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Record 12
Name: ron cook
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: salt lake city
Time: 1998-03-21 06:15:18
Comments: I served at Rach Soi the first seven months of '71. This is a nice surprise for someone who thought I imagined the whole thing.


Record 26
Name: Bill Lupetti HM3 67-70
Website: NAVY CORPSMEN WEBPAGE
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Paramus, N.J.
Time: 1998-04-24 11:20:45
Comments: Hi Kent: Again Welcome Home! As the Corpsman at Rach-Soi, I am looking for anyone who was also stationed there. Especially if they were there in 1970. I am trying to find Gary Weiss, at Rach Soi, in 1970 Great Job on your page, as soon I finish learning Photoshop, I have to re-do my page, and get up my pictures from Rach Soi, and Rach Gia. Thanks Bill Lupetti


Record 56
Name: Gerald M. Weber, O-in-C Seawolf Det 8, Rach Gia, 5/70-11/70
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Sandia Park, NM
Time: 1998-07-04 03:28:29
Comments: HA(L)-3 started a perminant detachment at Rach Gia in April, 1970 and I must have flown at least 20 missions in support of your "water born guardposts". So I have a question: What ever happened to Hugh Highland and Di We Nee?


Record 62
Name: John Quinn, RMCM(SW) (Ret)
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Diego
Time: 1998-07-26 08:02:10
Comments: Brings back lots of memories. I was a radioman stationed in Rach Soi 1/72 - 3/72. The first part of my tour I was in Dong Tam.


Record 74
Name: Bob Kelly
Website:
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From: S.F., CA (then) SLC, UT(now)
Time: 1998-08-08 22:38:57
Comments: I read about this site in an article in a local newspaper by Ron Cook. He spent the first seven months at Rach Soi in 1971. I was in country with several Army units in I Corps (and other places) in 69-70.


Record 86
Name: michael
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1998-09-07 18:06:57
Comments: Hello.... I Love this website so much.... cuz u gave me a good memory about my country... event i left Vietnam when i was young.. but i still had some good memory about Rach soi and rach gia.. cuz that were the two place that i use to live when i was young...so please keep go on with your page and i think all the vietnamese who ever have a chance to see this page.. they would love it..


Record 117
Name: Ed St. Clair
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Pueblo, Colorado
Time: 1998-11-11 01:55:42
Comments: Second time I've gone through your pix and stories. Thought I signed a guest book about a year ago. I used to fly into Rach Gia during 1968. Who can ever forget buzzing the guards so they could lower the gates to block road traffic so we could land. I was the senior engineer advisor to the 21st Infantry Division, located in Bac Lieu. I actually worked mostly with the 21st Infantry Division Engineer Battalion, which was stationed in Soc Trang. Never knew you guys were there, near Rach Gia! Some coordination, huh? Spent many days in your area. We were responsible for the lower six provinces, and I spent time in Rach Gia, Can Tho, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Cha La, and down into the UMinh Forest. Was in country, 17 Jan 68 - 9 Jan 69. As before, your pix of Rach Gia bring back old memories. The "Brown Water Navy" is a marvelous piece of work! Ed St. Clair LTC, EN, AUS, RET


Record 123
Name: David McGowan
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Huntingtown, MD
Time: 1998-11-24 22:20:40
Comments: Hope ya don't mind an "Army Puke" leaving a message, but I was at Rach Gia 2/69-2/70 as the Army Birddog pilot (Shotgun 33) flying from the short strip. Lots of fond memories of the Navy PBRs, SeaWolfs, Seals, etc. Salute to the Navy!


Record 137
Name: Robert J. Morris
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: North Benton,Oh
Time: 1998-12-27 03:23:45
Comments: RIVDIV 513 1969 Binh Thuy,Rach Gia


Record 146
Name: Pete Joyce
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Uk originally but now in Malaysia
Time: 1999-01-13 16:01:32
Comments: I have visited the area at least five times in the last 4 years. Working in the general area of Rach Gia, Ha Tien, Hon Dat Have photos


Record 165
Name: Michael A. Harris
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Coos Bay, Oregon
Time: 1999-02-22 01:13:56
Comments: Hello Kent and All, I was at the small Vietnamese Naval Base at Rach Soi in December '68 and January '69 onboard T-152-1. Our boat and T-152-10 were cut from our Division and sent there. I returned to Rach Soi/Rach Gia in '94 and visited a village that we used to beach at during the war. I had one photo with "kids" in it and the Vietnamese I.D.'d all 4 of them. That made me determined to return once again with ALL of my "kid" photos. I did so from Jan. 26-30 of this year ('99). Have many memories, maps, photos, etc. from then and now. If anyone would like to correspond then feel free to do so at the email address above or at this address: 2196 N. 14th St., Coos Bay, Or 97420 Ph: 541-267-4755. Great website Kent...! A hardy "Welcome Home" to everybody who served. Mike Harris (RM2) RAS 15, RAS 152 - 7/68 - 7/69


Record 166
Name: Erving Briggs
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New Boston, Texas
Time: 1999-02-25 02:03:27
Comments: I really enjoyed your site, I was also in the Brownwater Navy. Stationed at Binh Thuy in the 1st DIV.(70-71) operating Mike 8 and Mike 6 boats. We made regular trips to Rach Soi, Chou Doc,Dong Tam, and alot of places I can't remember the names of. Spent three months at ATSB Moc Hoa on the Cambodian border( that was a trip).I hadn't thought of these places in 25 or so year. I remember going to, I think it was Rach Soi and catching a ride into Rach Gia, anyway whereever it was there was five or so sailors and we couldnot get a ride back so we decided to walk. It was around midnight, we started walking and I remember coming to a bridge and there was an old papa son on guard duty and he tried to get us to go back, we continued to walk. Anyway, small arms fire started up and we hit the side of the road. When I looked up I was laying on a grave staring at a tombstone, scared to death, I thought what a place to die.ha No one was hurt and we made it back. Thinking back on the situation it may have been papason having alittle fun.


Record 182
Name: donald (duff) snyder
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: san diego area
Time: 1999-03-27 05:50:51
Comments: I was LT USN, Sr Naval Advisor [ at ] OPBASE Ha Tien and Coastal Group 44 in 1971; will attempt to find some photo history to connect your Chau Doc to Tihn Bien all the way on Giang Thahn River to Ha Tien and Gulf of Thailand (Siam)


Record 184
Name: BILL
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: FLA NOW ORG FROM NJ
Time: 1999-03-30 16:06:13
Comments: WELCOME HOME BROTHERS I WAS IN COUNTRY FROM 6-69 TO 6-70 STATIONED OUT OF NSA DANANG LCU 1494 UP TO HUE ,DONG HA ETC ,TRANSFERRED TO YFU 4 NSA NHA BE OPERATION GIANT SLINGSHOT THEN TO LCM 814 NHA BE OP GIANT SLINGSHOT ( HA TIEN BEN LUC SONG UN DOC MOC HOA)IM LOOKING FOR ANY ONE WHO WAS THERE ESPECIALLY DURING SAME TIME FRAME THANKS AND WELCOME HOME ...BILL


Record 188
Name: ron cook
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: salt lake city
Time: 1999-04-04 18:12:47
Comments: Stationed at rach soi 1971. The remains of Harold E. Reid came home to Salt Lake City last week. He apparently was killed by VC in a village. His family was relieved he hadn't been a POW. He was missing 31 years. The family can now find some peace.


Record 204
Name: Danny Foster
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: South Carolina
Time: 1999-05-08 02:35:29
Comments: GMG2 in RIVDIV 514 '68-69. Operated from Binh Thuy, Rach Gia ,Chau Duc(YRBM 16)...Boat Captain PBR #349..Great sight..would like to hear from anyone from my division..


Record 216
Name: Gary Roth
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Nebraska
Time: 1999-05-22 20:38:33
Comments: Was first stationed at Tan An (Sept.'69). Remember the inspections and the strip shows, boys? River Division 573, worked it's way West. If I remember things right, we lived on the floating barracks/supply ship, at Tra Cu, on the Vam Co Tey river, it was called the "Apple". Smoked a lot of "Can Sa" on that barge. We then got orders to go to Rach Gia, the advanced base there was called Rach Soi. Those orders scared the crap out of us because there was a lot of NVA activity due to the fact that it was so close to the Cambodian border, we were used to dealing with VC. I spent a lot of time on the canals in night ambush, just 3 clicks from a NVA Prisoner of War camp. We had one incident of NVA troops trying to cross the border, they had been driven out of the nearby mountains by B-52's, I still remember the rumbling. When the fire-fight was over we went out into the field to get the body count. Any one out there remember any of this? Contact me? I am pictured on Kent's Web site sitting on the bow of my boat, relaxing, playing the guitar with a couple of friends during some down time.


Record 222
Name: John Fenlon
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Charlotte NC
Time: 1999-06-08 22:25:26
Comments: I served as patrol officer with riv div 573 from 10/69 to 10/70 we were stationed at Thuy Nhon then yrbm 20 off Chou Duc then Rach Soi I would love to hear from any 573 sailors


Record 261
Name: ed weinlein
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: atlanta
Time: 1999-09-11 05:50:12
Comments: i was ex officer for rpd 58 in rach soi under lt hugh highland from 11/70-11/71.... anybody who was there i would like to here from


Record 283
Name: james s. koval
Website:
Referred by: Viewing another Guestbook
From: copperopolis, california
Time: 1999-10-26 20:32:52
Comments: i was in saigon and roch soi in 9-70 through 3-71. need to hear from someone that remembers me. trying to get my benefits from va. i was on a few pbr's(573,571 and some others)and on yrbm 20....please need some help. anyone who was there same time i was if you remember me or not PLEASE E-MAIL ME!!!!!!


Record 309
Name: Al Dietze
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: N.J.
Time: 1999-12-22 00:55:45
Comments: Just stumbled onto your site,brought back memories was in NMCB-5 in 70,helped build Rock-Soi,Choi-Moi,Kien-Nan,I was a steelworker,great job!!!


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 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 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. Salud, Gary Weiss

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 529
I was an advisor on VNN Aplha's and Tango's. Most of my tour was spent at the base at Go Dau Ha on the Vam Co Dong. In Dec. 1970 we went into the U Minh forest for a 36 day operation in support of the Vietnamese. That was the longest 36 days of my life. I finished my tour at Rach Soi. They sent us there because they said we rated a rest at a rear area.

John Calhoun <max2706[ at ]msn.com>
UNIT/SHIP= RID 40, - YRS= 70/71 - BASE/location= GoDauHa, U Minh Forest, Rach Soi
- Thursday, December 14, 2000 at 09:52:21 (PST)


Record 537
merry christmas. Still feel lucky and grateful to be here yet. Keep on keepin on

ron cook <ron[ at ]desnews.com>
- Saturday, December 23, 2000 at 07:28:49 (PST)


Guest Record 636
Just saw the entry on boat that might be in Subic and thought of Morley Saffer's book on returning to Nam. He saw a huge junkyard at Danang that was full of U.S. jeeps, tanks, etc., all being sent to Japan for scrap. So that Toyota you're driving could be a reincarnated half-track.

NAME = ron cook <EMAIL = ron[ at ]desnews.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = rach soi and danang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1
FROM WHERE = salt lake, - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 13:59:12 (PDT)


Guest Record 692
ON BROWNWATER NAVY -- VIETNAM, SOMEONE WAS TRYING TO LOCATE LT. BELL....WHEN I WAS WITH RAID 72, HE WAS MY SENIOR USN ADVISOR......I HAVEN'T BEEN IN TOUCH WITH HIM SINCE NAM, HOWEVER I KNOW HE GRADUATED FROM DUKE UNIVERSITY...DEGREE IN PSYCOLOGY. IF YOU CONTACT DUKE UNIVERSITY, CHANCES ARE HE CAN BE FOUND...AS AN ALUMNI, HE MORE THAN LIKELY HAS SOME AFFILIATION. PLEASE RESPOND...H.BRUCE"MAC" McIVER-B33 03 62

NAME = H. BRUCE "MAC" McIVER <EMAIL = NAGRAID72[ at ]CS.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = T-131-7, MACVSOG, RAID72-TF211 Naval Advisory Group-MACV
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam,Go Da Hau, Base Camp B-41 Detachment 5th SF,Rach Gia,Vi Thanh,MORE...
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969-70
FROM WHERE = CHARLESTON,CHERAW,SOCIETY HILL, South Carolina
REFFERED By = BLACK OPS-Brownwater Navy,MACV
- Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 23:28:50 (PDT)

Record 772
Still looking for guys who were at Rach Soi in '71. I left that place 30 years ago today, i think. Hungover and took a milkrun chopper ride to saigon. We even delivered mail to a ship offshore. Helped move the Annapolis to some base, a safer place that had to be pretty boring. Spent a few days at Treasure Island, and then flew home a free man to good old Salt Lake City.

NAME = ron cook <EMAIL = ron[ at ]desnews.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= rach soi, danang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71`
FROM WHERE = slc, utah
- Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 10:38:34 (PDT)

Record 803
Great site! We moved off the river and into the canals {Rach Gia to the Cambodian border} shortly after I arrived in country somewhere around march. Was gunner on the 33 boat. Keep up the good work and God Bless.

NAME = CHRIS FALTER <EMAIL = C_FALTER[ at ]YAHOO.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RivDiv 553
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Mekong Delta
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69/70
FROM WHERE = Glen Burnie, MD
- Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 18:55:07 (PDT)

Record 833
Looking for team-mates from Det. Echo, Ltjg Randall Scott, USNR; GMG3 Steve Adams; ETR3 Kurt Oakley; GMGSN Jeff "Zephyr Eagle" Hall; EN2 Mike Matthews; ENFN Jessie D. Crabtree; BM1 J.E. Jackson. Last time I saw the gang was 1971.

NAME = Charles H. "Chuck" Karayan <EMAIL = wd6aml[ at ]sasquatchnet.org>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Boat Support Unit One/Coastal River Squardron One
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Boat Support Unit 1 Detatchment " Echo" , Rach Soi with Teams Romeo Platoon
YEARs in VIETNAM = early-mid 1971
FROM WHERE = Burbank, Ca
REFFERED By = Surfed in
- Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 20:38:52 (PDT)

Record 857
I would like to welcome "YOU ALL HOME"

NAME = MIKE "TEE TEE" FARGHER
WEB SITE = seawolf.org links DET 8
<EMAIL = mikefargher[ at ]skyride.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = HAL-3 SEAWOLVES DET 2/8 1969-1970
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DET 2 NA BAY DET 8 RACH GIA
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1
FROM WHERE = The Dalles, OR
REFFERED By = Bill Rutlage
- Monday, October 22, 2001 at 20:04:27 (PDT)

Record 864
Interested in hearing from people I served with at ISB Rach Soi.

NAME = Kenneth Swanson <EMAIL = kswanson[ at ]ishs.state.id.us>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Naval Advisory Group
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Rach Soi
YEARs in VIETNAM = 4/71-12/71
FROM WHERE = Batavia, NY
- Thursday, November 01, 2001 at 15:23:20 (PST)

Record 866
Kenneth Swanson, you wrote that you were also at ISB Rach Soi in 1971. I tried to send you an email but it bounced. Try sending me an email. Chuck Karayan/EM2

NAME = Chuck Karayan <EMAIL = wd6aml[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = BSU 1
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Rach Soi
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971
FROM WHERE = Burbank, CA
REFFERED By = A Friend
- Sunday, November 04, 2001 at 20:34:23 (PST)

Record 931
Rach Gia is my hometown, where I was borned and raised for 13 years. I left VN in1977 and it's sure a heart warming to see these beautiful pictures again and I love to be back home again. Thank you for this wonderful web page.

NAME = NGO KIM CHIEU <EMAIL = NGOK[ at ]MICHIGAN.GOV>
FROM WHERE = EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN
REFFERED By = CHARLES MICKENS
- Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 07:32:08 (PST)

Record 1011
I "joined' Det ECHO as OIC at Binh Thuy in June, 1969. Our normal oparea was the Ca Mau peninsula. My predecessor, John Engstrom(?) had operated out of New Nam Can on the Song Bay Hop, but SEAFLOAT had commissioned in May or June, and when our LCPL was repaired (it had recently lost a firefight) we took it to to SEAFLOAT and ran SEAL support ops until December, when DET E was sent to Rach Soi.I have a lot of photos, but no way of scanning them for you at the moment. Would love to find some of our crew... Bill Lott, Wayne Baum, Doug Shorts, David Dyer, "Shoe" Shoemaker, Vic Schatz, and Roger Fredsall. If any of you ever see this, drop me a line... it's been a long time.

NAME = Bruce Roberts <EMAIL = bdroberts[ at ]brandywine.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = BOATSUPPU ONE, MST3 Det ECHO
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Seafloat
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969
- Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 17:56:18 (PST)

Record 1016
Worked for Paul Turner training for position eventually in Cao Lanh and Moc Hoa.

NAME = Ken Bissett <EMAIL = kenbissett[ at ]bceagles.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = JUSPAO
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Rach Gia
YEARs in VIETNAM = Jan67-July 68
FROM WHERE = Andover, MA
- Friday, February 01, 2002 at 11:12:18 (PST)

Record 1028
I was attached to a "seahawks" Navy attack helicopter unit at Rach Gia, though I was in the Army. I stayed with them while on a voice intercept mission. Their CO was a lieutenant commander by the name of Henry. Can anyone give me details of that unit.

NAME = Bruce Kelly
WEB SITE = None
<EMAIL = brucekelly[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = None
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Rach Gia, among others
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971-1972
Iowa
- Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 15:08:58 (PST)

Record 1053
I served with Riv.Div. 554 from Arril 69 to April 70 and I'm trying to locate all the men assigned to 554 from its commissioning to turn over. If you served with 554 please contact me for future reunions with the 29 men I've located. Our 3rd reunion will be held in San Diego in June and another in St. Louis in July 2002. This is a great site and I haven't seen it all yet but will return to view more. Welcome home brothers and let remember the great comraderee we had when we served together. I can be reached at boatsdoyon[ at ]aol.com

NAME = Normand L. Doyon <EMAIL = boatsdoyon[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RivDiv 554
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Garrett County, Binh Thuy, Vinh Long, Na Bhe, Rach Gia, too many places to remember.
YEARs in VIETNAM = 4-69 to 4-70
FROM WHERE = Southington, Oh.
REFFERED By = Friend
- Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 04:44:02 (PST)

Record 1082
I was just down the river from you in Kien An. We were south, first Rach Soi and then Kien An a Army/Navy support base with about 40 guys. I was a Navy ET on a repair barge. I have some pictures of the base if you are interested. I remeber sleeping over in Rach Gia once and getting drunk at a very little bar on base. We sat outside and were waching Kien An get hit, pretty wierd. Good web page thanks for bringing back some good memories from a long time ago. Home for good, Bill

NAME = Bill Coday <EMAIL = wecoday[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Roadrunners
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Kien An
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971
FROM WHERE = Fremont, NE
- Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 18:48:20 (PST)

Record 1181
Went tad out of the engine shop at Nha Be, think the chief in charge was named Plough?? Does anybody from Rach Soi remember the Phillipino tug boats that brought the barges of sand and gravel? Looking for Eddie Baum(spelling)? Mouse,The seabee who had to fix the generator after I lost two pieces from the injectors. Frying large cans of mushrooms in butter in the galley late at night??????? Getting long in the tooth,don't know all the names but would remember them if I hear them. I remember bits and pieces of seafloat and solid anchor, monsoon rains, 81mm mortors,rats,being wet all the time, concussion grenades by the ammis (barges) and a guy named Herbert.Email me if anyone is out there.WELCOME HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NAME = J. Mark Barker <EMAIL = MarkandKaye[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA DET NHA BE
BASEs or LOCATIONS= ATSB RACH SOI, ATSB SEAFLOAT, SOLID ANCHOR
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-70
FROM WHERE = Arlington, Va.
REFFERED By = Just found it.
- Monday, April 15, 2002 at 17:43:46 (PDT)

Record 1208
Looking for; Bob Babb [Army], Bill Bates [Army], Stan Rodiman [Army], Jim Hilbert[CIA].

NAME = Jim Fosse <EMAIL = jimfosse[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MACV Team 54, RD Advisor
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Rach Gia
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = Las Vegas, NV
- Friday, April 26, 2002 at 12:41:31 (PDT)

Record 1442
To many to tell. But looking for Boat Captain and Rear gunner that were medivaced that night we were hit by RPG's in a Canal on PBR 29. You were medivacted together and I've never heard from or about since. I've lost the names but not the memories. Or is Mr. Munez out there, What a fight that night in the Cheif's quarters !!!!!!!!!! All the trips into Can Tho! I have pictures but not many names anymore.

NAME = Mike Antonio, GMG 2 <EMAIL = mantonio1[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Riv Div 513, PBR 29, Foward Gunner
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Rach Gia, Bihn Thuy, Can Tho, YBRM 16
YEARs in VIETNAM = Aug. '68 to Sept. '69
FROM WHERE = Las Vegas, Nv.
REFFERED By = Surfing
- Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 07:58:33 (PDT)

Record 1446
Just checking in again. Anybody remember me from Rach Soi or Danang, or even CINCPAC in Hawaii, i'd like to hear from you

NAME = ron cook <EMAIL = ron[ at ]desnews.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = rach soi
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = slc, ut
- Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 14:45:18 (PDT)

Record 1469
I spent 2 tours in the Gulf of Tonkin doing sar and gunfire support near Danang. Then I went to CTF 116 as a RD2 in 68. I worked in the TOC, went to Rach Ghia, then to Duc Hoa with Advisor team 99, which was a joint service advisory team. While in VN I went on patrols on boats, seawolves and rode with army and airforce facs. I'd like to hear from RD1 Wallace, Lt. Meneke, Ltjg Muensch, Ensign Struebel or any of the guys from the Binh Thuy TOC.

NAME = Dan Black <EMAIL = Danemmieo1[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = DLG 15 SAR & fire support, CTF 116, Advisor Team 99
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Deep water, Binh Thuy, Rach Gia, Duc Hoa
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-69/ 3 tours
FROM WHERE = West Valley City, Ut.
- Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 00:51:19 (PDT)

Record 1552
Was Team Leader MAT 149 on the Hwy to the Cement Plant then on MAT 44 in the middle of the U Minh. Always wondered what Navy unit was stationed at Kien An? These poor SOB's didn't get to go to Rach Gia or even get Hot Navy food. Any body know who they were?

NAME = John Michael Lacey <EMAIL = mlacey1046[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Advisory TM 55 ( Army)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Rach Gia, Kien An, Tin Dao, U Minh
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971-72
FROM WHERE = New Kensington , PA
REFFERED By = Surfed in
- Sunday, November 10, 2002 at 19:13:30 (PST)

Record 1554
Happy Veterans Day. You all deserve to have a good one. A day to honor and remember. A day to pray for peace.

NAME = ron cook <EMAIL = ron[ at ]desnews.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = rach soi, danang
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = slc, utah
- Monday, November 11, 2002 at 05:57:22 (PST)

Record 1582
SERVED WITH RIVER ASSAULT SQ. 13 T-131-7:Trying to locate **Corpman that was critically wounded March 31, 1969 on T-131-7--firefight was on the Giao Hoa Canal-"rocket alley" Kien Hoa Province approx. 7km NW of Ben Tre. Our boat took 2 direct B-40 rocket hits, AW fire. I was also wounded. Haven't been able to find the Corpman for 33years! If anyone knows his name or can help me find him---PLEASE HELP. I went on to serve with MACV Naval Advisory Group ATF212 and MACV Naval Advisory Group ATF211 RAID72. If anyone can help in locating the Corpman WIA 3/31/69 e-mail or call [850]893-4432, P.O. Box 528, Tallahassee, Florida 32302. Thanks!

NAME = BRUCE "MAC" McIVER <EMAIL = raid72macvnag[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Assault Sq. 13-T-131-7, MACV Naval Advisory Group ATF212, ATF211-RAID72
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam, Moc Hoa, Go Da Ha, Rach Gia, Vi Than, Nam Can Ca Mau Peninsular-MACV NAG Saigon
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969-1970
FROM WHERE = Tallahassee, Florida
REFFERED By = Self
- Friday, November 22, 2002 at 09:11:15 (PST)

Record 1588
I happened on to this site and found photos of Rac Soi and it takes me back. I came there in August of 70 and left in sept 71. I didn't remember alot of these but some will never be forgotten like the PBR's at the dock and the bunk house. Althought our division slept in a hooch at the end of the sea wal from the boats, near the fence across the road from the shell station, if I remember right.

NAME = Ron Drinnin <EMAIL = rkdrinnin[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RPD58
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Rac Soi
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970-71
FROM WHERE = St louis, Mo
- Saturday, November 23, 2002 at 07:45:45 (PST)

Record 1611
I left CosDiv 11 just before SeaFloat and Solid Anchor were set up. CosDiv 11 was a coastal division until about November of 68. Then we suited up in Tiger Greens and tried to take on "Charlie" on his home truf. I can remember Ha Tien, Rach Gia, the Cau Lon, the Bassac, Old Nam Can, Song Ong Doc and the wonderful high banks of the Vinh Te where it cuts northwest along the border. Running those rivers in Swift Boats sure was interesting(?). Not much protection in the Swifts against "in coming". Was glad to leave there and let the guys in the River Divisions with the PBRs and the other Riverine Warfare boats take over those nasty day and night patrols. Hated night patrols and ambushes. At times couldn't see anything except the boat's wake. "Charlie" got real good at sighting in on that. Plus our boats weren't as quiet as some of gthe RivDiv boats. You got a great site here. I'll be back for more trips down memory lane

NAME = Don Matras <EMAIL = donmatras[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF 72
BASEs or LOCATIONS= An Thoi
YEARs in VIETNAM = 8/68 - 8/69
FROM WHERE = Lemont, IL
REFFERED By = Just Surfed In
- Thursday, December 05, 2002 at 18:33:26 (CST)

Record 1633
You boat people kept us busy. You did a great job. I remember your area south of Rach Gia well but didn't remember your hootch looking so pretty.

NAME = Gary Henning <EMAIL = ghenning[ at ]jewellinstruments.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Hal-3 seawolves
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Det 8 Rach Gia Det 6 Garrett Cty and Phu Lou/?
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70/71
FROM WHERE = Lostant, Illinois
REFFERED By = Surfing
- Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 12:20:31 (CST)


Record 1688
I was with Det 8 when we were on the LST.. Then we moved to Rach Gia and we based where the Seals and SeaBees were living. The Seals called me Tee Tee... I will remember the times and most faces but, for the names? that is hard. To all of you, WELCOME HOME! AND MAY LIFE TREAT YOU WELL.. Mike Tee Tee Fargher

NAME = Mike Fargher <EMAIL = mikefargher[ at ]skyride.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = HAL-3 SEAWOLFS
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Binh Thuy, Na Bay, Det 2, Rach Gia. Det 8
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69/70
FROM WHERE = The Dalles, OR
REFFERED By = A Bro Seawolf
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Record 1734
I was the ALO/FAC at Rach Ghia when the Navylost a swift boat to a boobytrapped viet cong flag. Participated in the rescue operation of the survivors.

NAME = Glenn Bremenkamp
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966
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Record 1783
As helmsman(RD3) of PCF-38 I was part of the first 3 swifts to transit (Bernique's Creek) Vinh Te canal to the Bassac. Then down river to Rocket Alley which we transited to Rach Gia. Then Rach Gia via canal(with horse shoe in it)north to Ha Tien and back to salt water. All the fireworks was at the first big bend east of Ha Tien. The officers were all called to Saigon to tell our version of the 100's of innocent Cambodians and children (8 VC Kia's) we did in. Not a shot was fired by us the rest of the three days(except for a few large birds that flushed at the wrong time). Remember watching the bullets splashing toward us in the water as we went down the Bassac and weren't allow to fire back(friendly village)was unforgetable. Everywhere from HaTien south was a free fire zone(except a couple of green beret outposts) so that(Bassac) was disturbing to us.The three days was very nerve-wracking but actually far less damaging to us as were other places/days/patrols. Got wounded off Nam Can in March 69 and eventually got lost in the navy hospital paperwork and ended up on a destroyer out of Mayport,FL. Many other hairy raids fit in between the first trip east to the Bassac and my last raid near Nam Can in March 69. You've got a great site here. THANK YOU.

NAME = Greg Cybulski <EMAIL = http://www.bucicy[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF's 92 & 38
BASEs or LOCATIONS= CosDiv 11
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1/68 -3/69
FROM WHERE = Columbus, Oh
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Record 1878
Anybody know of the where of RM2 Wayne Herrin (BSU 1) or RM3 Dan Gallion (Rach Soi/Binh Thuy. Please contact me. Thanks

NAME = Tom Dolan (RMC Retired) <EMAIL = dolant[ at ]earthlink.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= LSB Binh Thuy?Naval Advisory Group
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971/72
FROM WHERE = SAN FRANCISCO, CA
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Record 1995
As a unit of the Naval Special Warfare Group, our Beach Jumper Team 13 of 6-8 personnel moved about often on various specops assignments. We reported to COMNAVFORV but made home base where ever we landed. I had the privilege of working with the Brown Water Navy on many occassions in different locations in IV Corps, from Parrot's Beak, to Mekong River, on Vinh Te canal, to Rach Gia and Ha Tien. Really enjoyed the open and friendly hospitatily where ever we went and the tough professionalism of the sailors that went with the ride-into-harm's-way. Am enjoying the many photos of places and craft that bring back some special memories. Will visit again.

NAME = Charley Collins
WEB SITE = www.BeachJumpers.com
<EMAIL = CharlesCollins3[ at ]netzero.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Beach Jumper Unit ONE Team 13
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Binh Thuy/Can Tho/Ha Tien/Rach Gia/ Ba Xa
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-1969
FROM WHERE = Sun City Center, FL
REFFERED By = Web search for Rach Gia/Ba Xa
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Record 2057
Was Province Senior Advisor in Kien Giang in 63/64. Had 3rd Brigade 4th division in Plieku (Oasis) in 69. Thanx for the memories raised by glimses along the streets in Rach Gia. Even thought I could remember what the Teamhouse looked like. We were supported by a great Riverine Force Lt whose face is clear but name is not. You do us all a great sevice by your substantial effort to keep the past alive among those who served!

NAME = volney warner
WEB SITE = no page
<EMAIL = vfw26[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = no boat
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Rach Gia
YEARs in VIETNAM = 63-64
FROM WHERE = McLean, Va
REFFERED By = Luck
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Record 2066
Im pleased to see the photos and read names from Rac Soi. I found this site with a name search. Hi to all. EN3 Drinnin

NAME = Ron Drinnin <EMAIL = rkdrinnin[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = rpg58, boat 58
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Rac Soi
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970
FROM WHERE = High Ridge, Mo
REFFERED By = internet
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