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Record 216 Name: Gary Roth Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: Nebraska Time: 1999-05-22 20:38:33 Comments:
Was first stationed at Tan An (Sept.'69). Remember the inspections and the strip shows, boys?
River Division 573, worked it's way West. If I remember things right, we lived on the floating barracks/supply ship, at Tra Cu, on the Vam Co Tey river, it was called the "Apple". Smoked a lot of "Can Sa" on that barge.
We then got orders to go to Rach Gia, the advanced base there was called Rach Soi. Those orders scared the crap out of us because there was a lot of NVA activity due to the fact that it was so close to the Cambodian border, we were used to dealing with VC.
I spent a lot of time on the canals in night ambush, just 3 clicks from a NVA Prisoner of War camp. We had one incident of NVA troops trying to cross the border, they had been driven out of the nearby mountains by B-52's, I still remember the rumbling. When the fire-fight was over we went out into the field to get the body count. Any one out there remember any of this? Contact me?
I am pictured on Kent's Web site sitting on the bow of my boat, relaxing, playing the guitar with a couple of friends during some down time.
Record 77 Name: Michael Knowlton Website: Referred by: Yahoo! From: Atlanta, GA (originally - Kalamazoo, MI) Time: 1998-08-16 09:06:15 Comments:
Served aboard APL 55 (later redesignated YRBM 18) in support of RIVDIV's 534 and 535. Jan 68 - Jan 69
Record 229 Name: RON DEMANUELE Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: ST.LOUIS , MO. Time: 1999-07-07 02:55:41 Comments:
IN FEB. 69 HOME WAS THE YRBM18 THEN ONTO THE YRBM 21 TILL APR, 71. WAS HOTSUIT GUY FOR THE HELO'S WE HAD DET 9 MOST OF THE TIME, DID A LOT OF REFUELING AND REARMING OF THEM AND ANY OTHERS,ARMY HELO'S TOO. MOST KNEW ME AS "BIG D" GMG2.
RODE THE MIKE BOATS TO A LOT OF BASE CAMPS TO SUPPY THEM, AND RODE AS FILL IN ON A FEW TANGOS AND PBRS TO. WAS ON DECK THE NIGHT THAT THE HELO WENT INTO THE RIVER, AND FIRED THE FLARES FROM MY 81 MM SO THEY COULD BE FOUND.
Record 380 ...---... can't find web site for nav detachment shipmate locater a bro was looking for jim harmon and shkey george of nav sup. activity saigon et repair shop please e mail me that web address i was at same shop and nha be and apl55need in fo on reunions tks saigon barry
barry allison etn2 <hogbarry[ at ]aol.comy>
Unit/Ship= yrbm18nhabesaigon, - YRS= 67/69nsaetrepai - base/location= nsa et repairnhabeapl55 - Sunday, April 09, 2000 at 19:40:43 (PDT)
Record 396 Came in country to the YRBM18 in Oct '68 and transferred
with crew to the the YRBM21 in the spring of "69". Was
RM3 working the 1800h to 0700h tour along with RM3 Roger
Buckley. Left the 21 in November '69 for Treasure Island
Mike Staples <mstaples[ at ]banet.net>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM21, - YRS= 1969 FROM= Portland, ME - Friday, April 21, 2000 at 13:05:35 (PDT)
Record 584 I was the first HM on the APL55 when it was put into service in Japan in March of 66.
Chuck Dimick <cdimick[ at ]micron.net>
UNIT/SHIP= APL55, - YRS= 66/67 FROM= Upper Lake, CA - Thursday, February 08, 2001 at 18:27:02 (PST)
Record 609 I was EN3 Diesel Mechanic for PBR's and part-time outboard mechanic for the runabouts.
OK Mike K., 75 horse Johnson on the Boston Whalers and 85 horse Johnson on the center console Florida Skimmers.
Gaylen Gage <ggage[ at ]tyler.net>
UNIT/SHIP= APL 55 / YRBM 18, - YRS= 1968 FROM= Tyler, TX - Friday, March 16, 2001 at 02:55:24 (PST) Record 758 I was a DC-2 in the PBR fiberglass shop first on the YRB-18 then on the 21 from Oct. 68 - Oct. 69. We work many hard long hours putting the boats back together. In 68 we went 108 days without a day off. These pages and photos brought back so much to me. If any of the old crew that rember the guys in the glass shop. Please drop me a line.
I got out of the Navy after I got back from Nam and lived here in Massachusetts ever since.
NAME = Paul D. Laliberte <EMAIL = paul[ at ]laliberte.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-18 and YRBM-21 YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69 FROM WHERE = Worcester, MA REFFERED By = just surfed in
- Monday, August 13, 2001 at 20:21:44 (PDT)
Record 810 I was an EN3 diesel mechanic aboard the APL55/YRBM18 working down in the engine overhaul shop. Started overhauling the 6V-53s and 6-71s, then started rebuilding the fuel injectors in the injector overhaul shop. Have many memories of the "beer barge" and many good friends.
NAME = Pete Randall <EMAIL = Peter.Randall[ at ]EHV-Weidmann.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = APL55/YRBM18 YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968/1969 FROM WHERE = Peacham, VT.
- Friday, September 14, 2001 at 03:17:32 (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 1092 SO GLAD I WENT. BETTER TO BE BACK. SKIMMERS DON'T MUCH CARE FOR SUBMARINE SAILORS. REGULAR USN HAS NO CLUE RELATIVE TO IN-COUNTRY COMBAT VIET NAM VETERANS. NEVER WILL. SO SAD. WE WERE SO PROUD OF HAVING DONE SO MUCH WITH SO LITTLE. THX FOR THE HELP FROM THE SEALS. THX TO THE ARMY FOR THE BOOTS, SOX, AND OTHER CLOTHING. THX TO MY BROTHERS FOREVER HOREHOUSE, SKULL, ABE, AND OTHERS MY MUTATED MIND CANNOT RECALL AT THIS TIME. NO THX TO USN.
NAME = john poniktera mm2(ss) <EMAIL = john poniktera[ at ]hotmail.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = apl-55 yrbm-18 SS-391 BASEs or LOCATIONS= NSA SAIGON YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1968 FROM WHERE = SAN DIEGO, CA REFFERED By = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
- Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 20:24:56 (PST)
Record 1579 I picked up the Apple 55 in Sasebo, Japan while it was being suited up for Vietnam. Was on watch when we started taking on water and watched as most of the after deck sank under water in the storm we were going through. There were only about a dozen of us on the ship and we worked for two full days to empty out the water and the mess it created in the storage area below decks. Mr. Schantz (our CO) didn't quite believe that I was telling him the truth when I told him we were sinking.
These were pretty memorable years.
NAME = Dick Olson <EMAIL = dickolsn[ at ]us.ibm.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = APL 55 to YRBM18 YEARs in VIETNAM = Oct 1967 to May 1969 FROM WHERE = Manchester, NH
- Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 16:47:46 (PST)
Record 1723 I was a CYN3 in the com shack aboard APL-55. Call sign Spike 55. Lt. Mel Schantz was the CO. Looking for anyone that remembers me. Like to hear from anyone aboard at that time. I have enjoyed this site very much.
NAME = Marshall Munns <EMAIL = munns4144[ at ]aol.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-18 (APL-55) BASEs or LOCATIONS= Mekong Deltal Region - Don Tam My Tho Vung Tau YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1968 FROM WHERE = Raleigh, North Carolina REFFERED By = Surfing the Net
Record 1767 Was commasary storkeeper for the YRBM 18 and 21.
NAME = William Robison <EMAIL = wrr999[ at ]sbcglobal.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-18 YRBM-21 BASEs or LOCATIONS= MY THO YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69 FROM WHERE = Akron, Ohio REFFERED By = Yahoo