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Record 19
EMAIL =: RichD9548[ at ]aol.com
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. Rich Dickerson


Record 19
EMAIL =: RichD9548[ at ]aol.com
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. Rich Dickerson


Record 49
EMAIL =: don_blankenship[ at ]hotmail.com
NAME = Don Blankenship
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: San Diego
Time: 1998-06-14 07:22:12
Comments: Kent, what a great site. I liked all your pictures. I was in country from 2/69 to 2/70 aboard Assault Support Patrol Boats attached to River Squadrons 11 and 15. Throughout your website you refer to these boats as minesweepers. While minesweeping gear was on the boats, that was a relatively minor function. If you want to take the time to update your web references for all of those pictures you may want to refer to them as Alpha boats, much as the ATC's were referred to as Tango boats. That's probably nitpicking so take it or leave it as a suggestion. You really do have a great site and you deserve a lot of credit for putting in the time on it. If any of my boat crews (A-111-3 and A-152-21) read this please email me. Thanks again for a terrific site. Don


Record 64
EMAIL =: shtgun[ at ]snowcrest.net
NAME = John A. (Shotgun Jack) Carpenter
Website: Shotgun Jack's Home Page
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: No. CA
Time: 1998-07-26 23:47:41
Comments: I came here from Linda's site "Mom's Vietnam Vet Message Board and Buddy Search", from her VN Vet's Links. I am really disappointed that you didn't include the Airboats of A-404 of the IV Corps Mike Force!!:>) On a more serious note, I have pictures of the Vinh Te Canal about the same time, it seems the water was alittle higher in my picture of the Minesweeper, and the mountain in the picture was, as I remember, on the left as you were going toward Tinh Bien; so the mountain I am sure was Nui Giai. I worked with the PBR's during the dry season; they would take us (IV Corps Mike Force) up the canal to set up ambushs. I normally had about 30 Chinese or Cambodian troops with me, with me as the only American. Also; I know, I know, picky, picky, picky:>), it was Chau Doc!!! You will find some pictures on my pages of the Airboats, but I have at least a hundred I need to get scanned. Highest Regards, John (aka Shotgun Jack), IV Corps Mike Force, 5th Special Forces Group, The Mekong Delta, RSVN, Sep.'69-Nov.70.


Record 107
EMAIL =: eds[ at ]teleport.com
NAME = Ed Sinclair
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: So. Calif during Service time
Time: 1998-10-15 06:48:54
Comments: I was an early participant in US Navy RVN operations as a crew member on 36' minesweeping boats of MinDiv 33 stationed in Sasebo, Japan. In 1964 (early summer) we carried First Force Recon Marines to Vietnam and spent several weeks making charts of Cam Ranh Bay, Nha Trang,and other potential ports, dropping the Marines ashore ahead of our charting efforts for security. We were moored aft of the Turner Joy and Maddox at the pier in Subic Bay (late July after returning from Vietnam)only to find out in the coming weeks these ships were principals in the Tonkin Gulf incident. Our ten boats were embarked on the USS Epping Forest MCS-7 (Mine Countermeasures Support ship, a WWII LSD! After this first trip to SVN, about every time we got underway we went to Vietnam and participated in Market Time coastal surveillance or other special operations. I was discharged in 1966 after a one year involuntary extension was rescinded for my rating (ETR3)after spending 31 months overseas, 25 months having collected Hostile Fire Pay for our coastal/river surveillance efforts in Vietnam. I served briefly on the USS Widgeon MSC-208 for a couple of months prior to discharge. MinDiv 33 and the MSC's were part of Mine Flotilla One in Sasebo. MinFlot 1 was commanded by Capt.A.M. Savage whose family owned Savage Arms Co. He had nice shotguns, and used to shoot skeet of the flight deck (helo pad) of the Epping Forest. I can recall some YFB's in Sasebo being fitted with helo pads and berthing spaces in 1966, did these end up being YRBM's? We were told these vessels were to be towed to SVN rivers as command platforms for riverine operations.


Record 150
EMAIL =: mighty1[ at ]bellatlantic.net
NAME = John Bahner
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Baltimore,Md.
Time: 1999-01-21 22:28:54
Comments: I was a BM3 boat coxswain on the LCM2 attatched to NSA Cua Viet.Most of our time was spent dragging the river for mines between Cua Viet and Dong Ha.


Record153
EMAIL =: ELN/usnrmret[ at ]earthlink.net
NAME = Don Cole RMC (Ret)
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Jose, Ca.
Time: 1999-01-31 01:13:46
Comments: Great Page...Served 1964-1967 On the Minesweeper USS Woodpecker (MSC-209). Was headed to Subic from Thailand When Tunner Joy was hit. Sent us to Vietnam for Patrol. Then over next 3 Years did it over and over again. Left and went to B School and came back to Vietnam on the USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) Served One more year then finally got out of there alive.....


Record 178
EMAIL =: rpboats[ at ]flash.net
NAME = E.R. (Rusty) Pace
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Shady Shores, Texas
Time: 1999-03-20 21:11:21
Comments: I was an original member of Mine Division 113. I helped put the Division together back in Long Beach, Ca., and then was on one of the first two boat crews to deploy to RVN. I was in Nha Be from August '68 till January '69. I was involved in Operations Market Time and Giant Slingshot while in the Rung Sat. In January 1969 I went to the Cua Viet River to participate in Operation Clearwater. That is where my Naval career ended on MSM 16 as the Boat Capitan. I was also on the MSM 11 as a Fireman and MSM 13 as the Engineer. While in Cua Viet I was also the Engineering Officer for 8 other LCM 6's. I was the storekeeper, yeoman, and chief demolition person while there. It was a very interesting time.


Record 209
EMAIL =: msprager[ at ]hotmail.com
NAME = MNC(SW) Matthew S. Prager
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Ingleside, TX
Time: 1999-05-15 08:48:09
Comments: I am a Chief Petty Officer, currently deployed in the Persian Gulf on USS ARDENT (MCM-12). I am looking for info on brown water minesweepers in Vietnam, MSBs, MSMs, MSRs, MSLs, and MSDs. Thanks.


Record 304
EMAIL =: MikeY5093[ at ]AOL.com">Mike Yablonski
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: orig: NJ -now living in PA
Time: 1999-12-16 04:34:44
Comments: KUDOS to you! A great site I was with the Minesweepers that you have the pictures of under Boats. I was with Mine Division 113-'69-'70. E-mail me if you remember me.(SKI) I was an ETR3 when I left Nam. We worked with a number of PBR groups and after all this time I not sure of which one's. Also very familiar with that seal boat. It was the ONLY boat we raced that ever came close to beating us. Just finding your site now, I am going to be up all night checking it out and looking up the guests.


Record 316
EMAIL =: scpo8[ at ]aol.com">Tom Diaz
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Antonio, Tx
Time: 2000-01-04 08:27:37
Comments: Never seen a web page to show my base at Nha Be, RVN. Was there Nov '67 - Jun '69. Where are all the Minesweep sailors from Nha Be?? Found only one Tom Drake. Lost his e-mail address. Thanks for the memories! No one knows how it feels that hasn't been there!!!!


Record 346
EMAIL =: rmzim[ at ]sisna.com">Matt Zimmer
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Cincinnati
Time: 2000-02-20 20:33:02
Comments: I was stationed at Nha Be with Mine Div. 112, 6/70'-71. I'll try to get you some photos of the MSB's that plied the Long Tau shipping channel from Nha Be.


Record 357
KENT THIS IS #1 WEB SITE YOU DID A 4.0 JOB!IT SURE BRINGS BACK"
"ALOT OF OLD MEMORY'S CON GRATS


BILL ARBOGAST <ARBO48[ at ]AOL.COM>
Unit/Ship= RIVDIV131,MINEDIV113,NAG RAID72 ADVISIOR , - YRS= 69/70 - base/location= DONG TAM
- Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at 02:43:18 (PST)




Guest Record 715
Lots of slow trips up and down the river. Lots of faces, short on names. Anyone around from the first group of boats that went over would like to hear.

NAME = Tom Wasmund
WEB SITE =
<EMAIL = waztraninc[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Mine Squadron Eleven/MSB Detachment Alfa
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be Long Tau River
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-67
FROM WHERE = Mt. Prospect, Il
REFFERED By = Surfed on by
- Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 15:05:04 (PDT)

Record 729
I was stationed in MINDIV 33 from 7-14-62 to 12-3-63.
I was an EMFN. Not much to tell although I really made
some good friends there. Just recently I have gotten
together with 2 of my old ship mates. Doug Hickman
& Tom Yunk. I have also gotten in touch with 2 other
shipmates Bob Banto & Mel Maxwell. If you know me I
would like to hear from you.


NAME = Rick Christie <EMAIL = beenie94501[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MINDIV 33 MSL 17
BASEs or LOCATIONS= SASEBO, JAPAN
YEARs in VIETNAM = NONE
FROM WHERE = Alameda, Ca
REFFERED By = Just serfing the web
- Sunday, July 22, 2001 at 13:11:17 (PDT)



Record 730
Even though I have visited your sight many times, I am still trying to find more information about my brother (Charles "Charlie" P. Geisert) who was kia on 11-4-69.One of the men on Charlies boat told me they were ambushed in the French Canal. Another of the men on his boat said they were attacked right in front of a Vietnamese Army Camp on the French Canal. Now, Charlie was the Captain of MSR-7, & that was a part of his mailing address as was Mine Div. 113. However, there is a picture of a boat wrecked in front of the Army camp, but I understand that was the MSR-7 also. The Captain of that boat was Charlie Brown. No one was hurt on that boat as they all walked away. Not so in my brother's attack. Everyone was hurt, but my brother and an interpreter were the only men killed. I would love to locate this Charlie Brown that was on the MSR-7. I know he is out there somewhere as I have had two different men to tell me they knew him. If anyone knows Charlie Brown's where-abouts, will you please have him contact me? I am Mary Lynn Geisert Welborn. mlw[ at ]wf.quik.com

NAME = Mary Lynn Geisert Welborn <EMAIL = mlw[ at ]wf.quik.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = TF 116, Mine Div. 113-MSR-7
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Vihn Te, Chau Doc, Nhe Be,Tan Chau,French Canal
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969
FROM WHERE = Wichita Falls, TX
REFFERED By = Surfing
- Monday, July 23, 2001 at 09:27:50 (PDT)

Record 735
I served on MSB 34 out of Nha Ba. for 6 months and sent to Dang Nang for the rest of my tour. I would like to hear from anyone who served with MinRon 11 Det A of Min Div 112 during this time frame.

NAME = Russell Jones
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MSB's
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Ba
YEARs in VIETNAM = 68-69
FROM WHERE = Henryettta, Ok
- Friday, July 27, 2001 at 12:27:26 (PDT)

Record 842
Was stationed at Nha Be 66-67 MSB Detachment Alpha. We were the first group activated at Nha Be and had to establish the base for Minesweepers. Total number of boats was about 12. During the first 8 months of operations, we had quite a few casualities. I was originally trained at Long Beach, Ca. to be in support, but due to battle injuries of the EM2 on boat #15, I was assigned to complete the remaining 11 months aboard her. The boat ( 52 feet ) had a complement of 6 crewmen. I remember the skippers name ( John Milum BM1 ) but can't recall the other fellows. Hopefully you guys read this and get in contact. Would you beleive, i've been searching for years to find a site where MSB sailors could tell their stories. We have quite a few to tell...for instance...how about that EM2 aboard boat #52 that was hit with 2-3 rockets smack on the pilot house and lived!! the pilot house was GONE. All he had on was his BOOTS while still holding on to what was left of the wooden helm.

NAME = Joe Kenny (EM2) <EMAIL = atimeco[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MSB Det. Alpha
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1966-1967
FROM WHERE = Long Beach , CA
REFFERED By = Surfing Net
- Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 03:39:19 (PDT)

Record 877
Was with MineDiv 113 Nha Be 68-69 on MSM-17

NAME = D. Stark <EMAIL = dstark9000[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Minediv 113
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1968 1969
FROM WHERE = Memphis, Tn
- Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 11:17:54 (PST)

Record 878
I visit your web page very often. I keep hoping that some of the men that were on my brother's minesweeper at the time that he was kia (11-4-69) will sign in. I have been in contact with 2 of the men. My brother was Charles P. Geisert. He was captain on MSR-7 when he lost his life. This was his 3rd. tour in Viet Nam. Your Web page just keeps getter better. Thank you

NAME = Mary Lynn Geisert Welborn <EMAIL = mlw[ at ]wf.quik.com>
TX
- Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 16:07:02 (PST)

Record 909
I was at Cam Rhan Be when MineDiv112 was pulling out headed for Nha Be in May of 1970. I spent 6 mo. there then went to YRBM 21 down by An Long for another 6 mo.Would love to hear from anyone who might have been there then.

NAME = Bob Radomski <EMAIL = bcrad[ at ]webtv.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MineDiv112, YRBM 21
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1970-1971
FROM WHERE = Joliet, Ill
REFFERED By = Surfin
- Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 22:27:02 (PST)

Record 913
Just looking back and hope the VETS are treated better than when we got out.

NAME = Jim Thorne <EMAIL = JTThornet>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Mine Division 112 (MSB 46)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be Vietnam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1968
FROM WHERE = Westchester, NY
- Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 15:00:37 (PST)

Record 914
Like to here from Nah Be Sailors. The first night I arrived the base was hit. I though to myself no one person is ever going to scare me again. That ended the next day when I asked about who were those guys down below. SEALS came the answer. Whats a SEAL I replied? Frogmen. Well it did not take long to find out. Lots of action took place on the base, in town, and on the rivers. All kinds of sailors doing different things that my two years in the navy never could imagine a sailor doing. Proud of all of you guys and hope to hear from you.

NAME = Jim Thorne EM 2 <EMAIL = JTThornet>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MSB DET ALPHA (46 boat)
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be Vietnam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967-1968
FROM WHERE = Katonah, NY
REFFERED By = Luck
- Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 16:01:08 (PST)

Record 933
Came upon your sight. Great but did ot see any pictures on MSB's. A lot of our boats were blown up. Most of my pictures were lost when I came home. Anyone remember Gary Paddock? He was my best friend in high school and was killed on MSB just as I arrived. I did not know he was there, but helped recover his body. This site sent goose bumps up my spine as I have repressed so much I suppose. Anyone in my detachment, please e-mail me. Thanks

NAME = Dan Bierman <EMAIL = dcdan[ at ]blackfoot.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Mine Squadron 11 Detachment Alpha
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Cha Beam Rhan Bay & N
YEARs in VIETNAM = 67-68
FROM WHERE = Missoula, Mt
- Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 21:57:44 (PST)

Record 938
We were the first group from Minron 11 to go to Nha Be. I was 19 yrs. old and the first trip down the Long Tau was pretty scary, but before long we even went water skiing out there. Watched the Eastern Mariner sink at Nha Be after being exploded by the V.C. Our boat, MSB 16, was one of the first on scene at the Baton Rouge Victory after it was mined and beached.Heintz(not sure of spelling) and Underwood paid with their lives; close friend Rod Rickley paid with his life after I was stateside. Spent 2 yrs. on the Epping Forest 67-68, made a few trips down to Vietnam. Because of the lack of rated boatswains mates they let me run an MSL for a while as a seaman. Epping Forest went through a typhoon on the way to Yokosuka that nearly did her in. An African American boatswain mate named White led a crew of volunteers into after steering, a potential death trap, and drained water away from steering telemotors saving the day. Hats off to you Mr. White. If any of this information sounds familiar get in touch.

NAME = Rick Tingley <EMAIL = rickandcarol[ at ]zianet.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = MSB 16 and USS Epping Forest
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Nha Be and Sasebo
YEARs in VIETNAM = 6 months 1966
FROM WHERE = Roswell, NM
REFFERED By = surfing
- Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 11:41:19 (PST)
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