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Record 2 EMAIL =: bandrews[ at ]fourway.net NAME = Robert Andrews Website: Referred by: Net Search From: Indiana Time: 1998-02-26 09:12:27 Comments:
Very nice site. I was at the other end, in 1970. We worked out of DaNang, on YFU's, LCM 8's and if we had to, LCM6's. I spent a lot of time on the DMZ, hauling supplies and personel up river to Dong Ha. You had things floating at you in the water, the Cua Viet river was lined with CORN fields. Never saw a rice paddie the whole time I was there. You can get sick to your stomach watching corn stocks. Can't find too much about the north, and the river boats, but we weren't PBR's, just supply boats. My pictures were taken from me by the MP's at the gate of the Airfield at DaNang when I was leaving country. I also had a landyard with eight pins and one spoon. Those were from a rocket attack in Hue. I drop the concussion grenade, my craftmaster scooped it up and we had a hell of an air burst. Those M.P.'s must have some real tales to tell their kids, and have the pictures to prove it...
Glad to see that the Navy got dirty, instead of leaving it all up to the Marines to fight the war...
Bob Andrews YFU 82, DaNang 1970
Record 184 EMAIL =: BCVNRR6970 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 211 EMAIL =: NAME = John Roberts Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: Enid,Oklahoma Time: 1999-05-18 00:36:21 Comments:
Served on the YFU 24 in 68&69.A lot of memories.lots of pictures.Where are you all at now?
Record 432 Wonderful site, the image of the mike boat crew allowed me to prove we once wore cutoff dungarees, go-aheads (of flip-flops), and ball caps. My photographs were supported by that one.
Arrived August 1966, went aboard YFU-54 then to YFU-1498. We ferried cargo to Chu Lai, Hue, and Dong Ha.
Later went to Port Services, and ran a chart office in the White Elephant in Danang.
Dan Bowman Odenweller <DanOdenweller[ at ]compuserve.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YFU's 54 - 1498, - YRS= 66/67 - BASE/location= Danang FROM= Downey, CA - Sunday, July 16, 2000 at 19:58:27 (PDT)
Record 455 RM3 on YFU-71 Navy resupply boat from Jan 1969 to 1970. We carried ammo, vehicles, construction equipment and sometimes...BEER up and down the South China Sea from DaNang up to Dong Ha, Hue and South to Chu Lai. Those Rough Terrain (RT) forklift drivers rolled on and off our bow ramp loading and unloading day and night.
Carman Gentile <cgpiano[ at ]webtv.net>
UNIT/SHIP= YFU-71, - YRS= '69 - '70 - BASE/location= Naval Support Activity, DaNang FROM= Originally Michigan, now is Eureka, CA, CA REFFERED By= surf - Friday, August 25, 2000 at 23:30:33 (PDT)
Record 477 Looking for anyone or web page etc. with info on YFU s or LCU s. Landing craft
Bruce Pereira <turtle[ at ]cybertours.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YFU-70, Lighterage, - YRS= 67-68 - BASE/location= Danang, Vietnam FROM= Wells, Me - Sunday, October 01, 2000 at 10:03:08 (PDT)
Record 491 Great site, brings lots of memories. would like to find lost friends and fill in blanks in my memory. Served on YFU59 67-68-and 69 based in Danang went up coast to Dong Ha and points in between.
Richard Kenney <knell9[ at ]prodigy.net>
UNIT/SHIP= YFU59, - YRS= 67-69 - BASE/location= Danang Ca REFFERED By= My Son - Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 22:25:49 (PDT)
Record 496 I was on the skeelak (sp) for a month when I first got
to Danang as a RMSN in Sept '68. I was glad to get off
that dude and go to the White Elephant. I was there and at the Triangle in teletype repair until getting transferred
to Sa Huynh in March '69. Got hit by RPG while riding in
Army convoy 12 May 69.
I joined the navy trying to avoid Vietnam.
After all these years, these bullentin boards seen so surreal.
Anybody out there that was at Sa Huynh, Literage, White Elephant?
Philip Watson <bravo10[ at ]airmail.net>
UNIT/SHIP= YFU - 74, - YRS= .25 - BASE/location= Danang/Literage FROM= 9/1/68 - 10/1/68, tx - Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 08:38:31 (PDT)
Record 519 looking for anyone aboard 3 boats i was assigned to. i have found one from the yfu4.i do have some pictures from all 3 of the boats [ 1,3,& 4 corps.]june 69-june 70.. also anyone who was onboard yfu7.. she was swamped and beached in a bad storm at an thoi islandin early 70.still looking for dave schultz [nj?] lcu1494, mike chronoviat [ yfu4] calif ? , poncho lcm814 [san diego?] satch lcm814 , dave lcm814....welcome home brothers.. bill hermann
bill hermann <bcvnrr6970[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= lcu1494, yfu4, lcm814, - YRS= 69-70 - BASE/location= nsa danang&nha be FROM= florida, - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 09:58:09 (PST)
Record 582 STILL LOOKING FOR OLD ''BOAT MATES'' I WAS ON BOARD LCU1494 FOR 3 MONTHS UP IN 1 CORPS BEFORE GETTING TRANSFERRED DOWN TO NHA BE ON BOARD YFU4 THEN ONTO LCM814. LOOKING FOR PONCHO SATCH OR DAVE LCM814 [ OPERATION GIANT SLINGSHOT ]OPERATING INTO TRA CU, BEN LUC, OR MIKE CHRONOVIAT YFU 4[ THINK HE WAS CALIFORNIA ] OPERATING INTO SONG UN DOC, HA TIEN AN THOI. THANKS ...WELCOME HOME BROTHERS...BILL
BILL HERMANN <BCVNRR6970[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNIT/SHIP= LCU1494-YFU4-LCM814, - YRS= 69-70 - BASE/location= NSA DANANG , NHA BE FROM= PORT ORANGE , FL REFFERED By= JUST SURFED IN - Tuesday, February 06, 2001 at 06:58:31 (PST)
Record 588 Hello , Boats(Minor), Hopkins, thompson,loraro,Souza, Frank Trahan and the rest of the LCU- YFU gang in around An-Thoi Island .Like to hear from you guys. My wife and I located Will ( Jay ) Souza when we were in Hawaii Last year . He no longer rides a long surfboard, now it's just a buggie board ha ha !!he looks and is doing well!
with the most respect and knd reguards__ Vic Miesner _
Victor L Miesner jr. <vic-n-grace[ at ]webtv.net>
UNIT/SHIP= LCU-1498, - YRS= 1970 - BASE/location= NSA Det. An-Thoi FROM= Melbourne,, Ar. - Friday, February 16, 2001 at 10:46:05 (PST)
Guest Record 616 A big hello to all of Brown Water Guys.I was aboard the 1624
on the I corps rivers, '67-"68. I'd like to talk to anybody else that
was at the Hue' boat ramp during TET "68. I'd also like to
talk to any of the crewmembers of the LCU, YFU or LCM boats.
Mike Flaharty <mflahart[ at ]columbus.rr.com>
UNIT/SHIP= LCU-1624, - YRS= 67-68 - BASE/location= Hue'/Cua Viet/Dong Ha on the rivers FROM= Westerville, Oh REFFERED By= just surfed in - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 14:53:27 (PST)
Guest Record 623 Just rode the rivers delivering the merchandise. No great stories.(BR)
Would like to hear from other 18 or 82 boat crew members.I did find out that the 18 boat sold for scrap around 1973.
Mike Greenwood <louanamule[ at ]wwisp.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YFU-18 & 82, ARL30, - YRS= 1969-70 - BASE/location= NSA Danang, Literage FROM= Birmingham, , Al REFFERED By= Surfed in - Sunday, April 01, 2001 at 15:21:51 (PDT)
Guest Record 628 I was on the boats Jan 69 until spring, when I was sent back to the states via med-evac.
NAME = Dave DeMaw <EMAIL = rdemaw[ at ]ziplink.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCU 1498, YFU 73 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang YEARs in VIETNAM = less than 1 FROM WHERE = Tolland, CT
- Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 09:17:53 (PDT)
Guest Record 632 I STARTED OUT ON YFU-62 TILL SHE WAS MINED A WHILE AFTER TET-68. I THEN MOVED OVER TO THE 6-BOATS AT CAU-VIET. WHEN I GOT SHORT I WENT TO DANANG WAS THERE A COUPLE OF WEEKS. THEN I MADE ONE LAST TRIP UP TO TAM-MI, ON THE PURFUME RIVER BELOW HUE. I TOOK THEM A REPACEMENT BOAT. THAT I LOST STARBOARD ENGINE SURFING INTO THE RIVER MOUTH.THE NEXT DAY I BROUGHT OUT THE JUNKER. I CAUGHT A TOW BACK TO DANANG. WHERE I WAS ON THE LIST TO ROTATE BACK TO THE WORLD
NAME = WRIGHT, JOHN C. <EMAIL = jayc[ at ]socket.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = spec. unit II,3rd marines BASEs or LOCATIONS= cau-viet, danang YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68 FROM WHERE = MACON , MO.
- Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 20:51:42 (PDT)
Guest Record 641 Thanks, Bubba. I can finally look at where all the stuff happened without going blitzo, if you know what I mean. I visited the Vietnam Memorial Wall in DC last Summer for the first time. It helped to get rid of some hostilities I have carried for many years. I am currently involved in a web-page site for POWs/MIAs and it is very time consuming gathering information but well worth the effort. We cannot allow ourselves to forget those who have not yet come home. Thanks again for the refresher course.
Guest Record 696 time sure passes fast,doesn't seem like its been over 30 years.have alot of pictures of danang area and and different boats also of the perfume and cua viet rivers and hue and dong ha.would like to hear from other guys from Icorp.
NAME = john roberts <EMAIL = seabat_73703[ at ]yahoo.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yfu24 BASEs or LOCATIONS= danang.hue,dong ha YEARs in VIETNAM = 3-68 to3-69 FROM WHERE = enid, ok
- Monday, June 18, 2001 at 21:32:15 (PDT)
Guest Record 721 Assigned to Literage boat Division to YFU 64. Made Many trips to different rivers. Would really like to hear from guys on the YFU 64 plus Frank Tomas on the LCU 1614? Spent my last 4 months on YRBM 20 on the Ben Luc River driving boats around the 20 to shoot at debris in the water. Couple of shots that Hawley has of me waterskiing behind a boston wailer down from the 20..I've tried many times to locate guys like Nick Toto that was on my boat but have not seen anything on any sight for the YFU 64. Thanks Ken for the Opportunity to try to find them. Thirty one years is a long time to remember. Also I was on watch on the 20 when the cobra when in and also I was on the boat that picked up the helio the next day.
NAME = Donald L. Clark <EMAIL = donclark1948[ at ]yahoo.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU 64 Literage, Second YRBM 20 Ben Luc BASEs or LOCATIONS= Da Nang, Cua Viet, Dong Ha, Hey, Chu Lai YEARs in VIETNAM = May/69 May/ 70 FROM WHERE = San Diego, , Ca REFFERED By = Friend Paul Wood
- Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 13:00:31 (PDT)
Record 736 This is a good site. I have seen writings and pictures of boats in the Mekong Delta, and even the Coastal Patrol type of craft, but never anything on River Operations in I Corps, particularly covering the Cua Viet River.
I guess us Army "boatie" (Aussie friends term) took over after most of the US Navy and Marine Corps returned home. You Navy guys should take your place of "Honor" for your duty in I Corps during the more dangerous and critical phases of that War. "Brown Water" was not exclusively the Mekong Delta.
NAME = Beau WEB SITE = http://www.geocities.com/beaugestes2001/Beau.html
<EMAIL = Beau[ at ]2Die4.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Army YFU in I Corps BASEs or LOCATIONS= Da Nang was our home base YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971 FROM WHERE = "P-Town", CA REFFERED By = just curiosity
- Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 07:25:16 (PDT)
Record 785 I served as gunners mate on the YFU-67 from March of 68 to March of 69. We did what all the other crews did, deliver the cargo no matter what it was, and no matter where. I am proud to have served in the "U" boats.
NAME = Joe Taylor <EMAIL = joetay[ at ]rocketmail.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU-67 BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSA Danang YEARs in VIETNAM = 1 1/2 FROM WHERE = Brodhead, KY
- Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 07:26:36 (PDT)
Record 819 Arrived 28 June 1969. Departed 29 June 1970. Served whole time on YFU64 as an Engineman. Remember Don Clark who has visited this site. Also, Nick Toto(NY), John "Aardvark" Nowak(NY), Howard Van Erem(WI), Thomas Jefferson Pate, some Army Warrant named Ferriby (?), and a lot of faces without names. I have a few pictures around the house somewhere. I also remember an EM3 named Ken Seith(NY) who after a trip to Subic Bay prompted us to paint "Almost Cherry" on the con until command in Danang had us remove it. It was a long year and a lot of work. I also remember the chief snipe on YFU61 was a good friend of mine named Karl "Red" Anderson. Last I knew he lived in FL but was originally from upstate NY. We went thru 9 craftmasters in the time I was there. Only one injured and evac'd. Would love to hear from any others who ever did time on YFU64.
NAME = Mike Jarboe <EMAIL = mike.b.jarboe[ at ]lmco.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Lighterage Division - YFU64. Later on AD17 USS Piedmont BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang, Chu Lai, Sa Huynh, Cu Dai, Tam Ky, Hue, Cua Viet, Dong Ha, et al...I Corps YEARs in VIETNAM = Jun'69-Jun'70 & July '72 FROM WHERE = Then Louisville, Ky. Now Denver, CO, KY REFFERED By = Stumbled onto this surfing.
- Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 07:44:08 (PDT)
Record 828 Lived at Ten Shaw, worked at the White Elephant. I kept up with the location and status of LCU's, YFU's, water barges, reefers and a couple of tugs. I think there were about 116 in 1968. Other folks in my division set up the re-supply of ships while they were in DaNang and some were harbor pilots. After 30 some years only a few names are still with me: QM2 Dusty Vincent, QM2 Nick Jennings, QM1 Wilkinson, QM1 Camron & BMCM Gonzales. Most of those were career Navy........I was the lowly YNSN, only in to get out. Glad to have found this web site. Pictures brought back a lot of memories I had forgotten.
NAME = Larry Crowe <EMAIL = ljcrowe[ at ]meginc.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Port Services Division BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSA DaNang YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68 FROM WHERE = winchester, ky
- Monday, October 01, 2001 at 18:46:56 (PDT)
Record 851 Where are the guys that I served sith . The last thing that I heard they went to Sea Float and they were BLOPWN AWAY,. I saw the boat????????////////////
NAME = george orischak <EMAIL = Geowatachi[ at ]aol.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU89 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Na Bay YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970-1973 FROM WHERE = reading, penna REFFERED By = N/A
- Friday, October 19, 2001 at 16:29:35 (PDT)
Record 881 I was a quartermaster on YFU-18, YFU-55, and LCU-1614. Made many trips to Hue, Dong Ha, Chu Lai, and a few to Sa Huynh. We also got involved in pulling the Third Marines out of Quang Tri back in November and December of 69. The last month of two of my tour was spent on LCU-1475, getting it fixed up to turn over to the RVN Navy. The RVN's needed a boat in much better condition than we Americans required. I have lots of photos, but have to dig them out.
NAME = Ron Mathis <EMAIL = rpmathis[ at ]email.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63, YFU-18, YFU-55, LCU-1614, USS Pawcatuck, AO-108 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Yankee Station, NSA Danang, Mayport FL YEARs in VIETNAM = 4/69-4/70 FROM WHERE = Martinez, GA
- Monday, November 12, 2001 at 00:43:50 (PST)
Record 886 Was on YFU-64 1967-1968. Very tough times on the Cua Viet & Perfume Rivers with heavy casualties during the first five months of 1968. Looking for crew members of my boat who survived Defries, Gonzalez. Scuzzari, Willie Speck, Torrance, Morales, Gregory.......or from others who spent that year on other "U" boats, and share many of the same memories. Bob "Mack" Mackoul
NAME = Bob "Mack" Mackoul <EMAIL = Mackyfu64[ at ]aol.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU-64 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang, Hue, Cua Viet, Dong Ha, & DMZ YEARs in VIETNAM = June 67-June68 FROM WHERE = Brookyn (then) Long Island (now), NY REFFERED By = Just surfing
- Monday, November 12, 2001 at 20:57:22 (PST)
Record 918 I reported to NSA Danang June 66 and was assigned to literage. At first I worked at the ramp and in August we took the LCM8-860 up the Thu Bong river as part of a marinecorps search and destroy operation called "Swanee". We ended up leaving the Mike boat on the river and returned to Danang by truck via hill 55. When we got back I had orders to go to Japan and be part of a group to pick up three U-boats, I was assigned to YFU 62. I had heard that she had been mined shortly after I had left, but had no confirmation of it until tonight when I saw her picture on your web site. I'm wondering if anyone out there knows what happened to the crew, I sure would like to find out, if any of you guys are out there drop me an e-mail.
NAME = Bill Chilton <EMAIL = billmargc[ at ]shaw.ca> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCM8 860 YFU62 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-67 FROM WHERE = Canada, REFFERED By = Found your site by pure luck
- Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 17:49:04 (PST)
Record 923 Here's another good web page with into on Da Nang and a lot of good pictures. www.wardogs.com
NAME = Stan Houlberg <EMAIL = shoulberg[ at ]aol.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU 74 YEARs in VIETNAM = One FROM WHERE = Van Nuys, Ca
- Saturday, December 08, 2001 at 17:27:45 (PST)
Record 970 BEEN THERE DONE THAT
NAME = MORTON, VAUGHN R. <EMAIL = VAUGHNMORTON[ at ]AOL.COM> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU 24 7 YFU 57 BASEs or LOCATIONS= NHA BE ALL OVER YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971-72 FROM WHERE = JEFFERSON CITY, MO REFFERED By = JUST SURFING
- Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 18:02:01 (PST)
Record 980 Outstanding Website.... This is my first visit. You can change the tag under the MSO from possibly to it is! That is the Firm. I would imagine that the Firm made more than one trip to Vung Tau but during her 1965 deployment she anchored off Vung Tau and sent the motor whale boat in. Unfortunately, as I remember it, the motor whale boat ran aground. The C.O. at the time, LCDR. C.W.Roth, was not a happy camper. Always looking to exchange sea stories with old shipmates........
NAME = Ed Livingston <EMAIL = baldy-san[ at ]juno.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Firm (MSO-444) BASEs or LOCATIONS= Also, MinePac (YFU-39) & USS Whippoorwill (MSC-207) YEARs in VIETNAM = 1965-1969
- Saturday, January 12, 2002 at 18:55:10 (PST)
Record 1006 i STARTED OUT IN DA NANG ON LCM6 #9. WE WERE THE MAIL BOAT AND OFFLOADED CARGO FROM SHIPS IN THE HARBOUR. IN AUG. OF 66 I TRANSFERRED TO YFU-66. WE MADE MANY TRIPS TO DONG HA, HUE. TOOK MARINES AND 176S TO DONG HA FOR KHE SANH. I REMEMBER HEARING LATER A SHELL SHORT FIRED AND SOME OF GUN CREW WERE LOST. NOTHING WAS BUILT UP TO MUCH WHEN I GOT THERE BUT IMPROVEMENTS CAME QUICKLY. DEEP WATER PIERS,COLD STORAGE FACILITY TO NAME A FEW. GLAD I FOUND THIS SITE. IT BROUGHT BACK ALOT OF MEMORIES.
NAME = Dave Rowland <EMAIL = rkatie161[ at ]aol.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU-66 BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSA DA NANG YEARs in VIETNAM = 66-67 FROM WHERE = WOODLAND, CA REFFERED By = SURFING
- Sunday, January 27, 2002 at 21:28:26 (PST)
Record 1023 Had a lot of great friends there. Was present when YFU 62 was hit and all crew killed if I remember right. We also had a Mike 8 that hit a mine the same day killing one american civilian who hitched a ride. Best to all.
NAME = Stephen L. Clark <EMAIL = stevec[ at ]gladstone.mo.us> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Mike 8s BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cauviet YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968 to 1969 FROM WHERE = Kansas City, Mo REFFERED By = surfing
- Monday, February 04, 2002 at 14:04:49 (PST)
Record 1054 I arrived in DaNang in October of 1967 as a Radioman. There were about 25 of us just out of Radio A school and we were told that we were being assigned to a Comm Center. When we arrived to Camp Tien Shau(spelling?)we were informed that there was no room at the comm center and that we were to be farmed out to other areas. Given a choice of duty I chose the river. I am glad I did because even with Tet of 68 and all of the other things that went on for that year I am proud of the friends that I made and will always hold that time of my life as a great experience. I was on YFU 55 orginally but It went to Subic Bay about 3 months into my tour and I changed to YFU 66. Probably lucky because 55 got sunk on the Purfume River after its return to duty.
Thanks for the opportunity to sign the Book.
NAME = Jerry Long <EMAIL = divepro[ at ]dragg.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU-55 and YFU 66 BASEs or LOCATIONS= DaNang, Hue, Dong Ha YEARs in VIETNAM = Oct 67-Oct 68 FROM WHERE = Ashland, KY
- Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 13:25:45 (PST)
Record 1103 Great to find this site. I worked on the waterfront doing repairs on LCU's and YFU's. I was an EN3, good chance that I was involved with any boat that had engines replaced or transmissions replaced during this time. I knew a lot of the crews but time has erased the names from my memory.
NAME = Dennis Holly <EMAIL = dlholly[ at ]webtv.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Small Craft Repair Facility BASEs or LOCATIONS= DaNang YEARs in VIETNAM = July68-July69 FROM WHERE = Portland, MI REFFERED By = Surfed In
- Thursday, March 07, 2002 at 19:52:23 (PST)
Record 1128 You guys have done some great work putting this material up on the web. It's great to see the Brown Water - Gator Navy getting some good reviews out on the Web. I'll have to email in some of my photos from I-Corps. We crewed Mike boats and various YFUs. Last one I was on was the YFU-79 which has an intersting history. Navy transferred the Skilacks over to the Army's 329th Heavy Boat Co in the Spring of 70. For about two months they ran mixed Navy-Army crews with an Army warrant as the craftmaster....that was intersting. When the Army eventually pulled the boats out of 'Nam in the early 70s, the YFU-79 and some others got dropped off in Guam. In the 80s, Navy got the YFU-79 back and put a flight deck on it for training allied helo crews in flight ops off of decks that were underway. The boat was redesignated as the IX-514 and continued operating until late 90s out of Pensacola. A very colorful history for a river boat ! Keep up your excellent work ! 1st rate !
NAME = Tom Lanagan WEB SITE = http://www.albany.edu/veterans/archives/individuals/lanagan.htm
<EMAIL = tlanagan[ at ]att.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 3rd Boat Group, DaNang Lighterage Div, & 329th Hvy Boat Co BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Ha, Cua Viet, Hue, Quang Tri, DaNang, Hoi An, Chu Lai, SaHuhyn YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-70 FROM WHERE = Richmond, VA REFFERED By = MRFA
- Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 18:50:28 (PST)
Record 1192 Was first on the LCU1477 and than went to Triangle Relay outside of Danang. Was there when Bridgeramp was hit on the 27th of Feb 69. We were leveled when Charlie hit the ammo dump on the 28th of Feb 69. Went back to the YFU74 boat until July when I left vietnam. Would like to hear from Stanley Houlberg Jr. who did the site on the YFU78 and LCU1500. I do believe that Stanley and I where at the movie together over at Tien Sha when they called for early flights. Looking for anyone of you guys that I was over there with..give me a call RM3 Jon N. Bernard
NAME = Jon N. Bernard <EMAIL = JonNik7[ at ]aol.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCU1477; Yfu74; Triangle Relay BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang Literage YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69 FROM WHERE = Waterloo, IA
- Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 09:30:01 (PDT)
Record 1197 Lighterage operations in I Corp, Perfume River, Cau Viet River. Hue,Tan My'T' Ramp, Dong Ha Bridge Ramp. Looking for EN Jimmy Tyree; BM1 Benjamin McKee. I was the Gunners Mate (YFU68) from April'67 to Jan.'68. Looking for any crew members during that time frame
NAME = Ken Layne <EMAIL = layne68[ at ]optonline.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU68 BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSA, Da Nang YEARs in VIETNAM = '67-'68 FROM WHERE = Freehold, NJ REFFERED By = Surfed on
- Monday, April 22, 2002 at 09:30:08 (PDT)
Record 1212 Still looking for anyone from E&R Division during Aug 1968 to Aug 1969. I was an Electrician's MAte. Assigned to PBR RivDiv 543 as their electrician. Helped Billy Schmit (EM2) on the LCM's & YFU's.
NAME = Skip Ripley <EMAIL = skipripley[ at ]msn.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = E&R Division BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cua Viet YEARs in VIETNAM = Jan 68-Aug 69 FROM WHERE = Divide, CO REFFERED By = Surfed in
- Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 17:12:30 (PDT)
Record 1226 Arrived Danang October 1967 and went aboard YFU 54. Many trips to Dong Ha, Cua Viet and Hue. Went to admin working on maintenance scheduling Spring 68 and then to Holy Loch, Scotland that Fall. Back to Saigon October 69 to October 70 when seperated. Stayed in Reserve Program and retired 1992 as YNC. It was a great ride!!!
NAME = John Mellinger <EMAIL = jmellinger1[ at ]excite.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU 54 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang YEARs in VIETNAM = 67, 68, 69, 70 FROM WHERE = Millwood, WV REFFERED By = Just stopped by
- Friday, May 10, 2002 at 10:33:35 (PDT)
Record 1250 While assigned to PCF-31, Cat Lo, 1966-67, I was a QM3.
While assigned to YFU-81, Da Nang, 1968-69, I was a QM2.
While assigned to MACV, Saigon, 1970, I was a QM2.
I spent 13 years on active duty, ending as a QM1, aboard the USS Milwaukee AOR-2. Spent five years attending night school to get my BA degree is Criminal Justice and joined the Naval Reserve in 1984. I retired in 1998 as a QMCS.
NAME = George Henry White II <EMAIL = Seawolf72[ at ]aol.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PCF-31, Cat Lo, RVN YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-67, 68-70 FROM WHERE = Deerfield Beach, Florida
- Sunday, June 02, 2002 at 20:20:44 (PDT)
Record 1277 I was YFU 24 on the perfufme river,anchord during monsoon season an swept into a rice paddy over Hwy1 for several days
NAME = Franklin E Pierce <EMAIL = piercerhon[ at ]aol.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU 7 - YFU 24 BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSA DaNang YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1968 FROM WHERE = Mobile, Al. REFFERED By = found looking
- Saturday, June 22, 2002 at 17:04:45 (PDT)
Record 1359 Found this site by accident. Great reading, brings back many memories. Spent lots of time underway going between, Cua Viet, Dong Ha , Chu Lai, Hue and Sai win (sp). I was at the ammo ramp in Danag in February 69 when she was hit. We also lost two YFU's. Retired in 96 after doing 30 years. The 1614 is still operating out of Key West.
NAME = John Lippolis <EMAIL = jlippolis[ at ]gwi.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCU 1614 BASEs or LOCATIONS= DaNang YEARs in VIETNAM = 6/68-6/69 FROM WHERE = Jersey City, NJ
- Thursday, August 08, 2002 at 22:20:33 (PDT)
Record 1384 Anyone with information, pictures, etc on YFU 10 please contact me.
My dad was skipper of LCT668 in World War 2 and that boat was converted into YFU 10....I'm dying to get info on that and surprise dad with it, along with a model of the boat.
Thanks for all you Viet Nam vets did and Welcome Home.
Doug Myers USN (ret on 4) Viet Nam Era
NAME = Doug Myers <EMAIL = douglas.e.myers[ at ]jci.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU 10
- Wednesday, August 28, 2002 at 14:36:11 (PDT)
Record 1412 Served on YFU-63 from 7/67 to 3/68. Was pretty good duty until the last part of Feb. Looking for other sailors who served on u-63.
NAME = Dave Polcyn <EMAIL = dhpolcyn[ at ]apk.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU-63, LCU-1498(w/Army crew), USS Hickman County LST-825 BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSA Danang, Lighteridge Division YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-68 FROM WHERE = Minerva, OH
- Thursday, September 05, 2002 at 08:53:03 (PDT)
Record 1418 Served on Ferry Landing ramp crew for 3 or four months. BM1 R.H. Work was in charge of ramp. Transfered to YFU 66, the ole Tar Baby for a few months in 1967 before taking her to overhaul in Subic. Came back for 68 fireworks show. Served on LCU 1498 in summer of 68. Went to Subic for overhaul. Saw Work in Subic on one of the overhauls. He had made Chief. Would like to hear from anyone on the 66 or 1498 during this time. Also Robert Shelton of Kilgore TX and ?? Brady of CA were on another boat in the yards in Subic same time as 1498. Would also like to hear from them.
NAME = Leonard McCarty <EMAIL = GEMAC12128[ at ]msn.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU 66 and LCU 1498 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Da Nang YEARs in VIETNAM = 67 - 68 FROM WHERE = Grapevine, TX REFFERED By = Search
- Sunday, September 08, 2002 at 13:13:07 (PDT)
Record 1465 I was on Lcu 916 which was later changed to YFU-57 I was later transfered to another YFU. I work the rivers up to Hue and Dong Ha. We Brought 3- boats fron the states on an LSD and disenbaked at Chu Lai,and then on to Danang.
NAME = Ed Paxton <EMAIL = edpaxton[ at ]bright.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Lcu 916 Danang BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang YEARs in VIETNAM = 1965-1966-1967-1968
- Friday, October 04, 2002 at 22:09:36 (PDT)
Record 1493 My name is Wayne Motts and I am the curator of the Cumberland County Historical Society in Carlisle, PA. I am researching the men from our county killed in Vietnam. I would like to have contact with anyone who knew and/or served with ERIK NILES RUDZIAK a sailor on YFU-62, KIA January 16, 1969. Any help would be appreciated.
NAME = Wayne E. Motts <EMAIL = wemhistorian[ at ]yahoo.com> FROM WHERE = Carlisle, PA
- Monday, October 14, 2002 at 21:49:31 (PDT)
Record 1503 Would like to say WELCOME HOME.
Would like to hear from old friends who made it through hell. I was wounded by rocket attack on May 25,69 and sent Stateside and later discharged. Have some pictures of buddies but I can't remember names. Also remember a YFU hitting mine on Qua Viet river that we had to spend several nights on and would like to get that YFU number. Would also like to know what ever happened after I was medivac out.
NAME = David Elliott <EMAIL = dpelliott[ at ]in-tch.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Base Security BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSAD Qua Viet YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-69 FROM WHERE = Missoula, MT
- Friday, October 18, 2002 at 18:24:21 (PDT)
Record 1520 Looking for anyone that served on YFU 55 or 66 from October 1967 through October 1968. I know the the 55 was sunk on the Perfume river after it got back from Subic. After Vietnam I went to a ammo ship out of Mayport, Fl. I now work for the Corps of Engineers and Own a Commercial Diving Company on the Ohio River.
NAME = Jerry Long <EMAIL = mdsjerry[ at ]dragg.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU-55 and YFU-66 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-68 FROM WHERE = Ashland, Ky
- Monday, October 28, 2002 at 00:57:16 (PST)
Record 1667 I arrived at Danang Air Base at 7:30 P.M., on 29 June, 1966. I served at the Naval Communications Center at the White Elephant until June of 1967, I then extended for 6 months and received 30 days free leave. I returned in July of 1967 and went up to N.S.A.D. Cua-Viet, where I served in the Communications bunker. C.T.F. Clearwater (T.F. 115) needed communicators to ride P.B.R.'s so I was assigned to P.B.R.'s in October of 1967 and rode the Cua-Viet river every other night until I extended another 6 months and went home for Christmas 1967. I returned to Cua-Viet and P.B.R.'s in January 1968, and stayed with them (including TET-68), until I went home again in August of 1968 because I extended again for 6 months. I went home and returned in September 1968, and stayed with TF-115 (P.B.R.'S) until I left Viet-Nam at 12:30 P.M., on the 23rd of March, 1969. I had just returned from night patrol on the morning of the 21st and climbed on the roof of the Comm. bunker when YFU-62 was blown up by a remote detonated 700 lb mine as it pulled away from the concrete ramp and made its swing up river to go to Dona-Ha ramp with 105 mm. rounds.
NAME = Mike RICE RMCS USN RET. UNITs SHIPs BOATs = N.S.A. DANANG, N.S.A.D CUA-VIET, TF CLEARWATER BASEs or LOCATIONS= DANANG, DONG-HA, CUA-VIET YEARs in VIETNAM = JUN-66 TO MAR-69 FROM WHERE = SAN BERNARDINO, CA REFFERED By = FOUND WEB SITE
Record 1764 I was on the YFU51 at Nha Be I would like to try and find a photo but so far nothing... Any help would be greatly appreciated... Thanks to you guys I have found the beloved "LAST CHANCE" %#[ at ]$#%$&*^%$#[ at ] ;-)and the YRBM21 but there are still gaps like the name or number of the boat that was about 1/4 mile from the 21 going towards Tan Chau Army base. The same night the 21 got hit I remember hearing that 2 misiles were fired into the army base by mistake... Can anyone verify that? Lots of questions from me brothers!!! Peace and WELCOME HOME! Chuck Thompson P O BOX 112 Superior, AZ 85273
NAME = Chuck Thompson <EMAIL = chuckt[ at ]worldlinkisp.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Anapolis Hotel, YRBM21, YR71, YFU51 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Siagon, Nha Be, Tan Chau YEARs in VIETNAM = 1 FROM WHERE = 4/71-4/72, AZ
Record 1787 Dam fine job on your web site! Lookin for some old friends and new ones stationed where I was while in country. Can't even find the words to tell you how much I enjoy this site! Lookin for Charlie Gaspard, Ken Thomas, and a guy named Cummings we called him "Bert" and all the other guys that I severed with over there. Have found some thanks to you guys ande I really thank you for that!
NAME = Chuck Thompson <EMAIL = chuckt[ at ]worldlinkisp.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM21, YR71, YFU57, BASEs or LOCATIONS= Anapolis Hotel, Nau Bei, Tan Chau, An Thoi YEARs in VIETNAM = 4/71 - 4/72 FROM WHERE = Lisbon, OH REFFERED By = Surfin for some old memories!
Record 1800 I got to Viet Nam on Salvage Duty,1967, with Harbor Clearance Unit 1 Cleared an inverted Barge, sucked it up against our keel and took it away, Phillipines I think. Came back worked on a Shell Tanker a sapper hit below the water line right close upon the beach, Then went over to Cam Rahn Bay and salvaged an 8- boat that was broached. Later came back to Camp Tien Sha, S C R F Wire and Sail Loft, at Carpenter Shop. left in July or August, 69
We made chokers and straps for LCU's YFU's etc. We would trade you out of your false teeth if you would let us. We had a hell of a network all over I-corp. Made gun covers too, and any thing else you could make out of canvas,leather or Naughahyde. I worked with BM 1 Ellis, Sn. Yock
spent nearly every day putting boats on and off the quay wall, scraping and painting and all other types of patchwork. I like the site.
NAME = ELMER CLARK <EMAIL = elmerthecop[ at ]lycos.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Current ARS 22 ; S C R F DaNang BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vung Tao Harbor, CAM RAHN BAY, NHA TRANG YEARs in VIETNAM = 67 68 69 FROM WHERE = Dayton, Tx.
Record 1813 WHEN I FIRST ARRIVED IN COUNTRY I WAS ASSIGNED TO YFU-57 AND AFTER A PERIOD WENT TO THE "ROAD PATROL" UNIT IN CAMP TEN SHAW (ALL IN 1966). I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO WAS THERE AT THE SAME TIME AND ESPECIALLY IF YOU WERE IN EITHER YFU-57 OR ROAD PATROL. TRYING TO LOCATE HARRY CONKLIN FROM CADILLAC MI. AND JERRY LAPORTO FROM THE LOS ANGELES, CA. I ALSO WOULD LIKE HELP IN LOCATING THE YEARBOOK THAT WAS MADE OF CAMP TEN SHAW THE ONE THAT HAS THE PICTURE OF THE VIETNAMESE WITH THE MOTOR ROUND IN HIS CHEST AND THE LITTLE GIRL RUNNING FROM THE NAPALM EXPLOSION. I LEFT THE NAVY AND JOINED THE ARMY AND RETURNED BACK TO DANANG ONLY I WAS WITH MACV THIS TIME. I HAVE PLENTY OF GOOD MEMORIES TO SHARE AND SOME BAD ONES BUT WHAT THE HELL AT LEAST WE CAN TALK ABOUT THEM WE ARE THE BLESSED ONES AND WE DON'T FORGET THOSE WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFISE. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND A GRERAT "WELCOME HOME" TO YOU...
NAME = HENRY NAVARRO <EMAIL = HNAVARO[ at ]AOL.COM> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU-57 / ROAD PATROL NSA BASEs or LOCATIONS= DANANG CAMP TEN SHAW YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966 FROM WHERE = LAS CRUCES, , NM
Record 1845 Was in R-Div. Remember when the YFU/LCU went up on the rocks in An Thoi, the aromatic Nuc Mam factory in An Thoi and all the other exotic sights, smells and sounds of the time
NAME = Frank Curran <EMAIL = cheiuhoi[ at ]aol.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Tutuila BASEs or LOCATIONS= An Thoi, Vung Tau, Nha Be YEARs in VIETNAM = 3/69 - 12/70
Record 1869 This is a great site. I was a EM3 on YFU67 until it left for Subic Bay for major maintenance and then I was stationed on YFU68 until I left DaNang in June, 1970. Anyone that served on either of these 2 boats during the dates above I would love to hear from you.
NAME = Darrell Hanson <EMAIL = dchanson8040[ at ]aol.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU67 and YFU68 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Lighterage Division, DaNang YEARs in VIETNAM = May 69 to June 70 FROM WHERE = Minneapolis, MN REFFERED By = Search the web for YFU68
Record 1886 Gunners Mate on YFU68 from March of '67 to Jan '68. Looking for shipmates in Viet Nam. Jim Tyree- engineman, Ben Mckee-1rst craftmaster BM1. After Viet Nam stationed on Uss Talbot DEG 4 Homeported in Newport, RI 3 Years
NAME = Ken Layne <EMAIL = layne68[ at ]optonline.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU68, "I" Corp, Perfume & Cau Viet Rivers, "T" Ramp BASEs or LOCATIONS= Da Nang; Hue; Dong Ha; Chu Lai; Subic Bay YEARs in VIETNAM = 13 Months FROM WHERE = Freehold, NJ REFFERED By = Surfed On
Record 1893 Spent the first 3 years aboard the USS CHARA AE31 in the Tonkin Gulf supplyong ammo to all the fighting ships, transfered inland in Aug.'68 to Danang NAVSUPPGRP, 3weeks there was enough for me, volunterred to boat duty anywhere. Sent to Cau-Viet on the mouth of the Dong_Ha river running mine sweeper up and down the river along with 3 other LCM6's. My BEST BUDDY, George D. Tinko, we called him Tinkle, was killed Feb21"69 when Charles blew his boat up, killing him. Feb'26, mr."C", tried to over run the base early in the night, 26 Marines were lost fighting on the parimeter. I transfer back to Danang in March of that year, not wanting to Cau-viet ever again. Was tansfered to YFU-54 running supplies and cargo up and down the coast, mostly to Cau-Viet and Dong-ha. Now I wish I could go back in time and be there again. Sure miss the C Rations.
NAME = Delbert Goben <EMAIL = LCM3854> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Chara AE-31, Clearwater Mine Sweep tsk116-lcm#38-call sign Stingray 1 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cau-Viet,SVN YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69 FROM WHERE = Saint Joseph, MO REFFERED By = wife
Record 1894 Spent the first 3 years aboard the USS CHARA AE31 in the Tonkin Gulf supplyong ammo to all the fighting ships, transfered inland in Aug.'68 to Danang NAVSUPPGRP, 3weeks there was enough for me, volunterred to boat duty anywhere. Sent to Cau-Viet on the mouth of the Dong_Ha river running mine sweeper up and down the river along with 3 other LCM6's. My BEST BUDDY, George D. Tinko, we called him Tinkle, was killed Feb21"69 when Charles blew his boat up, killing him. Feb'26, mr."C", tried to over run the base early in the night, 26 Marines were lost fighting on the parimeter. I transfer back to Danang in March of that year, not wanting to Cau-viet ever again. Was tansfered to YFU-54 running supplies and cargo up and down the coast, mostly to Cau-Viet and Dong-ha. Now I wish I could go back in time and be there again. Sure miss the C Rations.
NAME = Delbert Goben <EMAIL = LCM3854[ at ]netscape.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Chara AE-31, Clearwater Mine Sweep tsk116-lcm#38-call sign Stingray 1 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cau-Viet,SVN YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69 FROM WHERE = Saint Joseph, MO REFFERED By = wife
Record 1898 Arrived Danang 29 June, 1966, served there until NSAD Cua Viet set up in March of 1967, went up there with COMM van and stayed there until TET 68, where we had to evacuate base during NVA march south to occupy Cidatel at Hue. After marines kicked their asses back across DMZ went back up to help rebuild Cua Viet. Served with PBR's there until finally leaving Viet Nam on 23 March, 1969. I was standing on top of the Comm Bunker when YFU-62 blew sky high from that command detonated mine pulled out to mid channel after the sweeps passed by at first light. Welcome home to ALL of you. Remember when the New Jersey would fire over our heads at targets inland, sounded like a freight train driving over Cua Viet. And what about those 152's from the other side of the D.M.Z., wreaked havoc on us didn't they ? Hope you guys are living a somewhat "normal" life...kind of hard to do after experiencing Cua Viet. B C N U Later AR
NAME = Michael RICE RMCS USN (RET) <EMAIL = michaelrice5[ at ]hotmail.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Danang, NSAD Cua-Viet, Dong Ha Riv Sec Gru (PBR'S). BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang, Dong Ha, Cua Viet YEARs in VIETNAM = 6/66 - 3/69 FROM WHERE = Carlsbad, CA REFFERED By = Found WEB page
Record 1907 Was on a courier mission to CuaViet heading down the CuaViet River in my M76 Otter, with mail and c-rats and other stuff for the M-76 detachment there. We had lost one Otter to a booby trap, probably a 155 round wired in the river, so I decided to follow in the wake in of that Mike boat. Made it safely ashore and got a picture of my escort.
NAME = (Corporal) Gary D. Tischue <EMAIL = gdtischue[ at ]hotmail.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = H&SCo, 3rdMotors, 3rdMarDiv,RVN, 1/68-2/69 BASEs or LOCATIONS= PhuBai, Camp Evans, Hue, QuangTri, DongHa, KheSahn, ConThien, C-4, RockPile,CuaViet, CamLo,DaiDo, YEARs in VIETNAM = 1-68 to 2-69 FROM WHERE = Seattle, Wa REFFERED By = Typing in YFU74 in my browser
Record 1952 Served in Danang, Republic of Vietnam in 1968 on a YFU and dont remember any crew members or the hull # of the craft I was on.If someone out ther could help me find out this Info I would be truley greatfull.Thank You Brian
NAME = Brian Caruso WEB SITE = NONE
<EMAIL = labtec[ at ]intergrafix.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YFU BASEs or LOCATIONS= Danang, Republic of Vietnam YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968 FROM WHERE = Swoyersville, PA REFFERED By = N/A
Record 1990 Served with some great guys on yfu-70, would be nice to hear from them
NAME = roy blevins WEB SITE = none
<EMAIL = rblevins[ at ]email.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = y f u -70 BASEs or LOCATIONS= danang, literage division YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68 FROM WHERE = cols., oh REFFERED By = friend
Record 1992 We were a good bunch of guys and we got the job done most of the time
NAME = roy blevins WEB SITE = none
<EMAIL = rblevins[ at ]email.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yfu-70 BASEs or LOCATIONS= danang YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68 FROM WHERE = cols, ohio REFFERED By = friend
Record 2005 Was Coxwain of LCM-876 for three months in Danang Harbor. Later transferred to YFU-70. Spent rest of time on coastal ops. to Dong-ha, Hue, Tan mi,etc. Monsoon time was real nasty in South China Sea. It's a wonder those old boats survived! Pretty hard to navigate with no visibility and junk equipment. Was a real thriller riding the surf into the Cau-Viet or Perfume River on 30' waves. Even more so trying to get out!! Boat hit a mine in Perfume River. crew repaired hole, pumped out water and made it back to Danang on one engine. Talk about slow boat to China! Good crew on boat. They worked hard and played hard when able!
NAME = keith rockwood QM2 <EMAIL = keithrockwood[ at ]hotmail.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCM-876, YFU-70 BASEs or LOCATIONS= US Naval Support Activity, Lighterage Div., Danang, Vietnam YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-1967 FROM WHERE = Webster, Ma
Record 2064 Just recently got in touch with a couple of men I served with in these two units. Sent up to CV in November '68 after we lost the 23 boat with all aboard. Replaced GMG3 Robert Barron of the 23. Up there with PBR 543 and lot's of grunts. Memory is not great but some of it returning. Seems to me I remember 3 Lima being the most difficult of the 5 lima patrols. Lot's of time with Danang Harbor patrol. Was sitting at Bridge Ramp when a YFU full of ammo went up. Anyway would love to hear from others stationed at either unit at the same time.
NAME = Ken "Zak" Guyer <EMAIL = kagptloma[ at ]cox.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Cua Viet River Patrol, LCPL's & Danang Harbor Patrol BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cua Viet and Danang YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-69 FROM WHERE = San Diego, CA
Record 2068 I was on the Bon Homme Richard,CVA 31, "B" Div. #2 Fire Room, off Yankee Station on their 68 cruse and their 69 cruse. After returning stateside in October of 69 I went to DaNang in December 69 to August 70 with Lightridge, LSU 1576 then YFU 74. Left YFU 74, T.A.D. to Subic Bay for 30 days. Upon my return to DaNang I had only 30 day left then returned stateside for discharge.
NAME = Ted Roundy <EMAIL = troundy2002[ at ]yahoo.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 67-69 Bon Homme Richard, 69-70 LCU 1576 & YFU 74. BASEs or LOCATIONS= San Diego and DaNang So. VN. YEARs in VIETNAM = 68, 69 & 70 FROM WHERE = Pensacola , Fla.
Record 2092 Hello Kent, thanks for working on cleaning up the junk on this great site.it's been a while scince i sighned on but i check our site regularly...Welcome Home Brothers, A Big Hello to BM-1 Minor, Hopkins,Souza,Pareze ( karl )Frank Trahan,Paul Loreo,Muller,Booth,Thompson,all the lcu&an-Thoi Gang what ever happend to Runway Annie? ha ha!!or the Base Comander (Lt.Com ) or Lt. Ludder?...Remember the time we were on a watter run to Ha-Tien and we lost the Port screw and with only one eng.running we wern't able to hold our course so we droped anchor and during the night the genny ran out of fuel and we lost the gyro? remember we were lost for days in the south China sea ? finally running into a ship and got our Gyro set and made our run up the River? ha ha !!or the time we all drank beer out of that sea bee's boot at their going back to the world party,i can still tast cement ha ha !!!oh , Frank Trahan i've made contact with Ronnie Snodgras's widow remember (Snotty)(Tex)He died of Agent Orange( organ's failed) Well we are all old boy's now but we were in our prime back then God Bless every one of you !Who else ,Jonsey? Crash Carter?Bennie?Phil(big red headded guy that kept Gernade pins in his bush hat? ha ha We won't go there today!)ha ha !! Honest Phil i'm sorry about that old Pinapple Gernade ha ha !!! i thought you were going to beat me to death over that joke! ha ha!!I hope and wish all of you well.Remember little Ludder? the mascott(pig) on one of the YFU boats that we nick-named after the Hornable Lt. Ludder? Lt. sure was a sport over that.Ran into Jay Souza in Pearl Harbor Hawaii in 2000 he is alive and well and quiet the family man with 3 children and wonderful wife (still got his hair!) I don't ha ha !!!i check this site regurally hopeing to hear of you guy's if your still alive you'll always be my brothers and i'll never forget your faces even if memory fails me on all the names. God Bless our Country and Service Men and Woman who give all they got and their familes who wait and pray for their safe return.while they Endure hardness for our freedom. Thanks again Kent Hawley Who the Hell is Mu Gu and that other fairy sure like to meet those guy's in person...vic miesner
NAME = victor miesner <EMAIL = vic_miesner[ at ]webtv.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = LCU-1498 BASEs or LOCATIONS= An thoi or Phu Qua Island YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970 FROM WHERE = Melbourne, AR. REFFERED By = search
Record 2095 I spent my tour as a Marine, 3rd Marine Division, running rivers and convoys. I was assigned to the 3rd at Dong Ha. I would come up from Da Nang on any craft that would haul our non-priority gear/supplies (soda, smokes, writing paper, etc.) Our little group rode shotgun on mike 6's, 8's, YFU, anything. Because of the non-priority load, sometimes at Cua Viet, we were off-loaded and stayed a few days until the priority gear went first. We lived on the boats with the Navy and were proud of it.
I can see by some of the entries that the men on the boats in 1967 and 1968, Tet, remember the stress. I have nothing but respect for you guys. I was there during the same period of time and also spent time on the Perfume River going to Hue and then by truck convoy to Phu Bi and back to Da Nang by C-130 to start the next trip.
I want to inform the webmaster of this page that I have super 8 films of Cua Viet being hit, Da Nang harbor, Dong Ha and a trip down the river , I am also in the film. The films have been transfered to DVD, approx. 20 minutes in lenght, 10 minutes at Cua Viet, we lost about 7 boats that day. In the film the 65 boat is pulling out to safety and an LST is fighting the fires. Some of the remaining boats are in flames and tanks are rolling. In the background of the action you see the old white sign with the name, "Cua Viet" writen on it.
Note: This film is not for sale. If the webmaster would like a FREE copy, I would be happy to send it to him, so that he could put it on this webpage. I want to give back to the men on those boats.
I requested for disability in Jan., 2003. I was in a number of hospitals in Vietnam and medevaced out of country to a hospital for a few weeks before coming back to the Cua Viet River. The VA Board informed me that Being assisgned to the PX (I never sold anything or worked inside of the PX) and riding the rivers didn't constitute me being in a combat zone, so I am appealing.
This web page maybe used as a positive tool to assist many veterans that served on the rivers. I thank you for letting me serve with you.
PS. I could use all of the information that I can get on the Cua Viet and Perfume Rivers during 1967 and 1968. I would appreciate anyones input who recalls moving/transporting PX gear and the Marine escorts.
NAME = Bill Bowman <EMAIL = williamkbowman[ at ]hotmail.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 3rd Mar. Div, escorted supplies from Danang to Hue & Dong Ha BASEs or LOCATIONS= Phu Bai, Dong Ha, Quang Tri, Cua Viet, Hue, Da Nang YEARs in VIETNAM = Nov 67 - Dec 68 FROM WHERE = Los Angeles, CA REFFERED By = Searching for Brown Water Navy