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Record 430
Served USSYR71, NSA Danang, fall 1967 - fall 1968. Also, USSHampshire County, LST 819, Spring 1969, fall 1970

Willie G Brown <wgb[ at ]dswa.com>
UNIT/SHIP= LST819, - YRS= 2 - Sunday, July 16, 2000 at 12:54:32 (PDT)

Record 777
I was on yr71 1970-71 at tan chau cambodia border i was a en repairing 12v71 detroits for swift boats was there on 5-28-71 atack on yrbm21 would like to contact any one around at the time. would like info on small craft painted like US flag that came down river out of cambodia at high rate of speed we all called him captain america.

NAME = JOE BEST <EMAIL = jjssbest[ at ]msn.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yr71 navel ordance vung tau harold e. holt de 1074
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70 71 72
FROM WHERE = rhome , tex
- Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 10:55:07 (PDT)

Record 790
TOLD A SMALL PART OF IT ALL, AFTER READINDING OTHERS ACCOUNTS I THOUGHT WHAT THE HELL.DOES ANY ONE REMEMBER WHEN IN 1971 I CAN'T REMEMBER COXINS NAME WE WERE SENT UP RIVER TO PICK UP 200 MATERESS FOR COUNTER PARTS.ON THE WAY BACK WE WERE BITCHING ABOUT THE FACT SOME OF US SPENT THE NIGHTS IN HAMKS. SO WE THROUGH OVER BOARD 17 OF THESES WITH CONCOSION GERNADES ON TOP FOR EFFECT. GOT BACK WAS IN TROUBLE. BACK END OT 06 BOAT WAS BLOWN OFF.

NAME = joe best EN 4 <EMAIL = jjss[ at ]msn.com >
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR71,VUNG TAU NAVEL ORDANICE, HAROLD.E.HOLT DE 1074
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70,711.72
FROM WHERE = RHOME TX. SAN JOSE CALIF., REFFERED By = SURFED IN
- Monday, August 27, 2001 at 15:54:38 (PDT)

Record 1190
Tan chau was the closest town to both the yr17 and yrbm21 also there was seabee base at the mouth of a canal that led to chau duc. I was attached to navsubpact saigon and first duty station was the yr71. if I recall the yrbm21 had not arrived yet, we were the only yard repair barge on the river. the yrbm21 later arrived in front of us close to the border of cambodia. Then a seal team was positioned between the yr71 and yrbm21 I believe it was seal team one if my memory is correct.after yr71 was turned over to the vietnamese navy I was transferred to the yrbm21 aboard a small barge that was the boat section. first class cotten was my supervisor. on the other side of the yrbm21 is where the cambodian navy tied up. when the seawolves landed on the helo pad I remember Ltcmdr Thompson I would always talk to him. val 4 blackponies I believed was also attached to us.I have photographs of the yr71 and the yrbm21.

NAME = william poffenberger <EMAIL = cmbtvet[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yr71 yrbm21
BASEs or LOCATIONS= tan chau area not far from cambodian border
YEARs in VIETNAM = 71-72
FROM WHERE = tulsa, ok
- Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 15:53:24 (PDT)

Record 1214
I'm looking for GM3 BILL CROSS. He was attached to the YR71, after the YR71 was turned over to the Vietnamese he left for NAM CAN. If anybody who served at NAM CAN remembers him please contact me.I have a xmas card from Bill that he sent me from NAM CAN while I was stationed at Vung Tau Naval Ordanance Base in 71. I have been trying to find him for years. Bill Poffenberger

NAME = BILL POFFENBERGER <EMAIL = cmbtvet[ at ]cox.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR71 YRBM21
BASEs or LOCATIONS= TAN CHAU AND VUNG TAU
YEARs in VIETNAM = 71-72
FROM WHERE = TULSA, OK
- Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 21:03:52 (PDT)

Record 1373
Reported aboard YR71 jan. 71 as an EM2 stayed on board till about Nov.Remained on board as an advisor after she was turned over to the vietnam navy. The 71 was moved to Solid Anchor about June or July where I stayed till transfered to Sigon.

NAME = Harry Salesberry <EMAIL = hsalesberry[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR71
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Tan Chau and Nam Can [solid anchor]
YEARs in VIETNAM = 71-72
FROM WHERE = Escondido, CA
- Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 16:40:05 (PDT)

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
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Record 1931
I WAS ASSIGNED TO SCRF(SMALL CRAFT REPAIR FACILITY)AT NSA DANANG IN JUNE 1970. THEN I WAS ASSIGNED TO THE YR71 ENGINE OVERHAUL SHOP IN SUPPORT OF PCF's. I WAS A EN2. THE PCF's HAD RECENTLY BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE VN's. YRBM16 WAS MOORED BEHIND THE YR71. WE LIVED AND WORKED ON BOTH. YR70 WAS MOORED NEXT TO YR71. I FULLY EXPECTED THAT I WOULD NOT SPEND A FULL YEAR IN-COUNTRY. THEN TO MY SURPRISE YR71 WAS TOWED TO VUNG TAU, WE WERE TOLD THAT WE WERE GOING TO CHAU DOC.YR70 AND YRBM16 STAYED IN DANANG. WE ENJOYED A WONDERFUL R&R FOR A MONTH IN VUNG TAU AND BREIFLY WAS AT CAT LO. THEN WE WERE TOWED TO BIHN THUEY AND SPENT 3 MONTHS THERE. PCF's STILL HAD AMERICAN CREWS AND WE WERE IN SUPPORT OF THEM. THEN WE WERE TOWED TO OUR FINAL DESTINATION NOT CHAU DOC BUT TAN CHAU. WE STILL SUPPORTED PCF's. THE YRBM20 WAS ALSO THERE IN SUPPORT OF PBR's. WE SPENT 6 MONTHS AT TAN CHAU. THE PCF's WERE FINALLY TURNED OVER TO THE VN's IN ABOUT APRIL OF 1971.AT THIS TIME THE VN's WERE JOINED WITH US AND WE TRAINED THEM TO TAKE OVER. IN MAY 1971 THE YRBM20 WAS SERIOUSLY HIT ONE NIGHT WITH RECOILLESS ROUNDS OF SOME KIND. IT DESTROYED A HUEY AND THERE WERE SOME WIA's AND KIA's. I LEFT IN JUNE 1971 AND THE YR71 WAS SUPPOSE TO COMPLETELY TURN OVER IN JULY.

NAME = TIM ESTEP <EMAIL = ESTEPT[ at ]FC.MANATEE.K12.FL.US>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM16 AND YR71
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DANANG,VUNG TAU,BIHN THUEY, & TAN CHAU
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = BRADENTON, FL
REFFERED By = SURFING
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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!
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