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Record 107 EMAIL =: eds3rd[ at ]easystreet.com NAME = Ed Sinclair Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: So. Calif during Service time Time: 1998-10-15 06:48:54 Comments:
I was an early participant in US Navy RVN operations as a crew member on 36' minesweeping boats of MinDiv 33 stationed in Sasebo, Japan. In 1964 (early summer) we carried First Force Recon Marines to Vietnam and spent several weeks making charts of Cam Ranh Bay, Nha Trang,and other potential ports, dropping the Marines ashore ahead of our charting efforts for security.
We were moored aft of the Turner Joy and Maddox at the pier in Subic Bay (late July after returning from Vietnam)only to find out in the coming weeks these ships were principals in the Tonkin Gulf incident. Our ten boats were embarked on the USS Epping Forest MCS-7 (Mine Countermeasures Support ship, a WWII LSD!
After this first trip to SVN, about every time we got underway we went to Vietnam and participated in Market Time coastal surveillance or other special operations. I was discharged in 1966 after a one year involuntary extension was rescinded for my rating (ETR3)after spending 31 months overseas, 25 months having collected Hostile Fire Pay for our coastal/river surveillance efforts in Vietnam.
I served briefly on the USS Widgeon MSC-208 for a couple of months prior to discharge. MinDiv 33 and the MSC's were part of Mine Flotilla One in Sasebo. MinFlot 1 was commanded by Capt.A.M. Savage whose family owned Savage Arms Co. He had nice shotguns, and used to shoot skeet of the flight deck (helo pad) of the Epping Forest.
I can recall some YFB's in Sasebo being fitted with helo pads and berthing spaces in 1966, did these end up being YRBM's? We were told these vessels were to be towed to SVN rivers as command platforms for riverine operations.
Record 372 Checking in again. A vietnam vet I work with died last week. Don Baker was an infantry Marine who served 13 months in nam. He worked as a journalist for 30 years here in Utah, still fighting for freedom, really. He played guitar with some local bands. Died in his sleep of a heart attack at 52.
ron cook <ron[ at ]desnews.com>
Unit/Ship= rach soi, - YRS= 7 mths - base/location= rach soi - Monday, March 27, 2000 at 18:00:48 (PST)
Record 599 I have been searching web sites hoping to locate Vets
that were there and may have known or remember
HMC"DOC"Lewis Long. I was referred here by someone who
is familar with this site.
My Dad was in Siagon in '63-'64 and was at Camp Pendelton,
prior to being sent to DaNang. He left in Aug.of '65
aboard the USS Lanawee out of Long Beach with the 1stBN,
1stMarines 3rdMarine Div. There may be a chance that he was
also in QuangNam.If any of you remember him Please e-mail me.
Welcome home, and thank you.
Terry <tfleming[ at ]nctimes.net>
- YRS= 65-66 - BASE/location= Da Nang/QuangNam Ca - Wednesday, February 28, 2001 at 20:34:54 (PST)
Record 552 Good Site. Just browsing and came upon it. I came in country at the first of Jun 68. Fighting was still going on in Cholon. Lived in the Ky Son Annex just off Tran Hung Dao St. near the Metropole. Assigned to the VN Naval Shipyard relieving EMC James Cook. Outside of a few rocket and mortar attacks it was a good year. If I lived in the boonies, I might have other thoughts on the subject. Flew down to Vung Tau for a week and numerous trips to Long Binh, Ben Hoa and Nha Be. Several of us would cruise down the Saigon River on newly built Yabuta Junks,making sure they worked. The first time I saw VN was in Jan/Feb from the Deck of USS O'Bannon (DD-450). In 1970 while aboard the Fleet tug "Moctobi" we towed a YTB from Subic to Vung Tau, and then towed a Water barge from Danang to Subic. In 75 I was aboard HB Wilson (DDG-7) off Vung Tau for the evacuations and also under fire from the NVA (No Hits!). 15 May saw us off Koh Tang Is., Cambodia, (Mayaguez), picking Air Force and Marines out of the water, after their Helo had been shot down. Spent the rest of the day giving gunfire support to the Marines trying to get off the Island. The next day loaded with about a hundred Marines, we headed for Subic Bay. The last time I saw Vietnam was in 99 flying from Malaysia to Hong Kong. You have a great site here. I have written a book for my daughters, about my Navy career, with my one year in country, being the longest chapter.
Jack W Miller EMC USN (ret) <moc105[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNIT/SHIP= NAG Saigon,VN Shipyard, - YRS= 68-69 FROM= San Diego, CA - Friday, January 05, 2001 at 08:20:08 (PST)
Guest Record 632 I STARTED OUT ON YFU-62 TILL SHE WAS MINED A WHILE AFTER TET-68. I THEN MOVED OVER TO THE 6-BOATS AT CAU-VIET. WHEN I GOT SHORT I WENT TO DANANG WAS THERE A COUPLE OF WEEKS. THEN I MADE ONE LAST TRIP UP TO TAM-MI, ON THE PURFUME RIVER BELOW HUE. I TOOK THEM A REPACEMENT BOAT. THAT I LOST STARBOARD ENGINE SURFING INTO THE RIVER MOUTH.THE NEXT DAY I BROUGHT OUT THE JUNKER. I CAUGHT A TOW BACK TO DANANG. WHERE I WAS ON THE LIST TO ROTATE BACK TO THE WORLD
NAME = WRIGHT, JOHN C. <EMAIL = jayc[ at ]socket.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = spec. unit II,3rd marines BASEs or LOCATIONS= cau-viet, danang YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68 FROM WHERE = MACON , MO.
- Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 20:51:42 (PDT)
Record 535 I flew out of TSN Aug-Nov 70. I spent lots of time working with the Marines out of Nha Be in the Rung Sat Special Zone as an Air Force Forward Air Controller(FAC) flying O2s.I remember working with some of your boats but I don't think we talked directly -- probably through the TOC. I got another assignment until Feb '71 flying out of Quan Loi about 100 miles north of Bien Hoa. I returned to the Delta in Feb '71 assigned to Binh Thuy with an AO in southern Cambodia. My travels between there and my squadron headquarters in Bien Hoa took me across the Delta many times. Your web site is extremely well done and I found it very interesting and educational.
John B. Kerr, Jr. Col. USAF (ret) <john_kerr[ at ]eee.org>
- YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= TSN&Bien Thuy FROM= Redlands, CA REFFERED By= Just found site_ great job - Thursday, December 21, 2000 at 19:17:51 (PST)
Guest Record 645 Was in nam 3 tours 1965 and 1966 aboard the USS Weiss APD we worked the Mekong Delta with Navy Seals an Recon Marines My last tour was in country at LSB Dongtam Like to here from anyone who was there when i was. Retired from the Navy in 1978 with 26 years.
NAME = jimmy mcclure <EMAIL = jimmy_mcclure[ at ]hotmail.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = repair BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dongtam YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970 1971 FROM WHERE = Fort Smith, ark REFFERED By = found it brousing the web
- Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 23:01:18 (PDT)
Guest Record 668 the 329th supported the marines in eye corp, and was based in danang harbor near camp tien sha. we later moved down the coast to vung tau and supported the army at dong tam and throughout the delta. always envied you PBR guy's. great job on the site!
NAME = David Faulkner <EMAIL = dafturbo[ at ]excite.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 329th Trans. Co. (Hvy Bt) LCU 1575 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang, Vung Tau, Can Tho YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968 FROM WHERE = San Diego, CA REFFERED By = Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club
- Monday, May 14, 2001 at 15:24:54 (PDT)
Record 995 Semper Fi to all you Navy guys.I was "in and around"Danang mostly,from 4/68 to 5/69.Did some time with 1/27 and 1/7.I got to visit the NSA Hospital in Danang sometime in '68 due to eye problems and really bad headaches.Life is good.It's all gravy since 1969.
NAME = Dwight Powers <EMAIL = dtjp[ at ]aol.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 1stFSR/FLC BASEs or LOCATIONS= Red Beach etc. YEARs in VIETNAM = '68/' 69 FROM WHERE = orig.Levittown-now L.Beach, N.Y. REFFERED By = web crawler
- Monday, January 21, 2002 at 16:56:15 (PST)