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Record 2500
Took 1st Swift boats to Cam Ranh Bay early 66, served tour went to states for 6 months came back in Jan 1968 to CamRanh Bay went to Cat Lo & Vung Tau in Sept 68 to Jan 69. Wounded in Dec. shipped back in Feb 69. Served under the infamous JF Kerry for about 3 months all other boat officers I served with were GOOD GUYS to work with but not Kerry, A real jerk. Need to find someone on my crew who knew him too. He is not fit to be our president in any way shape or form. David Bradley or anyone else who served with that jerk please e-mail me ASAP. Thanks, Gunner

NAME = Steven Gardner
<EMAIL: sgardner[ at ]direcway.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Swift Boats 46 & 48
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Cam Ranh Bay , Vung Tau , Cat Lo
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 66 to 67 & 68 to 69
FROM WHERE NOW = Port Clinton ,Ohio to Charlotte ,NC, NC
REFFERED By = Checked site through Swift Boats .com
Entry Date: - Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at Time 09:44:01 (PST)


Record 2499
Spent two years on the Bon Homme Richard, CVA 31 with two West Pac Cruises before getting to DaNang. My first boat was LCU 1576, then I was transferred to YFU 76. Returned to the U. S in Aug. 1970 to get out of the Navy. I returned home and went into law enforcement. Retired from the Sheriff's Office in Pensacola Florida in 1996 after 25 years and I'm now working for a small police department in South Carolina. Between Sept. 1999 and Sept. 2000 I was in Kosovo with the U. N and the International Police Force. I'm a grand father of four girls with one on the way.

NAME = Ted Roundy
<EMAIL: troundy2002[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, LCU 1576 and YFU 74
BASEs or LOCATIONs = DaNang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Dec. 1969 to Aug. 1970
FROM WHERE NOW = Now Seneca, South Carolina. Formally Pensacola Florida, Entry Date: - Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at Time 06:20:51 (PST)


Record 2498
Welcome home. I was Army but did a short stint in support of the Sea Wolves. We flew off Monitors on the Mekong hauling SFs around. Great chow you guys had there. Great looking site. Mike Bandit23

NAME = M.A. St.Clair
WEB SITE = http://www.anzwers.org/free/mikeaber/MTA/
<EMAIL: geared3trk[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 'A' 229th Assault Helicopter Company
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Bien Hoa
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Sep 70 - May 71, Sep 71 - Aug 72
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REFFERED By = Google search
Entry Date: - Monday, February 16, 2004 at Time 18:29:43 (PST)


Record 2497
I was an H-34 crewman and a C-117 Flight Engineer. I was training on the H-46 to add that to the resume when CWO-2 Andy Anderson told me I needed to stay on the ground once and a while. I made ADR-2 while attached to the det after paying my penance at CO's mast in Da Nang. I spent 20 days restriction and my extra duty each day was to watch over ADRC Sullivan on liberty. Now that was painful and would teach anyone a lesson to become a model blue jacket sailor.

NAME = Mark F. Boudah
<EMAIL: mark.f.boudah[ at ]baesystems.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = White Hat Airlnes
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Tan Son Nuit AFB
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 02/70 - 03/71
FROM WHERE NOW = Bristol, United Kingdom, Entry Date: - Monday, February 16, 2004 at Time 07:14:54 (PST)


Record 2496
After I graduated from Engineman A school in Great Lakes Illinois, I was sent to Viet Nam. I was assigned to Cat Lo to rebuild Swift boat engines. The swift boats had 2 12V - 71 series Detroit engines in them. They were rated at 500 horsepower each. We rebuilt around 3 engines a week. After I left Viet Nam I served in Scotland at the Holy Loch. That is where I met my wife Nannette. We have been married 30 years and have two sons. They have both served one in the Marines and one in the Navy.

NAME = Gaylen Walker
<EMAIL: walkergf1[at]comcast.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONs = NAS DET CAT LO RVN
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1969-1970
FROM WHERE NOW = Murray, UT
REFFERED By = Yahoo search
Entry Date: - Sunday, February 15, 2004 at Time 20:21:12 (PST)


Record 2495
JAG Officer Camp Tien Sha

NAME = Michael Russo
<EMAIL: m_russo[ at ]bellsouth.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Camp Tien Sha
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 66-67
FROM WHERE NOW = Roswell , Ga
Entry Date: - Sunday, February 15, 2004 at Time 19:52:09 (PST)


Record 2494
We constructed a patrolboat base on the Vinh Te Canal near the village of Vinh Gia and west of Tinh Bien in 1970. I think a picture you have posted was of that base before we arrived. It was in a lot worse shape when we arrived than the picture shows but was a lot different when we left (better).

NAME = Jimmy Borum
<EMAIL: elber[ at ]cableone.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USNMCB5 Seabees
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1970
FROM WHERE NOW = Borger, TX
REFFERED By = surfing the web about Vietnam
Entry Date: - Sunday, February 15, 2004 at Time 17:10:53 (PST)


Record 2493
do you remember the floater we picked out of the songna bay? hi to gm3 fickett from hollyoak mass. ive got pictures : capt castle firing bar from the bridge etc.

NAME = charles e. hartle 3
<EMAIL: charleshartle[ at ]comcast.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = uss tutuila arg 4
BASEs or LOCATIONs = an thoi vung tau
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 11/67 thru 11/68does
FROM WHERE NOW = jax, fl
REFFERED By = surfin
Entry Date: - Sunday, February 15, 2004 at Time 14:46:32 (PST)


Record 2492
I have, singe age seven been a reading addict and had in the back of my mind, memories of readingofthe Brownwater Navy from both non-fiction accounts and from fiction and wanted to verify my remembrances after reading an article that described Mr Kerry as a soldier. I wanted to read descriptions of types of action from a participant in operations, so as I am better informed as to exactly what the members of the Brownwter Navy experience. If I don't qualify as a signee to the visito's page, I understand. thank you, charlie, MSgt USAF (Ret)

NAME = MSgt Charles E White
<EMAIL: charlie-san[ at ]webtv.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONs = i was at Osan Air Base, Korea, 1964-1968
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = None
FROM WHERE NOW = 4249 Washburn Road, Hillsboro, Ohio
REFFERED By = Self
Entry Date: - Sunday, February 15, 2004 at Time 08:25:57 (PST)


Record 2491
Hello guys. This is new email address for me. I am looking for S.J. Turley. He was stationed at Binh Thuy and at Sea Float. Last I saw him he was an EM1. I have something he needs.

NAME = Ted Alton
<EMAIL: http://www.ated[ at ]sbcglobal.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSAD EM shop
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Binh Thuy
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Apr69-Jun71
FROM WHERE NOW = Fremont, Ca
REFFERED By = surfed in
Entry Date: - Sunday, February 15, 2004 at Time 01:16:04 (PST)


Record 2490
Welcome Home!

NAME = Ron Gagnon
<EMAIL: Ronbo004[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Coastal Divison 15 PCF-89
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Qui Nhon, RVN
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 67-68
FROM WHERE NOW = Cape Coral, Fl
REFFERED By = Surfed In
Entry Date: - Saturday, February 14, 2004 at Time 17:00:50 (PST)


Record 2489
Spent most of my time and got fond memories of the Song Ong Doc duty. This is a new e-mail address as of 02/01/2004. I do not have the other addresses.

NAME = Terry (Cal) Callahan
<EMAIL: Accurateshots{ at } netscape.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Riv Div 534 and 572
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Song Ong Doc
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 8/69 - 7/70
FROM WHERE NOW = Tucson, AZ
REFFERED By = Self
Entry Date: - Saturday, February 14, 2004 at Time 14:48:30 (PST)


Record 2488
Class 18R Would love to hear from anyone from our class or anyone who served with us during our tour.

NAME = HG Grimes
<EMAIL: bosun2class[ at ]wmconnect.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RivRon 11, RivDiv 111 (A-111-5, A-111-7, T-111-2)
BASEs or LOCATIONs = MRF Cong Tam
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 5/68 - 5/69
FROM WHERE NOW = Swainsboro, Ga
REFFERED By = Just cruising thru
Entry Date: - Saturday, February 14, 2004 at Time 08:10:55 (PST)


Record 2487
I am looking for a sight more specifically dedicated to finding vets of specific units, i;e, cosdiv 14, 14 det,1967-1970. In particular, I would like to establish contact with (1967 LTJG Paul Guzzis) my boat officer in cosdiv 14 and 14 det. or any other member of pcf 48, and any other members of cosdiv 14 and 14 det at that time frame.

NAME = jewel i stogner
<EMAIL: j.stogner[ at ]att.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = cosdiv 14, 14 det, rivdiv 554
BASEs or LOCATIONs = cam ranh, cua viet , phu quoc, rach gia, rach soi. song ong doc,
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 67-68,69-70
FROM WHERE NOW = kodiak, , ak
REFFERED By = luck
Entry Date: - Friday, February 13, 2004 at Time 23:04:10 (PST)


Record 2486
Served on MSB-20 and MSB-31 on the Long Tau River in Nha Be until the boats were decommissioned and shipped back to the states. I think we were the only division that didn't turn over to the South Vietnamese Navy. We were told the wooden boats with all the turbines and equipment cost more than 2-1/2 million dollars a piece. SVN was tearing up the metal minesweeping boats we set them up with. So there was no way we going to give them the wooden boats. So we shipped them home to Vallejo, Ca. I was transfered to Special Services there on base until my tour was up. Anyone remember the .30 cent hamburgers? They were great? I'll never forget the flight heading home for "the world" at the end of my tour. When we flew out of Saigon at night, the plane made a sharp bank and I looked down and there was Nha Be. We weren't that high off the ground and it was so surreal to see it for the last time. Thanks to all that served and God bless those that didn't make it home.

NAME = Ray Skaines
WEB SITE = http://www.srsigns.com
<EMAIL: ray[ at ]srsigns.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Mine Division 112 - MSB-20 & MSB-31, Special Services
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Nha Be
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = June '70 - June '71
FROM WHERE NOW = League City, Texas, Tx
REFFERED By = Surfed in
Entry Date: - Thursday, February 12, 2004 at Time 23:51:14 (PST)


Record 2485
I have not had any contact with anyone in my division since I left country. I was forward gunner on PBR 148 I think, anyway I would love to hear from some of my old shipmates. Looking forward to hearing from someone.

NAME = David Finley
<EMAIL: maryvillejewelers[ at ]alltel.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Division 571
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Mecong Delta
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = May 69 - May 70
FROM WHERE NOW = Dalton , Ga.
Entry Date: - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at Time 12:41:31 (PST)


Record 2484
Belong to the Beach Jumper Unit 1 and started thinking of the places in country. Did some time on the Mobile base and spent a couple monthes at a remote ATSB with not much around. That was Vhin Gia and did a few monthes at ATSB Moc Hoa. Was there when the last RivDiv was turned over to the Vietnamese. Met Admiral Zumwalt at Vhin Gia when we really had zero supplies and he took care of it personaly. Met him again in Coronado and corresponded with him until his death. I was the contact person for the disbanded Beachjumpers at that time. Pretty cool since I was an E-5

NAME = Dan Boyum
WEB SITE = www.roguerafting.com
<EMAIL: roguerafting[ at ]charter.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PBR Mobile Base 2 ATSB Moc Hoa ATSB Vhin Gia
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1969-1970
FROM WHERE NOW = Grants Pass, Oregon
REFFERED By = surfing
Entry Date: - Monday, February 09, 2004 at Time 18:11:43 (PST)


Record 2483
Howdy Folks! Looks like a good site. Enjoyed it

NAME = Jim Woodley
<EMAIL: jwwjr[ at ]sbcglobal.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Saratoga CV/CVA-60 AO3 GM Division Ships Company
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Tonkin Gulf Yaht Club
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 72-73
FROM WHERE NOW = Brenham, Tx
REFFERED By = Just found the site looking for info
Entry Date: - Monday, February 09, 2004 at Time 17:41:44 (PST)


Record 2482
Great Site. Signed the guest book last year. I have two color photos of YRBM 20 taken from the air while I waited to land. Also have another color photo of another ship which may be identified by the Seawolf emblem painted on the flight deck. I have been unsuccessful trying the e-mail address listed on the web site. I have also been unable to leave a message for the webmaster using the web site (A 500/504 error page keeps coming us). Anyone have any ideas?

NAME = Rodney K. Woods
<EMAIL: cobrarat31[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 187th AHC "Crusaders"
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Tay Ninh III Corps RVN
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = May 1970 - May 1971
FROM WHERE NOW = Decatur, Illinois
REFFERED By = "Mike" of Riverinesailor.com
Entry Date: - Monday, February 09, 2004 at Time 16:56:57 (PST)


Record 2481
Thankyou for your web site Hawley, and THANK YOU for putting my burned-out sunken MSR-7 alpha-type boat at the top of your Alpha Boats page. Now if I want to e-mail anyone in your guestbook, all I have to do is say I was the engineman on the sunken alpha boat on Hawley's site, and they'll know me! I have'nt decided if that is good or bad! It was however, one of my crowning successes in Vietnam because even though we of the crew of MSR-7 managed to get our boat sunk, we got away safely (thanks to our back-up boat,MSR-3 or 4, the one with Tom Copp on it) with only slight injuries to Doug Harrison, our seaman. He was peppered with small flecks of schrappnel over most of his body. Like many River Rats, he is probably still picking them out. I wonder how many River Rats are still setting off medal detectors at airports? Many of you end your stories with a heartfelt Welcome Home! Thank You! I got home with no purple hearts. It sounds like the average for alpha boat rats was atleast one if not two! My thoughts are with you who were not so lucky and have spent and will spend the rest of your lives with disabling wounds and/or deep emotional or physical scars. I'd be glad to hear from any of my "Brownwater Brothers" out there. All the best, Rulon, affectionately known by my boatmate, Birchler as, Ruollin on the River, after the song, then and still. And No, Never, will we Ever forget the brothers we lost so long ago, (or recently)!

NAME = Rulon Young
<EMAIL: youngrjnc[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Mine Div 113, MSR-7 &3, from: YRBM-20 & 16 and the Benewah.
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Nha Be & Ha Tien, Benewah at Tan Chau, YRBMs at Chau Duc
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 10/69 - 10/70
FROM WHERE NOW = Idaho Falls, ID
REFFERED By = Ellwood Arnell of Mine Div 113 & Idaho Falls
Entry Date: - Monday, February 09, 2004 at Time 16:31:13 (PST)


Record 2480
I ARRIVED IN V.N SOME TIME IN MAY OF 69.IT WAS THE DAY THAT A BOMB WENT OFF IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL WHERE WE CHECKED INTO AS YOU GET IN NAM.I SPENT ALL MY 26 MONTHS AS A BOAT RIDER.I WAS ON MSB IN NHA BE AND THEN WENT TO SWITFT BOATS WITH A V.N.CREW,AFTER THAT I SPENT THE LAST 3 MOUTHS ON PBR THAT IS WHERE THE USS OKLAHOMA SHELLED THE BASE THAT WE WERE ON.I HAVE SOME PICTURES OF THAT.I HAVE OVER 250 PICTURES OF THE RIVERS AND COAST THAT I TOOK WHILE WAS ON PATROLS.I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THEM,SO I WILL MAKE A WEB PAGE SOMEDAY. ANY ONE OUT WHERE WHO CAN REMEMBER ME DROP ME A LINE FLOYD KELLY

NAME = floyd kelly
<EMAIL: fj[ at ]theofficenet.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = msb .pcf .pbr
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 6/69-8/71
FROM WHERE NOW = colville,, wa
Entry Date: - Sunday, February 08, 2004 at Time 17:21:09 (PST)


Record 2479
I was a coxswain on board Winston during th egulf of Tonkin Build up. I was in DA Nang off loading troops etc. I was on mike boat 8. I was at Chu Lai also. I guess you could say we were the first boats in the waters of Viet Nam. We did other duty as well. I remember we had no weapons at first and sure could have backed up yellow beach by Monkey Mountain at one time there at Da Nang. well I feel I am not worthy of saying I and my shipmates did not do the brown water navy duty as I feel we did. after all we were first in the water . just a note to say this

NAME = JOHNNY W. HERRING
<EMAIL: oldranger56[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Winston AKA 94
BASEs or LOCATIONs = DA Nang so. Viet Nam
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1964-65
FROM WHERE NOW = 5210 cabana dr. Schertz Tx. 78154, tx
Entry Date: - Sunday, February 08, 2004 at Time 11:25:09 (PST)


Record 2478
Do not forget those who gave all.

NAME = Dennis Willess
WEB SITE = http://vornamen.caca.biz/
<EMAIL: dw121070[ at ]flash.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Cos Div 13 PCF 71,55,60
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Cat Lo,Sa Dec
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Dec 69-Dec 70
FROM WHERE NOW = Henderson, Tx
Entry Date: - Sunday, February 08, 2004 at Time 11:23:23 (PST)


Record 2477
Do not forget those who gave all.

NAME = Dennis Willess
WEB SITE = http://abkrzungen.caca.biz/
<EMAIL: dw121070[ at ]flash.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF 71,55,60
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Cat Lo,Sa Dec
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Dec 69-Dec 70
FROM WHERE NOW = Henderson, Tx
Entry Date: - Sunday, February 08, 2004 at Time 11:04:12 (PST)


Record 2476
I WAS STATIONED ON THE YRBM 16 AT THE TIME OF BOMBING REMEMBER WELL WOULD LIKE TO HERE FROM OLD FRIENDS

NAME = JIM SHINNEMAN
<EMAIL: SHINNEMANJ[ at ]AOL>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 16 CAT LO
BASEs or LOCATIONs = BEN TRE
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 67,68,69
FROM WHERE NOW = UTICA, MICH
Entry Date: - Sunday, February 08, 2004 at Time 10:26:15 (PST)


Record 2475
great site have corsonded with several mates hope to talk to others seems to me that time stoped knowing you all .

NAME = JOE BEST
WEB SITE = jjssbest[ at ]msn.com

UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yr71 de1074 vung tau iuwg1
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 70 71 72
FROM WHERE NOW = decatur, tx
REFFERED By = surfed
Entry Date: - Saturday, February 07, 2004 at Time 17:06:56 (PST)


Record 2474
GREAT WEB SIGHT... VIEW OURS AT WEB PAGE ADDRESS ABOVE.

NAME = Tim Nekich
WEB SITE = sandersusa.com
<EMAIL: tjn[ at ]nekich.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Headquarters Troop 7th Armored Squadron 1st Air Cavalry
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Vinh Long
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1968
FROM WHERE NOW = Milwaukee, WI
Entry Date: - Saturday, February 07, 2004 at Time 14:04:55 (PST)


Record 2473
i love your site i was on the franny maru from 1965 to 1969 all over south vietnam and our stories are too long to tell but i sure liked olongapo pi

NAME = bill bevington
<EMAIL: deerrings[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = uss st francis river lsmr 525 uss iwo jima lph 2
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1966 1969
FROM WHERE NOW = franklin, pa
Entry Date: - Saturday, February 07, 2004 at Time 02:16:24 (PST)


Record 2472
I spent several months at ISB Thuan An. This base, built by the SeaBees, replaced PBR Mobile Base One. For awhile both facilities were in operation. I remember very well all those choppers putting down on the beach to eat at "Chez Barge." They really had a reputation for good chow and I ate a few meals there, myself. I remember that the mobile base had a beautiful yellow Caterpillar Deisel generator that we coveted. Ours was a Fiat-Allis, or as we liked to call it, a hunkajunk. We were "down" many times for many hours: Scary at night! I remember the fire at the boathouse at the Army's I Corps POL facility. Not a good memory. Since our base was mere yards from the boathouse, we got the whole show. First, we thought we were under attack. Exploding small arms ammunition and acetalene tanks added to the fun. My memory is that two guys were sleeping there. The ground water was high due to heavy rains and the theory was that all that spilled fuel came to the surface and was touched off by candles the guys were using for light. Anyway, the rumor we had was that one guy was evac'd alive to Houston, TX but was real bad. I was a YN2 and shuffled all the admin paperwork for the base. Our first CO was insane--and I am not exaggerating, he was nuts! The Navy, of course, shipped him stateside with a cushy billet and a promotion. His replacement was LtCdr. Robert L. Stevens, one of the finest men and best leaders I have ever known. Older, fatter, balder ... but still remembering,

NAME = Alan Barnard
<EMAIL: tune4u[ at ]earthlink.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONs = ISB Thuan An (Tan My)
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Aug 70-Jul71
FROM WHERE NOW = Salem, MO
REFFERED By = Google search
Entry Date: - Friday, February 06, 2004 at Time 23:34:07 (PST)


Record 2471
Check out the pics of the Beach Club at 80th Group danang right on China Beach

NAME = wags
WEB SITE = www.groups.msn.com/80thgeneralsupportgroupbeachclubdanang/homepage
<EMAIL: duke145266[ at ]aol.co>
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Danang/China Beach
Entry Date: - Friday, February 06, 2004 at Time 16:06:05 (PST)


Record 2470
My team was assigned to the 834 Regional Force Company located on the north side of Sadec city. I was 38 Mike, the team Medic. I wasn't in the "Brown Water Navy" but I remember the unit stationed at Sadec. Those folks pulled me and my team out of a few hot situations more than once. They were a great bunch of guys and now I'm sorry I didn't get to know any of them on a personal level. I did get some photos of them and often wish I could thank all of them personnaly for the help they gave our team. This was my first Mat team assignment and like most of the Mat teams we operated on a level that was dictated by the mood of the RF company we were assigned to. Ambushes and operations operated on the "Quiet" and "Noisy" levels. Noisy, meant it would most likely be a walk in the park, no contact. Lots of chatter and radios you could hear for a long distance so Charley would know we were in the area. Quiet, meant we were out there seriously looking for Charley and spoiling for a fight which we got our share of. We took some lumps and we gave some lumps but for the most part we had an excellent 834 company commander that believed in the advisory program and made it a good tour for us. We operated all over the Sadec area in some of the most God-Awful country you can imagine. It was a lot like Jim Claxton was describing (interesting and all too familiar)in his posting. Sometimes there just wasn't any way to know where you were. No landmarks to get a bearing on made maps just another piece of paper, at times. He forgot to mention all the leeches and cockroaches (some over two inches long) that went along with the operations and bushes we pulled. Anyway, I came home with some great photos, souveniers, and memories of the Sadec area and the military personnel(army & navy)that worked there. I'd like to thank my team members who were also a great bunch of guys and let them know I think of them all the time. 1Lt Steven Lazar, 2lt James Castagno, Ssg Jack Lewis, and, Sgt John Gill. Thanks guys, I've never worked with better friends and team mates. To all the other members of Advisor Team 65 stationed at Sadec, I salute you, and hope all of you made it home safely to your families and loved ones. To the Riverine Force stationed at Sadec I say "Thank You" for the times you helped our team. I'd like to hear from anyone from Team 65 no matter the time frame.

NAME = Don Miller, SFC Ret.
<EMAIL: donmiller1941[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Macv Advisor Team 65, Mat IV-94
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Sadec
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Jun68 - Dec68
FROM WHERE NOW = Tracy, Ca, Ca
REFFERED By = Just Surfed In
Entry Date: - Thursday, February 05, 2004 at Time 02:38:59 (PST)


Record 2469
This post is to correct a previous entry in which I erred in stating that I served as a sniper with a Jim Santoro. I have been fortunate enough to be in contact recently with Mr. Santoro. So, to set the record straight,I was one of four US Navy SNIPERS to serve on SeaFlost when she was still a floating barge in the middle of the river. I held this distinct honor with three other men; RON SANTORO, Paul Harrison and Jim Huggins. Some people are of the misconception that the only duty the Snipers served was as night sentry to protect SeaFloat from night attack. It is true that that was one of our assigned duties but we also had the honor of going on many search and destroy missions with both the UDT Teams and the Mike Forces assigned to the base. Day time sweeps and night time ambushes in the mangroves of the AO were a common function of the Snipers. All four of us participated in firefights and all of us hold the distinguished Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy/Marine Corps version of the Army's CIB or Combat Infantry Badge. I, for one, am very proud of my Vietnam Service and am very honored to have served with Ron, Paul and Jim. To my Brothers, Thanks for serving and sacrificing.

NAME = Dave Leibensperger
<EMAIL: DaveL51[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = SeaFloat
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Old Nam Can, Cau Mau Peninsula
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 06/69 - 09/70
FROM WHERE NOW = North Little Rock, AR
Entry Date: - Thursday, February 05, 2004 at Time 01:54:57 (PST)


Record 2468
I JUST HAD TO PUT MY NAME IN THE POT

NAME = sp5 sidney murphy
<EMAIL: viet-nam[ at ]cox-internet.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 545th transportation
BASEs or LOCATIONs = cam ron bay & phan rang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = nov66-nov67
FROM WHERE NOW = crowley, la.
Entry Date: - Wednesday, February 04, 2004 at Time 23:36:26 (PST)


Record 2467
We supported Seal Team One, Whiskey and Zulu Platoons. OIC of Zulu was Tom Richards and OIC of Whiskey was Dick Couch. My OIC was Robert Natter who recently retired as Commander of the Atlantic Fleet. It has been 33 years and I would love to hear from any of the platoon, especially, Jonnie Williams. Last I heard, Jonnie was a Ohio Highway Patrolman.

NAME = Asa Ashcraft
<EMAIL: asanbev[ at ]adelphia.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = BSU-1 Det Charlie
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Solid Anchor
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 10/71-05/72
FROM WHERE NOW = Woodland Hills, CA
Entry Date: - Tuesday, February 03, 2004 at Time 20:46:03 (PST)


Record 2466
Looking for any info on my uncle(David H. Wyrick) KIA whom I never got to meet. Just doing some researching. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

NAME = Kevin Winter - representing Lt. David H. Wyrick
<EMAIL: secordgoon[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River sqdn 19, River assualt div. 92, TF 117,Comanvforv
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = KIA March 18, 1968
OH
REFFERED By = basic search
Entry Date: - Tuesday, February 03, 2004 at Time 17:48:27 (PST)


Record 2465
I was the boat captain on Tango 34 any of my crew out there?

NAME = John Guarnieri
<EMAIL: jguarnieri[ at ]adelphia.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Division 151 Tango 34
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Dong Tam
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 69-70
FROM WHERE NOW = Cheektowaga, NY
REFFERED By = Surfed in
Entry Date: - Tuesday, February 03, 2004 at Time 15:14:04 (PST)


Record 2464
I am back to try to find Mary Lynn Geisert Welburn's e-mail address. I had been in contact with her over a year ago about her brother who was a boat captain in MinDiv113, and was KIA. I have some more info you may want. If you or any one that knows her and her address could please e-mail me I would appreciate it. A buddy of mine who lives here in town, and was also over there has been taking our slides and putting them on a CD. It will be easier to send them to whoever would like them. Thanks. Woody

NAME = Woody Arnell
<EMAIL: woodyarnell[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Mine Division 113
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Nha Be, Benewah, Ha Tien, and points in between
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = June69-June70
FROM WHERE NOW = Idaho Falls, Idaho
Entry Date: - Tuesday, February 03, 2004 at Time 09:45:10 (PST)


Record 2463
I'm trying to find anyone who might have known my Uncle Jim. I don't have a lot of details but here's what I know. His name is James Lee Lautenschlager. He was a GM1 based on the USS Whiteriver. He tells me he used to volunteer for a lot of extra missions that were not on the record in exchange for extra liberty. He did insertions and extractions for Marine recon teams from his PBR. He was a machinegunner and has flashbacks to this day. He was very proud and very scared for me when he found out I was joining the Marines. His wife recently left him and he's in bad shape. I thought that if someone he knew were to contact him he might be able to work out some of his issues. He hasn't been to the VA for almost a year now. He's been drinking a lot and won't even talk to his god-son (me). He's in Minnesota and I'm in California so I can't really just go over to see him. If you or anyone you know remember him I would sincerely appreciate anything you could share with me. Thanks Lcpl Ziegenhagen, Bart A, USMCR

NAME = Bart Ziegenhagen
<EMAIL: papa[ at ]marinecorps.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = n/a
BASEs or LOCATIONs = n/a
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = n/a
FROM WHERE NOW = Alviso, CA
REFFERED By = Searched for USS Whiteriver
Entry Date: - Monday, February 02, 2004 at Time 19:04:56 (PST)


Record 2462
Was looking for old pictures and could email some of mine that i have from the time i was there. worked in the weld shop and worked on various ships, including the USS West Chester County. My son is assisting me with all the technology of looking for old shipmates because i would love to hear from some of them. anyone with any info please email me and let me know. Was looking to hear from Arthur Malldet, Dennis Allen Earlywine, Pete Springer and Tommy Freeland. Please forgive me if the names are not spelt correctly. Also can contact me at Love2yacht[ at ]aol.com

NAME = Walter Rogers SFM-3 R-1 DIV Weld Shop
<EMAIL: Rogersw[ at ]greatergreenville.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS TUTUILA ARG-4
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 2/68- 1/69
FROM WHERE NOW = Port Monmouth , NJ
REFFERED By = My Son
Entry Date: - Monday, February 02, 2004 at Time 17:59:07 (PST)


Record 2461
Looking for some Guys that were in operation Gaint Slingshot.I was TDY with the see bees we built some hooches fuel depot and fuel storge tanks at the base camp.was there 4 mo. went on severel trips up the river on PBR's and Mike boats that was A crazy bunch of guys. If anybody rembers some of the See Bees that was there let me know I've got some pictures but my ex wife got most them but thats another Sea Story .wood like to here from anybody that was there from mar./to july 1969

NAME = Jerry Campbell
<EMAIL: jc7018lohy[ at ]yahoo.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONs = MCB 10 See Bee
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Mar 1968/July1969
FROM WHERE NOW = Zavalla , T x
REFFERED By = Your site
Entry Date: - Monday, February 02, 2004 at Time 17:27:22 (PST)


Record 2460
SPC Wold, I arrived in Camron Bay, from there sent up North. Then to Quinhon. They found a mistake that they sent one to many 61C engineers to Quinhon, so instead of sending be back to the replacement station, I was put in security, standing on the end of the pier looking for strange objects floating on the water. That lasted a week. I was then put in the retrograde yard as night guard. two days later I was on days cleaning and invintorying the vehicles and making up a TCMD for loading on the ships. I mad frequwent drives up to the ammo depot and helped pick up vehicles to bring back. In early August, a ship was blown up at the pier. That did it. Now ships could only be at the pier in daylight hours. The next day I befriended a fellow Washingtonian in the Navy at the Seaman club across from the retrograde yard. I went back with him to the other side of the harbor, and after some serious partying he was passed out, so his commander gave me a Boston Whailer to buzz back to the pier. The Major saw me and inquired as what I was doing with it. I explained, and then he said there is a diver team being assigned here, with a floating barge with a house built on it, like 77 Sunset Strip. When he found out I had a watercraft MOS being mis used, he assigned me to them. So we all lived in the hooch on the barge and I and another operator ran them around the harbor, checking out different floating objects, and twice a day taking the divers out to check out the ships at the pier and the pier itself. One night the hill 331 was hit, we woke up to the noise, looked out and all the small boats were not tied up to our barge. One diver saw one floating a few yards away, and dove in to get it. Bringing it back, all of us jumped in and looked for the others. One was out past the end of the pier where I and another diver jumped in. I went to start it and the battery was gone, I reached in to get the manual stary rope and it was cut. The diver dove in and swam for the pier, I stayed with the boat. Was hopelessly floating away, no radio, no weapons, except for a couple concussion grenades. My foot feels funny, as I only had sandles on. I had cut my foot wide open on something in the boat. Anyway as I was watching the Cobra controlled circle above me as they broke ranks and hit the hill, suddenly one comes down and visits me personally, inches away. I'm not in uniform, and literally my life is passing before me. Suddenly a PBR appears out of nowhere, yelling and cussing at me like what in the world am I doing, etc. They towed me back to the pier. Someone there put 4 stiches in my foot. I recovered and no mention was ever made, even in my med records. Not too long After that, I was moved over to the airport the other side of Quinhon where the hospital was, then I went through some training on the delong pier air jacks. I commuted back and forth. Suddenly they said anyone who has over 8 months goes home, so away I went. I left Vietnam and was stationed in Ft Story, VA. I ETS'd in 73, moved back to Washington State, and joined the National Guard, on Landing Craft. Fast forward to today. I have a substational hearing loss. In 73 my physical showed I had two frequencies at 60 and 70 percent loss but I have a statement on my 73 ETS physical that says soldiers hearing loss happend before entering the Army. My arguement is I would not have been let in the Army with hearing like that. It has taken 30 years to get a third freq over 50%. Also I've had some pretty bad memories because of that noght incident. I've tried to go out fishing with my kids at night opening day. One time a helicopter buzzed the lake and all this stuff came back. Since then I haven't been able to get it out of my head. I applied for PTSD, and can't document the incident. My cut on my foot can't be documented. They believe the hearing loss statement on my physical, so I get nothing for that. Would like to find someone who was there at Quinhon around the same time. Also looking for James Scales, who was a friend in basic and AIT. We were separated in Vietnam. I met him again in 77, but only for a few weeks at Ft Lewis. Thank you all for listening.

NAME = William Wold
<EMAIL: kc7aky[ at ]ywave.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Small boats
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Quinhon, phu-tai
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 07/71 - 04/72
FROM WHERE NOW = Roy, WA
REFFERED By = internet search
Entry Date: - Sunday, February 01, 2004 at Time 20:11:07 (PST)


Record 2459
Just found this web site. I was glad to see so many people made it home. I worked on the ramps driving RTs, super 20s and tracksurveyor. I was in DaNang from March 68 to May 68 and then made my way up the Cua Viet River on an LCU to Dong Ha to work the ramps. Was there from June through December 68. Then went back to DaNang and worked at bridge ramp to finish out my tour in country. I'm looking for anybody who might have been there at that time.

NAME = Bill Anwander
<EMAIL: anwander[ at ]bellsouth.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Naval Support Activity, DaNang and Dong Ha
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Camp Tien Shau and compound at Dong Ha
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1965 to 1969
FROM WHERE NOW = Jacksonville, Florida
Entry Date: - Saturday, January 31, 2004 at Time 21:21:12 (PST)


Record 2458
TO F%&KED TO TELL

NAME = JOHN EDWARD GRAY II

UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 1099th RIVER RATS
BASEs or LOCATIONs = SIAGON CATLYE NAHBAY VUNGETAU DONGTAM &ALL POINTS SOUTH
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 66,67,68&69&70
FROM WHERE NOW = BREMERTON, WASHINGTON
REFFERED By = ACCIDENT
Entry Date: - Saturday, January 31, 2004 at Time 20:04:16 (PST)


Record 2457
My Uncle, Steve Noll is excited for the Chicago reunion next year. Are there any details yet? He wants to start planning his trip.

NAME = Steve Noll
<EMAIL: rpm12asm24[ at ]santel.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONs = San Diago, California
FROM WHERE NOW = South Dakota, Entry Date: - Saturday, January 31, 2004 at Time 12:04:45 (PST)


Record 2456
I was just flipping through the pages and found this site- sure is a great one! I miss the guys and the boats and this is the best way to go back in time. I was attached to two river divisions while in Viet Nam, 551 from 11/69-05/70 and 535 from then until 11/70 when I returned home. I think I would have stayed longer if we were not in the process of turning the boats over to the Vietnamese Navy. I sure liked riding the river boats. I would like to hear from a few of my friends if you are out there still- Bob Meager, Bob (Chris) Crispino, "Doc" Terrell and "Toi" Goodman. I haven't talked with any of these guys since 1972, when a few came to my wedding! Once out of the Navy I had a career in Law Enforcement, Elkhart, IN Police Department, retiring on an injury disability in 1996. I spent most of my time in law enforcement in the Crimes Against Person's squad as a detective and then as a supervisor. I also commanded an entry team on the SWAT unit. Being retired, I'm in the process of casting about for hobbies and have decided to write a book about river boats. If I ever finish it, and if it ever gets published!, I'll update you.

NAME = Art Kern
<EMAIL: SWAT093[ at ]Earthlink.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Division 551 and 535
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Vinh Long, Binh Thuey, Nha Be, Moc Hoa
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 11/69-11/70
FROM WHERE NOW = RR# 3 Box 61-T Weirton, WV
REFFERED By = Just surfin' by
Entry Date: - Saturday, January 31, 2004 at Time 12:02:18 (PST)


Record 2455
Started in the Carpenter Shop, Nha Be Apr. 67. Rate DC3. Served most of the 2 tours doing hull repair on PBRs until the end of 68. For the most part ran the fiberglass hull repair. Would be very interested to hear from anyone back in those days. Would especially like to know the whereabouts of a George H. Dailey from those days too.

NAME = SULLIVAN, John J.
WEB SITE = http://www.jjsullivan.com
<EMAIL: john[ at ]jjsullivan.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Saigon - Nha Be
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Nha Be
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 4/67 - 11/68
FROM WHERE NOW = Scottsdale, AZ, NY
REFFERED By = Browsing
Entry Date: - Saturday, January 31, 2004 at Time 06:06:21 (PST)


Record 2454
I am restoring a PBR #332 and am interested in any information from anyone with any knowledge of these boats in order to complete an authentic restoration. Bob Lewis 22613 7th Ave S Des Moines Wa 98198 206-878-8668 Thank you

NAME = Robert L Lewis
WEB SITE = www.southpawmarine.com
<EMAIL: bobsfastyachts[ at ]comcast.net>
Entry Date: - Friday, January 30, 2004 at Time 13:52:09 (PST)


Record 2453
Photographer's mate, NSA Saigon's Public Affairs office.Worked out of ComNavforV's photo lab till we moved to Nha Be in Sept 68.Stayed at Smith Hotel on Tran Hung Dao. Made daily runs to Saigon as no photo equipment at Nha Be. Flew to all Navy bases in 2,3,&4 corps area. Day I left Nha Be my replacement was wounded taking photo's from helo with Marines.His name was Baker.I Remember some names, Craig West,Morris Steve Kreher,Jim Hummel, Lt.Lester Van Rooey,& Ltjg Mark Sandifer.Joe Luscan,Dodd,Cobb

NAME = Russell C. Evans
WEB SITE = none
<EMAIL: Russ Evans[ at ]DOW.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Saigon then Nha Be
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Saigon and Nha Be
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 12/67 to 12/68
FROM WHERE NOW = Carmel, , NY
REFFERED By = Just surfed in
Entry Date: - Friday, January 30, 2004 at Time 07:12:16 (PST)


Record 2452
one of the better places to be in country but still miss a lot of the friends ,small base if i rember about 100 coasties on the pcf's not all at 1 time we provided supplies and patched the boat's,5 army,and about 30 blackshoe. also some seabees. plus vietnamese their base. names i rember,fred wehausen ,darby bates,flynn,morrison,maae, dahl (who still has his first pay check)and many others that i lived my life with. thank pat narry.cpnarry[ at ]bigvalley.net

NAME = charles" pat" narry
<EMAIL: cpnarry[ at ]bigvalley.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = usn supply dept
BASEs or LOCATIONs = catlo
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = nov 68 to nov 69
FROM WHERE NOW = columbia, ca
REFFERED By = surfin
Entry Date: - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at Time 21:48:39 (PST)


Record 2451
J.J.BUTERBAUGH ADR2 U.S.NAVY RETIRED 1955-1975. USS ORISKANY CVA 34 WITH ATTACK SQUADRON 152 FROM 1964-1966. LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES. A SHIPMATE TOLD ME THAT HE AND DAD WERE ON PBR'S. FROM 1966-1967. I AM WAITING FOR MORE INFORMATION BUT WANTED TO SEE IF ANYONE ELSE COULD HELP ME WITH LEARNING THE LINGO AND GETTING THE INFORMATION TO FIND DADS UNIT AND THE PBR HE WAS ON. DAD IS DECEASED NOW, 8-20-1997. PLEASE REPLY TO joetta41[ at ]yahoo.com

NAME = JOETTA (BUTERBAUGH) DEPAEPE
<EMAIL: joetta41[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS ORISKANY CVA 34
BASEs or LOCATIONs = VIETNAM
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1964-1967& 1971
TX
REFFERED By = FRIEND
Entry Date: - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at Time 19:15:55 (PST)


Record 2450
I was sent to serve at Operation Seafloat in the spring of 1970,and I was there until roughly 11 days before I left Vietnam for the United States. I was there when the fuel and ammo barge was hit by a sapper attack in the summer of 1970. I was assigned to the night perimeter patrol just before all personnel attached to the base were brought ashore. I was also one of the young sailors who helped carry Lt.Cherry"s stretcher when he was so very badly wounded.I was also at Seafloat, when everyone from the base was brought to the newly built Solid Anchor. If Lt.Cherry ever visits this site, I would like to hear from him. He was always a very special kind of person and human being especially to the young enlisted sailors.

NAME = Harry L. York,111
<EMAIL: harrylyork[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Seafloat/I.U.W.G.-Unit 4 Nha Trang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Oct.1st,1969-Sept.21st,1970
FROM WHERE NOW = Swanzey, N.H.
Entry Date: - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at Time 11:53:37 (PST)


Record 2449
I was in the vietnam war,on board the uss safeguard An air and rescue salvage ship.I had I believe three tours of duty in Vietnam,we crossed the international dateline on Jan of 1970.I'm authorized to wear the Vietnam service medals and bronze stars.I have been trying to prove service connection because of being there in vietnam durring the war, and most of all when agent orange was being used and I know it was. We watched from the fantail as the stuff was dropped or sprayed.The stuff would stick to the hairs on your arms,man we knew no better we were never warned that stuff would kill you we thought it was only for vegetation.(And that's what we were told it would only hurt vegetation)Because of going bald,extremly bad teeth,very bad body muscle and joint aches and pains. which I never had before inlisted in the navy.I know in my heart agent orange was responsible for my poor health. This is where ytou come in if you will help me please sir. How can I find out because you know I need proof for the VA.where agent orange was dropped in Vietnam the years and what ships were nearby to prove we were there at that time. PLEASE HELP your my last resort Danny Mackey God Bless You

NAME = Danny Mackey
<EMAIL: ilikejohncash[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = U.S.S. Safeguard A.R.S 25
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Stationed at Pearl Harbor
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 03 Feb 1970- March 19-1970--May11 1970 -may24-1970-June 1970-July1970-
FROM WHERE NOW = Duncan, OK
REFFERED By = Surfin the web
Entry Date: - Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at Time 14:39:33 (PST)


Record 2448
Your site has a page of photos on support ships, but several are missing. The Krishna was a LST repair ship down at Sea Float I think. It was a sister ship to Weschester County. My Ship was the Tutuila and she was the largest water borne asset in RVN. We serviced CosDiv 11 in support of Marketime operation and other units of TF 115. We serviced a lot of brown water vessels at An Thoi and at Nha Be. If you need some photos I can provide them. Let me know your wishes.

NAME = pete webster
<EMAIL: petepat[ at ]bellsouth.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Tutuila (ARG-4)
BASEs or LOCATIONs = an Thoi and Nha Be
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Sept-Oct 67, Sept Nov 68, Sept Oct 69, Feb 70-Feb71, feb72
FROM WHERE NOW = Springfield Ohio, San Diego CA, Jacksonville FL, FL
REFFERED By = Google
Entry Date: - Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at Time 08:22:59 (PST)


Record 2447
outstanding site have been for a few years now. keep on truckin. my nick nane was taco bell.

NAME = Bob Bell
<EMAIL: bobell [ at ] pennswoods.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = nsa danang E&R shop cau viet E&R shop uss ticondaroga cva14
BASEs or LOCATIONs = apl-5
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 67-68-69
FROM WHERE NOW = clarion, pa
REFFERED By = surfed in
Entry Date: - Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at Time 19:26:51 (PST)


Record 2446
just decided to look up, check in, and say hi, to some long lost friends.

NAME = Jewel I. Stogner
<EMAIL: j.stogner[ at ]attworldnet.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = cosdiv 14, 14 det, rivdiv 554, U.S.S. cnnstellation
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Cam Ranh, Cua Viet, Phu Quoc, Rach Gia, Rach Soi, Song Ong Doc
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 64-65,66-67,67-68,69-70
FROM WHERE NOW = Kodiak, Ak
REFFERED By = found web page copies[ at ]Peterson Elementry School
Entry Date: - Monday, January 26, 2004 at Time 18:14:28 (PST)


Record 2445
Served aboard YRBM16 in Tan Chau untill she was towed to Guam for repairs , when she went back to Nha Be was transfered to Activity craft LCM676 { LADY LUCK } & LCM876 w/ BM1 Rose, EM3 Bill Sawyer ,BM1 Gussoria . Had a monkey that liked to dump in Sawyers boots . Would like to hear from anyone that served aboard the 16 or [ at ] Nha Be, aboard activity craft , Mondero ,Tutiwella Mike Boats ect . Mike Payne GMG3 71-72

NAME = Mike Payne
<EMAIL: mike_p_payne[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16 -LCM876 - Lcm678 LADY LUCK
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Tan Chau- Nha Be
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 2 -71 / 2-72
FROM WHERE NOW = Bismarck, Ill
REFFERED By = surfed in
Entry Date: - Monday, January 26, 2004 at Time 16:56:36 (PST)


Record 2444
hello to everyone. I just wanted to post a message and show my support to all of you guys that served our country durring Vietnam, thanks! My Dad Served on the patrol boats for part of his tours, and last memorial day weekend I got the pleasure of meeting two of his friends that he served with durring the war. This was a great honor for me to get a chance to meet some of the guys that shared such a large and important part of my dads life. If anyone remembers Aaron Hood from your time in Vietnam, I would love to hear from you, I have the upmost respect for you, and what you guys went through while there. Thank you again for all of you sacrifice and hard work. Martin A. Hood.

NAME = Martin Hood
<EMAIL: Martinhood[ at ]hotmail.com>
FROM WHERE NOW = seattle, wa
REFFERED By = google search
Entry Date: - Monday, January 26, 2004 at Time 13:24:31 (PST)


Record 2443
When I saw the photo of the T boats tied up at Dong Tam. Memories that were repressed just kept flooding in. Dong Tam was my first assignment and supporting the 9th Inf Div was not a vacation. Its been 34 years but I can still see the Zippos doing their work and the canal right along the landing strip. One side ours the other side theirs. How come no pics of the Boat that was used as a water canon. I believe they used a 671 diesel with a pump directly from the river to flood the tunnels. I would not have liked being at the receiving end of that water canon.

NAME = Jacques Montaufray
<EMAIL: jmontaufray[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 1099th Trans Co. Med Boat
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Vung Tau, Dong Tam, Cat Lai, Binh Thuy, Da Nang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = june 69 june 70
FROM WHERE NOW = Montreal Canada, REFFERED By = Browsing
Entry Date: - Monday, January 26, 2004 at Time 10:29:02 (PST)


Record 2442
SIR, I TALKED TO SOME ONE ALONG TIME AGO. HE SAID IF I COULD GET MORE INFOR ON MY DAD TO CALL BACK. I FORGOT WHO HE WAS, SO I AM WRITTING TO YOU FOR HELP. I FOUND ONE OF MY DADS SHIPMATES THAT TOLD ME THAT HE WAS WITH MY DAD IN 66-67 ON THE PBR. HE COULD'NT REMEBER THE UNIT OR ANY THING ELSE. NOW I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY DAD. DADS INFORMATION IS J.J.BUTERBAUGH ADR2 U.S.NAVY RETIRED 1955-1975 USS ORISKANY CVA34 WITH THE ATTACK SQUADRON 152 FROM 1964-1966. THATS ALL I KNOW. WOULD YOU HELP ME ? PLEASE THANK YOU JOETTA IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CALL 817-581-4942

NAME = JOETTA (BUTERBAUGH) DEPAEPE
<EMAIL: joetta41[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PBR'S
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 63-64 66-67
FROM WHERE NOW = , TEXAS
REFFERED By = SHIPMATE
Entry Date: - Sunday, January 25, 2004 at Time 20:21:33 (PST)


Record 2441
Great site. I just surfed in and spent hours checking it out and reading the guest book. I was an RM3/2 at the Coastal Survelience Center at An Thoi from Marhc 68 to March 69. Lot of memories, some good, some bad, but all contributed to who I am. Enjoy hearing from anyone Stationed there. I rode on some river ops in January/February/March of 69 along with LT(jg) John Denman who was a CSC officer, would enjoy hearing from anyone who remembered us. Operated from Rach Gia and Ha Tien.

NAME = Terry Henninger
<EMAIL: henningert[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = CSC An Thoi, AT159
BASEs or LOCATIONs = An Thoi
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 3/68-3/69
FROM WHERE NOW = Gales Ferry, CT
REFFERED By = Surved in
Entry Date: - Sunday, January 25, 2004 at Time 17:09:49 (PST)


Record 2440
Sqd. made fist retalatiory strikes against NVN feb. 1965. Of all the 24 yrs in the Navy I cherish my memories of the sqd. the ship and my crew mates both alive and lost during the cruise. I browsed the web one day and found the site where both the sqd and the ship were decomossioned and found it heart wrenching. To My Mates and fellow crew members, if you remember me please e-mail me i would gladly like to keep in touch. The forgotten warriors have to stick together

NAME = Larry D. Mumaw
WEB SITE = http://www16.brunette-mature.com/
<EMAIL: desertdweller57[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = VA-153
BASEs or LOCATIONs = U.S.S. Coral Sea CVA-43
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1964-1966
FROM WHERE NOW = Retires AMH-1 Mesa, Az.
REFFERED By = Web Browsing
Entry Date: - Sunday, January 25, 2004 at Time 14:15:57 (PST)


Record 2439
JUST SCANNING BOATS AND CAME UPON THIS SITE / WAS CHIEF ENGINEER ON MY BOATS EN2 ARRIVING IN COUNTRY I HAD A FEVER AND WHITS ON AND FROM THE AIRBASE TO THE CHECK IN TO THE BOAT WAS TERRIBLE TO ARRIVE ON THE YFU 18 TO FIND THE CREW WORKING AT 3AM IN THROTTLE CONTROLS AND TWIN DISC SHIFTERS / THE ONES YOU HAD TO BLEED AND PUMP TO WORK . WELL WE GOT THE BOAT SHIPSHAPE AND AFTER THE HARD WORK WAS OFFERED THE YFU 78 , WE THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND DECIDED TO STAY WITH THE YFU18 .. BOY WE WERE BLESSED BECAUSE THE YFU 78 GOT HIT ON BRIDGE RAMP SOON AFTER . WE THEN WENT INTO DRYDOCK FOR SHAFT TROUBLES AND WAS THERE WHEN MAG16 AMMO DUMP GOT HIT . I REMEMBERED BEING ASLEEP HUGGING THE PACKING GLAND ON THE PROP SHAFT WHEN SOMEONE TOLD ME RED ALERT AND LIKE IN A MOVIE RAN OUT OF THE BOAT AND DRYDOCK AND JUMPED ONTO THE LCU1628 AS IT WAS PULLING OFF THE PIER AND REALLY ALMOST DID NOT MAKE IT . WE WENT RIDING AROUND AT SEA 3DAYS WITH THE THEN ACU1 BOYS AND HAD THOUGHT THAT BOAT WAS A LUXURY LINER . NOT LONG AFTER ACU1 LEFT AND OUR DIVISION OFFICER GAVE US THE LCU 1628 . BOY IT WAS FAST . WE WENT NORTH AND SOUTH OF DANANG AND SOMETIME SOUTH OF SAH YUEN "HIDDEN LAKE " WE WERE ATTACKED THE ONE NIGHT WE LEFT THERE ON TRYING TO BEAT THE TIDE AND ALSO WAS TOWING A MIKE8 THE ENGINES NEVER ROARED LIKE THAT BECAUSE 2600 RPM WAS MY LIMIT ON NORMAL TRIPS BUT GOT THEM TO 3600 THAT NIGHT . ANYWAY IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE I ALWAYS THINK ABOUT THOSE TIMES . THANKS FOR GOOD WEB SITE

NAME = TOM DUDEK
<EMAIL: tom575[ at ]starpower.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU 18 .......LCU1628
BASEs or LOCATIONs = NSA DANANG LIGHTERAGE CAUSEWAY
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = AUG 68 TO AUG 69
MD.
Entry Date: - Sunday, January 25, 2004 at Time 13:35:38 (PST)


Record 2438
Story of YRBM-16 Bombing in November 1967 as told by Allen: From: "Robert Andrews" Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2002 8:31 AM Subject: YRBM-16 - Baltimore Bob Allen I haven't run into anyone from Vietnam since 1972. I did run into at least one guy back in Norfolk,Va after Vietnam. You say you were on watch in the crows nest when mined on nov 25,1967. What was that like? We never used the crows next and I believe I was the only person onboard that went up there one day to get some pictures with my camera when helo's were taking off and landing. The YRBM-16 went to Guam for overhaul in February 1971. Bob From: Subject: Re: YRBM-16 - Baltimore Bob Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 20:17:23 -0400 Hello Robert Its is almost like it happen yesterday to me it was around 1:30 the day after thanksgiving in vietnam we used the crows nest to spot any enemy fire we would use a m-16 with tracer rounds to show were enemy fire was coming from if we would see any. weeks before it happen we were get all kind of sign that someting was going to happen the kids usually would come out to the river banks and way to us when we would go in to town to get our mail and it was not happing. We were getting called to battle station alot we were working with the armies 9th air cav. it was about a week to a couple of days before we were mined that we hit them pretty hard we were hitting them the VC for about two to three hours. the village of Ben Tre was about 99 percent VC at night so you did not know who to trust around there. are PBR we starting to get hit on patrol we lost two boats of a day patrol. the day before it happen we had turkey for supper and some one said it looked like are last supper and everyone laughed. I had the 12 TO 4 WATCH in the crows nest that night it started out like it would be a good night on watch it was a clear night you could see the bank real good. I just got done checking the shore line and was talking to the forward watch when a loud bang when off and shook the barge I dont know if you still had the large hatch covers to put the boats down in to the machine shop. but they when flying past my face in the crows nest and all of a sudden there were flames in front of me and I called down to the aft watch and did not get a answer from him and kept trying to get him I do not think i was to afarid for me at that time as was for the aft watch but than he did answer and than the guy who's battle station was in the crows nest came up to take my place so I could go to the forward fifties because I was the it charge of them and giving them order from the lt. the whole time I was on the sound power phone you could hear everyone on them talking to the lt. and the guy that took my place it the crow nest started yelling to the lt. to come down because the aft end was in flames and you could not even see the crows nest at all and I could hear him screaming and than I did not hear him anymore of the phone he had jumped from the crows nest he had died later in a military hospital in japan. I will never forget it the rest of my life it still like it happened yesterday. I still like it could have been me and that still is with me. I think going to the WALL has helped. I hope you did not have to go through alot of that? the YRBM-16 when through a lot she was called the Delta Queen and it was good to see her the next day when we when back out to fight the fire to see the flag still flying it was like beening home and later we found out that we lost seven good men. I was glad to do it than and I would have done it again. I glad that you had a change to sever on her. Did you see the YRBM=16 bombing Memorial Page there are some very good pictures to see. If you have any more questions i hope I can answer them. Hope to hear from you thank you Allen WELCOME HOME

NAME = Robert J Andrews
<EMAIL: Bob.A[ at ]playful.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 3/70 - 3/71
FROM WHERE NOW = Pennsylvania/Maryland, MD
Entry Date: - Sunday, January 25, 2004 at Time 11:46:55 (PST)


Record 2437
I spent the first 5 months on a LCM in Dong Tam and then went to perimeter guard along the canel by the JP4 tanks. I did that until Nixon had the big pull out and the 9th Infantry gave it to the Arvins. Then they sent me to Saigon and asked what I wanted to do and said I would like to be a clerk. Ha. I had a couple of years of college and they sent me to Cat Lai to operations and I kept track of the ammo coming into Nam. We also cleared areas for fire when movement was spotted in the surrounding area. I did that up until I was illegible for the early out. Never forget the boats as we had to build a hootch around the wheel house from wood we got off a barge the Navy had on the river. We mounted fifty cals on both sides and sixties on top on the hootch and in the front of the LCM by the ramp. Anyway there are alot of stories, but I like to remember the good times. The perimeter guard duty was another whole thing. Anyway, I am working on the North Slope of Alaska in oil and gas now and living in Northern Michigan. I am proud of what we did and all the guys that served there country. You have a great Web Page and want to thank you.

NAME = Steven Doughten
<EMAIL: thadoogs[ at ]chartermi.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 1097th and 1099th LCM
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Dong Tam and Cat Lai
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 11/68 thru 1/70
FROM WHERE NOW = Alden, MI
REFFERED By = Surfing
Entry Date: - Sunday, January 25, 2004 at Time 10:52:08 (PST)


Record 2436
had the priviledge of covering many of the BROTHER's in the BROWN Water Navy as a crewchief/doorgunner-my specialty was the door mounted mini-gun. I live in Fresno--home phone 559-348-0581, Have a great day my frind Mike aka "FREAK"

NAME = Mike Worthington
<EMAIL: rworthington81[ at ]comcast.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = SEAWOLVES-HA(L)3
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Binh Thuy,Ben Luc Det 4, Phu Loi, Nam Can,etc
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Aug 70 to Feb 72
FROM WHERE NOW = Fresno, Ca
Entry Date: - Saturday, January 24, 2004 at Time 21:35:29 (PST)


Record 2435
JUST SIGNING IN TO CORRECT MY WEB ADDRESS. (WWW.NELLODAMATO[ at ]WEBTV.NET). LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE ATTACHED TO THE MADERA CTY OR PAGE CTY.

NAME = NELLO D'AMATO
<EMAIL: www.nellodamato[ at ]webtv.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LANSHIPRON2-MADERA CTY(LST-905), PAGE CTY(LST-1076)
BASEs or LOCATIONs = VUNG-TAU, MEKONG DELTA BASES, AND ALONG THE COAST.
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = APR. 69-FEB.71
FROM WHERE NOW = PITTSFIELD, MA.
REFFERED By = FAVS.
Entry Date: - Saturday, January 24, 2004 at Time 12:04:43 (PST)


Record 2434
Just looking for someone that was there during operation Gamewarden during operation Dung Island. Or operation silver spur. Also anyone attached with Sea Wolf 115 during this same time. THANKS

NAME = Richard
WEB SITE = none
<EMAIL: hamradio 79703[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = rivron 511 basac river Jan-67 to Oct-67
BASEs or LOCATIONs = U.S.S Garrett County LST 786
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 66-67
FROM WHERE NOW = Midland, Tx
REFFERED By = None
Entry Date: - Saturday, January 24, 2004 at Time 11:59:30 (PST)


Record 2433
Great Web page! I remember a lot of the good times i.e. taking the Boston Whaler armed with only a Thompson or M-79 to Vung Tau via the Rung Sat for a night on the town. Left Nha Be (outside Saigon)when it was dark and got stuck high and dry on the beach in Vung Tau when the tide went out!

NAME = Paul T. Orr, QM2
<EMAIL: PaulTOrr[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Seafloat; YFR 889; AOG 56
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Nha Be, Saigon; Tien Sha, DaNang; Cau Mau (Seafloat); Mekong & Bassac
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 3/68 - 3/71
FROM WHERE NOW = Cleveland, Ohio
Entry Date: - Thursday, January 22, 2004 at Time 07:40:49 (PST)


Record 2432
Song Ong Doc was a rat infested group of 6-barges attached 2 x 2 x 2 and had anchors fore and aft. Good thing those anchors were there or we would have sunk for sure. The only thing that floated around there was the fresh water barge and the body waste dropped into the water on the seaward side of the barges. They say in retrospect, you never recall the negative about a memory as intensly as the moment the event took place. If that were true, why is it I recall the intense surroundings, filth, sweat, moisture, mosquitos and the ever present odors that was inherent to Song Ong Doc? Simply knowing it was an option to evade the stench of that base by going on a patrol was refreshing to me. I actually looked forward to riding on that $100,000 boat with the breeze in my face. It somehow allowed me some peace in thinking the odors at least have taken a leave of my nose. If only for a moment. Then I would get smacked with one of those horse flys, bitten and thought I just got shot. I took pride in the work I did in cleaning and maintaining the weapons on my boat. I assumed the gun care duty from a GMG-2 Phil Shope who left after serving his tour. Phil was a good man. He showed me all of his tricks in cleaning and setting the timing on the weapons, especially the shocks on the .50 Cal racks-forward and how they worked. In May of 1970 during the wee hours of the morning, I was awaken to the concussion sounds of rounds the USCG Cutter sent onto our base. It was a horrible experience. There was one man who bunked on the top rack behind my wall who was blasted from his 3rd tier rack to the width of the ammi and slammed onto the 3rd tier rack on the other side, then onto the floor. I remember praying for him and feeling totally hopeless as he continued to gasp breaths before being removed to the helipad. He died just after being removed. Several others were injured that morning, but I only remember the one man dying. If I remember correctly, he was the Boat Captain of our cover boat. If anyone out there remembers this man's name please let me know. Hell of a place; Song Ong Doc. I thought about returning to the delta and visiting, but do not find that I would really want to go there again.

NAME = Terry (Cal) Callahan
<EMAIL: Accurateshots[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Riv Div 572
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Song Ong Doc
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 9/69 - 7/70
FROM WHERE NOW = Tucson, AZ
REFFERED By = Discovered on my own
Entry Date: - Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at Time 11:51:29 (PST)


Record 2431
I worked at the White Elephant in the Freight Terminal Section. Hope to hear from anyone that was there then.

NAME = Warren Fulks <EMAIL = A1Antiques[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Danang
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Camp Tien Sha
YEARs in VIETNAM = Dec67-Dec68
FROM WHERE = Chula Vista, Ca.
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Record 2430
ANTHONY EN3, R-2 DIVISION,REPAIRING DETROIT DIESELS FOR PBR'S,AND SWIFT BOATS. I HAVE CORRESPONDED WITH DON HERR A YEAR OR SO BACK.HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON TOMMY MARSH,GARY HOWLAND,JESSIE CANNON,DICK MILLER,STEVE YARBORO,OLE HEDINE,DAVE HORNER,PAUL KNIFFEN,DAVE MARKLE MALCOM PERRY .. AND OTHERS WHO WORKED IN THE DIESEL REPAIR SHOP.I WELCOME ANY CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE "CAN DO GANG"!

NAME = AL ANTHONY <EMAIL = ACDOWNTYME[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = U.S.S. TUTUILA ARG-4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= ANTHOI,PHU QUOC,VUNG TAU
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-67-68-69
FROM WHERE = BURNS, TN
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Record 2429
Just checking back in to your site. I thought I knew how to log in, but I was wrong.

NAME = Harry Asbery <EMAIL = samnharry[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ATSB Tuyen Nohn
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/69-3/70
FROM WHERE = Lynnwood , WA
REFFERED By = Revisit
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Record 2428
i served as an advisor with rag 27 out of nha be and rteg 81 cat lai, i was a gmgc at the time, would like to hear from bm3 joe lynn, gmg3 mcnabb, lt bill green, en1 dave linyger, and anyone who served with marine advisory team 43, lcdr john p zarakki, lt bill gottchalk, ltcol jim tully. ltcol bill cowan, any of you wild assed marine advisors with team 43, sgt collins ssgt fred murry,capt loretta,

NAME = william taylor <EMAIL = watertight4480[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = rag 27 and rteg 81
BASEs or LOCATIONS= cat lai and nha be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68, 70, 71
FROM WHERE = florida, ky
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Record 2427
would like to find some of my old buddy's

NAME = tommy wilson <EMAIL = tombobwil[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yfu-54 - yfu-71- ras-15
BASEs or LOCATIONS= danang to siagon
YEARs in VIETNAM = 05/67 -03/70
FROM WHERE = no little rock, ar
REFFERED By = myself
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Record 2426
This is a great site. Thank you for honoring my late Uncle George.

NAME = Margarita Ycoco Ballesteros <EMAIL = mballest[ at ]usc.edu>
AZ
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Record 2425
I was commanding officer of Det A-428 (5th SFGA) Tan Chau District from Jun 66 to Jun 67. Our Special Forces camp was located at Tan An about 11 kilometers from the Cambodian border and just west of the Mekong River. Shortly after my arrival a PBR unit was assigned to my district and setup in a small compound behind district hqs. I don't remember the names of Navy asgd but they had six PBRS. There CO was a USN Lt. We had about 200 CIDG troops in our camp and conducted combat operations throughout our AO. We conducted several joint operations with the PBRs. They patrolled from Tan Chau to the Cambodian Border. One of our CIDG troops had gone on leave in his home village a couple of districts south of us and was badly beaten by suspected VC. In any event I had told the troops that the Americans were there to support them and we would take action to protect them. As a result I took a small force to the wounded CIDG's village and using local forces captured the VC suspect. We took him to Long Xuyen and hid him out in a CIA safe house and made arrangements for a PBR to transport him up the Mekong to our camp. The troops damned near killed the hapless VC before we shipped him out. However, the CIDG troops were firmly on our side after that incident. The PBR unit saw there share of combat and were a great bunch of sailors. I visited them at there compound shortly before I was reassigned and they cleaned me out at poker.

NAME = Maj. James Miles, USASF Ret. <EMAIL = green beret_1[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PBRs Tan Chau District IV Corp
BASEs or LOCATIONS= CO A-428 Tan Chau D Co, 5th SFGA IV Corp
YEARs in VIETNAM = Feb-Jul 62, Jun 66-Jun67, Aug 70-Aug 71
FROM WHERE = 2006 Windy Point Schertz, Texas 78154, Texas
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Record 2424
My name is Chris Christensen, my dad was Capt CR Christensen, CO of Breezy Cove and one of those at Song Ong Doc. God bless all of those who were there, he told me chilling stories. My dad is now laid to rest at Arlington Plot 1207, Section 59 for those who wish to pay respects. Humbly, Chris Christensen

NAME = Chris Christensen <EMAIL = cchristensen[ at ]globalcoms.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Breezy Cove
REFFERED By = Brian J. Mulcrone
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Record 2423
I would like to hear from anyone who served with me on board the sweet pea from 1964 to Dec., 1969 after we returned from the tour in 'Nam. I was very glad to see this web site, hope it will bring many of the old friends back together. I've had a fire that destroyed everything, but I would like to see some of the ship cruise books dated from 1964 - 1970. Hope someone out there can help me.

NAME = George Earl Catlett SM1 <EMAIL = channongearl64[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = CS Division
BASEs or LOCATIONS= uss princeton (LPH5)
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1964 - 1969
FROM WHERE = Murray, KY
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Record 2422
It,s been hard to forget such an important time of all our lives, especially with the current conflict and the criticism our forces are facing. While I've never written about(or hardly talked about) my experiences, my fading memory still recalls that most of us voluntered ,often more than once, to answer the call to do our expected duty. I look forward not only to support the memorial at Coronado, but to hopefully hear from some of the boys. Many thanks to whomever set up this arrangement, although it takes me forever to type!

NAME = bob neilson <EMAIL = rneilson[ at ]maine.rr.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= cosdiv15(qui nhon), cat lo for a short time
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2/68-9/69
FROM WHERE = portland , maine
REFFERED By = surfing
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Record 2421
It,s been hard to forget such an important time of all our lives, especially with the current conflict and the criticism our forces are facing. While I've never written about(or hardly talked about) my experiences, my fading memory still recalls that most of us voluntered ,often more than once' to answer the call to do our expected duty. I look forward not only to support the memorial at Coronado' but to hopefully hear from some of the boys. Many thanks to whomever set up this arrangement, although it takes me forever to type!

NAME = bob neilson <EMAIL = rneilson[ at ]maine.rr.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= cosdiv15(qui nhon), cat lo fof a short time
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2/68-9/69
FROM WHERE = portland , maine
REFFERED By = surfing
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Record 2420
i was a machinest on board the flag ship uss america.

NAME = abe beltran <EMAIL = beltran490[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = uss.america cva66
BASEs or LOCATIONS= norfork va.
YEARs in VIETNAM = 6/72-3/75
FROM WHERE = moody, tx
REFFERED By = web search
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Record 2419
Was SK1 in Saigon with Hedsuppact 64-65. Lived at the Ambassador Hotel. Retired USN 2/77, SKCS

NAME = Jay Doughty <EMAIL = jayd[ at ]co.kern.ca.us>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Hedsuppact Saigon
YEARs in VIETNAM = 7/64 - 6/65
FROM WHERE = Bakersfield, CA
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Record 2418
great site.looking for anyone there same time.I am amember of mrfa.

NAME = william j morris <EMAIL = mbillbrig[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = t 112 12
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong tam / mekong delta
YEARs in VIETNAM = feb 68 mar.69
FROM WHERE = ardmore, pa
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Record 2417
.... Based on some newly uncovered information, I have recently added a web page on the Silvermace II operation up the Rach Duong Keo on April 12 1969 .... This resulted in seven of the thirteen Swifts involved being heavily damaged, a number of wounded, three KIAs, and the complete destruction of PCF 43 .... It is hoped this presentation will provide insight to all who served in the Ca Mau region concerning this very tragic engagement / ambush .... http://pcf45.com/sealords/silvermace/silvermace.html .... Bob Shirley ....

NAME = Bob Shirley
WEB SITE = http://pcf45.com/sealords/silvermace/silvermace.html
<EMAIL = rbshirley[ at ]pcf45.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF-45
BASEs or LOCATIONS= CosDiv 16 Chu Lai
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967
FROM WHERE = near Dallas, TX
REFFERED By = SBSA
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Record 2416
MCB-8 GUYS, WHY IS IT SO HARD TO LOCATE YOU? IT'S ONLY BEEN ALMOST F O R T Y YEARS!! WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE ATTACHED TO EIGHT...also try WWW.MCB-8.org.

NAME = Don WEBB <EMAIL = Houpapa1[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MCB-8
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Port Hueneme, Chu Lai, Phu Bai, Hue
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67/69
va
REFFERED By = surfing
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Record 2415
Good Clean Fun doc

NAME = HM3 Perry <EMAIL = satcong[ at ]pacbell.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Ribbit
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DNA
FROM WHERE = Grangville Smokejumper Base, REFFERED By = recon
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Record 2414
Treked Northern I Corps on the YFU-70 for about 7 months in '69 and '70. Then went back to Camp Tien Sha. Did comm work at the Triangle and the Annex down by the UDT hut. What great times!!! The pix here and other places sure bring back memories -- mostly good. Haven't seen nor heard from anyone from the 'Nam in a long time. Had 4 of us together for about 20 years, but all drifted. Radioman's still here!!!! Welcome home guys 'n' gals -- we did a hell of a job despite the a**holes in Washington!!!! I'm proud to be one of "us"..

NAME = Goose Gosswiller RM3 <EMAIL = gooseg[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU-70
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DaNang, Cua Viet, Dong Ha, Tan My, Chu Lai, Hue, etc....
YEARs in VIETNAM = 11/69-10/70
FROM WHERE = Sierra Foothills, Ca
REFFERED By = Just surfed in. Gawd what a great site!!!!
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Record 2413
Looking for anyone who served at Market Time Base at Qui Nhon during attack in 1967.

NAME = Harry Harvison <EMAIL = csharvison[ at ]comcast.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 1098th Transportation Co. [M.B.]
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Qui Nhon
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1/67-1/68
FROM WHERE = Houston , Pa.
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Record 2412
This is a note to reply to Ken Burington, referred to here as Record 2019. I tried to copy his e-mail address, changed the brackets to an @, but was unable to send him a message. Thought I might contact him this way. To reply, in 1967, I was one of two coxswains of Foxtrot 66, a Mike boat from the 1098th TCMB. I made at least two of these night landings with other boats. Ken, try to contact me.

NAME = Walt Hart <EMAIL = hartwf[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 109th TCMB
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Qui Nhon, Vietnam
YEARs in VIETNAM = Apr 67 - Apr 68
FROM WHERE = Pisgah Forest, NC
REFFERED By = No one
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Record 2411
We were sent to Viet Nam the first time to assist with the evacuation of the dependants no action then. the dep. were taken out of saigon by air.In 65 we took two of our mike 8 boats to DaNang courtesy of the USS Cpmstock,off loaded and went up river metup with the Army Advisors at a beach in DaNang.We off loaded commercial ships, hauled ammo. up and down the river .Carried marines and equipment along with South VN Rangers across and other locations on the river.we also helped with LSTs Worked some with UDT.You seldom hear of this type of operations there.We seldom had any contact with NVA or Charlie but we feel we contributed in a vital way in the early years I'm proud of all the Sailors who served inany capacity.God Bless.This is a great web site it made me feel good and proud.Keepup the good work.If anyone is still around from that time frame Email me ,Thanks again

NAME = Joe Burt BM SN <EMAIL = chiefjoeburt[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Assault Craft Unit One. Division 13 -LCM 8
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Home port- Coronado California
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1964-1965
FROM WHERE = Meridian, Ms
REFFERED By = just surfing
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Record 2410
It is refreshing to view sites like this one and be reminded of some of the events that took place. Since my tour, I have always held the US Navy in a different light. Not that my view was shared with a lot of non-combatants, but I saw the world and everything else differently after my tour. Does anyone know the whereabouts of then, BM-1 Robert (Boats) Taylor? If so, please e-mail me with the information to contact him.

NAME = Terry Callahan <EMAIL = Accurateshots[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = TF-116, Riv Div 572
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Song Ong Doc
YEARs in VIETNAM = 8/69 - 7/70
FROM WHERE = Tucson, AZ
REFFERED By = Discovered in a web search
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Record 2409
Don't remember much. I served on an ASPB in Dong Tam from 10/68 to 6 or 7/69. I then went to DaNang to serve on the Swift Boats. I was an Enginman 2nd Class.

NAME = Tom Brown <EMAIL = tkbrown[ at ]cablespeed.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ASPB
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 10/68 - 1/70
FROM WHERE = Seattle, WA
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Record 2408
Was transferred off the Uss Munsee (ATF 107) with the rest of the deck force for river patrol boat duty in Vietnam. After survival schools and PBR training, arrived Cat Lo to pick up boats, go down coast and up Mekong to Sa Dec. Can't rember a lot of the guys names but a few. First Officer in Charge was LT Laipely, Commander River Div 52 was CDR LEWIS. Remember BM1 Golan being at Cat Lo when we arrived to pick up boats. BM1 Golan had been the lead boatswain on the MUNSEE. The base at Sa Dec was righ next to a soccer field. The mess hall was an old building like a temple or something. We had good meals when we wasn't on patrol. I remember they use to make their own bread and everything. The SeaBees done a good job building us a club and pretty nice hootches. I played guitar and we had like a little band that played in the club when we weren't on patrol. The band consisted of a LT that was a real good singer and played guitar, he was from Texas I think (can't remember his name), there was an army guy the played bass fiddle, he was stationed at the vietnamese army post where we kept our boats. There was also another guy that played guitar that was really good. He could play behind his head and back, was really great. I remember when Chuck Connors (The Rifleman) visited us with the USO and played and sang with us, it was great. Also Robert Mitchum (the actor) visited the camp (got drunk with him setting on the ground outside the hootch). James Garner (movie star) also visited us right after he had made a movie about race cars. Seemed like a nice guy. Also remember Roy Rogers and Dale Evans coming to the Army base down by the river. Some of the guys were Tom Small's (Allentown PA), Keith (Ohio), LT Corsett (a great officer), a YN1 that worked for CDR Lewis that talked me into becoming a yeoman for the unit. Made the biggest affect on my life. Stayed in the Navy, retired in 1989 and a Cheif Yeoman. I had a lot of pictures but let one of the guys see them before we left NAM and never got them back. If he happens to read this and feels guilty I would appreciate getting them back. Also there was BM1 Murray, a true boatswain mate. BM1 Batchelder got killed somewhere close to My Tho, which was really a sad day. He was such a great guy! I remember someone had pythons in the hootch to catch the rats, seemed to work. Ant's were really bad though during the monsoons when the got in you bunk looking for dry ground. Well if anyone out there remember's me, drop a line, would be really great to hear from you. Wishing all of you the best!

NAME = Robert (Bob) Wellman <EMAIL = i45wellman[ at ]earthlink.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Section 521, PBR 79
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Sa Dec
YEARs in VIETNAM = Jul 66 - Jul 67
FROM WHERE = Charleston, S.C.
REFFERED By = Surfing Web
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Record 2407
Both good and bad times. But time has managed to bring peace with the ghosts. I was the boat quartermaster during the times up to and past the TET offensive. Saw a lot of scary things and some very brave work by my crewmates. I'm proud to have done a small part. To anyone who dimminishes our efforts, hear this: I was talking to some Asians from Taiwan on business matters a few years ago and VN came up in our conversation. To my surprise, they called me a hero, a title I don't deserve. They told me that our countrymen don't understand what we accomplished and that is why we aren't recognized as we should be. They said that we protected not only VN, but all of the neigboring countries so they could develop democracies and defend themselves. Thanks for this website and if anyone wishes to write, come along. Walt Sonksen

NAME = Walt Sonksen <EMAIL = waltson[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU-63
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang
YEARs in VIETNAM = Apr 67 to Apr 68
FROM WHERE = Vancouver, WA
REFFERED By = Self
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Record 2406
Started on the white elephant officer shuttle went to pusher boats service craft DaNang to pusher boat #2 in Cua Viet and at some point to ammi 52 in Cua Viet. Rescued a bunch of viet fishermen from the surf in Cua Viet they lost a swift boat in that adventure. hit by a mine while empty on the ammi barge in Cue Viet river. Have more or less survived so far. called "BOATS" I know, not very original but what the hay.Was in Dong Ha when they blew up the ammo and fuel dumps. Don't remember many names. except "ACEY" the black 1st class boatswain at service craft.

NAME = Richard Schwarz <EMAIL = richnmikie[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = pusherboat #2 ammi barge 52
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DaNang- Cua Viet
YEARs in VIETNAM = 12/67 to 8/68
FROM WHERE = West Dover, Vt
REFFERED By = just staggered in
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Record 2405
i was in the acv unit in dong tam and ben luc have not seen or heard of or talked to another from that unit looking for john crouch of sandy hook ct. just wandered what happen to him

NAME = robert meyers <EMAIL = rxmeyers[ at ]comcast.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = acv unit
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong tam and ben luc
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1-69 to 1-70`
FROM WHERE = conway, pa
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Record 2404
I am trying to find the name of a (I believe) swift boat crew member who was very badly facially disfigured in an attack. He did survive and after service spoke to mostly teen groups about his experience and has also made a video of what happened to him. I think his name might be Dave Reva? Any help would be appreciated.

NAME = Michael A Skowronski <EMAIL = masusmc1[ at ]rochester.rr.com>
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Record 2403
I am wondering about a place near Danang known as elephant beach. We had a gunmount blow up on the '66 ops in North DMZ and had to steam to Danang for repairs. I am applying for agent orange bebefits for prostate cancer. We took liberty there, but I can't remember the name of the beach. I believe it was elephant beach. Any help will be appreciated. Dan Brewster

NAME = Dan Brewster <EMAIL = vietvet940[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Manley DD-940
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Operation Sea Dragon
YEARs in VIETNAM = 8/66 4/68 (2)
FROM WHERE = Cleveland, TN
REFFERED By = Surfing
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Record 2402
I was aboard the YFU-54 from 1966 to the middle of 1967 then I went to Kincha as a trouble shooter for the landing craft. I was an Engineman. On the YFU-54 we made several trips up[hew (can't Spell) up the perfume river. I can remember when we set in Danang for about a week until we could find out some way to to get an emergency generator engine.This came to a big problem. No engines were available . So I took a pick up and went to the SEABEES and found two gas engine generators on trailers and hooked them up and left with no one the wizzer. We put them at the after part of the tank deck. Then we had to get gasoline. I called the public works at Camp tinsha and they delivered it in 55 gal. drums. We put them on one side of the tank deck. Rolled two alongside each unit and ran copper tubing from barrel to engine fuel tank. The My electrition wired the generator end to YFU's Electrical ran on this system for 2 months.

NAME = Clarence "Bill" Maudlin <EMAIL = bmaudlin[ at ]charter,net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU-54
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang Vietnam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-67
FROM WHERE = Silverdale, Wa
REFFERED By = No one , web site Google
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Record 2401
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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YRS= Oct69-Oct70 -
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