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Record 44
Name: Wayne Paterson
Website:
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From: North Carolina
Time: 1998-05-31 23:32:14
Comments: Nice site. Was brown water PBRs support Vinh Long, 1966 -67. If I ever find my pics i'll pass em along. Welcome Home Brother!!


Record 58
Name: Don Callison
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Fl
Time: 1998-07-08 03:33:43
Comments: Believe it or not I punched in Sea Float and up your page popped. Great pictures of my old stomping grounds. My Dad was an Air Farce FAC flying Birdogs at Rach Gia in 67-68 callsign "Bart" The 3rd time I was shot down was just a couple of miles southeast of there. I'll ask dad if he's familiar with the airplane propeller over door in one of your pictures. I refueled, rearmed and got snacks on a boat like yours when we were working in Cambodia 5/70. In the early fall of 70 while flying an OH6A Loach I landed at a BW Navy bunch of boats rafted on the river/border north of Ha Tein. I picked up a Ltjg and we scouted for guys in what looked like 16 foot fiberglass Tri hulls. They had MGs mounted in the bows. We didn't find anything but had fun shooting the place up. The Lt had been wounded in a leg during a VC attack the night before. I later dropped him off at the SF camp at B43. I have pretty good maps if you would like to see about where Sea Float was near Nam Can. WAR WAGON 14 Aeroscout D Troop 3/5 Cavalry Vinh Long 5/70-5/71


Record 65
Name: JOE HANRATTY
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Glendale,Az.
Time: 1998-07-28 06:25:42
Comments: I was with base support 90.13 Vinh Long from May 66 to April 67. looking to contact other 90.13 and 513 guys. Your pages were great, really enjoyed them. Brought back flood of memories that were shelved for 31 years. THANKS.


Record 136
Name: Bob Quarm MSG USA ret
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Spanaway, WA vic Tacoma
Time: 1998-12-22 07:16:21
Comments: Good site!!! us army guys would come by whaler to beg food and enjoy the best coffee around Vinh Long. Good scrounging, thanx. Served with MAT IV-7 out of Minh Duc district on the Mang Thit canal feb-jul 69.. the hotel we visited was anchored near Vinh Long city and Sadec.. Merry Christmas and here's to absent friends..


Record 147
Name: Al Shorte
Website:
Referred by: Viewing another Guestbook
From: Cleveland, Ohio
Time: 1999-01-16 19:54:46
Comments: I started at NAVSUPACT Saigon Det. 90.13 in Vinh Long from 14 March 68. Sometime we went to the Co Chien river. I spent the rest of my time there 9 March 69. I have some history but would like additions. My rate was EM1 and spent much time at the Villa. I've got photos. I was there when we got hit with 4.2 mortars.


Record168
Name: steve crandall en 2
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From:
Time: 1999-02-26 23:36:11
Comments: I arrived at NSA DET> VINH LONG on a Sunday some day during June 1968.I was a plank owner when the YRNM 20arrived in 69 untill june. My main duty was engineer on the LCM 6 and 8* boats also the pusher barge.


Record 181
Name: T Cooke
Website:
Referred by: AOL
From: Washington
Time: 1999-03-25 05:31:18
Comments: VERY interesting - - - I was USN Roadrunner Sa Dec/Vinh Long/Dong Tam/My Tho/Nha Be and others.....like to see this!


Record 236
Name: Ken Keith
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Fort Madison, Ia.
Time: 1999-07-13 06:41:54
Comments: Been here before. Just never signed in. I was stationed at Vinh Long in 68-69 and was in the first operational crew of the "20" when she was brought up river to relieve the YR-9 and APL-46. Damn good web sight. You guys lived a little better that we did when she was at Vinh Long. What's a Sunday Bar-b-q and where did you get the hostesses? Chao, Ken


Record 286
Name: ED DELEHANTY
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: WILLIAMSBURG VA.
Time: 1999-11-02 16:28:57
Comments: WORKED EXTENSIVELY WITH THE NAVY IN THE DELTA CAN'T FIND ANYONE WHO REMEMBERS ARE KNOWS ABOUT DCAT TEAM 60 HEADQUARTERED IN SA DEC (VIETNAMESE 9TH DIVISION) I WAS IN VINH BINH 1/14 VIETNAMESE 1969-1970 & SR ADVISOR TO THE VIETNAMESE 2ND ARMORED CAV IN VINH LONG (1/2 A TRP)


Record 292
Name: Greg Wilkey
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Hoover, Alabama
Time: 1999-11-15 17:25:59
Comments: Dear Kent: My brother (ENC J.A.Wilkey) told me of your web-page on 11/6 and I've been surfing since. I appreciate the effort you've made to save and share the history that effected so many, yet, is known by so few. I served aboard the YRBM-20 from the beginning, as I helped put her in service when she came in country February 1969. I served in RVN from 2 Aug 68 to 5 Aug 69. From the Annapolis I was assigned to NAVSUPPAC Vinh Long. We worked on the river aboard a barge (YR-9) much like the YRBM but lived and ate at a confiscated French villa about 3 miles across town. HAL-3, Det-3 was at the Army Air base next door. The 20 was towed from Japan where she had been built, and tied alongside the YR-9 which had been moved and anchored in the river near the RVN Navy Base, Vinh Long. When we moved aboard the 20, we remained anchored NW of the town of Vinh Long. Our original configuration was as follows: port and starboard ammies housed the PBR squadrons, 52 & 57. The beer bar was on the first starboard ammi and known as "The Shack Out Back". The aft ammi had the SEAL Team hooch on it (Team-1, Charlie Platoon). There was also a smaller pusher barge aft, with 2 diesel engines ... used primarly for flight operations. HAL-3 came aboard with 2 Bell UH-1B gunships. I was assigned to them as their first LSE and all purpose gopher (I was an SK2). Near the end of April '69 we lost both of those birds (320 & 305) and 4 close friends in Cambodia: M. Schaferknocker, J. Hart, H. Castle, R. Reardon. It was after this incident that we moved closer to Cambodia. In May, we were towed by a civilian tug up the Mekong to An Long. We moved only once in my remaining time aboard the 20. That move (propelled by the pusher barge) was only a few miles to find the widest spot in the river. So the 20 must have moved to Chau Duc between Aug. and Oct. '69. Lt. Clark was our Captain. I knew Steve Crandall, whose pictures you have in your collection ... great guy. We were never known as the "Delta Hilton" while I was aboard, although we knew we were living well! I have many photos, both print and slides but they're not saved to disk. I'll try my best to get that done and send them. WELCOME HOME, to you and all who served.


Record 308
Name: Leo R. Erwin III [ Rick ]
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Houston, Texas
Time: 1999-12-21 22:13:31
Comments: I served in Vinh Long from OCT-67 to MAY-69 and was on both the 9 and the 20 barges. Oh what fun. Thank you very much for your Page. I know it's been a lot of hard work but must be very rewarding knowing that it has gotten a lot of us old guys back together. It has in my case. I hadn't been in touch with anyone from Vinh Long since I stepped on the helo May 10Th 1969. Your page made it possible to find several people I served with. Thanks Again and Merry Christmas. Rick Erwin


Record 314
Name: Steve Crandall
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Wilmington,N.C.
Time: 1999-12-25 15:45:14
Comments: This is my second signing from way back.From your site guest book, I have been in contact with Ken Keith (came to see me all the way from Ft. Madison, Ia.)Rick Erwin(Old LCM boat buddy,we did it all)Tom Foster,Greg Wilkey (helo ops boss)thats him in the helo deck in the black & white picture of the 20 in Vinh Long. Haven't seen or herd from them in over 30 years.Any one know where BM 3 Ron Decker is? Thanks again Kent for a job well done.Steve


Record 317
Name: Mike Snidow
Website: Mike Snidow
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Junction City, Oregon
Time: 2000-01-07 04:59:59
Comments: What a great site. I am surprised to find theae things. Especially so professional. My expertise is challenged just writing this! Thanks so much. I served on the 20 from it's anchoring in Vinh Long in November or December of 1968 until July of 1969 in An Long. I have been trying to locate some of my buddies. I found GMG2 John Purlee last winter, and am curently trying to find SK3 Greg Wilkie. I e-mailed his address in the pages but it came back. Anyone else that recognizes me please feel free to e-mail me. Thanks!


Record320
Name: Dave Chapman
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Houston, Texas
Time: 2000-01-10 00:27:11
Comments: I was with NSA Vinh Long from 3 May 67 to 3 December 68. I was there for Tet, the arrivial of YR 9 and then YRBM 20. I was part of the engine repair shop along with many other jobs over the time I was there. When I left the 9 and 20 were still tied together at Vinh Long. Chapman EN3


Record 321
Name: Mike Snidow
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Eugene, Oregon
Time: 2000-01-10 21:31:37
Comments: Kent, signing on again. Greg Wilkie and I have since been in touch, as well as a few others. I looked up the date that President Eisenhower died and it was March 28, 1969, and withen a few days of that the 20 was moved from Vinh Long to An Long, because the flag was at 1/2 mast during the move. I don't know what a service you have done for us by creating this page, but there are still some out there that need closure, and I believe that this will be a begining to that. Great Job and many thanks. Mike Snidow


Record 314
Name: Steve Crandall
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Wilmington,N.C.
Time: 1999-12-25 15:45:14
Comments: This is my second signing from way back.From your site guest book, I have been in contact with Ken Keith (came to see me all the way from Ft. Madison, Ia.)Rick Erwin(Old LCM boat buddy,we did it all)Tom Foster,Greg Wilkey (helo ops boss)thats him in the helo deck in the black & white picture of the 20 in Vinh Long. Haven't seen or herd from them in over 30 years.Any one know where BM 3 Ron Decker is? Thanks again Kent for a job well done.Steve


Record 317
Name: Mike Snidow
Website: Mike Snidow
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Junction City, Oregon
Time: 2000-01-07 04:59:59
Comments: What a great site. I am surprised to find theae things. Especially so professional. My expertise is challenged just writing this! Thanks so much. I served on the 20 from it's anchoring in Vinh Long in November or December of 1968 until July of 1969 in An Long. I have been trying to locate some of my buddies. I found GMG2 John Purlee last winter, and am curently trying to find SK3 Greg Wilkie. I e-mailed his address in the pages but it came back. Anyone else that recognizes me please feel free to e-mail me. Thanks!


Record320
Name: Dave Chapman
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Houston, Texas
Time: 2000-01-10 00:27:11
Comments: I was with NSA Vinh Long from 3 May 67 to 3 December 68. I was there for Tet, the arrivial of YR 9 and then YRBM 20. I was part of the engine repair shop along with many other jobs over the time I was there. When I left the 9 and 20 were still tied together at Vinh Long. Chapman EN3


Record 321
Name: Mike Snidow
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Eugene, Oregon
Time: 2000-01-10 21:31:37
Comments: Kent, signing on again. Greg Wilkie and I have since been in touch, as well as a few others. I looked up the date that President Eisenhower died and it was March 28, 1969, and withen a few days of that the 20 was moved from Vinh Long to An Long, because the flag was at 1/2 mast during the move. I don't know what a service you have done for us by creating this page, but there are still some out there that need closure, and I believe that this will be a begining to that. Great Job and many thanks. Mike Snidow


Record 359
Got a reunion going in Vegas Mid may,contact Ken Keith at kenkeith[ at ]lisco.com

steve crandall <crandalls[ at ]uncwil.edu / stevecrand[ at ]aol.com>
Unit/Ship= YRBM 20/ Vinh Long, - YRS= 68/69 - base/location= Vinh Long/An Long
- Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 12:56:10 (PST)


Record 363
Got a reunion going in Vegas Mid may,contact Ken Keith at kenkeith[ at ]lisco.com

steve crandall <crandalls[ at ]uncwil.edu / stevecrand[ at ]aol.com>
Unit/Ship= YRBM 20/ Vinh Long, - YRS= 68/69 - base/location= Vinh Long/An Long
- Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 12:56:10 (PST)


Record 374
Webmaster/Ken Thanks for the memories. Good Site. Spent some time with the PBRs from Vinh Long and Sadec base on the Co Chien river, Mang Thit Canal and the Bassac river. Lasted till 16 Jul 69 when sir charles got lucky with a B40 and nailed the boat I was on. One of a four boat patrol returning from Can Tho via the canal enroute to home base, by then Sadec, I think. I dont think the twin 50 gunner was as lucky as I. Question. Can you post photos from a floppy, or a photo cd to your site.? I have a few PBR shots from 69. Thanks again, Bob Quarm aka Lucky Army Guy.

Bob Quarm <quarmr[ at ]att.net>
Unit/Ship= MACV MAT IV-7 USA, - YRS= 1969 - base/location= Minh Duc, Vinh Long, Mang Thit Canal and Co Chien River
- Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at 07:41:51 (PST)


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 409


!!! VINH LONG REUNION !!!

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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.

INFO NEEDED:
FULL NAME AND RATE/RANK AT TIME YOU WERE AT VINH LONG OR ON THE 20.
HOME ADDRESS.
PHONE.
E-MAIL ADDRESS.

ANY OF THIS INFORMATION YOU DESIRE TO BE CONFIDENTIAL, WILL BE REGARDED AS SUCH.
KEN


KEN KEITH EN3 <kenkeith[ at ]lisco.com>

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 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 been 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 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 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 510
Ron Decker is looking for a former shipmate who was the barber in Vinh Long He used to ride the LCM's also. SN Richard Dalhie(last name may be spelled different He is or used to be from Blooming Prarie, Minn.Anyone with any information on him contact me.

Steve Crandall <crandalls[ at ]uncwil.edu>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM 20, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Vinh Long
FROM= Wilmington, NC
REFFERED By= Ron Decker
- Tuesday, November 21, 2000 at 05:46:09 (PST)


Record 536
Still a great site. Merry Christmas all. Absent friends.

Bob Quarm <quarmr[ at ]att.net>
UNIT/SHIP= US Army/MACV/MAT IV-7, - YRS= 69 - BASE/location= Minh Duc, Vinh Long
FROM= Spanaway(Tacoma), WA
- Saturday, December 23, 2000 at 06:46:26 (PST)


Record 547
I was on the lst 525 uss calorine county from 1965-1967 in county most of the time home port Gusm up and from DA Nang Chu lia Cav vat''' Then went to BOAT SUPPORT UNIT ONE then went to VIN LONG working support with the SEAL team there was on the insuren boats on the rivers shipfitter/ engenman// port gunner Hope that well do for now SKI SFM2

Frank Wojciechowski <wojo12922[ at ]cs.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Bost support unit one, - YRS= 1968 - BASE/location= Vinl Long
FROM= Billingham, WA
- Sunday, December 31, 2000 at 09:36:54 (PST)


Record 548
US navy 1964-1968 vietnam 1966-1968 uss caroline county lst 525 1965-1967 Boat Support Unit One 1967-1968 on the rivers out of Ving long work with the SEALS out of Ving Long Trips to My tho Can tho Dong tam ets..

Frank Wojciechowski <wojo12922[ at ]cs.com>
UNIT/SHIP= lst525/boat support unit one, - YRS= 1968 - BASE/location= Ving Long
FROM= Bellingham, WA
- Sunday, December 31, 2000 at 10:20:48 (PST)


Record 554
Just posting a new mailing address guys

steve crandall <crandalls46[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= yrbm 20, - YRS= 68/69 - BASE/location= Vinh Long
FROM= Wilmington, NC
REFFERED By= web site
- Sunday, January 07, 2001 at 10:57:11 (PST)


Record 583
looking for anyone going to the reunion in Bolouxi this May.

Steve Crandall <crandalls46[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM 20, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Vinl Long
FROM= Wilmington, NC
REFFERED By= computer
- Tuesday, February 06, 2001 at 15:24:07 (PST)


Record 587
looking for a BM1 Holmes who was there for several months. He may reside in the Carolina's. I need his first name.

steve crandall <crandalls[ at ]uncwil.edu>
UNIT/SHIP= vinh long/YRBM 20, - YRS= 1 - BASE/location= vinh long
FROM= 68-69, REFFERED By= computer
- Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 04:59:00 (PST)


Record 596
Excellent website i was in nam fom 68 to 69 Iwas first assigned to Vinh Long then all over was rear gunner on PBR'S AS the engineman 3rd class. I was assigned the snipe on River boat 136 and it was said to be the fastest mark 1 pbr in the delta. Would like to hear from others from Riv. div. 572.

David w. Register <dwregister[ at ]alltel.net>
UNIT/SHIP= River Division 572, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Vinh Long- Sa Dec - My Tho- all over the Mekong DeltaTho
FROM= Fitzgerald, Georgia
REFFERED By= Computer
- Thursday, February 22, 2001 at 16:33:48 (PST)


Guest Record 653
I arrived at Vinh Long as a corpsman in June 68. I believe I was relieving HM2 Durden(sp?). After we moved onto the river I was the sole medical personnel for a couple of mos. until a doctor came aboard at the end of my tour aboard YRBM 20. I remember helping to build the "beer barge" but very few names until I happened into this site. Interesting! I recollect a couple of names from Arkansas, and played some poker with Ron Barbre. Man,.....that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

NAME = Tom Raymond <EMAIL = warpedin[ at ]e-machines.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NAVSUPPAC DET VINH LONG "the villa" , APL 46, YRBM 20
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1
FROM WHERE = Sandy, UT
REFFERED By = just surfin'
- Thursday, May 03, 2001 at 17:41:15 (PDT)


Guest Record 661
1. Would love to hear from anybody who was assigned to RIVSEC 522 from Jul 67 - 24 Nov 67, when the YRBM 16 was blown up by 300 # C-4 plastic. Also, anybody onboard the LST Garrett County who took in RIVSEC 522. 2. Also was onboard the LST at the end of Jan 68 when we transited to Vinh Long to rescue the RIVSEC trapped in the Comm Center. 3. Departed Mekong Delta in July 68. Missed a lot of great friends and think of you everyday. Left 5 PBR crew members and 2 Barge crew members on the YRBM 16 forever.

NAME = Dave Schuller (LT USN) <EMAIL = schullerdd[ at ]npt.nuwc.navy.mil>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RivSec 522/YRBM 16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Can Tho,
YEARs in VIETNAM = Jul 67 - Jul 68
FROM WHERE = PORTSMOUTH,, RI
REFFERED By = Web Search
- Friday, May 11, 2001 at 12:47:50 (PDT)


Guest Record 688
I was the District Phung Hoang (Phoenix) Army Advisor with the ARVN in Duc Tinh District, which included Sa Dec. We used to run combined ops with the navy riverine force based in Sa Dec -- mostly along the Mekong/Basac, but sometimes up the creeks and canals. I remember the navy mess hall in Sa Dec had by far the best US food around (not that there were many choices). I ate Thanksgiving dinner there twice on the same day. One op I went on with the riverine force was most interesting. I was with one other American advisor and we were along with our counterparts and an ARVN Regional Force platoon. We boarded landing craft at the navy pier and crossed to an island on the north bank of the Mekong we called "Football Field Island." One of the landing craft had a mortar mounted on it and that was to be our indirect fire support. There were also a couple of Swift boats along. The boats put us in and then stood off. We were looking for a VC camp from which VC came raiding into Sa Dec Province. The whole island was mud, mangroves, and little creeks. We found the camp (or at least a camp)-- a few hootches, a couple of individual weapons, ammo, the usual pile of documents -- but nobody except two women cooking a pot of rice almost the size of the ones cannibals have in cartoons. Charlie had obviously known we were coming and di-di'd. So -- we stopped for lunch (!) Remember -- these were ARVN. The advisors advised hot pursuit, but they were hungry. What rice they didn't eat, they tipped out and pissed on. THEN we went after the VC. As we were gearing up to leave. I looked at the two women and they looked very unhappy. I thought it was more for the wasted rice than this bunch of ARVN clowns chasing their menfolk. So -- I gave them a batch of piastres to pay for the rice. (Hey, I was young and American -- you pay for your food and don't upset ladies.) Off we went through absolutely foul ground. The mud stank; the creeks stank; bugs by the millions; and you couldn't see three feet away. You needed one hand to swat the bugs, one hand to hold your weapon, one hand to untangle yourself from the undergrowth, and one hand to hold of the branches whipping back from the guy ahead. And all they while, we could hear bits of music, shouts and laughter drifting our way from the navy holding position off the island. The we either caught up with Charlie or he caught us. We took fire from somewhere -- who could tell? Immediately, every ARVN started blazing away on full automatic in whatever direction his M-16 was pointed, then reloading and letting another magazine go. It was RRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPPP! click-click-clack RRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPPP! I looked over at the other American who, like me, had assumed the extremely prone position. He had the PRC-25 radio and was calling the navy for fire support. I snaked over and punched him and asked him if he knew where we were. He said he had no idea. I asked where the enemy was and he said he had no idea. I asked him how he was going to direct fire and he said he had no idea, but he wanted some. So I took the handset away from him and told them to wait. The firing died out, we we did a close-in search and found nothing, so we moved out. We finally got to a large creek too deep to ford and at last we knew where we were to some degree of accuracy. We figured that either the VC hadn't come this way or they had a gettaway sampan. We decided to call it a day. At least we had spoiled Charlie's lunch. We moved south alongside the creek to the south bank of the island and the boats came in to pick us up. As were were loading, we came under fire again. The boats hosed things down as we scambled aboard, but the fire continued, wounding one ARVN. When the craft I was on was loaded, THE RAMP WOULDN"T COME UP. The crew chief -- whatever his official title was, the guy in charge -- fought his way through squirming and yelling and ducking (and a few shooting) ARVN to the ramp and worked on it, but no joy. Meantime, Charlie is still popping away. Finally, the crew chief had the craft BACKED across the river. So we went backwards at full speed, with water swireling into the deck full of ARVN and me and the .50 hammering over our heads. Fun. We made it. On the 'friendly' side, the crew chief finally got the ramp closed by shoving up on the bank, cranking up on the ramp cable, and shoving again until it was closed and back to Sa Dec we sailed. Thank you, navy, for the good meals and getting my ass off that island. God bless America.

NAME = Jim Claxton <EMAIL = jdcalx[ at ]home.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MACV Advisor Team 65
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Sa Dec
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970-71
REFFERED By = surfed in
- Friday, June 08, 2001 at 11:07:53 (PDT)

Record 764
I was a GMG 3rd. Assinged to base support dec 66 to dec 67. If your out there hello Robbie, did you make it back to New Mexico? Is Don Plank the corpsman out there any where. It's been along time hasn't?

NAME = Howard W. Moore
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = N.S.A. 90.13
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 12/66 t012/67
FROM WHERE = Clinton , PA.
REFFERED By = N.A.
- Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 08:59:33 (PDT)

Record 787
Stationed in Vinh Long April 1967-April 1968 Engineman/ Fireman. Repairing all boats and landing craft in support of the River Patrol Squadrons. Up to the night of Jan 30 1968 we seemed to be in a state of suspended animation from the rest of the war. The countryside was beautiful and the people seemed friendly. I was standing mid watch on the piers when all hell broke loose.Were we that naive? It is a long way from that time,but I remember it like it was yesterday. I have a cruise book(I'd guess that's what you'd call it)from that time and some photos of the village after the attack on that night. Anybody remember those days? If anyone has queries about anyone in the unit I have names but not much else other than an official military story of the attack on Jan 30th. I received that when I was discharged from the Navy in 1969. It was in my records. If anyone would want to see it I could Xerox it. It makes for good historical reading if nothing else.

NAME = William D. Combs <EMAIL = wecee[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NavSuppAct Saigon
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1
FROM WHERE = Omaha, NE
- Monday, August 27, 2001 at 13:37:22 (PDT)

Record 788
Update after rereading the last.- The book I have has photos with names I wrote in and the sections where these guys worked. We had a small SeaBee detachment but they rebuilt the hell out of our Villa including a hot water tank, A/C and other great ameneties. I remember a YFMB being moved in early March but for the most part we just had steel piers and not a whole lot more than a forklift to haul boats out for repair.

NAME = William D. Combs <EMAIL = wecee[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NavSuppAct Saigon 1967-68, USS Rowan DD782-1969
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = I
FROM WHERE = Omaha, NE
REFFERED By = Found it here
- Monday, August 27, 2001 at 15:05:11 (PDT)

Record 798
Kent, this is a site I've been looking to see for years Hoo-yah "SPARKY" SEAL Team One

NAME = Frank Sparks
WEB SITE = http://www.udtseal.com
<EMAIL = sealpup121>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = SEALTeam One
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long, SEAFLOAT,SOLID ANCHOR
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-71
FROM WHERE = Palmdale, CA.
REFFERED By = WWW;seawolf.org
- Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 04:05:43 (PDT)

Record 840
Any one that was there I'm sure thinks this is the best site on the web. Thanks Kent very nice job. Any of the ol' mud stompers from Seafloat or Solid Anchor feel free to drop a line. If the cook from Seafloat ever reads this and he's the one from Leona Vally Calif. Drop me a line You made the best cinnamon rolls I ever tasted. Especially after an operation that lasted two days.

NAME = Frank Sparks
WEB SITE = http://www.cyberSEALs.org
<EMAIL = sealpup121[ at ]udtseal.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = SEAL Team One
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long '68 Seafloat'69 Seafloat/Solid Anchor'70
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-71
FROM WHERE = Palmdale, Ca.
REFFERED By = www.Seawolf.org
- Monday, October 08, 2001 at 08:20:59 (PDT)

Record 847
WELCOME HOME BROTHERS. DAMN, WE WERE YOUNG AND PROUD! NOW WE'RE JUST PROUD!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK KENT. I'LL BE A REGULAR AT THIS SIGHT. GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND THE BROWNWATER NAVY.

NAME = NELLO (DAGO) D'AMATO <EMAIL = WWW.NELLOD[ at ]MSN.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LANDINGSHIPSQUADRON2-LST-905 MADERA CTY, LST-1076 PAGE CTY, TUTUILA ARG-4
BASEs or LOCATIONS= VUNG-TAU, VINH LONG, CAN THO, DONG TAM, SAIGON, AND BASES UP AND DOWN THE COAST.
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-71
FROM WHERE = WASH,DC., REFFERED By = SURFED IN.
- Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 06:33:56 (PDT)

Record 900
I am looking for anyone that was on the LST-786 at the same time I was aboard her. I was in the signal gang. They called me SMOBS. We spent the night of TET off of Vin Long. The fire fight that night was one to remember. I believe we had the whole village aboard the ship that night. We also had an attachment of (2) Sea Wolf UH-1 aboard along with providing support for the PBR's. I am looking for a TF-117 patch that we had on the black berets. If anyone can help locate one please contact me at the listed e-mail address. Thanks, and welcome home Bros.

NAME = Frank Mobley <EMAIL = twowheelriders[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Garrett County LST-786
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam and Vin Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 66 to 68
FROM WHERE = Wheeling, WV
REFFERED By = Surfed in from web
- Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 06:37:58 (PST)

Record 934
THANK FOR YOUR WEB SITE. yOUR WEB SITE BRINGS BACK MEMORIES I LOST IN 1969. I WAS A ELECTRICIAN WITH THE SUPPORT GROUP, WORKED MAINLY AT THE VILLA. THE ONLY SHIPMATE I HAVE SEEN WAS A 1ST CLASS STEWBURNER. I RAN ACCROSS HIM AT THE V.A. IN PORTLAND OREGON BACK IN 82. HE WAS THE ONE THAT SHOT THE PROVIDENCE CHEIF AND HAD TO BE RUSHED OUT OF COUNTRY ASAP. I WAS THERE FOR THE 68 TET FIREWORKS. I WOULD ENJOY TO HEAR FROM YOU AND SWAP STORY'S. I'LL DIG OUT SOME PICTURES AND POST THEM.

NAME = Bud Everest <EMAIL = budysir69[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NAVSUPPAC, VINH LONG,5013/RIVDIV 513
BASEs or LOCATIONS= VINH LONG
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/67-3/68
FROM WHERE = BOISE, ID
REFFERED By = SURFING THE WEB
- Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 09:17:11 (PST)

Record 957
I arived in Vinh Long around Apr 68'. Served as patrol Boat Coaxwine on the LCMs and also on the Pusher boats when the APL-46 arived. I was aboard when Hanoi Hanna said her Charlie's were going to sink us to the bottom of the river in late 68, I believe. Both bardges were still aflote in April of 69' when I left country. I tried to stay out of the Military when I got back from Vietnam but instead decided to become a "career man" in 1973 (USCG-ret). I have been looking for some of these guys for a very long time but just never knew where to look. Thank Goodness for the internet and your web site or I would never have found them. I served with three guys (Ron, Rick, and Steve) that I have since contacted, but am still looking for NEWMAN (my best friend), REARDON (my engineer)and anyone who knew JAMES(?) SANDER (a Navy Seal I played guitar with on occasion). I understood he was killed in Siagon while on his way home (non-hostil injury) and am still looking to confirm or affirm this romor. I have a photo I can send (with him and his pet snake called Charlie) to anyone who can help me find out more. I KNOW that his last name is Sander (James I am not as sure). I need to go to the Wall some day, but will not go until I am sure I do not pass him up, if he is there. I will update this entry when I find out more. God bless you all.

NAME = Walter Faria
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR9/APL-46
BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSA DET, Ving Long, RVN
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-69
FROM WHERE = Wisconsin, REFFERED By = Net Search
- Friday, December 28, 2001 at 21:59:04 (PST)

Record 981
This is in answer to the request for information about James Sander that I tried to e-mail direct, but it keeps bouncing back. Faria, e-mail me I have the information you request. I was with Jim in Vinh Long in 68

NAME = Frank J.Sparks
WEB SITE = www.cyberSEALs.org
<EMAIL = sealpup121[ at ]udtseal.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = SEAL Team One
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Seafloat and Solid Anchor
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68,69,70
FROM WHERE = Palmdale, Ca.
REFFERED By = Seawolves
- Monday, January 14, 2002 at 05:17:05 (PST)

Record 1010
I was a GMG3 at vinh long 66 to 67. Cahill GMG1 was there when I arrived then G. Schniep GMG1 took over. After Schniep I was in charge of the ammo dump and base defence weapons. I believe Patrol sec. 531 was there then another patrol sec. was there but I can't remember the number. I was looking at some of the pictures at Vinh Long ater I left sure did change

NAME = Howard W. More
WEB SITE = N.A.
<EMAIL = patmoor[ at ]atc-pa.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = N.S.A. 90.13
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 12/66 to12/67
FROM WHERE = Clinton , PA.
REFFERED By = Found on net
- Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 09:14:58 (PST)

Record 1039
Was in Vinh Long from April of 68 to April of 69. Was a electrician on the barges and repaired the PBR'S.

NAME = Roy L. Diller (Len) <EMAIL = Diller[ at ]Americusks.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR-9, APL-46,YRBM-20
BASEs or LOCATIONS= VINH LONG
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-69
FROM WHERE = Americus, Ks.
- Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 20:53:05 (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 1095
Was assist'nt Engineer from 1-69 to 6-69 at Vinh Long for duty to the Rock Site

NAME = Ben McMillan <EMAIL = GrumpyOleBear[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = US Army Tug ST-2110
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lai & Vinh Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = Jan 68 - Jul 69
FROM WHERE = E Liverepool, OH
REFFERED By = Web Surfin'
- Monday, March 04, 2002 at 19:18:00 (PST)

Record 1111
Paul Smith, this is WO (now CW4) Sorges. I read your comments on this web page and would be interested in having you contact me. I do not really recall you from Vietnam as being my crew chief, but then, being over 50, I am lucky to remember anything at all. I had many crew chiefs on my aircraft 561 during the year the Army gave me a paid vacation in south east Asia. I am in contact with one of my crew chiefs. HIs name is Paul Fish. He has an interesting history since Vietnam. In case you are not aware D troop 3/5 has an annual reunion in Atlanta. It is hosted by Bill King (1970) who was War Wagon 16 (now Reunion 6). Please contact me and I will give you furhter information. Dennis Sorges Longknife 25 D 3/5 (The Real Bastard Cav)\ longknife25[ at ]ridgenet.net or 760-446-3384 Take care May God bless America and damn all of her enemies

NAME = Dennis Sorges <EMAIL = longknife25[ at ]ridgenet.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = D 3/5
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970
FROM WHERE = CA (unfortunately), - Sunday, March 10, 2002 at 22:29:50 (PST)

Record 1135
I was there when we gave the base over to the ARVN's. Such scum sucking guys, they figured after we burned out our refigerators and typewriters, we wern't leaving them shit. Ha Ha. We did everything except burn down our barracks for them. July 14th, 1971 we lost 3 scouts in one Oh-6 assault, WO Alan Dyer, Sp4 Lopochonski, Sp4 Noble. All are on the wall together. I was a doorgunner/ crewcheif on #70313. Oh-6. Any Scouts, hey write to me. Ted Enright I took over 400 pictures of all the guys i served with, at the time most guys thought that was weird, but today i have agood record of all that served with me.

NAME = Ted Enright <EMAIL = TedEnright[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = A Troop 7th / 1st Air Cav Sqdn AeroScouts
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long June 71 to May 72
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1
FROM WHERE = Plymouth / Canton, Mi
- Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 07:30:33 (PST)

Record 1142
Was with the 611th Trans Co (ADS) BACK IN 1970-1971 with the U.S. Army.Out Company was responsible for recovering downed aircraft with Air direct support to the Delta.Welcome home to us all and hello to any of my 611th Trabs Co (ADS) Brothers ! "We Support the Delta"

NAME = Gerry Fitzpatrick
WEB SITE = http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/agentorangediabeticvictims
<EMAIL = captain_lighthouse[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 611th Trans Co (ADS)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 8-70/8/71
FROM WHERE = Philadelphia, Pa
REFFERED By = myself
- Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 21:20:03 (PST)

Record 1194
This is good. I have wanted to tell my story for nearly 40 years. As most of you know, when first returned home, no one would listen. I''ve lost jobs because my supervisor (Keiger) thought all Vietnam returnee were crazy. I served for one year in Vinh Long during the TET offensive. Yea, it was a scary time, but I had fun there. I met some good buddies. I got in touch with one, Bill Dausel. We still talk. He's my best buddy now. I love him like a brother. I am still trying to get in contact with Alonzo Brooks who was from NY and was a gunner in Vietnam. If anybody knows him, give him my email and let me know where he is. Alonzo was with me the night i returned home from Vietman. He had my back all the way. When I left, I never had a chance to see or talk with him again. I had another good friend in basic training, a white boy called Johnson. I think Al Johnson. We talked one since we came home but I lost contact with him. I would like to see him too. I love my Vietnam buddies all of you. At time it seems like you are the one person I can relate to.

NAME = Arthur Frazier <EMAIL = af2002[ at ]ameritech>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 175th Helicopter Company
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967 - 1968
FROM WHERE = Chicago, IL
REFFERED By = Ed Thayer
- Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 22:24:57 (PDT)

Record 1235
looking for anyone at vinh long during the date of 3/67-3/68. bill harris send me a e-mail

NAME = Bud Everest <EMAIL = budysir69[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = support unit 5013
BASEs or LOCATIONS= vinh long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/67-3/68
FROM WHERE = tillamook, or
- Monday, May 13, 2002 at 07:36:25 (PDT)

Record 1240
Was stationed in Vinh Long with the 611th Trans Co. (ADS) We were a direct support Aviation unit. Our primary mission was direct support of aviation in the Mekong Delta area to sling downed helicopters back to the airfield at Vinh Long and maintance and repair. You have a great site and we will add this to our bookmark page.

NAME = Gerry Fitzpatrick
WEB SITE = http://groups.yahoo.com/group/611thtransco
<EMAIL = tailboard611th[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 611th Ttansportation Company (ADS)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970/1971
FROM WHERE = Philadelphia, Pennsylvan
REFFERED By = myself
- Friday, May 17, 2002 at 07:09:22 (PDT)

Record 1379
I have been here quite a few times, but do not remember leaving any comments. We spent our time hauling supplies up the rivers of nam, all the rivers. Landing Ship Squadron - Two (Hickman 825, Monmouth 1032, Madera 905, Luzerne 902, Caddo Parrish 515) was assigned to nam in July 1965. From the history I have found, they were the first LST's be assigned permanent incountry duty, and travel the rivers of nam. The Hickman earned 11 battle stars (5 while I was aboard), MUC, VN MUC-Gallantry, VN Svc medal (with several stars), VN campaign, Combat Action. Several crew members were awared the Purple Heart (some while I was aboard). I remember mortar/rocket attacks at Dong Tam, Vinh Long, Saigon, Cau Viet. Remember the night Charlie blew the oil tank at Cat Lo, and mortar'd beach at Vung Tau. I was accross the street at the bar (go figure) when it started. Ran to the beach cause there was a bunker there, hit the door of the bunker and bounced back into the beach. It was full of guys and no room, so I figured what the hell, ran another 25 yards to where the Hickman was beached. Almost got shot by my own guys trying to get their attention. Finally got the word passed to the CO, and he dropped the bow ramp while I went back to the bunker and had everyone run to the ship. Very lucky move, when the sun came up, the bunker was gone, had taken a direct hit from a mortar. Maybe I was stupid or just young and didn't think I could die, but during those times of being attached, I was never scared, I just did my job. After everything was over, was when I got scared, and it dawned on me that I (maybe) just did something that could have gotten me killed. Problem was, I never thought about that when we went to Red Alert, only after. Anyway, wanted to say to LSR-2 ships and crews, from 65 to 69 when squadron departed Nam for the last time: Job Well Done...God Bless you ALL. You put yourselves and ships on the beach's, in positions that you could not use your guns to defend yourselves. You just sat there and took it. You men are some of the bravest (believe it or not) men to have ever served in nam. God Bless you and WELCOME HOME SHIPMATES! ALL YOU ARMY, MARINE, NAVY (PBR, SWIFTS,etc) that looked out for us when we were helpless, THANK YOU, GOD BLESS YOU, and WELCOME HOME ! Every one of you are Hero's in my book, Well, maybe not the guys that drank Bami-Bah (33) beer. I figure if you could drink that stuff, you weren't smart enough to duck, so all your medals were earned by accident or brain damage from the beer. If any of you LSR-2 guys have any pictures of your ship, I would sure like to have some. Most of my pictures were lost when my basement flooded, then the house burned down. Hey, I got a new house, a new truck, and a new camper.....ain't home owners insurance great !!!!! Later my friends

NAME = Larry Hickman <EMAIL = lhickman[ at ]fcc.gov>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Hickman County LST-825 (LanShipSqd-Two)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Homeport: Vung Tau, Ops: Armed Resupply, Rivers of Nam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 7-68 to 8-69
REFFERED By = Found page by search engine
- Monday, August 26, 2002 at 09:25:43 (PDT)

Record 1395
FDNY web site you may be intrested in. This fire fighter Killed on 9/11 was from my home town of Merrick LI. check out www.briansfund.com...well worth it.Trust me.

NAME = steve crandall <EMAIL = crandalls46>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Vinh Long-YRBM 20
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = wilmington, NC
REFFERED By = self
- Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 13:51:41 (PDT)

Record 1402
Would like to hear from anyone with 36th Engineers near Vinh Long during 7/1968-12/1969. Try to help me confirm some of the happenings while building roads and airstrips in the Siagon Vinh Long area. Thanks for any help! Your sight is very interesting.

NAME = Richrd C. Taylor <EMAIL = 287500[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 36th Engineers BN USARV
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long,
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-1970
FROM WHERE = Central, , SC
REFFERED By = just surfing
- Monday, September 02, 2002 at 08:42:31 (PDT)

Record 1457
WAS AN ENGINEMAN ON LST821 HARNETT COUNTY 4/67 THRU ABOUT 2/69. DID A COUPLE MONTHS OF THAT TIME RUNNING WATER PURIFIERS AT VINH LONG. AT BEN TRE DURING 68 TET, HUMPED A LOT OF AMMO, THEN LATER WHEN THINGS CALMED DOWN HELPED PUT OUT FIRES IN TOWN WITH PORTABLE PUMPS. STILL REMEMBER A LOT OF GUYS THAT DIDNT COME BACK.

NAME = C. R. Engelking <EMAIL = uglycop[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LST821 USS HARNETT COUNTY
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967, 1968,1969
FROM WHERE = ALGOMA, WI
REFFERED By = JUST SURFED ON
- Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 20:11:47 (PDT)

Record 1448
Just looking for some ship mates from LST 525 or BSU1

NAME = Frank Wojciechowski <EMAIL = wojo12922[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = uss caroline county lst 525 & Boat support Unit 1
BASEs or LOCATIONS= vin long and cav vet
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966 1968
FROM WHERE = Bellingham, WA
- Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 22:32:03 (PDT)

Record 1533
Enjoyed your Home Page, many days and nights spent on the Mekong with the 9th Army Division Personnel. The Mobile Riverine Force was a force to contend with. My hat is off to all the assault boats I had tied up alongside. We did our best to support you guys, especially with beer call on the Army pontoons alongside. (Not a Navy vessel, so no drinking did not apply.) Hope we kept boat crews and Army guys happy with a few good things, like berthing and Chow. You were all a good bunch to be with in that war. My hat is off to all of you. Thanks for the memories. C.W.Lynch, LCDR, USN(Ret).

NAME = Bill Lynch <EMAIL = cwlynch[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = OINC APL-26
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long, Dong Tam, Mekong Delta in General
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967
FROM WHERE = Virginia Beach, VA, VA
REFFERED By = Surfing in
- Sunday, November 03, 2002 at 22:50:18 (PST)

Record 1535
As a helicopter pilot, I flew support for you guys along with the Seawolves in 1969. Boy could you guys drink!

NAME = MIKE HALEY <EMAIL = outlaw13[ at ]webtv.net>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969
- Monday, November 04, 2002 at 13:11:11 (PST)

Record 1624
I was the base Gunners Mate after 1St Cl Schniep left. Looking at the pictures was great I used the ford truck pictured to haul ammo to and from the air base because we didn't have enough room on the pier, I got there just as we were building the boat ramp that the viets in the pictur were doing their laundry in. The only name I remenber were Dave Chapman and Hanratty. Tha was a long time ago God Bless us all.

NAME = Howard W. Moore <EMAIL = patmoor[ at ]atc-pa.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Det 90.13
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long Vietnam
YEARs in VIETNAM = Dec 66 Dec 67
FROM WHERE = Imperial , PA
REFFERED By = NA
- Friday, December 13, 2002 at 15:45:14 (CST)


Record 1628
Great to see this website. It seems most veterans of the Nam war never heard of Vinh Long. Nestled near the big river and bordered by a canal there was plenty of water for you Brown Water guys. I was with MACV US Army. Arrived just before Xmas of 69 and left just before Xmas of 70. I remember the Invasion of Cambodia, Mortar attacks, downtown Vinh Long restaurants, open markets etc. How many remember the Cement Block used to zero in our M14s yes M14s didnt get an M16 till halfway through my tour. I drove several suppply runs to Can-Tho, SocTrang and Sadec. That brown river ran fast use to watch big trees and other debris race down the river. How about the monsoons being 4' above sea level everything stayed knee deep in water for weeks. Oh and you guys kept a watch on VC island for us good job. Remember the old Cocola (French) factory and the orphanage and MACV compound left side on the way into town. So many memories.....to share drop me a line. timelegend[ at ]hotmail.com Shep Welcome Home

NAME = Dennis Sheppard
WEB SITE = http://communities.msn.com/Vietnam6970VinhLongAirField/home.html
<EMAIL = timelegend[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = N/A
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long Air Field
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-70
FROM WHERE = Lancaster, PA
REFFERED By = Google search
- Monday, December 16, 2002 at 19:09:09 (CST)


Record 1648
This is a the best site for all us vetnam vets,I am still looking for ship mates from lst 525 and BSU1 to you a merry christmas and Happy New Year

NAME = Frank Wojciechowski <EMAIL = wojo12922[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = lst 525 uss caroline county,BSU1
BASEs or LOCATIONS= vinh long,Guam,most of vetnam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966 1968
FROM WHERE = Buffalo, ny
- Monday, December 23, 2002 at 23:37:29 (CST)


Record 1653
ARRIVED IN VINH LONG 3/67 FOR A ONE YEAR TOUR. WORKED AS A ELECTRICIAN AT THE PIER THEN WENT TO THE VILLE. I HAVE A FEW PICTURES OF MY STAY AND A FEW OF THE GUYS. I RAN ACCROSS STONE CS1 AT THE VA IN PORTLAND OREGON. I DON'T REMEMBER A WHOLE BUNCH OF NAME FROM THAT TIME OF LIFE. I REMEMBER JACK STOLENBERG, SMITTY THE ELECTRICIAN, EM2 LOPPER FROM ASHLAND OREGON, DENNIS CURRY, EM2 HARRIS, PN3 GONZALAS. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF THE VINH LONG GROUP.

NAME = BUD EVEREST <EMAIL = BUDS_BACKFLOW[ at ]MSN.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = BOAT SUPPORT 5013
BASEs or LOCATIONS= VINH LONG
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/67-3/68
FROM WHERE = TILLAMOOK , OR
- Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 13:07:39 (CST)


Record 1670
WARREN WESTPHAL WAS MY BOAT CAPT.

NAME = ANTHONY ( TONY ) PASQUALETTI <EMAIL = ka7wdstony[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = river sec. 523/572 - BOAT 145
BASEs or LOCATIONS= VINH LONG
YEARs in VIETNAM = SEPT.67 TO SEPT.68
FROM WHERE = GRANTS PASS, OR.
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Record 1747
Just surfing on a snowy day for refereces to 221st/shotgun: i was shotgun 41,43, cougar 10 in oct 70-71 during vietnamification. guess it seems appropriate that the only references i found were on a navy site.........fired lot of navy gunfire, flew cover on mikes /heavies,quite a few seal ops. flew u-minh/nam can/solid anchor and song ong doc. See one other shotgun registered, so thought I'd give it a try to see if there are others out there.........when listing under army aviation, it seems we dont exist.

NAME = Bruce Solberg <EMAIL = bjslbrg[ at ]netnet.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 221st Rac, MACV team 80, 69, cougar 10
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Ca Mau, Vinh Long, Vi Tahn
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970-71
FROM WHERE = Green bay , wi
REFFERED By = surfing
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Record 1806
we were a cav unit out of vinh long army post and we did a lot of work with the navy there at nam cam and cau mau work with a seal team a few times from there .loved going down there the food was grate at least you could eat it ha!!!

NAME = marion e tate
WEB SITE = none
<EMAIL = apache1[ at ]cox-inteternet.com>
BASEs or LOCATIONS= vinh long army post
YEARs in VIETNAM = jul70/jul71
FROM WHERE = grapevine, texas
REFFERED By = no one
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Record 1855
Welcome home to all. I was stationed at Vinh Long from '68 to '69 doing fiberglass repair on the River Boats. Still remember doing the fiberglass sanding and then trying to get to sleep with all the itching from the glass. When I first arrived we stayed a the villa about 3 miles from the pier and took trucks, jeeps, etc to get to the pier. Great time there except when Charlie decided to mortar the Army base next door. Finally they decided to put us out in the middle of the river so we would be safe. Ya right. Looking to make contact with anyone that was there at that time. I am terrilbe with names but do remember a lot of other things. If there is another reuion coming up would like info on it. Again welcome home to all.

NAME = Bill Van Buren <EMAIL = wvan[ at ]localnet.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Vinh Long
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long (YR-9 & APL 46)
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68 - 69
FROM WHERE = Saratoga Springs, New York
REFFERED By = Surffin
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Record 1977
RTO with American advisory unit in Minh Duc. Worked between Co Chien River and Mang-Thit-Nicolai Canal. Had lots of dealings with RAG boats, Chief Ed Canby, Seawolves, and sometimes PBR's. Had lots of admiration for Vinh Long Seabee Unit-hardest working group in VN! Returned to VN and Vinh Long in '97- not much left there but Long Chau Hotel and Restaurant. Would like to hear from Advisory Team 52 people. Return to Minh Duc and I met SIX people who still knew me after 30 years!

NAME = Thomas L. Brown <EMAIL = tbrown[ at ]lubbock.k12.tx.us>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = VN LCVP's
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Minh Duc
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68
FROM WHERE = Lubbock, , TX
REFFERED By = Me
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Record 2037
This once was a nice site to drop in and chat with old shipmates. Now its a dumping ground for the scum bag,porno freak,queer sicko's out there.For all you pigs, this is Hallowed Ground for all who served in Viet Nam, how about a little respect for the men and women who gave part or all thier life serving in Viet Nam.....

NAME = steve crandall <EMAIL = crandalls[ at ]uncw.edu>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Vinh Long/YRBM 20
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long/ An Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = Carolina Coast, NC
REFFERED By = self
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Record 2040
Still a great site, Kent. Despite all the disrespect from the spammers.

NAME = Joe Hanratty <EMAIL = jhan90[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Saigon
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long Det. 90.13
YEARs in VIETNAM = May 66 to Apr. 67
FROM WHERE = Rosendale, NY
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Record 2042
Sorry all the SPAM has found its way onto a truly fine site. Thanks Ken for doing as much as you've have been able to do. Don't let all the trash get you down. Thanks, Rick Erwin

NAME = Rick Erwin <EMAIL = Lrerwin50[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR-9 - YRBM 20
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long and elsewhere
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1-1/2
FROM WHERE = Houston, Tx
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Record 2052
Greetings to Shipmates from Operation Game Warden. Spent my tour with River Division 572 beginning at Vinh Long and left from My Tho. Very proud of the guys I served with. Would enjoy hearing from any of the guys in 572.

NAME = Kenneth Dodd <EMAIL = kdodd[ at ]finaltouchmarketing.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Division 572
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long, My Tho
YEARs in VIETNAM = August 1968 - August 1969
FROM WHERE = Temecula, CA
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Record 2083
MY NAME IS BUD EVEREST, EM2 STATION AT VINH LONG DET 90.13. MOST OF MY TOUR I WORKED AT THE VILLA. I REMEMBER A FEW OF MY SHIPMATES BUT NOT TO MANY. BEFORE I WENT TO VIETNAM I MADE UP MY MIND NOT TO MAKE FRIENDS BECAUSE IN WAR YOUR FRIENDS ARE THE FIRST TO GO. I REMEMBER DOC JOHNSON, JACK STOLENBERG, FN WATERS, PN GONZALES, LT EVERETT, LTJG BRENNER, CS1 STONE, EM2 HARRIS. I CHATTED WITH HARRIS ON THE E-NET AND I WORKED WITH STONE AT THE V.A. IN PORTLAND. IF YOU HAVE ANY PICTURES TO SHARE I WOULD APPRICATE IT. IíLL SENT YOU WHAT I HAVE. BUD

NAME = BUD EVEREST <EMAIL = BUDS_BACKFLOW[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NAVAL SUPPORT UNIT DET.90.13
BASEs or LOCATIONS= VIHN LONG
YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/67-3/68
FROM WHERE = TILLAMOOK , OR
REFFERED By = GREAT SITE
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Record 2094
Was Navy Adviser to Vietnamese RAG-23 from Oct '64 until Mar '65. Exciting duty....Many memories...

NAME = Gene Barney <EMAIL = evistabarneys[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Assault Group (RAG) 23
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1964-65
FROM WHERE = San Diego, CA
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Record 2098
I am submitting my brother in laws name for him. He had quite a tour or two way back when and wouldn't mind hearing from those who might remember him. He was EN-2 Wilson.

NAME = Danny Wilson <EMAIL = d_kwilson[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-20, YR-8, Yr-9, Uss Forester
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Long, Chou Duc
YEARs in VIETNAM = early 68- late 69
FROM WHERE = Aurora, Ne
REFFERED By = M W Campbell ADJ-2, HC-1 Det 6 72-73
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