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EMAIL =: gandb[ at ]hot1.net
NAME = Greg Brenner
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Waco, Tx.
Time: 1998-03-05 03:41:09
Comments: Enjoyed looking at your pictures. I was in Rivron9-Rivdiv91 from Mar '67 til Feb '68 and spent a lot of time on one of the Delta Hiltons. We were near Dong Tam most of the time. Won and lost a few bucks in some poker games there too!


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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


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EMAIL =: spirytman[ at ]hotmail.com
NAME = Joseph M.Downey
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Long Island New York
Time: 1998-05-19 07:52:22
Comments: My father James J.Downey served with riv'div' 114 i think.from 68 to 70 i was wondering if any of his past shipmates,such as Bill Dorey (spelling?) or Roger Rule,or anyone else who served with him could contact me at my e- mail address. Anyone else who reads this and knew him, please contact me as well. Thank you. -J.M.Downey


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EMAIL =: billyharman[ at ]yahoo.com
NAME = Billy Harman
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Anchorage, Alaska
Time: 1998-06-06 19:17:15
Comments: I was in country Jan. 69 to Feb. 70. I was an engineman on T-132-2. Looking for pinky and corky, served same time and in rivron 132, trained Mare Island. I have tried to remember names but after years of suffering from PTSD and being a drunk its no use. I have just now started getting help and pray other vets serch for help, its hard but worth it. Any one who remembers me feel free to e-mail me.


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EMAIL =: duncan[ at ]alaska.net
NAME = John R. Hannah
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Valdez Alaska
Time: 1998-09-22 05:05:36
Comments: Excellent page I never knew for the past 30 years that we had such an organazition as this . thank you much. I served with River Division 91 on ATC-9 from 1967-1968 and was part of the first navy replacement class[class R-1] to come into contoury. Thanks again


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EMAIL =: pkuhn5[ at ]compuserve.com
NAME = Paul Kuhn
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Texas
Time: 1998-09-30 20:02:19
Comments: I served in Veitnam from 11/67 to 11/68 in the Riverine Assult Force TF-117, River Assult Division 112, Boat # T-112-6. It sure would be great to hear from any or all of my fellow shipmates in the division, especially from my boat. My shipmates were: BM1 T.T. Taylor; BM2 E.C. Claborn; EN3 G.W. Machin; ETR3 G.P. Murry; SN H.B. Chauncey Jr.; and SN W.W. Pytlewski. If anyone knows how to get in touch with these guys please let me know. Paul Kuhn 113 W. Mark Harker Heights, Texas 76548 ( 254 ) 690-1384 pkuhn5[ at ]compuserve.com or kuhnp[ at ]hood-emh3.army.mil Thank You


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EMAIL =: Bluebot48[ at ]aol.com
NAME = Richard Woods
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New Mexico
Time: 1998-10-11 04:57:06
Comments: 1968 RAG91 A-91-2 1969 RAS153 A-52 1970(Advisor)RID 40&41


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EMAIL =: kbuc[ at ]fascination.com
NAME = KENNETH R. BUCHO-EN1 (SS-DV) RET. NAVY
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Rock Springs,Wyoming
Time: 1998-11-12 05:13:20
Comments: Looking for anyone that served on: ASSAULT CRAFT UNIT ONE. LCU-1481, 1620&1621, (1968-1969) USS GARRETT COUNTY LST-786,(1969-1970) ENJOYED READING ABOUT BROWNWATER NAVY. JOE T. BUNDY WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.


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EMAIL =: longaker[ at ]kendaco.telebyte.com
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 Rat's". 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. Take care. Most Sincerely, 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.


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EMAIL =: kbuc[ at ]fascination.com
NAME = KENNETH R. BUCHO-EN1 (SS-DV) RET. NAVY
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Rock Springs,Wyoming
Time: 1998-11-12 05:13:20
Comments: Looking for anyone that served on: ASSAULT CRAFT UNIT ONE. LCU-1481, 1620&1621, (1968-1969) USS GARRETT COUNTY LST-786,(1969-1970) ENJOYED READING ABOUT BROWNWATER NAVY. JOE T. BUNDY WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.


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EMAIL =:
NAME = JOHN BOURKE
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: bronx ny
Time: 1999-02-09 01:24:07
Comments: i was stationed on seafloat 69-70 WAS ON BOARD U2 zippo refueler THEN TRANSFERED TO TANGO 13 LOOKING FOR T MCMILLAN J MONNAHAN ABBOT CBM GREEN G WARD REMEMBER THE NIGHT THE SAND BARGE CRASHED INTO SEAFLOAT. Great web site relived a lot of memories keep up the good work .


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EMAIL =: 103070.730[ at ]compuserve.com
NAME = Michael A. Harris
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Coos Bay, Oregon
Time: 1999-02-22 01:13:56
Comments: Hello Kent and All, I was at the small Vietnamese Naval Base at Rach Soi in December '68 and January '69 onboard T-152-1. Our boat and T-152-10 were cut from our Division and sent there. I returned to Rach Soi/Rach Gia in '94 and visited a village that we used to beach at during the war. I had one photo with "kids" in it and the Vietnamese I.D.'d all 4 of them. That made me determined to return once again with ALL of my "kid" photos. I did so from Jan. 26-30 of this year ('99). Have many memories, maps, photos, etc. from then and now. If anyone would like to correspond then feel free to do so at the email address above or at this address: 2196 N. 14th St., Coos Bay, Or 97420 Ph: 541-267-4755. Great website Kent...! A hardy "Welcome Home" to everybody who served. Mike Harris (RM2) RAS 15, RAS 152 - 7/68 - 7/69


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EMAIL =: pacecar[ at ]shasta.com
NAME = gerald g. weston
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: san rafael calif/redding ca
Time: 1999-03-29 12:26:33
Comments: was on C-91-1 in 67 then on A-91-7 till dros in late 68.


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EMAIL =: crunchbars[ at ]aol.com
NAME = Chuck Fox
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Maple Valley, Washington (Seattle area)
Time: 1999-04-08 04:33:16
Comments: I was "in country" from Oct 68 to Nov 69 in the Mobile Riverine Force based outside Dong Tam. My boat was A-92-1 (an ASPB) tied to the USS Benewah. I have enjoyed viewing your pages and will check back from time to time. If anyone else reads this that was a "River Rat" during my time period I would like to hear from them.


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EMAIL =: RBAKLE[ at ]AOL.COMM
NAME = RALPH BAKLE
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: FORT WAYNE ,INDIANA
Time: 1999-04-12 03:42:33
Comments: RM2/2OMM GUNNER ASBP 132-8 AUGUST 69 THRU JULY 70 AFTER 30 DAYS LEAVE CAME BACK ABOARD MONITOR-1 AT SONG ONG DOC. AM NEW TO USING THE WEB. HAVE SEVERAL HUNDRED SLIDES AND PICTURES OF U.S.& VIET PERSONNEL HAD WORKED WITH. HAVE 8MM MOVIE OF TURN OVER OF LAST AMERICAN BOATS AT DONG TAM. ALSO COLLECTED MANY STARS & STRIPES ANDOTHER ASSORTED VN NEWSPAPERS. WILL BE AT 99 REUNION AT FT. MITCHELL.


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EMAIL =: cm_davis[ at ]hotmail.com
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.


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EMAIL =: rivron[ at ]hotmail.com
NAME = james fungaroli
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: miami fl
Time: 1998-08-08 16:04:13
Comments: I SERVED ABOARD A-151-4 68-69 GREAT PAGE KEEP IT UP. BEST REGARDS JIM


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EMAIL =: CLovell235[ at ]aol.com
NAME = CLYDE LOVELL
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: orginally Louisiana now Texas
Time: 1999-06-12 02:03:41
Comments: I REALLY ENJOYED YOUR SITE. IT BROUGHT BACK SOME MEMORIES AND HELPED REFRESH MY MEMORY. I COULDN'T REMEMBER "ANNAPOLIS". I WAS IN COUNTRY 1-70 TO 1-71. SHORTLY AFTER ARRIVING IN COUNTRY I WAS ASSIGNED TO AN ATC THAT WAS BEING TURNED OVER TO THE VIETNAMESE NAVY. I SPENT MOST OF MY TOUR AT GO DAU HA. A COUPLE TRIPS INTO CAMBODIA AND THE LAST FEW MONTHS OUT OF CAU MAU AND INTO THE U-MINH FOREST.


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EMAIL =: kbbg3[ at ]ttlc.net
NAME = Bill Gallerie (Spiderman)
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Troy NY now living in Maine
Time: 1999-08-23 18:58:35
Comments: I was with ConRivRon 151-1 Zippo 1. Toured from 68-69.


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EMAIL =: alexskipper[ at ]yahoo.com
NAME = Alex F. Gordaoff
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Cordova, Alaska
Time: 1999-08-29 07:22:47
Comments: Hi, I'm a U.S. Navy Brown Water River Rat. I served with the following units: UDT 13, River Flotilla Division One, River Assault Squadron 13, and River Assault Division 131. My area of operations from 1966-1970 was Mito River, May Kong Delta, and the DMZ Cambodia. I served 8 combat tours in Viet-Nam my total day count in a combat theatre was 4 years 10 months and 14 days. I've been looking for people who served this period of time for quite sometime without much success. If you happen to know of anyone please contact me at my E-Mail address. I was on ASPB #Alpha one and Charlie One. Thank-You: Alex


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EMAIL =: ARBO48[ at ]aol.com
NAME = Bill Arbogast BM3
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Minneapolis,Minnesota
Time: 1999-09-09 10:36:52
Comments: Kent loved your Web Page! I was in River Division 131 On tango131-5 Mobile Riverine Force 69-70 and Naval Advisory Group. I have been to all the city's and Rivers on your page Thank You !


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EMAIL =: rickypt[ at ]efortress.com
NAME = Richard P Turner
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: middletown Rhode Island
Time: 1999-09-13 03:44:59
Comments: Kent great web page i graduated from niotc class mrf 56 i served in country on tango 152 13 from May 1968 to July 1969 operated off Uss Benewa and Mercer Apl 26 And Apl 30 in mekong delta cantho Vung to Mytho Dongtam twin rivers cross road snoopys nose the where we got feet wet training for battle i am 57 years old retired from the navy in march of 1984 at newport ri work for the naval station now been there 16 years presently working for a navy bmc my rate we know our shit i operate his boats for oil boom ops for the coast guard ships do painting keep his pier looking good he call me his main man i have a purple heart from the u minh forest we got our ass kicked a lot of action down in delta i am not married messed up from ptsd under treatment by va uin providence ri rate at 30% that chief i work for saw his dad a va hospital in jersy when he was 6 years old his dad later died for amnesia from vietnam talk again richard p turner bm1 (sw) usn retired


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EMAIL =: oms[ at ]cts.com
NAME = Bob Roberts (BOO)
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Diego, Ca.
Time: 1999-09-29 20:05:17
Comments: One of two tours spent on Tango 152-9. Looking for others


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EMAIL =: ncdwti4[ at ]aol.com">SWCS Dempsey Bumpass
Website:
Referred by: AOL
From: Texas
Time: 1999-10-09 16:53:58
Comments: I was a GMG3 attached to Strike Assault Boat 20 (Stabron 20) Task force 116 from Dec. 1969 - Nov. 1970. I was the gunner on stab boat 001 call sign "Racing Danger 001". We took 20 boats in country and all 20 returned to USA. Only river boats not turned over to RVN Navy.


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EMAIL =: phlboxarc[ at ]aol.com">Chuck Hasson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Boothwyn, Pa.
Time: 1999-10-29 00:22:55
Comments: I enjoy reading your website as I was on T-112-10 and T-50in 1969. you bring back some real memories, thank you Chuck Hasson


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EMAIL =: KK3ROY[ at ]JUNO.COM">DOLAR R. LEVESQUE
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: YUBA CITY CALIFORNIA
Time: 1999-12-22 02:36:08
Comments: THE UNIDIENTIFIED BOAT ON THE RIVER IS A CC [COMMAND & COMMUNICATION] BOAT. THE GUN MOUNT ON THE BOW IS A 40 MM BOFORS AND THE ONTHER GUN MOUNTS ARE .50 CAL PORT AND STARABOARD AND 20 MM ON THE STERN. DOLAR ROY LEVESQUE US NAVY RETIRED THEN EN3, ENGINEER/PORT .50 GUNNER ATC 112-1 1968-1970


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EMAIL =: ncdwti4[ at ]aol.com">Dempsey Bumpass
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Texas
Time: 1999-12-24 02:38:20
Comments: You have done a great job on your web page. I have really enjoyed it and it has brought back a lot of memories. I was a GMG3 on a Stab Boat call sign Racing Danger 001. I cross rated to steelworker in the Seabees after I left Nam. I retired as a Senior Chief Steelworker in 1988 but I will always be a river rat in my heart. Until our Stab boats arrived in country in early 70 I worked with the Duffle Bag unit out of Thuy Nhon and rode Tangos, Alphas, PBRs. and Army air boats up around FOB GettysBurg where the seals were making a man made canal joining the Vam Co Tay and the Van Co Dong using det cord. After Duffle Bag I went on 99 patrols with Riv Div 512 PBRs. When my boat arrived in country I was ready to operate thanks to the men I served with in the above mentioned units. I think that was a major factor in my coming back home in one piece physically. My heartfelt thanks to all the River Rats, Seawolfs, Seal teams, Army recon and Marine Recon I had the pleasure to operate with. You are all heroes in my books. Thanks again for a great web page.


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EMAIL =: ">E.
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: S.E.Pa.
Time: 2000-02-08 15:57:51
Comments: Welcome home,boys.I was on T-92-8 from 12/67-12/68.Great site.Would like to hear from any 92 div. river rats.


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EMAIL =: alexskipper[ at ]yahoo.com">Alex F Gordaoff
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Cordova, Alaska
Time: 2000-02-14 08:32:51
Comments: Im a Brownwater River Rat, I served from 1965 to 1972 on the rivers of Viet-Nam I got 8 Turs in Country on the ground and on the Boats.I was with the US Navy Spechel War-fair Unit {Riv/Flot/Div/1 / Rivron 13.} River Assault Division 131, {Have Gunns Will Travel.} River Assault Flotilla ONE, River Squadron 13


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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)


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Hi glad to talk to someone who's been there . Get back with me later .

Ken Bush <bushman981[ at ]cs.com>
Unit/Ship= T-92-6 M-92-1RAID 75, - YRS= 3 - base/location= Delta
- Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 07:01:43 (PST)


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Served on M-111-2 and T-113-8. Interested in hearing from anyone from my NIOTC class (10-69, I think) or the boats. Got out of the Navy, tried to be a hippy, didn't work out..so I joined the Army and went back. Go figure...

Steve Kennedy <Riverine[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Rivron111/113, - YRS= 69-70 FROM= Rockport, Tx
- Thursday, April 13, 2000 at 06:22:34 (PDT)


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I'LL WRITE MORE LATER-I WENT IN COUNTRY WITH RIVER ASSAULT SQUADRON 13--T-131-7, FROM JUNE-OCT '69 MACVSOG-LATE OCT. '69 RAID 72 SENIOR ADVISOR WAS LT. BELL. TRYING TO FIND ANYONE THAT KNEW BERNARD THIBADEAUX (SP) BOAT CAPT. OF T-131-7, TRYING TO LOCATE HIM-IMPORTANT- THANKS...GOD BLESS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA...!!! H. BRUCE McIVER CAN YOU GUYS REALLY BELIEVE WE MADE IT BACK? HARD SOMETIMES TO RECALL THE HELL WE WENT THROUGH, WE GAVE IT OUR ALL AND MANY GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. I KNOW WE WERE THE BEST OF THE BEST...NEVER FORGET-THE PROUD - THE BRAVE - THE FREE-----

BRUCE "MAC" McIVER <HBMc528[ at ]AOL.COM>
UNIT/SHIP= T-131-7/RAID72/MACVSOG, - YRS= 13MO. - BASE/location= DONGTAM;ETC.SFB50CAMP
FROM= TALLAHASSEE, FL
REFFERED By= SELF
- Friday, April 14, 2000 at 23:49:25 (PDT)


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gunner on tango boats at seafloat and Song Ong Doc. Never saw as much mud or snakes as that area. Would like to hear from others who were there at same time.Does anyone remember when my tango took all those B-40s on the Ki-nap canal and sunk.

Henry McClamrock GMG-2 <hvgofish[ at ]nwinfo.net>
UNIT/SHIP= TANGO BOATS, - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= SEAFLOAT -CAMAU
FROM= Yakima, Wa
- Saturday, June 17, 2000 at 18:38:03 (PDT)


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kent this is a neat site and you have did a wonderful job putting it togeather. I was on a tango boat when i first got in country in august 0f 68 and was later transfered to boat captain of a aspb. I will have to get some records out for some dates and places. i can remember a few names such as david parkman, ralph villamez, marrow, but have photos and names of more put up.(will get out and put some stuff togeather) times were different on the river and i must say times are better now but there are memories i will not forget of friends and nam...once again i really like your site and will visit again soon...........tommy

tommy redden <c24win2[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= rivron aspb, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= all over delta
FROM= ware shoals, sc
- Sunday, June 25, 2000 at 20:48:50 (PDT)


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Served as Chief Staff Officer with River Assault Division 153 and as Senior Advisor of River Interdiction Division 48 from March 1970 - March 1971.

Lt. William F. Stoehs, USNR <wstoehs44[ at ]hotmail.com>
UNIT/SHIP= RivDiv 153, - YRS= 70-71 - BASE/location= Nha Be, Ca Mau, Giant Slingshot, Cambodia
FROM= Palm Harbor, FL
- Sunday, July 16, 2000 at 17:47:57 (PDT)


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served as 20mm gunner/radioman on aspb 132-8 and monitor 152-1from aug 69 thru nov 70 and finished at nha be dec thr mar of 71. am a novice on computor but have over 700 slides and pictures plus a movie of the last turn over of american boats in dec of 70. would like to find old shipmates bm2 bill harris,gmg3 charlie ross and fn bill boyer from a132-8 also chie kane,gmg3 mcbroom rm3 mcafee sn tallas and others from m152-1. several pictures of song ong doc before and after remember the uso show with eddie and scottie? lots of pictures of vihn te canal our boat was beached before eing sunk in oct or nov of 69

ralph bakle <rbakle[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= a132-8 & m152-8, - YRS= 69-71 FROM= fort wayne, in
REFFERED By= mrf home page
- Sunday, July 23, 2000 at 17:56:12 (PDT)



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Welcome home Brothers. Great site here.Was on ATC 92-8 & R 92-1 12-67 to 12-68. Would like to hear from anyone in 91 or 92 at that time. Any VNV MC river rats out there? Peace Brothers. Woody

E."Woody"Wittorf <Woodtroll [ at ] aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= TF117 Div 92, - YRS= 67-68 - BASE/location= MRF,Dong Tam
FROM= Sinking Spring, Pa.
REFFERED By= Just surfin'
- Wednesday, August 09, 2000 at 17:31:57 (PDT) Any VNN advisors out there??? GREAT SITE!!! Welcome home and thanks.

BobCooley EN3 <Bcool186[ at ]bellsouth.net>
UNIT/SHIP= R.A.I.D.72 A.T.F.211 , - YRS= 70-72 - BASE/location= Dong Tam
FROM= Port Clinton, Ohio
REFFERED By= Surfed in
- Tuesday, August 29, 2000 at 20:14:19 (PDT)


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Impressive Web Site, thanks for sharing.

Walter Snow <sanwa[ at ]home.com>
UNIT/SHIP= RIVRON15, CCB151-1, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= Dong Tam
CO
REFFERED By= surfing web sites
- Tuesday, August 22, 2000 at 15:54:10 (PDT)


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I was the radioman (RM3) on board A-91-3. Am now 53 years old but still remember the river and the crew. Jeff Chandlier BM2 Boat Captain, Duke Hamilton EN3 boat engineer,Roger Hillard forward fifty gunner, Willy Brown 20MM gunner. Have not seen them since '69 but always remember them and our time on the river. Rick Boutcher RM3 A-91-3

Rick Boutcher <priny8[ at ]yahoo.com>
UNIT/SHIP= A-91-3, - YRS= 68 - 69 - BASE/location= Dong Tam
FROM= New York City, NY
REFFERED By= - - -
- Monday, August 28, 2000 at 00:53:56 (PDT)


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I was on Zippo-5 in the early fall of 1969. I was in the delta area. I would like to contact any of the crew of Zippo 5 during that time. Ron Kirkwood

Ron Kirkwood <ron[ at ]ronkirkwood.com>
UNIT/SHIP= COMRIVRON 15/zippo 5, - YRS= 69 - BASE/location= Go Dau Ha
Oklahoma City
- Monday, August 28, 2000 at 20:24:46 (PDT)


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Any VNN advisors out there??? GREAT SITE!!! Welcome home and thanks.

BobCooley EN3 <Bcool186[ at ]bellsouth.net>
UNIT/SHIP= R.A.I.D.72 A.T.F.211 , - YRS= 70-72 - BASE/location= Dong Tam
FROM= Port Clinton, Ohio
REFFERED By= Surfed in
- Tuesday, August 29, 2000 at 20:14:19 (PDT)


Record 468
I have been searching for quite some time for a website devoted to Brown Water Navy. My boyfriend is a River Rat. We are looking for fellow Rats that served with him. His name is Jim Remmey from Baltimore, MD and he served from January 1970 to January 1971. He was part of Mobile One River Force. TF 116, River Squadron 59, Div. 4 - Tan My 5 miles from Hue. He was out of Saigon, Mekong Delta and South of Hue. He remembers two crew members by the names of Rio Barrios (not sure of spelling) and Jim Rose. If anyone can help, please email me at leftyone[ at ]erols.com as Jim is not on line. He doesn't even own a computer. Any help is appreciated. Jim is a member of The Vietname Veteran's of America Baltimore Chapter 451. He is very active in our Honor Guard which includes presenting the colors for all home games of the Baltimore Ravens. Thanks again for this great web site. Sharon Tapuc Baltimore, MD

Sharon Tapuc <leftyone[ at ]erols.com>
- Wednesday, September 13, 2000 at 15:17:25 (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 494
I am reasurching information about my brother (Charles P. Geisert BMC) who was killed in Tan Chau on the Chau Doc Canal on November 4, 1969. He was on his 3rd tour to Viet Nam, arriving on May 15, 1969 until his death. His boat was the MSR-7 in TF116 and he was in the Mine Div. 113. He left a wife and 3 small children. His children know nothing about his work in Viet Nam and I am making each of them a scrapbook. I would appreciate anything that anyone could tell me about him. One man that was in that div. said he would send me information on the memorial service that was held aboard the YRBM-21 for my brother. I'm thanking you in advance for any information that you have. I am Mary Lynn Geisert Welborn. my email address is: mlw[ at ]wf.quik.com

Mary Lynn Geisert Welborn <mlw[ at ]wf.quik.com>
UNIT/SHIP= MSR-7 with TF116 andMine Div 113, FROM= Wichita Falls, TX
- Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 10:45:48 (PDT)


Record 495
I'm just visiting again. I enjoy your site so very much. I have met several men that knew my brother (Charles P. Geisert BMC) who was kia in Tan Chau, on the Chau Doc Canal 11-4-69. I am making scrapbooks for his 3 children as they know nothing about the type work their dad was doing at the time of his death. He was in Mine Div. 113 & he was on the MSR 7. If any of you knew Charlie, I would appreciate anything that you can tell me. His Memorial Service was aboard the YRBM-21.

Mary Lynn Geisert Welborn <mlw[ at ]wf.quik.com>
FROM= Wichita Falls, TX
- Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 17:22:17 (PDT)


Record 504
Enjoyed the net. Even after all these years you never forget Vietnam and your life on the boats. I served on ASPB #1 in Riv Ron 13 and Riv Ron 15, until turnover to the SV Navy in December of 1970. Finished my tour as an Advisor in Danang for the most part leaving in April 1972.

Henry Archer, Jr. <harcher[ at ]cinergy.com>
UNIT/SHIP= Riv Ron 13 and Riv Ron 15, - YRS= 1970-1972 FROM= Princeton, IN
REFFERED By= Just Browsing the net
- Thursday, November 09, 2000 at 01:44:44 (PST)


Record 517
First time entering your website. It's been great and fascinating. Have been cut off from that part of my life, but excited it can be revisited especially remembering the good times, which were many. Was a fifty cal./twenty MM gunner and part time coxswain/radioman/engineman/medic etc. {weren't we all?}on Tango 111-13 originally out of Dong Tam. Remember "Rocket Alley", "The Four Corners", "Route 66"? Toured the Mekong Delta remembering My Tho, Tre Cu,and I think Tuey Nahn. Lots of operations on the Vam Co Tay, Vam Co Dong, Saigon River, etc. Spent a month on a canal paralelling the Cambodian border I think up in the Parrots Beak area. Fellow crewmates Vincent J Reynolds, Kevin Campbell both from Boston and Wesley Eugene Malott from Dripping Springs, Texas, hope you guys are alive and doing well.

Larry A Wright <Lorenzosoil32[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= RivDiv 111and 113, - YRS= one - BASE/location= Dong Tam/Nha Be
FROM= Redmond, Or
REFFERED By= New surfer
- Wednesday, November 29, 2000 at 16:01:12 (PST)


Record 529
I was an advisor on VNN Aplha's and Tango's. Most of my tour was spent at the base at Go Dau Ha on the Vam Co Dong. In Dec. 1970 we went into the U Minh forest for a 36 day operation in support of the Vietnamese. That was the longest 36 days of my life. I finished my tour at Rach Soi. They sent us there because they said we rated a rest at a rear area.

John Calhoun <max2706[ at ]msn.com>
UNIT/SHIP= RID 40, - YRS= 70/71 - BASE/location= GoDauHa, U Minh Forest, Rach Soi
- Thursday, December 14, 2000 at 09:52:21 (PST)


Record 559
Just surfing and saw your site. Don't talk to much to anyone from the past.

Jack Barwick
UNIT/SHIP= R-112-1 Task Force 117, - YRS= 67-68 - BASE/location= Delta
FROM= Marianna, Fl
- Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 16:33:47 (PST)


Record 592
I was the coxswain on CCB 151-2 from the time it got there,until we turned her over to the vietnamese. In fact we were on the benewah waiting for the boats to arrive in country,the older boats were there,but not the river assault sq. 15,or 13 boats. We didnt have to wait long though. We outfitted them,and then ROCKED the DELTA. sNOOPYS NOSE AND ROCKET ALLEY werent mch fun. I was there the same time you were. I got out oct 69 MY EMAIL georgeriverrat[ at ]aol.com A BIG WELCOME HOME TO ALL the name is george michelbrink bm3

george michelbrink <georgeriverrat[ at ]aol.com>
UNIT/SHIP= RivRon 15 assault ccb, - YRS= 68-69 - BASE/location= riverrine base
FROM= Aberdeen, wa
REFFERED By= surfed in
- Monday, February 19, 2001 at 19:35:38 (PST)


Record 600
Former QMSN on Monitor-2. More info to follow as time permits. I just found the site by accident while doing some research.

Capt. Bill Patterson, USNR <patterson[ at ]hapkido.ws>
UNIT/SHIP= Monitor-2, - YRS= 1969-70 - BASE/location= Operation Seafloat
FROM= Chicago, IL
- Monday, March 05, 2001 at 11:02:56 (PST)


Guest Record 644
I was a plank owner of River Dicision 112. Since they couldn't turn all the crews over at the same time we were lucky enough to only have to do a 6-7 month tour before going back to the world. As of now I know the location of one other crew member on my boat and his name is Roger Pete.

NAME = Bill Frede <EMAIL = flaflash7[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = T-112-2
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967
FROM WHERE = Orlando, FL
REFFERED By = Self Search
- Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 15:51:33 (PDT)



Guest Record 650
Looking for anything about HM2 Richard Ayres who served in 1967-68 with Riverines in RVN please contact

NAME = Doc Harbert <EMAIL = kenharbert[ at ]hotmail.com>
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2
PA
- Monday, April 30, 2001 at 10:32:40 (PDT)



Guest Record 651
You have done a great job with your site. I really enjoyed being there.

NAME = Walter Snow <EMAIL = sanwa[ at ]home.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = CCB-151-1
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1
FROM WHERE = Windsor, CO
REFFERED By = MRFA Wed site
- Monday, April 30, 2001 at 11:26:49 (PDT)


Record 264
EMAIL =: rickypt[ at ]efortress.com
NAME = Richard P Turner
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: middletown Rhode Island
Time: 1999-09-13 03:44:59
Comments: Kent great web page i graduated from niotc class mrf 56 i served in country on tango 152 13 from May 1968 to July 1969 operated off Uss Benewa and Mercer Apl 26 And Apl 30 in mekong delta cantho Vung to Mytho Dongtam twin rivers cross road snoopys nose the where we got feet wet training for battle i am 57 years old retired from the navy in march of 1984 at newport ri work for the naval station now been there 16 years presently working for a navy bmc my rate we know our shit i operate his boats for oil boom ops for the coast guard ships do painting keep his pier looking good he call me his main man i have a purple heart from the u minh forest we got our ass kicked a lot of action down in delta i am not married messed up from ptsd under treatment by va uin providence ri rate at 30% that chief i work for saw his dad a va hospital in jersy when he was 6 years old his dad later died for amnesia from vietnam talk again richard p turner bm1 (sw) usn retired


Guest Record 692
ON BROWNWATER NAVY -- VIETNAM, SOMEONE WAS TRYING TO LOCATE LT. BELL....WHEN I WAS WITH RAID 72, HE WAS MY SENIOR USN ADVISOR......I HAVEN'T BEEN IN TOUCH WITH HIM SINCE NAM, HOWEVER I KNOW HE GRADUATED FROM DUKE UNIVERSITY...DEGREE IN PSYCOLOGY. IF YOU CONTACT DUKE UNIVERSITY, CHANCES ARE HE CAN BE FOUND...AS AN ALUMNI, HE MORE THAN LIKELY HAS SOME AFFILIATION. PLEASE RESPOND...H.BRUCE"MAC" McIVER-B33 03 62

NAME = H. BRUCE "MAC" McIVER <EMAIL = NAGRAID72[ at ]CS.COM>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = T-131-7, MACVSOG, RAID72-TF211 Naval Advisory Group-MACV
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam,Go Da Hau, Base Camp B-41 Detachment 5th SF,Rach Gia,Vi Thanh,MORE...
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1969-70
FROM WHERE = CHARLESTON,CHERAW,SOCIETY HILL, South Carolina
REFFERED By = BLACK OPS-Brownwater Navy,MACV
- Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 23:28:50 (PDT)


Guest Record 700
spent 12 mo with rivdiv91 ...Ben Tre, rocket alley,snoopys nose, rt66 all those great places after I left rivdiv91 I went to the naval advisory group and formed a RVN navy group called RAID71 with Lt Bunnell, WO Coffin, and BM1 weber in Saigon , on the vam co and vam co dong rivers and a place called Tra Cu

NAME = ed hasior <EMAIL = ehasior[ at ]lucent.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = rivron9 rivdiv91 T-91-13 A-91-7
BASEs or LOCATIONS= dong tam tra cu
YEARs in VIETNAM = 2
FROM WHERE = hilton head , sc
- Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 18:55:47 (PDT)

Record 805
Coxwain/RM3 on A-112-4 (aka PATCHES and Later HO'S NIGHTMARE) We resurrected her after her trip to the river's bottom after multiple rocket hits in late Feb 68. We took her out on our first mission escorting VN boats laden with rice and bldg materials up a canal to the west of Dong Tam. It was supposed to be a "milk run"..show the flag etc. Trouble was neither of our gun mounts had been repaired yet and we engaged in our first fire fight with M-16s, a shotgun, one pistol, and a case of frags. We survived so I guess we won....shades of things to come. Still looking for my crew..Mike Salaba, "Gunner" Ferdinandsen, Lucky Lachance, Bill Conley, Ashmore and Peeples. God Bless All! Thanks for the memories your site awakens.

NAME = Christopher Emerson <EMAIL = CEmersonPA[ at ]cs.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Riv Div 112 - A-112-4`
BASEs or LOCATIONS= MRB plus Muc Hoa
YEARs in VIETNAM = 4/68-5/69
NH
REFFERED By = surfing
- Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 20:30:29 (PDT)

Record 812
I already have a entry (guest record 644) but wanted to update/add info. I was the RM3 on T-112-2, my boat captain was Guy Dail, he was the old white haired BM1 who had been called back to active duty from the fleet reserve to run mike boats (LCM-6). He passed away a few years ago. Also our boat coxswain Johnny Maness (I hate to use this description of him, but he was the real light skinned black guy) has also passed away. Since I last logged in besides finding an old boat mate of mine, (Roger Pete), I have also had contact with guys from other boats in our Division that served there at the same time as me. They are Paul Kuhn from T-112-6, and Jack Barwick from the 112 Zippo boat. If anybody from our Division in the same timeframe reads this and needs there e-mail addresses contact me at my e-mail address and I can give it to you, also if you know of any other guys I haven't listed I would appreciate that info. I am writing this on the friday following the terrorist attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon, them Dot Heads have to get there due, and I hope Pres. Bush doesn't pussyfoot around like they did when we were in Nam. God bless you and God bless America.

NAME = Bill Frede <EMAIL = flaflash7[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ATC 112-2
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Out of Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 1967
FROM WHERE = Orlando, FL
REFFERED By = Self Search
- Friday, September 14, 2001 at 18:02:02 (PDT)

Record 880
spent 6 months on the boat. Transferred to Tan Chou on Cambodian border. Didn't like it much but got back home in one piece. If anyone knows anything about ATC 53, please email me. Like to hear from any of my mates.

NAME = Eric Dussell <EMAIL = edussell[ at ]conknet.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RIVRON 15, ATC 53
BASEs or LOCATIONS= operated near YRBM 21
YEARs in VIETNAM = 7/70-7/71
FROM WHERE = Wenatchee, WA
- Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 14:53:45 (PST)

Record 911
Looking for any 'Mekong Cowboys' BM1 Clarence Lamm, Ralph Houpe, John Brown, Rex McKenzie or Danny Ryder

NAME = Dixie Paul Peterman <EMAIL = DPeterman13[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = TF117, RivRon9 CCB C-92-1
YEARs in VIETNAM = 12/67-12/68
FROM WHERE = Arlington, TX
REFFERED By = Strolled in
- Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 14:25:59 (PST)

Record 951
THIS STORY IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF *DAVID LAND* R.I.P. Bro... With ENOURMOUS respect for the US Army 9th Infantry !! I have recently gotten in contact with a Navy buddy that I served with on the Mekong river. I had searched for this guy for 30 years, off & on, then finally found him. This is the first story I sent him to update him on what happened to me after we parted. Enjoy.................. End of September 1969: I received orders to leave VietNam & checked out of RivRov13 in a BIG hurry. I slept, the first night after, on the steel deck of a pontoon next to an Army connex box & woke in the middle of the night with cockroaches crawling in my clothes. A minor distraction & after shooing them away finished the night in peaceful bliss dreaming of the real world, Maria & beds with pillows instead of roaches. A fellow Michigan sailor named Hank, from another Tango boat in RivRon 13, was flying on the same bird home & we teamed up for the ride. Both our seabags had been peppered with shrapnel at some time & after throwing them in the trash, had the jungle greens on our backs, some cash & a $3.00 CARTON of Marlboro's between us for the trip. Cool for me cause Hank didn't smoke. We flew to Saigon on a C-130 & killed the entire day at Tan Son Nhat airport. Hank & I went to the eatery atop the building and ordered T-Bone steak dinners for breakfast. It was time to wash a years worth of C rations from our taste buds. We waited like slobbering, half starved wolves & when the meal arrived we looked at our plates in total wonder.... We wondered what kind of animal these T-bones had come from. They were THE smallest steaks ever seen & yes there was a T bone in there... Bout this big right here > T < !! Hanks eyes lifted to connect with mine & we both said in perfect unison... .... " DOG " ...... Our survival training kicked in... We ate every morsel on the table & washed it down with one of those Giant bottles of VietNam beer that has a picture of a tiger on the label, poured warm into a glass of ice, (yuk).... Satisfied customers I tell you. Slept that night on hard, curved wooden bench seats in the airport lobby with a group of about 10 other paranoid sailors. We could have stayed at the Navy 'Annapolis' hotel, but didn't want to risk leaving & somehow miss our plane. I woke up in the middle of this night also to see the floor Teeming with THOUSANDS of rats, scurrying everywhere. I prayed that it WAS dog that we had eaten in the restaurant. I got up & moved everybodys gear from the floor up onto the benches where the rats didn't seem to be, then flopped down & went back to sleep. After sleeping in a few VC & NVA infested areas, sleeping in a rat infested place was a treat. Better class of rats for sure. We watched our bird land the next day & were the first ones aboard, strapped in & ready to roll. The plane filled rapidly with grunts of every description Army-Navy-Air Force-Marines. The cabin was alive with conversation & nervous talk, kind of a loud backround din. We were facing the worst of our two greatest fears. Fear #2- Getting killed. Fear #1- Getting killed just as you were about to leave that rotten place ( much worse ). Suddenly all sound stopped. I mean the plane went dead silent. Down the aisle walked the United Airlines stewardess of our dreams. A ROUND eyed girl. VERY well shaped & stunningly beautiful. She wore a blue apron covered with hundreds of G.I. pins. Must have been 10 pounds of metal pins covering her chest alone. Army unit pins, Captains bars, Navy chief emblems, & MANY pins depicting Snoopy doing every conceivable thing on a flying dog house. She stopped right next to my seat, about mid plane... I could smell her.... I got lightheaded..... Her presence was AWESOME .... Un believable... I thought I would add to her collection, took a 'Curse You Red Baron' snoopy pin from my boonie hat & gave it to her. She smiled, slowly and pinned it on her chest. **... THEN THE INCREDIBLE HAPPENED ....** xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx She placed her gentle hands on either side of my face, looked right straight into my soul, slowly lowered her lips to mine & gave me a tongue 'n' all, heart stopping, 'Welcome Home Sailor' kiss. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx As her lips detached & her face receeded her eyes never left mine. I was totaly addled... Struck deaf & definitely dumb... in a trance. The men on the plane were stunned & sat with Full Moon eyes, huge, like dinner plates. Hank's lower jaw was on the deck. The footstep of a flea would have seemed like a pallet of C-4 going off at that extraordinary moment. Nobody breathed.... **** Then the flashbulb went off. **** As one, it seemed, the whole planeload of men saw that if you gave this angel a gift, she returned a 'Welcome Home' kiss. Pandemonium ensued. Soldiers tore at their clothes as if they were being eaten by fire ants. Pins of all descriptions appeared. Men who didn't have pins pulled buttons, chevrons & unit patches off their tunics. The sound of rending cloth was everywhere mixed with cursing as battle hardened troopers took their last, self inflicted, puncture wounds of the war. Money appeared & 25 cent pins were sold for uncounted wads of cash. >>>Blood flowed like water<<<< & the noise became deafening. The lady stood there, calmly, in the middle of the utter chaos & smiled, slowly. She loved it... This was her thing... She actually seemed to glow... Everything, ... guns, napalm, tracers, bombs, bullets, rain, mud, mosquitoes, booby traps, choppers, heat, death & bad food was driven from our minds. It was the greatest feat of instantanious mood alteration I have ever seen. I'm blessed with a fast mind & very good reflexes sooo...... Quick as a cat I ripped another pin from my hat & offered it to the goddess of lips for kiss #2. Screw all them other guys. I wanted another. I was there, they were square. She gazed at the trinket in my trembling hand & brought her face close to mine again... hands on thighs... smiling, even more slowly... hotly even... She looked directly into my steamed up Buddy Holly glasses, through my eyes, right into my brain & spoke her first words. To me... Only me. " One to a customer soldier," she cooed sweetly, " But you know a girl never forgets her first......" she added with a wink. MY jaw hit the deck. My vision dimmed. My face caught FIRE. I was burning ALIVE. Einstien was right..Time & space can became one. I'm sure I blacked out for a moment. She then took Hank's pin, slipped it in a pocket on her apron & kissed him. After she pulled back, the shine off his smiling teeth nearly blinded me. In a flash of insight i realized that only her 'Firsts' were pinned to her apron & got a tongue 'n' all.... the rest went into her pocket & got a peck on the lips. MY snoopy pin held the GREAT honor of residing so very close to what MUST have been the most beautiful chest in the universe.... Gives me shivers to think about it. I figure she must have had a dump truck full of pins & emblems emptied from her apron pocket.... an honor in itself to go into THAT pocket. I guess the plane took off. It must have. I'm here.The rest of the flight was a blur. I actually took off well before the aircraft left the ground. This woman from heaven managed to 'Welcome Home' kiss EVERY man on the plane during the long flight..... It was as if she were a hypodermic & injected each of us with a 'Zest For Life' drug laced with 'I am alive-I have a future' serum. There were other girls which attended us on that flight, I think, but she was OURS. No... we were HERS... She OWNED every man aboard. She must have been chilled from the repeated mental undressings she endured. Like I said... She loved it... (so did we) This might seem like a good place to end this, 'I swear it's true' (and it IS true, I swear), story, But I can't... there's more... It gets better. In the 27 or so sleepless hours it took to get to the USA Hank & I talked mostly about how we would be recieved. Stories got to us in country about returning soldiers being spit upon & crowds chanting 'Baby Killer'. We worried about that. I thought about some of the sailors I had met. Kevin ... John.... James .....T.L. & David.... We had lost David.... A couple of poker games ran most of the way back, dice too. Tales of GI 'just home' suicides drifted about. We worried about that as well. Our thoughts were interrupted when the pilot informed us that he could see Mt. McKinley ahead & banked the plane both ways so all could see the first glimpse of home. Many men wept, me included. Totally unashamed. Overpowered with emotion. The force of seeing that mountain is STILL strong. Very strong indeed. After touchdown in the sweet California sunshine at Travis AFB, Hank & I went down the ramp to face, I guess, big fear #3. Guess what ??? NOBODY was there. We breathed easier but remained very tense. More scared, kind of, than if we were still on the river. And God we were tired. I felt 90 years old & looked BAD. Four days in the same jungle greens. Eyes like twin red suns setting on the planet Zombie. Four days scraggly beard, sporting a smell in the R's. Somewhere between roadkill & roquefort cheese. WHEW! Never felt or smelled like that before or since. We had 6 hours to kill so we decided to go to the USO & see if we could get a bed. The USO was on an upper level & we waited at an elevator to ride up. A little old man & a little old lady walked up and stood next to us to wait also. Talk about embarrased. The doors opened & we all got on. Hank & I stared at the floor, acutely aware of our awful stench. The old man cleared his throat & said " Excuse me boys, Have you just returned from Viet Nam?" PANIC CITY !! Hank & I both mumbled a feeble "yessir" & then looked up. The lady had tears in her eyes, the man did too, (I thought it was from B.O. fumes). Hank & I straightened a little, ready to take the ass whipping we had worried about all the way home. Brave sailors to the last. The couple kind of glanced at each other then burst into full blown sobs. They came at us. We backed into a corner. No escape. We couldn't fight. We couldn't raise our hands against grandma & grandpa. We were frozen, solid to the floor. Trapped.... waiting for that round between the eyes. The lady rushed in, threw her arms around Hank & started kissing his face saying " Welcome home son, Welcome home." The man grabbed my hand & pumped it furiously sobbing "Welcome back boys, Job well done." Then they switched & I was engulfed by moms arms & repeatedly kissed & murmured too. Dad wrung Hank's hand & did the same. The elevator doors opened but the love that filled that car didn't drain out. It stuck to Hank & I and covers us to this very day. Many men were not welcomed home.... We were .... Oh how we were welcomed home. Mom & Pop touched us one last time, said " God bless you " & dissappeared. I didn't learn their names but I will NEVER forget them. I don't know about Hank but I was sure that I had just met the people I had fought so hard for. Mom & Pop USA. Angels placed there, at that moment in time, to surround ME with America's love. God bless THEM !!!!!! ................... Best ass whipping I ever had....... The beds at the USO?... Sleep?... You gotta be kidding. We made for the airport bar & drank AMERICAN beer, no ice, till a bird took us to our home in the Great Frozen Mitten ..... We had it made...... Gravy mman..... All gravy.... xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Back to the present... This is a true story..... I remember it like it happened an hour ago... It STILL makes me cry to recall the events & the emotions of that trip. It took me 13 hours to recall & write this narritive in detail... Most of that time was spent trying to dissolve the massive, bowling ball sized lump in my throat. It is important to me that you read this & figured out that Grandma & Grandpa's love, in the elevator, was the TRUE American sentiment at the time. Me & Hank were just the lucky swabs that took that message for ALL the grunts.... I have to sign off for now cause my glasses are steaming up again... Love to you all... Tango out.....

NAME = Larry Kennedy <EMAIL = tango13[ at ]voyager.net>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = Army/Navy Mobile Riverene Force, Rivron13, T-131-11, T-131-13, M-131-2
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = 11/1968 - 10/1969
FROM WHERE = Mason, Michigan
- Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 03:53:24 (PST)

Record 956
Served on rivers from Song Ong Doc to Nha Be from April 1970 to December 1970. Was in ComRivDiv 131 and ComRivDiv 153 while on Alpha 1 boat. Served as Advisor in Danang at Camp Tien Sha at weapons repair facility from December 1970 to March 1972. Love to hear from anyone who may remember being in those locations or shared a cold drink together.

NAME = Henry Archer, Jr. <EMAIL = harcher[ at ]cinergy.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = ASPB-1
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Song Ong Doc, Dong Tam, Nha Be, Danang, Cua Viet
YEARs in VIETNAM = Apr 70 to Mar 72
FROM WHERE = Princeton, Indiana
REFFERED By = Just Cruising
- Friday, December 28, 2001 at 21:44:29 (PST)

Record 977
I was a corpsman assigned to Tango-111-3, BM3 Al Underwoods boat. Is Al or Foxey still alive out there! Also Bill Shealey, does any one remember me?

NAME = Mike Serenko <EMAIL = dustydawg[ at ]aol.com>
UNITs SHIPs BOATs = RivDiv 111, Tango 111-3
BASEs or LOCATIONS= Dong Tam
YEARs in VIETNAM = Feb68-Feb69
FROM WHERE = Fernley, NV
REFFERED By = just surfed in
- Friday, January 11, 2002 at 14:10:33 (PST)
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