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Record 50
Name: Steve Palladino
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Somers New York
Time: 1998-06-15 06:14:00
Comments: Looking for others who served on YRBM 16 from March 67 to July 67.


Record 57
Name: greg carthew
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: georgetown,ca
Time: 1998-07-04 11:39:48
Comments: just found this site . served on yrbm 16 from june 1968 to jan 1970 as repair supervisor en2. would like to talk to anyone who served during that time . have lots of photos one stars and stripes article, patches etc. address mail po box 4226, georgetown ca 95634 phone 530-333-9494 home 530-647-5221 work nite shift 1900 - 0700 thurs -sat thanks greg


Record 81
Name: JOHN R. HENDRICKSON
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX
Time: 1998-08-20 18:59:58
Comments: I WAS ABOARD THE YRBM-16 WHEN SHE WAS DESTROYED BY AN EXPLOSION AT APPX. 1:15 A.M. THE MORNING AFTER THANKSGIVING DAY, 1967. THE ATTACK OCCURRED AT BINH TRE (SPELLING?) AND SHE WAS THEN TOWED TO DONG TAM FOR A SEA PATCH BEFORE BEING TOWED BACK TO JAPAN. SEVEN SAILORS DIED AS A RESULT OF THAT ATTACK. THE FIVE YOU LIST WERE PBR CREW WHO DIED IN THEIR BERTHING SPACE. SHIP'S COMPANY CASUALTIES WERE ROBERT LYNDON GRAY, ETN-3 AND WILSON NATHANIEL FLOWERS, EN2. THEY BOTH DIED A FEW DAYS LATER IN JAPAN.


Record 85
Name: Michael Iaukea
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Tallahassee, Florida
Time: 1998-09-05 19:35:02
Comments: I was on the YRBM 16 as an electrician and diver from 1970 to 1971 until we towed to Guam to be overhauled before turning it over to Vietnam. Your web site brought back a rush of memories that I had not thought of for years. keep it up.


Record 104
Name: Thomas N. Bristow
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Diego
Time: 1998-10-06 06:07:13
Comments: Didn't think anyone remembered us so well! Nice to see an interest in our boats. I served on the YRBM 16 from 69 to 70. I was a LCM coxswain and an LSE. Your photos really bring back memories!! I, too have many photos should you be interested. I also have some photos showing the Cobra recovery. My boat crew stood by that day at the "20". By the way, you're right, the food was better on the "20"!! Best wishes and keep the page going!


Record 130
Name: ED JORDAN SF2
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: mass
Time: 1998-12-09 22:58:23
Comments: I SERVED ABOARD THE YRBM 16 IN 1970.I HAVE ENJOYED THE STORYS AND PICTURES.YOU DID ,AND ARE DOING A GREAT JOB. I WILL VISIT HERE OFTEN.


Record 140
Name: Dale Porter
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Kona, Hawaii
Time: 1998-12-30 08:14:46
Comments: Served on the YRBM 16 July 69 - June 70 as an electrician. Although I was support it was still the most intense year of my life. Hitched rides on hueys, verried aircraft, and once traveled the canal on a minesweeper drone. I can't remember all the names of my crew mates but can picture their faces and the times. God we were young! Would enjoy email from anyone onboard during that period. Went back to Vietnam in January '95 and again in Feb. '97. Toured Hue, Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Siagon. My wife and I are going again in April and will make it up to Chau Duc and Tan Chau. Thanks for the site what a pleasant surprise.


Record 145
Name: Mike Gregory (RMSN)
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Indianapolis, Indiana
Time: 1999-01-11 18:06:02
Comments: Was attached to YRBM 16 from July of 1970 through her being towed out to Guam for re-fit, and then the 20 through her being towed to Vung Tau Harbor in May of 71. Would like to renew aquaintances with anyone having served during this period. especially the old radio or ops gang. Any one remember the animals? Jane?, Bud?, George?, Jato? OIC?


Name: Lorrie (Justin) Primm
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Manistique,Mi
Time: 1999-03-02 05:35:10
Comments: Your pages are great. My brother was stationed in Binh Thuy, YRBM-16 and ATSB Ben Keo (SP?) 1971-1972 during my senior year of high school. He was an 18 year old kid when he got to Nam. He never really talked much about it when he got back, I have seen some photos, but nothing that explained where he was as well as yours do. His name is Don Justin and he was a Gunners Mate. I remember writing to him during his time in Nam and I know he got a bronze star, but he never told me how. Thanks for a look at a part of his life I can never share, but can always be proud of.


Record 169
Name: Lorrie (Justin) Primm
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Manistique,Mi
Time: 1999-03-02 05:35:10
Comments: Your pages are great. My brother was stationed in Binh Thuy, YRBM-16 and ATSB Ben Keo (SP?) 1971-1972 during my senior year of high school. He was an 18 year old kid when he got to Nam. He never really talked much about it when he got back, I have seen some photos, but nothing that explained where he was as well as yours do. His name is Don Justin and he was a Gunners Mate. I remember writing to him during his time in Nam and I know he got a bronze star, but he never told me how. Thanks for a look at a part of his life I can never share, but can always be proud of.


Record 170
Name: john rubin
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: alamo ca
Time: 1999-03-03 20:50:30
Comments: served on yrbm16 from dec 70 to nov 71. never in my life would i have thought i would ever see a picture of it.I am fascinated.


Record 186
Name: Bobby Johnson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Panama City, Fla
Time: 1999-03-31 21:52:43
Comments: Looking for a Navy Corpman by the name of Brian Culity. He should have been on board the YRBM-16 around Nov '68. Any idea on how to locate him? Also looking for a Brian Denney (SP ?) He was our yeoman for RiV Div 552 during the same time frame. Alos need to find a corpman who was assigned to an Army detachemnt at Tinh Bien on the Vin Te Canal west of Chau Duc. He would have been there Nov '68. This corpman rode our boat on 11-18-68 and saved my life. Need any leads to help find these people if possible. Ph 1-888-637-4615 ext 7419


Record 196
Name: Patrick Green
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Oregon
Time: 1999-04-12 10:19:15
Comments: Looking for anyone who may have known ETR3 ED Green. He was either stationed on a PBR boat or the YRDM-16 during the Nov '67 explosion. I'm his son, and after trying to figure him out on my own for thirty years I need some help. You guys did a great job over there, I'm very proud of all of you.


Record 198
Name: Michael Davis
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Cardington, OH (formerly of Kalamazoo Michigan)
Time: 1999-04-20 03:46:50
Comments: Served as GMG3 on Tango 152-2 and then transfered to Mike Boat 152-1 (Monior) from 68 to 69. I have several unusual Pics I will try to upload, including some trips ashore and one of a Tango from 152 that was the target of a command detonated 500lb. bomb. That cost 5 lives! I would like to hear from anyone in either 151 or 152.


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


Record 250+6
Name: Chip Stanley
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1999-08-29 05:37:53
Comments: Enjoyed your photographs. I was stationed in Chau Doc Province in 1969-70 with Army. Your web page got me to wondering if YRBM 16 was in the Bassac at the time. I remember working with an outstanding Lt. Cmdr. Crow at the time. He pulled out all the tricks. I have trouble remembering much these days about those days. Thanks


Record 288
Name: AL O'CANAS
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: DALLAS, TX
Time: 1999-11-06 18:02:17
Comments: I WAS IN RIV SEC 533 ON PBR'S. WE WERE OUT OF MY THO AND MY BOAT WAS 112 AND RAN WITH 153. LOVE YOUR SITE AND HAVE LINKED UP WITH JOHN HENDRICKSON WHO WAS ON THE YRBM16 WHEN THEY WERE HIT. PLAN ON HAVING LUNCH WITH HIM IN FOUR DAYS. AL "PANCHO" O'CANAS


Record 289
Name: lloyd Tutor
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: SALMON IDAHO
Time: 1999-11-11 14:29:20
Comments: I need to corect my message I sent Monday. We were not on the Basac at the time of the fire on YRBM16 we were on the LST 838 anchored in the mouth of the river below the barge. We had just spent about a week living on the barge while the T went to sea to resupply. I had left my cammera on the barge and when we entered the crews compartment fighting the fire I climbed up to the bunk where I had left the camera and recovered it. Again Lloyd


Record 376
Found your site while looking up Navy Reunions. The detail on the bombing of YRBM 16 brought back a lot of memories as I was stationed aboard the USS Hunterdon County (LST-838) as an SM3. That Thanksgiving night 1967, I just went on the Mid watch on the bridge and shortly after midnight I heard the call for assistance to help the YRBM 16. We immidately went to General Quarters and made the transit up river on a ship that was 327' in almost pitch black darkness. We were all affraid that we were heading into an ambush but made it safely there to the scene to help put the fires out. If you were on board the Hunterdon County 1967-1968 Please feel free to e-mail me. NOTE TO WEBMASTER: PLease correct spelling of Hunterdon County in the YRBM 16 Article. You have "Huntington County" Thank You

G. Marc Klothakis <mklothakis[ at ]aol.com>
Unit/Ship= USS Hunterdon County LST-838, - YRS= 4/67-8/68 - base/location= All Rivers in Delta
- Wednesday, April 05, 2000 at 16:16:11 (PDT)


Record 402
Beautiful site,brings back memories, I served on yrbm-16 from April 4,1970 till June 30, 1970 the last 3 months of my tour..

Steve A Yovicich <stevea1949[ at ]email.com>
UNIT/SHIP= nsa danang yrbm-16 , - YRS= 69-70 FROM= marysville, Pa
REFFERED By= surfed on
- Friday, May 12, 2000 at 20:30:46 (PDT)


Record 410
Went to Binh Thuy from Saigon after Tet, for about 6 months. Then back to Saigon to outfit YRBM-16 where I served near Chou Doc (?) until my tour was up. I was an ETR3 and worked on the PBR radios and radars. thanks for the memories

Frank Culp <b&fculp[ at ]2fords.net>
UNIT/SHIP= Binh Thuy, - Thursday, June 01, 2000 at 18:22:18 (PDT)


Record 412
I HAVE SOME PHOTOS FROM VIET NAM AND JAPAN. WENT TO SASEBO WITH THE 16. WILL SEND PICTURES WHEN I CAN. WOULD LIKE TO HERE FROM ANYONE THAT WAS IN JAPAN WITH ME.

TONY AEMMER <ctaemmer[ at ]gateway.net>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM-16, - YRS= APR. 67 TO APR. 68 - Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 17:06:36 (PDT)


Record 456
I NEVER THOUGHT TO FIND A WEB SITE LIKE THIS, ABOUT US. MAX AND ROGER RAMJET, IF YOU FIND THIS, GIVE ME A SHOUT.

MIKE KENNY <KENNYMIKE5[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM-16, - YRS= 69-70 - BASE/location= CHOU DUC
FROM= BURBANK, ILL
- Saturday, August 26, 2000 at 18:05:51 (PDT)


Record 492
It brought back alot of memeories, some bad but mostly good. I was on the YRBM -16 until it was taken to Guam for recondtioning before turning it over to the Vietnamese.

Michael Iaukea Em3 <michael[ at ]iaukea.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Yrbm-16, - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= Variouse
FROM= Tallahassee, Fl
- Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 12:06:58 (PDT)


Record 507
Great Site. Would like to hear from other PBR sailors who were in River Sections 522/534. Looking for Delmar Baldwin GMG 3 Baldwin was from Amarillo, TX

James Keith <hoheee802570427![ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Riv/Sec 522/534, - YRS= 66-69 - BASE/location= Long Xyuen YRBM 16
FROM= Roanoke, VA
REFFERED By= Searching Web
- Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 16:33:28 (PST)


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 675
WEITKO, SKIP, HUDDLE, CHIEF QUIGLY, CHINSKI, ANY OF YOU MO FOS OUT THERE E-MAIL ME

NAME = SLAVISH, JOSEPH M. <EMAIL = JOSEPHSLATCH>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16 RIVER SECTION 522 TASK FORCE 116
BASEs or LOCATIONS= TAN CHAU,BEN TRE,
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1
FROM WHERE = REHOBOTH BEACH, DEL
- Friday, May 25, 2001 at 12:19:58 (PDT)


Guest Record 677
ANY RELATIVES OF ET ROBERT GRAY PLEASE E-MAIL ME JOSEPHSLATCH

NAME = SLAVISH, JOSEPH M. <EMAIL = JOSEPHSLATCH>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16 RIVER SECTION 522 TASK FORCE 116
BASEs or LOCATIONS= TAN CHAU, LONG XUYEN, BEN TRE
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1
FROM WHERE = REHOBOTH BEACH, DE
- Friday, May 25, 2001 at 12:42:26 (PDT)


Guest Record 701
I was a EM3 and diver during that time period, Your web site brought back alot of memories long forgotten, some bad but a lot more good. Ken thanks for pulling this together and yes its much better than old "commercial one" you had

NAME = Michael Iaukea
WEB SITE = www.iaukea.com
<EMAIL = michael[ at ]iaukea.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = Tallahassee, Fl
- Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 16:02:43 (PDT)

Record 731
I was the young Ensign Supply Officer from Dec. 1970, (located right outside Cambodia) until Feb 1971 when we floated down the Mekong to Vung Tau and she went on to Guam. I will never forget the expertise of the men during a "scramble." Other memories- Petty Officer Hatten, a former Hell's Angel, the Flaming Flamingo, concussion grenades all night,the Beer Barge. Went to ISB Cat Lai as a Supply Advisor until Dec. 1971. Later served in Desert Storm. Thanks Supply Department for taking me under your wing and taking care of me. Finally retired in 1997 as a Captain. Thanks for your web site. It brought back a lot of memories.

NAME = Moe Letlow <EMAIL = mletlow[ at ]wii.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= ISB Cat Lai
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = Arcadia, LA
- Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 05:36:52 (PDT)

Record 749
I was on the YRBM 16 from the time it enterd country the first time including helping bringing on stores and ammo. I was only a seaman at the time. I was on the YRBM 16 until it got hit in november 1967. I was down below decks when it got hit. I was one of the luckey ones. That explosion haunts me today. I was one of the people that went back to fight the fire the next day. It took us about two days to put out the fire. I was known as seaman Courtright I drove mike boats. I saw the YRBM 16 again in 1969 when I went back for another tour as a mike boat driver stationed on the YRBM 21 from 9/1969 to 9/ 1970. I went on a boat run to the YRBM 16 while I was over there the second time but I could not go on board because of all of the bad memorys. The guilt has never gone away because 7 of our shipmates never made it back home. I hope to hear from any of my shipmates who were on the YRBM 16 or the YRBM 21.

NAME = Edward G. Courtright <EMAIL = riverrat047[ at ]home.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 16 from early part of 1967 to December 1967
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cam ran bay, tan chow ,ben try
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2/1967 to 2/ 1968
FROM WHERE = Arcata, Ca
REFFERED By = classmates.com
- Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 22:54:12 (PDT)

Record 796
We never had a ground attack but took a few incoming right at movie call now and then. Remember the pop flares that went off in the tower ? I remember the Seawolf launching the 122 rocket off on deck :-) also remember Colonol Tief, one of 2 in the AO, standing over my shoulder while I keyboarded a message saying we were out of big ammo. I could feel his breath down my neck. 150 (or so ??)sailors and 2 marines. Best to all, Mike Turner, RM2

NAME = Mike Turner
WEB SITE = http://www.moctobi.com
<EMAIL = Old_sailor[ at ]moctobi.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ATF105, YRBM16, ATF106, CLG4, LPA249
BASEs or LOCATIONS= YRBM16, BINH THUY, SOLID ANCHOR
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70/71
FROM WHERE = Amarillo, TX
REFFERED By = Surfin'
- Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 21:05:11 (PDT)

Record 874
Enjoyed seeing the My Tho pics---brought back a lot of memories. When YRBM 16 was sunk at Ben Tre, we operated from My Tho until transferring on board APL55 after its arrival in country. I was often in My Tho after our transfer having business with the NILO and RIVDIV 53, and always looked forward to a great Chinese meal at a retuarant on the second deck by the canal until its destruction during Tet. Thanks for your efforts.

NAME = Ron Wolin <EMAIL = ronwolin[ at ]home.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Rivsec 534
BASEs or LOCATIONS= YRBM 16, My Tho, APL55
YEARs in VIETNAM = 8/67-8/68
FROM WHERE = Chesapeake, VA
- Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 10:17:10 (PST)

Record 894
Great crew I was a BMC while I was there. Retired in 88 as BMCM master diver, living in Portlnd,Or.

NAME = D H McKenzie <EMAIL = dnjmcken[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= CHOW DOC
YEARs in VIETNAM = FEB69-SEPT 70
- Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 16:28:24 (PST)

Record 942
As a Deepwater Sailor for 3 years then sent to Vietnam as a Support person. Survived my 13monthes in country. Been in Miami Fl since 1986..

NAME = Richard H Robinson <EMAIL = ric_jan[ at ]Bellsouth.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 16, RivDiv51
BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSA and Sadec
YEARs in VIETNAM = Feb,1968 thru Feb,1969
FROM WHERE = Charlotte, NC
- Monday, December 17, 2001 at 19:09:29 (PST)

Record 959
I was on watch in the crows nest the night we were bomb.I still can see in my mind everything that happen that night.I will never forget everyone on the YRBM-16 they were very brave crew . GOD BLESS EVERYONE

NAME = ALLEN L. WEIKEL <EMAIL = HIPPIE68[ at ]PAONLINE.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= TAN CHAU-CAN THO-BEN TRE
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1968
FROM WHERE = LEBANON, PA
- Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 06:02:46 (PST)

Record 972
As a CYN3, I was in the radio room when the bomb went off and sounded General Qrts. Lt. Blevins was the skipper at that time.

NAME = Jerry Wojciechowski <EMAIL = jerry001[ at ]ameritech.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Long Xuyen to BenTre
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-1968
FROM WHERE = McHenry, IL
- Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 09:53:57 (PST)

Record 1042
I was on the YRBM 16 that Thanksgiving night, I remember it well and thanks for the accounts from other brothers who told their stories.

NAME = Dennis R. Talbert <EMAIL = sandytalbert[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RIVSEC 534 YRBM 16
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68
Calif
REFFERED By = stumbled in
- Monday, February 11, 2002 at 21:06:14 (PST)

Record 1099
I would like to thank all the people involved for getting this web site going, I was really glad to fined it and all that was wrote about it. Good job guys. Would like to hear from the guys that were there that night and would the fellow who called me a couple years ago about a reunion please call if you have my number. All i remember is he lived about 30 miles from Canada, I think it was Montana. Buy the way, if any of you talk to Joe Slavish, tell the dummy he ddn't put his e-mail address so we could get a hold of him.

NAME = John Hale <EMAIL = joinbo[ at ]webtv.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Ben-Tre
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1 year
FROM WHERE = Boalsburg, Pa
REFFERED By = Just Lucky
- Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 13:13:37 (PST)

Record 1102
I was on board that night that the bomb went off, and i'm sure none of us want to go through that again. If any of you guys want to talk, just give me a call. I often wonder what the rest of you are doing these days.

NAME = john hale <EMAIL = joinbo[ at ]webtv.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yrbm-16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= ben-tre
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1968
FROM WHERE = boalsburg, pa
REFFERED By = searching
- Thursday, March 07, 2002 at 08:09:06 (PST)

Record 1107
I was on the YRBM16 the morning it got hit in Nov 1967. I was the coxin for the mike boat tied up on the port side. when I went back in 1969 I was stationed on the YRBM 21 as a boat coxin. Yes I do remember Mr. Fry a very fine officer. I was the one that fell down the ladder going into one of the berthing spaces trying to get a drunk shipmate to go hit his rack. I'm doing well now. Still have bad dreams. I have told my three kids about what I went though in that place called vietnam. WELCOME HOME ALL !!!!!!

NAME = Ed Courtright <EMAIL = riverrat047[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM16 & YRBM21
BASEs or LOCATIONS= BIN TRE & ACROSS FROM THE NUK MOM FACTORY
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2/67 to 2/68 9/69 9/70
FROM WHERE = Oceanside, Ca
REFFERED By = Google.com
- Friday, March 08, 2002 at 23:26:07 (PST)

Record 1127
I served on the YRBM 16 from about February 1970 until they turned it over to the Vietnamese Navy in Nha Be in about July or August 1971. I ran supplies up the French Canal to some of the remote Army bases in the Mike boat while stationed there. I rode the YRBM 16 out of the delta to Vung Tau where they were taking it for repairs. Unable to repair it in Vung Tau they hooked it to a fleet tug and towed it to Guam Naval Shipyard, via Subic Bay,Phillipines. After an extensive yard period where all the sides were replaced with new steel, it was towed back to Nha Be just outside of Saigon where it was turned over to the Vietnamese Navy. Serving my country on the "Delta Queen" was an honor.

NAME = Darrell Singleton <EMAIL = Chevcorvet[ at ]AOL.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Chau Duc, Tan Chau, Mekong River
YEARs in VIETNAM = '70-'71
FROM WHERE = Seattle, WA
REFFERED By = Don Walsh
- Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 17:36:36 (PST)

Record 1159
No stories for now. I see that John Hendrickson (whom I think I remember as "Cowboy Copus" is here, so I will try to contact him.

NAME = David Covert <EMAIL = dcovert[ at ]coho.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NSA Saigon (YRBM-16[YFNB-21], USS Mark, Clarion River
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha be, Cat Lo, Tan Chau, Bin Thuy, Ben Tre
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-69
FROM WHERE = Sacramento, CA
REFFERED By = JSOB
- Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 13:40:56 (PST)

Record 1177
WELCOME HOME TO EVERYONE!!!!! I was on watch in the crows nest when we were mined on nov 25,1967. I was happy to serve with a very good crew and I do it anytime GOOD LUCK TO ALL THAT SERVED ON THE YRBM-16

NAME = Allen Weikel <EMAIL = hippie68[ at ]paonline.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Tan Chau,My Tho,BenTre
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2/67-2/68
FROM WHERE = Lebanon, Pa.
REFFERED By = yahoo
- Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 10:17:07 (PDT)

Record 1216
Found your website while trying to help a friend at work. His name is Larry Keyes and he was a diver/SM3 on board the YRBM-16 in 71. He states he is the one that was on board when they towed it to Guam. Once it got to Guam he was sent to Treasure Island California. He would be interested on finding the log book (or copies of) for the YRBM16 for the period of time that he was aboard. He is also interested in any upcoming reunions for the crews. I have taken the liberty of printing this site for he does not have a computer. Semper Fi Doc Lutes, former HM2(FMF)

NAME = "Doc" Lutes <EMAIL = capbacsi[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Marine CAP units
BASEs or LOCATIONS= I Corps
YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-71
FROM WHERE = Anaheim, CA
REFFERED By = Larry Keyes
- Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 20:11:04 (PDT)

Record 1310
I WAS A 3RD CLASS BOSUN STATIONED ON THE YRBM 16 FROM 1970 TO JUNE OF 1971. I THINK IT WAS MAY OR JUNE OF 71 THE 16 WAS TOWED TO OAKANOW ( CAN SPELL). SHE HAD A SMALL CREW FOR THE TRIP AND UPON ENTERING THE HARBOR, WE ENCOUNTERED HEAVEY SEAS AND SHE RECEIVED HEAVY DAMAGE TO HER STARBOARD SIDE. I HAVE SOME PHOTOS SOME WHERE. I'LL SEE IF I CAN FIND THEM.

NAME = STANLEY DAVIS <EMAIL = OU812STAN[ at ]YAHOO.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 16
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70 - 71
FROM WHERE = FRESNO, CA
- Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 07:42:59 (PDT)

Record 1312
I was on the YRBM 16 the morning she was hit. That is a morning I can still remember quiet well.

NAME = Ed Courtright <EMAIL = riverrat047[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Tan Chau, Ben Tre
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2/ 67 to 12/ 67
FROM WHERE = Oceanside, California
REFFERED By = just surfing
- Saturday, July 13, 2002 at 01:14:32 (PDT)

Record 1327
Deck Force Crewmember of the YRBM-16 from April 1970 till February 1971 when it went to Guam and I was reassigned at Naval Forces headquarters in Saigon till end of March. Then I went on to USS Ponce which was built in Seattle and then homeported in Norfolk,Va. Many of the plank owner crew including myself seperated on 12/8/72 from the Navy and I was discharged to begin my life of freedom. I went to college and I'm currently a Computer Specialist at the SSA in Baltimore. I was married and got divorced after 5 years. I currently have a 6 year old son who's name is Grant and he was born on May 18th 1996. Anyone remember me? I remember the guy in Photo #201 his last name was Fischer and he was from the Chicago area. See http://hawley.hispeed.com/vietnam/YRBM_16.htm Bob Andrews

NAME = Bob Andrews <EMAIL = Bob.A[ at ]Playful.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970-71
FROM WHERE = New Holland, Pa
- Monday, July 22, 2002 at 12:07:52 (PDT)

Record 1335
I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM CHIEF MICHAEL PATRICK QUIGLEY, CHIEF ABOARD THE YRBM-16 IN VIET NAM AND ANYONE ELSE WHO REMEMBERS ME OR WAS ON THE REPAIR BARGE.

NAME = GLEN H HUDDLE BM2 <EMAIL = qUEEN7244[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16 , USS KENEBEC , USS ARIKARA, USS TAWAKONI
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1968
KY
- Sunday, July 28, 2002 at 08:38:13 (PDT)

Record 1346
was electronics technician working with boat radios, base radios, etc, etc, etc

NAME = Chris Leeka <EMAIL = cbusinesss[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= 1km off Cambodian border near Tan Chau then moved to (great memory, eh)??
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970
FROM WHERE = Bay Area, CA
- Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at 23:51:52 (PDT)

Record 1425
just changing my data

NAME = Edward Courtright <EMAIL = riverrat047[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yrbm 16 & yrbm 21
BASEs or LOCATIONS= ben tre
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2 /67 to 2 /68 9/69 9/70
FROM WHERE = oceanside, calif
- Sunday, September 15, 2002 at 02:06:31 (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 1458
I am looking to find an En by the name of Bob Meyers or Myers. We went through pbr school, all the training, and the entire tour from 6-69 to 6-70 together, even R&R. I need anyone's help. Lost touch when we left nam. Also looking to find Danny Carsen WIA on 8-1-69 with me. I last knew that Meyers or Myers was from out east and Carsen was from Florida. I will email any pbr guy especially from Riv Div 551,any brownwater sailor, any blackpony and any seawolf. Any and all help to find these guys is appreciated. Great web site!!! Great Job!!!! Thanks Mike Novitske (ski) Riv Div 551 pbr 775 Red Devil (ski) out

NAME = Mike Novitske <EMAIL = mikenovitske[ at ]centurytel.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Riv Div 551 pbr 774 & 775
BASEs or LOCATIONS= YRBM 16 [ at ] Chau Dac (Chau Phu)
YEARs in VIETNAM = 6-69 to 6-70
FROM WHERE = Ripon , Wi
REFFERED By = surfing the net
- Thursday, October 03, 2002 at 21:37:12 (PDT)

Record 1507
Everytime I take my boat out on the Mississippi River, I think of my tour aboard the YRBM-16 and what a crazy time that was. In one of my most recent recollections, I remembered back on one of my mike-boat watches, all three of us aboard the boat fell asleep at the same time. The officer of the deck had to fire several shots to wake us up before we hit the YRBM-16. As I cruise the Mississippi River, I remember the sampans and debri floating in the water, the smell of nokmon fermenting, and the constant sound of grenades. To this date, I have no desire to travel abroad, the good old USA is where I want to stay.

NAME = Kent C. Smith "Smitty" <EMAIL = kcarlsmi[ at ]charter.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Bassoc River / Chou Doc
YEARs in VIETNAM = 08/68 - 08/69
FROM WHERE = St. Charles, MO
REFFERED By = Stumbled upon website!
- Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 13:49:43 (PDT)

Record 1522
A number of things told by various people at this site don't exactly jibe with how it was before, during, and after the mining of the YRBM-16, but it was a long time ago. I was the ship repair officer at the time, and my repair crew fought the resulting fire with P-250s flown to us, along with Div 522 boats pumping foam through the propulsion pumps into the hole in the side. My crew recovered the PBR crewmen's remains, which were buried at sea, Read River. We fought the fire for about 27 hours before we got it under control and out. Pappy Flowers was my POIC of the engine room. I have thought of him many times and have been to the WALL to see his name.

NAME = K.K. McClure CWO3 (Mr Mac) <EMAIL = plankowner[ at ]terryhome.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16, Garret Cty, Jennings Cty
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Several in the Mekong River and out on the West Coast of VN
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68, 70-71, 72-73
FROM WHERE = Spokane, WA
REFFERED By = found site from PBR page
- Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 19:17:27 (PST)

Record 1528
I enjoyed the site and it brought back many memories and times. I have Super 8, color movies of some of our stop overs at YRBM 16 when we brought PBR-69 in for repairs from Tra Cu in Feb 69. Thanks, Bob Stanton

NAME = Robert Stanton <EMAIL = notnats6[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = PBR Div 592 and 532
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Na Be and Tra Cu
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-69
FROM WHERE = Devine, , TX
REFFERED By = Brown Water Log
- Saturday, November 02, 2002 at 11:05:56 (PST)

Record 1567
Great Site. Really enjoyed all the pictures. Very interested in any on the guys who served with me from around Oct 69-July 1970. Remember the snake eating the chicken in the officers qtrs. Thanks for the memories. Kent Sheets, now in Fort Myers, FL SHEETSKENT[ at ]AOL.COM

NAME = Kent A. Sheets CYNSN
WEB SITE = WWW.COAI.ORG
<EMAIL = SHEETSKENT[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16 Communications Group
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969-1970
FROM WHERE = Genoa, Ohio
REFFERED By = Searching Pictures on Google
- Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 00:15:19 (PST)

Record 1661
I was a 2nd class radioman sent to YRBM 16 in Nov. 70. About three months later we towed her to Cat-Lo and turned her over to the Vietnamese. I was transfered to Dong-Tam for the rest of my tour. You can post my name and email address.

NAME = Rick Dean <EMAIL = scidean[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 16 70-71
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DONG TAM 1971
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = ORANGE, TX
REFFERED By = Searching Web
- Monday, December 30, 2002 at 13:23:39 (CST)


Record 1663
I was a 2nd class radioman sent to YRBM 16 in Nov. 70. About three months later we towed her to Cat-Lo and turned her over to the Vietnamese. I was transfered to Dong-Tam for the rest of my tour. You can post my name and email address. I am looking for a guy named Dennis Fuchs who was stationed with me in Dong Tam. He was living Phoenix at one time.

NAME = Rick Dean <EMAIL = scidean[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 16 70-71
BASEs or LOCATIONS= DONG TAM 1971
YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71
FROM WHERE = ORANGE, TX
REFFERED By = Searching Web
- Monday, December 30, 2002 at 13:55:53 (CST)


Record 1761
I've not heard anyone mention "Irag". I think most Americans would like to see Saddam blown out of the water, however, I have mixed feelings on war . . . would this be another Vietnam where thousands of young men would loose their lives in vain or could we be effective in stopping terrorism throughout the world?

NAME = Kent C. Smith "Smitty" <EMAIL = kcarlsmi[ at ]charter.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Chou Doc
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-1969
FROM WHERE = St. Charles, MO
REFFERED By = frequent visitor to site
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Record 1815
I was known as seaman Courtright I was on the YRBM 16 when it first got into country, Until it got hit in November 1967. The memories are still with me today of that morning.

NAME = Edward Courtright <EMAIL = riverrat047[ at ]cox.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Yrbm16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Tan Chau , Ben Tre, Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2/67 to 2/68
FROM WHERE = Oceanside, Calif
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Record 1846
Got to believe that this site tells it all. I was on radio watch when "Central Shovel 16" got wacked,sounded general quarters and called into the Army for assistance. A Thanksgiving night I'll never forget. "SKI"

NAME = Jerry "SKI" Wojciechowski <EMAIL = jerry001[ at ]ameritech.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Long Xuyen, Chau Duc, Ben Tre, Ben Thuy, Saigon
YEARs in VIETNAM = 6/66 - 1/68
FROM WHERE = Cicero, IL
REFFERED By = Web Ring
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Record 1862
Great pictures, I really enjoyed all the info. Great memories. I spent some time in Saigon, Com 7th Flt Det Charlie, before I was sent to the YRBM-16. I will have to find & scan my pictures & send them to you. Kent Sheets from Genoa, Ohio CYNSN USN YRBM-16 Communication/Radio Office Address Now: 4375 St. Clair Ave. West Fort Myers, FL. 33903

NAME = Kent A. Sheets <EMAIL = SheetsKent[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969-1970
FROM WHERE = Ft. Myers, Florida
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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 1942
Just wanted to update my e-mail (#410)

NAME = Frank Culp <EMAIL = bfculp[ at ]mac.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-16
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1968
FROM WHERE = Port Aransas, Tx
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Record 1955
I was on initial crew to move the YRBM 16 (the Barge) up river to its first docking at Tan Chou. We created the "bar" along side the barge and ran shore power to the small army special forces located in the nearby village. We then moved to Ben Tre where I was lucky enough to be transfered to My Tuo about 4 days befor the Barge was bombed.

NAME = Lyle Roberts EM2 <EMAIL = lylepizza[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 16
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Tan Chou / Ben Tre
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67
FROM WHERE = Hemet, CA
REFFERED By = Just found YRBM 16 page
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