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Record 500 Great Site. Hope to see alot of guys at reunion in San Diego.
David Ajax <dpajax[ at ]USWEST.net>
UNIT/SHIP= RD 533 / Cos Div 13, - YRS= 67-70 - BASE/location= myTho/Cat Lo/Sa Dec FROM= Westminster, Co REFFERED By= PBR-FVA Links Page - Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at 17:45:45 (PST)
Record 499 Hi All,
No matter who I talk to regarding being on station ship in the Cau Mau Peninsula, I cannot help but thank my ship mates, SEALS, and Sea Wolf Detachments for making our tours
on station a safer one. As we rode "poppa" boats up the rivers, laden with mail, beer, food & ammo we always were welcomed aboard SeaFloat......Kudos you guys, I am proud to be able to support your efforts in the peninsula. Bless those who died and those who came back home. Our sacrifice
was for our brothers in arms, and our loyality was to the USA.......HoooooooRAHhhhhhaaaaaaa !!!!! to you all
Love the memories of all of you
Frank Seeley SFP-2 <fseeley[ at ]academyhealthnj.com>
UNIT/SHIP= USS Terell County LST 1157, - YRS= 1968-69 - BASE/location= Youkuska Japan NJ - Saturday, October 28, 2000 at 14:36:42 (PDT)
Record 498 I'm an RM who served in Danang at the Triangle and White Elephant from 9/67 - 3/68. Then, went to Cua Viet from 3/68 - 9/68. I'm in contact with a bunch of guys who worked in communications at Danang, Sa Huynh and Dong Ha. If you served in Danang or any of the detachments during 67 and 68 drop me a line. It would be great to hear from you.
Frank Cassidy <Intqrk5[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= NSAD, - YRS= 67-68 - BASE/location= Danang/Cua Viet FROM= Wakefield, MA - Friday, October 27, 2000 at 20:00:06 (PDT)
Record 497 I was Cdr Bill Pattee, Staff NAVLE DMAC in 70. Looking for
anyone who served in our office and in particular, Cdr Jim
Eller who was the Advisor to the VNN Riverine forces in
Can Tho. We traveled together often including our 39 mile
limited excursions into Cambodia. Jim later served in the
Embassy in Madrid Spain when I was CO USS EA Greene (DD711)
but we lost track after that! Looked for him on the US Naval Memorial
http://www.lonesailor.org/ but no luck. Where are you Jim?
Bill Pattee <awp[ at ]patriot.net>
UNIT/SHIP= NAVLE DMAC, - YRS= 1970 - BASE/location= Can Tho FROM= Fairfax, VA REFFERED By= your website - Friday, October 27, 2000 at 11:47:34 (PDT)
Record 496 I was on the skeelak (sp) for a month when I first got
to Danang as a RMSN in Sept '68. I was glad to get off
that dude and go to the White Elephant. I was there and at the Triangle in teletype repair until getting transferred
to Sa Huynh in March '69. Got hit by RPG while riding in
Army convoy 12 May 69.
I joined the navy trying to avoid Vietnam.
After all these years, these bullentin boards seen so surreal.
Anybody out there that was at Sa Huynh, Literage, White Elephant?
Philip Watson <bravo10[ at ]airmail.net>
UNIT/SHIP= YFU - 74, - YRS= .25 - BASE/location= Danang/Literage FROM= 9/1/68 - 10/1/68, tx - Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 08:38:31 (PDT)
Record 495 I'm just visiting again. I enjoy your site so very much. I have met several men that knew my brother (Charles P. Geisert BMC) who was kia in Tan Chau, on the Chau Doc Canal 11-4-69. I am making scrapbooks for his 3 children as they know nothing about the type work their dad was doing at the time of his death. He was in Mine Div. 113 & he was on the MSR 7. If any of you knew Charlie, I would appreciate anything that you can tell me. His Memorial Service was aboard the YRBM-21.
Mary Lynn Geisert Welborn <mlw[ at ]wf.quik.com>
FROM= Wichita Falls, TX - Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 17:22:17 (PDT)
Record 494 I am reasurching information about my brother (Charles P. Geisert BMC) who was killed in Tan Chau on the Chau Doc Canal on November 4, 1969. He was on his 3rd tour to Viet Nam, arriving on May 15, 1969 until his death. His boat was the MSR-7 in TF116 and he was in the Mine Div. 113. He left a wife and 3 small children. His children know nothing about his work in Viet Nam and I am making each of them a scrapbook. I would appreciate anything that anyone could tell me about him. One man that was in that div. said he would send me information on the memorial service that was held aboard the YRBM-21 for my brother. I'm thanking you in advance for any information that you have. I am Mary Lynn Geisert Welborn. my email address is: mlw[ at ]wf.quik.com
Mary Lynn Geisert Welborn <mlw[ at ]wf.quik.com>
UNIT/SHIP= MSR-7 with TF116 andMine Div 113, FROM= Wichita Falls, TX - Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 10:45:48 (PDT)
SSG JOHN BARNES
- Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 18:40:22 (PDT)
Record 492 It brought back alot of memeories, some bad but mostly good.
I was on the YRBM -16 until it was taken to Guam for recondtioning before turning it over to the Vietnamese.
Michael Iaukea Em3 <michael[ at ]iaukea.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Yrbm-16, - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= Variouse FROM= Tallahassee, Fl - Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 12:06:58 (PDT)
Record 491 Great site, brings lots of memories. would like to find lost friends and fill in blanks in my memory. Served on YFU59 67-68-and 69 based in Danang went up coast to Dong Ha and points in between.
Richard Kenney <knell9[ at ]prodigy.net>
UNIT/SHIP= YFU59, - YRS= 67-69 - BASE/location= Danang Ca REFFERED By= My Son - Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 22:25:49 (PDT)
Record 490 Nice place you got here, Kent.
I don't know how many times I think about that ammie out there on the river. Going across to the ville and drinking bacaday with the villagers. Anybody remember the mud fight?
Those night drives to the army bar in Rach Gia? How about the Seals hunting us down and throwing us in the drink. (they never caught me)
Anyway,I heard Doc Lupetti is looking for me. If anybody knows him,would you tell him I'm looking for him.
Gary Weiss <gare4106[ at ]cts.com>
UNIT/SHIP= navsuppact , - YRS= 1 - BASE/location= Rach Soi FROM= San Diego, Ca. REFFERED By= surfin - Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 05:47:39 (PDT)
Record 489 Fantastic site. Served aboard USS WHITE RIVER,transfered to PBR's and went to RivDiv 552 and stayed with RPG59 after the turnover. Would like to hear from some of my old shipmates.
Kenneth Hale <kennethr2000[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNIT/SHIP= USS White River LSMR 536 &RD552&RPG59 , - YRS= 68-71 - BASE/location= TraCu Thuy Nhon Tan Chau FROM= Brackettville, Tx REFFERED By= PBR-FVA - Friday, October 13, 2000 at 17:23:43 (PDT)
Record 488 I was in the Army and spent two years at Regional
Communications Group, which was just two blocks from
the Annapolis on the dirt road. I had to walk to the
Montana mess hall for chow. I do remember some of the
sapper hits that the Annapolis took. It was a heck of a
corner for a bus stop. For some reason I can't launch
my email from your site. Give me a buzz and I'll try to
send you some pics. that I took in the Plantation Road
Wayne Yohn <yobub[ at ]home.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Regional Comm Gp, - YRS= 2 - BASE/location= Saigon FROM= Jan '69 to Mar '71, IA - Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at 13:04:31 (PDT)
Record 487 Spent most time in bush on Nav cat teams building isb base'e for river boats
Kirby Weeks <shepdog49[ at ]juno.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Seabee's, - YRS= 6 - BASE/location= Vietnam most of time FROM= Portland , ME. - Sunday, October 08, 2000 at 14:56:29 (PDT)
Record 486 Enjoyed your site.Spent a lot of time around Vung Tau and south of there. Keep up the good work-never forget...
John L. Warren <airsnoopy[ at ]home.com>
UNIT/SHIP= USS Oxford AGTR-1, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Vung Tau FROM= Knoxville, TN - Sunday, October 08, 2000 at 07:55:39 (PDT)
Record 485 Arrived in country back end of Tet at Siagon.
Myself and seamen Harry Creamer were put on a 30 cal. mg
on the roof.
Prior attachment to Sealords, we lost Pochell and McDermott.
Started with Sealords Oct 68 and stay with it until Feb 69
when I got my freedom bird.
Former crew Ltjg Jim Will (OIC), RDSN Jack Cook, GM2 Herman
Lavinghouse ( from LA and still looking for him), QM2 Raul
Najera, EN2 Odell Young.
Prently serving as an officer of Swift Boat Sailors Association.
Will be in San Diego on November 11th, 2000 to dedicate the All Unit Navy Memorial, PCF-104, a PBR and CCB.
Tommy Trees Forrest
Thomas G. Forrest <Tmytrees[ at ]concentric.net>
UNIT/SHIP= PCF 28, 98 & 102, - YRS= 68 - 69 - BASE/location= Cat Lo FROM= Detroit, MI REFFERED By= Brousing - Saturday, October 07, 2000 at 14:36:55 (PDT)
Record 484 Super site! Got choked up when I saw the picks of the hole we lived in and some familiar faces from the crew at SOD
Alex Renko <renkoa[ at ]pdq.net>
UNIT/SHIP= duffelbag tm 2, - YRS= 4/70-1/71 - BASE/location= Old SOD FROM= Houston, TX REFFERED By= surfin' on in - Friday, October 06, 2000 at 19:23:14 (PDT)
Record 483 This is a GREAT page. I served on the Tom Green Cty LST 1159. We were hit on several occations. I departed duty on the 1159 on January 21, 1969. I was carried off on a streatcher. We were under attack in Vaung Tau and were hit with a 122mm. Looking for the Corpsman who saved my life, I want to say thank you. Also looking for James (Peanut) Price from Charlemett La.
Barry W. Curtis <Curtisbwp[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= lst 1159 Tom Green, - YRS= 1 FROM= Boston, Ma - Wednesday, October 04, 2000 at 15:20:07 (PDT)
Record 482 I served on PBR'S as a gunner in Vinh Long, LST 859, and SA DEC. I was the cover boat the night we lost PBR 113. Would like to here from some of the guy's that were there then. Thank's for a great web site. Bill Marino
W.F. (Bill) Marino <b_g25[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNIT/SHIP= River Patrol section 513, - BASE/location= Vinh long, Viet Nam FROM= Aug. 66 to Sept. 67, tex - Wednesday, October 04, 2000 at 14:02:26 (PDT)
Record 481 Great Site.
James Hodges <jrhodges_qmc[ at ]yahoo,com>
UNIT/SHIP= cosdiv 13, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= cat lo FROM= Eldorado, Tx REFFERED By= bowing - Wednesday, October 04, 2000 at 12:10:29 (PDT)
Record 480 Glad to find the website. I lived at Rach Soi for about
five months in '71. I'll try to find some pictures of
downtown. I have a recollection of a Shell gas station
just outside the base and an ice-making facility across
the river from us.
Charles H "Chuck" Karayan <wd6aml[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= BSU1/MST2 Det. Echo, - YRS= 1971 - BASE/location= Rach Soi FROM= Burbank, Ca - Monday, October 02, 2000 at 18:34:32 (PDT)
Record 479 I've waited years for a website like this. Went to Mare Island early 70's then to the Presido for Vietnamese language.Arrived by chopper after ANNAPOLIS BEQ to Yrbm 20.Patroled with buddies from NIOTC then transfered to the heavies at an ATSB near Cambodia.Trying to hear from old river sailors CPO Dryden,LT.Hardy,Gmg1Wahoo Henthorn,Bm2 Aliff,Troy,Scratch,Compton,O'ddone,most of the guys in our Rid group wounded & sent home.Also my Pbr buddies John Bunn & Joe Flowers.Miss you guys proud of all you Navy men where ever you served.We all did our duty when called & to this day I am proud of any service man or woman who could go in harm's way any time.God bless all Veterans & veterans to be.
Ronald Davis EN2 <rdavis6[ at ]cinci,rr,com>
UNIT/SHIP= RPG/RID 42 , - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= Vin Te canal/ Dong Tam FROM= Cincinnati, OH - Sunday, October 01, 2000 at 19:15:53 (PDT)
Record 478 Have not kept in contact with anyone from the old unit as I became involved in medicine. I have since retired from practice due to visual impairment from diabetes. All I've got now are the memories of great people who served with me.
John Anechiarico, Jr. ,CW2 <Greek4u52[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNIT/SHIP= River Patrol Sec 533, - YRS= 66-67 - BASE/location= Nha Be FROM= Jacjksonville, FL - Sunday, October 01, 2000 at 14:11:50 (PDT)
Record 477 Looking for anyone or web page etc. with info on YFU s or LCU s. Landing craft
Bruce Pereira <turtle[ at ]cybertours.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YFU-70, Lighterage, - YRS= 67-68 - BASE/location= Danang, Vietnam FROM= Wells, Me - Sunday, October 01, 2000 at 10:03:08 (PDT)
Record 476 Very interesting site!! I really enjoyed seeing the pictures. I served as a PN2 at Nha Be from September 1971 until April 1972 when the majority of Americans left the base. I was stationed for the next several months in Saigon and lived at both the Metropole and Plaza Hotels. I served in Camh Ranh Bay prior to my stint in Nha Be.
Charlie Gardiner <woodbootalso[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Naval Advisory Group, - YRS= 71/72 - BASE/location= Nha Be FROM= Sacramento, Ca - Saturday, September 30, 2000 at 09:01:03 (PDT)
Record 475 I COULDN'T BELIEVE MY LUCK TO FIND A YRBM-20 WEB SITE. I WAS A RM2 AND WORKED IN THE COMM SHACK OFF THE MESS DECKS THE WHOLE TIME. I WAS LEADING I WAS RADIO SUPERVISOR AFTER WALTER TUCKER LEFT AND TURNED IT OVER TO ALA IN OCT 70 WHEN I LEFT. I RECOGNIZED 2 NAMES AND PICTURES VERY QUICKLY WHEN I STARTED GOING THROUGH THE SITE, DAVE DEAN, AND ALA FALAGIA. I HAVE MANY PICTURES OF THE 20, CHAU DOC, AND CANALS AROUND THERE. I COPIED THE MUSTER LIST FROM DEC 69 AND WAS ABLE TO PUT SOME NAMES TO SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN MY PICTURES. I WILL TRY TO COPY THESE AND SEND THEM TO YOU TO POST. I AM NOT VERY COMPUTER LITERATE, BUT I HAVER HELP WHERE I WORK. I TRIED TO E-MAIL DAVE DEAN BUT IT CAME BACK TO ME. I ALSO SAW A CONTACT BY WALTER TUCKER WHO I WORKED WITH. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANY OF THE PEOPLE I WORKED WITH AND HAD FUN WITH.
tHANKS FOR THE TIME YOU SPENT PUTTING TOGEATHER A GREAT SITE WHICH BRINGS BACK SOME VERY GOOD MEMORIES.
RODERICK (ROD) C. KING <rking66555[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM-20, - YRS= 10/69-10/70 - BASE/location= CHAU DOC FROM= CUMMING, GA. REFFERED By= SURFING THE WEB - Monday, September 25, 2000 at 18:53:18 (PDT)
Record 474 Nice Site, Enjoyed the picture of the APL-26 with tugs alongside. 784 and 785 were my best engines imaginable. Really used them when we drug anchor up and down the rivers at each tide change. We were a tight knit group of one APL and two YTB's that faced the Mekong Delta together. Thanks for the renewal of memories. C. W. Lynch, LCDR USN(Ret), OINC APL 26 from June 67 through January 68.
Charles Lynch <cwlynch[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= APL-26, - YRS= 67-68 - BASE/location= MRF FROM= Virginia Beach, VA - Sunday, September 24, 2000 at 21:30:30 (PDT)
Record 473 Thanks for the memories....kind of tried to forget, but it never goes away...many bad and beautiful times and many, many wonderful shipmates...
Gene Heintz <genezh[ at ]earthlink.net>
UNIT/SHIP= PCF Div 101 [ at ] 102, - YRS= 65-66 - BASE/location= Cat Lo [ at ] An Thoi FROM= Phoeniz, Az - Saturday, September 23, 2000 at 15:43:37 (PDT)
Record 472 Great Site, Spent my time on the Satyr in the DC Generator HOLE, and was fuel King.
If any of ya'll remember me drop me a E-mail. see ya! J.D. Toney
Jerry Toney, USN Ret. EN1 <jdtoney[ at ]juno.com>
UNIT/SHIP= ARL-23, USS Satyr, - YRS= 1 - BASE/location= In Country Rivers FROM= last 16 years Jacksonville, Fl REFFERED By= just surfed in - Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at 13:40:51 (PDT)
Record 471 Fantastic site Shipmate!!!! -BZ- What a fitting way to honor all our Brothers that didn't make it back...
To those of us that did make it I'll just say Welcome Home Brothers and Sisters....I guess most of remember the phrase,"It don't mean nothin" Well after all these years I have to say "It DID mean something"
In memory of Robert L. Blais EN3 PBR139 -Still On Patrol-
Bill Akin, BMCS, USN, Ret.<BrownH2o[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= PBR139 at RivSec 532, - YRS= Apr.68-Jan.69 - BASE/location= USS Hunt her down County , My Tho, TraCu FROM= Summerville , SC REFFERED By= Paul Cagle - Friday, September 15, 2000 at 00:05:52 (PDT)
Record 470 To all you Brown Water Navy Vets, SALUTE AND GOD BLESS YOU.
I am an old Air Force Vet of the Korean War. I was a radio operator in the 1st Radio Squadron of the 5th Communications Group, 5th Air Force. We were Net Control for the entire 5th AF Communications Organization. We communicated daily with the Fleet off the coasts of Korea, to Air Sea Rescue Crews, Pilots and Ground Forces. Our men (the 934th Sig. Bn.,later renamed 5th Comm Grp,) even fought side by side with Marines in the first ground battles at the start of the War when we had a shortage of men and materials and the Chinese were streaming down from the Yalu like ants. We were with the Marines at the Reservoir and after fighting their way to the coast, they were taken from the beaches by the Navy,(God Bless them)..
Bill Akins is my friend, a Hell of Fine Shipmate, if I may use your terminolgy. All of you Gentleman are very special to me and all the Citizens of the United States who know just what kind of sacrifices you all made and what an unspeakable Hell Hole you had to serve in. You get nothing but RESPECT, ADMIRATION AND A FIRM, SINCERE HAND SHAKE AND JOB WELL DONE FROM ME AND MY GENERATION. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
This is NetCntrl signing off. I say again, Well Done My Brothers and Welcome Home..... NetCntrl OUT!
Lee Ayers <NetCntrl[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= USAF - Radio Operator, - YRS= 52-53 - BASE/location= North of Seoul, Korea FROM= Greenville,, SC REFFERED By= Boat Capt. Bill Akin PBR 139 - Thursday, September 14, 2000 at 21:07:05 (PDT)
Record 469 Crockett PG-88 escorted Seafloat into the Song Bo De in June 1969. We did quite a few patrols of 7-20 days and then would return to Cam Rahn for resupply and much beer.
We were rocketed by 3.75 rockets made in Crane, Indiana(probably taken off a Bronco) but,fortunately the personnel injuries were few and relatively minor. It was the longest and shortest year of my life and one which I recall on a daily basis. Great job on your website and if there are any PG sailors out there who aren't aware of the PG Reunion Group established in 1998 please check us out at http://members.visi.net/~macs/index.html Fair Winds, Paul Bennett
Paul Bennett <commanderb[ at ]AOL.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Crockett PG-88, - YRS= 1969 - BASE/location= Cam Rahn Bay FROM= Princeton, MA - Thursday, September 14, 2000 at 08:17:00 (PDT)
Record 468 I have been searching for quite some time for a website devoted to Brown Water Navy. My boyfriend is a River Rat. We are looking for fellow Rats that served with him. His name is Jim Remmey from Baltimore, MD and he served from January 1970 to January 1971. He was part of Mobile One River Force. TF 116, River Squadron 59, Div. 4 - Tan My 5 miles from Hue. He was out of Saigon, Mekong Delta and South of Hue. He remembers two crew members by the names of Rio Barrios (not sure of spelling) and Jim Rose. If anyone can help, please email me at leftyone[ at ]erols.com as Jim is not on line. He doesn't even own a computer. Any help is appreciated. Jim is a member of The Vietname Veteran's of America Baltimore Chapter 451. He is very active in our Honor Guard which includes presenting the colors for all home games of the Baltimore Ravens.
Thanks again for this great web site.
Sharon Tapuc <leftyone[ at ]erols.com>
- Wednesday, September 13, 2000 at 15:17:25 (PDT)
Record 467 I have dedicated my doctoral dissertation to three issues that concern Vietnam veterans (at least, the ones with whom I have spoken): The Vietnam Veteran Myth (common misperceptions about Vietnam veterans, Wannabes (men who claim to be Vietnam veterans and are not) and media portrayal of Vietnam veterans. To gather data for my dissertation I have designed a survey to be completed by Vietnam veterans. Now I desperately need volunteers. Please take a moment to contact me, I would be delighted to answer questions. My dad was a medic during Vietnam and the Korean Conflict. Thank you for your time. Dorothy
Dorothy McCoy Lamprecht <dlamp[ at ]lowcountry.com>
FROM= South Carolina, - Wednesday, September 13, 2000 at 08:05:59 (PDT)
Record 466 arrived early 1971 stayed until vietnamese turnover late 71
tim craig <timcraig[ at ]alltell.net>
UNIT/SHIP= yrbm21, - YRS= 1971 - BASE/location= mekong river near cambodia FROM= north, ga REFFERED By= self - Sunday, September 10, 2000 at 18:03:04 (PDT)
Record 465 I was a young Air Force Security Policeman sattioned at Binh Thuy AB. I was assigned to the 632ns Seciurity Police Sq from June 69-70. I stopped by to visit once on my very few days off. I enjoyed your web site. Welcome home Vet.
Wayne D. Dezarn <WDezarn777[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= 632ns Security Police , - YRS= 1 - BASE/location= Binh Thuy Air Base FROM= June 69-70, Ky - Sunday, September 10, 2000 at 10:16:58 (PDT)
Record 464 Truely a GREAT web site for the Brown Water Navy.
Paul Cagle <pwc01[ at ]earthlink.net>
UNIT/SHIP= Riv. Div. 532, - YRS= 67-69 - BASE/location= My Tho, Tra Cu, others FROM= Myrtle Beach, SC REFFERED By= Steve Crandall - Sunday, September 10, 2000 at 07:54:34 (PDT)
Record 463 Great page! Was with Navy Lark Unit in Dongha about 5 klicks
south of DMZ.68-69. WELCOME HOME EVERYONE!!!! SNAKE
Phil Rasnake <snake_41_99[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNIT/SHIP= AO-41 U.S.S. MATTAPONI, - YRS= 65-69 - BASE/location= San Fran. FROM= logan, w.va. REFFERED By= Surfing - Saturday, September 09, 2000 at 08:41:36 (PDT)
Record 462 JUST GOOD TO KNOW US RIVER RAT.ARE NOT FOR GOTTEN KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
John hudson BMC RET <wjhud[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= RIV.512, - YRS= 69-70 FROM= BLUE RIDGE, TX. - Sunday, September 03, 2000 at 18:23:20 (PDT)
Record 461 Excellent site!! I reported aboard Advisory Team 108, Can Tho as a YN3 in March 1970 and departed as a YN2 in October 1971.
YNC Frank Lehker <fdlehker[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Advisory Team 108, - BASE/location= Can Tho Naval Base - Saturday, September 02, 2000 at 12:44:35 (PDT)
Record 460 Really great site. Memories, memories. I was OinC on Swift boats and have been trying to locate old enlisted crew members; Rd3 Larry Jones (Pennsylvania?), Gmg3 Short, EN1 Elwart, Qm1 Mike Meeske (an Aussie as I remember) and Bm3 Kope (Oklahoma?). I would really like to hear from anybody I knew over there. MIKE GAN 281-342-5190
Mike Gann <gann3850[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= COSDIV 12 & 11, - YRS= 69-70 - BASE/location= Danang & An thoi FROM= Richmond, Tx - Friday, September 01, 2000 at 10:05:53 (PDT)
Record 459 Any VNN advisors out there??? GREAT SITE!!! Welcome home and thanks.
BobCooley EN3 <Bcool186[ at ]bellsouth.net>
UNIT/SHIP= R.A.I.D.72 A.T.F.211 , - YRS= 70-72 - BASE/location= Dong Tam FROM= Port Clinton, Ohio REFFERED By= Surfed in - Tuesday, August 29, 2000 at 20:14:19 (PDT)
Record 458 I was on Zippo-5 in the early fall of 1969. I was in the delta area. I would like to contact any of the crew of Zippo 5 during that time. Ron Kirkwood
Ron Kirkwood <ron[ at ]ronkirkwood.com>
UNIT/SHIP= COMRIVRON 15/zippo 5, - YRS= 69 - BASE/location= Go Dau Ha Oklahoma City - Monday, August 28, 2000 at 20:24:46 (PDT)
Record 457 I was the radioman (RM3) on board A-91-3. Am now 53 years old but still remember the river and the crew. Jeff Chandlier BM2 Boat Captain, Duke Hamilton EN3 boat engineer,Roger Hillard forward fifty gunner, Willy Brown 20MM gunner. Have not seen them since '69 but always remember them and our time on the river.
Rick Boutcher <priny8[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNIT/SHIP= A-91-3, - YRS= 68 - 69 - BASE/location= Dong Tam FROM= New York City, NY REFFERED By= - - - - Monday, August 28, 2000 at 00:53:56 (PDT)
Record 456 I NEVER THOUGHT TO FIND A WEB SITE LIKE THIS, ABOUT US.
MAX AND ROGER RAMJET, IF YOU FIND THIS, GIVE ME A SHOUT.
MIKE KENNY <KENNYMIKE5[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM-16, - YRS= 69-70 - BASE/location= CHOU DUC FROM= BURBANK, ILL - Saturday, August 26, 2000 at 18:05:51 (PDT)
Record 455 RM3 on YFU-71 Navy resupply boat from Jan 1969 to 1970. We carried ammo, vehicles, construction equipment and sometimes...BEER up and down the South China Sea from DaNang up to Dong Ha, Hue and South to Chu Lai. Those Rough Terrain (RT) forklift drivers rolled on and off our bow ramp loading and unloading day and night.
Carman Gentile <cgpiano[ at ]webtv.net>
UNIT/SHIP= YFU-71, - YRS= '69 - '70 - BASE/location= Naval Support Activity, DaNang FROM= Originally Michigan, now is Eureka, CA, CA REFFERED By= surf - Friday, August 25, 2000 at 23:30:33 (PDT)
Record 454 "TUTE" Pix and stats on my website...
AL NOLF <silverdagger[ at ]net-port.com>
UNIT/SHIP= ARG4, - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= NHA BE Mi - Wednesday, August 23, 2000 at 05:01:26 (PDT)
Record 453 Impressive Web Site, thanks for sharing.
Walter Snow <sanwa[ at ]home.com>
UNIT/SHIP= RIVRON15, CCB151-1, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Dong Tam CO REFFERED By= surfing web sites - Tuesday, August 22, 2000 at 15:54:10 (PDT)
Record 452 A lot of respect go out to you navy seals
david tinch <dtinch[ at ]netpci.com>
UNIT/SHIP= nswu-1, - BASE/location= guam - Monday, August 21, 2000 at 16:09:08 (PDT)
LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES FROM YEAR 67 ONBOARD USS MONMOUTH COUNTY (LST 1032)
Raleigh C. (Bill) Perry <rperry[ at ]mindspring.com>
UNIT/SHIP= USS MONMOUTH COUNTY (LST 1032), - YRS= DEC 66 - DEC 67 FROM= BUFORD, GA REFFERED By= JUST CAME IN. - Monday, August 21, 2000 at 14:00:38 (PDT)
Record 450 One great site!!!
Ray Star <RayStars69[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= 101st. Intelligence, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Hue FROM= Manville, NJ - Sunday, August 20, 2000 at 06:15:45 (PDT)
Record 449 Served first as Assistant Senior Naval Advisor Coastal group 44 and later as naval liasion to the 9th ARVN Division Chi Lang.
Jim Cozier <junks44[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Coastal Group 44, - YRS= 1971 - BASE/location= Ha Tien FROM= Tustin, Ca - Friday, August 18, 2000 at 19:37:22 (PDT)
Record 448 Welcome home Brothers. Great site here.Was on ATC 92-8 & R 92-1 12-67 to 12-68. Would like to hear from anyone in 91 or 92 at that time. Any VNV MC river rats out there? Peace Brothers. Woody
E."Woody"Wittorf <Woodtroll [ at ] aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= TF117 Div 92, - YRS= 67-68 - BASE/location= MRF,Dong Tam FROM= Sinking Spring, Pa. REFFERED By= Just surfin' - Wednesday, August 09, 2000 at 17:31:57 (PDT)
Record 447 I AM TRYING TO LOCATE AN OLD FRIEND. IF YOU KNOW HIM,
SERVED WITH HIM, KNOW WHERE HE IS..PLEASE CONTACT ME.
HIS NAME IS JAMES (JIM OR JIMMY) LOGAN BOYD.
HE SERVED 2 YEARS ON PBR
ERNEST D. TURNER <edt63[ at ]hotmail.com>
- Monday, August 07, 2000 at 11:20:28 (PDT)
Record 446 I served as lead radioman for the Naval Advisory Group at
the ATSB Song Ong Doc for RivDiv 572 and its associated units.
I was there from the begining in Sept'69 to Dec'69 and then
again from March'70 to June'70. I made a few patrols with
the boat crews and was in one daytime firefight on May 1st
when our lead boat was beached from an "inattentive" helmsman.
(Long story, dont ask).
Anyway, I was there the night the coast guard cutter shelled
the base and killed one of our boat captains and wounded most
of the others.
Does anyone know what ever became of Commander Roper and his
yoeman we called "Cage" a young man from Lousiana? There was
a radarman there that manned the radios in HQ at night while
I sent out the daily TTY traffic.
Living the good life in South Cal now. Surfing and designing
cellular telephone chips. Mulitple marriages, couple of kids
step-kids, spread all over the country not to mention planet.
I have a son that broke with family tradtion and is a Marine
Found my old high school sweetheart a couple of years ago and
now have grandkids to complete my story.
I recently made a trip to The Wall in DC and left a note to
Chief Mulrooney who was the first American casualty of Operation
Best of everything to all old shipmates - most of whom I am
sure have forgotten who I am. Welcome Home all.
Welcome Home Brothers,
Regards, Dennis J. Walker RM3
Dennis Walker <dennis.walker[ at ]conexant.com>
UNIT/SHIP= NSA Song Ong Doc, - YRS= 1 - BASE/location= ATSB Song Ong Doc FROM= Rancho Santa Margarita, CA REFFERED By= Web search - Friday, August 04, 2000 at 18:32:17 (PDT)
Record 445 Great site,nice to read all the messages. Was thinking it was all a big dream, until I came upon the web site.Looking at some the pictures sure brings back memories. Never thought I would ever see pictures of Ha Tien again.
Looking for a William Pinkerman that served in nsa Dong Tam in 70-71, I think you saved my life over there, so they told me.Will the world ever know what we went through.It sure was a hell of a way to spend my 19th birtday.Will submit some photos soon.
AS I sit here crying Im glad now it wasn't all a bad dream.
Lost some good friends in Dong Tam, may they rest in peace for a job well done.
mike miller <Hucktinn99[ at ]aol.com>
- YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= Dong Tam , Ha Tien FROM= Southampton, ma - Friday, August 04, 2000 at 16:31:11 (PDT)
Record 444 Excellent pictures...Great Info
Mike Brophy <MBrophy601[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= NAVADVGRPMACV/NSA DET 90.2/NSA Cam Ranh Bay, - YRS= 4/66-8/67 - BASE/location= Siagon; CamRanh Bay FROM= St. Petersburg, Fl REFFERED By= bored......lol - Thursday, August 03, 2000 at 13:12:31 (PDT)
Record 443 I was boat Captain on PBR 91 and 131, serving first in Cua Viet, then Danang and Hoi Anh. Cua Viet is 2 or 3 Klicks from the DMZ. I am trying to find BM1 Herschel Fowler, another 543 sailor, as well as any other guys who were in 543.
This is a wonderful websight. My chiefs hat is off to all who put this together. BZ!!!
Mike (Trojanowski) Wiley <mwiley[ at ]co.shasta.ca.us>
UNIT/SHIP= RivDiv543-PBR 91&131, - YRS= 1 - BASE/location= Cua Viet- Da Nang_Hoi ANh FROM= Redding , CA REFFERED By= Bruce Meier - Monday, July 31, 2000 at 16:47:42 (PDT)
Record 442 great site. i would like to find two old friends bob comes and ed wissman off of the 17.
larry g. bradley <lgb82146[ at ]juno.com>
UNIT/SHIP= yrbm17, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= dong tam FROM= weavweville, nc REFFERED By= halsted - Monday, July 31, 2000 at 14:07:26 (PDT)
Record 441 I just stumbled onto your web page. From Mar to Sep, 1967, I was the Naval Intelligence Liaison Officer in Chau Doc, billeted with Team B42, USSF. Other than the Special Forces, a Navy medical team, the odd Air force FAC,& me,there weren't too many Americans in the area. Some time during that period, some type of YB was moved to Tan Chau & tied up to the bank on the south end of the town. It was not there until late in my tour, so it wasn't until the last time I was in Tan Chau that I went aboard. The vessel was new & clean, & the crew most hospitable. I especially enjoyed the air conditioning, something we didn't have in Chau Doc. I'm sorry I don't remember which YB this was.
Woody Stephens <wfstephens[ at ]earthlink.net>
UNIT/SHIP= N2, COMNAVFORV, - YRS= '66-'67 - BASE/location= Chau Doc - Monday, July 31, 2000 at 11:22:36 (PDT)
Record 440 Thanks for info I never knew about. Very interesting.
Nathan Good <kc5vlf[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNIT/SHIP= USS Currituck AV7, - YRS= 61-63 FROM= Tatum, NM REFFERED By= Ken Keith - Monday, July 31, 2000 at 03:31:14 (PDT)
Record 439 Great Job on the Site guys . I am proud . I had a great time my 1 yr spent on the YRBM-17. Many great guys .. I was a nobody, never got past E-3 my time in the Navy. Still the many many places and adventures were wonderful ... We used to sneak in the watch the USO girls take a shower after a show , had to stand on the LT.'s bunk and peak through to do it . He would have killed us .. ------------ I loved the massage parlor and other trades offered on Base at Dong Tam . --------- I never fired a shot , but worked my butt off ........ The real men were the ones who went out on all those Patrols .. My hat is off too you .. God Bless all of You ........
Allen Kinchen <alice7777[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM-17, - YRS= 1 - BASE/location= Dong Tam FROM= Sept 68-Oct69, - Sunday, July 30, 2000 at 18:47:44 (PDT)
Record 438 Great WEB page. Was boat captain on skimmers most of my time there.
Dennis Bieak <bieakdj[ at ]apci.com>
UNIT/SHIP= IUWG-1 UNIT2, - YRS= 10/67-6/69 - BASE/location= Cam Rahn Bay FROM= Catasauqua, PA REFFERED By= Surfing the Net - Thursday, July 27, 2000 at 10:28:34 (PDT)
Record 437 Great website! You guys did an outstanding job over there. I know, I watched over you from the air..
Tom Jessen <Jessentp[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= HAL-3 Det 1, - YRS= 66-67 - BASE/location= USS Jennings Cty, USS Harnett Cty, USS Hunterdon Cty FROM= Petersburg, VA - Thursday, July 27, 2000 at 05:41:26 (PDT)
Record 436 served as 20mm gunner/radioman on aspb 132-8 and monitor 152-1from aug 69 thru nov 70 and finished at nha be dec thr mar of 71. am a novice on computor but have over 700 slides and pictures plus a movie of the last turn over of american boats in dec of 70. would like to find old shipmates bm2 bill harris,gmg3 charlie ross and fn bill boyer from a132-8 also chie kane,gmg3 mcbroom rm3 mcafee sn tallas and others from m152-1. several pictures of song ong doc before and after remember the uso show with eddie and scottie? lots of pictures of vihn te canal our boat was beached before eing sunk in oct or nov of 69
ralph bakle <rbakle[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= a132-8 & m152-8, - YRS= 69-71 FROM= fort wayne, in REFFERED By= mrf home page - Sunday, July 23, 2000 at 17:56:12 (PDT)
Record 435 Utmost respect for Brownwater Navy. Job WELL DONE! Never got in-country but trained in jungle warfare. A well deserved salute--God Bless.
Mario Urias <cookie[ at ]3lefties.com>
UNIT/SHIP= US Air Force Retired, - YRS= 20 - BASE/location= Cannon AFB - Saturday, July 22, 2000 at 21:47:14 (PDT)
Record 434 HI JOHNNY C.,this is a very impressive page with a lot of memories,went to S.D.right after YOU moved up river-WELCOME HOME FRIENDS!
DON KRAMER BM1-MED/RET. <1957ford[ at ]home.com>
UNIT/SHIP= RPG62-MTT.0004, - YRS= 70-71-72 - BASE/location= SONG ON DOC-CAMAU-PHOUC XUYEN FROM= WYOMING, MI. REFFERED By= JOE FLOWERS(WHO ALSO WAS THERE) - Friday, July 21, 2000 at 18:42:42 (PDT)
Record 433 " " Was in NAG and rode PBR#46. Also was all over the delta by jeep and 6x from Saigon to Cau Ma. Never did find a good road! The rest of the place I seen by boat. Was an EN1 at the time along with GMG1 Jim Briggs and PN1 Earl McCrary,two great Nam buddies.Along with SN Jack Saunders. All the guys were good buddies,they were Americans. It was us and them,you know the story.
Merle Bontrager <mntrager[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNIT/SHIP= CTF-212 & Naval Advisory Group, - BASE/location= Binh Thuy FROM= Aug.'70 - Aug.'71, Mi - Monday, July 17, 2000 at 14:33:04 (PDT)
Record 432 Wonderful site, the image of the mike boat crew allowed me to prove we once wore cutoff dungarees, go-aheads (of flip-flops), and ball caps. My photographs were supported by that one.
Arrived August 1966, went aboard YFU-54 then to YFU-1498. We ferried cargo to Chu Lai, Hue, and Dong Ha.
Later went to Port Services, and ran a chart office in the White Elephant in Danang.
Dan Bowman Odenweller <DanOdenweller[ at ]compuserve.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YFU's 54 - 1498, - YRS= 66/67 - BASE/location= Danang FROM= Downey, CA - Sunday, July 16, 2000 at 19:58:27 (PDT)
Record 431 Served as Chief Staff Officer with River Assault Division 153 and as Senior Advisor of River Interdiction Division 48 from March 1970 - March 1971.
Lt. William F. Stoehs, USNR <wstoehs44[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNIT/SHIP= RivDiv 153, - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= Nha Be, Ca Mau, Giant Slingshot, Cambodia FROM= Palm Harbor, FL - Sunday, July 16, 2000 at 17:47:57 (PDT)
Record 430 Served USSYR71, NSA Danang, fall 1967 - fall 1968. Also, USSHampshire County, LST 819, Spring 1969, fall 1970
Willie G Brown <wgb[ at ]dswa.com>
UNIT/SHIP= LST819, - YRS= 2 - Sunday, July 16, 2000 at 12:54:32 (PDT)
Record 429 Really enjoyed looking over your site. Will have to return often. Have been trying to write a book on my tour which was spent at Long Xuyen in July of 1968, then August and September at Vinh Long, then Binh Thuy Air Base, Also spent some time at the President Hotel in Saigon and would like to get more information about that place as well as see photos of it. Even though I was in the air force there, I managed to meet and work with great people who were in all branches of the armed forces, USA and allied. Thanks for your great displays of Vietnam artifacts.
Dick Slowik <slowik[ at ]blyonline.com>
UNIT/SHIP= 22 TASS (Air Force), - YRS= 1968 - BASE/location= Long Xuyen/Vinh Long FROM= Blytheville, AR REFFERED By= Bruce Schulze - Sunday, July 16, 2000 at 05:02:10 (PDT)
Record 428 Currently President of the Seawolf Association,was Doorgunner
and Crewchief (70-71)
Tony Guptaitis <Tony[ at ]spillmanwotyla.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Seawolves Det9, - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= YRBM 21 Il - Friday, July 14, 2000 at 12:56:02 (PDT)
Record 427 Served on board USS Whitfield County (LST 1169)(MRF) 1968 and USS Satyr (ARL 23) 1969-70. Looking for R.B.Stearns RD1, Wesley E. Judson SM1, Mike Swank SM2, Hector Pace RD3... They still owe me money! ;-)
Kenneth Strickland <frans[ at ]mail.tds.net>
UNIT/SHIP= USS Satyr, - YRS= 69-70 GA - Thursday, July 13, 2000 at 18:13:04 (PDT)
Record 426 any old junkies still around???
r salopek <salopek[ at ]exis.net>
UNIT/SHIP= coastal groups 32/32, - YRS= 67/68/69 - BASE/location= rach dua/vam lang - Monday, July 10, 2000 at 20:24:11 (PDT)
Record 425 Looking for crew, and friends
James L. Boyd <safetyjimb[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= PBR 44, - YRS= 66-67 - BASE/location= Cat-Lo FROM= Houston, Tx - Saturday, July 08, 2000 at 11:06:05 (PDT)
Record 424 hi,
my name is jerry menski i am 28 years old, my father joseph menski was stationed at this place called sea float from april 1970 to april 1971, he was a radio repairman or a radio technician. my dad passed away in 1992 and i recently found a purple heart medal and some old letters that he had written to my mother, but parts of the letter are missing, there was mention of a ship i think it was called and lst that was mined sometime in late 1970 october or november it was tied in the river with some other ships called mike or nike boats, a tug boat,and a patrol boat.
my dad was on one of these ships repairing some radio equiptment when the explosion happened, and was wounded in the leg with a piece of flying metal. if anybody has any information about this or anyone knew my father i would appreciate any information you can give me. thank you jerry
jerry menski <hotporkettaman[ at ]aol.com>
- Thursday, July 06, 2000 at 10:16:55 (PDT)
Record 423 Always wondered what became of the base we call PBR Mobile Base One? I heard a rumor that the RVN Navy sunk it before the fall of South Vietnam. Can anyone confine this? We were located just east of the LST ramp at Tan-My in Thuyie Tin Province in "I Corp" area about 70 miles north of DaNang. I suppose the 20 mk one PBRs that were assigned to the base met a simmilar fate. What a waste! We spent thousands of man hours keeping those boats in top notch shape. All the beat to you and your web sight...
Lance S. Kounitz <lance[ at ]tam-art.com>
UNIT/SHIP= PBR MB-!, - YRS= 69-70 - BASE/location= Tan-My (I Corp.) FROM= Trenton, NJ - Wednesday, July 05, 2000 at 08:59:44 (PDT)
Record 422 Looking for anyone in my group serving in 513, got shot Jan. 1st 1969 air lifted to Binh Thuy AF sent to states looking for guys who might have met me or know me.
Dan Cook GMG2 <dancook[ at ]unitelc.com>
UNIT/SHIP= RivRon 513, - YRS= 1968-69 - BASE/location= Binh Thuy FROM= Park Rapids , MN - Tuesday, July 04, 2000 at 11:06:41 (PDT)
Record 421 Was on the Vernon Cty when she first arrived in Yokosuaka Japan in early 60 and spent two years there on board. Spent time running the river in Viet Nam with IUWG 1 in Quin Nhon and Cam Ron Bay. Retired now and still working for the gvt. Spent time on the following ships also so if you remember me give me a buzz. USS Washburn AKA 108 USS Bexar APA 114 USS England DLG 22 USS Barbara CTY LST 1165 North Island, San Diego Amphib Base Bath Maine, just to name a few. Good Web site Smooth seas and following winds to all
Harry Piaczynski <sm1flags[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= USS Vernon CTY LST 1161, - YRS= 2 FROM= corpus christi, TX - Monday, July 03, 2000 at 12:47:02 (PDT)
Record 420 Nice Photos
Bob Sherman <rsherma598[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= 377 SPS, - YRS= 1 - BASE/location= Tan Son Nhut FROM= 68-69, fl - Monday, July 03, 2000 at 12:29:18 (PDT)
Record 419 Great site. Appreciate the pictures. Brings back a lot of
old memories. Looking for some of the original crews of
River Section 532 who formed up in Cat Lo and put the boats
together and moved to My Tho. Enjoyed browsing. Thanks again.
Doug Lott in Utah.
Douglas L. Lott <lottdl[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= River Section 532, - YRS= 1966 - BASE/location= My Tho FROM= Layton, UT - Tuesday, June 27, 2000 at 12:27:35 (PDT)
Record 418 Thanks to Ken Keith I've learned a lot about "Vinh Long" and the Hilton. Ken's father served on the AV7 during WW2 while in the Pacific. We were a Seaplane Tender. Congratulations to those who created this Web Site. Keep up the good work! JLR MMR 2/C
Lyman Roney <jlroney[ at ]midtel.net>
UNIT/SHIP= USS Currituck, AV7, - YRS= 1944-45 FROM= Englewood, Fl - Monday, June 26, 2000 at 13:36:43 (PDT)
Record 417 kent this is a neat site and you have did a wonderful job putting it togeather. I was on a tango boat when i first got in country in august 0f 68 and was later transfered to boat captain of a aspb. I will have to get some records out for some dates and places. i can remember a few names such as david parkman, ralph villamez, marrow, but have photos and names of more put up.(will get out and put some stuff togeather) times were different on the river and i must say times are better now but there are memories i will not forget of friends and nam...once again i really like your site and will visit again soon...........tommy
tommy redden <c24win2[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= rivron aspb, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= all over delta FROM= ware shoals, sc - Sunday, June 25, 2000 at 20:48:50 (PDT)
Record 416 Enjoyed the photo's and SOME of the memories it brought back
OSC Ronald Weeks <caronwks[ at ]fbtc.net>
UNIT/SHIP= Rivsec544/RivDiv593, - YRS= 68/69 - BASE/location= Nha Ba / Ben Luc FROM= Needville, Tx REFFERED By= Browsing - Sunday, June 25, 2000 at 12:49:41 (PDT)
Record 415 Kent, you have really done us proudly with your web site and the pictures of the reunion. when all these other river rats that were with us see how much fun they missed this time around, maybe they will show up in Biloxi, in April, 2001.
For more info on the 2001 NSAD Vinh Long/ YRBM-20 reunion, contact me at BR-549 (not really) kenkeith[ at ]lisco.com.
Kent, your help has beeen beyond measure. Like I said at the reunion. "It's all your fault. If it hadn't been for your web site, the reunion wouldn't have happened".
Ken Keith <kenkeith[ at ]lisco.com>
UNIT/SHIP= NSAD Vinh Long? YRBM-20, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Vinh Long FROM= Ft. Madison, Iowa REFFERED By= came home - Saturday, June 24, 2000 at 19:52:48 (PDT)
Record 414 Kent, you have really done us proudly with your web site and the pictures of the reunion. when all these other river rats that were with us see how much fun they missed this time around, maybe they will show up in Biloxi, in April, 2001.
For more info on the 2001 NSAD Vinh Long? YRBM-20 reunion, contact me at BR-549 (not really) kenkeith[ at ]lisco.com.
Kent, your help has beeen beyond measure. Like I said at the reunion. "It's all your fault. If it hadn't been for your web site, the reunion wouldn't have happened".
Ken Keith <kenkeith[ at ]lisco.com>
UNIT/SHIP= NSAD Vinh Long? YRBM-20, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Vinh Long FROM= Ft. Madison, Iowa REFFERED By= came home - Saturday, June 24, 2000 at 19:43:38 (PDT)
Record 413 gunner on tango boats at seafloat and Song Ong Doc. Never saw as much mud or snakes as that area. Would like to hear from others who were there at same time.Does anyone remember when my tango took all those B-40s on the Ki-nap canal and sunk.
Henry McClamrock GMG-2 <hvgofish[ at ]nwinfo.net>
UNIT/SHIP= TANGO BOATS, - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= SEAFLOAT -CAMAU FROM= Yakima, Wa - Saturday, June 17, 2000 at 18:38:03 (PDT)
Record 412 I HAVE SOME PHOTOS FROM VIET NAM AND JAPAN. WENT TO SASEBO WITH THE 16. WILL SEND PICTURES WHEN I CAN. WOULD LIKE TO HERE FROM ANYONE THAT WAS IN JAPAN WITH ME.
TONY AEMMER <ctaemmer[ at ]gateway.net>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM-16, - YRS= APR. 67 TO APR. 68 - Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 17:06:36 (PDT)
Record 411 looking for old crew members,just to say Howdy..Lee
Meinke TL GMG3 <mtbar[ at ]earthlink>
UNIT/SHIP= 512/531, - YRS= 68/69 - Sunday, June 04, 2000 at 18:41:24 (PDT)
Record 410 Went to Binh Thuy from Saigon after Tet, for about 6 months. Then back to Saigon to outfit YRBM-16 where I served near Chou Doc (?) until my tour was up.
I was an ETR3 and worked on the PBR radios and radars.
thanks for the memories
TO ALL THE VINH LONGERS AND YRBM-20 TYPES. THE REUNION IN LAS VEGAS WAS A TOTAL SUCCESS. SAVE YOUR NICKLES AND DIMES. THE NEXT REUNION WILL BE 22-25 APRIL, 2001, BILOXI,MS.
THANKS KENT FOR YOUR HELP IN GETTING THE WORD OUT AND AS I SAID AT THE REUNION, IF IT WASN'T FOR THIS WEBSITE HAVING GOT US ALL TOGETHER IN THE FIRST PLACE, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO REUNION. FOR MORE INFO ON THE NEXT REUNION;
E-MAIL kenkeith[ at ]lisco.com
Let me get you on the roster. I NOW HAVE 26 NAMES AND YOU COULD BE #27. THIS ROSTER IS SENT TO ALL CREWMEMBERS THAT RESPOND AND WISH TO BE ADDED TO IT.
FULL NAME AND RATE/RANK AT TIME YOU WERE AT VINH LONG OR ON THE 20.
ANY OF THIS INFORMATION YOU DESIRE TO BE CONFIDENTIAL, WILL BE REGARDED AS SUCH.
UNIT/SHIP= NSAD Vinh Long/ YRBM-20, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Vinh Long FROM= Fort Madison, IA REFFERED By= Been here before - Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at 17:22:20 (PDT)
Record 408 Haven't signed in for quite a while. Site just keeps getting better and better. Was able to gain contact with some old shipmates, thanks to you and your great webpage. Another Memorial Day is upon us and another reminder of the brothers we lost. Let's all take a minute to honor their memory.
Joe Hanratty <JHan46[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= NSA Saigon, - YRS= 66-67 - BASE/location= Vinh Long FROM= Glendale, Az. - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 21:30:54 (PDT)
Record 407 With VAL-4 ordnance. I remember those wild cycle-o rides to Cantho. I'll always remember to this day, never seeing so much asphalt being continually layed on the main highway between the Bassac and the base. And so much of it ended up in the local's hootches. Also, I remember the flattened-out beer cans for siding and shingles. And those gosh-awful *[ at ]#! ditches everywhere. Boy, the memories evoked by a few pictures, great website Kent!
AO2 Bill Pippin <kpippin[ at ]att.net>
UNIT/SHIP= VAL-4, - YRS= Sept. '70-Apr. '72 - BASE/location= Binh Thuy FROM= Charlotte, NC REFFERED By= Jimmy Bishop - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 13:54:54 (PDT)
Record 406 I WORKED ON OUTBOARD ENGINES IN BINH THUY FROM MARCH 71 TILL MARCH 72.
ED BISSONETTE <centralkia[ at ]mindspring.com>
UNIT/SHIP= repair division, - YRS= 71-72 - BASE/location= BINH THUY FROM= MACON, GA - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 11:25:12 (PDT)
Record 405 LOOKING TO MAKE CONTACTS WITH AS MANY MEMBERS OF RIVER DIVISION 574 AS POSSIBLE. I WAS A GUNNERS MATE AND SERVED WITH 574 FROM AUGUST 68-AUGUST 69. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME WITH BASIC CONTACT INFORMATION ABOUT YOURSELF. I HAVE A SIZIBLE LIST OF MEMBERS OF THE 574 ALREADY. ONE SPECIAL CONTACT I'M LOOKING FOR IS A GUNNERS MATE J.B. WELLING OR WELLINGTON. NOT SURE OF THE LAST NAME. GREAT WEB SITE.
Paul Strong <pstrong[ at ]eastman.com>
UNIT/SHIP= River Division 574, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Nha Be, Chou Doc, Go Da Hau FROM= Kingsport, Tn - Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 11:03:39 (PDT)
Record 404 Great site & a 4.0 tribute to all who served...
Served aboard the USS Tortuga LSD-26. The old girl made quite a contribution in both Korea & Vietnam.
I would like invite everyone to visit the Tortuga site.
Thanks again and keep up the good work for all to enjoy.
Record 403 just came by for a look and found you. thanks for the great work. if there is anything i can do to help i'd love to try. been a long time . was there in 68 and 69.
Jerry Webb <jerrytxturtle[ at ]savemail.com>
UNIT/SHIP= yrbm 20, - YRS= 68/69 - BASE/location= vinh long to chou duc FROM= Houston, tx REFFERED By= online search - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 12:13:45 (PDT)
Record 402 Beautiful site,brings back memories, I served on yrbm-16 from April 4,1970 till June 30, 1970 the last 3 months of my tour..
Steve A Yovicich <stevea1949[ at ]email.com>
UNIT/SHIP= nsa danang yrbm-16 , - YRS= 69-70 FROM= marysville, Pa REFFERED By= surfed on - Friday, May 12, 2000 at 20:30:46 (PDT)
Record 401 Well, Kent, I got into your web site. Your picture on the boat looks exactly as I remember you...but then, it was taken when I knew you!
You've done a good job with your site.
Take care--and best regards,
Record NA This is totally independent local Guest Book.
It has no ties to commercial guestbook businesses.
Kent Hawley - Webmaster
The Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Comm Center Unit/Ship= YRBM 20, NSA SAIGON
YRS= Oct69-Oct70 -
base/location= Chou Doc Bassac River & ATSB Binh Gia, ATSB Rach Soi