Crew Listings for PCF 70 thru 79

 

PCF 70  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    28 July 1966 Cat Lo first arrived in South Vietnam
Lawrence Everett Probst, LTJG, OinC leprobst@verizon.net 7/28/66-5/24/67 Cat Lo Clarence, NY
William Allen Sullivan, BM2 sully6273@gmail.com 7/66-5/67 Cat Lo Goose Creek, SC
Duane Eugene Garner, GMGSN bgarner46@gmail.com 7/66-5/67 Cat Lo deceased 8/3/00 in Keller, TX
Thomas Lee Rigg, EN2     Cat Lo  
RM     Cat Lo  
Donald Dale Harter, SN     Cat Lo  
    21 April 1968 Cat Lo boat transferred to DaNang
Warren Putman Hudson, LTJG, OinC whudson@lhps.org 7/26/68-11/68 Chu Lai WIA 11/6/68 - Orlando, FL
Ronald Edward Greene, EN2 rgren63@bellsouth.net 7/68-9/68 Chu Lai WIA 9/16/68 medevaced - Hendersonville, TN
John David Johnson, BM3   7/68-11/68 Chu Lai WIA 1/6/68
Patrick George McLaughlin, BM3 patmcl47@aol.com 7/68-11/68 Chu Lai Charlotte, NC
Timothy Edward Johnson, QM3   7/68-11/68 Chu Lai was from Virginia
Devon Dale Jones, GMG3   7/68-11/68 Chu Lai Saint George, UT
David Louis Merrill, EN2   9/68-11/68 Chu Lai replacement for Greene - KIA 11/6/68 - South Bend, IN
    11/6/68-1/1/69   battle damage repair in DaNang
John Howard Gordon, LTJG, OinC jgordon@wavecable.com 4/69-10/69 DaNang Southworth, WA
John Charles "Jack" Gallop, QM2 qmcs@mindspring.com 11/69-3/70 DaNang Fresno, CA
Oliver Grant Halle, LTJG, OinC Oliver.Halle@OliverGHalle.com 10/69-12/69 DaNang Marietta, GA
Richard Stephen Goetz, LTJG, OinC   1/70-4/70 Sa Dec/Sea Float La Jolla, CA
Merrel William "Bill" Yocum, QM2 merrel.yocum@pa.ngb.army.mil 11/69-2/70 Sa Dec/Sea Float Steubenville, OH
Johnnie Melvin Hoss, EN2   1/70-4/70 Sa Dec/Sea Float was from Virginia
Carl L. Camp, GMG3   1/70-4/70 Sa Dec/Sea Float Casper, WY
Buck Bucannan, EN3   1/70-4/70 Sa Dec/Sea Float  
Curtis Robert MacConnell, EN2 cr.mac@verizon.net 3/70-4/70 Cam Ranh Bay Harrisburg, PA
    5/??-5/17/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
John Joseph Becker Jr, LTJG, OinC starlight42@roadrunner.com 6/70-8/70   Oxnard, CA
    1 September 1970 An Thoi transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3905
    9/70-??/71 Nam Can lost in 1971 typhoon

- PCFs 67 thru 71 and their crews, traveled together, in the well deck of the USS Gunston Hall LSD 5, from Subic Bay to Cat Lo, arriving on 28 July 1966.

- At 0900 on 4 March 1967, Captain Ralph Di Cori, USN, relieved Captain Clifford Lee Stewart, USN, as Commander Coastal Surveillance Force (CFT 115) in a brief ceremony on board PCF 70 in Saigon harbor. During the ceremony, Admiral Norvell G. Ward, USN, Commander US Naval Forces, Vietnam, presented Captain Stewart with the Legion of Merit for his role in developing the concepts, tactics and strategy of coastal inshore warfare.

- On 14 August 1967, PCFs 39 and 70 participated in a SAR operation for a crewman lost when a helicopter crashed into Vung Tau Harbor. The man was not found.

- On 21 April 1968 boat transferred from Cat Lo to DaNang

- During a naval gunfire mission 7 miles east of Quang Ngai on 7 November 1968, enemy recoilless rifle fire and small arms fire were encountered by PCFs 70 and 75. Two enemy recoilless rifle rounds struck PCF 70 causing heavy damage, killing one crewman, wounding three others, and knocking a Marine rider overboard. Both craft also received several small arms hits. The Marine lost overboard was not found by the search carried out by PCF 75 and three other "Swift" boats which arrived at the scene to assist. PCF 70 was out of service until 1 January 1969, for repairs by YR-71 personnel, in DaNang.

- On the morning of 1 May 1969, CTU 115.1.0, consisting of PCFs 15, 58, 70, USN EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Team, Coastal Group 14 units, VNN Engineering Team from Quang Nam Sector and a VNN Security Force Team conducted SEA TIGER operations in the Song Cua Dai and Song Thu Bon Rivers about five miles Southeast of Hoi An. The search and destroy mission involved river penetration into a known Viet Cong concentration. Units of CTU 115.1.0 and Coastal Group 14 acted as a river blocking force while the EOD Team, VNN Engineering Team and VNN Security Force Team were inserted for a bunker destruction sweep. Two PCFs penetrated several miles upriver and fired at targets of opportunity and Viet Cong hamlets on both river banks until shallow water and man-made obstructions halted further penetration. The two PCFs received moderate hostile small arms fire which was quickly suppressed. Several people were taken under fire while running for fortified positions and firing at CTU 115.1.0 units. Heavy enemy small arms was then received from the fortified position and was immediately suppressed by the PCFs. The units ashore destroyed the bunker complexes. The operation resulted in 14 structures, 43 bunkers, nine sampans and 10 fishing weirs destroyed and 15 structures damaged. There were no friendly casualties while two Viet Cong were probably killed.

- On the afternoon of 8 May 1969, PCF 69 and PCF 70, with UDT 13 Detachment "F" embarked, proceeded about three and one half miles up the Truong Giang River south-southeast of Hoi An to conduct SEA TIGER operations. The UDT team was inserted to destroy bunkers while PCF 69 and PCF 70 provided security and destroyed bunkers and structures along the river bank with M-79 mortars and concussion and thermite grenades. After four hours of operations the UDT team was extracted without any contact with the enemy. Enemy losses were 28 bunkers and 17 structures destroyed, 14 structures damaged and 150 pounds of rice destroyed.

- PCF 70/3905 was lost during a 1971 typhoon, the boat was swept into the jungle ... crew was rescued but the boat could not be salvaged because of a lack of both manpower and equipment. Two VN helicopters crashed trying to remove the 81mm mortar. The helicopter crews were rescued by Trung Uy Le Ba Chu who now lives in Little Saigon, Westminster, CA.

PCF 71  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    28 July 1966 Cat Lo first arrived in South Vietnam
Richard Wesley Dawson, LTJG, OinC richard.w.dawson@lmco.com 10/29/66-6/2/67 Cat Lo was from Wilmington, DE
Dale Kenneth Duffield Sr, BM2/1 dduffieldsr@gmail.com 66-5/67 Cat Lo Marysville, WA
Raymond Joseph Andrade Jr, EN1   66-5/67 Cat Lo Rialto, CA
Robert Duane Bohall, RM3 robertbohall@aol.com 66-5/67 Cat Lo Largo, FL
Carlton Lee Mason, BM3   66-5/67 Cat Lo ?possibly retired BMC 4/30/81 and from Virginia?
Steven Dennis, GMGSN   66-5/67 Cat Lo  
Andrew John Covitz, LTJG, OinC acovitz71@hotmail.com 5/6/67-12/67 Cat Lo Colonial Beach, VA
Wray Albert Humbyrd, STG3   5/67-12/67 Cat Lo deceased 7/23/03 in Westport, WA
William H. Jenkins Jr, EN2/1   5/67-12/67 Cat Lo  
Lonnie Edgar Brinker, RDSN lonnieb@optonline.net 1/67-12/67 Cat Lo Hewitt, NJ
James William Paquette Jr, RDSN petepaqu@surfglobal.net 5/67-12/67 Cat Lo Swanton, VT
William Joseph Mattson, SN   5/67-12/67 Cat Lo  
Duane Eugene Garner, GMGSN bgarner46@gmail.com 5/67-12/67 Cat Lo deceased 8/3/00 in Keller, TX
Robert Roy Derbenti, LTJG, OinC bderbenti@linear.com 8/22/67-8/17/68 Cat Lo Del Mar, CA
Thomas Max Mickelsen, LTJG, OinC mickelsent@sbcglobal.net 9/67-2/9/68 Cat Lo Turlock, CA
Mahon Ace Dadigan, BM1   9/67-2/68 Cat Lo deceased 6/8/03 in Lewiston, CA
James Edward Haller, RM3   9/67-2/68 Cat Lo was from California
R. L. Hicks, SMSN   9/67-2/68 Cat Lo  
Denton Leon Cantrell, ENSN   9/67-2/68 Cat Lo  
Tim Raymond Eichholtz, GMGSN tpeichh@sbcglobal.net 9/67-2/68 Cat Lo Cypress, TX
    3/19-4/3/68 Qui Nhon in country overhaul
David Michael Bradley, QM2 bradsmgtd@msn.com ??-9/68 Cat Lo Sun City, CA
William (Nmn) Imbrie III, LT, OinC wimbrie@alumni.hamilton.edu 9/68-2/69 Cat Lo/An Thoi arrived in country 3/22/68 - Bethesda, MD
QM or RD??        
Darryl Stephen "Bud" Skuce, GMG2 buju@xtalwind.net 9/68-2/69 Cat Lo/An Thoi Inverness, FL
Steven Edward Breitenfeldt, EN2   9/68-2/69 Cat Lo/An Thoi Giltner, NE
William Ernest Kirkland, BM3/2 KirkWeld@aol.com 9/68-2/69 Cat Lo/An Thoi Dryden, MI
Arlen Duane Brekke, SN/CS3 arlen_brekke@yahoo.com 9/68-2/69 Cat Lo/An Thoi Phoenix, AZ
Harold William Gordon Jr, QM2 gordonharsha@hotmail.com 11/68-1/69 An Thoi Virginia Beach, VA
    18 October 1968 Cat Lo boat transferred to An Thoi
Stephen Douglas Hayes, LTJG, OinC shayes@litsys.com 3/69-6/69 An Thoi arrived in country 11/24/68 - Alexandria, VA
Glenn Wallace Keefer, QM2   3/69-9/69 An Thoi Coloma, MI
Michael Paul Chaumont, RD2   3/69-6/69 An Thoi Fort Worth, TX
Eugene Joseph Cummins Jr, ENS/LTJG gene.cummins@shiacawn.com 3/69-8/69 An Thoi Gaithersburg, MD
Kenneth Regis Turgeon, BM2 turgeon@floodcity.com 3/69-8/69 An Thoi Sidman, PA
Michael (Nmn) Schrimsher, QM3   3/69-7/69 An Thoi was from Texas
Patrick (Nmn) Runyon, EN3 bwgoh@voyager.net 3/69-4/69 An Thoi Eaton ,OH
    8/19-11/1/69   overhaul at NSF Cat Lo
Don Charles Hammer, LTJG, OinC donhammer@gmail.com 12/69-6/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec Norfolk, VA - retired Lawyer
Lawrence Barnes, QM2   12/69-6/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec  
Keith Craig Harris, RD3 elbowgulf71@yahoo.com 12/69-6/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec Murphysboro, IL
Steven Edward Weekley, GMG3 sweekley29209@yahoo.com 12/69-6/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec deceased 1/16/13 in Columbia, SC
Marion Cornelius Boling Jr, EN3   ?-11-2/70-? Cat Lo ?Lakeside or Ridgecrest, CA?
Dennis Dale Willess, EN3 121070@runbox.com ??-6/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec replaced Boling - Henderson, TX
George Kimball Sargent III, LTJG, OinC   2/70-6/70   Chicago, IL
    10 June 1970 An Thoi transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3819

- PCFs 67 thru 71 and their crews, traveled together, in the well deck of the USS Gunston Hall LSD 5, from Subic Bay to Cat Lo, arriving on 28 July 1966.

- On 14 August 1966, a MIUWS 12 LCPL and PCF 71 unsuccessfully attempted to recover a merchant seaman who had gone under while swimming alongside the USNS General Patch in Vung Tau Harbor. An air/sea helicopter assisted in the attempt.

- At 2115 on 1 January 1967, PCF 71 operating a few miles south of the Bo De River, detected an unidentified and unlighted steel hulled contact ten miles off the coast, all challenges directed towards the vessel were ignored. When PCF 71 closed the unmarked vessel and illuminated her, she was taken under fire by the enemy ship. After taking several hits at point blank range from the enemy's automatic weapons, PCF 71 cleared the area to assess her damage. Unfortunately, by the time PCF 71 was able to resume the battle, contact with the enemy trawler had been lost. However, alerted by radio traffic from PCF 71, PCF 68 and the USCGC Point Gammon correctly diagnosed the intentions of the enemy trawler and intercepted her before she was able to make the beach. Pressing home the attack, PCF 68, with LTJG Alex BASS in charge, engaged the trawler in a fierce firefight. Employing white phosphorus mortar rounds, PCF 68 successfully set the enemy vessel afire before she could reach the safety of the river mouth less than one half mile away. However, before the trawler disappeared following a violent explosion, PCF 68 began receiving heavy automatic weapons fire from the beach and it became necessary for her to suppress the enemy fire from the beach as well as continue prosecution of the enemy vessel. No trace was ever found of the stricken trawler and increasing seas the next few days prevented SEAL teamsfrom assessing the area of action. During the major action, a junk was sunk by PCF 71 when it was mistakenly believed to have been part of the infiltration attempt. All hands on board this innocent vessel were saved.
   During the action both PCF 71 and PCF 68 were damaged by the automatic weapons fire and six members of the two crews were wounded-in-action, none seriously.

- PCF 71 sighted five men working fish traps approximately 50 miles northeast of Ca Mau Point on 31 October 1967. As the PCF closed to investigate, the men swam toward the beach. The PCF fired warning shots and then received heavy automatic-weapons fire from the shoreline, which resulted in minor flesh wounds to two USN personnel. PCF 71 returned the fire and suppressed the enemy fire.

- PCF 71 suffered two personnel casualties on 19 February 1968 as she closed the beach approximately 49 miles northeast of Ca Mau point in company with PCF 102 to provide direct gunfire against a hostile area. The Swift boats returned and suppressed the hostile fire with their .50 caliber machine guns while withdrawing to seaward. The injuries to the US Navymen were minor and the extent of enemy personnel casualties was unknown.

- On 18 October 1968, PCF 71 transferred from Cat Lo to An Thoi.

- On 1 November 1968, PCF 71 provided emergency NGFS for a US Coast Guard small boat which came under fire in Area 9F. PCF 71 suppressed the enemy fire and medevaced 1 Coast Guard WIA.

- On 5 December 1968, PCF 71 and PCF 72 fired in support of RVN Regional Forces in the Song Ong Doc river. Shortly after entering the river, the PCFs were taken under fire and PCF 72 received a rocket in her main cabin. The PCFs suppressed the enemy fire, killing 3 Viet Cong and then safely extracted the ground troops.

- On 18 December 1968, PCF 66 and PCF 71 raided enemy positions in the Dong Cung river and adjoining lake, destroying numerous sampans and structures. The PCFs encountered enemy fire during the operation, resulting in light damage to both boats and minor wounds to the OinC of PCF 66.

- On 11 February 1969, 10 PCFs teamed with as LSMR, an LST, an MSO, a WPB, a WHEC, an airborne spotter, Air Force jets and Mobile Strike Force (MSF) troops to carry out eight hours of operations on the southern portion of the Ca Mau Peninsula, SEALORDS 308.
   After preparatory naval gunfire by USCGC Wachuset WHEC 44, USCGC Point Cypress and USS White River LSMR 536, the river incursions began at 1223. At the mouth of the Rach Duong Keo PCFs 43, 44 and 71 proceeded approximately 2.5 miles up river while 20 MSF troops swept up the east river bank. Also starting from the same point PCFs 3, 10 and 31 proceeded about two miles up the Trum Gong River for a psyops broadcast. At the same time 10 miles to the east-northeast PCFs 28, 53, 60 and 103 entered the Rach Nang and in just four minutes came under heavy hostile fire from the south bank, about one mile up river. With PCF 103 taking two rocket rounds in the port engine and PCF 60 hit in the bow below the waterline, all four craft turned back down river and cleared the mouth about 15 minutes later. Two men were slightly wounded in this engagement, one each from PCF's 60 and 53.
   The effort to save PCF 60, which was starting to settle by the bow, continued for over an hour. PCF 60 had to beach on a sandbar outside the canal to avoid sinking. The boat's flooding was brought under control, even though the bow had already gone below the surface, after a P-250 pump, provided by the Point Cypress, and delivered by PCF 44, was received. The boat was then temporarily repaired by its own crew with more permanent repairs being made later by the White River.
   The remaining undamaged craft assembled for another venture up the Rach Nang after the enemy positions were hit by air strikes and naval gunfire, in the early afternoon. At 1625 PCFs 3, 10, 31, 43, 44 and 71, with the MSF troops embarked, headed up river. The troops were landed at the river mouth and contact was soon made as PCF 71 took a rocket hit on it's port side. By 1630 the troops had surrounded the enemy firing position. In the ensuing fight two Viet Cong were killed and another probably killed before the enemy retreated up river with the MSF unit in pursuit, until darkness forced breaking contact. Despite vigorous attempts by the OinC and crew to control flooding and to beach PCF 71, it sank in 10 feet of water, only a half mile south of the river mouth. Units stood by PCF 71 and began salvage operations the following morning. Most of the electronic gear and the majority of weapons, including the 81mm mortar, were salvaged by the OinC and crew of PCF 44, despite some very dangerous sea conditions. The next day, 13 February, PCF 71 was successfully refloated by a salvage team.
   Other minor casualties were on PCF 10 where three crewmen were wounded by flying, broken glass from a shot out pilothouse window.
   Enemy losses to the PCF and MSF forces, that day, came to 27 bunkers, 20 claymore mines, 28 grenades, one structure, and one sampan destroyed; 2 AK-47 rifles captured and numerous bunkers damaged. One MSF soldier was wounded.

- During a sweep of the Rach Nang on 2/12/1969, PCF 71 received a rocket hit shortly after entering and making contact with ground forces. PCF 71 began taking on water upon exiting the river. Despite vigorous attempts by OinC and crew to control flooding, PCF 71 sank in 10 feet of water. Units stood by PCF 71 and began salvage operations the following morning. Most of the electronic gear and the majority of weapons, including the 81mm mortar, were salvaged by the OinC and crew of PCF 44, despite dangerous sea conditions. The next day, 13 February, PCF 71 was successfully refloated by the salvage team.

- On 24 February 1969, PCF 67, while on the Co Chien River, received a request to provide transportation for the Naval Intelligence Liaison Officer, Tra Vinh. After proceeding about 2 miles up the Tra Vinh Canal from the river the "Swift" boat's stern was lifted out of the water and two crewmen thrown overboard by a command detonated mine. After recovering the two men from the canal PCF 67 proceeded back to the Co Chien where PCF 22 arrived to provide assistance. After the flooding could not be controlled PCF 67 was beached at Coastal Group 35. Three of the six men wounded were placed on PCF 22 and the other three went to Coastal Group 35 for medevac. After the flooding was brought under control PCF 71 made temporary repairs and proceeded to Vinh Long escorted by PCF 57.   Note: The keel of PCF 67 had been broken by the 300 pound mine. It was amassing that the injured crewmen were able to keep PCF 67 afloat ... a GREAT FEAT of SEAMANSHIP by these "Brown Water Navymen."

- On the morning of 9 April 1969, PCFs 21, 23, 31, 93 and 103 entered the Song Ong Doc with Mobile Strike Force (MSF) troops embarked. As they proceeded up river, light small arms fire was received from the river bank. At a point seven miles up river, the force came under small arms, automatic weapons and recoilless rifle fire. One recoilless rifle round hit PCF 31 but failed to detonate causing only a small hole at the waterline. After suppressing the enemy fire and clearing the area , PCF 31 was escorted back to sea by two additional Swift boats sent up river. Strikes by Army LHFT and naval gunfire from USCGC Mendota WHEC 69 were placed on the enemy position. More small arms was encountered by the PCFs still on the river and the LHFT without friendly casualties. After leaving the river to rearm, the Swift boats proceeded 5 miles up river and put the MSF ashore on the south bank in mid-afternoon. Following the departure of these units from the river at the completion of the ground sweep, PCFs 22, 67 and 94 entered the river to establish night blocking patrols. The purpose of the operation was to intercept Viet Cong which might attempt to head north across the river as they evaded the forces of SILVER MACE II operating to the south. Early on the 10th, PCFs 31, 38, 43 and 71 took over the continuing blocking patrol. At a point 6 miles up river PCF 71 received minor damage from a recoilless rifle hit and one MSF was wounded. Other than light small arms fire the patrols continued without incident until termination that evening. In addition to suppressing hostile fire, the Swift boats, MSF, LHFT and fixed wing aircraft took targets of opportunity under fire in what local authorities had declared a totally restricted zone along the river. Results included 17 structures and nine sampans destroyed, 15 structures and two sampans damaged and one Viet Cong killed in action.

PCF 72  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    July 1966 An Thoi first arrived in South Vietnam
William Francis "Bill" Shaughnessy, LTJG, OinC shaughwf@version.net 4/26/67-3/19/68 An Thoi Midlothian, VA
Mark Leonard Riskin, EN1   4/67-3/68 An Thoi Chicago, IL
James Winifred Wright, RD3   4/67-3/68 An Thoi Texas or Arizona
Lee Andrew "Scrunch" Down, GMG3   4/67-3/68 An Thoi Texarkana, TX
Charles Guy "Goat" Riggio, BM3   4/67-3/68 An Thoi deceased 11/22/09 in Albany, LA
Darrel Wayne Brower, SN DBr8888888@aol.com 4/67-3/68 An Thoi Belton, MO
James William Harwood Jr, LTJG, OinC skijharwood@cs.com 9/21/68-11/68 An Thoi WIA 11/24/68 - Santa Rosa, CA - Medical Doctor
Richard Alan "Dirty Frank" Trussoni, EN3 ktrussoni@aol.com 6/68-11/68 An Thoi Chaseburg, WI
Craig Leo Tiernan, RD3 cltiernan@gmail.com 8/68-11/68 An Thoi Berkeley Heights, NJ
Larry Wayne Gilbertson, GMG3 gilbe@baldwin-telecom.net 9/68-11/68 An Thoi Baldwin, WI
J.A. Wright, BM2   9/68-11/68 An Thoi  
Robert Jewett Eaton, QM2   9/68-11/68 An Thoi  
Robert Washburn Hildreth, LTJG, OinC mso445@aol.com 11/68-5/69 An Thoi arrived in country 8/12/68 - Cedar Grove, NJ
Jennings Bryan Rogerson II, BM3   11/68-5/69 An Thoi Fruit Heights, UT
Robert Lee Streiff, GMG3   11/68-5/69 An Thoi deceased 7/23/09 in Rochester, MN
Billy Ray Burgess, EN3 burgfarm@yahoo.com 11/68-8/69 An Thoi Shirley, AR
Donald Wayne Matras, ENFN donmatras@aol.com 11/68-5/69 An Thoi Homer Glen, IL
Ramiro Soto Gonzales, RD3 (No computer) 11/68-5/69 An Thoi Glendale, AZ
James Thomas Kolbe, LTJG, OinC jtkolbe@gmail.com 12/68-12/69 An Thoi Tucson, AZ - former US Congressman
Charles Russell Gibson, LTJG, OinC bgibs02@attg.net 4/69-7/69 An Thoi Longmeadow, MA
Fred William Burns, BM2 fburns@bellsouth.net 4/69-7/69 An Thoi Ocean Springs, MS
Melvin Joseph "Mel" Baker, RD3 mel_baker@charter.net 4/69-7/69 An Thoi Morgan Hill, CA
Paul Millard  "Muggsy" Montgomery, RD3 soulmates@ktis.net 4/69-7/69 An Thoi deceased 11/1/13 in Mexico
Donald Paul Bilodeau, RDSA   4/69-7/69 An Thoi Union City, CA
Frederick Alan Short, GMG3 fshort7@comcast.net ?-2/70 An Thoi North Little Rock, AR
Thomas William Lawson McCall Jr, LTJG, OinC taimimccall@msn.com 6/69   Arlington, VA
Frederick Christian Olsen Jr, EN2 maryafrederickc@aol.com 7/69-1/70   Lancaster, VA
John Woolfolk Burke III, LTJG, OinC jwb3rd@gmail.com 1/70-1/70 An Thoi/Sea Float Middleburg, VA
William Charles Hogan, RD2   1/70-?? An Thoi/Sea Float  
John Woolfolk Burke III, LT, OinC jwb3rd@gmail.com 3/70-5/70 An Thoi/Sea Float Middleburg, VA
William Winsfield Parkinson, QM2 qm1retusn@wi.rr.com 3/70-5/70 An Thoi/Sea Float St Francis, WI
Charles G. Fuchsel III, QM2   3/70-5/70 An Thoi/Sea Float Placerville, CA
    ??-8/31/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
Fred Patrick "Ted" Kenny, LTJG, OinC tkennyandco@yahoo.com 9/70-?? Cat Lo Denver, CO
William Winsfield Parkinson, QM2 qm1retusn@wi.rr.com 9/70-?? Cat Lo St Francis, WI
    31 October 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3917

- On ?? July 1966, PCFs 72 thru 74 were delivered to An Thoi, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard a US Navy LSD.

- On 24 November 1968, PCF 31, 38, 72, 82, and 93, entered the Bo De river in an attempt to fire on a suspected Viet Cong General's plantation near the adjoining Dam Doi river. Shortly after entering, the PCFs encountered extreme enemy fire from both banks of the river, and were forced to abort the mission. Four of the PCFs received heavy damage and several crewmen were seriously wounded during the ensuing battle. Three Viet Cong were killed during the exchange of fire.  Stars and Stripes story

- On 5 December 1968, PCF 71 and PCF 72 fired in support of RVN Regional Forces in the Song Ong Doc river. Shortly after entering the river, the PCFs were taken under fire and PCF 72 received a rocket in her main cabin. The PCFs suppressed the enemy fire, killing 3 Viet Cong and then safely extracted the ground troops.

- On 29 December 1968, PCFs 9, 21, 66 and 72 raided enemy positions in the Bay Hap river-Dong Cung canal destroying numerous sampans and structures, several bunkers and killing 1 Viet Cong. Enemy fire was encountered on 3 occasions, wounding 5 USN crewmembers and 1 USCG man.

- On 29 January 1969, PCFs 5, 72, 93 and 94, together with units of COSDIV 13, conducted operations in the Cua Lon river. PCFs 72 and 94 came under fire while probing a side canal resulting in 3 USN WIA and light damage to PCF 94.

PCF 73  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    July 1966 An Thoi first arrived in South Vietnam
James O'Neill Carter, LTJG/LT, OinC   7/66-4/6/67 An Thoi arrived in country 4/17/66 - Arlington, VA
Howard Wade Deplois, BM1   7/66- 5/67 An Thoi deceased 1/3/97 in Kalama, OR
Jose E. Gonzales, GMG2   7/66- ?? An Thoi ?second tour in Vietnam?
Arlof Nelson "Bud" Wright Jr, EN1 legs1lady@gmail.com 7/66-5/67 An Thoi Chula Vista, CA
Bruce Willis Vinson, RM3   7/66- ?? An Thoi was from Florida
John Irwin Lee, SN   7/66- ?? An Thoi was from Virginia Beach, VA
Harlan Kenneth Ullman, LTJG, OinC 7/66-10/66 An Thoi arrived in country 4/17/66 - Washington, DC
Charles R. Norris, BMC   7/66-10/66 An Thoi  
Lawrence Ray Fisher, RM2/1   7/66-10/66 An Thoi  
James C. Reese, EN1   7/66-10/66 An Thoi Mary Esther, FL
Reclay (Nmn) "Pappy" Sands, GMG2/1   7/66-10/66 An Thoi  
Ernest Paul Franzia, SN epfranzia@msn.com 7/66-10/66 An Thoi Ripon, CA
Harvey John Waugh, LTJG, OinC   11/66-10/28/67 An Thoi arrived in country 11/10/66 - Lynnfield, MA
Clark, BMC   11/66-11/67 An Thoi  
David Alan "Bear" Cohen, BMSN qbears2@aol.com 11/66-11/67 An Thoi Ashland, VA
Howard Ellison McCue, EN2   11/66-11/67 An Thoi  
Kenneth C. Briggs, GMG3 ken.briggs@verizon.net 11/66-11/67 An Thoi Philadelphia, PA
Ronald Warren "Ronnie" Camerer, RM3 ron@camererfamily.net 11/66-11/67 An Thoi New Canton, IL
Norman Stuart Scott, LTJG, OinC norm.scott@comcast.net 3/67-7/67 An Thoi was from Oregon
Joseph Roderick "Rod" McAlpin III, LTJG/LT, OinC j.roderick.mcalpin@snet.net 8/8/67-8/3/68 An Thoi Litchfield, CT
Arnold Rodrigues Ulloa, QM1 8/67-8/68 An Thoi Priest River, ID
Rogerio Palazo Paje, EN1   8/67-8/68 An Thoi deceased 7/9/02 in Las Vegas, NV
Alex Gonzales Castillo, BMSN/3   8/67-8/68 An Thoi  
Terry John Hart, GMG3   8/67-8/68 An Thoi  
Donald Ray MacKenzie, RD2   8/67-8/68 An Thoi  
Robert Craig Shookner, LTJG, OinC bshook@brmemc.net 5/68-9/68 An Thoi left country 10/7/68 - Murphy, NC
James Patrick Thomas, RD2 ThomasJimP@aol.com 5/68-9/68 An Thoi Henderson, NV
Donald Ray MacKenzie, RD2   5/68- An Thoi WIA 5/3/68
Larry Wayne Gilbertson, GMG3 gilbe@baldwin-telecom.net 5/68-9/68 An Thoi Baldwin, WI
J.A. Wright, BM2   5/68-9/68 An Thoi  
J(ames) Arthur Herring   5/68-9/68 An Thoi ?Boone, NC?
    21 October 1968 An Thoi sailed to Cam Ranh Bay for turnover to IUWG
IUWG One, WestPac - Unit Two   11/7/68-4/11/69    
Robert Alan Scattergood, ENS, OinC bscattergood@grandecom.net 4/69-10/69 Cam Ranh Bay Waco, TX
Donald Henry Clemen, BM3 uncledonups@sbcglobal.net 4/69-8/69 Cam Ranh Bay Aurora, IL
Lester David "Lurch" Garrett, RD3 les.garrett@comcast.net 4/69-11/69 Cam Ranh Bay/Cat Lo Highlands Ranch, CO
    11/4-12/31/69   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
John Joseph Becker Jr, LTJG, OinC starlight42@roadrunner.com 4/70-6/70 Sa Dec/Cambodia/Sa Dec/An Thoi Oxnard, CA
Jerry Gene Black, QM2   4/70-6/70 Sa Dec/Cambodia/Sa Dec/An Thoi made chief
Curtis Robert MacConnell, EN2 cr.mac@verizon.net 4/70-6/70 Sa Dec/Cambodia/Sa Dec/An Thoi Harrisburg, PA
James Alan St. Clair, GMG3 stclair49@hotmail.com 4/70-6/70 Sa Dec/Cambodia/Sa Dec/An Thoi Celeste, TX
Wesley John Shelp, RDSN   4/70-6/70 Sa Dec/Cambodia/Sa Dec/An Thoi deceased 7/17/98 in Auburn, IA
Melvin Julian Lien, QM1   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia deceased 6/16/03 in Winter Park, FL
Donald P. Wisdom, EN2   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia  
Vernon Glenn Bear, BM3/2   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia Martinton, IL
Michael Allen Nauert, GMG3   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia Poynette, WI
Jerry Vern Siebert, RDSN   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia Boise, ID
Christopher Mayer, LTJG chris.mayer@davispolk.com ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia Division Maintenance Officer (embark in PCF 73)
Billy Price Carwile, GMG3 bcarwile@nc.rr.com ??2/70-6/70?? Cat Lo/ An Thoi deceased 9/18/07 in Fayetteville, NC
    5/29/1970 Sa Dec boat transferred back to An Thoi
    10 June 1970 An Thoi transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3820

- On ?? July 1966, PCFs 72 thru 74 were delivered to An Thoi, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard a US Navy LSD.

- On 26 March 1968, PCF 73 received hostile fire from the beach while investigating a report of enemy sampan activity in Area 9H. PCF suppressed hostile fire while receiving minor damage.

- A Vietnamese outpost five miles southeast of Ha Tien came under heavy enemy fire on the evening of 3 May 1968. As PCF 73 closed the beach in response to the urgent request for gunfire support it was greeted by automatic weapons fire. Two .30 caliber rounds struck the main cabin of the "Swift" boat shattering two windows. The enemy fire was suppressed with mortar and .50 caliber response from the Market Time unit. One Navyman received minor cuts from the flying glass.

- On 5 May 1968, PCF 73 and PCF 3 provided emergency salvage assistance for RVNN PGM 611 which had struck a rock and was sinking off Phu Quoc Island.

- On 18 October 1968, PCF 73 transferred from An Thoi to Cam Ranh Bay.

- PCFs 73, 74 and 92 were turned over to OinC, Inshore Undersea Warfare Group One, Western Pacific Detachment, Unit Two, 7 November 1968.

- PCFs 73 and 74 were returned to Coastal Squadron One, 11 April 1969.

PCF 74  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    July 1966 An Thoi first arrived in South Vietnam
Ronald Dale Snyder, LTJG, OinC   ?/66-12/8/66 An Thoi left country 12/24/66 - was from Covington, KY
Glenn Edgar O'Neal, BM1   ?66? An Thoi  
Christopher Jackson, QM3   ?66? An Thoi  
Norman Edward LeDuc, GMG3/2   ?66? An Thoi deceased 10/10/09 in Manchester, NH
John Truman Richey, RM3 jtrichey@wcc.net 12/65-12/66 An Thoi San Angelo, TX
James Edward Wadeking, EN3   ?66? An Thoi Roxana, IL
Royal Francis Wertz Jr, LTJG, OinC royal@propertiesunlimited.com 1/23/67-7/7/67 An Thoi left country 1/18/68 - Pittsburg, TX
Rodolfo Armando "Rudy" Maldonado, EN2 rudyonduty@frontiernet.net 8/66-5/67 An Thoi deceased 4/28/08 in Manton, CA
Richard Charles Dawson, LTJG, OinC   4/10/67-3/26/68 An Thoi Palo Alto, CA
Ronald Lynn Zimmerman, LTJG/LT, OinC skylarkrlz@yahoo.com 8/67-7/23/68 An Thoi Coronado, CA
Henry Munoz Lopez, BM2   8/67-7/68 An Thoi San Antonio, TX
Jack Charles Jaynes, EN2 jaynesjack@yahoo.com 8/67-7/68 An Thoi West Wendover, NV
Edward Kenneth Ballance   8/67-6/68 An Thoi deceased 12/26/10 in Maricopa, AZ
    18 October 1968 An Thoi sailed to Cam Ranh Bay for turnover to IUWG
IUWG One, WestPac - Unit Two   11/7/68-4/11/69    
Theodore William Roehlig II, RD3 c/roehlig@yahoo.com 4/69/2/70   Massillion, OH
Michael William Peters, LTJG, OinC mipete@cox.net 2/70-5/70 Sa Dec Dana Point, CA
Laurence Stephen Rosato, BM2 larry7448@hotmail.com 2/70-5/70 Sa Dec Melbourne, FL
Ross Allen Gordon, GMG2   2/70-5/70 Sa Dec was from Florida
Amos Wilson Starnes Jr, EN3   2/70-5/70 Sa Dec deceased 7/14/12 in Concord, NC
John Joseph Michels Jr, GMG3 chelseadear@webtv.com 2/70-5/70 Sa Dec deceased 12/27/13 in Closter, NJ
Edwin Lloyd "Jack" Spratt, RDSN jspratt48@yahoo.com 2/70-5/70 Sa Dec Chula Vista, CA
Justin John McCarthy, LTJG, OinC abb-nov@msn.com 7/70-8/70   Exton, PA
William Butler Kean III, LTJG, OinC   8/70-10/70   Langhorne, PA
Clifford Roy Bolstad, QM2 cabolstad@comcast.net 8/70-10/70   Federal Way, WA
Henry Ray Anderson, EN3   8/70-10/70    
Richard Allen Franck, RDSN raf42548@yahoo.com 8/70-10/70   Newark, DE
Roy Albert Blackstone Jr, RDSN rab5037@comcast.net 8/70-10/70   Woodstock, GA
Lloyd Ewing Sponenburgh, SN   8/70-10/70   Bunnel, FL
Donald Thomas McGrogan, BM2       Orofino, ID
    ??-9/4/70   overhaul at NSF Cat Lo
    31 October 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3918

- On ?? July 1966, PCFs 72 thru 74 were delivered to An Thoi, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard a US Navy LSD.

- On 15 April 1968, a special PCF naval gunfire element consisting of PCFs 6, 11, 38 and 74 conducted an intensive gunfire mission in an area northwest of Rach Gia on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. The area, which had been the scene of numerous hostile fire incidents in recent weeks, was saturated with 81mm mortars and .50 caliber machine gun fire. An airborne spotter reported all rounds on target, destroying 45 structures and killing one Viet Cong (probable). During the mission, the Swift boats received heavy hostile fire with PCF's 38 and 74 taking a number of hits.

- On 18 October 1968, PCF 74 transferred from An Thoi to Cam Ranh Bay.

- PCFs 73, 74 and 92 were turned over to OinC, Inshore Undersea Warfare Group One, Western Pacific Detachment, Unit Two, 7 November 1968.

- PCFs 73 and 74 were returned to Coastal Squadron One, 11 April 1969.

- PCF 74, while acting as a blocking force on 15 November 1969, two miles east of Nha Trang, picked up a swimmer in the water. The swimmer had no papers and claimed to have been thrown overboard from a junk. On resumption of patrol, a junk with five men on board was stopped, boarded and searched. The swimmer claimed that one man on the junk was his brother. None of the five men had proper identification papers, and all were turned over to the Second Coastal Zone Intelligence Officer for disposition.

- On 18 September 1970 PCFs 22 and 74 completed the last combat patrol operation by American PCFs at Solid Anchor (Old Nam Can). The escort of the tug Michael to the South China Sea was completed without incident.

- PCFs 22, 74, 691, 692, 693, 694 and 695, the remaining seven American PCFs of Coastal Division ELEVEN, departed Solid Anchor at 0200 19 September 1970. This departure was the last trip by United States Navy SWIFT boats on the rivers of the lower Ca Mau peninsula. During their transit the PCFs fired continuous .50 caliber and 81mm mortar H&I fire into enemy bunkers along the banks of the Song Cua Lon and Song Bo De rivers. This awesome display of firepower was a demonstration of the power that enabled Coastal Division ELEVEN PCFs to assist friendly forces in the pacification of this Viet Cong stronghold.

- PCF 74 was transferred to CosDiv 13 at Cat Lo 25 September 1970. 

PCF 75  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    30 July 1966 DaNang first arrived in South Vietnam
Louis Thomas Velloni (Masterson), LTJG, OinC ltmasterson@ltmco.com 8/25/66-8/18/67 DaNang/Chu Lai/Hue Westlake, OH
David Paul Lambert, BM2/1 No Computer 8/66-8/67 DaNang/Chu Lai/Hue Bayou Vista, TX
Jerry Lee Zehr, EN2   8/66-8/67 DaNang/Chu Lai/Hue French Lick, IN
Peter Luzeren Hixson, RM3   8/66-9/66 DaNang  
Eugene Raymond Popp, GMGSN   8/66-11/66 DaNang/Chu Lai/Hue deceased 10/11/05 in Ceres, CA - transferred for medical attention
Marlin Jones, SN/BM3   8/66-8/67 DaNang/Chu Lai/Hue Diana, TX
William Francis Trainer, LTJG/LT, OinC bjtrainer1@comcast.net 8/66-10/4/66 DaNang arrived in country 1/21/66, left 11/15/66 - Washington Crossing, PA
Raymond (Nmn) Foster, BM2/1   8/66-11/66 DaNang arrived in country 1/21/66
Danny R. Miller, GMG2   8/66-11/66 DaNang  
Harry Giles Brock, BM3   8/66-8/66 DaNang arrived in country 1/21/66 - KIA 11/15/66 on PCF 77, when it sank and was destroyed by a 30' monsoon wave near Hue
Nicholas Stephen Kopko, RMSN/3   8/66-11/66 DaNang arrived in country 1/21/66
Alexander (Nmn) Laird, EN3   8/66-11/66 DaNang  
Curtis William Berlind, LTJG, OinC   8/67-12/26/67 Chu Lai/DaNang left country 5/1/68 - Sausalito, CA
James Michael Jones, GMG3 jimjones45@charter.net 8/67-11/67 Chu Lai/DaNang Greenville, SC
(William John) Lewis, RM(SN)     Chu Lai/ DaNang  
Don Raymond Swartz, LTJG, OinC   10/4/67-7/68 DaNang left country 10/1/68 - deceased 6/30/11 in El Cajon, CA
Lowell Willard Flowers, ENC (SS)   12/67-12/68 DaNang Vinton, VA
Alan Jay Lapat, QM2 (SS) ajlapat@cablespeed.com 10/67-10/68 DaNang Port Townsend, WA
Ralph Lyn Mort, BM3     DaNang was from Colorado
Smith     DaNang  
Allen Clark LoBean, GMGSN sawgrass@windstream.net 8/67-1/68 DaNang Clayton, GA
John Joseph Keresztenyi, RD2 usnpcf103@aol.com 6/68-7/69 DaNang Bronx, NY
Earnest Alexander Flynn, LTJG, OinC   7/13/68-3/69 DaNang/Chu Lai  
Alvin Owen Aalseth, QM2   7/68-3/69 DaNang/Chu Lai deceased 1/16/11 in Central Lake, MI
Ronnie Lee Welton, BM3   7/68-3/69 DaNang/Chu Lai  San Diego, CA
David (Nmn) Hennsley, EN2   7/68-12/68 DaNang/Chu Lai  
Ronald Cramer, RDSN   7/68-3/69 DaNang/Chu Lai  
Gilkie, GMG2   7/68-3/69 DaNang/Chu Lai  
James Walter Steffes, EN2 pcf12crew@yahoo.com 12/68-1/69 Chu Lai Sun City, CA
Philip Edward Mayer, LTJG, OinC     DaNang/Qui Nhon Atco, NJ
William Douglas Kelley, QM2 wmdkelley@aol.com 8/69-8/69 DaNang/Qui Nhon Colbert, WA
James Burton Samples, EN2 bsamples@sc.rr.com 1969 DaNang/Qui Nhon Lexington, SC
William Henry "Bill" Dougherty, BM3 bosnlad@cox.net ?/69-5/70 DaNang/Qui Nhon Escondido, CA
Richard Gregory Carsley Sr, BM3 r.carsley@comcast.net   DaNang/Qui Nhon Lombard, IL
Richard Godlib Dennis, RD3     DaNang/Qui Nhon was from New Jersey
Phillip Craig Beets, RDSN phil@sunflower.com 10/69-3/70 DaNang Lawrence, KS
    ??-6/2/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
William Lynn Rogers, LTJG, OinC willrogers@swiftharbor.com 9/70-9/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec Gig Harbor, WA
Chester Eugene "P.O." Mizzell, RDSN   9/70-9/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec Thorsby, AL
Alber, GM??? 9/70-9/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec
Adams, EN2    9/70-9/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec  
David Lee "Tiny" Ajax, GMG3 dpajax@hotmail.com 9/70-9/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec Coronado, Panama
John Garrido Ellasces Jr, QM2 (SS)   9/70-9/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec deceased 11/17/94 in Yolo, CA
    1 October 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3913

- PCFs 75 thru 79 were delivered to DaNang, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Gunston Hall LSD 5 on 30 July 1966.

- On 17 February 1967, PCF 75 conducted a daylight Medevac mission for the USS Firm MSO 444 in the First Coastal Zone. A petty officer aboard the minesweeper had suffered a severe electrical shock and needed immediate medical attention. PCF 75 volunteered its services, and the man was transferred to the SWIFT boat and transported at maximum speed to the USS Providence CLG-6 for treatment.

- On 14 May 1967, PCF 99 received automatic weapons fire from the shore while conducting a "psywar" loudspeaker mission 67 miles south of DaNang PCF 19 joined to assist and provided cover as PCF 99 engaged the enemy positions. During the encounter, PCF 99 sustained eight hits which wounded four of the crew and forced the Swift boat to withdraw. PCF 75 then arrived on the scene and, together with PCF 19, conducted ten firing runs against the ambush area while a fourth Swift boat, PCF 76, provided covering mortar fire. During the action, PCFs 19 and 76 each were struck six times by enemy fire and PCF 75 sustained the loss of an antenna. The extent of Viet Cong casualties was undetermined..  Full Story

- On 7 August 1967, seven MARKET TIME craft came to the assistance of Coastal Group 16 when its base, 70 miles southeast of DaNang, was assaulted by a battalion-size force of Viet Cong.
  The attack on the base began at 0300. PCF 20 reached the area by 0315 and began providing 81mm fire at the request of the base's naval advisor; shortly thereafter PCF 75 and the Vietnamese Navy's PCE 10 arrived to lend additional fire support. By 0345, however, an advancing enemy contingent -- approximately 300 in number -- had overrun the base. At this time USS Gallup PG 85, USS Camp DER 251 and two other Swifts (PCFs 15 and 54) were in the area, furnishing fire support and exfiltration patrols, and helping to evacuate the wounded. Thirty-two miles to the northwest, USS Widgeon MSC 208 had assumed the duty of a relay station for communications between the battle scene and the First Naval Zone's headquarters unit at DaNang. Since there was a possibility that the attack on the base might be combined with an infiltration attempt along the coastline, CTG 115.1, in DaNang, ordered Gallup to return to the southern portion of her patrol sector. Meanwhile, air and artillery strikes countered the enemy's movements within the Coastal Group base and two Vietnamese Army (ARVN) companies and one US Army company were dispatched to the scene. By 0730 the Viet Cong were forced to retreat from the heavily-damaged base. The Coastal Group commander and 13 Vietnamese sailor's had been killed. During the attack the Coastal Group's senior advisor, Lieutenant William C. Fitzgerald, USN and his three assistants joined in the effort to repel the invaders and resisted until the advisors' bunker was virtually surrounded. Lieutenant Fitzgerald then requested an artillery strike on his position and provided covering fire while his men escaped to the river. Before Lieutenant Fitzgerald could make good his own escape he was killed by small-arms fire.
  During the enemy attack Swift boats evacuated three Navy advisors and approximately 40 Vietnamese to USS Camp for treatment and shelter; fifteen of the Vietnamese were subsequently transferred to the hospital at Quang Ngai by helicopter. Camp remained on station until the 11th, providing illumination fire and gunfire support as the task of rebuilding the base began.   Full Story

- 8 October 1967, PCF 75 was returning to the Chu Lai swift base, to take on additional 81mm "STARSHELL" illumination rounds, when the boat ran aground on the reef along the northside of the channel. The crew had holed the boats' bottom, badly bent up both screws and had to tie the boat up to the rocks to keep it from floating out with the tide and sinking. The crew climbed up to the top of the island and were rescued by a marine helicopter that took them back to the base. The marines also left a guard at the location to keep tabs on the boat till a repair effort could be launched the following morning.
  The boat was temporarily patched by stuffing the hole with rags while the water was pumped out so when the tide came back in the boat would float itself clear of the reef.
  The boat was then towed to DaNang for repairs by the YR71 maintenance personnel and a short time later returned to service.

- During a naval gunfire mission 7 miles east of Quang Ngai on 7 November 1968, enemy recoilless rifle fire and small arms fire were encountered by PCFs 70 and 75. Two enemy recoilless rifle rounds struck PCF 70 causing heavy damage, killing one crewman, wounding three others, and knocking a Marine rider overboard. Both craft also received several small arms hits. The Marine lost overboard was not found by the search carried out by PCF 75 and three other "Swift" boats which arrived at the scene to assist. PCF 70 was out of service until 1 January 1969, for repairs by YR-71 personnel, in DaNang.

- At noon on 16 July 1969, PCF 91 observed an F-100 aircraft crash about 2.5 miles east of Tuy Hoa AFB. The pilot ejected; however, the parachute failed to open and no beeper was heard after the crash. While PCF 75 and HMAS Brisbane searched the area, PCF 91 ferried divers from Tuy Hoa AFB to the USS Widgeon MSC 208. After the Widgeon discovered the main body of the wreckage with sounding gear, the divers were put into the water. The fuselage was discovered in several large pieces; however, the divers were unable to locate the pilot or cockpit section. At 1200 on 17 July the divers ceased operations and were returned to Tuy Hoa AFB.

- On the afternoon of 25 October 1969, a Sea Tiger mission was carried out about 15 miles southeast of DaNang, with two units of Coastal Group 14 inserting EOD, UDT and Duffel Bag personnel. The EOD and UDT conducted a reconnaissance of the beach while Duffle Bag personnel removed a sensor string that had been rendered inactive during recent high flood waters. PCFs 75 and 80 and two skimmers provided offshore support. Helo gunships and an Air Force O-2 observation aircraft provided air cover. After the troops had been extracted, a CG 15 junk ran aground and began receiving heavy semi-automatic and automatic weapons fire from three positions. The two skimmers made strafing runs, and the PCFs and CG 14 junk fired their 81mm mortars. During the 55 minutes required to free the junk from the sand bar, the VC fired at the junk and skimmers on numerous occasions. Once the junk was afloat and out of danger, the "Swift" boats and skimmers inserted the EOD, UDT and Duffle Bag personnel two to four miles southwest of the original insertion point and removed inoperative sensors without incident. All personnel were extracted and exited the area while the helo gunships took uniformed VC under fire along the river banks. The PCF's destroyed four large bunkers and killed five Viet Cong. The helo gunships accounted for three structures and seven large bunkers destroyed and six Viet Cong killed. One US sailor received a minor leg wound from an AK-47 round.

PCF 76  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments CTF 115
In Out
    30 July 1966 DaNang first arrived in South Vietnam 7/30/66 -----
David Bruce Dawson, LTJG, OinC   8/66-5/67 DaNang/Cua Viet Shaker Heights, OH - attorney 5/17/66 5/25/67
Daniel William Daly, LTJG, OinC don@dalyco.com 3/67-10/67 DaNang Pocasset, MA 3/25/67 3/24/68
William Lee Fielder (Jr), BM2   3/67-10/67 DaNang ?retired BM1 9/12/84 - was from Texas? 3/29/67 3/24/68
Oscar Edward Wells, EN2 oewwells@aol.com 3/67-10/67 DaNang Hephzibah, GA - church pastor 3/29/67 3/24/68
Michael Harvey Newcomer, RD3/2 miken1@yahoo.com 3/67-10/67 DaNang ?Northern California or Oregon? 3/30/67 3/24/68
Robert Allen Buck II, SN   3/67-10/67 DaNang   3/29/67 3/26/68
John Charles Muller, FTGSN/3   3/67-10/67 DaNang   3/29/67 3/24/68

- PCFs 75 thru 79 were delivered to DaNang, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Gunston Hall LSD 5 on 30 July 1966.

- At 1230 on 21 August 1966, PCF 76 fired warning shots at two evading junks 25 miles south of DaNang, and in return received automatic weapons and small arms fire from the beach. Fire was returned at the junks and at the beach, resulting on damage to the junks. Two PCF crewmen received minor wounds. Viet Cong casualties were unknown.

- While conducting a routine search of junks 55 miles north of Qui Nhon at 1010 on 8 November 1966, PCF 76 received automatic weapons fire from the beach, taking two superficial hits. PCF 76 suppressed the fire with her .50 caliber machine guns with no friendly casualties.

- On 14 May 1967, PCF 99 received automatic weapons fire from the shore while conducting a "psywar" loudspeaker mission 67 miles south of DaNang PCF 19 joined to assist and provided cover as PCF 99 engaged the enemy positions. During the encounter, PCF 99 sustained eight hits which wounded four of the crew and forced the Swift boat to withdraw. PCF 75 then arrived on the scene and, together with PCF 19, conducted ten firing runs against the ambush area while a fourth Swift boat, PCF 76, provided covering mortar fire. During the action, PCFs 19 and 76 each were struck six times by enemy fire and PCF 75 sustained the loss of an antenna. The extent of Viet Cong casualties was undetermined.  Full Story

- On 4 June 1967, while conducting a "psywar" mission just south of Cape Batangan, PCF 76 received automatic-weapons fire from the beach. The Swift boat returned the fire with 81mm mortars, initiating a secondary explosion. Then a forward air controller (FAC) arrived on the scene and spotted for additional mortar fire; the fire destroyed nine structures and killed three Viet Cong (probable's). Three of the PCF's crew received slight wounds during the engagement.

- Boat capsized, sank and was lost while transiting heavy surf conditions, in an attempt to exit the Cua Viet river during a weather probe, 6 November 1967. The OinC and one crewmember were rescued by helicopter while the rest of the crew were picked up by PCF 80 and its crew. Salvage efforts included dragging and a SONAR search, but contact with the boat could not be regained. All that was ever found was a wooden silverware drawer from the galley and an orange life ring with PCF 76 printed on it.

PCF 77
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments CTF 115
In Out
    30 July 1966 DaNang first arrived in South Vietnam 7/30/66 -----
David Garner Wilbourne, LTJG, OinC bwilbourne1@austin.rr.com (wife) 8/66-11/66 DaNang deceased 1/18/10 in Corpus Christi, TX 7/28/66 5/28/67
Alma Junior Twitchell, BM2/1   8/66-11/66 DaNang deceased 3/24/08 in Grenada, CA 7/28/66 5/6/67
Arthur Buddy O'Neal Jr, EN2 aoneal@emory.edu 8/66-11/66 DaNang Jackson, GA 7/28/66 5/26/67
Thomas Doyle Hodson, GMGSA/SN   8/66-11/66 DaNang Panama Beach, FL 7/28/66 5/31/67
Harry Giles Brock, SN/BM3   8/66-11/66 DaNang KIA 11/15/66 - Odessa, TX 1/21/66 11/15/66
Bruce Allan Timmons, RMSN/3   8/66-11/66 DaNang KIA 11/15/66 - Fort Lauderdale, FL 7/28/66 11/15/66
Willy Scott Baker, MRC   passenger DaNang KIA 11/15/66 - Buffalo, TN  (story) 8/14/66 11/15/66

- PCFs 75 thru 79 were delivered to DaNang, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Gunston Hall LSD 5 on 30 July 1966.

- Boat sank and was destroyed when swamped off the South Vietnam coast, near Hue, it had been hit by a 30 foot wave, in monsoon weather, with two (2) crewmen and one (1) navy passenger lost, 15 November 1966. The crew had been attempting to rescue a swept overboard crewman, from PCF 22, who was later rescued.  Story

PCF 78
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    30 July 1966 DaNang first arrived in South Vietnam
Frank Kelly McCutchen Jr, LTJG, OinC   8/66-4/25/67 DaNang/Chu Lai arrived in country 7/28/66 - deceased 5/24/99 in Virginia Beach, VA
Kenneth Ernest Gooding Jr, EN2 kennethgooding@comcast.net 8/66-5/67 DaNang/Chu Lai Crawfordville, FL
John E. Jackson, BM2   8/66-5/67 DaNang/Chu Lai made chief - ?Honolulu, HI?
Ralph (B). Mellenthien, GMG1   8/66-5/67 DaNang/Chu Lai  
Andrew John Bunk, RMSN/3   8/66-5/67 DaNang/Chu Lai Arlington, MA
Richard Frank "Georgia" Witherington, EN3   8/66-5/67 DaNang/Chu Lai Macon, GA
James Murphy Buchanan, GMG1   8/66-5/67 DaNang/Chu Lai was from Alabama
James Roland Cozad, LTJG, OinC (Crew "Y") jcozad@roadrunner.com 1/22/67-1/19/68 DaNang Westlake, OH
Allan Kent Coombs, LTJG, OinC akentcoombs13@hotmail.com 8/8/67-4/68 DaNang deceased 4/28/02 in Addison, NY
James Wayne "Jim" Deal, QM2 JamesD8860@aol.com 8/67-4/68 DaNang Los Lunas, NM
Wayne Howard Moser, EN2 pcf78@aol.com 8/67-4/68 DaNang Troy, MT
David Lenn McIntyre, BM2   8/67-4/68 DaNang deceased 8/3/11 in Pauls Valley, OK
Albert Gene Owens, RM3 sprkplug98@arkwest.com 8/67-4/68 DaNang Danville, AR
Frederick J. Krolczyk, EN2   8/67-4/68 DaNang deceased 6/22/00 in Dearborn, MI
Le Quang Luong, (LT)     DaNang RVN interpreter
Charles William Johns, LTJG, OinC   11/28/67-11/18/68 DaNang/Chu Lai was from Youngstown, OH
Ralph William O'Neill, QM2   12/67-12/68 DaNang/Chu Lai was from Chicago, IL
Donald Raymond Osborne, QM2 rnpatti86@pacbell.net 10/67-10/68 DaNang/Chu Lai Miramonte, CA
Russell R. Shaw, RD2   11/67-11/68 DaNang/Chu Lai ?retired OS1 9/30/74? - was from Glen Falls, NY
Patrick Richard Lannen, RD2   11/67-?? DaNang/Chu Lai deceased 4/19/05 in St Augustine, FL
Tyrone Dennis Nelson, EN2   67-68 DaNang/Chu Lai ?retired EN1 5/29/84? - Kennewick, WA
Frederick Kohler Smallwood, LTJG, OinC fredsmlwd@hotmail.com 3/68-10/68 DaNang/Chu Lai Picayune, MS
William Harold Luster, QM2   3/68-10/68 DaNang/Chu Lai deceased 6/8/06 in Boulder City, NV
William Douglas, BM2   5/68-10/68 DaNang/Chu Lai  
Albert Leon Lane, EN2   3/68-10/68 DaNang/Chu Lai was from North Carolina
Ronald (Nmn) Gibbs, GMG3   3/68-10/68 DaNang/Chu Lai  
Joseph Paul Daniluk, RD3 jpdx1@attbi.com 5/68-10/68 DaNang/ Chu Lai Aurora, CO
Daniel (Nmn) Salinas II, LTJG, OinC   10/3/68- DaNang El Cajon, CA
Larry Gene Potter, QM2   10/68-1/69 DaNang was from Missouri
Dalmas K. Coates, BM3   10/68-1/69 DaNang Wamego, KS
Chris H. Whalen, GMGSN   10/68-1/69 DaNang  
James Barry Bogart, EN3 bogey67401@yahoo.com 10/68-1/69 DaNang Salina, KS
Joseph Edward Muharsky, RD2 ndc@mwwed.com 10/68-1/69 DaNang Mentor, OH
Michael Raymond Bernique, LTJG, OinC mrbernique@aol.com 2/69-2/69 DaNang Dallas, TX
Edward Earl Kesselring, BM2 edkesselring@gmail.com 2/69-2/69 DaNang Red Lion, PA
Jimmy Wyatt Sanford, RD3 holjimsan@comcast.net 2/69-2/69 DaNang Florence, MS
Thomas Harold Klemash, GMG3 pcf12gmg@yahoo.com 2/69-2/69 DaNang Benicia, CA
Wade Leslie Knutson, EN3 swiftboat3@cox.net 2/69-2/69 DaNang Tucson, AZ
Mark Craig Nagy, GMGSN bahialovers@hotmail.com 2/69-2/69 DaNang Lakewood, CA
    2/19-4/10/69   repairs in DaNang
Rufus Roosevelt "Sonny" Barber Jr, ENS, OinC barber.sonny@gmail.com 4/69-1/70 Chu Lai/DaNang Boca Raton, FL
Ronald Lee Wood Sr, EN2 ronald.wood@dom.com  (son) 4/69-1/70 Chu Lai/DaNang deceased 4/18/04 in Denton, MD
William Charles Pfeffer, QM2 pfeffhome@earthlink.net 4/69-1/70 Chu Lai/DaNang Tucson, AZ
Michael Francis Gaul, BM3   4/69-1/70 Chu Lai/DaNang was from Washington
Jeff Perry, GMG3   4/69-1/70 Chu Lai/DaNang  
Lawrence Gene Linkous, RD3 llinkous@bex.net 4/69-1/70 Chu Lai/DaNang Rossford, OH
Bobby M(aurice) Kemp, GMG3   4/69-1/70 Chu Lai/DaNang Okeechobee, FL
    2/1-3/12/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
    1 May 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3837

USS Gunston Hall (LSD 5) unloading PCFs

- PCFs 75 thru 79 were delivered to DaNang, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Gunston Hall LSD 5 on 30 July 1966.

- On 14 August 1966, PCF 78 recovered a downed pilot after observing him bail out of his disabled aircraft 20 miles south of DaNang. The pilot was uninjured and was later lifted by helicopter to DaNang.

- PCFs 16 and 78, and other Market Time units, intercepted a North Vietnamese arms trawler and forced it to beach near Cape Batangan, 14 March 1967. The trawler destroyed itself, to prevent capture of its contraband cargo by friendly forces.  (Full Story)

- On 12 February 1968, PCF 78 rescued all seven personnel onboard a downed Army helicopter, 12 miles north-northwest of DaNang.  (Full Story)

- On 19 February 1969, PCFs 55 and 78 conducted a probe of the river to the west of Hoi An, to test the navigational limits of the boats. On the return trip PCF 78 discovered that the French had preceded them in the area, as it struck an old submerged F.O.M.. PCF 78 flooded and sank in four (4) feet of water. She was later re-floated, by UDT personnel, and towed back to DaNang for repairs.

- PCF 78 was the last boat to patrol out of Chu Lai, as Coastal Division 12, Chu Lai Detachment, was officially disestablished 25 October 1969. The swift detachment was gone, but the weather had turned bad and the boat could not get out of the river/harbor for an additional three days.

PCF 79
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    30 July 1966 DaNang first arrived in South Vietnam
Raymond Theodore Michelini, LTJG, OinC rmichelini@verizon.net 8/66-3/67 DaNang/Chu Lai/Cua Viet arrived in country 7/28/66 - Virginia Beach, VA
Lester Gene Bress, RMSN lmotocross1@yahoo.com 8/66-67 DaNang/Chu Lai/Cua Viet Clearwater, FL
Edward John Bergin, LTJG, OinC edbergin@earthlink.net 4/10/67-1/68 DaNang/Chu Lai Safety Harbor, FL
Raul (Nmn) "Bean" Herrera, RMSN BeanPCF79@aol.com 4/67-4/68 DaNang/Chu Lai Richmond, TX
Bobby Don Carver Sr, BM1   4/67-12/67 DaNang/Chu Lai KIA - 12/6/67 - Richmond, CA  (story)
Ronald Mack "Porky" Rinehart, EN1   4/67-1/68 DaNang/Chu Lai deceased 4/1/10 in Dayton, TX
Timothy C. MacNamara, SN   4/67-1/68 DaNang/Chu Lai ?Cheyenne, WY?
Wesley James Schneider, EN2 jim@knoledgy.net 10/67-1/68 DaNang/Chu Lai Rapid City, SD
Robert John Middleton, TM3   10/67-3/68 DaNang/Chu Lai Elco, PA
Walter (Nmn) Dobrzelecki (Doblecki), LTJG, OinC wdoblecki@comcast.net 1/68-4/68 Chu Lai left country 8/9/68 - Gales Ferry, CT
Elvin (Nmn) Hurley, BM2   1/68-4/68 Chu Lai ?retired BM1 5/31/82 - was from Illinois?
Daniel C. Overcast, RD2   1/68-4/68 Chu Lai Bemus Point, NY
Robert Henry "Guppy" Guptill, EN2 robert.h.guptill@hotmail.com 1/68-4/68 Chu Lai Lampasas, TX
Robert Le Roy Franson, BM3 bobretiredusn@msn.com 1/68-4/68 Chu Lai Rapid City, SD
Joseph Anthony Mastro, LTJG, OinC FortGator@aol.com 4/20/68-11/68 Chu Lai/DaNang arrived in country 2/2/68 - Live Oak, FL
Philip Robert Leonard, QM1 seadragon79@yahoo.com 4/68-1/69 Chu Lai/DaNang Penobscot, ME
Jerome Frank Sullivan, RD3 Tailgun79@aol.com 4/68-1/69 Chu Lai/DaNang Sebastian, FL
Gerald Clay "Jerry" Peterson, RD2 Lpete1002@aol.com 4/68-1/69 Chu Lai/DaNang Fayetteville, NC
Walter Michael McLaughlin, GMGSN MandPbear@aol.com 4/68-???? Chu Lai/DaNang Niles, MI
Gary Gene Goudie, GMG2 gdivefsh@midwest.net 4/68-???? Chu Lai/DaNang Knoxville, IL
Edwin Marvin Benjamin Jr, EN2 leigh943@att.net 7/68-1/69 Chu Lai/DaNang South Bend, IN
Clyde L. Montgomery, BM2   7/68-69 Chu Lai/DaNang  
Charles Robert Mohn, LTJG, OinC   11/14/68-1/69 DaNang San Francisco, CA - Dentist
John Joseph Stanton Jr, LTJG, OinC   1/69-?/69 DaNang Stamford, CT
Philip John Huss, BM3 phuss@highstream.net 1/69-4/69 DaNang Charlotte, AR
Richard Earl Babst, EN2   1/69-4/69 DaNang Champlin, MN
Moss N. Agee Jr, QM2   1/69-4/69 DaNang Corbin, KY
Daniel Jens Frantsen, RD3   1/69-4/69 DaNang Canton, MI
Stephen Harvers Sedgwick, ENS, OinC   ?/69-4/69 DaNang arrived in country 11/24/68 - was from Fairfield, CT
    9/20-11/7/69   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
Raymond Anthony Mislock Jr, LTJG, OinC raymisjr@aol.com 10/69-2/70 Cam Ranh Bay Cochranville, PA
Emliss Odell Ricks Jr, QM2 emcat1978@hotmail.com 10/69-2/70 Cam Ranh Bay Garrettsville, OH
Donald Lewey Holley, BM3 lewholley@gmail.com 10/69-2/70 Cam Ranh Bay Holt, MI
Donald J. Mendes, BM3 dkmendes@earthlink.net 10/69-2/70 Cam Ranh Bay Independence, VA
William Anderson Patin, RD3 patins@sbcglobal.net 10/69-2/70 Cam Ranh Bay Reno, NV
Charles D. "Buddha" Brower, GMG3   10/69-2/70 Cam Ranh Bay  
    1 February 1970 Cam Ranh Bay boat transferred to DaNang
    28 February 1970 DaNang transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3881

USS Gunston Hall (LSD 5) unloading PCFs

- PCFs 75 thru 79 were delivered to DaNang, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Gunston Hall LSD 5 on 30 July 1966.

- On 15 July 1967, a North Vietnamese arms trawler was attempting a landing near Cape Batangan when taken under fire by PCF 79 and other Market Time units. The trawler was forced aground and captured by ground units with its cargo intact. A tabulation of the cargo revealed that the enemy was attempting to re-supply its land forces with over 1,000 new automatic weapons, 700,000 rounds of small arms ammunition, 10,000 pounds of explosives and nearly 4,000 anti-personnel mines and hand grenades.  (Full Story)

- On 11 October 1967, while closing the beach approximately five miles northeast of Cape Batangan to investigate a small junk, PCF 79 received approximately 100 round of automatic-weapons fire from three positions. PCF 79 sustained on hit at the waterline and was subsequently joined by PCFs 19 and 54 and the USS New DD 818. All hostile fire, which came from a total of six different positions, was suppressed as the various craft completely saturated the area with their weapons.

- On 6 December 1967, PCF 79 came under automatic-weapons fire from five different positions while conducting a loudspeaker "psyops" mission along the South China Sea coast approximately 10 miles south of Cape Batangan. The Swift boat received five automatic-weapons hits with one round hitting the forward gunner, who was killed during the action. The PCF returned the fire with unknown results and opened the area.   (story)

- While patrolling the 1A area just south of the 17th parallel and the DMZ, 7 October 1968, PCF 79 was taken under fire by NVA heavy artillery. This was not the first time PCF's patrolling the 17th parallel were taken under fire by artillery, however the accuracy and tenacity of the fire this day was a very unwelcome development as PCF 79 was bracketed several times by the large caliber rounds, while it was taking evasive action.

- On the afternoon of 19 April 1969, PCFs 24 and 79, on SEA TIGER patrols, were headed east about miles from the river mouth when they came under rocket and automatic weapons fire from the shore about 30 yards away. One 82mm recoilless rifle round penetrated the engine compartment of PCF 79 causing minor damage and both craft were hit by numerous small caliber rounds. Three Navymen suffered minor wounds and one Viet Cong was killed by return fire from the patrol craft.

- Boat transferred from Cam Ranh to DaNang, 1 February 1970, for turnover to the South Vietnamese Navy.


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