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Record 2400
I arrived on the 20 in April of 1970 (Storekeeper 2nd class) Phil Albright. (Originally from Clarksville Tennessee)I ran the ships store, and also kept the records for the beer barge and everything else that we begged borrowed and stoled during my tour. I use to love my trips to Siagon with the Postal clerk (ED), Man did we ever raise some hell. Thank god for Doc Oly. Kent you have a great web site. ROLL TIDE!!!

NAME = Philip R. Albright
<EMAIL: pralbright[ at ]tva.gov>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-20
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Mekong (Chou Doc)
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 4/70 through 4/71
FROM WHERE NOW = Rogersville Alabama, AL
Entry Date: - Friday, January 16, 2004 at Time 19:16:48 (PST)


Record 2399
I logged onto this site years ago and have since changed my e-mail address to Accurateshots[ at ]aol.com, so make a note of it and e-mail me when you have an interesting flashback about good Ol' Song Ong Doc. Just a thought. I was looking through this site and came upon some mention of some "Psy-Ops" equipment. Does anyone recall having that equipment installed on our boat for an experiment? The equipment consisted of 2-sets of enlongated speaker trumpets and some kind of major powered amplifyer. We never had the occasion to turn it on, but were told to prepare to poop your pants if you got in front of the device. It also was supposed to render the people it was aimed at indesposed. I trusted the 50's more than that thing. God Bless all of you boat people. Cal

NAME = Terry (Cal) Callahan
<EMAIL: Accurateshots[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Riv Div 534, Riv Div 572
BASEs or LOCATIONs = 15-miles fron Saigon (SW), and Song Ong Doc
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 8/69 to 7/70
FROM WHERE NOW = Tucson, AZ
REFFERED By = Self
Entry Date: - Sunday, January 11, 2004 at Time 11:31:45 (PST)




Record 2398
I was in country 68-69 I was a sm1 at the time i ran a few lcus but cannt remember the nrs, also ran a yfu i believe 71, I do remember one of the lcu was destroyed either by a mine or ammo explosion, Sorry i cannt remember too much i have retired fro the navy in 84 a e/8 and live in san diego area. I have no pics or records of my tour. I feel its time to remember the people that i shared a part of history with. I seriously want to reconstruct this part of my naval career sincerely allen metzger

NAME = allen metzger <EMAIL = humbul11[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = da nang lcu yfu
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong ha qua viet hue chu lia
YEARs in VIETNAM = jul68 jul69
FROM WHERE = chula vista , ca
REFFERED By = just cyber surfing
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Record 2397
Read your comments about the Brown Water Navy on the web site. Your comments were very informative. I kept a "Stars and Stripes" article on STAB Boats, printed summer of 1970, but lost it. I was stationed on an outpost of hutches, built on barges, anchored down stream from Phu Xuyen. A group of STAB Boats was first assigned there, then PBR's followed. I was a Seabee Construction Electrician at the time responsible for keeping the lights working. I don't remember anyone's name but was wondering if you or someone out there passed through the area of what was, what I thought, considered the Grand Canel? Thanks for your time and help. This is an interesting Web Site.

NAME = Orlin G Kunz <EMAIL = olkunz[ at ]alltel.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = CBMU302
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Phu Xuyen
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69 & 70
FROM WHERE = Eagle , Ne
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Record 2396
Ken Cross, Your e-mails are not working. I may be of some help about ENC Tozer. KIA on the Vinh Te Canal. Contact me. I'm in contact with several others that may be helpful with some information. Harley

NAME = Marshall "Harley" Hunt <EMAIL = pbr726[ at ]core.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RivDiv535 06/69 to 06/70
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Te, Binh Thuy, Nha Be, and several Others
YEARs in VIETNAM = 06/69 to 06/70
FROM WHERE = New Lebanon, Ohio
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Record 2395
I was stationed with thw vietnam navy as a seaman ship advisor to about 90 sailors.. we were station on a junk base at chu lai s. vietnam. along with the americal division i helped in patrols and other patrols of the rivers around chu lai. i really loved the duty and would like to go back.

NAME = john m. baker <EMAIL = jbaker1[ at ]nti.tec.ar.us>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = coastal group 15
BASEs or LOCATIONS= junk base chu lai southvietnam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 04-60 05-70
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REFFERED By = nobody
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Record 2394
I'm just homesick, was looking for photos of Vung-Tau, my birthplace. My father served w/ ARVN and we did not leave Saigon until shortly after Pres. Minh surrendered to the N. Vietnamese on April 30, 1975 on national TV. We lived in one of the row-houses at the Army Base next to Tan-Son-Nhat. Thieu and Ky have their residence there also. Thank you for the wonderful pre-1975 photos.

NAME = H. Kim Nguyen <EMAIL = whavens[ at ]wabash.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = n/a
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Record 2393
served in the Navy from 1964-1971 Naval advisery Group Ran Sat Ops Areas as an Adviser to the RAAG Navy then on the PBR,s Mark !, Security Force Naval Station Hospital Danang 1969-70

NAME = Roger Jodoin (the weasel <EMAIL = rogerjodoin[ at ]man.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = TF116/ RD112 NAG Ragg Navy 1965-66
BASEs or LOCATIONS= US Naval Station Hospital Danang 1969-70
FROM WHERE = East-Douglas , Massachsuettsa frien
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Record 2392
I was a cook. Would like to hear from anyone who was at Cat-LO or the APL-26 from 01/66 to 09/68

NAME = Thomas Miller <EMAIL = aprofotog[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Cat-Lo, APL-26, then Cat-Lo again
YEARs in VIETNAM = 01/66-09/68
FROM WHERE = Princeton, NC
REFFERED By = surfed in
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Record 2391
Was 11th Cav (Army), so no story. Just a comment. Without a doubt, this is one of the top five Vietnam websites. The time and care you put in are obvious.

NAME = Bob Merriman <EMAIL = sgt_bob_66[ at ]yahoo.com>
YEARs in VIETNAM = 11/66-11/67
TX
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Record 2390
I was on one of the 26 patrol boats that the USCG sent over to Vietnam. Point Grey.

NAME = Arnold "Taylor" Lapham Jr <EMAIL = pointgrey[ at ]surfbest.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USCGC Point Grey
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Catlow (Division 13)
YEARs in VIETNAM = SEP68-SEP69
NH
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Record 2389
Hope some one I served with their sees this and we can reunite. I have not been in contact with very many.. This is a great site.

NAME = Ray Werner <EMAIL = mrice[ at ]cox-internet.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = SeaBee MCB-4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Camp Shields Chulie an Danang Hill 327
YEARs in VIETNAM = 65-66 66-67
FROM WHERE = Conroe, Texas
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Record 2388
I served as a Gennersmate on the USS Carronade, IFS-1. We were flagship for IFSDIV 93. We and 3 LSMRs provided artillary support via 5" spin stabilized rockets, 5"38, 40MM and a myriad of small arms. I loved my time on the rivers and met the best sailors anywhere ! I wish all of you "Rats" well and include all of you in my prayers daily. Welcome Home !!

NAME = Ike Landau <EMAIL = ike.landau[ at ]dla.mil>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Uss Carronade (IFS-1) IFSDIV 93
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Mekong delta,various rivers and tributaries
YEARs in VIETNAM = 10/65 01/68
FROM WHERE = Wilmington, Delaware
REFFERED By = Readers/self
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Record 2387
would like to here from any of the guys that served with me or on any of the PBRs that was with our suport group....

NAME = Everett Shumway <EMAIL = eshumway[ at ]ticon.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Pitkin County LST1082
BASEs or LOCATIONS= home port guam served three tours in mekong delta rivers
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-71
FROM WHERE = edgerton, wi
REFFERED By = friend
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Record 2386
Looking for old buddies i served with in CHB#2 or any info on anybody that served in CHB 1 or 2.If you have any info on this hard to find battalion please e-mail.

NAME = JESSE ELIZONDO <EMAIL = http://Leanne_r[ at ]msn,com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Cargo Handling Battalion #2
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Camp Tien Shaw / Siagon / Da Nang ammo piers
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/69-10/70
FROM WHERE = Junction City, Oregon
REFFERED By = surf buddies
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Record 2385
FOUND THIS GREAT SITE BY ACCIDENT. DIDN'T SEE VERY MANY NAMES OF RATS FROM TANGO BOATS IN THE GUEST LIST BUT HAVN'T FINSHED IT YET. READING THE GUEST LIST BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES AND STARTED THE TEARS FLOWING!

NAME = BARRY DEVLIEGHER <EMAIL = BARRYDEVLIEGHER[ at ]YAHOO.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ATC'S T-51 & T-7 RIVRON 15 & 13
BASEs or LOCATIONS= GRAND CANAL, TUYEN NOHN & SEA FLOAT & OTHERS
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-70
FROM WHERE = NEWBURGH, new york
REFFERED By = SURFING
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Record 2384
am interested in obtaining a cruise book. worked with the cambodian mercenaries and pbrs. usually, lightning fast night raids on unsuspecting local politicians and cong. the cambodians were so bad, they were not allowed below decks. we built a makeshift crapper and hung it off the back of the fantail for them. we fired over 60 thousand rounds with just our fiftys. almost 2800 rounds with our 5 inch. we managed to keep ourselves pretty busy.

NAME = don griffin <EMAIL = donmcfly[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = uscgc mendota whec 69
BASEs or LOCATIONS= market time-operation swift river
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2-69--10-69
FROM WHERE = north brookfield, ma
REFFERED By = self
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Record 2383
I was just browsing your WEB site. I was stationed on Phu Quoc (Island in the south) and was part of a Surveillance Support Unit (RM-1st class). Took many rides on swift boats in support of that mission. It's amazing that 35+ years laters later here I am searching the net looking for information about Phu Quoc and come across your WEB site...Job Well Done... Thanks

NAME = ward winne <EMAIL = ward.winne[ at ]lmco.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Mars AFS-1
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dao Phu Quoc / Anh Dao
YEARs in VIETNAM = 03/67 - 03/68
FROM WHERE = Harper Ferry, wv
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Record 2382
I was on ATC 91-10 engineman- gunner, TAYLER was our boatcapt. Just droped in to wish everyone a happy NEW YEAR,20004 GOD BLUSS YOU ALL .you will hear from me agine.

NAME = GEORGE A WHEATON ( BUTCH) <EMAIL = georwheat[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS MONTROSE APA 212, RIV DIV 91, ATC 91-10
BASEs or LOCATIONS= vung tue, me-tu
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1964-67
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Record 2381
Landad in Siagon and then flew to Can-tou to wait for our boats. worked all over the delta and in cambodia with Seal Team 13. Was in Rachcha and many other places can't remember or maybe don't want to. We worked with the Vietnamese Marines, the ruff puff's. Looking to find some old boat mates. Thanks for setting up this web site.

NAME = Mel Collins <EMAIL = bmelcollins[ at ]charter.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Mobile Riverine Force 152 Unit ATC152-4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Can-Tou
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2/68 to 8/69
FROM WHERE = Reno , NV
REFFERED By = My wife
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Record 2380
looking for anyone that may have served with me in A company from 1666 to 1967. I been wandering if some of my old military buddies are still around.

NAME = Joseph Bubelenyi <EMAIL = jelenyi045[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MCB 40
BASEs or LOCATIONS= CHU LAI
YEARs in VIETNAM = 7/66 TO 9/67
FROM WHERE = South Bend, In
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Record 2379
This is a great site that shows both vets and the curious how the Brown Water Navy fought its war. Mine started with the Mobile Riverine Force (TF-117) out of Dong Tam on my first tour in 1969. I came back for a second tour with MST-2, Det. CHARLIE at SEA FLOAT/SOLID ANCHOR at Nam Can in 1970. SEAL/UDT support was a very interesting and dangerous business. I will never forget the guys of HA(L)-3, Det. 1 "Seawolves" that saved our bacon on more than one occasion. I was there when the USS Krishna (ARL-38) was mined; the VNN LSSL HQ-225 was mined and sunk; and the USS Canon (PG-90) was shot-up twice in less than a month -- the last time wounded half the crew. I'm glad I didn't go back to SOLID ANCHOR to finish out the tour of the detachment that relieved us in November 1970. They took two B-40 hits that wounded the OIC, two enlisted, and killed the LDNN interpreter and the SEAL/LDNN advisor. We are looking for ex-Naval Special Warfare members for the MST-2, PTFNASTY, and WARBOATS websites. Check them out and contact us.

NAME = Robert Stoner
WEB SITE = www.mst-2vietnam.info; www.ptfnasty.com;www.warboats.org
<EMAIL = RStonerCRD21[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Neueces (APB-40); Mobile Support Team 2, Det. C
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam (MRF); SEA FLOAT/SOLID ANCHOR (MST-2)
YEARs in VIETNAM = 04/69-11/69; 05/70-11/70
FROM WHERE = Rockford, IL
REFFERED By = Game Wardens of Vietnam
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Record 2378
I am looking for Skip Carnes,and Joseph Slavish, Last place that I know Skip was in the Harrisburg, Pa. area and Joe was in Rehoboth beach,De. area so if anyone has any information on them please e-mail me

NAME = Allen Weikel <EMAIL = weikel[ at ]paonline.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= TAN CHAU,MY THO,BEN TRE
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2/67-2/68
FROM WHERE = Lebanon, Pa
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Record 2377
Looking over your pages its hard to fined Mobil Base 2 We were up on the bassac mekong and the canals in 68 way before Y16 and Y 20 we were Riv Div 551 remember the 134 patrols and 32 fire fights we put the Burma Shave sign up by the cambodia 5 K sign.We had the first bar up there also called BIG BOPPERS I have over a 100 pics of area on slides

NAME = lowell spitzer <EMAIL = troutman73[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Riv Div 551
BASEs or LOCATIONS= MB2 ChauDoc Than Chau Hong Nu
YEARs in VIETNAM = 5/68 5/69
REFFERED By = surfed In
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Record 2376
HEY BROTHERS. JUST UPDATING MY WEB ADDRESS. AGAIN, ANYONE WHO SERVED WITH LANDINGSHIP SQDRN.2, PLEASE CONTACT.

NAME = NELLO D'AMATO <EMAIL = www.nellodamato[ at ]webtv.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS MADERA-LST 905, USS PAGE CTY-LST 1076
BASEs or LOCATIONS= VUNG-TAU, DELTA REGION, UP THE COAST.
YEARs in VIETNAM = APR.69-FEB.71
FROM WHERE = PITTSFIELD, MA.
REFFERED By = SURFING
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Record 2375
tghe best ship and the best bunch of guy6s you could ever meet long hours aloading at times but also great times a play too

NAME = Jimmy Everett <EMAIL = jimmy277640[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Carronade LFR 1
BASEs or LOCATIONS= japan
YEARs in VIETNAM = dec 25 68best ship
FROM WHERE = orange, tx
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Record 2374
SF1 Worked in outside repair Shipfitter Shop aboard Askari.Retired HTC in 76 Trying to locate BMC J.C. Harmon Boat Capt M-91-1 during Tet 68. -- GM1 George Mai aboard Askari 67-68.-- GM2 Gary Francis Coleman (Gunner Coleman)aboard PACV Air Boat 67-68 in Delta. Any info in helping find any of these lost shipmates would be appreciated. Thanks Shipmate.

NAME = Bud Bessey
WEB SITE = www.chiefsquarters.com
<EMAIL = seaweed[ at ]chiefsquarters.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MRF- USS Askari -ARL 30
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = Oct 67- Nov 68
FROM WHERE = Myrtle Creek, Or.
REFFERED By = Surfing
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Record 2374
Served on USS Hamshire County from 1966 to 1967. Was on deck force and ships laundry. Da Nang Chu Lai shuttle and Me Kong Delta operation and Market Time. Looking for fellow shipmates.

NAME = Gerald Robinson <EMAIL = geraldrobinson7[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Hamshire County, LST 819
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Far East
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-1967
FROM WHERE = 1301 Summit Street, Marshalltown, Iowa
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Record 2373
Would like to hear from anyone that was with the ARMY PACV HOVER CARFT TAIL # 901,902,903,,,,IN 1968 AT DONG TAM SOUTH VIET NAM MAJR.MOORE COMM

NAME = Russ Waltman <EMAIL = mrruss[ at ]bright.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ARMY AIR CUSHSON VEH,,,,,,,,PACV
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DONG TAM,,,,,,VIET NAM
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/68--3/69
FROM WHERE = celina, ohio
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Record 2372
Started out on top Monkey Mountain because VC had DaNang Airbase. Guests of 3rd MAF US MARINES. Sent to Camp Tien Sha. Assigned to Danang West 14 Quang Trung Street. Fire Station. Two tours. Last tour with U.S.Army responsible for all LOH Light Observation Helicopters in I-Corps from Dong Ha to Chu Lai. Learned to speak Vietnamese and was interpreter translator on Swift Boat out of DaNang. No good at it however. All dialects change above Hue. Taught Math & Geography at Phan Chu Trinh High school in DaNang for Hoi Viet Me. Looking for Smitty, Mac, Gomer, Saint, Roe, Brady, Bennette, and or McKey and Scoggins.

NAME = Michael W. Phelps, <EMAIL = Rabbonaii[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USNAVSUPPORTACT
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DaNang East & West
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966+67+69+70
FROM WHERE = Plainfield, IN
REFFERED By = Surfin USA
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Record 2371
I was the Boat Captain on Tango 34. Was involved with Operation Giant Slingshot. My crew members: Clark Hammelef GMG3 Harry D Britton EN2 "Rat" John F Lindberg RD3 Frank Simms RD3 I was originally the coxswain but became the boat captain. I was the oldes guy on the boat at 22. Our repar ship was the USS Benewah We supported the 9th infantry division in Kion Hoa province We also operated in the Can Giouc area in support of the 25th Infanty Division. Was at Dong Tam, Ben Luc, Go Dau Ha, Na Bay Give me a hollar Guys. Welcome Home all you river rats!

NAME = John J Guarnieri <EMAIL = jguarnieri[ at ]adelphia.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Division 151 Mekong Delta Tango 34
YEARs in VIETNAM = 05/69 - 05/70
FROM WHERE = Cheektowaga, NY
REFFERED By = Surfing
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Record 2370
I was a EN 3 along with Others Dave Adams Theron French Dave Jungert, and others I can t remember right off hand. I remember spending alot of waking hours during the tet offensive. What a step back when I saw this web site, and the pictures WOW, I have some Pictures also as soon as I learn how to post them I will. What a great group of people. I would really like to hear from some of you guys. I ran into Theron French in Lubbock Texas a few years after I got out I think he was working for the State Patrol. Dave Jungert used to live in Colorado, Tried to contact him but guess he moved. I justed turned 57 a few days ago, I work for a glass shop in Fort Collins Colorado, looking over this site it does not seem that long ago. What a trip huh?I would like to hear from some of you. God Bless and Merry Christmas

NAME = Jim Trout <EMAIL = JKTRO2[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 17
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3-67 4-68
FROM WHERE = Loveland, Co
REFFERED By = Surfing
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Record 2369
To guest record 606, William T Baker.fifteen out of the ninteen boat were hit that day,some crew member came back. div 112 when to the north lost one whole boat up there.tango 4 stay in the south became zippo.

NAME = jim mcloed <EMAIL = jimandbarbi[ at ]netzero.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = T 112 4 tango boat second crew
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 11 67 11 68
FROM WHERE = ontario, ca
REFFERED By = chance
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Record 2368
I joined APL-55 at Phu Quoc Island in the Gulf of Siam, where we supported TF-115 PCF's and WPB's patrolling the waters south of RVN. In October of 67, we were ordered to reconfigure to support PBR's in the Mekong Delta. Our job would be to replace YRBM-16 that had been severely damaged by a mine the previous year. In early November,we were relieved on station by a spanking new APL, and with a skeleton crew, were towed by a PacFlt ATF to Sasebo Japan for refit. It was quite a voyage. We all lived in the wardroom and everybody had a turn as cook. I remember passing through the Taiwan Strait at night and looking at the lights on the PRC shore and wondering what would happen if the tow hawser broke. AS I recall, we also had a bit of difficulty with a storeroom back aft which thanks to a backed up eductor received a salt water hydrostatic test. Anyhow we made it to Sasebo. I was given a one million dollar budget and told to configure the APL as a PBR support craft. With the able help of the Chief Engineer, CWO John Payton and Supply Officer, LT David I. Kasse, I sat down with a stack of blank work requests and an adding machine. We designed a lifting crane using an "I" beam and electric winch to pick up the boats; David reconfigured a part of the officer berthing area as storerooms; we fitted grey Herculite awnings all around topside; converted the ship's office to a comm center to send and receive online traffic; fitted four 81mm naval mortars in gun tubs topside; and made a number of habitability improvements. We also drydocked the "Apple" and gave her bottom a cleaning and preserving. The SRF at Sasebo was absolutely great! No red tape, no fuss, just work, work work. By early December 87, we were ready to go, and after a really great farewell party for all hands, we were under tow for RVN. We arrived at Cat Lo on the Saigon River in mid December, and began loading stores and ammunition. We worked right through Christmas Day, and shortly afterward we were ready to go. We were towed up the My Tho to Dong Tam, where we dropped the hook outside the harbor entreance. River Section 534, eight PBR Mk II's Lt. Ron Wolin commanding and my USNA classmate Lt. (later VAdm.) Bill Earner as XO, were there to meet us. It soon became apparent we were too far from 534's patrol areas; the hours on the engines were building up fast. So I tried to move the barge using an LCM-8 on a bridle and an LCM-6 on each quarter. We drove around a little, and it seemeed to work pretty well, so I requested permission from my boss, Capt. Burns W. Spore, COMNAVSUPPACT Saigon, to move up river on my own power. He sent his Chief of Staff, Cdr "Doc" Cranney, down to see if I was safe for solo. We demonstrated a move for the CoS, he said "OK", and that afternoon, to the blare of our "Maserati Air Horn", we got underway and made it to the junction of the Ham Luong and My Tho rivers, taking out several dozen fish stakes on the way. The next couple of weeks were spent getting used to how the barge could be handled. As a matter of policy, we shifted position every day. The propulsion method worked fine, as long as I didn't get in a strong following current, in which case the whole business, SPL, Ammi Pontoons and Beer Barge all tended to swap ends. At this point, the only thing to do was drop anchor. We had chosen our anchorage, whether we liked it or not. About this time, a squad of SEALS from Can Tho joined our little flotilla, and stayed with us for the duration. It was a good thing we learned to move the old girl, because when TET 68 happened, we were able to move around well enough to help out several PBR sections that found themselves without a home with their shore bases overrun or cut off. We made it as far as Vinh Long on our own power. We took aboard River Section 535 commanded by LT Jack Doyle in addition to 534. Things were cramped, but we all worked very well with one another and continued to conduct operations agaist the VC until I completed my tour and was relieved as OinC in April. Shortly thereafter, the Medical Officer Gerry Dooher wrote me a letter telling me the barge was on its way to something called "Giant Slingshot." Some time during this period, in response to a letter we sent to NavSea, APL-55 was officially redesignated YRBM-18. Some of the finest men I've ever known I met on YRBM-18. I especially remember "Smitty", a hard-boiled Mustang lieutenant who served as 534's Maintenance Officer. He was a natural leader and a superbly competent engineer, who tragically was MedEvace'd one afternoon with severe gunshot wounds suffered on patrol. My own offiocers and men were the very best; whatever I asked of them, they did. They were brave and dedicated and worked their asses off to keep those boats running and the PBR sailors well fed and comfortable. I have lots and lots of stories, but I've gone on too long already. I hope my rambling account has provided a few historical reference points.

NAME = John Malcolm SCHANTZ <EMAIL = malcolms[ at ]rivnet.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Officer in Charge, APL-55 (Later YRBM-18)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= AnThoi, (Phu Quoc Island,) Dong Tam, Ben Tre, Cho Lach, Vinh Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 4/67 - 4/68
FROM WHERE = White Stone, VA
REFFERED By = Fred McGavren
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Record 2367
was plank owner in river div 91 was with vietnemese rag till boat got in country ran hogbacks until arrival of boats also first in country instructor to return to NIOTC then swiched service into army as warrant and returned to nam. first was boat captain on t-91-8 then took over m-91-2 after chief banks was unable to do it anymore hope to hear from some of you

NAME = Richard taunt BM1 <EMAIL = taunts[ at ]pacifier.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = boat captain t-91-8 and m-91-2 1967
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3 tours
FROM WHERE = vancouver, wa
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Record 2366
I WAS YOUNG AND SO WAS EVERYONE ELSE.JUST WANT TO KNOW IF I COULD FIND ANY ONE THAT I KNOW.DO WANT TO SAY WELCOME HOME. AM LOOKING FOR A GUY NAME KELLY HASH. HE'S FROM WASHINGTON OR ANY ONE FORM THE "E M CLUB.I DID WORK ON THE 3-6-8 BOAT TO TURN OVER TO THE VIETMESE.MY SPELLING SUCKS.GOOD TIME AT THE U-S-O AND DEEP WATER PEIRS(PAMAMA CLUB).GOT TO GO HOPE TO HERE FROM SOMEONE!!!PEACE OUT.

NAME = R.MURPHY/SUGAR BEAR
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NAVSUPPORT
BASEs or LOCATIONS= TIEN SHA DANANG
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = MONTEREY, CA
REFFERED By = LOOKING FOR SOMEONE
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Record 2365
Reading your site appears mobil base ll or Riv Div 551 did not exist I know they were at tanchau chao duc during my time there no one mentions Hong Nu below KU3 a special forces camp across from tan chao and above Hong Nu am not fimiliar with Yrbm 16 or 20 I have seen mentioned on this site being at the above places conducted 114 patrols that area with 32 FF left Wia in 7/69 Did these 66666repace MBll and Riv Div 551 if so when> Would like to contact Lt Santee and SM1 Ennis or others of the Delta Devils The Hawk

NAME = SMC Lowell Spitzer usnret <EMAIL = troutman73[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Riv Div 551
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Mobil Base ll
YEARs in VIETNAM = 8/68-7/69
Ark
REFFERED By = surfed in
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Record 2364
Surfed in see many people from y16 and y20 that say they were in tanchao?chau duc As far as I know only Riv Div 551 was in that area at least until jun 69 when I was wia would like to know what happened to Mobil Base ll and 551 as I see it no where on your site Would like to hear fron Lt Santeni and SM1 Ennis or others from 551 The hawk

NAME = Lowell Spitzer <EMAIL = troutman73[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RIV DIV 551 delta devils
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Mobil Base ll upper mekong tan chau/ chao duc
YEARs in VIETNAM = 8/68-7/69
ARK
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Record 2363
My name is clint williams.My dad Clarence williams was a udt/navy seal in vietnam and he died Aug 21 2003.I was just trying to find out a little more about his navy history and see if there was anyone out there that served with him or new him .I would really like to talk to them if i could.He told me some stories but never that much He didnt like to talk about it he said.Well if theres anyone out there that can help i sure would appricaite it thanks Clint.

NAME = Clint Williams <EMAIL = www.catbear7_86[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = UDT/Navy Seals
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dont know
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1963-1967
FROM WHERE = palestine, IL
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Record 2362
Beautiful country. Lousy outcome. Spent time playing Basketball with YN1 Stamps,PN2 Meister. Dodging motar rounds at night. Was a CS2, worked in galley. Remember Dan-Dan ? CS1 Hendron & CS2 Mueller and CS1 Cababra. I had the dog "DUMMY" a female off spring of "Shit for Brains". She ran with with "FU-FU" & "See-Saw" The six holer behind the roads.

NAME = Bill Baarlaer
WEB SITE = n/a
<EMAIL = billbaar[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LSB Dong Tam
BASEs or LOCATIONS= LSB Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 8/70-10/71
FROM WHERE = Hampton, VA
REFFERED By = Surfing
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Record 2361
Cat Lo on New Years Eve Tet (January 1968)(the beginning of the Tet Offensive)was a bit noisy. A contingent of sailors, myself included, from the USS Chevalier DD-805 were ashore having liberty (i.e., drinking). I am looking for veterans of New Years Eve Tet at Cat Lo to compare notes.

NAME = Richard H. King <EMAIL = dickking[ at ]comcast.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Chevalier DD-805
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo (one night stand)
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1/68
FROM WHERE = Nashville, TN
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Record 2360
ADR1 assigned to aircraft C-117 #801 as the crew chief. Flew over 600 hours/200 missions, it all seems like a blur in My mind now. I am looking for Shipmates or photos of those that I flew with as well as aircraft photos.

NAME = JT "Jerry "Anderson <EMAIL = serenityln[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Aircofat
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Saigan
YEARs in VIETNAM = 01/69-12/69
FROM WHERE = Arroyo Grande, Ca
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Record 2359
I was a member of R-2 division. We repaired and rebuilt engines and pumps for the Swifts,PBRs,and the LST fleet.I took the Tutuila over and stayed aboard untill December 1,1967. Don Herr Please contact me.

NAME = Joe Warig <EMAIL = gusonchelsea[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Tutuila (ARG4)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau, Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66 & 67
FROM WHERE = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Record 2358
looking for anyone who was with the 1097th

NAME = John Perrine <EMAIL = jokervet[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 1097th med. boat co 9th inf Division
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1/68 -12/68
FROM WHERE = Berthoud, co
REFFERED By = larry Burkett
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Record 2357
loking for anyone who was with the 1097th

NAME = John Perrine <EMAIL = jokervet[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 1097th med. boat co 9th inf Division
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1/68 -12/68
FROM WHERE = Berthoud, co
REFFERED By = larry Burkett
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Record 2356
would like to say hello and welcome home, came aboard in 68 as a E3 I worked in engine rebuild shop and worked on all the air conditioner and did my 90days of KP. And had a lot fun at the beer barge and for those that can remember that one night that we had three dancing girls and is turn out to be three guys,well I do have to say that I was one of those guys and I did have fun. I left her in 1969 and left a lot of good frinds so if you remember me drop me a line or 2 and we can talk about some of the good time we had.

NAME = Reginald R. Fierro <EMAIL = theregman13[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = APL-55/YRBM-18
YEARs in VIETNAM = March 1968 to March 1969
FROM WHERE = Vancouver, WA
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Record 2355
My name is Frank Dominguez, served in Nha Be from 66-67 on PBR 19. Looking for anyone that might recognize the name or served during this period. Some of the names I remember are; Martinez, Feefee, Arrans, Hickerson, Hamm, Couch, Oerhle, Cates, Fisher, Becker, Longest and we had a pet dog named Tabor. If you know or you served at Nha Be, I would appreciate an e mail or even if you just like to communicate and chat about PBR's give me an "e". For all those who served in Nam God Bless and Hope you are doing good. Today's date is 12/18/03.

NAME = Frank Dominguez <EMAIL = dominguezfx[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Section 541 PBR 19
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66 to 67
FROM WHERE = El Paso, Tx
REFFERED By = just surfing the net
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Record 2354
WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM OTHERS WHO SERVED DURING THIS TIME FRAME

NAME = ROBERT FLEMING <EMAIL = GARDENMAN[ at ]GRAPEVINE.NET>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS PITKIN COUNTY LST 1082
BASEs or LOCATIONS= GUAM NAM
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968 1969
FROM WHERE = OTTAWA, KANSAS
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Record 2353
I AM LOOKING FOR ANYONE SERVING WITH ME I NEED DATES AND PLACES FOR MEDICAL, I DONT REMEMBER ALOT OF NAMES OR DATES. THANKS, AND GOD BLESS

NAME = OLLIE GENE WARNER
WEB SITE = BROWNWATTER NAVY
<EMAIL = JANiLoc5[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS GEORGE MCKENZEI TDY TO VIETNAM
BASEs or LOCATIONS= QUAVIET
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1/68/1/69
FROM WHERE = LAWTON, OK
REFFERED By = WEB PAGE
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Record 2352
We were so young and so long ago, lost friends and made many friends. Now I'm totally and permanently disabled, but still going strong. Those were scary, but adventuresome years and I still hurt inside from it, but believe strongly in what we did. Thanks,Ray

NAME = Ray J. Locher Jr
WEB SITE = none
<EMAIL = raylin4699[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Finch DER - 328 : Patrols on PCF
BASEs or LOCATIONS= From Vung Tau to Da Nang ; Task Force 115: Mkt. Times Ops.
YEARs in VIETNAM = 6/1967-3/1967;7/1967-5/1968
FROM WHERE = S11189 Hillview Rd., Eleva, Wi.
REFFERED By = Gerhart
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Record 2351
I WAS TDY TO US MARINES, QUAVIET, VIETNAM, TIEN SHAU, CANT REMBER NAMES ONLY A NICKNAME COWBOY AND A BUDDY JOHN RHODES WHO WAS KILLED BY A CRESNET WRENCH WHEN SOME AMO EXPLODED. I NEED TO FILL OUT SOME MEDICAL PAPERS BUT I CANT REMBER ALOT OF THINGS ANYONE OUT THERE PLEASE E MAIL ME THANKS AND GOD BLESS

NAME = OLLIE GENE WARNER <EMAIL = JaniLoc5[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = tdy to us marines
BASEs or LOCATIONS= quaviet, Tien Shau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968,69
FROM WHERE = Cache , OK
REFFERED By = WEB PAGE
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Record 2350
i AM LOOKING FOR ANYONE THAT SERVED WITH ME, I AM TRYING TO COMPLETE SOME MEDICAL PAPERS AND i DO NOT REMEMBER DATES OR NAMES JUST NICK NAMES, ONE NICKNAME WAS COWBOY, FROM SAN FRANSISCO

NAME = Ollie Gene Warner <EMAIL = JaniLoc5[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Tdy to Seabees In support of US Marines
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Quaviet, Denang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968,1969
FROM WHERE = lAWTON, OK
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Record NA
for the webmaster; would you please change my e-mail address in msg 1522 from terryhome.net to plankowner[ at ]earthlink.net I have a good e-mail server but they are tired of forwarding my mail Thanks K.K. McClure CWO-3 USN Ret

NAME = Kreston McClure <EMAIL = plankowner[ at ]earthlink.net>

ACTION = DONE-KH



Record 2349
looking for anyone from the 1099th from march to july . espically the day July 18,1968; when the maintance boat was sunk. need details of what else whent on after they airvact us out.

NAME = jack b kyle <EMAIL = jjkyle[ at ]charter.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 1099th maintance boat ( that was sank july 18, 1968))
BASEs or LOCATIONS= camp davies
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3-67to7-68
FROM WHERE = 98 summit dr. beckley, wv
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Record 2348
thanks for the memorys

NAME = joseph best
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Record 2347
ADVISOR TO VNN ABOARD SWIFTS AND WPBS,SOME GOOD AND SOME BAD DUTY. THE OLDER I GET THE MORE I THINK ABOUT MY TIME ON THE BOATS. LOOKING FOR BUTCH FREDRICKSON, CHUCK POWELL, CHUCK LANDRUM, CHIEF DECOTIO AND THE REST OF YOU I SERVED WITH AT CATLO. LIKE THEY SAY "THE REST IS GRAVY"

NAME = VIRGIL BARKER <EMAIL = LBJ11245[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = COSFLOT 3
BASEs or LOCATIONS= CATLO
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2/70-2/71
FROM WHERE = ARVADA, CO
REFFERED By = SURFED IN
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Record 2346
I WAS WITH THE FIRST LEUTENANT DIVISION U.S. NAVY WARM BEER MONKEY MOUNTAIN, CHINA BEACH, TRYING TO GET BOOM BOOM WHEN EVER I COULD AND TRYING NOT TO GO DINKI DAU.

NAME = JOHN CALABRO <EMAIL = BOE06518[ at ]YAHOO.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NAVSUPAC DANANG VIETNAM
BASEs or LOCATIONS= CAMP TIEN SHAU
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/1966- 6/1967
FROM WHERE = HAMDEN, CT
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Record 2345
This is my second entry today. Spent all day reading the guest book. Brought back SO many memories. What a great web site. The brown river Navy was (are) a special bunch of guys. I'll never forget them and what they (we) did. I was with the Harbor Patrol in Dang Nang. 1968 / 1969. Stayed at Camp Tien Shau. Never forget riding in "skimers" and throwing gernades into the water around the deep water piers. So many memeories. The 12 hour days, patroling on Christmas Day, incoming at night, the tracers in the sky. But most of all, the good friends that were made, and lost. I'll never forget. Welcome home brothers.

NAME = Ken Boehnlein <EMAIL = Benzence[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Naval Support Activity, harbor patrol
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dang Nang, Camp Tien Shau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 8/68 - 8/69
FROM WHERE = Ravenna, Ohio
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Record 2344
I was at AT stationed a Lemoore Air Station in CA. when I got yanked for Nam. Quicker than greased lightening I was funneled thru Coronado and Pendelton and landing in Nam. I spent the next several months at beautiful Binh Thuy on the Bassac river. I made several runs on LCM/Mike boats delivering loading and unloading supplies.

NAME = Terry Schafer <EMAIL = bigbarterry[ at ]direcway.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCM's
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Binh Thuy
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-70
FROM WHERE = Santa Maria, CA
REFFERED By = surfing net
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Record 2343
lots of crazy times only understood by those who were there

NAME = Bm3 mike wilson <EMAIL = mew4points[ at ]nc.rr.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = coxswain lcm740 lcm751
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Catlo nsad
YEARs in VIETNAM = 7/69-6/70
FROM WHERE = Raleigh, NC
REFFERED By = Looking for Buddies
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Record 2342
Was stationed with the Naval Support Activity, Harbor Patrol, Da Nang. We stayed in Camp Tien Shau. I remember patroling the river and the Deep Water Piers. Our boats also went to Chu Lai and Cua Viet, although I spent my year in Da Nang. I was a snipe, EM5. Had a little electricians shack in the boat house, where we did repairs on the boats. Besides the 12 hour days & partols, motar rounds at night, and warm beer, I remember the awful food from the "roach coach" that used to bring food to the boat house. I am looking for anyone who was stationed with the Harbor Patrol Unit.

NAME = Ken Boehnlein <EMAIL = Benzence[ at ]aol,com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = US Naval Support
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Da Nang - Camp Tien Shau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 8/68 - 8/69
FROM WHERE = Ravenna, Ohio
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Record 2341
We ran LCM6s with supplies up and down the rivers to base camps. Would love to hear from you. 155 Peaceful Valley Lane Grants Pass, OR 97527

NAME = Richard B. Robinson
WEB SITE = Non
<EMAIL = Non>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Tulare AKA 112
BASEs or LOCATIONS= All over
YEARs in VIETNAM = 11-64 to 4-68
FROM WHERE = Grants Pass, OR
REFFERED By = Just found you
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Record 2340
I would like to honor all of you who served in RVN in the Brown Water Navy. I am a former USCG boat cox'n (69-73), and share your fellowship as a boat crew member. Thank you for all you did, your cause was just and you served with honor. Mike Verrengia USCG 69-73 "Semper Paratus"

NAME = Mike Verrengia <EMAIL = m915r[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = CGC Gresham, CGC Glacier, CGC Cape Jellison
BASEs or LOCATIONS= San Fran, Long Beach, San Diego
YEARs in VIETNAM = N/A
FROM WHERE = Westminster, CA
REFFERED By = Found Web Page
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Record 2339
PBR engine shop up to mid April 72 when everything was turned over to the Vietnamese.

NAME = Ben Stairs <EMAIL = bestairs[ at ]charter.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be, Vung Tau, Siagon
YEARs in VIETNAM = 11-71 10-72
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Record 2338
we Ran Al over VN From the Delta to the Far Country,We Wrode tge "Mighty Moe " Out of Nagh Bae First Tour in country.Pbrs the second and third tours also inserted by Hal Three and was suported by Seawolf all three times had some close calls all three times,was surounded three times received some wonds,some serious some not. all our suport was great.Does anyone know what hapened to Chief Fricky from the Mighty Moe from Nagh Bae.great sight will return DEH OUTTTTTTTTtttttttttttttttttt.

NAME = D . E. HYDE` <EMAIL = DHGunrunner[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = UDT-21/SealTeam Two Ret.79
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nagh Bae,Camau,High Yhen
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-67/68-69/69-70
FROM WHERE = Andrews , NC
REFFERED By = Serfed Back in
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Record 2337
WOULD SOME OF I GUYS I SERVED WITH,WE TOOK CARE OF ROUGH TRAIN FORKLIFTS AND OTHER RELATED EQUIPMENT AT BRIDGE RAMP, COVERED STORAGE, RED BEACH, AIR BASE,HOSPITAL, DEEP WATER PIERS,AND MARBLE MNT.

NAME = Steven B. Calkin <EMAIL = buick2001[ at ]alltel.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ; China BeachProduction Control/Triangle SHOPS
BASEs or LOCATIONS= N.S.A. Danang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/1968-3/1970
FROM WHERE = Beatrice,, Ne
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Record 2336
Been a long time and have forgot alot of names as well as losoing alot of records from that time. I served in the PBR engine shop when first coming to Nha Be relieving another man on the repair of 6v53 heads used on the PBRS. He was killed while sitting on the twin 50's while on patrol three weeks after I took over his job. Went to his memorial but can't remember his name. Was then placed in charge of base patrol in a small boat with outboard motors watching for swimmers. Was lucky enough to work with the Navy dive team on repairs. Chief divers name was Dan Draper. A few other fellows that I remember are Chuck Schuman, John Simms and Jim Thompson. If any of you are out there let me know. Great sight and good luck to all of you.

NAME = Dale Kanitz <EMAIL = dalek66[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Nav support actvity- Saigon
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha be
YEARs in VIETNAM = Jan 68-Jan 69
FROM WHERE = Olney, Il.
REFFERED By = Surfed in
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Record 2335
I was eleven years old (1967) when a friend of mine was killed in Viet Nam. His name was Donald Durwood Morris from Plains, Texas but it shows Houston on the records. How was he killed, I guess I don't remember or was never told. Thank you, Jere Lowe Lubbock, Tx

NAME = Jere Lowe <EMAIL = loco[ at ]nts-online.net>
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Record 2334
After I was moved from the NAVFORV(Roadrunner) ET Shop to the Cholon compound I was the ET1 that went to Japan and outfitted the 20 along with 4 other guys. When I got back to Nam I rode the 20 up the river to the "Y". I left Nam in April 1969, so I was only on the barge for a couple of months. One morning during that time I got two secondaries from floating clumps. Then I saw a styrofoam cup floating upside-down over near the shore moving very slowly. I fired round after round at a location under the cup with the M-1 carbine as it floated upside-down toward the port bow. When the cup got within 50 yds. I had the deck watch to toss a few grenades. Amazingly the cup kept coming so at 25yds I had the deck watch to drop two grenades at the same time. Thank the Lord whoever was under that cup decided to head back to shore. There the cup sat upside down all morning. I pointed it out to my relief at noon and we both surmised that whomever was under it had swam away and left the cup on a reed. There are other stories and I think I may have a picture or two. This was my first ET shop and NILSEN, DAVID NICHOL ETN2, NUNN,GARY JOSEPH ETN2, HANSON, JOHN DALE ETN3, RANKIN, RAYMOND CHAR ETN3, were all a part of our ET gang. F.D. Tranzor ETC Ret.

NAME = F.D. Tranzor <EMAIL = douglast[ at ]frontiernet.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MSO-520, DD734, YRBM20, DE 1050, DLG30,
BASEs or LOCATIONS= NavSta Bermuda, NSA Saigon, SSC San Diego
YEARs in VIETNAM = 04/68 - 04/69
FROM WHERE = Sacramento, CA
REFFERED By = Web search
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Record 2333
I WAS GILL GRAHAMS BEST FRIEND IN NAM AND WAS REALLY SHOOK UP WHEN HIS PATROL WAS HIT AND WE WERE NOT ABLE TO RECOVER HIS BODY. I WAS THE ONE WHO PACKED HIS PERSONAL BELONGINGS TO BE SHIPPED HOME. I WILL NEVER FORGET GILL. HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND AND SHIP MATE.

NAME = DOYLE HENSLEY <EMAIL = PHYLLI5656[ at ]WMCONNECT.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PBR SECTION 513, BOAT 113
BASEs or LOCATIONS= SA DECK , VINH LONG, HARNETT COUNTY
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1969
FROM WHERE = WASHINGTON CH, OHIO
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Record 2332
In March of 66 we were assigned to the Floyd County to support the PBR's. We were from the 71st assault helicopter co in Bien Hoa. WE flew many missions in support roles and have many good memories from the time we spent with our navy friends. After 90 days I returned to my unitin Bien Hoa. Sgt James B. McIlvenna

NAME = James McIlvenna <EMAIL = kb2hkh[ at ]hotpop.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Floyd County LST 762
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tau, RVN
YEARs in VIETNAM = 01/66-01/67
FROM WHERE = Cortland, NY
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Record 2331
Thanks to ALL my fellow brown water brothers.

NAME = Donald L Steigel <EMAIL = pbr593dls[ at ]carolina.rr.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = riv div 593 pbr 841
BASEs or LOCATIONS= nha be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969/70
FROM WHERE = Charlotte , N.C.
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Record 2330
Ran up and down the coast keeping supplies happening. Not much else to tell. Was a weird time!!! Left bitter and disillusioned -- but I'm better now!! I hope all my shipmates have had as good a life as I have had -- considering. Thanks to all that served both before me and after!!!! Despite the times and the politics, we rocked!!!!!

NAME = Goose Gosswiller <EMAIL = gooseg[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU-70
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang; Cua Viet; Dong Ha; Tan My; Hue; Chu Lai;
YEARs in VIETNAM = 11/69-10/70
FROM WHERE = Rocklin, Ca
REFFERED By = Google.....
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Record 2329
I am so happy to have found this web site, i was craftmaster on 2 brown water craft yfu 71 and a lcu that i just cannt remember the number. Looking at the pics sure brought the hair on my back up, i thank the photo contributors and if any one remembers me please e mail me' i left nam in 68 went to the uss r b anderson in san diego from there to recruiting command and retired in apr 84 as a e-8 navy counselor. it was so long ago but just viewing the pics made it seem like yesterday. sincerely al metzger

NAME = allen metzger <EMAIL = humbul11[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yfu 71 and lcu 14something
BASEs or LOCATIONS= da nang cau viet hue dong ha
YEARs in VIETNAM = 07-67/08-68
FROM WHERE = chula vista , ca
REFFERED By = surfed on
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Record 2328
SAY FELLOW MATES I NEED YOUR HELP. DOCTORS HAVE MADE A DECISION THAT I HAVE P.T.S.D. THE NAVY HAS NO RECORDS OF ME BEING ON THE YFR890.ONE NIGHT WHILE WE WERE ANCHORD 200 YDS. OFF OF LSD ON MEKONG RIVER V.C. SWIMMER CAME ABOARD FANTAIL WHILE PFC DUPEZ AND MYSELF WERE ON WATCH.AS ORDERED ALL LIGHTS WERE OUT.DUPEZ AND I MADE OUT A SWIMMER COMING ABOARD AND BOTH OF US HAD 12 GUAGE SAWED-OFF SHOTGUNS. I FIRED FIRST AND V.C. VANISHED.WE WERE ALSO THROWING UNDER WATER CONCUSSION GRANADS OVERBOARD. I'M SURE SOMEONE LOGGED IT IN. CAN ANYONE VERIFY THIS. WHILE SERVING AS SK3 AT COFAT COMPOUND A MATE OF MINE THAT WAS ON A ROVING SUPPLY TEAM WITH A LT. PRICE WAS KILLED BY C-4 EXPLOSION IN FRONT OF KEYSON HOTEL WHERE I LIVED. HIM AND I WERE WALKING OUT OF KEYSON TO BIKE RACK WHEN IT WENT OFF KILLING HIM. I DIDN"t RECEIVE ANY INJURIES. I BELIEVE HE HAD JUST SIGNED UP FOR HIS THIRD TOUR.V.A. SAYS I SHOULD REMEMBER NAMES. HELL I BARLEY REMEMBER MY OWN. IF ANY ONE CAN HELP ME IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANKS, JIMMY K. COLE

NAME = JIMMY K. COLE <EMAIL = AMERLKVET[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFR 890 LATTER PART OF 1967
BASEs or LOCATIONS= NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY SK3 COFAT COMPOUND 1966-1967
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-1967
FROM WHERE = TOCOMA, WA.
REFFERED By = MYSELF
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Record 2327
I sent an e-mail last week about the Feb. 69 attack on Nha Be. I was stationed there from 2/69-2/70. It was interesting. Was on an LCM-8 nicknamed the Mini-Reefer for the freezer it carried with frozen food to ASBs up the rivers.

NAME = Jeff Morgan <EMAIL = morganj[ at ]localnet.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCM-8 "Mini Reefer"
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 9/67-6/68 2/69-2/70
FROM WHERE = Grand Island, NY
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Record 2326
Great Site. I'm looking for All RivSec/RivDiv535 Guy's. I was an EN3/2 and Boat EN on PBR726 and Boat Captain of PBR726 and PBR729. I have Located about 50 guy's from startup to turnover. Let me hear from you. Happy Ho;idays to one and ALL.

NAME = Marshall "Harley" Hunt <EMAIL = pbr726[ at ]core.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RivDiv535
YEARs in VIETNAM = 06/69 to 06/70
FROM WHERE = New Lebanon, Ohio
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Record 2325
Served in the Electronics Shop and fixed radios and radars on all of the PBRs from 11/68-6/69

NAME = Carl W. Snow <EMAIL = poorsche[ at ]netzero.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 5/68-11/69
OH
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Record 2324
great site have read every page 3 times would like to hear from anyone from acu-1 vietnam 67-68 john spilker 7841 gardner rd georgetown,ohio 45121 phone hm 937-378-1500 wk 937-444-2551 sorry no internet at home have too many computers at work

NAME = john spilker
WEB SITE = work only
<EMAIL = none>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = assualt crafi unit one
BASEs or LOCATIONS= coronado ca / danang vn
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68
FROM WHERE = georgetown, ohio
REFFERED By = surf
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Record 2323
I was a BT2 in the ACC shop made tours from 1969 to 1972 just looking for anyone else assigned to the shop

NAME = samuel s tester <EMAIL = samuel s. tester[ at ]gm.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = eng. acc shop uss kitty hawk cva63
BASEs or LOCATIONS= san diego
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-72
FROM WHERE = vassar , mich
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Record 2322
I'm writing a history of the YR-71 from its beginnings in Subic. If you are a plankowner or have an interesting story to tell about the YR, or know how it finished up, please contact me. - Jim Olsen, SN Ship's Historian

NAME = Jim Olsen
WEB SITE = http://www.jimmyolsen.net
<EMAIL = jimmyo[ at ]cloudnet.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR-71 (Plankowner)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DaNang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 7/65 - 7/66
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Record 2321
Change of address and e-mail. "Wally Gator"

NAME = Joe R. Wallace <EMAIL = jrrw[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Heavy Equipment Operator/U.S. Navy Seabees
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be and Danang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 4/68-04/69
FROM WHERE = Dublin, Texas
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Record 2320
Bruce Morris YRBM-21 70-71 LST-1194 USS LaMoure County 71/73 Released with early out in February 1973 due to cutbacks. Moved to Columbus, GA where I've been ever since.

NAME = Bruce Morris <EMAIL = jbrucemorris[ at ]mchsi.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-21
YEARs in VIETNAM = 7/70-6/71
GA
REFFERED By = Surfing the net
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Record 2319
this is the best web site ever , but we are looking for crew members that served with us ,on the 409 we have been able to find a few and enjoyed the reunion at fort mithell ky but we are still searching ijust found one through your web site and he emailed me,but we are still hunting old buddies calnin gish was kia and wwe went and found his grave and said farewell. inINdiana if you see this and was part of that crew e mails us we are looking for you thanks

NAME = Don Barnes <EMAIL = drbarnes[ at ]I55.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Clarion River LSMR409
BASEs or LOCATIONS= cat lo da nang cam rahn bay all over viet nam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 65-68
FROM WHERE = picayune, Ms
REFFERED By = just browsing
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Record 2318
Old Seawolf Just Surfin through and notice all the comments about the RATs. After a 14 Hour Mission we stopped at Binh Thuy for midnight chow and afterward I fell asleep under my Helo and was abruptly awakened by a Large RAT chewing on my rt. thumb. He had bitten under the finger nail nearly to the bone. I shot the sucker with a 45 and ran-not walked to sick bay thinking i would die of rabies. Doc Shultz said i would have to stay in sick bay for 10 days to see if I showed symptons of rabies. Oh! I forgot to mention the Base wide full ALERT I caused with the 45. Nice Web Site Guys!!!I PRAY for God to especially Blessed All Who Served in that crazy War--- All My Brothers.

NAME = Terry Tirrell MAC(CAC/AW/NAC)USN RET. <EMAIL = terrible2george[ at ]netzero.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = HAL-3 Seawolves
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Solid Anchor & Binh Thuy
YEARs in VIETNAM = Nov69-Dec70
FROM WHERE = Ocean Springs , Ms
REFFERED By = Just Dropped by
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Record 2317
Great site! I spent a little time on the YRBM 20 and one of her sister ships during missions into Cambodia. I have sent the webmaster photos I had taken. Looking at the photos of the "Crusader" cobras landing and taking off got the hair standing up on the back of my neck. If it hadn't been for the support of personnel on these ships we would have never been able to complete our missions. However, while the landings were to a small area (which we had been trained to do in the states) the take-offs were exhilerating noising over the side of the ship and trying to fly instead of sinking (this was not taught in the states).

NAME = Rodney Woods
WEB SITE = http://www.187thahc.net
<EMAIL = cobrarat31[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 187th AHC "Crusaders" "Rat Pack"
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Tay Ninh RVN III Corps
YEARs in VIETNAM = 5/70 - 5/71
FROM WHERE = Decatur, Illinois
REFFERED By = "Mike" Riverinesailor.com
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Record 2316
Drop me a line guys. Need to find S. J. Turley EM1 I have something he needs. He spent some time on Sea Float and at BinH Thuy.

NAME = Ted Alton <EMAIL = altontl[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Binh Thuy Electrician's Mate 2nd
BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSA Bing Thuy
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-71
FROM WHERE = Fremont , Ca.
REFFERED By = Surfing
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Record 2315
I am looking for some Navy SEALs or info about them. Mike Fleming (doggie), Larry (flipit), Red (hooter), Peter Johnson (has no legs),Rick (worked on engines), and I believe his name was Jack, he was in supply. These guys all served togeather from about 1969 to about 1971. I know Larry was killed, but I would like to know more about these guys. Mike was incharge of LCM 1515 and later on LCU 1074. I believe they did a lot of patroling around the Cua Viet area. If any one would like more of the information that I have on these guys, please feel free to email me.

NAME = Jessie <EMAIL = novanerd[ at ]wctc.net>
FROM WHERE = Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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Record 2314
nothing moved in Chu Lai harbour that we didnt tow with that tug and lots of help from the mike boats,God bless all my brothers....have a few pics of YTL456 and LCM WORKING in CHU LAI....

NAME = Patrick Kennedy BM3 <EMAIL = kenne297[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YTL456 (tiger456)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Chu Lai...Danang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-68
FROM WHERE = Chicago, IL.
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Record 2313
WE WERE A BUNCH OF KIDS TRYING TO SURVIVE

NAME = GARY CROWNOVER <EMAIL = SSCROWNOVER[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS GARRETT COUNTY LST 786
YEARs in VIETNAM = 6/69-6/70
FROM WHERE = ODESSA, TX
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Record 2312
Had a wonderful visit to the new Vietnam Unit Memorial at the Amphibious Base, Coronado this past week. I was kindly escorted by LCDR Neil Geis. Was able to walk aboard PCF 104 and relive old memories. I urge all Swift Boat Vets to try to visit this wonderful site when in San Diego. It's worth the trip! I hope to attend the commissioning of the Memorial Site on Nov 11, 2004!

NAME = Robert C Johnson <EMAIL = camybob[ at ]optonline.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF 57
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Qui Nhon, Chu Lai
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2/67-2/68
FROM WHERE = Stony Brook, New York, NY
REFFERED By = Terry Boone
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Record 2311
To all the guys that used to come to the Post office and Radio Shack on the causeway and party "HOWDY" A specical hello to all the guys across "the pondersoa" at the larc compound, still miss running those suckers up and down the DaNang River. Hi to Ron who I relaced so he could go home and all the other guys that gave us so much to work with.

NAME = Karl Robson BM2 <EMAIL = Robsonle[ at ]telnor.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Literage DaNang Vietnam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/68 -4/69
FROM WHERE = San Diego, Ca
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Record 2310
Just started surfing and thought I might find someone out there who was over there on the Hampshire County.

NAME = .Scott Gibson <EMAIL = Scott49[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = lst-819
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-1969
FROM WHERE = .Phoenix ., Ariz.
REFFERED By = Just surfing
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Record 2309
I first deployed with Mcb-5 in 65 then inter battalion trans to Mcb-8 and stayed in-country till 67 then went to Chu Lai with Mcb-8 and after this deployment was over was transfered to CTU gulf port,Ms.then after a year I volunteered to go back again,i got orders to CBMU-302 and stayed untill mar of 70.I would like to hear from anyone that was there and remembers,,thanks bob

NAME = Robert E Wachtler <EMAIL = bobwachtler[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MCB-5,MCB-8,CTU Gulfport,and CBMU-302
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DaNang West,DaNang East,Chu Lai,Mississippi and Det Leader in may parts of Vietnam
YEARs in VIETNAM = from 65 to 70,3yrs,8mos,
FROM WHERE = Lakewood, Ca
REFFERED By = aol search,i was looking for info on some Sea Bee friends
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Record 2308
I am looking for anyone who would remember me from the time I spent at Solid Anchor (formerly Sea Floats.) I was there from Jan.1971 toJune1971. Do you remember the heavy mortar attacks at that base and specifically those on Towers 6 4, and 3 when General Quarters was called on those mortar attacks? Because I refused to pick up the severed head of a So. Vietnamese and take the body to sick bay, the captain made me burn shit for 3weeks.I was 17 when I arrived at Solid Anchor and was nicknamed “THE KID”, but I don't remember who gave me that nickname. I was field upgraded 2 times because they sent me out on the boats. I never received any combat action acknowledgement in my file. That is one reason the govt. has disqualified my disability claim. I would appreciate any and all remembrances you may have so that I can verify to the govt. that I was in "combat" and "action" zones during that period of time. If so, would you please reply to my email with any specifics you may recall. I know that this can be a difficult request and I apologize and appreciate it. Sincerely, Francis Bentley, THE KID

NAME = Francis Bentley <EMAIL = bentleyradio[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Task Force 113
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Solid Anchor
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971
FROM WHERE = Sumner , WA
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Record 2307
looking for anyone that was on the 68 proud of all the hard work and long hour we put in. its the story that was never told.

NAME = BOB DAVIS <EMAIL = papa_d54[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yfu 68
BASEs or LOCATIONS= danang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67 68
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Record 2306
I was an Engineman on the 1582 and did the whole tour from Sy Hunh to Dong Ha. Spent the entire time riding the rivers with most of the time being spent on the river betwwen Cua Viet and Dong Ha. Cureently I am Director of one of the largest Auto/Diesel/ Marine training schools in New Jersey.Had cancer 3 years ago from Agent Orange but hopefully they cut it all out of me.Most free time is spent on my boat fishing Delaware Bay.

NAME = Doug Johnson <EMAIL = www.dougbristol[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Lcu1582
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Lighterage Div. Danang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969to1970
FROM WHERE = Marlton, N.J.
REFFERED By = Surfin the web
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Record 2305
I was an Engineman on the 1582 and did the whole tour from Sy Hunh to Dong Ha. Spent the entire time riding the rivers with most of the time being spent on the river betwwen Cua Viet and Dong Ha. Cureently I am Director of one of the largest Auto/Diesel/ Marine training schools in New Jersey.Had cancer 3 years ago from Agent Orange but hopefully they cut it all out of me.Most free time is spent on my boat fishing Delaware Bay.

NAME = Doug Johnson <EMAIL = www.dougbristol[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Lcu1582
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Lighterage Div. Danang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969to1970
FROM WHERE = Camden, N.J.
REFFERED By = Surfin the web
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Record 2304
I was an Engineman on the 1582 and did the whole tour from Sy Hunh to Dong Ha. Spent the entire time riding the rivers with most of the time being spent on the river betwwen Cua Viet and Dong Ha. Cureently I am Director of one of the largest Auto/Diesel/ Marine training schools in New Jersey.Had cancer 3 years ago from Agent Orange but hopefully they cut it all out of me.Most free time is spent on my boat fishing Delaware Bay.

NAME = Doug Johnson <EMAIL = www.dougbristol[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Lcu1582
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Lighterage Div. Danang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969to1973
FROM WHERE = Camden, N.J.
REFFERED By = Surfin the web
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Record 2303
Served as Sr. Advisor to VN RPG 59.

NAME = John Pepper <EMAIL = peppers_j[ at ]earthlink.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PBR
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Tuyen Nhon, Tan Chau
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970-1971
FROM WHERE = Pleasanton, CA
REFFERED By = N/A
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Record 2302
I arrive in January and left in December of 1971. I would like to hear from anyone who served in Cat Lo during that time.

NAME = Bill Wells <EMAIL = wwells1[ at ]lsu.edu>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LSB Cat Lo
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971
FROM WHERE = Durant, Ms.
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Record 2301
I was in Nam from May, 70 until the end of Feb., 72. (Sealords) After two days in country, I was sent to the Benawah as it advanced toward Phnom Penh in May (70). We then sat on the Vietnam/Cambodian border in the middle of the river for about a month retransmitting the air support and medevac requests for the advancing ground troops. From there I went to work for LCDR Schellhouse at the Binh Thuy Naval Ops Center to coordinate intel research and for training the VN's. I collected Intel info and made maps for the Black Pony pilots for their daily and emergency requested air support sorties, plus various Seal and Dufflebag recons. While keeping track of enemy and friendly movements on a big map on the wall in the Ops center I had a pretty good idea that something was brewing in the Song Ong Doc area. LCDR Schellhouse flew us down in the LOH to brief the commander as to what we were seeing collecting. An estimated 1,000+ VC/NVA were moving into the area. It was around the 17th or 18th of Oct. Seeing that picture of the MATSB and that little tiny spot of a pad that he landed on really caused me to appreciate how great a pilot he was. Especially when we took off after briefing. He was concerned about receiving small arms fire so he lifted the helo up a few feet from the pad and then shot forward and dropped down low to the ground to build up speed. We were so low that he had to hop over a fifty gallon barrel that loomed up in front of us all of a sudden. Then across the beach where I thought he was going to pick up a handful of sand to keep as a souvenir and over the surf and out to sea before we zoomed up into the sky.. It was the most exhilarating ride I had ever had in my entire life. A few days later, I was told that you guys were hit and that two men were lost on the first round fired. I was told that if we had not flown there to brief, there could have been more lives lost. It still hurt. Some of you guys used to come into Binh Thuy and we would go down to Can Tho to drink beer and mess with the girls.. I was known as Wes. The Vietnamese girls called me (Low Da). Probably cause my head was shaped like a bullet. We had a quaint little place to relax that had a bullet-riddled wall that some guys might remember. I remember you, Joe Flowers cause we flew over together, but my name recollection for others has slipped by and I want to apologize for that. I do hope that everyone is doing well and if you want to, please E-mail or call me at (712) 255-2540.

NAME = William (Wes) Lovsmith <EMAIL = WillLovsmith[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Benawah
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Binh Thuy
YEARs in VIETNAM = May, 1970 to Feb. 1972
FROM WHERE = Originally from New Jersey, Now living in Iowa
REFFERED By = Just typed in Song Ong Doc and was amazed
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