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Record 64 Name: John A. (Shotgun Jack) Carpenter Website: Shotgun Jack's Home Page Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: No. CA Time: 1998-07-26 23:47:41 Comments:
I came here from Linda's site "Mom's Vietnam Vet Message Board and Buddy Search", from her VN Vet's Links. I am really disappointed that you didn't include the Airboats of A-404 of the IV Corps Mike Force!!:>) On a more serious note, I have pictures of the Vinh Te Canal about the same time, it seems the water was alittle higher in my picture of the Minesweeper, and the mountain in the picture was, as I remember, on the left as you were going toward Tinh Bien; so the mountain I am sure was Nui Giai. I worked with the PBR's during the dry season; they would take us (IV Corps Mike Force) up the canal to set up ambushs. I normally had about 30 Chinese or Cambodian troops with me, with me as the only American. Also; I know, I know, picky, picky, picky:>), it was Chau Doc!!! You will find some pictures on my pages of the Airboats, but I have at least a hundred I need to get scanned. Highest Regards, John (aka Shotgun Jack), IV Corps Mike Force, 5th Special Forces Group, The Mekong Delta, RSVN, Sep.'69-Nov.70.
Record 78 Name: Michael D. Sharp Website: Referred by: From a Friend From: Oklahoma Time: 1998-08-18 01:20:25 Comments:
I was with RivDiv 512 from Oct69 until Mar70, we worked off
of YRBM 20 while operating on the Vinh Tey Canal. I ate
and slept aboard when we went in for turn around and maint.
held more than one party in the berthing compartment.
Record 148 Name: Burke Salsi Website: Referred by: From a Friend From: Greensboro, NC, originally from Pgh, PA Time: 1999-01-17 21:27:28 Comments:
GREAT SITE!! Served in the Delta on a Swift boat (PCF-12). Made a trip thru the Vinh Te to Chau Doc and then to the Mekong in Dec. '69. Operated with Advisors and ARVN there. Spent most of my time at Seafloat in the middle of the river there. Great photos and I sure remember it all. I may even have some photos of the same places when the monsoons had swelled the rivers. Keep up the great work! Served on the boats from 6/69-70.
Record 157 Name: Mike Sharp Website: Referred by: From a Friend From: Oklahoma Time: 1999-02-13 04:51:27 Comments:
Served in Brown Water Navy 1969, 1970 & 1971. River Division 512 and 572. VINH TE canal and SONG ONG DOC. Also NSA Det NHA BE and ATSB MOC HOA.
Record 214 Name: Glen Fry Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: Helotes, Texas Time: 1999-05-21 17:35:36 Comments:
Trained with ACTOV-3 at NIOTC. Then went in country and served with RivDiv-514, dec.69'-turnover in 70' as a
boat captain of an all VN crew. Then served with RPG-55 and 59 until oct. 70' as an advisor. Worked off of YRBM-20 when
with RPG-55. We were doing the Vinh Te and up the Bassac into Cambodia under the VN flag while Nixon was
denying US troops in Cambodia. I guess as advisors to VN's on VN PBR's didn't count.
Record 240 Name: Clifford Website: Referred by: Net Search From: Washington, DC Time: 1999-07-16 00:29:57 Comments:
I was on PBR's with RPG-55 and was in firefights on the Upper Bassac on the Cambodian border. I think of our friend William "Bill" Cariveau everyday (KIA 7/70). I then served in the CIC on the YRBM-20 and with TG-212.4 from May '70 to May '71 just north of Chau Doc, also in Tien Bien, and other places along the Vinh Te Canal. Anyone who was there, I'd love to hear from you.
Record 331 Name: Alan Sassatelli (ISC) (RET) Website: Referred by: Net Search From: Taylorville, Illinois Time: 2000-01-26 20:37:03 Comments:
Fantastic site!!!! In country with BSU-1 (Det ALPHA) 71-72. First at Dong Tam and later at Ha Tien. Your pictures of Ha Tien really bring back a flood of memories (good & bad; mostly good). I especially remember patroling the Vihn Te Canal as a Advisor with the VNs. Looking for GMG2 Stan Sigel (Stan the Man) and BMC Griffith,if anyone knows where they are at. Keep up the great work.
Record 479 I've waited years for a website like this. Went to Mare Island early 70's then to the Presido for Vietnamese language.Arrived by chopper after ANNAPOLIS BEQ to Yrbm 20.Patroled with buddies from NIOTC then transfered to the heavies at an ATSB near Cambodia.Trying to hear from old river sailors CPO Dryden,LT.Hardy,Gmg1Wahoo Henthorn,Bm2 Aliff,Troy,Scratch,Compton,O'ddone,most of the guys in our Rid group wounded & sent home.Also my Pbr buddies John Bunn & Joe Flowers.Miss you guys proud of all you Navy men where ever you served.We all did our duty when called & to this day I am proud of any service man or woman who could go in harm's way any time.God bless all Veterans & veterans to be.
Ronald Davis EN2 <rdavis6[ at ]cinci,rr,com>
UNIT/SHIP= RPG/RID 42 , - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= Vin Te canal/ Dong Tam FROM= Cincinnati, OH - Sunday, October 01, 2000 at 19:15:53 (PDT)
Record 555 Great site, sure brings back alot uf memories. I came onboard in Feb. 69 to Feb. 70. I worked mostly in the engine shop. I stood picket boat watch on the MIC boats and when we started using the BostonWhaler. I stood ood and SP after making EN2. I also made a couple of runs up the Vinh Te canal on the LCVP with D. W. Hunt. We hit a booby trap of barbed wire on the last one, and had to be towed back to the base camp by two PBR's. Afew mortar rounds went over us but missed by a country mile. When we got to the base camp we took turns swimmi9ng under the boat to cut the wire out of the proop and the strut. Just what you want to have happen with less than two weeks left to go. We sure knew how to party back then. Hey where are all you Engineman? Hard to believe were all in our fifties now.
Mark Lewis <maddmarkat[ at ]cs.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM 20, - YRS= 69/70 FROM= Hesperia , CA REFFERED By= Surfed on in - Friday, January 12, 2001 at 20:26:18 (PST)
Guest Record 627 ADVISOR ON CG43 WE PATROL THE RACH GIANG RIVER FROM HA TIEN TO THE VINH TA CANEL AND THE WESTERN HALF OF THE CANEL WHILE AT HA TIEN WHILE AT HON TRE ISLAND WE PATROL OFF THE 3 SISTERS MT. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE AT HA TIEN OR HON TRE ISLAND I STILL HAVE MY MAP OF THE RIVER AND CANEL WILL UP DATE LATER MY CALL SIGN WAS "WHISKEY-WHISKEY"
NAME = JOHN M KEITH <EMAIL = JMK[ at ]CLINK.NET> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = COASTAL GROUP 43 (JUNK'S) BASEs or LOCATIONS= HA TIEN HON TRE ISLAND YEARs in VIETNAM = 69 70 FROM WHERE = WENDELL, N C
- Monday, April 09, 2001 at 20:25:14 (PDT)
Record 748 In 1967 I was Deck Division Officer on the Tioga County. We took a load of Marines, tanks and jeeps to Vietnam,& were mother ship to PBR's. I made 220 combat patrols with Riv Div 571 as patrol officer and XO. I did not try to be a hero and took no chances that were unnecessary. We engaged the enemy 22 times. With God's help I brought back every man alive on every patrol with only 3 minor injuries. I want to thank Chief Shawlin for teaching me about setting ambushes along streams and canals. I also want to thank the Seawolf helicopter crews for their brave gunfire support. I also want to thank the crews on my boats for their bravery under dangerous conditions. I have recently written a book, Not a Hero, about my war experiences and how to recover from war stress syndrome. Please check out my web site.
NAME = Ron Fitts, LTJG WEB SITE = http://www.notahero.com
<EMAIL = ronfitts[ at ]notahero.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Riv Div 571, USS TIOGA CTY (LST-1158) BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be, Upper Saigon River, Vinh Te, canal at Tuyen Nhon Canal YEARs in VIETNAM = 19 months FROM WHERE = Tupelo, MS
- Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 16:47:44 (PDT)
Record 789 I am searching for Gary Homes,EM3 in Nov.69'. Anyone that knew or could point me in the right direction to obtaining pictures of the PBR that Chief William Eldon Tozer EMC 535 river squad,on patrol in Vinh-Te canal K.I.A nov.20,1969.His son is a friend of mine and I am a veteran also.His son David was 8 when he was orphaned w/ his sisters & half brother. He has asked me to gather as much info. and details of his fathers life. Does anyone know what could have happened to his fathers personal effects ,or his dogtags?How about his C-file w/ the medals he was awarded. My name is Ken Cross E-mail-hotbees1[ at ]yahoo.com or hotbees5[ at ]hotmail.com.Thank You
NAME = Ken Cross <EMAIL = hotbee5[ at ]hotmail.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 535 River squad BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Te Canal
- Monday, August 27, 2001 at 15:38:48 (PDT)
Record 921 Kent
Thanks a lot for the site, was able to find someone from 30+ years ago to e-mail. Hope I hear from him, will let you know. I liked your picture as it reminded me of me when we were young because I,m 100 #,s heavier too. Who knows what happens. Thanks again for doing what you do for people like me. A friend and a brother of the river
NAME = Jack R. Dosch <EMAIL = RivDiv 535> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = River Division 535 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Started off on the Vinh Te canal in Oct. 69 YEARs in VIETNAM = 10-69 to 10-70 FROM WHERE = Orlando, Fla REFFERED By = just surfing
- Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 15:24:32 (PST)
Record 930 I was assigned to the 268th Field Artillery Radar Detachment stationed at Vinh Gia on the Vinh Te Canal in 1970. We operated an ANTPS-25 radar which picked up enemy personnel movements in the area. We were assigned there with Navy personnel who suported PBR's and helicopter gunships.
The Army's job was to detect enemy infiltration from Cambodia and the Vinh Gia location was a prime infiltration route. we notified the Navy Seawolves of the targets and they provided swift and effective target remediation.
we also assisted PBR, Tango and Zippo boats while they were out on ambush. Our radar could detect enemy movement and location so we could keep ambush patrols appraised of live intelligence.
Our radar detachment supported and directed Special Forces operations in the area. Ocassionally, we assisted SEALS in their operations. Our radar could scan an area 18 kilometers in radius.
I don't know the Navy unit assisgned at Vinh Gia. I do know that we couldn't have survived without them in 1970.
NAME = Richard Solomon <EMAIL = solomon[ at ]goldrush.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 268th Field Artillery (Radar) BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Gia on the Vinh Te Canal YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970
- Monday, December 10, 2001 at 22:17:30 (PST)
Record 1100 I will never forget the 18 months I spent there,or the men I served with,(although names are foggy).Great site keep up the good work .YRBM 20 was are main supply point.We made chow runs about 3 times a month down the vinh te.They always made sure we got a case of steaks and beer.sometimes ammo too if the RPG guys didnt hog it all up(just yankin your chain guys).I finally quit carrying a weapon when I go to the gricery store! hope all is well with everyone.
NAME = Dennis Haas <EMAIL = dchaas[ at ]adelphia.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = DUFFLEBAG , FASU , N.A.G BASEs or LOCATIONS= Tinh Binh, Binh Thuy YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-71 FROM WHERE = renoldsville, pa REFFERED By = tf116.org
- Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 14:10:25 (PST)
Record 1251 I served in a radar detachment on the Vinh Te Canal in all of 1970.
We shared a small base with the Navy PBR's when the water was high enough for the boats. We had an ARVN base next door with a Captain DOC who liked to shoot over our base with a 50 cal at night.
My Army unit had eight guys: all of us made it home alive!
We scanned the "Seven Sisters" mountains which crosed into Viet Nam from Cambodia. Had several targets every night with VN artillery or the Sea Wolves attacking.
We got attacked several times: onre battle lasted three days with the Special Forces Mike Force gettting chewwed up pretty good.
A big THANKS to the Navy guys for their assistance, support and food.
I got aboard the YRBM-20 once. I commandeered the 14ft aluminum boat with a 40 horse Johnson outboard and rode with two guys to Vinh Gia on ther Vinh Te Canal..!!! What a trip! I look back and think how stupid that move was!!
Great site..keep up the good work.
NAME = Richard Solomon <EMAIL = solomon[ at ]goldrush.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 268th Field Artillery Radar Detachment BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Gia on the Vinh Te Canal YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970 FROM WHERE = Arnold, CA REFFERED By = Surfed in!
- Monday, June 03, 2002 at 20:41:56 (PDT)
Record 1257 I was stationed at ATSB Vinh Gia on the Vihn Te Canal. Those pictures you see of the Vinh Te with the tower was our anti-personnel radar tower. The local SVN Army guys next door fired on our targets with a 105 howitzer. We used the Seawolves when the VC paid a visit or two. The Navy guys took good care of us. Good food and company.
WE had radars posted from Vinh Gia to Cau Mao along the rivers and canals.
Great site. Anyone who remembers us Army guys should drop me an email.
NAME = Richard Solomon <EMAIL = solomon[ at ]goldrush.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 268th Field Artillery, Radar, Detachment BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Gia YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970 REFFERED By = surfed in
- Wednesday, June 05, 2002 at 20:48:55 (PDT)
Record 1356 I've been contacting all my shipmates from the Boxer, Capricornus, and Nashville, but had neglected to see if I could contact my brownwater buddies. When I saw this guestbook and scrolled down to Ronald Davis' entry, I couldn't believe what I saw. He mentioned the names of my guys. I'm sorry that I didn't get back to the RID much after they made me SA to RAID 73 and then Repair Coordinator at LSB Dong Tam. I missed you guys and hope that LTjg Arroyo did right by you. If you want to exchange war stories, or need someone to listen, don't hesitate to contact me.
NAME = ex=LT Hardy <EMAIL = tomhardy[ at ]columbus.rr.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RID-42, RAID-73 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Chau Doc, Vinh Gia, Dong Tam YEARs in VIETNAM = April 70 - 71 FROM WHERE = Galion, Ohio REFFERED By = Google
- Monday, August 05, 2002 at 14:05:49 (PDT)
Record 1372 Was on c132-1 for awhile as engineman. Trasnferred to
tango 15 . Boat captain was Martinez who later passed away
in Dong Tam. Brinkley then became boat captain. We saw quite a little action on the vinh te canal. I was wounded in Oct. and again in Nov of 69. I then pulled radio duty on the Benewah with corky and others. I believe greg was the coxwain. There was a pinky on board as well as three vietnamese. I was medivaced back to the states in Jan of 70. Anyoneone from our unit out there? It would be great to hear form someone.
NAME = Rodney Walker <EMAIL = s19491[ at ]netzero.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = c132-1, tango 15 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam, Tay Ninh prov, vinh te canal, can to ect YEARs in VIETNAM = may 69, Jan 70 FROM WHERE = Clare, Mi REFFERED By = just surfing
- Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 13:00:03 (PDT)
Record 1433 was wounded while on patrol in vinh te canal on 01/03/70 was medavaced to field hospital transferred to long binh then to yacusa japan then to national naval med center bethesda. received bronze star purple heart.i'm looking for a couple river rats that were on that patrol including one that saved my life. Please feel free to contact me at the above e-mail address i'd really appreciate the help in finding these guys after all these years so i can thank them for being there for me when it really counted.
e-mail gmjwon[ at ]iwon.com
NAME = eugene emery <EMAIL = gmjwon[ at ]iwon.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = river divisions 531 and 512 BASEs or LOCATIONS= river div 512 9/69-1/03/70 YEARs in VIETNAM = 8/69-1/70 FROM WHERE = pittsburgh , pa REFFERED By = internet
- Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 02:37:38 (PDT)
Record 1439 Have been searching to find Riv Div 551 buddies in particular a engineman (EN2) Bob Meyers or Myers was in PBR class 80 - any emails from Riv Div 551 or sister Riv Div 514 would be very much appreciated. YRBM-16 was on Basac river near Chou Duc or Chou pho- patroled Vhin Te Canal-later stationed at Go Da Hau-patroled Vam Co Te & Vam Co Dong rivers
NAME = Mike Novitske (ski) GMG2 <EMAIL = mikenovitske[ at ]centurytel.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Riv Div 551 - PBR 775 BASEs or LOCATIONS= YRBM-16 then land base Go Da Hau YEARs in VIETNAM = 6-69 to 6-70 FROM WHERE = Ripon, wi REFFERED By = surfing
- Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 10:33:25 (PDT)
Record 1463 I've posted before. Just wondered if anyone from NIOTC class 4-69 is out there. I'd like to hear from you.
NAME = Rod Walker <EMAIL = s19491[ at ]netzero.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ccb 132, atc 15 BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong tam, can to, ta ninh, vinh te canal FROM WHERE = Clare, Mi
- Friday, October 04, 2002 at 12:00:56 (PDT)
Record 1525 Looking for old friends and new ones who served.
NAME = Jim Bohenko <EMAIL = jbplastics[ at ]yahoo.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Task force 212, RPG 65, PBR'S BASEs or LOCATIONS= Chou Doc- Vinh Te Canal YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71 FROM WHERE = Hartford, CT REFFERED By = Web Search
- Friday, November 01, 2002 at 10:34:48 (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 1651 WHAT AN OUTSTANDING WEB SIGHT,WHAT MEMORIES.
NAME = JIMMIE (RED) DALTON <EMAIL = JMDALTON[ at ]APEX.NET> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RIVDIV 592/RPG 56 BASEs or LOCATIONS= NHA BE,GO DAU HA,,VINT TE CANEL. YEARs in VIETNAM = 15 AUG 68- 15 AUG 69 FROM WHERE = SOUTH FULTON, TN REFFERED By = SURFED IN
- Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at 17:50:19 (CST)
Record 1759 Still looking for other original advisors of RID-42. We turned over 16 boats to the VNN about April, 1970 and then served as their advisors guarding the Cambodian border. Water-borne guardpost--what a concept. Put yourself in harm's way and hope to survive. But I can't forget the steak and beer. They often couldn't get us a water buffalo, but could bring in a pallet of beer. Go figure.
NAME = ex-LT Charles T. (Tom) Hardy, USN <EMAIL = tomhardy[ at ]columbus.rr.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RID-42, RAID-73, USS Benewah BASEs or LOCATIONS= Chau Doc, Vinh Long, Vinh Te Canal, Dong Tam YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970-1971 FROM WHERE = Galion, Ohio
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
Record 1827 I've just finished reading a book by Samuel Crawford about his escapades trying to rfeport to the USS SUMMIT sometime in the late 1960's. It's a great read, and the book has lots of photos. Its title is: "BROWNWATER Getting there is half the fun. . ." Its available from all the regular internet booksellers, but I got mine directly from Sam. His email address is: BrownWaterOne[ at ]aol.com. No, I don't get paid for promoting this book. Just thought some of you brownwater types would enjoy it as much as I did.
NAME = ex-LT Tom Hardy <EMAIL = tomhardy[ at ]columbus.rr.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RID-42, RAID-73 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Te Canal, Dong Tam YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970-1971 FROM WHERE = Galion, Ohio
Record 1897 Arrived in November '70, making the French Canal transit from Tan Chau to Chau Doc; and several Vinh Te canal trips in a Mike Boat, past the French Locks, to evacuate the ARVN fire support base at Vinh Giai. Made the Mekong River cruise when the 21 was towed to Nha Be and on to Guam. I stayed in country, transferring to NASD Sa Dec, and then to Dong Tam.
NAME = Dan Carter <EMAIL = carterd5103[ at ]yahoo.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-21 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Tan Chau/Chau Doc YEARs in VIETNAM = 70 - 71 FROM WHERE = Tallahassee, FL REFFERED By = web surfing
Record 1947 I served with river division 512 from august 1969 to jan.3,1970 in the vinh te canal I was wounded that night and after being shifted from hospital to hospital finally wound up at the national naval medical center in bethesda, md. I would really like to find out more information about riv div 512. I'm trying to find out where i can find out about 2 shipmates in particular and where i can get some riv div 512 logo as mine were left behind in rvn.It seems that info on riv div 512 is hard to find it's like didn't exist at all.Also info on riv div 531 which was my 1st riv div in rvn. Any information i can get would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for the great site. Hope to hear from you soon.
NAME = gene emery <EMAIL = gmjwon[ at ]iwon.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = river divisions 531 and 512 YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969-1970 FROM WHERE = pittsburgh , pa REFFERED By = Butch Barns/ David Finley
Record 1962 I served with RivDiv 571 from Jan '69 until Jan '70. Thanks to ADM Zumwalt, we traveled all over IV Corps during my year - My Tho, NhaBe, the Vinh Te canal, the Parrot's Beak, the canal between Cambodia and Vietnam - more places than I can remember any more. Plenty of sleepless nights on the engine covers and C-rats. I calculated that RivDiv 571's active forces took 70% casualties in the year I was there. Was very happy to get home in relatively one peace. Often wonder what happened to all those boats...
NAME = Jay Roahen <EMAIL = jay[ at ]joroahen,com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RivDiv 571 BASEs or LOCATIONS= All over IV Corps YEARs in VIETNAM = Jan '69 - Jan "70 FROM WHERE = Annapolis, MD
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
Record 2089 Spent most of my time in Ha-tien after we were ordered there for a two week temp assignment. Seven months and some action later we finally were ordered to Chou Duc to patrol the Vihn Te canal. Lots of good and some bad memories from your web sight. It's great to see the old PBR sailors are still alive and kicking. Good luck to any old 532 guys. I was boat captain on boat 626.
NAME = Ken Harris <EMAIL = betty.ken[ at ]comcast.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PBR RivDiv 532 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Sa Dec, Ha-Tien, Chou Duc YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-70 FROM WHERE = Elizabethtown, Ky REFFERED By = Surfin the web