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Record 2700

I am the membership chairman for the Swift Boat Sailors Association looking for former Swifties to help reunite them with their former crewmates to relive those times so long ago and yet so near. Our next reunion is in May of 2005, so please contact me if you are interested.

NAME = Terry Boone
WEB SITE = http://swiftboats.org/
<EMAIL: mtboone[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF 90
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Qui Nhon
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 8/68-8/69
FROM WHERE NOW = Kansas City, MO
REFFERED By = Surfed in
Entry Date: - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at Time 13:52:06 (PDT)


Record 2699

Got to Guam and picked up Mon CTY as she was being refitted. Old WW2 LST that saw her last days after VN war. I was Chief RMCS and CMA. Had to scrownge almost everything we could find to get her in shape for river runs. One Skipper was LCDR Marnane. Other was a redhead LCDR from Boston.. Name?? RM1 was Fast Eddie Torrance. EMC Fowler..RM3 Clack.. Ran rivers from Vung Tau ..to .. Can Tho ..Quenohn?..Danang ..Con Son Island (Bad Trip) where we took prisoners from SVN (Possible Viet Cong) and chained women children and old men in our tank deck for the miserable trip to the Island. Worst couple days of my Navy carrer.. Could not beleive my eyes one day as there was the OLD USS Benawah .. a barracks ship that I'd been on in Naples Italy In '53.. We were tied up at Newport Pier when TET68 hit. Had to get out as VC were trying to blow up ships to block harbor.Made it! Thanks for great page...

NAME = Bernie Ekman RMCS USN(Ret)
<EMAIL: Sailorber[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Monmouth County LST 1032
BASEs or LOCATIONs = No main Base of OPS.. Ran rivers and supplied various bases on those rivers.
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1967-68 (TET68 Newport Pier)
FROM WHERE NOW = Hillsboro, Oregon (Retired 1971), ORE
REFFERED By = Surfing web/Love this site!!
Entry Date: - Monday, May 17, 2004 at Time 01:55:00 (PDT)


Record 2698

I was with RivDiv 595 which was all Alpha's, 16 in all asigned to CTF116 Patrol Group 59, Later to become RivDiv 153, RAS15 Out of Tuyen Noun & Nha Be.

NAME = Robert ( Mack) McDevitt
WEB SITE = http://mcdevitt.robert.tripod.com/RADWEBPAGE/index.html
<EMAIL: rivermackrat[ at ]att.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RIVDIV595 RIVFLOT5, RIVDIV 153 RAS 15, A-6854, A-6857, NAVFORV.
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Nha Be, Tan An, Tuyen Noun, Moc Ha, RSSZ, Giant Sling Shot, Vong Tau, Siagon.
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 5/69-6/70 & 6/70-12/70
FROM WHERE NOW = Kuna, Idaho
REFFERED By = Surfed On.
Entry Date: - Monday, May 17, 2004 at Time 01:54:56 (PDT)


Record 2697
I am looking for A friend Michael C. Loving last known address Des Moins ,Iowa

NAME = john w. carrick
<EMAIL: johncarrick[ at ]comcast.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = seal team five
BASEs or LOCATIONs = mekong delta ,south viet nam
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 4-13-68 2-7-71
FROM WHERE NOW = jonesborough, tn
Entry Date: - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at Time 07:25:06 (PDT)


Record 2696
I am looking for A friend Michael C. Loving last known address Des Moins ,Iowa

NAME = john w. carrick
<EMAIL: johncarrick[ at ]comcast.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = seal team five
BASEs or LOCATIONs = mekong delta ,south viet nam
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 4-13-68 2-7-71
FROM WHERE NOW = jonesborough, tn
Entry Date: - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at Time 07:25:05 (PDT)


Record 2695
Initially assigned to LCU 1624 near DaNang. Also worked on LCM8s, but don't remember the number. Would like to contact anyone that I served with during this period. Especially interested in contacting Schaffer, I think he still owes me money. Sparky, if you are out there would like to talk. Biggest regret is not recording all the poetry from the latrine walls. Also would like information on any reunions scheduld by NSA DaNang Vets.

NAME = Robert Cochran
<EMAIL: ncoch[ at ]bellsouth.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCU 1624
BASEs or LOCATIONs = NSA DaNang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = May70/May71
FROM WHERE NOW = Atlanta, GA
REFFERED By = Surfing the net
Entry Date: - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at Time 20:44:14 (PDT)


Record 2694
Served on board R152-1 Mekong Delta,Cambodia Engineman En2 Lost Coxin first month went 6 man crew intire year Would like to hear from former crew members

NAME = Alan L Harris
<EMAIL: hogit2[ at ]earthlink.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = r152-1
BASEs or LOCATIONs = dongtam
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 6-68 - 6-69
FROM WHERE NOW = 107 Nash's lane Camden, n.c.
REFFERED By = harold mcmillion
Entry Date: - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at Time 14:38:30 (PDT)


Record 2693
I WOULD LIKE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ANYONE THAT WAS IN THIS UNIT DURING THAT TIME FRAME. ARE THERE ANY REUNIONS ARE MEETINGS WITH THESE GROUPS?

NAME = George Buddy Payne
<EMAIL: bpayne[ at ]dynamic-telecom.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Tango - 13 - Alpha - 5 Division -113 .
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Dong Tam
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 06-67 / 03-69
FROM WHERE NOW = Tuscaloosa, ALABAMA
Entry Date: - Friday, May 14, 2004 at Time 08:48:59 (PDT)


Record 2692
Many good memories of the people I met while at NHA-BE. I have since lost contact will them all. After becoming such a fan of Seal Team 1 and the EOD Detatchment at NHA-BE that after my tour was up I went into the Diving Navy where I stayed until I left the Navy in 73 for the Gulf of Mexico oil fields where a diver could make a pretty good living. I am still here in the diving business searching the web for traces of past friends especially the ones I met at NHA-BE between 66 & 67.

NAME = James J. Riddle
<EMAIL: Jriddle[ at ]horizonoffshore.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Game Warden Support Detchment "B"
BASEs or LOCATIONs = NHA BE
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 6/66 - 6/67
FROM WHERE NOW = Houston, Tx
REFFERED By = surfing the web
Entry Date: - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at Time 10:16:37 (PDT)


Record 2691
Just updating previous post to give me current e-mail address. Always a pleasure skimming through the postings. Occasionally find shipmates, or squadron mates, from back in The Day. Occasionally wonder why I ever left the Gator Navy. Recently a friend forwarded along some photographs of our time in the rivers of Vietnam. Now I remember why I got out. Harlan Frymire

NAME = Harlan Frymire
<EMAIL: hdf596[ at ]cox-internet.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LST - 902
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Vung Tao
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1970
FROM WHERE NOW = Tyler, TX
Entry Date: - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at Time 04:25:06 (PDT)


Record 2690
I was the Program Manager from the Navy Mine Defense Lab, Panama City, Fl on development and deployment of the Drone Minesweeper (MSD) used to remotely cut mine control wires from shore using a chain drag. It was controlled from a PBR mothership. We deployed 6 to Nha Be in July 1967 for test and evaluation. Later, a total of 23 MSDs were built with many deployed throughout Vietnam through 1973. Our team of 4 civilians spent most of July 1967 sharing space on the Seal Team Barge at Nha Be for tests on the Saigon River. The evaluation was done by Navy Research and Development Unit, Vietnam (NRDU-V).

NAME = James H. Hammond
<EMAIL: james.hammond[ at ]OS.L-3com.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Navy Civilian Project Manager--Minesweeper Drone (MSD)
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Nha Be
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = July 1967
FROM WHERE NOW = L-3 Communications, Ocean Systems, CA
REFFERED By = no one
Entry Date: - Monday, May 10, 2004 at Time 10:19:43 (PDT)


Record 2689
looked at your site and brings back memories of tour of duty from jan 68- mar-69 while aboard the uss oxford agtr-1. looking for anyone who might have reported aboard the ox on jan 20th 68; also looking for anyone who helped me with mail pick-up while in an thoi from troop transport c-130 or 140 with a bunch of vc prisioners. rbronco[ at ]hotmail.com

NAME = raymond bronco
<EMAIL: rbronco[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = uss oxford agtr-1 Jan 68-Mar 69
BASEs or LOCATIONs = an thoi, saigon, cam ron bay, da nang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Nov-65 -July 66 Jan68-mar 69
Entry Date: - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at Time 14:46:06 (PDT)


Record 2688
GREAT SITE! BRINGS BACK A LOT OF MEMORIES BOTH GOOD AND BAD. EVERYONE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ. GOD BLESS AMERICA. GIV EM HELL PRESIDENT BUSH.

NAME = GARY UPTAIN
<EMAIL: gu1129[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PBRs
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Nha Be
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 65-66
FROM WHERE NOW = Odenville, AL
REFFERED By = River Division 533 Site
Entry Date: - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at Time 12:28:52 (PDT)


Record 2687
Does anyone know about the LST that blew up in the harbor at Da Nang? IT was loaded with explosives. It was 69, don't know what month, but I'd like to know the name of the ship and just when it happened. Thanks.

NAME = Bill Bounds
<EMAIL: pt44147[ at ]msn.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Da Nang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1969
FROM WHERE NOW = Cleveland, OH
Entry Date: - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at Time 07:25:25 (PDT)


Record 2686
Lost a good friend when he got back to the states. He was BM3 John Stachowic also from New York. I stop at his grave when ever i'm back home. Hope to hear from the guys of Harbor Patrol.

NAME = frank lamberti
<EMAIL: fgl500[ at ]STIS.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = harbor patrol flotilla 41
BASEs or LOCATIONs = danang camp tien shau
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1968-1969
FROM WHERE NOW = babylon, new york
REFFERED By = dave
Entry Date: - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at Time 20:01:38 (PDT)


Record 2685
Glad I did it; glad you did it. Sorry they made us quit doing it. We could have won it. I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers me. I'll buy the beer!

NAME = John Foster
WEB SITE = Don't got one.
<EMAIL: jcf456[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Naval Advisory Group
BASEs or LOCATIONs = PC 04 and Junk Division 34
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = OCT 65 - NOV 66
FROM WHERE NOW = South Carolina, REFFERED By = Stumbled In
Entry Date: - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at Time 17:26:23 (PDT)


Record 2684
I always envied you guys. When I was there in 65 we were searching junks and going up the rivers in a Motor Whale boat. I saw my first Swift boat shortly before leaving Viet Nam. We were the first Brown Water sailors but no one remembers us. Getting shot at is no fun but in a whale boat you're sitting ducks. We were still using Thompson machine guns and BAR's. We had seven to a crew; sure would have liked the chance to serve on a Swift boat but didn't want to bad enough to re-enlist. Good Sailing to all you Swift Boat Sailors.

NAME = Robert T. McDowell Shipfitter 2nd Class 1962 - 1966
<EMAIL: em1ka2el3[ at ]foxinternet.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Finch DER 328
BASEs or LOCATIONs = South China Sea
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 65 & 66
FROM WHERE NOW = Gig Harbor , WA
Entry Date: - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at Time 12:51:35 (PDT)


Record 2683
I was stationed Hai Minh hill Qui Nhon IUWG-1 Unit 3 spent part time at Market time Base. Still searching for our Crew.Thanks for keeping us alive on your site.

NAME = Peter Brown
<EMAIL: wvpace[ at ]charter.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = IUWG-I Unit 3
BASEs or LOCATIONs = HaiMinh Village , QuiNhon
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Aug1967-Nov 1968
FROM WHERE NOW = Parkersburg, WV
Entry Date: - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at Time 06:38:10 (PDT)


Record 2682
WAS ON PBR #64 WITH WADDELL,HEINEN,STRAIT. PATROLED WITH PBR #62. WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ANYONE FROM RIV DIV 522. 1966-1967. JIM COTTON,GORDON NOEL WAS ON PBR #62.

NAME = BUD HARRIS EN2
<EMAIL: b1charris[ at ]ctcn.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RIV DIV 522 PBR #64
BASEs or LOCATIONs = LONG XUYEN CAN-TO
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = AUG 66-JULY 67
FROM WHERE NOW = URBANA , OH
REFFERED By = JUST SURFED IN
Entry Date: - Monday, May 03, 2004 at Time 23:06:03 (PDT)


Record 2681
I would like any information about Div541.

NAME = Wesley G. Smith Shark95 En-2
<EMAIL: sswhite30277[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PBRs 17, 19, 20
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Nha Be Division 541
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 8/26/66 - 8/26/67
FROM WHERE NOW = Griffin, GA
REFFERED By = Happened upon the site
Entry Date: - Monday, May 03, 2004 at Time 17:44:01 (PDT)


Record 2680
I first got in country in early 68 and voluntered for YFU's. Was put on the 73 as a CS3 and made many runs to Dong Ha and Cua Viet, Hue etc. Was on YFU 73 behind YFU 62 when it hit the mine and blew up. My very distant cousin, Ken Russell, CS2 was killed in the blast along with other friends. Later we sunk (YFU 73) at pretty much the same spot and when the boat was re-floated it was sent to Subic for refitting. I transfered to a brand new YFU 82 and except for the last three weeks in country spent my final days on the 82 (until June, 69). I was on the LCU 1492 for the last three weeks. Went on for my final 18 months on the USS Hunley out of Naval Weapons Station, Charleston, SC. Would like to hear from anyone on the 73 or 82. Great web sight! Keep up the good work. Mike Russell, formerly CS[ at ].

NAME = Michael Russell (CS2)
<EMAIL: MDRCHEF[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU 73 and YFU 82
BASEs or LOCATIONs = DaNang (Literage)
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1968/69
FROM WHERE NOW = Rochester Hills, MI
Entry Date: - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at Time 16:23:40 (PDT)


Record 2679
Too many srories to tell. Neat site!

NAME = Robert Thompson
<EMAIL: rthompson[ at ]txucom.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Uss White River (LSMR-536)
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Cam Ranh Bay
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 01/69-01/70
FROM WHERE NOW = Conroe, Tx
REFFERED By = Just Surfing
Entry Date: - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at Time 14:38:21 (PDT)


Record 2678
Looking for any shipmates.

NAME = Carl W. Willeford
<EMAIL: willeford[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Sutter County LST1150 Leading Radioman (recommissioning)
BASEs or LOCATIONs = NSA Da Nang: Up and Down the coast Dong Ha to Vung Tau
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 4/66 - 9/68
FROM WHERE NOW = Monterey, CA
REFFERED By = surfing
Entry Date: - Friday, April 30, 2004 at Time 23:14:40 (PDT)


Record 2677
went to cau viet ran a pusher boat,went to lierage div as deck bm on yfu 58, then got my own boat as craftmaster yfu68 none of the old farts would believe i was craftmaster i was bm2 under 3years in usn

NAME = G MOSES
<EMAIL: geodm48[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = service craft,literidge div.yfu 68, yfu58 pb49
BASEs or LOCATIONs = danang, I corp. cau viet
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 11/67 to 11/68-69
FROM WHERE NOW = lancaster , ca
REFFERED By = just looking never knew this was here
Entry Date: - Friday, April 30, 2004 at Time 12:08:35 (PDT)


Record 2676
I was a CE-2 attached to the Telephone Shop out of the I Corp Supply Depot... Is anyone on here that was stationed there during that time? Love to hear from you...

NAME = Roger Frazer
<EMAIL: refrazer[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA DaNang - Seabee
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Camp Tien Sha
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 4/69 - 4/70
FROM WHERE NOW = Modesto, CA
Entry Date: - Friday, April 30, 2004 at Time 10:55:38 (PDT)


Record 2675
If I could remember more..I would be glad to write it down. I have a really hard time with names,wish I had written things down.First thing I remember is The Annapolis Hotel,and the very first time I was out front on the street, a cowboy on a hot rod bike zoomed by and jerked my new watch right off my wrist.I had the 16 sights on his back, but decided not to pull the trigger.What a wake up...Sent to Rid 42 for some months, then on to RAS 15 for the last part of tour. Had some good times in a Army bunker, just relaxing, and talking with Smitty, a Radioman off the Communication Boat.Hard nights on the river,but I am glad I was able to walk out of there.A lot of Memories.Spent a little free time in the President Hotel,with a fool called Hammer, who ate a steak with his hands in this fine Dining Resturant. Hey GI, You Buy Me Tea?....Right...

NAME = Gerald Gaylord
<EMAIL: ggaylord[ at ]sc.rr.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RID 42..July-November 1970 then to RAS 15 in 1970
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Tango Boats, Mekong
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1/70-----11/70
FROM WHERE NOW = Sumter, SC
Entry Date: - Thursday, April 29, 2004 at Time 21:00:50 (PDT)


Record 2674
Just updating my current location and e-mail. Pushed bombs on the Ticonderoga, gunnersmate/coxswain on monitor and tango boat, arty liason with infantry while in 196th. Always looking for old partners...

NAME = Steve Kennedy
<EMAIL: riverine[ at ]direcway.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = M-111-2 , T-113-8, USS Ticonderoga, 196th LIB (Army)
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Delta, DaNang, FireBase Linda
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1/68 - 8/72
FROM WHERE NOW = Goliad, tx
Entry Date: - Thursday, April 29, 2004 at Time 20:11:25 (PDT)


Record 2673
When I arrived in country June 67 I went to MMAV Cam Ranh Bay. I worked in the shore shop for a time then helped build a dry dock. Then worked on FMS797? for awhile. They towed another FMS to Cam Ranh FMS811 I think and made me chief enginer. It took us a little time to get it ready. We took it to DaNang early 1968. I went home June 68.

NAME = William[Bill] Webb
<EMAIL: billwebb460[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = FMS811 FMS797 I think those are the numbers MMAV
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Cam Ranh DaNang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 6/67-6/68
FROM WHERE NOW = Washington, Mo
Entry Date: - Thursday, April 29, 2004 at Time 07:05:52 (PDT)


Record 2672
I visited this site in 1998, and wanted to update my e-mail. Great that you have put this website up. Thank you. Served with a lot of great guys in River Section 511,brave men all: Jere Beery, Harold Sherman, Dave Otto, Dallam Bailey and many others. Would like to hear from any of my former 511 shipmates. Aloha, Dick Godbehere

NAME = Dick Godbehere
<EMAIL: gsd.hawaii[ at ]verizon.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Section 511
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Binh Thuy/Bassac River
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Aug67-Apr68
FROM WHERE NOW = Kapaa, Hi
REFFERED By = Surfing
Entry Date: - Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at Time 19:00:22 (PDT)


Record 2671
I would like to here from anyone who served in my unit. Iwas a BM3 on MSB 22.

NAME = Sam P. Trujillo
<EMAIL: samtrujillo[ at ]dslextreme.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Mine Squadron Eleven Detachment Alfa M S B (Mine Sweeper Boats)
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Nha Be and Cam Ranh Bay
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 7/67 to 7/68
FROM WHERE NOW = Winters, Ca
REFFERED By = By Web Site
Entry Date: - Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at Time 17:10:47 (PDT)


Record 2670
I AM LOOKING FOR COMMANDER KENNEDY "J" RHEA HE WAS MY COMMANDER ANYONE WITH ANY KNOWLEDGE PLEASE E-MAIL ME

NAME = HAROLD GORE
<EMAIL: chelseaspawpaw[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = support group song ong doc
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 06/70-12/70 tad
FROM WHERE NOW = retired, ala
REFFERED By = noone
Entry Date: - Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at Time 15:13:10 (PDT)


Record 2669
LOOKING FOR OLD SHIPMATES ..WAS ONBOARD FROM 1965-1969.WAS A ENGINEMEN IN THE MAIN ENGINE ROOM ...ALSO THERES A REUNION COMING UP IN AUGUST THIS YEAR IN LAS VEGAS....RVDSR

NAME = Richard V D'Amico
<EMAIL: cheapequip1[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = L.S.T. 1126- U.S.S. SNOHOMISH COUNTY
BASEs or LOCATIONs = VIET NAM COAST & RIVERS
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 2/66 -7/69
FROM WHERE NOW = EAST COAST , CT.
REFFERED By = SURFING
Entry Date: - Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at Time 18:01:21 (PDT)


Record 2668
One of the orginial plank owner for CAM RANH BAY. (Boat 51 and 52)

NAME = Arthur D. Wiggins
<EMAIL: 2109[ at ]udrt.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF 104. Div.
BASEs or LOCATIONs = CAM RANH BAY
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Jan 1966-Jan. 1967
FROM WHERE NOW = 200 Highway 54 Bypass C203, Carrboro, NC
REFFERED By = self
Entry Date: - Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at Time 10:45:06 (PDT)


Record 2667
The 'night-baker' is just saying hello.... I served on the 20 from June 1970 thru April 1971 as the night-baker. When I arrived I had never cooked a meal for a ships crew; but the Chief hit me with that magic wand and made me the night-baker.

NAME = Larry Grizzard
<EMAIL: lgrizz55[ at ]wmconnect.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA-Siagon
BASEs or LOCATIONs = YRBM-20
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 06/70 - 06/71
FROM WHERE NOW = Honaker, VA
Entry Date: - Monday, April 26, 2004 at Time 19:52:12 (PDT)


Record 2666
I served on PBRs from 1967 to 1968 Patrol Divison 531 in My Tho South Viet Nam. I was on PBR 101. At the time I was a Gunners Mate 3rd Class. Later I went back to Viet Nam as an advisor for River Assult Division 40 in Go Ya Ha near the Cambodian Border at the parots beak.

NAME = Charles (Bob) Johnson
<EMAIL: bship47[ at ]pgrb.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Squadron 5, River Division 531, PBR # 101
BASEs or LOCATIONs = My Tho
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 6/67 - 6/68
FROM WHERE NOW = Early, Texas
Entry Date: - Monday, April 26, 2004 at Time 18:06:13 (PDT)


Record 2665
A college friend of mine, LCDR Virgil Snyder, was deeply involved in riverine ops. I was in a 7th Flt liaison role and also headed up the fleet's public affairs efforts in country. Snyder, at my specific request, arranged a night patrol on a PBR in August '66 and accompanied me. It was one of two military experiences I shall never forget. The other occurred at the Black Virgin Mountain in the Parrot's Beach area of Tay Ninh province. During my tour, I participated in gunfire support ops north of DaNang, Sea Dragon ops against NVNese artillery in NVN, a trip into LAOS and the Plaine des Jarres and a hair-raising C1A landing under mortar fire at Dong Ha near the DMZ. None compared to that PBR mission on the Bassac.

NAME = John C. MacKercher
<EMAIL: lejacle[ at ]tampabay.rr.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Seventh Fleet Detachment Charlie
BASEs or LOCATIONs = TonSanNhut and DaNang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 6/66 -6-67 tdy 68-71
FROM WHERE NOW = Weeki Wachee , FL
REFFERED By = searching the web
Entry Date: - Monday, April 26, 2004 at Time 08:18:04 (PDT)


Record 2664
Retired BM1 in 90. Ship board nick name "Drifter". Lange

NAME = Ramon Lange
<EMAIL: ralgatnavret[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LST 819 Hampshire County
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Basic Home Port Guam-- [ at ]2nd more or less Vung Tao fer loading
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Feb 69-Oct 70
FROM WHERE NOW = Pueblo, Colorado
REFFERED By = Friend
Entry Date: - Monday, April 26, 2004 at Time 00:45:08 (PDT)


Record 2663
Anybody from the Duluth still out there?

NAME = Rick Nelson
<EMAIL: earthunit47[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Duluth LPD6
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1971-1972
FROM WHERE NOW = Richland, Wa
Entry Date: - Sunday, April 25, 2004 at Time 23:27:36 (PDT)


Record 2662
I was 3rd class gunners mate. Friends with Charlie Marini. Still in touch with him. I spent 11 months there until being wounded in an ambush by enemy rockets Dec. 31st. Anyone wants to contact me, feel free. Russ

NAME = Russell J. Calkins
<EMAIL: dadrc277[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Riverboat 524/525 TSK FORCE 116 Div. 535
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Ham Long RIver/My Tho
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Feb.68-Dec.69
FROM WHERE NOW = Monroe, MI
REFFERED By = my son
Entry Date: - Sunday, April 25, 2004 at Time 20:51:55 (PDT)


Record 2661
was in danang and cua viet

NAME = steve "BARNEY" ruble
<EMAIL: steveruble[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = danang cau viet pushers
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1968-1970
FROM WHERE NOW = orlando, fl
REFFERED By = serfing
Entry Date: - Sunday, April 25, 2004 at Time 08:29:32 (PDT)


Record 2660
Great to read comments, be reminded of names long forgotten. I was on PBR 750 until May 68, Petty Officer Ford relieved me when I returned to the States.

NAME = Mike Jacobsen
<EMAIL: m.d.jacobsen[ at ]juno.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Sec 542/535
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Nha Be, Binh Thuy,
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = May 67-May 68
FROM WHERE NOW = Williston, ND
Entry Date: - Thursday, April 22, 2004 at Time 08:59:29 (PDT)


Record 2659
Hi - I was NOT brown water navy HOWEVER, I am interested in any information on the following: 1. Experiences with NSA or COMNAVFORV during the official Tet Offensive period and the post Tet offensive period. I am especially interested in F4 bombing in Saigon 2. Information on when in 1968 NSA moved from Saigon to a base outside of Saigon. I can not remember the date of relocation or the place to which NSA relocated. Best regards Victor Gillespie

NAME = Victor A. Gillespie
<EMAIL: maplao[ at ]laopdr.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Personnel Division
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Naval Support Activity, Saigon (NSA Saigon)
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1/68 - 12/68
FROM WHERE NOW = Vientiane, Lao PDR, REFFERED By = web site
Entry Date: - Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at Time 18:58:55 (PDT)


Record 2658
Missouri has partial records and I can't prove I was there. My DD-214 is not good enough, eventhough my VN medals are listed. Spent less than 180 days IN-Country before transferring to NKP, Thailand. Found 4 witnesses who saw me there, who submitted sworn statments. Two of them served with me in the same units as listed. BVA Hearing pending after being denied twice. DFAS in Denver can't find my payroll file. 1973 fire did not affect Vietnam vets. So, what happened? Are there any Army rosters? NPRC claim rosters were not kept past 1966. So how were Air Force or Army lowly sergeants tracked? I feel like an undocumented Puerto Rican who honorably served our country. I remember going to Can Tho on a truck convoy after the Bin Thuy amo dump was blown up (April 1972?). We were all being moved about to other places due to Vietnamization. Any ideas are sincerly welcomed. I will not rest until one shred of official evidence is found. Thank you. I can't believe this has happened to me, and been depressed over it. My family tells me to give it up, but I can't. It's become a fight to honer my family name in recognition that I did in fact served.

NAME = Hector M. Rosario
WEB SITE = http://www.ict4u.150m.com
<EMAIL: Hrosario[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USAF Det 11, 5th Weather Squadron, under First Weather Grp (Ton Son Nhut)
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Vinh Long & Can Tho
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 12/71-5/72
FROM WHERE NOW = Henderson, NV
REFFERED By = Brousing Computer
Entry Date: - Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at Time 11:49:51 (PDT)


Record 2657
WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE FROM THE 97TH ESPECIALLY ANYONE CONNECTED WITH THE 1537.

NAME = RICHARD E. BAIN
<EMAIL: dbain[ at ]riverview.org>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 97TH TRANS. CO. (HVY. BT.) LCU 1537
BASEs or LOCATIONs = CAM RANH
FROM WHERE NOW = NOBLESVILLE, IN
REFFERED By = FOUND THIS SITE GOOFING OFF AT WORK
Entry Date: - Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at Time 08:46:11 (PDT)


Record 2656
Just a note to those who served in Literage Command, Da Nang, in 1964 and 1965. As a unit, we were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. That means we're entitled to another ribbon (gundge-button). Just passing it on. Sure glad we don't have to do it again.

NAME = Bob Upshaw (Bullet)
<EMAIL: windwagen[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCU989-YFU63
BASEs or LOCATIONs = DaNang-Rep. of South Viet Nam
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Oct. '65-Aug. '66
Entry Date: - Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at Time 21:41:44 (PDT)


Record 2655
SK1 while at HSA Saigon, July 64 to July 65. Eventually promoted to SKCS and retired USN February 1977.

NAME = Jay Doughty
<EMAIL: jayd[ at ]co.kern.ca.us>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = HSA Saigon
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = July 64 - July 65
FROM WHERE NOW = USN Retired - Bakersfield , CA
Entry Date: - Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at Time 17:20:03 (PDT)


Record 2654
Incharge of engine shop, Packard engine shop, and PBR Pier. at NHA-Be. Transferred to Sea-Float. Returned to NHA-Be for transfer to the World in june 1970.

NAME = Gordon S Lenhardt (ENC USN RET)
<EMAIL: gordanns[ at ]inreach.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Naval Support Activity NHA Be 1969
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Sea Float 1969
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 06/69-O6/70
CA
Entry Date: - Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at Time 15:34:42 (PDT)


Record 2653
Anyone want to talk about Swift Boats out of DaNang during 1968-1969 please let me know at linandrober[ at ]hotmail.com

NAME = Robert Jenkins
<EMAIL: linandrobert[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Swift Boat 101
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Coastal Squadron 12 DaNang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1968-1969
FROM WHERE NOW = Reno, N/V
Entry Date: - Monday, April 19, 2004 at Time 20:39:23 (PDT)


Record 2652
I served with LT.J.G.Maitland & 5 other on Swift Boat #101 until it was sunk in 1969. I don't remember very many names of the guys on board other than a few last names, Banes & Barfield. We were stationed in DaNang for about 9 months. We did a night patrol and came under fire from both side of the river. Banes was shot in the chest. The round went through him and hit the gun tub and got me in the right leg. He lived and eventually went home. I'm working in Reno, Nevada now at a Casino in Security. If anyone wants to talk you can reach me at linandrobert[ at ]hotmail.com. Robert

NAME = Robert Jenkins
<EMAIL: linandrobert[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Swift Boat #101 Coastal Division #12
BASEs or LOCATIONs = DaNang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1968-69
FROM WHERE NOW = Shelby, North Carolin, N/C
Entry Date: - Monday, April 19, 2004 at Time 19:57:36 (PDT)


Record 2651
real good site as far as the mmav unite i was in it realy means marine maitence actievetys vietnam.one year there seemed like a long time.we reparied some pbrs so i got to take some out on the river to see if they ran right .we went by a sigen that said fire all weapons before going any father i loved that/ one time i rember firing the m 60 and the barrel fell in the river.hope none of the reg. crew got in trouble.if you did let me know.or if you rember that ./?

NAME = Jerry Knapp
<EMAIL: napper10[ at ]iwon.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = M.M.AV u s army we said meanest mothers around vietnam
BASEs or LOCATIONs = saigon
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 12/68-12/69
FROM WHERE NOW = ottawa , kansas
REFFERED By = surffing
Entry Date: - Monday, April 19, 2004 at Time 15:18:51 (PDT)


Record 2650
Hello to all my Brothers, I visited Beautiful Downtown Vung Tau, on my way to the "Tut", for a Tour and a half. I worked in the Electronics / Photo Lab. with some really great guy's. If I could play "Where are they Now", I sure would like to hear from my SHOP MATES, like Roy Geiger, Rodger Crow, Chief Walker, and Chief Wade. I was in on the fun, during the Tet Offensive, and the Fun Cruse to Subic Bay, and Tiawan. I think The Tut, got up to 12 KNOTS, on our way to the Phillipines. I cant believe 30 some odd years have passed. If anyone remembers me, I'm the guy who climbed the Main Mast, to work on the RADAR, when it broke. I played Guitar, Tenor Sax, and Harmonica, (Not all at the same time) when we would JAM, after the evening movie on the Helo Deck. More memories will come to mind, but they would turn this E-mail, into a Novel. I sure would like to hear from, anyone who remembers ME. Thank You My Brother's and God Bless us all. Mike Valsamy

NAME = Mike Valsamy
<EMAIL: Mvalsamy[ at ]d1cse.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Tutuila (ARG-4)
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Vung Tau harbor, Phillipines, Tiawan, An Thoi
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1/67 till 6/68
FROM WHERE NOW = Jamaica, New York, NY
REFFERED By = Curiosity of my mind.
Entry Date: - Monday, April 19, 2004 at Time 12:43:28 (PDT)


Record 2649
Hi Kent ! I was just reminiscing with some of the pictures on your -20 site when the picture of someone holding a gun caught my eye. The day I steped off the helo to board the -20 I bought a pisiol gripped AK-47 from a vet leaving viet-nam to come home for 50 bucks. He was probibly aboard the same time as you. I was just wandering if you might remember that gun and it's owner

NAME = Joe Greer
<EMAIL: buzman_1[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yrbm 20
BASEs or LOCATIONs = cau-doc
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 70
FROM WHERE NOW = coal center, pa
Entry Date: - Sunday, April 18, 2004 at Time 18:15:14 (PDT)


Record 2648
floating plastic battle ship was what it was,but what an adventure.arrived in Saigon feb,1968.Asked this dude "where is all the action at" Hue city he replied,they just leveled the city today.bo coo nva,regulars,the whole area a hornets nest,we got our orders that evening ,guess where? you got it, riv.div.521,pbr mobile base 1,on the perfume river at a little village ,tam mi.man o man,we had plenty of fire fights up and down that river,In the day time we checked i.d.cards for infiltrators,we had a list that we got from the vietnamese white mice,and at night we set up ambush along the river banks,we worked with the 101 airborne and the marine cap teams along the river ,outstanding guy's, seems like yesterday, great site,a big salute to all you guy's,you are the best. willy

NAME = dave williams,willy
<EMAIL: dwilliams[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = riv.div.521,pbr base
BASEs or LOCATIONs = mobile base 1,tam mi
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 2/29/68 -10/29/69
FROM WHERE NOW = florida key's, fl
REFFERED By = surfed in.
Entry Date: - Sunday, April 18, 2004 at Time 11:30:37 (PDT)


Record 2647
I was assigned to the ship and went onboard back in Norfolk in August 1965.I worked in the Engine repair shop.My memory is fadingout a little bit (after 37 years)but I would like to hear from any of the old crew

NAME = Joe Waring
<EMAIL: gusonchelsea[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Tutuila ARG-4 R Division (Engine Shop)
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Vung Tau, Cat Lo and An Thoi
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 8/1966 to 12/ 1767
FROM WHERE NOW = Philadelphia, , Pa.
REFFERED By = Surfed in looking for other crew members of the Tutuila
Entry Date: - Saturday, April 17, 2004 at Time 15:24:27 (PDT)


Record 2646
also served on the USS Moctobi and the USS Tawasa both ATFs I have the names of many of the guys who served with me in NAM in the Brownwaternavy.com. anybody having problems with agent orange or other problems related, I go to the VA medical center at for asima, for heart and diebtis 11 noticed that most of us our missing teeth using a cane. what could it be.

NAME = BM2 R Vargas
<EMAIL: rvargas472003[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PBR 77, and 80 boat captian
BASEs or LOCATIONs = SaDec, vinglong, My tho (operation gamewarden) and (slingshot)
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 5/66 9/67
FROM WHERE NOW = La Puente, california 91744
REFFERED By = David Finn
Entry Date: - Saturday, April 17, 2004 at Time 11:00:52 (PDT)


Record 2645
Great site. Wish I could fine more about Mine Div 113 Det Bravo. Mine sweep drones were my forte. Anyone knows anything about Det Bravo , let me know.

NAME = Dan Hontz
<EMAIL: dlhontz[ at ]epix.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Mine Division 113 Det Bravo
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Chou Doc, Than Chou
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1/69 to 12/69
FROM WHERE NOW = Coopersburg, PA
REFFERED By = Just Surfing
Entry Date: - Friday, April 16, 2004 at Time 18:11:31 (PDT)


Record 2644
Great website You River Rats did a great job. I was blue water, but in 1965 we gave fire and took fire supporting marines and south vietnam troops. Back again in 1965 same thing. God bless and welcome home.

NAME = Larry Ingram
<EMAIL: INGSRAVEN[ at ]JUNO.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS MCKEAN DD784
BASEs or LOCATIONs = GUNLINE---1965-1966/ outpost My Trang, Quang Ngai Provence
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1965-1966
FROM WHERE NOW = Portland, OR
REFFERED By = Mike Railsback-mike 6 boat, My Tho
Entry Date: - Thursday, April 15, 2004 at Time 16:56:35 (PDT)


Record 2643
Interested in any information on the # 45 during 1969 April - June

NAME = Rodney Ansen Cowee
<EMAIL: rjcowee_2[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Swiftboat 45
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Mecong Delta
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1968-69
FROM WHERE NOW = 53921 East Appleton Rd, OR
Entry Date: - Thursday, April 15, 2004 at Time 12:55:12 (PDT)


Record 2642
Hi There, I am looking for any Navy persons who were on the USS Coral Sea in 1970. I am looking for information on Cmdr Richard Robert Skeen whose plane, an EKA3B (or A3D), went down in the Gulf of Tonkin on May 16, 1970. I would also like to hear from anybody who was flying to Cubic Point or Danang that day. I am his niece, and have been wanting to get in contact with anybody who may have known him or would know what may have actually caused his plane to just drop out of the air. Please if you think that you knew him, or knew someone who did, contact me. Thank You.

NAME = Denise Gentry (Skeen)
<EMAIL: cz4cats[ at ]juno.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Coral Sea
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 9/69 to 5/70
CA
REFFERED By = An Overture Search.
Entry Date: - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at Time 15:30:09 (PDT)


Record 2641
My dad,Kenneth Wayne Flowers, served in Danang Vietnam from 1966-1968. Due to a nasty divorce 20 some-odd years ago, he has no pictures,letters or anything from his time spent in Danang. I am looking for anyone who may have served with him there. I am also searching for anyone who may have any pictures of him and his nam buddies. If you can help me please contact me. Thank you, and God Bless all of our Vets.

NAME = Michelle Hutchison
<EMAIL: heather96472000[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Navy ,Secuirity
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Danang Vietnam
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1966-1968
Oklahoma
Entry Date: - Tuesday, April 13, 2004 at Time 19:58:18 (PDT)


Record 2640
Was on board the YR-71 in Danang and was on board during the move South to Vung Tau, Bhien Thuy and Tan Chau. Worked in Outside Repair, AC & R shop and was boat engineer on LCM6 boat for a while. I was trying to build a list of crewmen on the YR but much of my personal items were lost in a flood. What I remember most about the YR: The rocket attack that hit SCRF before we left Danang...and getting my head stitched from slamming into a locker on the YFNB2. Doing body recovery with Randy "River Rat" Jacobson. The young girl that was shot and her father tried to bring her to YR at Tan Chau for medical attention...and our fearless leader wouldn't allow them near the YR...and she died by the time they got her to the other boat. I remember the drinking parties in the Electrical Shop... and Tommy Walters...who never got a hair out of place during his whole tour of Vietnam... Jim Rice and his love letters and questionairs to half the women in California.. the cock fights on top of YFNB2, and my favorite memory..Donald Hannichek and my home made PBR made out of the P250 and aluminum boat.... Left the Navy after Vietnam...came home and joined the Army and played Army until 1990 and retired and moved back to California... If you are ever headed to Sacramento/Woodland area of California give me a call..... Steve

NAME = Steve Dall
<EMAIL: dall48[ at ]juno.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR-71 - St Paul
BASEs or LOCATIONs = DaNang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 02/68 03/71
FROM WHERE NOW = Esparto, , CA
Entry Date: - Tuesday, April 13, 2004 at Time 14:39:14 (PDT)


Record 2639
Just wanted to say hello to Floyd,Jack, Al, Mike, Larry. We were all plank owners, I still have my Zippo lighter. God bless you all

NAME = BM3 SANTONE
<EMAIL: rjs1193[ at ]yahoo>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RIV RON 13 A-132-2
BASEs or LOCATIONs = DONG TAM
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 68-69
FROM WHERE NOW = SAN JOSE, CA
Entry Date: - Monday, April 12, 2004 at Time 12:52:51 (PDT)


Record 2638
In Ocotober of 1965 a bunch of us went from the training sessions at Coronado UDT School (indocturnation) and Camp Pendelton (weapons familiarization)to the ship yard at Bremerton, Washington. There we put three old LCU's in service (from the mothball fleet). These were the 989, 916, and on other whose number I can not recall. We were then loaded into the USS Catamount (an old LSD with a proud record-a WWII vet). Six weeks later we arrived in 'Nam. I was on the 989, BMC Fuller was in-charge. We were the first LCU into Chu Lai (delivering ordinance). We were shot at there too-by Marines. Little did they know that we had our own Marine detachment aboard. I've forgotten his name but we called him "Jarboon" and he was treated as a member of the crew. He had a "6-by" and a water camel headed for Danang. We also had 8 UDT guys attached to our boat (offically-there were orders signed and everything). After Chu Lai we returned to the Catamount and went to DaNang. When we arrived there in December of '65, we were the only LCU's. In 1966 we were transfered to Literage Command,NSA DaNang, and our boats were called YFU's, it was a political "thing". The 989 became YFU63. We operated within DaNang for awhile and then we were sent up to Hue with a load of 105mm rounds. After that we made several trips to Hue and Chu Lai-those were the only destinations available to us at the time. We once pulled a half sunk LCVP from an AKA off the sand bar at the mouth of the Perfume River (the Navy was more worried about the .50 Cal. machine gun on board than the boat itself). We also made a trip up the "right" branch of the Perfume River to about 7 miles south of what was to become the DMZ to see if LCU's could make the trip. We once again had several UDT guys, and a 1/2 dozen Recon Marines. We were so brave then. We then returned to the blue Pacific and went north to a beach that the UDT guys checked out as a possible landing sight-5 miles ABOVE what would become the DMZ-brave and stupid. Luckily, nothing happened. I guess Charlie could'nt believe it either. I left when the 63 was getting ready to go to Subic Bay for an overhaul and upgrading. My question here is, does anyone know what happened to the YFU 63? Also, if R.C.Riddle, GMG3 (2 20mm cannons, 4 .45cal. automatics, 4 M1s, and 2 Thompsons, and we had a missle tech as our GM-another first) is out there, or En Hart (off the Atlanta IX-304) or Ganetta, send an e-mail. I've already found our cook, Eugene Hansen. He's retired, he made Chief and exchanges Christmas cards with Chief Fuller and "Stormy", our Qm. Any one off the 63 out there, send an e-mail and just say "Howdy".

NAME = Bob Upshaw (Bullet)
<EMAIL: windwagen[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCU989-YFU63
BASEs or LOCATIONs = NSA DaNang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Oct. '65-Aug. '66
FROM WHERE NOW = Santa Maria, CA
REFFERED By = Surfed in looking for YFU 63 crew
Entry Date: - Sunday, April 11, 2004 at Time 22:44:02 (PDT)


Record 2637
Memory's fading after 35+ yrs. Came aboard "Frannie(benjo)maru" in Subic Bay. Slept in the handling room first night(port side). crossed the little puddle to Cam Rahn to load bullets in the rain Christmas day then southward to kick off "Deck House 5" (cover of life mag.) Came aboard as Sn, A- school in Yokosuka to make Qmsn. Two years of fun and frolic(right!)Can remember some names but not faces like Nick FacklerQm1 and John L. GMG and a few others. Time is the bane of man. Just went looking one day for LSMR525 and found this page. Saw some pictures of the ol' girl and it jogged a few memories. Left "Frannie" a QM3 and went home for thirty days then on to "deigo" to ACU1. Got out in June of 70. Would like to here from some of the guys from the ol' "Rocket Rainmaker". Donald and his slingshot were a reality.

NAME = Walt Podolski
<EMAIL: dieselwalt0812[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS St. Francis River LSMR525
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 12/66-12/68
FROM WHERE NOW = Coventry, Ct.
REFFERED By = just surfin'
Entry Date: - Sunday, April 11, 2004 at Time 06:05:14 (PDT)


Record 2636
I served 7 Complete Campaigns in 2 completed Tours, with being med-Evaced out of Country only ONCE!

NAME = James W. Holland
WEB SITE = http://www.holland-signal.com
<EMAIL: jholland2[ at ]cfl.rr.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 39th Signal Bn, 2 Sig Group, 362nd Sig Co 361st Sig Bn. C. Co. Phu Cat
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Phu Lam, Nha Trang, Cu Chi & Qui Non. ;Phu Bai-Qui Nhon-Phu Cat -An Khe- LZ English-Vung Chua
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Feb1965 to Mar1966 &Nov.1969 to Nov.1970
FROM WHERE NOW = Indialantic, FL, FL
REFFERED By = Search
Entry Date: - Saturday, April 10, 2004 at Time 13:46:57 (PDT)


Record 2635
anyone there at that time please contact me,

NAME = roger e moore
<EMAIL: gator1220364[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 524 pbr
BASEs or LOCATIONs = nha ba
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 9/66-9/67
FROM WHERE NOW = toms river, nj
Entry Date: - Thursday, April 08, 2004 at Time 17:19:23 (PDT)


Record 2634
I was with the Australian Forces at Nui Dat an old rubber plantation near Baria. Once while in vung tau at the us px I met a guy named Fred Tolliver s Chief PO who was at one time a submariner. Anyway Fred said to me to visit Cat Lo any time I was passing from vung tau to nui dat. And I did visit Fred on a few occaisions, and had a cold beer with him. He asked me on one visit what we needed at Nui Dat and I told my men could use a cold beer. Weeks and weeks later a jeep with a 50 cal on the back came screaming in to our area with CPO Fred Tolliver driving and a seaman on the 50 cal, also on board he had a 40 gallon drum filled with canned beer and ice (we had no refrigeration at that time) That night we were firing our 105mm howitzers at various targets, and Fred asked could he fire one of the guns, and of course he could much to Freds delight, a great guy. I last met Fred by accident in an US club in Saigon and he was on his way back Stateside, we had a cold beer together said our farewells, didn't exchange addresses and went on our seperate ways. Fred was a really good bloke, and I think of him often. If anybody knows where I could contact him I would reallt appreciate it, thanks for listening to my story.... Regards Don Nolan WO2 (ret)

NAME = Don Nolan
<EMAIL: donnolan[ at ]dodo.com.au>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 103 Fd Bty Royal Australian Artillery
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Nui Dat Phuoc Tuy Province
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1966/67 1968 1969/70
FROM WHERE NOW = Retired Queensland Australia, Entry Date: - Thursday, April 08, 2004 at Time 03:49:47 (PDT)


Record 2633
THE DELIVER ARS-23 SPENT 6 MONTHS ON STATION ALONG THE COAST.I PUT IN A CHIT FOR DUTY IN VN AND WENT TO NSA DA NANG AND DETACHMENT WITH PBR MOBILE BASE ONE RIVDIV 521. RE-ENLISTED AND WENT TO ET-B SCHOOL AND WAS HEADED FOR LONG BEACH NS."SLOW DEATH.CALLED THE DETAILER IN WASHINGTON AND REQUESTED MAGGS AND MISSIONS DUE TO PRI VN SERVICE,PROVIDED I WAS ASSIGNED THE EAST COASTR AFTER THE TOUR IN COUNTRY. NSA DONG TAM WAS CHANGING OVER TO LSB DONG TAM WHEN I ARRIVED THERE. WE A HAD ABOUT A HAND FULL OF ADVISORS AND USUALLY AROUND 40 VN SAILORS.THOSE KIDS WERE THE BEST!! I HAVE PICTURE OF PBR MOBILE BASE ONE ,AND A FEW OF LSB DONG TAM THAT THE HURRICANES MISSED HERE. I WAS ETN-2 ,GOT MARRIED AND LEFT WITH 12 YRS, GREAT YEARS IN THE NAVY

NAME = JOHN A. HUBER JR.
<EMAIL: jahuber102[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ars-23,nsa dang,naval adv.grp dong tam
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 9/68-9/69,9/70=9/71
FROM WHERE NOW = inbred ville lafayette,la., la.
REFFERED By = gave the web a try and found you guys
Entry Date: - Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at Time 22:42:04 (PDT)


Record 2632
I found the following on the internet. I think it is disterbing if it is true. What are your thoughts? ______________________________________________________________________ This was written by a retired admiral and Annapolis graduate. The item offers no direct testimony about Kerry, but it does provide informed background useful in assessing what Kerry seems to have claimed for himself. It confirms information I have received from other sources. Our media should be demanding that Senator Kerry open his service records in the same way they demanded that of President Bush regarding his NG service. I was in the Delta shortly after he [Kerry] left. I know that area well. I know the operations he was involved in well. I know the tactics and the doctrine used. I know the equipment. Although I was attached to CTF-116 (PBRs) I spent a fair amount of time with CTF-115 (swift boats), Kerry's command. Here are my problems and suspicions: (1) Kerry was in-country less than four months and collected, a Bronze Star, a Silver Star and three purple hearts. I never heard of anybody with any outfit I worked with (including SEAL One, the Sea Wolves, Riverines and the River Patrol Force) collecting that much hardware so fast, and for such pedestrian actions. The Swifts did a commendable job. But that duty wasn't the worst you could draw. They operated only along the coast and in the major rivers (Bassac and Mekong). The rough stuff in the hot areas was mainly handled by the smaller, faster PBRs. (2) Three Purple Hearts, but no limp. All injuries so minor that no time lost from duty. Amazing luck. Or he was putting himself in for medals every time he bumped his head on the wheel house hatch? Combat on the boats was almost always at close range. You didn't have minor wounds. At least not often. Not three times in a row. Then he used the three purple hearts to request a trip home eight months before the end of his tour. Fishy. (3) The details of the event for which he was given the Silver Star make no sense at all. Supposedly, a B-40 was fired at the boat and missed. Charlie jumps up with the launcher in his hand, the bow gunner knocks him down with the twin .50, Kerry beaches the boat, jumps off, shoots Charlie, and retreives the launcher. If true, he did everything wrong. (a) Standard procedure when you took rocket fire was to put your stern to the action and go balls to the wall. A B-40 has the ballistic integrity of a frisbie after about 25 yards, so you put 50 yards or so between you and the beach and begin raking it with your .50's. (b) Did you ever see anybody get knocked down with a .50 caliber round and get up? The guy was dead or dying. The rocket launcher was empty. There was no reason to go after him (except if you knew he was no danger to you just flopping around in the dust during his last few seconds on earth, and you wanted some derring do in your after-action report). And we didn't shoot wounded people. We had rules against that, too. (c) Kerry got off the boat. This was a major breach of standing procedures. Nobody on a boat crew ever got off a boat in a hot area. EVER! The reason was simple. If you had somebody on the beach your boat was defenseless. It coudn't run and it couldn't return fire. It was stupid and it put his crew in danger. He should have been relieved and reprimanded. I never heard of any boat crewman ever leaving a boat during or after a firefight. Something is fishy. Here we have a JFK wannabe (the guy Halsey wanted to court martial for carelessly losing his boat and getting a couple people killed by running across the bow of a Jap destroyer) who is hardly in Vietnam long enough to get good tan, collects medals faster than Audie Murphy in a job where lots of medals weren't common, gets sent home eight months early, requests separation from active duty a few months after that so he can run for Congress, finds out war heros don't sell well in Massachusetts in 1970 so reinvents himself as Jane Fonda, throws his ribbons in the dirt with the cameras running to jump start his political career, gets Stillborn Pell to invite him to address Congress and Bobby Kennedy's speechwriter to do the heavy lifting, winds up in the Senate himself a few years later, votes against every major defense bill, says the CIA is irrelevant after the Wall came down, votes against the Gulf War, a big mistake since that turned out well, decides not to make the same mistake twice so votes for invading Iraq, but oops, that didn't turn out so well so he now says he really didn't mean for Bush to go to war when he voted to allow him to go to war. I'm real glad you or I never had this guy covering our flanks in Vietnam. I sure don't want him as Commander in Chief. I hope that somebody from CTF-115 shows up with some facts challenging Kerry's Vietnam record. I know in my gut it's wildy inflated. And fishy.

NAME = Dave Pratt
<EMAIL: dpratt3928[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = T-111-6, GMG-2
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Oct68-Oct69
FROM WHERE NOW = Midwest, Entry Date: - Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at Time 09:38:50 (PDT)


Record 2631
Need information regarding repair records 1968-1969 Dong Tam. A-111-1 took a rocket hit in the Starboard Bow just below the Boat numbers(Date Unknown)piercing both the outer and iner hull right, exploding into a 5 gallon can of paint in the forward locker. I am looking for any records of the repairs or an after action report that might establish the date of the incident and confirm the damages. This is a great site. Good to see that the Brown Water NAvy is not forgotten. We were a unique chapter in the history of the US NAvy. Keep up the good work.

NAME = Chester Edwards
<EMAIL: chestere[ at ]optonline.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RIVCOMFLOT ONE -- A-111-1
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Based - Dong Tam
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = May/68 to /69
FROM WHERE NOW = Port Chester, NY
Entry Date: - Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at Time 06:38:38 (PDT)


Record 2630
WOW! Describe your life in 100 words or less: I arrived in Country in August '68 and spent the next 6-7 months as advisor to RAG-28. With my assistant, Chief Electrician Joe McGowan, we promoted joint operations with US 25th Div at Cu-Chi (they were only 5K up the road from Phu Cuong) and successfully began regular joint operations up the Saigon River to Dau Tieng. We made the newspapers several times as we busted large ammunition caches (on the biggest one we took out 5 tons of ammunition, 5 "under construction" Sampans, etc.) The spooks were fairly sure that VC region III HQ was somewhere near the river and we got into some pretty heavy fights as our presence became prominent. One night, a RPC from the RAG was posted upstream to wait in ambush - it worked. My counterpart would never tell me the whole story because it was absolutely "Non-reg", but the VC convoy our guys 'bushed included a VC paymaster who was carrying the payroll. My counterpart distributed "prize money" to the entire crew of the RAG! Very Naval, very cool - he was Pres. Thieu's nephew and wasn't even supposed to be in combat. In a firefight later, he was wounded and Commodore Chon got called on the carpet for letting him get "exposed". I was brevetted to LCDR and sent to Saigon to advise the Naval Commander of the Capital Military District. He was a very sharp guy who really didn't need much advice and the joint staff I had to serve with was really DIS-jointed. If anyone reading this knows the whereabouts of Joe McGowan, EMC(retired) please let me know. We used large quantities of Agent Orange to defoliate the riverbanks (P-500 and a Water Buffalo in the well deck of an LCM-6) and I've always been concerned for his health as a result. You have a neat site. I'll be back. Bob Everett aka "Crazy Racer 9"

NAME = Bob Everett
WEB SITE = www.bcgov.net
<EMAIL: roberte[ at ]bcgov.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Senior Advisor RAG-28 8/68 to 3/69 then Senior Advisor to Naval Commander Saigon Defense Force
BASEs or LOCATIONs = RAG-28 Phu Cuong (Binh Duong Province) and Nha Be
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 8/68 - 8/69
FROM WHERE NOW = Beaufort, SC
REFFERED By = Surfed In Looking for Brownwater Navy info/photos
Entry Date: - Monday, April 05, 2004 at Time 15:11:23 (PDT)


Record 2629
Would like to hear from anybody on the 1582.

NAME = Doug Johnson
<EMAIL: dougbristol[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCU1582
BASEs or LOCATIONs = I Corp
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 4/69-5/70
FROM WHERE NOW = Marlton, NJ
REFFERED By = Surfing the Web
Entry Date: - Monday, April 05, 2004 at Time 08:24:47 (PDT)


Record 2628
i was amazed by that old reciprocator, not a turbine on the whole ship. the old tut does not get enough credit for her great service in market time,gamewarden and stable door. i do have some pictures from those days and will send copies to other shipmates. hi to chief warnkin, basil watts, qm2 canpbell and captain castle.

NAME = charles hartle
<EMAIL: charleshartle[ at ]comcast.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = uss tutuila arg4
BASEs or LOCATIONs = vung tau and an thoi
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 11/67 - 11/ 68
FROM WHERE NOW = jax, fl
REFFERED By = surfing
Entry Date: - Monday, April 05, 2004 at Time 06:23:47 (PDT)


Record 2627
WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY OF MY MEN OR HAL-3/ DET-9/PBR/PHUOC XUYEN GUYS. ANYONE INTERESTED IN MEETING IN LAS VEGAS OR HAWAII TO PLAN A REUNION TRIP TO AN LONG VILLAGE PLS. CALL ME AT 808-220-3434 OR WRITE TO PO BOX 742, KANEOHE, HI 96744.

NAME = ELDON JIM FRY
<EMAIL: MOCHIKITTY[ at ]HOTMAIL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = O-IN-C YRBM-21
BASEs or LOCATIONs = AN LONG VILLAGE/ TAN CHAU/ MEKONG RIVER
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 2/69-4/72
FROM WHERE NOW = KONA, HI
REFFERED By = RALPH CHRISTOPHER
Entry Date: - Sunday, April 04, 2004 at Time 01:32:22 (PST)


Record 2626
It never occurred to me that a site like this was out there and it is most interesting, especially for those of us who served aboard the YRBM-16. I was an EN3 then and EN2 "Pappy" relieved me in the engineroom the night she was bombed. His name, I think I will never forget. Most of the other crew members' names I can't remember. The blast woke us up and as we crawled out of our racks, power went out and we managed to get out with light from battle lanterns. I finally got topside stunned and confused, wandered around in sort of a daze. The decks were wet with diesel fuel and I slipped and fell. The word came to abandon ship and I got into a LCM that took us to an army compound. I saw the photos of the fireball engulfing the "16" in flames on this website, but I don't remember actually seeing it. That must have occurred later when we were at the army compound. Afterwards I remember we worked in shifts fighting the fire once we were able to get safely back on board. The rest of my tour on the "16" was spent doing clean-up and getting it ready for tow to the yards. It was an unforgetable experience of "terrorism-VietCong style". I got new orders in February 1968 to the AS16 in Charleston SC. Another crewmember's name comes to mind...........John York, EN2.............anybody know his whereabouts?

NAME = Matthew A Schmdt
<EMAIL: mmschmidt[ at ]dia.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LST 1148, YRBM-16, USS Howard Gilmore, AS-16
BASEs or LOCATIONs = San Diego,Ca., Vietnam, Charleston, SC
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Feb. 1967-Feb 1968
FROM WHERE NOW = Williston, ND
REFFERED By = Just found "Brownwater Navy" web site
Entry Date: - Saturday, April 03, 2004 at Time 23:08:44 (PST)


Record 2625
Arrived in country the day after Nixon was elected. Assigned to Triangle as an RM2. Drank a lot of beer at the Acey-Deucy club, Monkey Mountain Receiver site, and Marble Mountain Transmitter site. Remember floating around Danang Harbor on the Admiral's yacht. Would like to hear from other guys at Triangle. Jim Enloe, Willie, Joe Krajniak, Walter Matzik. Great site!

NAME = Bill Robinson
<EMAIL: robinsw[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Danang
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Comm Center - Triangle
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 11/68 - 12/69
FROM WHERE NOW = Fairless Hills, PA
REFFERED By = found site
Entry Date: - Saturday, April 03, 2004 at Time 19:45:16 (PST)


Record 2624
What a great site. Brings back alot of memories. Would like to hear from anyone in X-Div. I still recall the incoming, the heat and humidity, the sand, and the fear of eating the apricotes in the c-rations. Had some great friends in Cua Viet, sure was a long time ago.

NAME = Ron Deeter (mouse)
<EMAIL: ronroge[ at ]earthlink.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = X- Div.
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Cua Viet
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 4/68-4/69
FROM WHERE NOW = Longmont, Colo.
REFFERED By = surfing
Entry Date: - Saturday, April 03, 2004 at Time 16:11:47 (PST)


Record NA
I'm sorry when i filled out The Brown Water Navy, article on the U. S . S. Wood County L S T 1178, i wasn't aware it was only for Viet Nam..... I wasn't in Nam , I was speaking about The Cuban Missle Crisis, maybe you can fit this in the Gator Navy, because i have info on a reunion in Oct,2004, for shipmates, from that era. Thank you for your understanding. J M Kacey . jmkacey[ at ]earthlink.net

NAME = James M. Kacey
<EMAIL: jmkacey[ at ]earthlink.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = U. S. S. Wood County L S T 1178
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Little Creek , Va. Amphib Base
FROM WHERE NOW = 872 Wolf Hill Road Cheshire , 06410-2300, WolfCt.
Entry Date: - Saturday, April 03, 2004 at Time 15:35:46 (PST)


Record NA
Ship selected by pres. J F K , to turn around 26 Russian freighters, each carrying 29 multiple nuclear warheads. Message was at any cost, but don't sink them .We were a phantom squadron with no hull #'s, which were painted off enroute.We had a big black E on bridge and 2 hash marks under it.., for 3 consecular years of Battle Effiency Readiness, earned!! Largest LST for it's day ......448 foot long 26,000 Tons We turned/ or persuaded them to turn / armour piercing ammo they got the message, We - All Crew/ Officers should have received a ribbon for The Cuban Missle Crisis and the major role we played... Any shipmates that were aboard Wood County LST 1178, there is a reunionin Oct, 2004, so send me an email if interested, should be a fun time. I was one of 3 helmsman , never thought i'd ever be able to (drive), so to speak something 448 feet long but i loved it and miss it, you don't get along with everyone, because of different personalities, but eek out at least a 99 % compatibility ratio. My tour was enjoyable , even the few i didn't get along with all the time didn't take away my enjoyment of navy life and all of my interesting shipmates. I loved the feel of 6 8,000hp diesel engines under me when on the helm.................Indescrible!!!!!!!!!

NAME = James M. Kacey
WEB SITE = Brown Water Navy
<EMAIL: jmkacey[ at ]earthlink.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = U. S. S. Wood County L S T 1178
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Little Creek , Va. Amphib Base
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Jan 1961/ Jan 1963
FROM WHERE NOW = 872 Wolf Hill Rd,Cheshire 06410-2300, Ct.
REFFERED By = Jerry Nolen/ Ships Barber
Entry Date: - Saturday, April 03, 2004 at Time 13:12:27 (PST)


Record 2623
I WAS FRESH OUT OF ETA SCHOOL ON THE USS HECTOR AR-7 WHEN I FIRST PUT IN A CHIT FOR DUTY IN VIET NAM.BACK THEN IF A POSITION WASN'T OPEN FOR YOU AS YET YOU WERE PUT ON A SHIP EITHER IN V.N. OR ONE GOING TO V.N. UNTIL A BILLET OPENED UP "IN COUNTRY".ISERVED ABOARD THE DELIVER ARS-23 OPERATING OFF THE COAST OF V.N.1967-1968 FROM THERE I WENT TO NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY IN DA NANG THEN TO A DETACHMENT PBR MOBILE BASE ONE LOCATED AT TAN MY.1968-1969 I PUT IN ANOTHER REQUEST AFTER THAT FOR NAVAL ADVISORY GROUP OUT OF SAIGON .I WAS STATIONED AT DONG TAM WHEN IT WAS UNDER GOING CHANGE FROM NSA TO LSB.1970-1971. WE HAD AROUND 5 ADVISORS AND USUALLY BETWEEN 30 TO 40 V.N. SAILORS. I MARRIED IN 1973 AND LEFT THE NAVY AFTER 12 GREAT YEARS! ANY ONE FROM THESE PERIODS GET IN TOUCH ,JOHN

NAME = JOHN A. HUBER
<EMAIL: jahuber102[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PBR MOBILE BASE ONE , NAVAL ADVISORY GROUP
BASEs or LOCATIONs = TAN MY , DONG TAM
FROM WHERE NOW = JHON , LOUISIANA
Entry Date: - Saturday, April 03, 2004 at Time 11:45:48 (PST)


Record NA
Real historic and aspiring piece of site, but how do we rid the spammers their distraction.

NAME = Jobman Guy
<EMAIL: guy[ at ]jobman.net>
FROM WHERE NOW = jo'burg, REFFERED By = chance
Entry Date: - Friday, April 02, 2004 at Time 21:06:32 (PST)


Record 2622
Just looking for fellow shipmates.

NAME = Bob Frame
<EMAIL: http://frameb[ at ]1stsouce.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Nueces APB-40
FROM WHERE NOW = South Bend, IN
Entry Date: - Friday, April 02, 2004 at Time 13:34:31 (PST)


Record 2621
Served in Dong Tam as the repair Department yeoman, and stood river and tower watches. Also did a stint on the switchboard. Anyone remember me? Take care all and best wishes to everyone.

NAME = Dave Jauhola
<EMAIL: jauhola[ at ]cpinternet.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Det. Dong Tam, later known as LSB Dong Tam
BASEs or LOCATIONs = NSA Det. Dong Tam, later known as LSB Dong Tam
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 06/70 to 06/71
FROM WHERE NOW = Northern Minnesota, Minn
REFFERED By = Just cruised through
Entry Date: - Friday, April 02, 2004 at Time 10:40:36 (PST)


Record 2620
Gunner on LCPL's (Lima Patrols)on the Cua Viet from November '68 to March '69. Rest of the time on Danang Harbor Patrol. Don't really remember to much. I know one crewmember was nicknamed "Shorty" and there was "Engine Mike". Cooper was one of the boat captains. Lost the 23 boat just before I got there to a mine, all hands lost. Stumbled on this page recently. Haven't thought about this time in my life for quite a while.

NAME = Ken Guyer
<EMAIL: kagptloma[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Cua Viet River Patrol (Task Force Clearwater) & Danang Harbor Patrol
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Cua Viet, Danang
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = June '68 - July "69
FROM WHERE NOW = San Diego, CA
Entry Date: - Friday, April 02, 2004 at Time 09:26:18 (PST)


Record 2619
Attached to Harbor Clearance Unit One, Subic Bay. Shipfitter and Salvage Diver. Would rotate in country on 89-day TDYs. Spent time in Cat Lo waiting turn to saddle up and go downriver for salvage operations. Stopped at numerous firebases (US and VN) along the way...names not remembered. Located and tried to salvage sunken gunboats of all sizes and shapes. Most successful...some not. Some areas quiet with enemy long gone...others not. Got out in 1973 and started college with GI Bill in 1975. BA degree and commission with Air Force in 1979. Retired as 0-4 in 1997. Currently supervisor at Home Depot in Fresno and President of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. See www.vva.org for information. Cheers to all. If you can remember some goofy-looking boats with A-frames on the front...that was probably us. Some boats small with 3-4 men...others larger with 10-12 for bigger jobs. God Bless the USA!!

NAME = Stephen W. Doak
<EMAIL: sdoak[ at ]sbcglobal.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Harbor Clearance Unit One Dive Team 5
BASEs or LOCATIONs = VN based at Cat Lo (near Vung Tao), then downriver CanTho/Binh Thuey, Solid Anchor, Cambodia push
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1970-72 4 separate 89 day TDY's
FROM WHERE NOW = Fresno, CA
REFFERED By = Navy Divers website
Entry Date: - Friday, April 02, 2004 at Time 07:58:43 (PST)


Record 2618
Thanks for this great site. I was an advisor and was assigned to Opbase Chau Doc. Trouble was, when I got to Chau Doc there was no Opbase so I spent a fews weeks at the MACV (?) compound (it had a nice bar and some very crazy occupants). I was then assigned temporarily to the YRBM 20 waiting for the Seabees to built the base. I worked in the radio shop. Saw M*A*S*H on board. Stood watch on the bridge. I can remember always having to holler down every half hour or so to the poor guy down on the forecastle to get him to pull the collar on the anchor chain. It must have been heavy. After a few weeks I eventually got to the Opbase and the Vietnamese PBRs showed up so we could be "advisors." We got to see a lot of the area. I can still remember some of the Vietnamese we learned at Coronado. Unfortunately, I am embarrassed to admit that I have forgotten all of the names of my fellow advisors. So if you're out there and read this, "Hi." I can't remember your names but I remember all your faces and the all good times and bad times we shared. They were crazy times for sure.

NAME = Pete Scott (ETN2)
<EMAIL: petes[ at ]aks-legal.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 20
BASEs or LOCATIONs = OPBASE CHAU DOC
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 8/70 to 7/71
FROM WHERE NOW = Seattle, WA
Entry Date: - Thursday, April 01, 2004 at Time 07:44:44 (PST)


Record 2617
Hey, mr. lytle, tink i know your father.............saw your message, if guy i know, hell up a man...original pbr class, l, at sandiego, commssioned first l0 boats rvn, l7- thru 29.........fun, exciting year....wouldn't wanna do it again.........but made me a man.........u been there, u know..........

NAME = Tom Webber
<EMAIL: TomNMasako[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Lots, rivsec54l, rive div 51, rivdiv512, etc.
BASEs or LOCATIONs = NhaBe
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 2-662/67
FROM WHERE NOW = Bremerton, wa
REFFERED By = dunno
Entry Date: - Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at Time 21:39:21 (PST)


Record 2616
I served in submarines, well after the Vietnam War. My wife, however, was born in Missouri, just after her parents escaped from Saigon in 1975 via the care of Admiral Shelton in Subic. My father inlaw is Captain Truoc Do, SVN. He graduated from the Vietnamese Naval Academy in Nha Trang, served on an open-water skimmer, then served the remainder of the war as a brownwater skipper. If anyone remembers Truoc, I'd love to hear your stories. Also, although low probability, I'd like to find a way of determining whether there were any medals or citations pending for Truoc that he may never have found out about since Saigon was overrun. V/R, Dave

NAME = David Vandigrifft
<EMAIL: Dave[ at ]Beernose>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Chicago SSN-721
BASEs or LOCATIONs = San Diego, CA
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = NA
FROM WHERE NOW = Fremont, CA
REFFERED By = Websearch
Entry Date: - Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at Time 14:23:57 (PST)


Record 2615
Just dropped in to visit. Has been awhile since I was here.

NAME = ENC Curtis Plyler
<EMAIL: navyguytoo[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RID 42 Advisor
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Dong Tam,RSVN
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1/71 12/71
FROM WHERE NOW = Taunton, MA
Entry Date: - Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at Time 12:24:28 (PST)


Record 2614
Hi, I am looking for someone who might of know my father. His name was David Sivewright. He was in the Navy and station at Binh Thuy Naval base from I belive 1970 to 1971. I am not sure who he was with but I know that I job was working on helicopters there. his grade was an E-5. He never really talked much about his experiances. I am interested in any one who knew him. My dad had passed away the 13th of this month. Thanks SGT Dave Sivewright

NAME = Dave Sivewright Jr.
<EMAIL: david.sivewright[ at ]us.army.mil>
FROM WHERE NOW = Camp Airjan Kuwait, Entry Date: - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at Time 23:15:00 (PST)


Record 2613
I was the medic for River Patrol Division 553 from April 1970 until we turned our division over to the South Vietnamese Navy.

NAME = Dan Burske
<EMAIL: dvonburske[ at ]comcast.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Division 553
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 10/69-10/70
FROM WHERE NOW = Golden, CO
REFFERED By = web search
Entry Date: - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at Time 10:30:04 (PST)


Record 2612
I served on a 6 man Royal Australian Navy EOD Team in Danang in 1970/71 under the direct command of USN Headquarters at Camp Tien Sha (Capt MA Horn USN). In late December 1970 during an EOD deployment to Cua Viet for 10 days I patrolled out to a beached MCMV with a hull number of 116. The vessel had been on the beach just south of the entrance to the Cua Viet River for some time and was obviously originally built as a USN vessel. At the time of its beaching I was led to believe that it had been handed over to the SVN Navy. Can anyone please give me information regarding the vessel. Regards Larry (Digger) Digney

NAME = Larry Digney, Warrant Officer Clearance Diver RAN ret.
<EMAIL: digger [ at ]microtech.com.au>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RAN Clearance Diving Team 3 (USN EODMUPAC Team 35)
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Tien Sha (Danang)
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 9/70-4/71
FROM WHERE NOW = Tasmania, Australia, Entry Date: - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at Time 05:27:09 (PST)


Record 2611
I served on a 6 man Royal Australian Navy EOD Team in Danang in 1970/71 under the direct command of USN Headquarters at Camp Tien Sha (Capt MA Horn USN). In late December 1970 during an EOD deployment to Qua Viet for 10 days I patrolled out to a beached MCMV with a hull number of 116. The vessel had been on the beach just south of the entrance to the Qua Viet River for some time and was obviously originally built as a USN vessel. At the time of its beaching I was led to believe that it had been handed over to the SVN Navy. Can anyone please give me information regarding the vessel. Regards Larry (Digger) Digney

NAME = Larry Digney, Warrant Officer Clearance Diver RAN ret.
<EMAIL: digger [ at ]microtech.com.au>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RAN Clearance Diving Team 3 (USN EODMUPAC Team 35)
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Tien Sha (Danang)
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 9/70-4/71
FROM WHERE NOW = Tasmania, Australia, Entry Date: - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at Time 05:24:56 (PST)


Record 2610
On Hue river sweep boats,and personel boats,Transfered to IV Corps after March 70 to My Thou till June 70

NAME = Jay Rosenberger
<EMAIL: jayscad40[ at ]peoplepc.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCM 8,# 917,LCM 6# 27
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Tan My, Hue River. Cua Viet & Dong Ha. I Corps
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 6/1/69-3/30/70
FROM WHERE NOW = Cottonwood, CA.
Entry Date: - Monday, March 29, 2004 at Time 16:13:09 (PST)


Record 2609
Have been in contact with EN3 Calvin (Zeke Zerbe), GMSN Mike Cassesse and BM3 Randy Jacobson. I was an EM3 who went from base repair to PCF repair just prior to turnover. Wired up berthing barge with EM3 Sam Lopez for Viet crew coming on board for turnover. Transferred to MO Base with EM3 Barry Elberader and Mike Buss and a few others from the YR. Duty at the MO Base SUX!

NAME = Mike
<EMAIL: mcollins[ at ]severstalna.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR71, PBR Mo Base II
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Tan Chau, Tan An
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 01/71 - 11/71
FROM WHERE NOW = Monroe , MI
Entry Date: - Sunday, March 28, 2004 at Time 17:20:24 (PST)


Record 2608
After 30+ years I am reflecting on my time in Nam, particulary the brown-water navy.

NAME = Harold (Mac) McKee
<EMAIL: macsails[ at ]comcast.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Askari ARL-30
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Jan-Nov 1970
FROM WHERE NOW = Blue Springs, MO
Entry Date: - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at Time 20:15:27 (PST)


Record 2607
I was army nurse across the highway from Seawolves. Binhthuy, I wish to find a good friend and buddy. His name John Titchener, a pilot. I know that he left Vietnam in 1969 and that he was stationed in New Jersey until he ot out of navy. John, if you are out there , send me a note. Linda

NAME = Linda Howell nee 1st Lt ANC Linda Copeland
<EMAIL: howe2238[ at ]bellsouth.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 29th Evac hosp
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Binhthuy
FROM WHERE NOW = Selma, Al
Entry Date: - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at Time 11:48:53 (PST)




Record 2606
THAT TRIP WAS MORE THAN I EXPECTED I WOULD NOT LIKE TO DO IT AGAIN BUT IT WAS WORTH THE TRIP

NAME = RAYMOND F. MAXWELL
<EMAIL: MXWLL441/[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS FORCE MSO 445
BASEs or LOCATIONs = OPERATION MARKET TIME
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 66-67
REFFERED By = SURFING
Entry Date: - Thursday, March 25, 2004 at Time 22:15:44 (PST)


Record 2605
Going through this web site brought back memories of everyone i seved with those 12 months. Eaton, Beckman, Pappy, Lauwagie, Ski,Mooney, Kokos, and others. Just wanted to say "HEY"

NAME = Dan Pulver
<EMAIL: dpulver[ at ]skyenet.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONs = small craft repair facility Danang (shipfitter shop)
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 8/68 8/69
FROM WHERE NOW = Fort Wayne, IN
Entry Date: - Thursday, March 25, 2004 at Time 06:54:25 (PST)


Record 2604
Any One In 512 1966 To 1967 Please Contact Me.I Was A BM 3 Boat Captain Pbr 35.

NAME = Delbert Gibson
<EMAIL: delanddi[ at ]austarnet.com.au>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RivDiv 512
BASEs or LOCATIONs = All Over Delta
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 66 To 67
FROM WHERE NOW = Cooyar Australia, QLD
Entry Date: - Thursday, March 25, 2004 at Time 00:12:45 (PST)


Record 2603
I was sent to Viet Nam to join the crew of the LST 902 in 1969, and spent approx 6 months delivering important stuff like beer, soda, and cement up and down the many unknown rivers for all the troops that needed a refreshing warm drink. Later we went to Da Nang and then ventured home to the US a long Slooooooow trip at 8 knots. After decommisoning the ship I was flown back to Viet Nam to join the crew of the USS Tutuila and spent approx. 18 months of bliss in Nah Beh drinking beer and enjoying the young girls on the strip outside of the base. I'm not sure the dates but we then floated the old girl to Taiwan where we turned the ship over to the Chinese Navy (lucky them). I was then flown to the US where I joined the real Navy and was placed on board the USS Ocallahan DE 1051, and there I was lucky enough to be sent on 2 west pack cruises off the coast of Viet Nam, blasting the hell out of something, total with the 3 in country tours I did 5 all together. I can say that of all things I remember in my life, Viet Nam is something that will allways be with me.

NAME = Larry Maust
WEB SITE = no got
<EMAIL: lmaust1[ at ]rochester.rr.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LST 902 Luzerne County, TUTUILA (ARG 4), USS Ocallahan DE1051
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Viet Nam, mostly
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = Dec 1969-Sept 1973
FROM WHERE NOW = Wolcott, NY
REFFERED By = Just luck I guess
Entry Date: - Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at Time 20:04:28 (PST)


Record 2602
xin chao/ toi ten la tran/ quen o tai nuoc viet nam/ hien nay dang o la my tai thanh pho cali/ toi dang mo may dien tinh / cung khong biet noi gi va danh gi/ hien nay toi mot minh lac laoi noi nuoc nay / va gia canh dang trong canh khong ien on/ co the toi that su khong thich hop vao cuoc song o nuoc nay/ vakhong the hao hop duoc voi dan song/toi tam doi dong vao day gioi den quy vi dang lam viet tai so lam / va toi cung khong hieu y cua muc nay la the nao/ toi sing 01101971/ hien day la ban voi khuon canh cua tao thien/ cam on nhieu

NAME = tran thi kieu oanh
<EMAIL: hloktt; 7274 florin mall dr. sacto ca 95823>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = sacramento california in united states of american
BASEs or LOCATIONs = 1989. my family vua moi sang dinh cu tai nouc nay theo mot dien/
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 1989
FROM WHERE NOW = sacramento cali/., n/a
REFFERED By = thu viet cong dong/ guestbook
Entry Date: - Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at Time 14:44:29 (PST)


Record 2601
Don't find much on the Coastal Zone Advisors. Good Site.

NAME = James E. Akin
<EMAIL: sfrcmakin[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MACV 3rd CZA, MAT Team 53 Coastal Group 35
BASEs or LOCATIONs = Cat Lo
DATES of VIETNAM TOUR = 11/69-07/71
FROM WHERE NOW = Blanchard, OK
Entry Date: - Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at Time 04:14:54 (PST)

Guests 2601 - 2700

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The Brownwater Navy in Vietnam
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Unit/Ship= YRBM 20, NSA SAIGON
YRS= Oct69-Oct70 -
base/location= Chou Doc Bassac River & ATSB Binh Gia, ATSB Rach Soi
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