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Record 5 Name: Paul Fogle Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In! From: Rose Hill, Kansas Time: 1998-03-06 04:41:06 Comments:
I was stationed aboard the YRBM-20 from Aug '69 thru Aug' 70. My job was hauling supplies to the 'barge' and to fire bases on the canals. I remember when the fuel barge caught fire, I was the one who set it adrift. This fire happened a couple of days after we recieved 15,000
2.75" rockets. They were stored on a barge tied up next to the fuel barge. This fire happened on Sunday, don't know the exact date. I also crewed the picket boat at night.
Record 19 Name: Rich Dickerson Website: Referred by: Net Search From: South Carolina Time: 1998-04-10 04:20:14 Comments:
Great site! Many memories, was member of MineDiv 113 and the minesweeper at the bottom of the VT canal was our division's boat MSR-7. I helped raise and repair what was left. You are correct, everyone was on deck fighting as she went down, the captain on board BM2 Charlie Brown was a good friend of mine. Everyone abandoned ship and was rescued by PBR's coming to help. This is the first time I've visited this site, what a surprise to see some of the same pictures I also have taken.
Record 31 Name: JEFF STILLMAN (EM3) Website: YRBM-20 Referred by: Just Surfed On In! From: BONSALL, CA.(SAN DIEGO COUNTY) Time: 1998-05-11 06:00:55 Comments:
I was surprised to see the 20 on a Web page. It felt great! If anyone remembers me, I was a really tall, skinny redhead from California. I was an EM3 aboard the YRBM-20 from May,'69 - '70. The captain at that time was Lt. Clark, and engineering officer was CWO Johnson. My job was to repair anything electrical on the PBR's, mostly alternators, starters, and batteries. I also was an MPO (Motion Picture Operator). We showed a lot of spaghetti westerns. They seemed to be the craze at that time. If the film broke or burned, everyone would "Boo!!!" and throw objects at me. Does anyone else remember that? I was there the day the Cobra came in to land when the rotor flew off. The pilot was quick to put it in the river, and not aboard our ship. I remember the Cobra sinking with the captain and spec 4 aboard. The spec 4 climbed out but the captain couldn't open his door, as it was laying against the water. They were talking, or should I say screaming, to each other, and the spec 4 pulled a K-bar out and repeatedly beat the glass in the same spot until the helicoptor sank. The spec 4 went down with the captain, and a few seconds later, air bubbles rushed to the surface. The captain and the spec4 emerged alive. Everyone on board was screaming and yelling with joy. What a day that was to remember!!! I would like to hear from anyone who served aboard the 20, and especially EM3 Miller, Gonzales, Corey, O'Connor, EM2 Ford, EM1 Dewey, cooks Whitehouse and Kmet, Steward "Del" (Del Rosa Rio), and EN3 Gove. I remember the day that you guys put on my crow. I can still feel the pain! I'll be checking back to see if anyone has logged on that I know. Maybe we should all get together for a great reunion?
Record 41 Name: Tom Ward EN2 Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In! From: Jefferson City Mo Time: 1998-05-27 03:54:17 Comments:
I served on the 16 from April 69 to April 70. I was the snipe that took care of the Mike boats and the 671's on the pusher barge. I stood mine sweep watch on the Mike boats at night and we ferried gas and ammo up the Tre Ton and French canals.Lt Shindler was the CO. Had some good times in Chau Doc and exciting times on the water. If anyone is out there give me a call.
Record 45 Name: Dave Dean (RM2) Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In! From: Concord, Calif Time: 1998-06-04 21:02:28 Comments:
Most excellent Page, I read thru the guest book, I know I was there the same time several of you. I saw the cobra do the dumper, the fuel barge fire. I was in country from Oct 69 thru Dec 70, started at det Nha Be then to the "20" in Apr69 then to the Old SEAFLOAT ATSB Nam Cam (CTG195.5)
Record 76 Name: Bill Wandling Website: Referred by: Net Search From: Endwell,New York Time: 1998-08-16 02:38:29 Comments:
Hi Kent It's nice talking to former shipmate after 28 years! By chance I just searched for info on the YRBM 20 and was happily surprised to find your fantastic site!!It was like going back in time!I served aboard the YRBM 20 from FEB to OCT 1970. I guess we traveled in the same circles because I found I have many similar pictures as you in your site i.e. the USO show ,the barbecue, the downed Cobra ( I was stationed at flight quarters at the time) etc. I have many other slides you are welcome to use to further expand this site.Just e-mail me.Love to see them used in a such a great,well thought out site. I welcome any e-mail also from anyone else who served on the "20" during 1970.
Record 78 Name: Michael D. Sharp Website: Referred by: From a Friend From: Oklahoma Time: 1998-08-18 01:20:25 Comments:
I was with RivDiv 512 from Oct69 until Mar70, we worked off
of YRBM 20 while operating on the Vinh Tey Canal. I ate
and slept aboard when we went in for turn around and maint.
held more than one party in the berthing compartment.
Record 79 Name: Bob Wamser Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Time: 1998-08-19 18:13:10 Comments:
I served on board the YRBM-20 from 4/70 to 10/70. The captain was LtJg Ronald T. Brino, the XO was LtJg Edward Detgen. BMC Sharpless ran the ship. ( I remember the paint job we gave it. The Chief had us mix green and black to get a unique color. ) The mail clerk was Thaddeus Marvin Edwards ("Ed"). What a guy! Other officers were Mr. Berry and Mr Ramsey (Warrant). There was a HAL group assigned to the "20". The only pilot I remember is Mr Greg Rhodes. I could go on for quite awhile. I have pictures also
Record 116 Name: Ray F. Longaker Jr. Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: Washington Time: 1998-11-07 04:27:51 Comments:
Thank you for a great site.
Presently, the YRBM-20 is at the Delta-Pier at Naval Submarine Base
Bango-16 which was anchored
astern of the YRBM-20. A VN sampan approached my boat and my crew and I
were alerted, of course. Then I noticed a PF soldier laying in the
bottom of the boat not looking to well. I motioned the sampan alongside
and climbed into the sampan and saw that the PF was wounded. I reached
down to pick him up and when I did my hand went through his back and
partially into his lung. I couldn't stop there so I got him onto my boat and had
the crew get the first aid kit. I then forced his mouth open, because
he was in a fit and was biting his tongue. I then place a plastic
airway into his mouth and got him breathing again. One of the Alpha
boats I was transiting with saw me and came alongside. With the PF I
jumped on board and the Alpha took us to the YRBM-20 where you had two
doctors. I got him to sick bay and the doctors took over. The guy was
still alive. When they took off his shirt it reveled that he'd been
tortured by the VC and shot several times with an AK-47 as part of the
torture. One of the rounds hit a rib and took out part of his back!
The doc's kept him alive though and got him on the MediVac Huey that was
on your flight deck. Never knew what happened to him after that.
However, he was alive when he left the YRBM-20.
So, that was my experience with the YRBM-20.
I go by the YRBM-20 almost everyday on the tug now. Cannot get that
picture out of my mind and at times I still have trouble keeping my hands clean.
I believe that Viet Nam messed up all our brains!
Hope you don't mind me telling you this tail, but thought I'd share it
with you. By the way, the S.T.A.B. boat the day I arrived in your area
was captained by BM1 Long who I served with on board the USS Princeton
(LPH-5). As things would have it we both were in NIOTC river boat
school together at Mare Island, Class 10-69. Class 10-69 was the class
that was split in half. The half I was in went to the heavies, ATC's,
ASPB's, and Monitors. The other half went to the then newly formed
S.T.A.B. unit and were the first of their kind in Viet Nam.
Anyway, I got there in October 1969, same as you and left in October
1970. Took me years and years to overcome that experience, same
as most, I guess. The saying now is: "Been there! Done that! Got the "T" Shirt!"
Most sincerely hope that you faired well, as well as all the other "River
Thank you again for a great site. I'll try to dig up some pictures
which were my perspective of the YRBM-20 then and I'll e-mail them to you in
an appropriate size. Also if you'd like, I'll send you some shots of
what she looks like today. She's being used for office space and crew
berthing and messing for Trident Submarines going through "Availability"
at the Trident Refit Facility, Bangor Washington.
Ray F. Longaker Jr.
BMCM (SW) (CMC), USN/Ret
Then: BM1, Boat Captain Tango 14 (Irma-La-Douche), River Squadron 13,
River Division 131.
P.S. Yes I do remember the "T"-bone steaks. A Carlings Black Label
beer in a rusty steel can with formaldehyde in one hand and a nicely
barbecued "T"-bone steak in the other and the grease and juices running
down my chin in the hot sun. Nothing better! Thanks for the memories.
Record 167 Name: steve crandall en 2 Website: Referred by: From a Friend From: Time: 1999-02-26 23:33:58 Comments:
I arrived at NSA DET> VINH LONG on a Sunday some day during June 1968.I was a plank owner when the YRNM 20arrived in 69 untill june. My main duty was engineer on the LCM 6 and 8* boats also the pusher barge.
Record 200 Name: GM. JOSEPH GREER Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: COAL CENTER PENNA. Time: 1999-04-27 18:45:13 Comments:
REALLY GREAT SITE KENT, I VISIT OFTEN TO SEE IF ANY SHIPMATES HAVE CHECKED IN, THAT WERE THERE IN 71. I WAS STATIONED ABOARD THE YRBM-20 IN 71. UNTILL THE 20 WAS TAKEN OFF THE RIVER, AND I RECIEVED ORDERS TO AN AMMO DUMP IN VUNG TAU .. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM PERSONS THAT WERE THERE DURING THAT PERIOD,LOOKING FOR MONTE GLUCK OR ALBERT FINNEY. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, KENT...
Record 214 Name: Glen Fry Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: Helotes, Texas Time: 1999-05-21 17:35:36 Comments:
Trained with ACTOV-3 at NIOTC. Then went in country and served with RivDiv-514, dec.69'-turnover in 70' as a
boat captain of an all VN crew. Then served with RPG-55 and 59 until oct. 70' as an advisor. Worked off of YRBM-20 when
with RPG-55. We were doing the Vinh Te and up the Bassac into Cambodia under the VN flag while Nixon was
denying US troops in Cambodia. I guess as advisors to VN's on VN PBR's didn't count.
Record 222 Name: John Fenlon Website: Referred by: Yahoo! From: Charlotte NC Time: 1999-06-08 22:25:26 Comments:
I served as patrol officer with riv div 573 from 10/69 to 10/70 we were stationed at Thuy Nhon then yrbm 20 off Chou Duc then Rach Soi I would love to hear from any 573 sailors
Record 232 Name: Clifford Website: Referred by: Net Search From: Washington, DC Time: 1999-07-16 00:29:57 Comments:
I was on PBR's with RPG-55 and was in firefights on the Upper Bassac on the Cambodian border. I think of our friend William "Bill" Cariveau everyday (KIA 7/70). I then served in the CIC on the YRBM-20 and with TG-212.4 from May '70 to May '71 just north of Chau Doc, also in Tien Bien, and other places along the Vinh Te Canal. Anyone who was there, I'd love to hear from you.
Record 246 Name: Mac Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: Time: 1999-08-14 17:30:28 Comments:
The Cobra in your photo appears to be a Crusader from D Troop 3/5 Cav. I was a Crewchief for the Longknifes which was the lift platoon and Control and Command aircraft for the Troop. Spring of 1970 we engaged a large force of NVA outside of a small SF camp near the Cambodian border in which we had a small A Team involved and consistant high volumn of ground fire on our gunships and my aircraft. We were allowed to refuel and rearm on a barge that was in the river not to far from the action. The speed in which we were rearmed by the personel on that craft was outstanding and prevented a possible loss of that A Team. I would like to thank all of the men on that craft that day. It turned the tide for us and will always be in my memory. You chow was also outstanding ...had not had steak in 6 months.
Record 275 Name: Timothy F. Aubin Website: Referred by: From a Friend From: Rhode Island Time: 1999-09-28 20:07:17 Comments:
I work for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (Detachment Boston).
We are the engineering planning yard for the Navy's YRBM
fleet, as well as many other "y-craft". It was great to see
the YRBM 20 in action!What a great website!
I am a navy employee, and also have 14 years in the US Army,
both active and reserve.
Good Luck with the site, I'll check back in.
Record 292 Name: Greg Wilkey Website: Referred by: From a Friend From: Hoover, Alabama Time: 1999-11-15 17:25:59 Comments:
My brother (ENC J.A.Wilkey) told me of your web-page on 11/6 and I've been surfing since. I appreciate the effort you've made to save and share the history that effected so many, yet, is known by so few. I served aboard the YRBM-20 from the beginning, as I helped put her in service when she came in country February 1969. I served in RVN from 2 Aug 68 to 5 Aug 69. From the Annapolis I was assigned to NAVSUPPAC Vinh Long. We worked on the river aboard a barge (YR-9) much like the YRBM but lived and ate at a confiscated French villa about 3 miles across town. HAL-3, Det-3 was at the Army Air base next door. The 20 was towed from Japan where she had been built, and tied alongside the YR-9 which had been moved and anchored in the river near the RVN Navy Base, Vinh Long. When we moved aboard the 20, we remained anchored NW of the town of Vinh Long. Our original configuration was as follows: port and starboard ammies
housed the PBR squadrons, 52 & 57. The beer bar was on the first starboard ammi and known as "The Shack Out Back". The aft ammi had the SEAL Team hooch on it (Team-1, Charlie Platoon). There was also a smaller pusher barge aft, with 2 diesel engines ... used primarly for flight operations. HAL-3 came aboard with 2 Bell UH-1B gunships. I was assigned to them as their first LSE and all purpose gopher (I was an SK2). Near the end of April '69 we lost both of those birds (320 & 305) and 4 close friends in Cambodia: M. Schaferknocker, J. Hart, H. Castle, R. Reardon. It was after this incident that we moved closer to Cambodia. In May, we were towed by a civilian tug up the Mekong to An Long. We moved only once in my remaining time aboard the 20. That move (propelled by the pusher barge) was only a few miles to find the widest spot in the river. So the 20 must have moved to Chau Duc between Aug. and Oct. '69. Lt. Clark was our Captain. I knew Steve Crandall, whose pictures you have in your collection ... great guy. We were never known as the "Delta Hilton" while I was aboard, although we knew we were living well! I have many photos, both print and slides but they're not saved to disk. I'll try my best to get that done and send them. WELCOME HOME, to you and all who served.
Record 293 Name: Bob Far Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: Originally from Mass, but now living in Connecticut Time: 1999-11-18 03:57:13 Comments:
I really appreciate your putting together this web site. I often think of the YRBM-20, but have forgotten the names of many of my shipmates.
I will try to dig up some of my old pictures from boxes in the attic. I recognize some of the sailors in your pictures, but don't remember the names.
Formerly LTJG and Supply Officer (May 69-Mar 70
Record 317 Name: Mike Snidow Website: Mike Snidow Referred by: From a Friend From: Junction City, Oregon Time: 2000-01-07 04:59:59 Comments:
What a great site. I am surprised to find theae things. Especially so professional. My expertise is challenged just writing this! Thanks so much. I served on the 20 from it's anchoring in Vinh Long in November or December of 1968 until July of 1969 in An Long. I have been trying to locate some of my buddies. I found GMG2 John Purlee last winter, and am curently trying to find SK3 Greg Wilkie. I e-mailed his address in the pages but it came back. Anyone else that recognizes me please feel free to e-mail me. Thanks!
Record 321 Name: Mike Snidow Website: Referred by: From a Friend From: Eugene, Oregon Time: 2000-01-10 21:31:37 Comments:
Kent, signing on again. Greg Wilkie and I have since been in touch, as well as a few others. I looked up the date that President Eisenhower died and it was March 28, 1969, and withen a few days of that the 20 was moved from Vinh Long to An Long, because the flag was at 1/2 mast during the move. I don't know what a service you have done for us by creating this page, but there are still some out there that need closure, and I believe that this will be a begining to that. Great Job and many thanks. Mike Snidow
Record 352 Name: w. g. tucker Website: Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: jet, oklahoma Time: 2000-03-03 05:38:51 Comments:
johnny hensley from oklahoma city just called this evening and said dave dean was looking for me
i was stationed on the yrbm 20 from april l969 to april l970. i was a rm2. i worked in communications
in the room just off the mess hall. i have a lot of slides from the time i was over there. if i can get them
made into something i can put on the computor i will send them along. if anyone would like to give me
a call my home # is 580 626-4565 the only email address i have is my wife's. a friend of mine here in
jet and i have a web page that advertises new and used farm equipment. it is called fastfinder.com
i sure was glad to find the page. thanks w.g. tucker
Record 359 Got a reunion going in Vegas Mid may,contact Ken Keith at kenkeith[ at ]lisco.com
Record 403 just came by for a look and found you. thanks for the great work. if there is anything i can do to help i'd love to try. been a long time . was there in 68 and 69.
Jerry Webb <jerrytxturtle[ at ]savemail.com>
UNIT/SHIP= yrbm 20, - YRS= 68/69 - BASE/location= vinh long to chou duc FROM= Houston, tx REFFERED By= online search - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 12:13:45 (PDT)
Record 475 I COULDN'T BELIEVE MY LUCK TO FIND A YRBM-20 WEB SITE. I WAS A RM2 AND WORKED IN THE COMM SHACK OFF THE MESS DECKS THE WHOLE TIME. I WAS LEADING I WAS RADIO SUPERVISOR AFTER WALTER TUCKER LEFT AND TURNED IT OVER TO ALA IN OCT 70 WHEN I LEFT. I RECOGNIZED 2 NAMES AND PICTURES VERY QUICKLY WHEN I STARTED GOING THROUGH THE SITE, DAVE DEAN, AND ALA FALAGIA. I HAVE MANY PICTURES OF THE 20, CHAU DOC, AND CANALS AROUND THERE. I COPIED THE MUSTER LIST FROM DEC 69 AND WAS ABLE TO PUT SOME NAMES TO SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN MY PICTURES. I WILL TRY TO COPY THESE AND SEND THEM TO YOU TO POST. I AM NOT VERY COMPUTER LITERATE, BUT I HAVER HELP WHERE I WORK. I TRIED TO E-MAIL DAVE DEAN BUT IT CAME BACK TO ME. I ALSO SAW A CONTACT BY WALTER TUCKER WHO I WORKED WITH. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANY OF THE PEOPLE I WORKED WITH AND HAD FUN WITH.
tHANKS FOR THE TIME YOU SPENT PUTTING TOGEATHER A GREAT SITE WHICH BRINGS BACK SOME VERY GOOD MEMORIES.
RODERICK (ROD) C. KING <rking66555[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM-20, - YRS= 10/69-10/70 - BASE/location= CHAU DOC FROM= CUMMING, GA. REFFERED By= SURFING THE WEB - Monday, September 25, 2000 at 18:53:18 (PDT)
Record 479 I've waited years for a website like this. Went to Mare Island early 70's then to the Presido for Vietnamese language.Arrived by chopper after ANNAPOLIS BEQ to Yrbm 20.Patroled with buddies from NIOTC then transfered to the heavies at an ATSB near Cambodia.Trying to hear from old river sailors CPO Dryden,LT.Hardy,Gmg1Wahoo Henthorn,Bm2 Aliff,Troy,Scratch,Compton,O'ddone,most of the guys in our Rid group wounded & sent home.Also my Pbr buddies John Bunn & Joe Flowers.Miss you guys proud of all you Navy men where ever you served.We all did our duty when called & to this day I am proud of any service man or woman who could go in harm's way any time.God bless all Veterans & veterans to be.
Ronald Davis EN2 <rdavis6[ at ]cinci,rr,com>
UNIT/SHIP= RPG/RID 42 , - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= Vin Te canal/ Dong Tam FROM= Cincinnati, OH - Sunday, October 01, 2000 at 19:15:53 (PDT)
Record 501 I was on the YRBM 20 for about 3 months as an electrians mate.I road dowm the river with it when we took it to Nha Be.
After that i was transfered to the Mondero and spent the rest of my tour up and down the river.
Frank Koleszar <frank.koleszar[ at ]gd-es.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM 20 / Mondero, - YRS= 1yr FROM= 1/7/71 to 10/27/72, Ca - Tuesday, November 07, 2000 at 08:09:55 (PST)
Record 508 Ron Decker is looking for a former shipmate who was the barber in Vinh Long
He used to ride the LCM's also. SN Richard Dalhie(last name may be spelled different
He is or used to be from Blooming Prarie, Minn.Anyone with any information on him contact me.
Steve Crandall <crandalls[ at ]uncwil.edu>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM 20, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Vinh Long FROM= Wilmington, NC REFFERED By= Ron Decker - Tuesday, November 21, 2000 at 05:46:09 (PST)
Record 510 Ron Decker is looking for a former shipmate who was the barber in Vinh Long
He used to ride the LCM's also. SN Richard Dalhie(last name may be spelled different
He is or used to be from Blooming Prarie, Minn.Anyone with any information on him contact me.
Steve Crandall <crandalls[ at ]uncwil.edu>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM 20, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Vinh Long FROM= Wilmington, NC REFFERED By= Ron Decker - Tuesday, November 21, 2000 at 05:46:09 (PST)
Record 554 Just posting a new mailing address guys
steve crandall <crandalls46[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= yrbm 20, - YRS= 68/69 - BASE/location= Vinh Long FROM= Wilmington, NC REFFERED By= web site - Sunday, January 07, 2001 at 10:57:11 (PST)
Record 555 Great site, sure brings back alot uf memories. I came onboard in Feb. 69 to Feb. 70. I worked mostly in the engine shop. I stood picket boat watch on the MIC boats and when we started using the BostonWhaler. I stood ood and SP after making EN2. I also made a couple of runs up the Vinh Te canal on the LCVP with D. W. Hunt. We hit a booby trap of barbed wire on the last one, and had to be towed back to the base camp by two PBR's. Afew mortar rounds went over us but missed by a country mile. When we got to the base camp we took turns swimmi9ng under the boat to cut the wire out of the proop and the strut. Just what you want to have happen with less than two weeks left to go. We sure knew how to party back then. Hey where are all you Engineman? Hard to believe were all in our fifties now.
Mark Lewis <maddmarkat[ at ]cs.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM 20, - YRS= 69/70 FROM= Hesperia , CA REFFERED By= Surfed on in - Friday, January 12, 2001 at 20:26:18 (PST)
Record 567 GREAT SITE. WILL WRITE MORE. LOTS TO SEE AND REMEMBER. THANKS.
GREG KMET <GJKMET[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM-20, - YRS= 8/69-8/70 - BASE/location= chou doc river FROM= WEST HILLS (CANOGA PARK), CAL REFFERED By= JEFF STILLMAN - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 21:39:37 (PST)
Record 583 looking for anyone going to the reunion in Bolouxi this May.
Steve Crandall <crandalls46[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= YRBM 20, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Vinl Long FROM= Wilmington, NC REFFERED By= computer - Tuesday, February 06, 2001 at 15:24:07 (PST)
Record 587 looking for a BM1 Holmes who was there for several months. He may reside in the Carolina's. I need his first name.
steve crandall <crandalls[ at ]uncwil.edu>
UNIT/SHIP= vinh long/YRBM 20, - YRS= 1 - BASE/location= vinh long FROM= 68-69, REFFERED By= computer - Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 04:59:00 (PST)
Guest Record 646 I spent a year on the YRBM-20 and had some good friends on it. I have lots of slides of the barge fire, and the Cobra raising.
NAME = Lawrence Reeves <EMAIL = larry.reeves[ at ]trw.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-20 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cho Doc and Tan Chow YEARs in VIETNAM = 1-1970 to 1-1971 FROM WHERE = San Bernardino, Ca. 92408, CA
- Monday, April 23, 2001 at 13:21:24 (PDT)
Guest Record 647 I was on the yrbm 20 from sept 1970 til may 1971 would like to here from anyone onboard around that time. Spent the rest of my tour at LSB Dong Tam. Would like to hear from anyone that might remember me.
NAME = sammy brown <EMAIL = sammyb030> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yrbn 20 BASEs or LOCATIONS= chau duc/ tan chau YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970 FROM WHERE = Grand Cane, La, REFFERED By = surfing
- Monday, April 23, 2001 at 19:59:20 (PDT)
Guest Record 648 I messed the first message see comments below
NAME = sammy brown <EMAIL = sammyb030[ at ]hotmail.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = yrbm 20 BASEs or LOCATIONS= chau duc/ tan chau YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970 FROM WHERE = Grand Cane, La, REFFERED By = surfing
- Monday, April 23, 2001 at 20:10:03 (PDT)
Guest Record 653 I arrived at Vinh Long as a corpsman in June 68. I believe I was relieving HM2 Durden(sp?). After we moved onto the river I was the sole medical personnel for a couple of mos. until a doctor came aboard at the end of my tour aboard YRBM 20. I remember helping to build the "beer barge" but very few names until I happened into this site. Interesting! I recollect a couple of names from Arkansas, and played some poker with Ron Barbre. Man,.....that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
NAME = Tom Raymond <EMAIL = warpedin[ at ]e-machines.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = NAVSUPPAC DET VINH LONG "the villa" , APL 46, YRBM 20 YEARs in VIETNAM = 1 FROM WHERE = Sandy, UT REFFERED By = just surfin'
- Thursday, May 03, 2001 at 17:41:15 (PDT)
Guest Record 684 The YRBM-20 was used in the 1990s at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) as a temporary workspace, mess, and duty berthing for ships that were drydocked there. When I was on the Carl Vinson (CVN-70), it was in drydock at PSNS from 1990 to 1993 and the Engineering, Weapons, and Reactor departments used it. It was tied up next to the drydock and we did all our work on the YRBM-20 since nearly every space on the carrier was being refurbished. I had no idea, until now, that the YRBM-20 was ever in Vietnam and had such an interesting history. Believe me, by the time I got to it, there was no beer bar and there were never any drinking parties, sad to say.
NAME = Scott G. Slaughter <EMAIL = slaughtrsg[ at ]aol.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), USS George Washington (CVN-73) BASEs or LOCATIONS= NTC Orlando, FL, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA, NAS Alameda, CA, Norfolk Naval Station FROM WHERE = Mt. Airy, MD REFFERED By = search engine
- Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 03:06:27 (PDT)
Guest Record 699 I was on the YRBM 20 from Feb '71 until the 20 was towed to Long Pier in April '71. Most of the crew was released with undated orders and were suppose to be on their honor to report to Annapolis in three days. C.W.Bell and I got our orders stamped in Nha Be (by the same yeoman from the YRBM 20 that left the date off) and didn't reported in until we got orders for our next duty station, ten days later. We lived at the Vic' and in that short time learned how to make money selling non-rationed items like candy, soap and tissue paper from the well stocked Cholon PX. From that point on I never spent my paychecks but managed to stay at the Vic' so often the people at the front desk kept room 701 reserved for me the entire year I was in-country. By the way; the terrace of the Vic' that's on this web sight says it's on the 13th floor. For your information, I have a booklet I saved from the hotel that says the terrace was on the 9th floor.
From there I went to the YW 126 and Bell went to the YF 866. On the YW, we spent most of the time tied up at Cat Lo skiing, drinking beer, shooting the .45 at empty beer cans in the water and watching movies. We had three mama-sans cooking and cleaning the YW until we got caught of the coast of Vung Tau with them onboard. The Craftmaster got sent to another boat and we got an Admirals inspection. Everything turned out OK because the Admiral knew the women were there just to clean and since they had worked on the Cat Lo base before they were hired to work on the YW, we all got off with an ass-chewing and a new Craftmaster that turned out to be a good guy - Chief Dixon. We then went back to parting everyday at Cat Lo or Vung Tau; except when our screw fell off and we spent six weeks at the Port of Saigon in dry dock. I spent about two thousand dollars at the Vic' during that time on the room, a girl, parting around town, food and consa. I have many great memories of Saigon but have yet to see other vet's talk about the "fun" stuff. Like the USO show on the YRBM just before it got towed to Long Pier that featured the big breasted girl that did a striptease and more, kicking back in the nets around the flight deck of the YRBM while getting a buzz and watching the helo's shooting tracers at VC all night and all the other cool stuff people don't want their relatives to know about.
The YW was more like "McHale's Navy" with our laid back lifestyle and constant focus on liberty call. I had a unique tour; my brother was wounded six weeks after arriving in-country and is still disabled so I appreciate my good fortune. You have a great web site. Thanks for your hard work. Rick Pratt
NAME = Rick Pratt <EMAIL = clayroses[ at ]msn.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 20 - YW 126 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cat Lo - Nha Be YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971
- Friday, June 22, 2001 at 19:42:53 (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 893 Been on the inet for years... i feel incredibly stupic that I did not find this web site years ago. I am looking for anyone that served on the YRBM 20, or sea float in 70/71... i was a shipfitter and built the cover on the aft barge... i was among the first who moved into the hootches at sea float... I remember the barge next to the YRBM 20 very well... would enjoy finding chief that ran our shop on the 20... anyone remember the president hotel in saigon? or the whorehouse in chow duc? or the ladies working the hoothces at solid anchor? dam... memories are exploding... i will get back here soon...
NAME = Glen Waymire <EMAIL = glenwaymire[ at ]msn.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM-20, Operation Sea Float & Solid Anchor, Chau Doc, Saigon, Bin Tui, etc. YEARs in VIETNAM = 70 - 71 FROM WHERE = San Diego, CA REFFERED By = surfed in
- Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 14:49:59 (PST)
Record 1039 Was in Vinh Long from April of 68 to April of 69. Was a electrician on the barges and repaired the PBR'S.
NAME = Roy L. Diller (Len) <EMAIL = Diller[ at ]Americusks.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YR-9, APL-46,YRBM-20 BASEs or LOCATIONS= VINH LONG YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968-69 FROM WHERE = Americus, Ks.
- Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 20:53:05 (PST)
Record 1100 I will never forget the 18 months I spent there,or the men I served with,(although names are foggy).Great site keep up the good work .YRBM 20 was are main supply point.We made chow runs about 3 times a month down the vinh te.They always made sure we got a case of steaks and beer.sometimes ammo too if the RPG guys didnt hog it all up(just yankin your chain guys).I finally quit carrying a weapon when I go to the gricery store! hope all is well with everyone.
NAME = Dennis Haas <EMAIL = dchaas[ at ]adelphia.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = DUFFLEBAG , FASU , N.A.G BASEs or LOCATIONS= Tinh Binh, Binh Thuy YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-71 FROM WHERE = renoldsville, pa REFFERED By = tf116.org
- Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 14:10:25 (PST)
Record 1228 I went to Nam as a boot RDSN. I didn't even know where the place was, but peer pressure in A school made me volunteer. Turns out it was the beginning of a 30 year career that took me through two wars, a coup attempt, and a million great liberty ports.
Fortunately, through the years, I have somehow repressed all the bad memories of Vietnam, and now I just remember the good times. For example, I remember standing on the fantail of a Swiftboat just about dark one evening, tied up alongside YRBM 20, shooting the shit with 3 or 4 other boat guys. All of a sudden a grenade landed on deck in the middle of all of us. We scattered like cockroaches in the light, and it exploded right over the fuel tank. Ripped a nice hole in the deck, but thankfully no one was hurt. It was blamed on the watch, for not making it all the way to the water with his toss, but myself and one other guy know the truth. We laughed about that until our sides hurt later that night.
I remember fishing with grenades and cooking steak almost every day. And I remember those great times on liberty, either in Vung Tau, Cat Lo, SaDec (my favorite place) or in Chau Doc. (Did the MP's really chase me out of that cathouse?)
Looking back on my time in Nam, it's an experience I wouldn't have traded for anything. I turned 21 over there, and can honestly say that I grew up during that year. I'm proud of what we did over there - I just wish we would have had the leadership to win.
Okay, that's enough for now. If anyone wants, check out my website for some pictures of Swiftboat life. Any of you shipmates (boatmates?), feel free to drop me a line.
NAME = Jack Spratt WEB SITE = http://www.geocities.com/sprattj/vietnam/vietnam.htm
<EMAIL = sprattj[ at ]yahoo.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Swiftboats BASEs or LOCATIONS= Catlo, Sadec YEARs in VIETNAM = 69-70 FROM WHERE = San Diego, CA REFFERED By = Surfed in
- Saturday, May 11, 2002 at 01:31:52 (PDT)
Record 1251 I served in a radar detachment on the Vinh Te Canal in all of 1970.
We shared a small base with the Navy PBR's when the water was high enough for the boats. We had an ARVN base next door with a Captain DOC who liked to shoot over our base with a 50 cal at night.
My Army unit had eight guys: all of us made it home alive!
We scanned the "Seven Sisters" mountains which crosed into Viet Nam from Cambodia. Had several targets every night with VN artillery or the Sea Wolves attacking.
We got attacked several times: onre battle lasted three days with the Special Forces Mike Force gettting chewwed up pretty good.
A big THANKS to the Navy guys for their assistance, support and food.
I got aboard the YRBM-20 once. I commandeered the 14ft aluminum boat with a 40 horse Johnson outboard and rode with two guys to Vinh Gia on ther Vinh Te Canal..!!! What a trip! I look back and think how stupid that move was!!
Great site..keep up the good work.
NAME = Richard Solomon <EMAIL = solomon[ at ]goldrush.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 268th Field Artillery Radar Detachment BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vinh Gia on the Vinh Te Canal YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970 FROM WHERE = Arnold, CA REFFERED By = Surfed in!
- Monday, June 03, 2002 at 20:41:56 (PDT)
Record 1395 FDNY web site you may be intrested in. This fire fighter Killed on 9/11 was from my home town of Merrick LI. check out www.briansfund.com...well worth it.Trust me.
NAME = steve crandall <EMAIL = crandalls46> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Vinh Long-YRBM 20 YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69 FROM WHERE = wilmington, NC REFFERED By = self
- Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 13:51:41 (PDT)
Record 1431 Jane the monkey was my friend.
I put the first porthole in the front of the barge.
I watched the Sea Wolf chopper take a rocket in the nose and helped the big chopper carry it away.
I helped patch the hole where the rocket came through and hit the officers' mess.
I was a HT2. The 50 caliber liquidator was mine.
I've got a lot of pictures I would like to share as soon as I can figure out how to send them. E-mail me!
NAME = Terry W. Stroth <EMAIL = twsamredneck[ at ]yahoo.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM20 and YRBM21 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Mekong River YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971 FROM WHERE = Wellston, Ohio REFFERED By = my draft board
- Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 16:58:40 (PDT)
Record 1544 Kent,
I was totally surprised and impressed at all the work that has been put into this website. Congratulations! I have hundreds of photos taken during my tour aboard the 20. At the moment, all my slides are packed and stored. In the near future I will dig them out and begin scanning all my slides to disc. One event which I captured on film was the infamous "Soccer" match between the YRBM 20 gang and the town of Chau Doc. Does anyone remember the second match? Anyway, I will endeavor to stay in touch and plan on contacting Jeff Stillman, Ray Longaker, Greg Wilkey, Mike Snidow, Mike Ayriss and John Purlee. I would definitely drop everything if and when a reunion is scheduled. Cheers, Greg Ford
NAME = Greg Ford (EM2) <EMAIL = mouselips[ at ]hotmail.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 20 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be, Qui Nhon YEARs in VIETNAM = August 1968 to January 19 FROM WHERE = Flint, Michigan
- Friday, November 08, 2002 at 14:01:23 (PST)
Record 1566 I was on the 20 when she was decommishINED. I was transfered to the 21. I was on her when they shot one of our SEA WOLVES all to hell. I built the brass bar rails in the LAST CHANCE SALOON.Jane the monkey was a mean bitch. I RODE the 21 to Vaugn Tau. I THEN got put on the yrbm-17. I left country after 10 months 22 days and 18hrs. Ive got an ass load of picts.
NAME = TERRY STROTH HT-2 WEB SITE = N/A
<EMAIL = twsamredneck[ at ]yahoo.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 21- YRBM-20 BASEs or LOCATIONS= About 1 mile from Cambodia YEARs in VIETNAM = 1971 FROM WHERE = WELLSTON, OHIO REFFERED By = N/A
- Saturday, November 16, 2002 at 20:42:31 (PST)
Record 1660 Just looking around, great site. I would really to here from other 512 rats.
NAME = Jim Mason <EMAIL = jlmason[ at ]pacifier.com> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Riv-Div 512 RPG 55,56,57 BASEs or LOCATIONS= YRBM 20, VINH GIA , BINH THUY YEARs in VIETNAM = Dec 69-Dec 70 FROM WHERE = Bay City, Oregon REFFERED By = Yahoo
- Monday, December 30, 2002 at 12:32:20 (CST)
Record 1769 Great site, lots of great pictures. I remember the Delta Hilton as the first yrbm I worked off of, probably starting 11/69. I was on pcf's. I recall that before going there had a briefing in Sa Dec, we were told that the yrbm's were converted from WWII oil tankers call 'lighters'. Still remember the steak and lobster barbecuse on Sundays. We were on 60 hr patrols and returned to yrbm every third night for a real meal and watched a movie. Slept on our boats though, didn't like boat crew's quarters, think they were below the waterline.
NAME = Jim Madden <EMAIL = jim_madden[ at ]cyborg.cob> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = CosDiv 14 & 13 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cam Rahn, Sa Dec, yrbm's in delta YEARs in VIETNAM = 8/69-8/70 FROM WHERE = Chicago, IL
Record 1789 As a u.s. army sargent, i flew on to the yrbm 20 and 21
several times. We supplied you both with your secure and
non secure communication gear.
I do appreciate the web sites on both crafts. If I can
find the pictures I have from the air of both, I will send
them to you.
NAME = robert begley <EMAIL = r.d.begley[ at ]worldnet.att.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = 176th signal company BASEs or LOCATIONS= long xuyen YEARs in VIETNAM = 70-71 FROM WHERE = port murray, nj
Record 1832 This page has been down for since 13 Mar 03 for unknown reasons.
I hope it works ok now!
NAME = WebMaster <EMAIL = khawley[ at ]elite.net> UNITs SHIPs BOATs = YRBM 20 BASEs or LOCATIONS= Chou Doc and ATSBs YEARs in VIETNAM = Oct69-Oct70 FROM WHERE = Merced, CA
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