston , TX
- Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 12:13:27 (PDT)


Guest Record 692
ON BROWNWATER NAVY -- VIETNAM, SOMEONE WAS TRYING TO LOCATE LT. BELL....WHEN I WAS WITH RAID 72, HE WAS MY SENIOR USN ADVISOR......I HAVEN'T BEEN IN TOUCH WITH HIM SINCE NAM, HOWEVER I KNOW HE GRADUATED FROM DUKE UNIVERSITY...DEGREE IN PSYCOLOGY. IF YOU CONTACT DUKE UNIVERSITY, CHANCES ARE HE CAN BE FOUND...AS AN ALUMNI, HE MORE THAN LIKELY HAS SOME AFFILIATION. PLEASE RESPOND...H.BRUCE"MAC" McIVER-B33 03 62

NAME = H. BRUCE "MAC" McIVER <EMAIL = NAGRAID72[ at ]CS.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = T-131-7, MACVSOG, RAID72-TF211 Naval Advisory Group-MACV
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam,Go Da Hau, Base Camp B-41 Detachment 5th SF,Rach Gia,Vi Thanh,MORE...
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969-70
FROM WHERE = CHARLESTON,CHERAW,SOCIETY HILL, South Carolina
REFFERED By = BLACK OPS-Brownwater Navy,MACV
- Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 23:28:50 (PDT)


Guest Record 693
I,AM TRYING TO FIND ANYONE WHO WAS ON THE YRBM17 IN 1967 TO 1968 .ALSO ANYONE WHO WAS AT THE BASE MESS HALL 67/68.THOSE WERE THE YEARS WHEN I THERE IN VIETNAM. HOPE TO HEAR FORM ANY OF MY OLD SHIPMATE OUT THERE.

NAME = SMITH F. W. CS2 <EMAIL = FALISHELMA>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM17
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DONG TAM
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67 / 68YUMA
FROM WHERE = YUMA , AZ
REFFERED By = BROWNWATER NAVY
- Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 10:52:10 (PDT)


Guest Record 694
great website. would like to hear from anyone that i served with.

NAME = gene strickland <EMAIL = geneos[ at ]mediaone.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yrbm17
BASEs or LOCATIONS= nas dong tam -- nag my trho
YEARs in VIETNAM = sep69/aug70
FROM WHERE = jacksonville, fl
- Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 12:37:28 (PDT)


Guest Record 700
spent 12 mo with rivdiv91 ...Ben Tre, rocket alley,snoopys nose, rt66 all those great places after I left rivdiv91 I went to the naval advisory group and formed a RVN navy group called RAID71 with Lt Bunnell, WO Coffin, and BM1 weber in Saigon , on the vam co and vam co dong rivers and a place called Tra Cu

NAME = ed hasior <EMAIL = ehasior[ at ]lucent.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = rivron9 rivdiv91 T-91-13 A-91-7
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong tam tra cu
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2
FROM WHERE = hilton head , sc
- Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 18:55:47 (PDT) Guest Record 727
I was a cs2 at the base mess hall at the time i was there AT 67 TO 68 I WAS ON THE YRBM 17 WHEN SHE FIRST GOT TO DONG TAM IN 1967 I LEFT THERE IN 1968 IAM LOOKING THE CS2 WHO RELIEDED ME IN 68 HE WAS CS2 ALSO . I WAS THE ONLY BAKER THEY HAD AT THE TIME WHEN WE ALL GOT THERE 67. I CAN,T REMMBER HIS NAME

NAME = smitty cs2 yrbm 17 <EMAIL = falishelma >
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yrbm 17
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong tam67 68
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67 68 yuma
FROM WHERE = yuma , az
REFFERED By = brown water navy
- Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 20:07:29 (PDT)



Record 812
I already have a entry (guest record 644) but wanted to update/add info. I was the RM3 on T-112-2, my boat captain was Guy Dail, he was the old white haired BM1 who had been called back to active duty from the fleet reserve to run mike boats (LCM-6). He passed away a few years ago. Also our boat coxswain Johnny Maness (I hate to use this description of him, but he was the real light skinned black guy) has also passed away. Since I last logged in besides finding an old boat mate of mine, (Roger Pete), I have also had contact with guys from other boats in our Division that served there at the same time as me. They are Paul Kuhn from T-112-6, and Jack Barwick from the 112 Zippo boat. If anybody from our Division in the same timeframe reads this and needs there e-mail addresses contact me at my e-mail address and I can give it to you, also if you know of any other guys I haven't listed I would appreciate that info. I am writing this on the friday following the terrorist attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon, them Dot Heads have to get there due, and I hope Pres. Bush doesn't pussyfoot around like they did when we were in Nam. God bless you and God bless America.

NAME = Bill Frede <EMAIL = flaflash7[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ATC 112-2
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Out of Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967
FROM WHERE = Orlando, FL
REFFERED By = Self Search
- Friday, September 14, 2001 at 18:02:02 (PDT)

Record 831
Served aboard U.S.S. St.Francis River 525 - Aug 67-68 Served on U.S.S. Colonial LSD-18 for 3Mos. in San Diego. than I voluntered for order to NSA Saigon, where i ended up down in the Mekong Delta, aboard the Apl-26. in Dong Tam. Spent last few Months in Nha BE, before returning home. Served aboard U.S.S. Midway CVA-41 - 69-70 I belong to the St.Francis River Assoc. and Mobil Riverine Force Assoc. But I would like to hear from some of the guys off the A.P.L -26 during the period I served one her. I was a En.3 at the time.

NAME = Ronald L. Bakert <EMAIL = phyllisron[ at ]cdsinet.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = U.S.S. St. Francis River - 525 = A.P.L.-26
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam - Nha Be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-69
FROM WHERE = Marshall,, MO.
REFFERED By = Found Link on Mobil Riverine Force Web. Site
- Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 18:30:00 (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 888
Did my incountry time working the boats out of Dong Tam. The unit was RID 42,composed of Vietnamese and approx 15 Advisors. All of my patrols were on the local canals with an occasional trip out on the Mekong. As a 30 year old,I covered my ass well. As I didnt want to leave anything there but footprints.We spent a short period of time on the APL,but eventually got one of the off base barracks that the Army had abandoned. This was our home,when we were not on patrol. Good memories and bad. Have neither seen nor heard from any of the guys I served with. Retired in 1983.

NAME = ENC Curtis Plyler USN RET <EMAIL = Navyguytoo[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Naval Advisory Group RID 42
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971/1972
FROM WHERE = Taunton, Ma
REFFERED By = Gary Wentworth
- Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 04:44:23 (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 900
I am looking for anyone that was on the LST-786 at the same time I was aboard her. I was in the signal gang. They called me SMOBS. We spent the night of TET off of Vin Long. The fire fight that night was one to remember. I believe we had the whole village aboard the ship that night. We also had an attachment of (2) Sea Wolf UH-1 aboard along with providing support for the PBR's. I am looking for a TF-117 patch that we had on the black berets. If anyone can help locate one please contact me at the listed e-mail address. Thanks, and welcome home Bros.

NAME = Frank Mobley <EMAIL = twowheelriders[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Garrett County LST-786
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam and Vin Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66 to 68
FROM WHERE = Wheeling, WV
REFFERED By = Surfed in from web
- Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 06:37:58 (PST)

Record 939
Interested in any other grunts who were on this troop ship. The Navy treated us very well, even if they did eat our steaks when we were out on a mission. Ships' hot showers are still remembered with appreciation. Go Navy!

NAME = Sgt. Marshall Wiygul <EMAIL = Darline Wiygul[ at ]aol>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 3rd of 60th 9th Infantry___Troop Ship= Ben Wah (?)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Mekong River off Dong Tam, My Tho.........
YEARs in VIETNAM = Jan-Oct..1968
FROM WHERE = Snohomish, Wa
REFFERED By = no one
- Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 18:12:16 (PST)

Record 951
THIS STORY IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF *DAVID LAND* R.I.P. Bro... With ENOURMOUS respect for the US Army 9th Infantry !! I have recently gotten in contact with a Navy buddy that I served with on the Mekong river. I had searched for this guy for 30 years, off & on, then finally found him. This is the first story I sent him to update him on what happened to me after we parted. Enjoy.................. End of September 1969: I received orders to leave VietNam & checked out of RivRov13 in a BIG hurry. I slept, the first night after, on the steel deck of a pontoon next to an Army connex box & woke in the middle of the night with cockroaches crawling in my clothes. A minor distraction & after shooing them away finished the night in peaceful bliss dreaming of the real world, Maria & beds with pillows instead of roaches. A fellow Michigan sailor named Hank, from another Tango boat in RivRon 13, was flying on the same bird home & we teamed up for the ride. Both our seabags had been peppered with shrapnel at some time & after throwing them in the trash, had the jungle greens on our backs, some cash & a $3.00 CARTON of Marlboro's between us for the trip. Cool for me cause Hank didn't smoke. We flew to Saigon on a C-130 & killed the entire day at Tan Son Nhat airport. Hank & I went to the eatery atop the building and ordered T-Bone steak dinners for breakfast. It was time to wash a years worth of C rations from our taste buds. We waited like slobbering, half starved wolves & when the meal arrived we looked at our plates in total wonder.... We wondered what kind of animal these T-bones had come from. They were THE smallest steaks ever seen & yes there was a T bone in there... Bout this big right here > T < !! Hanks eyes lifted to connect with mine & we both said in perfect unison... .... " DOG " ...... Our survival training kicked in... We ate every morsel on the table & washed it down with one of those Giant bottles of VietNam beer that has a picture of a tiger on the label, poured warm into a glass of ice, (yuk).... Satisfied customers I tell you. Slept that night on hard, curved wooden bench seats in the airport lobby with a group of about 10 other paranoid sailors. We could have stayed at the Navy 'Annapolis' hotel, but didn't want to risk leaving & somehow miss our plane. I woke up in the middle of this night also to see the floor Teeming with THOUSANDS of rats, scurrying everywhere. I prayed that it WAS dog that we had eaten in the restaurant. I got up & moved everybodys gear from the floor up onto the benches where the rats didn't seem to be, then flopped down & went back to sleep. After sleeping in a few VC & NVA infested areas, sleeping in a rat infested place was a treat. Better class of rats for sure. We watched our bird land the next day & were the first ones aboard, strapped in & ready to roll. The plane filled rapidly with grunts of every description Army-Navy-Air Force-Marines. The cabin was alive with conversation & nervous talk, kind of a loud backround din. We were facing the worst of our two greatest fears. Fear #2- Getting killed. Fear #1- Getting killed just as you were about to leave that rotten place ( much worse ). Suddenly all sound stopped. I mean the plane went dead silent. Down the aisle walked the United Airlines stewardess of our dreams. A ROUND eyed girl. VERY well shaped & stunningly beautiful. She wore a blue apron covered with hundreds of G.I. pins. Must have been 10 pounds of metal pins covering her chest alone. Army unit pins, Captains bars, Navy chief emblems, & MANY pins depicting Snoopy doing every conceivable thing on a flying dog house. She stopped right next to my seat, about mid plane... I could smell her.... I got lightheaded..... Her presence was AWESOME .... Un believable... I thought I would add to her collection, took a 'Curse You Red Baron' snoopy pin from my boonie hat & gave it to her. She smiled, slowly and pinned it on her chest. **... THEN THE INCREDIBLE HAPPENED ....** xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx She placed her gentle hands on either side of my face, looked right straight into my soul, slowly lowered her lips to mine & gave me a tongue 'n' all, heart stopping, 'Welcome Home Sailor' kiss. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx As her lips detached & her face receeded her eyes never left mine. I was totaly addled... Struck deaf & definitely dumb... in a trance. The men on the plane were stunned & sat with Full Moon eyes, huge, like dinner plates. Hank's lower jaw was on the deck. The footstep of a flea would have seemed like a pallet of C-4 going off at that extraordinary moment. Nobody breathed.... **** Then the flashbulb went off. **** As one, it seemed, the whole planeload of men saw that if you gave this angel a gift, she returned a 'Welcome Home' kiss. Pandemonium ensued. Soldiers tore at their clothes as if they were being eaten by fire ants. Pins of all descriptions appeared. Men who didn't have pins pulled buttons, chevrons & unit patches off their tunics. The sound of rending cloth was everywhere mixed with cursing as battle hardened troopers took their last, self inflicted, puncture wounds of the war. Money appeared & 25 cent pins were sold for uncounted wads of cash. >>>Blood flowed like water<<<< & the noise became deafening. The lady stood there, calmly, in the middle of the utter chaos & smiled, slowly. She loved it... This was her thing... She actually seemed to glow... Everything, ... guns, napalm, tracers, bombs, bullets, rain, mud, mosquitoes, booby traps, choppers, heat, death & bad food was driven from our minds. It was the greatest feat of instantanious mood alteration I have ever seen. I'm blessed with a fast mind & very good reflexes sooo...... Quick as a cat I ripped another pin from my hat & offered it to the goddess of lips for kiss #2. Screw all them other guys. I wanted another. I was there, they were square. She gazed at the trinket in my trembling hand & brought her face close to mine again... hands on thighs... smiling, even more slowly... hotly even... She looked directly into my steamed up Buddy Holly glasses, through my eyes, right into my brain & spoke her first words. To me... Only me. " One to a customer soldier," she cooed sweetly, " But you know a girl never forgets her first......" she added with a wink. MY jaw hit the deck. My vision dimmed. My face caught FIRE. I was burning ALIVE. Einstien was right..Time & space can became one. I'm sure I blacked out for a moment. She then took Hank's pin, slipped it in a pocket on her apron & kissed him. After she pulled back, the shine off his smiling teeth nearly blinded me. In a flash of insight i realized that only her 'Firsts' were pinned to her apron & got a tongue 'n' all.... the rest went into her pocket & got a peck on the lips. MY snoopy pin held the GREAT honor of residing so very close to what MUST have been the most beautiful chest in the universe.... Gives me shivers to think about it. I figure she must have had a dump truck full of pins & emblems emptied from her apron pocket.... an honor in itself to go into THAT pocket. I guess the plane took off. It must have. I'm here.The rest of the flight was a blur. I actually took off well before the aircraft left the ground. This woman from heaven managed to 'Welcome Home' kiss EVERY man on the plane during the long flight..... It was as if she were a hypodermic & injected each of us with a 'Zest For Life' drug laced with 'I am alive-I have a future' serum. There were other girls which attended us on that flight, I think, but she was OURS. No... we were HERS... She OWNED every man aboard. She must have been chilled from the repeated mental undressings she endured. Like I said... She loved it... (so did we) This might seem like a good place to end this, 'I swear it's true' (and it IS true, I swear), story, But I can't... there's more... It gets better. In the 27 or so sleepless hours it took to get to the USA Hank & I talked mostly about how we would be recieved. Stories got to us in country about returning soldiers being spit upon & crowds chanting 'Baby Killer'. We worried about that. I thought about some of the sailors I had met. Kevin ... John.... James .....T.L. & David.... We had lost David.... A couple of poker games ran most of the way back, dice too. Tales of GI 'just home' suicides drifted about. We worried about that as well. Our thoughts were interrupted when the pilot informed us that he could see Mt. McKinley ahead & banked the plane both ways so all could see the first glimpse of home. Many men wept, me included. Totally unashamed. Overpowered with emotion. The force of seeing that mountain is STILL strong. Very strong indeed. After touchdown in the sweet California sunshine at Travis AFB, Hank & I went down the ramp to face, I guess, big fear #3. Guess what ??? NOBODY was there. We breathed easier but remained very tense. More scared, kind of, than if we were still on the river. And God we were tired. I felt 90 years old & looked BAD. Four days in the same jungle greens. Eyes like twin red suns setting on the planet Zombie. Four days scraggly beard, sporting a smell in the R's. Somewhere between roadkill & roquefort cheese. WHEW! Never felt or smelled like that before or since. We had 6 hours to kill so we decided to go to the USO & see if we could get a bed. The USO was on an upper level & we waited at an elevator to ride up. A little old man & a little old lady walked up and stood next to us to wait also. Talk about embarrased. The doors opened & we all got on. Hank & I stared at the floor, acutely aware of our awful stench. The old man cleared his throat & said " Excuse me boys, Have you just returned from Viet Nam?" PANIC CITY !! Hank & I both mumbled a feeble "yessir" & then looked up. The lady had tears in her eyes, the man did too, (I thought it was from B.O. fumes). Hank & I straightened a little, ready to take the ass whipping we had worried about all the way home. Brave sailors to the last. The couple kind of glanced at each other then burst into full blown sobs. They came at us. We backed into a corner. No escape. We couldn't fight. We couldn't raise our hands against grandma & grandpa. We were frozen, solid to the floor. Trapped.... waiting for that round between the eyes. The lady rushed in, threw her arms around Hank & started kissing his face saying " Welcome home son, Welcome home." The man grabbed my hand & pumped it furiously sobbing "Welcome back boys, Job well done." Then they switched & I was engulfed by moms arms & repeatedly kissed & murmured too. Dad wrung Hank's hand & did the same. The elevator doors opened but the love that filled that car didn't drain out. It stuck to Hank & I and covers us to this very day. Many men were not welcomed home.... We were .... Oh how we were welcomed home. Mom & Pop touched us one last time, said " God bless you " & dissappeared. I didn't learn their names but I will NEVER forget them. I don't know about Hank but I was sure that I had just met the people I had fought so hard for. Mom & Pop USA. Angels placed there, at that moment in time, to surround ME with America's love. God bless THEM !!!!!! ................... Best ass whipping I ever had....... The beds at the USO?... Sleep?... You gotta be kidding. We made for the airport bar & drank AMERICAN beer, no ice, till a bird took us to our home in the Great Frozen Mitten ..... We had it made...... Gravy mman..... All gravy.... xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Back to the present... This is a true story..... I remember it like it happened an hour ago... It STILL makes me cry to recall the events & the emotions of that trip. It took me 13 hours to recall & write this narritive in detail... Most of that time was spent trying to dissolve the massive, bowling ball sized lump in my throat. It is important to me that you read this & figured out that Grandma & Grandpa's love, in the elevator, was the TRUE American sentiment at the time. Me & Hank were just the lucky swabs that took that message for ALL the grunts.... I have to sign off for now cause my glasses are steaming up again... Love to you all... Tango out.....

NAME = Larry Kennedy <EMAIL = tango13[ at ]voyager.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Army/Navy Mobile Riverene Force, Rivron13, T-131-11, T-131-13, M-131-2
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 11/1968 - 10/1969
FROM WHERE = Mason, Michigan
- Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 03:53:24 (PST)

Record 952
helped build hutches at service battery 3/34th arty used to drive birm reactionary force out to birm when incoming morters hit . also ended up on barge operated arty 3/34th arty . sure liked the navy boats that towed us from one fire position too another . They had lots of fire power . thanks for towing us safely and pulling gaurde on our flanks

NAME = Jerome king <EMAIL = jerry1[ at ]pathwaynet.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 3/34th artillery svc btry also barge operated artillery
BASEs or LOCATIONS= 9th Inf Div Dong Tam and river ways in Mekong Delta
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = Greenville , Mi
REFFERED By = search
- Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 22:40:51 (PST)

Record 956
Served on rivers from Song Ong Doc to Nha Be from April 1970 to December 1970. Was in ComRivDiv 131 and ComRivDiv 153 while on Alpha 1 boat. Served as Advisor in Danang at Camp Tien Sha at weapons repair facility from December 1970 to March 1972. Love to hear from anyone who may remember being in those locations or shared a cold drink together.

NAME = Henry Archer, Jr. <EMAIL = harcher[ at ]cinergy.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ASPB-1
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Song Ong Doc, Dong Tam, Nha Be, Danang, Cua Viet
YEARs in VIETNAM = Apr 70 to Mar 72
FROM WHERE = Princeton, Indiana
REFFERED By = Just Cruising
- Friday, December 28, 2001 at 21:44:29 (PST)

Record 973
I was coxswain on the 14 of the 1097th in 68 pogonas was capt then he made three star general before he got out he was in charge of all logistics moved to saudi for desert storm.

NAME = John T. Perrine <EMAIL = jokervet[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 1097th
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968
FROM WHERE = plainfield , N.J.
REFFERED By = surfed on in
- Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 10:52:41 (PST)

Record 977
I was a corpsman assigned to Tango-111-3, BM3 Al Underwoods boat. Is Al or Foxey still alive out there! Also Bill Shealey, does any one remember me?

NAME = Mike Serenko <EMAIL = dustydawg[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RivDiv 111, Tango 111-3
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = Feb68-Feb69
FROM WHERE = Fernley, NV
REFFERED By = just surfed in
- Friday, January 11, 2002 at 14:10:33 (PST)

Record 1004
I was sent to Dong Tam early 1971 spent 14months in the Medical Dept. I was club manager part of the time. sure would like to hear from any corpsman that served in that period. "doc" Garrett

NAME = george "doc"garrett
WEB SITE = none
<EMAIL = gshipmate[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = dong tam medical dept
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1965-66/1971/72
FROM WHERE = nas miramar ,, ca
- Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 19:52:45 (PST)

Record 1024
I went down the delta in 69 to cambodia where the French landed, and lost 1000 men, Can any one tell me where or what was the name of that place. Thank you This is a great site

NAME = peter Michielini
WEB SITE = none
<EMAIL = Petermrwd[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = D,Co 15 th Combat Engineers
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68/69
FROM WHERE = Longisland, New York
REFFERED By = Just stoped in
- Monday, February 04, 2002 at 16:44:39 (PST)

Record 1027
I was a drugged up fuck up back then. Worked as a boatswain's mate. I was the one who painted a psychedleic mural on the paint locker topside. Interesting times, the TET Offensive, the time the YRBM-17 got hit by rocket fire, etc. I am noww drug free and working as a teacher for troubled high school students. I am also the author of a book of haiku about the Vietnam War. Anyone remember, Boats, The Great Randini, Slowman, or TC?

NAME = Robert Wilson <EMAIL = coltrane[ at ]lodelink.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-17
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968
FROM WHERE = Groveland, CA
REFFERED By = net search
- Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 15:07:59 (PST)

Record 1044
Looking to contact Roger Gagne from Boston 2nd class ackers 1st class struffle

NAME = Fred Radtke <EMAIL = fradtke[ at ]dscp.dla.mil>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-17
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-1969
FROM WHERE = Phila, Pa
REFFERED By = Doug Halstead
- Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 11:46:11 (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 1073
Just wanna give thanks to the MRF for the support and treatment you guys gave us whenever you loaded us up on your ATC"s from Dongtam to Cai Bhe and up Snoopies Nose and down the Mekong.We wont forget the Ice Cold cokes and Beer and LRP rations that we stuffed in our Rucksacks and we wont forget how you guys would prep the area with those quad 50s before we got off the Tango Boats .FIREPOWER for the FLOWERPOWERED 9th.So on behalf of all the Armed mudcrusted hobo looking grunts of the 6/31st to the 4th of the 47th infantry again we would like to thank you BROS after all we are linked from Young looking grunts of yesterday to the OLD RELIABLES of today ,GOD BLESS ,VARGAS

NAME = Vargas Alberto (Big Al ) <EMAIL = BigAlVar[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Delta Dragons 6th Bat 31st Recondo Brg 9th Inf Div 2nd plt
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cholon,Nha Bhe (esso oil tanks) Tan An,Dongtam,FsbMoore
YEARs in VIETNAM = june-68-june 69
FROM WHERE = Palmdale , Calif
REFFERED By = Bros from the 9th
- Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 23:53:48 (PST)

Record 1074
I was assigned to M92-2 from 11-67 thru 11-68 just wondering if anyone from (zippo)M92-2 is still around?

NAME = joe lacapruccia <EMAIL = Zippom2[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RivDiv 92 M92-2 (Zippo)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 11-67 - 11-68
FROM WHERE = Buffalo , NY
- Monday, February 25, 2002 at 15:14:50 (PST)

Record 1090
I arrived in siagon at the air base at night and the air base was under attack and i was thrown from a world of peace into a world of war instantly,it was quite a surprise.I was stationed on the YRBM17 in Dong Tam.My job duty there was a electrican.I repaired and maintained the gun boats.I was in the mess hall when it was hit and then as i was making my way back to the YRBM17 i stopped to help someone who had been hit real bad and then i got hit in the head.I woke up laying in the water with my head on the bank.Then as i tried to get aboard our boat it was hit by a rocket and i was thrown through the air the distant of two barges and was hit in the chest.That was quite a experience.Since 1968 i have never forgotten that day.I met a guy there in 1968 that years later we are best friends. His name is Gerge Soileau.He was aboard the Monitor boat 112.My heart goes out to every one that came back and the ones that did not.

NAME = Ronnie Fontenot <EMAIL = fishin4cars [ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM17
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = Jan.68toNov68
FROM WHERE = Lake Charles, La.
- Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 14:18:08 (PST)

Record 1105
I have been part of V.V.A. Chapter 53 for 2 yrs now. We talk about when we were young. We also talk and do things to make it better for younger vets today. "Welcome Home", has real meaning for me now. I hope all my shipmates are at peace, Welcome Home.

NAME = Dean (Dino) Bugenhagen
WEB SITE = none
<EMAIL = deanbugenhagen[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = TF-117 on T-111-6
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = Nov 67/68
FROM WHERE = Redondo Beach, CA
REFFERED By = surfin for Riverine stuff
- Friday, March 08, 2002 at 13:41:06 (PST)

Record 1113
This is a great sit and I'm glad and proud to see it here, Thank You! I remember the nights that we took incoming every night. You could just about set your watch to the sounds. When I went to Vietnam I was to be an an Electrican Mate but they needed to have welders so I became a Ship Fitter. I didn't care, I just wanted to stay busy that way my mind wasn't on the fear we all had over there. I was only an E-3 when I left Dong Tam. I never had the desirer to stay in the Navy but my brother made up for both of us. He was a lifer with 40 years in the Navy retired as a Commander and I was proud of him. I was there during the change of comand in 1969 in Dong Tam it was just before Thanks Giving, this might make someone remember me. I have blocked this part of my life out for the past 32 years. I just thank God every day that we know there're military men out there to keep us safe and our children safe. Thank you!

NAME = Cliff Brown
WEB SITE = www.browns-escort-pilot-car-service.com
<EMAIL = mtnightrider[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 17
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969
FROM WHERE = Billings, MT
REFFERED By = Just decided today to searching for the YRBM 17
- Monday, March 11, 2002 at 00:59:09 (PST)

Record 1119
Spent several months at Dong Tam, ATF-211 / radio ops, Went to Nam Can / Solid Anchor from 8/70 to 1/71. Worked in the Ops center as radio operator. 12 on 12 off. spent last two months at Quin Nhon. Loved Siagon on my trips through. Rode some PBR's as a passenger and Seawolfs hopping from ATSB's, were going to send me to Song Ong Doc but talked my way up to Quin Nhon. Served on USS Newport News 68-69. CI school at Little Creek and was on the Agerholm DD826 an Hoel DDG13 after Nam.

NAME = Ford Swanson
WEB SITE = http://www.wf.net/~fprd/
<EMAIL = ford[ at ]wf.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= ATF-211, Dong Tam; Solid Anchor, Nam Can;
YEARs in VIETNAM = March 70 - 71
FROM WHERE = Wichita Falls, , TEXAS
REFFERED By = Net search
- Thursday, March 14, 2002 at 08:22:58 (PST)

Record 1122
I was at Dong Tam for my first six months in country. ATF - 211 supported riverboat ops in the delta and I had a chance to work with some great guys, Dave Norman, Dan Sims, Mile Lamont. O'Riley, and Lt Beal……..I went to Nick Long, Cambodia for a few weeks with Lt. Col. Griffiths USMC. Later I got transferred to the ATSB Solid Anchor at Nam Can. We had some great times in Saigon…. Thi Hotel, CBC Band….. Would enjoy talking to my friends again. Ford

NAME = Ford Swnason
WEB SITE = http://www.wf.net/~ford/
<EMAIL = ford[ at ]wf.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ATF211
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = Mar 70 - Mar 71
FROM WHERE = Wichita Falls, Texas
REFFERED By = Net Search
- Friday, March 15, 2002 at 06:28:02 (PST)

Record 1124
Outstanding site,found some people i served with on the 17 the first time i checked out the site, thanks.

NAME = R.W. Augenstein (Augie) <EMAIL = rwaug[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 17 - EN-3
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DONGTAM
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67 68 69
FROM WHERE = Williams, AZ
REFFERED By = Surfing
- Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 19:44:14 (PST)

Record 1126
I was a Sgt in Aco 3Bn 60th Inf worked ops off of ships on tango boats flight decks and out of Dong Tam.I had two reall good frieds kia in Delta Russell Eads and Tungate Co was John Brunson good Co and we had a 1st Sgt Korea Vet was hit in May 69 but returned right before withdrawl started would like his name if anyone out there knows.I left Nam in July 69 with 3rd/60th when it was Deactified.

NAME = Bruce (Ham) Hamrick <EMAIL = brchamrick[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Benawah And Mercer
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam Aco 3 Bn 60 Inf 9th Inf Div
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68/69
FROM WHERE = Empire, Ala
REFFERED By = Searching Web
- Monday, March 18, 2002 at 16:11:01 (PST)

Record 1141
I was in Vietnam in 1968 and I can,t find any reconission for our company on the web anywhere. We went on missions with the navy mobile riverine forces wher ever they went, like Can Toe and all over, but all that is recored is on the navy operations. We towed the artilery barges out on missions with the navy for support of the 9th infintry, but we are not mentioned about our part in the missions.I guess that is why the company can,t find any commrads from it,s own co. I spent a lot of time at Dong Tam and went throught a lot of mortor attacks but I also went out on missions with the navy.yours truly Larry

NAME = Larry Burkett <EMAIL = lbur2002[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 1097th med boat co.
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam, Vietnam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968
Pa.
- Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 16:54:19 (PST)

Record 1154
FROM DANANG TO MENGONG DELTA STARTING IN JUN-66 AT TIEN SHAW RAMP DANANG ABOARD M-24 AS COXSWAIN UNTIL LOST AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE PERFUME RIVER AT HUE.I THEN WAS LEADING P.O. TIEN SHAW RAMP UNTIL JUN-67 WHEN I WAS SENT TO CALIF. FOR RIVER BOAT TRAINNING ARIVING ONCE AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME AT DONG TAM IN DEC 67, ON CCB-92-1 TILL APRIL 68, UNTIL I LEFT IN DEC 68 AS BOAT CAPT. T-92-4.

NAME = BMC JOHN E. BROWN <EMAIL = MANDJBROWN[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RIVRON 9 RIVDIV92 T-92-4 BOAT CAPT. C-92-1 COXSWAIN
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DONG TAM---------- TIEN SHAW RAMP DANANG
YEARs in VIETNAM = JUN 66-DEC-68
FROM WHERE = HOUSTON, TX
REFFERED By = SEARCH
- Sunday, March 31, 2002 at 20:43:06 (PST)

Record 1160
i was the bn chaplain for the 3rd/60th inf. was on the colleton and the apl 26. was based at dong tam

NAME = tom a. carroll <EMAIL = tcar63944[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = HHC 3/60th 9th inf div/
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-1969
FROM WHERE = arcadia, tx
- Wednesday, April 03, 2002 at 17:48:50 (PST)

Record 1166
Rm2 Radioman and 22MM gunner on T-132-5 until turnover then transfered to RAS 15 until mid 1970 but dont remember the number of the Tango I was assigned to. Very nice site. Will most likely vesit often

NAME = Terry Kemp <EMAIL = tjwareagle[ at ]peoplepc.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = TF-117, RAS 13, RAD 132, Tango 132-5
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = '69-'70
FROM WHERE = Springdale, Ar.
REFFERED By = just surfed in
- Sunday, April 07, 2002 at 14:39:36 (PDT)

Record 1172
anybody left from tango 1 or 2????

NAME = bill lancaster <EMAIL = musicshop[ at ]clnk.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = rivdiv131,tango2
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969
ok
- Tuesday, April 09, 2002 at 19:58:46 (PDT)

Record 1180
WOUNDED DEC. 4, 1967 IN MEOKONG DELTA. ANYONE THAT SERVED WITH ME.

NAME = SADLER,JIM <EMAIL = JIM _SADLER[ at ]CSX.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = COMRIVRON111
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DONG TAM
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967
FROM WHERE = JACKSONVILLE, FL.
REFFERED By = FRIEND
- Monday, April 15, 2002 at 10:06:11 (PDT)

Record 1223
I was in Vietnam as an advisor 1971-72,with RPD-53 IN Mytho.I just want to see or hear from my shipmates.

NAME = Ogo,Alfred ENC /RETIRED <EMAIL = ogoad[ at ]ewtgpac.navy.mil>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RPD-53
BASEs or LOCATIONS= MYTHO,BENLUC DONG TAM
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971-72
FROM WHERE = san diego, CA
REFFERED By = SHIPMATE
- Thursday, May 09, 2002 at 12:44:36 (PDT)

Record 1233
racing danger 18

NAME = George Cutright <EMAIL = george7[ at ]maysvilleky.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = comstabron 20 / danger 18
BASEs or LOCATIONS= grand canal / dong tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970
- Monday, May 13, 2002 at 00:26:40 (PDT)

Record 1245
First tour was with Mondero, constant running of the Cho Gao canal. Second tour with Naval Advisor Group, Long Xuen turning over PBRs and training VNs to run PBRs. At Dong Tam when ammo dump hit by mortor.

NAME = John W. Johnson <EMAIL = john[ at ]pl;anetaccess.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 1 tour Mondero , 1 tour Navy Advisor
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be, Long Xuyen
YEARs in VIETNAM = (2) 1969 - 1971
FROM WHERE = Kissimmee, FL
REFFERED By = Surfing the Net
- Monday, May 20, 2002 at 09:00:00 (PDT)

Record 1264
A few months in Da Nang then in country transfer to Dong Tam there until 11/70. Was awaken at night to hop onto a helo with 3 other sailors with a TAD for Can An. Here is my dilemia I'm unable to find anything about this location. The base was positioned on a corner major river running in front with a small canal to the side leading into a forest and I understand it to be the U-Minh. There was a small village nearby on the river. We were unable to send or receive any mail from Nov.until Feb.(X-mas cookies in Feb). Across the river about an 1-1/2 hr pbr ride was a very small PBR base with a seal team.When I arrived after being overrun there were 7 of us. Within a week a marine capt. took over. Within a few weeks personnel topped a between 15-20 on the base.It sounds crazy but if this sounds familair to anyone please let me know.

NAME = dennis varholy <EMAIL = ds417[ at ]msn.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Da Nang, Dong Tam, Can An
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/70-4/71
FROM WHERE = Grapevine, TX
- Monday, June 10, 2002 at 21:38:50 (PDT)

Record 1274
GREAT SITE HELPS TO FACE THE FACTS AND CLEAR SOME OF THE COB WEBS.

NAME = BMC JOHN E. BROWN U.S.N. RET, <EMAIL = MANDJBROWN[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 66-67 DA-NANG 67-68 RIVRON-9 RIVDIV 92- (COX-CCB-92) BOAT-CAPT. T-92-4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= TIEN-SHAW RAMP DA-NANG LIGHTERAGE DEPT. & DONG TAM ON THE MY THO RIVER
YEARs in VIETNAM = 6-66 TO 12- 68
FROM WHERE = HAYES, VA
REFFERED By = SURFING
- Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 20:01:11 (PDT)

Record 1278
I drove convoy and supplies to all you guys in Nha Be, Dong Tam, My Tho, as well as to Long Binh Jail. Was also responsible for the Starlight Scopes and Night Vision Sights. Drove my 5 ton Miss Pennsylvania and an 18 wheeler. Be interested in locating Paul Curley or Pappy Watson who also kept the PBR bases in supplies. Fantastic site and I will check in often. Remember the VC hitting the Liquor Locker right after delivery at Nha Be.Originally from Elwood City, Pa.

NAME = F.A. Mac McAnallen <EMAIL = macslkn4[ at ]aol.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Navsupact Supply Whse 4
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966=68
FROM WHERE = Las Vegas, Nv.
REFFERED By = Put in Navsupact Saigon 67
- Saturday, June 22, 2002 at 23:52:59 (PDT)

Record 1284
Already have entries 644 and 812, Just a little info to pass on. Its with regret to let any MRF Plank owners know that Don Truman, Boat Captain T-112-5 recently passed away. Also read an entry from Jack Dosch in the guest book, he is also from Orlando(like myself) but he didn't give a complete e-mail address to get ahold of him. If he reads this and wants to shoot the s---, just e-mail me with a phone number and we can converse. Welcome home my fellow river rats and army dogs from the MRF.

NAME = Bill Frede <EMAIL = flaflash7[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = T-112-2
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam/Mekong Delta
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967
FROM WHERE = Orlando, Fl
REFFERED By = Surfing
- Monday, June 24, 2002 at 17:43:47 (PDT)

Record 1286
There are a lot of memories that came back after seeing this web sight.

NAME = Bob Parkin <EMAIL = sbparkin[ at ]juno.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = SeaBees CBMU 302
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Binh Thuy / Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2 years
FROM WHERE = 1969 - 1970, Utah
REFFERED By = Web search
- Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 20:02:45 (PDT)

Record 1305
Just lookin for someone to talk to from riv div 92 serving in division 92 from 67 to 69 .

NAME = Ken Bush <EMAIL = bushman981[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = T-92-6 , M-92-1 , RAID 75
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong tam and everyother river and canal it seems like .
YEARs in VIETNAM = 9/67 thru 12/70
FROM WHERE = Wichita Falls, Tx.
REFFERED By = just surfin
- Friday, July 05, 2002 at 08:46:02 (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 1340
I was, to say the least, incredulous to see the photos of the Dong Tam radio shack! I worked in that place as a RM3 in the latter half of 1971! One time I got in trouble for fixing the stupid teletype (I wasn't a TTY repairman, you see!)(I DID fix it though!). Man, the memories this site brought back! If anybody remembers me there, I'd love to hear from you!

NAME = Edward E. Burton <EMAIL = edwardeburton[ at ]netscape.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nam Can (Solid Anchor) and Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971
FROM WHERE = Spokane, WA
- Monday, July 29, 2002 at 03:17:56 (PDT)

Record 1347
Was there most of 67 and 69 and all of 68, can't remember names worth a shit, but can see the faces of many. Boat Captain on T-10 was Boozer, T-2 was BM1 Fast, don't remember Z-7. Almost stayed till end after brother died, probably good thing I didn't, was getting just a little crazy and trigger happy. Good Luck to All who made it, Prayers to T-112-7 crew who we lost in Cua Viet mine sweeping river, hit 500lb mine. Can be reached at freel[ at ]hit.net

NAME = Richard E. Freel Sr <EMAIL = freel[ at ]hit.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = T-112-10, T-112-2, Z-112-7
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam, Cua Viet , and several other Places
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67, 68, & 69
FROM WHERE = Cherryvale , KS
REFFERED By = Just surfing
- Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at 20:51:05 (PDT)

Record 1348
Welcome brothers and sisters. I was aboard the APB-35 Benewah and finished up my tour on the LST-786 Garette County. I spent most of the time on the Cho Chin near Vin Long and Dong Tam. We operated on the Bassac and the Me tho Rivers also. The night of the TET we were in the river along side Vin Long. I know that I took over 3 rolls of photos but like the dumg kids we were, sent them off to have the developed and never saw them again. You will never tell me that our photos were not being checked out when we sent them in to be developed......:( Lesson learned. Some really heavy fire fighting photos, Helo attacks and loads of other great photos. I kept looking for them to turn up in magazines or somewhere else but never saw them again. Spilt milk, no use of crying any more. I am just glad that some of us still have ourselves to talk with. Can't say enough about the brothers I have been able to talk with and put some of the nighmares behind. I was a signalman on both units that I served with. Would like to hear from anyone that served aboard the mentioned ships at the same time. God Bless and welcome home to all!!! Frank

NAME = Frank AKA SMOBS <EMAIL = twowheelriders[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LST Garett County 786
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam - Vin Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966 to 1968
FROM WHERE = Wheeling , Wv
REFFERED By = The urge to find others who were there
- Thursday, August 01, 2002 at 15:27:30 (PDT)

Record 1356
I've been contacting all my shipmates from the Boxer, Capricornus, and Nashville, but had neglected to see if I could contact my brownwater buddies. When I saw this guestbook and scrolled down to Ronald Davis' entry, I couldn't believe what I saw. He mentioned the names of my guys. I'm sorry that I didn't get back to the RID much after they made me SA to RAID 73 and then Repair Coordinator at LSB Dong Tam. I missed you guys and hope that LTjg Arroyo did right by you. If you want to exchange war stories, or need someone to listen, don't hesitate to contact me.

NAME = ex=LT Hardy <EMAIL = tomhardy[ at ]columbus.rr.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RID-42, RAID-73
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Chau Doc, Vinh Gia, Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = April 70 - 71
FROM WHERE = Galion, Ohio
REFFERED By = Google
- Monday, August 05, 2002 at 14:05:49 (PDT)

Record 1372
Was on c132-1 for awhile as engineman. Trasnferred to tango 15 . Boat captain was Martinez who later passed away in Dong Tam. Brinkley then became boat captain. We saw quite a little action on the vinh te canal. I was wounded in Oct. and again in Nov of 69. I then pulled radio duty on the Benewah with corky and others. I believe greg was the coxwain. There was a pinky on board as well as three vietnamese. I was medivaced back to the states in Jan of 70. Anyoneone from our unit out there? It would be great to hear form someone.

NAME = Rodney Walker <EMAIL = s19491[ at ]netzero.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = c132-1, tango 15
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam, Tay Ninh prov, vinh te canal, can to ect
YEARs in VIETNAM = may 69, Jan 70
FROM WHERE = Clare, Mi
REFFERED By = just surfing
- Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 13:00:03 (PDT)

Record 1378
Remember Aug.18 1968

NAME = Patrick Brannon <EMAIL = PJ1st[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ASPB-112-2
BASEs or LOCATIONS= MRB-Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = Stockton, CA
- Sunday, August 25, 2002 at 11:17:56 (PDT)

Record 1385
Looking for the following personnel who served with me on the Granny Gose. J Wampler, Pete Cooksey, Pete Sussman, Meglimier, Buck, and Tatumm, Anyone knowing their whereabouts is asked to have them please get in touch with me thru email. Very appreciative for anyones help.

NAME = Emmett A Delgado <EMAIL = Dlgdemmett[ at ]netscape.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = TF117 ATC 926 "granny goose"
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-68
FROM WHERE = Denver, Colorado
REFFERED By = Sharon Johnson
- Wednesday, August 28, 2002 at 18:20:03 (PDT)

Record 1414
came from the USS Isle Royal AD-29 out of Long Beach Ca. I found myself in the shipfittershop amongst a great group of guys. Some were even Reservests. Wake up call, aboard a week and the RMK house barge got hit. I was elected to go over and help. WHAT A MESS. But for the most part that year was a great experiance which has helped me through the years on the job and interacting with people. I'd sure enjoy hearing from some of you old Delta Devils.

NAME = gary e hurst sf2 <EMAIL = econonoman62[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yrbm-17
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = sept 68 to sept 69
FROM WHERE = osceola , in
- Friday, September 06, 2002 at 17:15:05 (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 1437
Your site brings back many memories.

NAME = Ron Martin
WEB SITE = none
<EMAIL = carver2928[ at ]southwestinfo.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = TF 117 boat T-112-3
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = Sept 68 - Sept 69
FROM WHERE = Gainesville, TX
REFFERED By = looking for MRF sites.
- Friday, September 20, 2002 at 20:54:31 (PDT)

Record 1438
I was in Riv Ron 11, Div 112, boat T-112-3. Your web site brings back many memories. I also have a book on the brown water Navy by Jim Mesko, copyrighted 1985. I treasure it. Thank you for this site.

NAME = Ron Martin
WEB SITE = none
<EMAIL = carver2928[ at ]southwestinfo.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = T-112-3
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = Gainesville, TX
REFFERED By = looking for MRF sites.
- Friday, September 20, 2002 at 21:09:20 (PDT)

Record 1463
I've posted before. Just wondered if anyone from NIOTC class 4-69 is out there. I'd like to hear from you.

NAME = Rod Walker <EMAIL = s19491[ at ]netzero.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ccb 132, atc 15
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong tam, can to, ta ninh, vinh te canal
FROM WHERE = Clare, Mi
- Friday, October 04, 2002 at 12:00:56 (PDT)

Record 1468
Got there ready to save the world and left wondering why we were ever there. Was a EN3 and worked on the River boats when they came in. Worked in the last out on the point with the ammo dump right behind us. Celebrated 21 birthday with motar attack hitting LST at the dock accross the basin. Most memorable night was night ammo dump got hit. Sure did a job on our repair shops. Our hutch was the last one on the way to the 4 or 5 hole Shitter, the things you remember.The soft ball field was there too. Can't remember names but hope all the friends I made there are well and surving old age. Take care and god bless great site, thank you

NAME = Lawrence Buchanan <EMAIL = Lornie501[ at ]AOL.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Dong Tam
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 11/68-11/69
FROM WHERE = Detroit, Mich
REFFERED By = Just Surfin
- Saturday, October 05, 2002 at 21:44:54 (PDT)

Record 1492
Lt. Tom Hardy, EN3 Joe Brown, Charles Carter, or anyone else From Mare Island NIOTC 2-70,7-70 and/or the Presidio,Vietnamese Language. My e-mail rdavis6[ at ]cinci.rr.com Please send me your e-mail address if you would, thanks.Welcome Home to all the Riverines and all of the servicemen who fought in the"Southeast Asia Police Action" Not my line, The politicians said it wasn't a war, they can kiss my A_ _. EN2 R M Davis

NAME = Ronald M Davis <EMAIL = rdavis6[ at ]cinci.rr.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Interdiction Division 42 ( RID 42)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Gia, Dong Tam, Kieng Hoa, Chau Doc
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970-1971
FROM WHERE = Cincinnati, Ohio
- Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 23:46:44 (PDT)

Record 1497
I was in replacement class R13 from NIOTC (Vallejo) ...served in T-91-13 as the 20MM gunner, transfered to A-91-7 as the 20MM gunner, with captain BM2/c McAllister,EN3/c Cookie Caruthers,GMG3/c Chelefont, RM3/c Thomas and me,DC3/c Hasior....transfered to the RAID 71 Advisory team, MACV,and operation Slingshot in the Vam Co Tay river....Tra Cu Special forces camp....Call sign "far fetch 5"

NAME = Ed Hasior <EMAIL = ehasior[ at ]lucent.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RivRon9 RivDiv91 T-91-13, A-91-7, RAID 71 Advisor
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam, Tra Cu
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-1969
FROM WHERE = Hilton Head is, SC
REFFERED By = surfed in
- Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 10:59:33 (PDT)
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