Crew Listings for PCF 100+

 

PCF 100

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    6 November 1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam 11/6/66 -----
Douglas Gene Wamsley, GMG3     Qui Nhon Gardner, KS 1/21/66 1/26/67
Peter (Nmn) Kilberth, EN2 p.kilberth@usamailbox.com ??10/67?? Qui Nhon Clifton, NJ 8/24/67 8/20/68
Curtis Francis Torrey, LTJG, OinC   8/67-8/68 Qui Nhon deceased 7/21/04 in Berwyn, PA 8/22/67 8/18/68
Ward Harold Engelhard Jr, QM2 wardjr@earthlink.net ??-8/68 Qui Nhon Pensacola, FL 8/24/67 8/17/68
Spencer Lee Sanken, EN2   9/67-8/68 Qui Nhon Plymouth, MN 8/24/67 8/21/68
Glenn Roger Anderson, GMGSN/3   ??-8/68 Qui Nhon   9/25/66 4/5/68
Martin Walter Miller, EN2   ??-8/68 Qui Nhon was from Ohio 8/24/67 8/20/68
Ralph Wayne Lambert, RD3/2     Qui Nhon was from California 2/4/68 1/24/69
Eric Fred Hanson, GMG3 efhan63@ymail.com 4/68-8/68 Qui Nhon Brea, CA 4/13/67 8/3/68
Gerald Burnett O'Grady III, LTJG, OinC gogrady@tylerandreynolds.com 12/68-1/28/69 Cat Lo WIA 1/28/69 - TFR NAVHOSP GLakes, IL 2/25/69 - Winchester, MA 10/3/68 2/25/69
Gary Arnold Helvey, EN2   12/68-1/28/69 Cat Lo deceased 8/30/06 in Cawker City, KS 8/13/68 9/10/69
Elias Duran Leyva, BM3 leyva_elias@yahoo.com 12/68-1/28/69 Cat Lo TRF to NAVHOSP Yokosuka, Japan 2/1/69 - San Diego, CA 8/20/68 2/1/69
Richard George Thibault, RMSN/3   12/68-1/28/69 Cat Lo Crescent, CA 11/15/66 2/24/69
James Thomas Lloyd Jr, RD3   12/68-1/28/69 Cat Lo WIA 1/28/69 - TRF to NAVHOSP Oakland, CA 2/24/69 8/14/68 2/24/69
Gale Roger Kitchen Jr, GMGSR/SA/SN   12/68-1/28/69 Cat Lo Portsmouth, OH 4/5/68 4/5/69
    2/14-4/24/69   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay ----- -----
    26 April 1969 Qui Nhon transferred to Cat Lo ----- -----
Frank Thomas Costarino, ENS/LTJG, OinC blueb1962@gmail.com 4/69-10/69 Cat Lo McCormick, SC 1/15/69 11/20/69
Russell Edward Davis, RD2/1   ?-11-12/69-? Cat Lo ?retired OS1 4/30/76? - was from Idaho 2/1/69 1/21/70
Carl Vernon Smouse, QM2 (SS)   ?-10/69-2/70-? Cat Lo was from Indiana 7/1/69 12/1/70
Patrick Michael Murphy, BM3   ?-10-12/69-? Cat Lo was from Nevada 2/1/69 1/30/70
William Patrick "Pat" Walters, GMGSN/3 cycledirect@yahoo.com 4/69-10/69 Cat Lo Durham, CA 1/18/69 1/15/70
    31 October 1969 Saigon transferred to South Vietnamese Navy ----- 10/31/69
PCF 3862
    11/69-?? Qui Nhon South Vietnamese Naval service
Bui Van Hung, Trung Uy, OinC   1970 Qui Nhon  

- On 5 November 1966, PCFs 99 and PCF 100 were delivered to DaNang. The following day, PCF 100 transited down the coast to the Qui Nhon swift base where it was assigned for duty.

- PCF 100 was transferred to CosDiv 13 at Cat Lo 26 April 1969.

- Boat departed Qui Nhon 25 October 1969 for Saigon and turnover to the Vietnamese Navy.

- In ceremonies on 31 October 1969, at the Vietnamese Naval Shipyard in Saigon, 13 PCFs were turned over to the Vietnamese Navy. The PCFs were numbers 11, 23, 42, 44, 47, 57, 58, 66, 67, 68, 91 and 100. They departed that afternoon for Qui Nhon and will commence MARKET TIME patrols in the Second Coastal Zone during November. The Coastal Surveillance Center, Qui Nhon is also scheduled for turnover to the Vietnamese Navy in early November.

PCF 101
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    5 December 1966 DaNang first arrived in South Vietnam 12/5/66 -----
William Thomson Ruth, LTJG, OinC   12/66-1/67 DaNang Piedmont, CA 4/17/66 1/6/67
Paul Robert Frausto Jr, BM2   12/66-1/67 DaNang San Diego, CA 4/17/66 3/25/67
Robert Leo Porter, EN2   12/66-1/67 DaNang   4/17/66 3/5/67
Louis Raul Gonzales, RM3   12/66-1/67 DaNang ?Los Gatos, CA? 4/17/66 3/12/67
Keith Robert Henriksen, GMGSN/3 icitapp@verizon.net 12/66-1/67 DaNang Redlands, CA 5/3/66 4/10/67
Timothy J. McNamara Jr, SN timothymcnamara@yahoo.com 12/66-1/67 DaNang TRF NAVHOSP Oakland, CA 7/26/67 - Meridian, ID 3/24/66 7/26/67
David Garner Wilbourne, LTJG, OinC bwilbourne1@austin.rr.com (wife) 12/66-2/67 DaNang deceased 1/18/10 in Corpus Christi, TX 7/28/66 5/28/67
Alma J. Twitchell, BM2/1   12/66-2/67 DaNang   7/28/66 5/6/67
Arthur Buddy O'Neal Jr, EN2   12/66-2/67 DaNang   7/28/66 5/26/67
Walter Frederick Hauschildt Jr, LTJG, OinC   2/67-12/67 DaNang/Chu Lai Imperial Beach, CA 12/23/66 12/21/67
James E. Rivers, BM1   2/67-12/67 DaNang/Chu Lai deceased 12/23/66 12/20/67
Wayne A. Heard, EN2 2/67-12/67 DaNang/Chu Lai 12/23/66 12/20/67
Lemah Patrick Fell, RM3   2/67-12/67 DaNang/Chu Lai deceased 1/14/90 in Gautier, MS 12/23/66 12/20/67
Dean Cavanough Scanlon, GMG3/2   2/67-12/67 DaNang/Chu Lai deceased 4/11/12 in Providence, RI 12/23/66 12/20/67
Thomas Richard Roberts, SR/SA/SN tomr83@verizon.net 2/67-12/67 DaNang/Chu Lai Uniontown, PA 12/23/66 12/20/67
James Randall "Randy" Foster, GMGSN/3 seadog@seadog-ret.com 5/67-9/67 DaNang TRF NAVHOSP SDGO, CA 5/3/68 - Gilmer, TX 5/10/67 5/3/68
Pedro D. Sarmiento, EN2/1   5/67-5/68 DaNang   5/10/67 5/3/68
Daniel Thomas Thornbloom, RD3 ltboat@mchsi.com 5/67-5/68 DaNang Moline, IL 5/10/67 5/3/68
Tony V. Pyles, GMGSN/3   5/67-5/68 DaNang   5/10/67 5/3/68
Scott Eugene Peterson, GMGSN sep3344@cox.net 5/67-5/68 DaNang Virginia Beach, VA 5/22/67 5/16/68
Robert Andrew Hastings, LTJG, OinC   7/67-7/68 DaNang Southport, CT 7/28/67 7/25/68
Ronald Glenn Henderson, BM3 papa2@cableone.net 8/67-8/68 DaNang deceased 5/30/09 in Sioux City, IA 8/19/67 8/16/68
Robert Marshall Hestwood, LTJG, OinC   4/68-12/68 Chu Lai/DaNang Nantucket, MA 4/20/68 4/2/69
Albert John Panko Jr, QM1 john.panko@hotmail.com 4/68-12/68 Chu Lai/DaNang Cape Coral, FL 4/20/68 4/11/69
Stephen Ray Crick, GMG3   4/68-10/68 Chu Lai/DaNang Ingram, TX 12/15/67 10/30/68
Steven Ronald Donohue, RDSA/SN/3   4/68-12/68 Chu Lai/DaNang was from Indiana 4/20/68 4/14/69
Kent Waller Comstock, QMSA/SN/3 kentcomstock@hawaii.rr.com 4/68-12/68 Chu Lai/DaNang Kailua, HI 4/20/68 4/22/69
Stanley James DeMerchant, EN2 goldcoast@telus.net 6/68-12/68 Chu Lai/DaNang Prince George, British Columbia 6/5/68 6/7/69
Russell Arthur Puppe, LTJG, OinC rpuppe@gmail.com 12/68-1/69 DaNang Greensboro, GA 9/5/68 8/4/69
David Ray Sumpter, RD2   12/68-1/69 DaNang   9/16/68 9/8/69
Thomas Wesley Krause, BM3   12/68-1/69 DaNang ?Texas? (injured in the Cua Dai river) 9/6/68 12/7/69
Charles George Cox, BM3 donnaandcharles@hotmail.com 12/68-1/69 DaNang Holmen, WI 9/6/68 9/1/69
Thomas Eugene Holloway, QM3   12/68-1/69 DaNang KIA 4/12/69 (PCF 51) - New Castle, IN 9/6/68 4/12/69
Dewey Russell Decker, EN3   12/68-1/69 DaNang KIA 5/15/69 (PCF 51) - Ionia, MI 9/6/68 5/15/69
Rufus Roosevelt "Sonny" Barber Jr, ENS/LTJG, OinC barber.sonny@gmail.com 2/69-3/69 DaNang Boca Raton, FL 2/1/69 1/9/70
Ronald Lee Wood Sr, EN2/1 ronald.wood@dom.com (son) 2/69-3/69 DaNang deceased 4/18/04 in Denton, MD 2/1/69 1/21/70
Gary Leland Peterson, BM3 cosdiv12@yahoo.com 2/69-3/69 DaNang TRF NAVHOSP Yokosuka, Japan 3/27/69 -  Imperial, CA 2/1/69 3/27/69
Lawrence Gene Linkous, RD3 llinkous@bex.net 2/69-3/69 DaNang Rossford, OH 2/1/69 1/30/70
William Charles Pfeffer, QM3/2 pfeffhome@earthlink.net 2/69-3/69 DaNang Tucson, AZ 2/1/69 8/1/70
Carroll Eugene "Bear" Browning, GMG3   2/69-3/69 DaNang TRF 106th GENHOSP Yokohoma, Japan 3/24/69 - deceased 4/9/69 in Jacksonville, FL 2/9/69 3/24/69
    3/19-7/20/69   battle damage repair - Subic Bay ----- -----
James Martin Gunn, LTJG, OinC   7/69-2/70 DaNang   5/7/69 ???
Grady Emil DeLoach Jr, EN3 gdeloachjr@sbcglobel.net 1/70-2/70 DaNang Dallas, TX 11/21/69 10/8/70
Taylor, QM1            

- Boat first arrived in country 5 December 1966, it had been one of the reserve boats keep in Subic Bay, PI, and replaced PCF 77, that had overturned and been destroyed in the surf, at Hue on 15 November 1966.

- At about 1730 on 19 March 1969, PCF 101 was proceeding down the Cua Dai River from Hoi An, in company with PCF 58, when it was hit in the main cabin by a 75mm recoilless rifle round. A fire broke out in the main cabin and the craft ran aground. As PCF 58 closed to assist, also receiving automatic weapons fire, the damaged craft broke free of the bottom just as a second 75mm round hit, at the waterline, again in the main cabin. This hit caused a fire which eventually detonated the ammunition stored in the main cabin below deck storage compartments. PCF 58 came upon 11 survivors (one USN and four VNN were wounded) in the water 500 yards up river from PCF 101 which was now aground and ablaze. Artillery and air strikes were called into the enemy positions by PCF 58 before heading for CG 14 with the survivors. Two more "Swift" boats were sent into the river to assist when it was discovered that three men were still missing. Three other PCFs also joined in the search and efforts to salvage PCF 101 before the craft was freed and taken to the CG 14 base at about 0300 on the 20th. At 0730 the three missing men, all with minor wounds, were taken off a sampan while on their way to CG 14 after having spent the night on Thuan Tinh Island.   Full Story
   PCF 101 was out of service until 20 July 1969, for repairs at Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines.
   Of note: This attack took place in a location that became known, infamously, at least to the Swiftees in DaNang and Chu Lai, as "Ambush Alley," because it was a sharp bend in the river that had a sand bar running diagonally across it. In order to cross this sandbar, it was necessary to throttle back the engines to idle, which would lift the stern of the boat up onto the surface of the water and allow the skegs to clear the sandbar obstruction. This action made the boat a sitting duck target while you glided over the sandbar and then slowly accelerated away to continue down river.

- On the afternoon of 7 October 1969, while on normal Sea Tiger patrol, PCFs 61 and 69 were destroying fishing wiers on the Truong Giang River, about 17 miles southeast of DaNang, when they received heavy automatic weapons fire. The "Swift" boats withdrew to the northeast and saturated the area with 81mm mortars and then made a .50 caliber strafing run on the enemy positions. After rearming, both units proceeded north to exit the Truong Giang River, when they received heavy automatic weapons, semi-automatic and 57mm recoilless rifle fire from bunker positions. In the general hail of fire, the helmsman, Officer-in-Charge of PCF 61, LTJG Kenneth Dean Norton, USN, was killed and PCF 61 ran hard aground while traveling at full speed. At the same time, both "Swift" boats received 57mm recoilless rocket rounds close aboard, resulting in minor damage to PCF 69 and punctured the port fuel tank of PCF 61, causing minor flooding. Both units suppressed the enemy fire. PCF 101, helo gunships and a dustoff helo arrived on the scene at 1310H. The helo gunships saturated the area with rocket and mini gun fire while LTJG Norton was medevaced. PCFs 69 and 101 pulled PCF 61 free at 1600H and proceeded, without further incident, to Coastal Group 14 headquarters, with the helo gunships providing cover. There were 20 structures destroyed in the operation. One other US sailor received minor wounds, was treated and returned to duty. Enemy casualties are unknown.

PCF 102  

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15 May 1967

Cat Lo

first arrived in South Vietnam 5/15/67 -----
Norman Joseph Pattarozzi, LTJG, OinC goosecreekfarm@bellsouth.net - wife 5/67-1/68 Cat Lo deceased 11/8/01 in Dandridge, TN (Agent Orange) 1/26/67 1/8/68
Kenyon Brent Parker, EN2/1 brent50@earthlink.net 5/67-?? Cat Lo Sorrento, FL 8/29/66 8/23/67
William Alan Chrissakis, BM3/2   5/67-?? Cat Lo Bakersfield, CA 8/29/66 9/14/67
Panfilo Hernandez Contreras, RMSA/SN/3/2   5/67-?? Cat Lo Chandler, AZ 6/12/66 1/2/68
Dennis Lavell Green, GMGSA/SN/3/2/1 coachgramps1@aol.com 5/67-?? Cat Lo Richland, WA 8/29/66 5/26/68
Danny Lee Hartley, SA/SN   5/67-?? Cat Lo was from California 11/8/66 11/9/67
William Robert Sullivan, LTJG, OinC   7/67-6/68 Cat Lo was from Wilmette, IL 7/16/67 6/29/68
Robert Gordon "Tommy" Tucker, QM2   7/67-4/68 Cat Lo Pottstown, PA 7/17/67 7/13/68
Leroy Donald Morang, BM3/2   7/67-4/68 Cat Lo Albuquerque, NM 7/17/67 7/13/68
Steven Verl Cappiello, RD3 approve@bellsouth.net 7/67-4/68 Cat Lo Key Largo, FL 7/18/67 7/13/68
William Arthur Nelson, EN3 nelson4588@yahoo.com 7/67-4/68 Cat Lo Austin, MN 7/16/67 2/21/69
Daniel Richard "Sully" Sullivan, GMGSA/SN/3   7/67-4/68 Cat Lo was from Oregon or Washington 7/17/67 7/13/68
Gerald Leon Mayes, LTJG, OinC eagleteam42@yahoo.com 8/67-11/67 Cat Lo Boise, ID 8/8/67 8/2/68
Robert Stephen Janes, LTJG, OinC janesbari@comcast.net 12/67-4/28/68 Cat Lo New Port Richey, FL 11/28/67 11/14/68
Marc (Nmn) Janes Jr, LTJG, OinC mjanes@janes4.net   Cat Lo Gig Harbor, WA 5/9/68 5/4/69
    4/30-5/11/68 Qui Nhon in country overhaul ----- -----
William Cody Garlow, LTJG, OinC bgarlow@bwsunset.com 10/68-5/69 Cat Lo  Cody, WY 9/5/68 8/1/69
Ronald Dale Evans, EN2   10/68-5/69 Cat Lo   9/6/68 9/1/69
Glenn Edward Norr, BM3 gln007@windstream.net   (brother) 10/68-5/69 Cat Lo deceased 7/18/70 in a Meadville, PA hunting accident 9/21/68 9/11/69
Michael Donald Adams, QMSN/3   10/68-5/69 Cat Lo Spokane, WA 2/17/67 2/10/69
Richard Kevin O'Mara, RD3 sepia@att.net 10/68-5/69 Cat Lo Pacific Grove, CA 9/6/68 9/3/69
Joseph Hamilton Breach, GMGSN   10/68-5/69 Cat Lo ?deceased or living in Tallahasse, FL? 4/9/68 4/5/69
Ronald Kent Woods, BM3   ????-5/69 Cat Lo South Bend, IN 2/13/69 1/30/70
James McKenney Will, LTJG, OinC jimwill444@yahoo.com ?-7/68-11/68-? Cat Lo Ormond Beach, CA 2/23/68 2/8/69
Jack Hess Cook, RDSN jcook98613@aol.com ?-7/68-11/68-? Cat Lo Middlebury, IN 2/25/68 2/20/69
Herman Durwood Lavinghouse, GMG3/2   ?-7/68-11/68-? Cat Lo deceased 11/15/94 in Carrierre, MS 2/25/68 2/16/69
Raul Alberto Najera, QM2   ?-7/68-11/68-? Cat Lo Kingsville, TX 2/25/68 2/20/69
Oran (Nmn) Young, EN2   ?-7/68-11/68-? Cat Lo ?retired EN1 on 2/28/82? - was from Arkansas 12/17/67 11/8/68
Thomas Gordon Forrest, RD2 Tompcf102@aol.com ?-7/68-11/68-? Cat Lo deceased 5/1/06 in Harper Woods, MI 2/25/68 2/20/69
Larry Wayne Hoffmaster, EN3 lhgh@comcast.net   Cat Lo Brenham, TX 12/15/68 12/4/69
Russell Arthur Puppe, LTJG, OinC rpuppe@gmail.com 3/69-4/69 An Thoi Greensboro, GA 9/5/68 8/4/69
Thomas Wesley Krause, BM3/2   3/69-4/69 An Thoi ?Texas? (injured in the Cua Dai river) 9/6/68 12/7/69
Dewey Russell Decker, EN3   3/69-4/69 An Thoi KIA 5/15/69 (PCF 51) - Ionia, MI 9/6/68 5/15/69
Charles George Cox, BM3 donnaandcharles@hotmail.com 3/69-4/69 An Thoi Galesville, WI 9/6/68 9/1/69
David Ray Sumpter, RD2   3/69-4/69 An Thoi   9/16/68 9/8/69
John Rogers Roland Jr, LTJG, OinC   5/69-?? Cat Lo Cochran, GA 8/29/68 8/6/69
Carl Robert Russell, QM2   5/69-?? Cat Lo   8/29/68 8/26/69
John Patrick Pank, BM3/2 jp2old@yahoo.com 5/69-?? Cat Lo Portland, OR 8/29/68 8/26/69
William Loyed Clark, EN3 jclark@snowcrest.net  (wife) 5/69-?? Cat Lo deceased 9/28/09 in McCloud, CA 8/29/68 8/26/69
Richard Arthur Gorman, GMG3 namrog46@yahoo.com 5/69-?? Cat Lo Clearwater, FL 8/29/68 8/9/69
Thomas Harrington Pope III, ENS, OinC   7/69-5/70 An Thoi Newberry, SC 7/1/69 6/6/70
Edward James Kline, QM2 7/69-???? An Thoi 7/1/69 6/6/70
Alexander Ray Milne, BM3 7/69-???? Cat Lo Billings, MT 6/5/69 6/5/70
Robert Daniel Kadanka, GMGSN/3   7/69-???? Cat Lo Kendalia, TX - WIA 7/7/69 7/15/70
James Leon McDonald Jr, EN3 Jmcd@mindspring.com 7/69-???? Cat Lo Leeds, AL 8/2/69 7/13/70
John Joseph Becker Jr, LTJG, OinC starlight42@roadrunner.com 1/70-5/70 Cat Lo Oxnard, CA 1/26/70 12/1/70
(Billy) Roberts, LTJG   ?70? Sa Dec   ??? ???
Billy Price Carwile, GMGSA/SN/3 bcarwile@nc.rr.com ?2/70-11/70? Cat Lo/An Thoi deceased 9/1/07 in Fayetteville, NC 2/10/70 12/4/70
James Riley "Jim" Gilbert II, RDSN   6/70-10/70 Sa Dec Land O Lakes, FL 11/21/69 9/30/70
Charles Joseph Elmauer, GMGSN/3   6/70-10/70 Sa Dec Port Washington, WI 11/21/69 12/2/70
Larry James "Dusty" Rhodes, BM3   6/70-10/70 Sa Dec Ohio 11/21/69 11/18/70
Billy David "Sandy" Sanderson, EN3   6/70-7/70 Sa Dec Electra, TX 11/21/69 7/30/70
(Ronald Gordon) Smith   8/70-10/70 Sa Dec Santa Ana, CA ??? ???
    10/70-11/4/70   overhaul at NSF Qui Nhon ----- -----
    1 December 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy ----- 12/1/70
PCF 3931

- PCF 102 arrived at Cat Lo at 3pm on 15 May 1967, after completing a 56 hour transit across the South China Sea from Subic Bay, PI, breaking the endurance record for boats of this type by sailing 750 miles.  Story

- On 16 September 1967, PCF 102 evacuated two wounded sailors attached to Coastal Group 32 from the vicinity of the Dong Tranh River. Both men were wounded-in-action during an operation in that river.

- 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 12 May 1968, PCF 102 and PCF 98 were proceeding to investigate a small radar contact near the mouth of the Bo De River, 10 miles east on Tan An, in the evening when they received heavy automatic weapons fire from the tree line. PCF 98 was hit by one 57mm recoilless rifle round in the gun tub that wounded tree men; one was seriously injured. Another round passed through the pilot house without detonating. The "Swift" boats evaded out of range as they could not match the heavy volume of fire directed at them. During the brief engagement two mortar rounds were observed to hit the recoilless rifle position apparently putting at least that enemy weapon out of action.  Story

- On 27 July 1968, PCFs 95 and 102 teamed with USCGC Winona WHEC 65 to engage enemy recoilless rifle positions at the mouth of the Bo De river. The Swift boats acted as decoys proceeding up the river firing their .50 caliber machine guns into both banks following a pre-entry barrage by Winona. As they turned back toward the sea the enemy opened fire with three recoilless rifle rounds. One round hit PCF 95 making a 2 foot by 1 1/2 foot hole just above the water line on the starboard side. The Swift boats opened fire with their mortars and machine guns to suppress the enemy fire and Winona joined the action with five-inch gunfire. The enemy lost four killed plus an estimated one wounded, In addition, three weapons positions and a bunker were destroyed and one sampan sunk. Effective damage control stopped the flooding on PCF 95 allowing the two craft to return up river emptying their magazines against the enemy positions with the aid of an airborne spotter. Only two minor wounds were received by crewmen of PCF 95.

- About noon on 11 June 1969, PCFs 102, 95 and 60, Coastal Group 34 junks with RF troops embarked, entered the Rach Bang Cung to probe small canals and fire at targets of opportunity. An enemy initiated fire fight occurred about five miles up the canal. One Yabuta junk received a direct B-40 rocket hit, starting a fire. After suppressing the enemy fire, the units exited the canal without further enemy contact. Enemy losses were 20 structures and two bunkers damaged and nine sampans destroyed. Friendly casualties included two US sailors and eight VN troops wounded. PCF 102 suffered two holes in the hull above the waterline.

- On the night of 1 November 1969, a US Army OH-6A helicopter was reported down about two miles southwest of Sa Dec. PCFs 37, 59 and 102 proceeded to search the area with PCF 102 locating the helo partially submerged at the waters edge. The three US occupants were dead. The PCFs stood by to assist in the removal of the bodies and to provide security for the ordnance on board the helo. A Vietnamese stated that the helo was burning at the time of the crash. PCF 59 remained on the scene until relieved by US Army personnel.

- While conducting a PSYOPS mission, in a canal, 8 miles south of Can Tho, 19 February 1970, PCF 102 came under small arms fire, from an ambush site, and had a grenade thrown into the mount 51 gun tub. The mount 51 gunner, helmsman and OinC were injured. PCF 102 suppressed fire and cleared the area. The crew beached the boat and extinguished the fires, caused by the grenade and resulting ammunition explosions. The two injured crewmen were medevaced, while the OinC remained aboard.

PCF 103  

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28 July 1967

Cat Lo

first arrived in South Vietnam 7/28/67 -----
Charles Robert Grutzius, LTJG, OinC elexsys.cg@att.net 3/68-3/69 Cat Lo Bumpass, VA 3/8/68 3/7/69
James Robert Wasser, RD2 cwasser@hotmail.com 3/68-11/68 Cat Lo St Anne, IL 3/9/68 1/7/69
Michael Harper "Praying Manis" Manis, RDSA/SN lmanis@wiaaa.org 2/68-2/69 Cat Lo deceased 5/20/94 in Rock Island, IL 3/9/68 3/3/69
Robert Timothy Guard, LTJG, OinC   9/68-??/69 Cat Lo Honolulu, HI 8/12/68 8/3/69
Asa Lee Moore, RD2 mooreasal@yahoo.com 9/68-??69 Cat Lo Blacksburg, VA 6/20/67 1/14/69
Guy Nelson Dorsey, RDSN/3   9/68-12/68 Cat Lo   2/25/68 1/2/69
Samuel Irving Abolafia, RD3   9/68-??/69 Cat Lo deceased 3/12/09 in Lake Worth, FL 9/2/68 9/3/69
Theodore Albert Rice, EN3   9/68-1/69 Cat Lo was from Ohio 8/16/68 8/12/69
Lonny Lyle Jacobitz, GMG3   9/68-10/68 Cat Lo medevaced to ARMYHOSP Song Ong Doc 10/29/68 - Hebron, NE 8/16/68 10/29/68
Charles Robert Mohn, LTJG, OinC   ??-5/69-?? Cat Lo San Francisco, CA 11/14/68 10/31/69
Ivy L. Johnson, QM2   ??-5/69-?? Cat Lo was from Texas 7/13/68 7/14/69
Joseph Anthony Billiot Jr, BM3   ??-5/69-?? Cat Lo deceased 10/6/05 in Marrero, LA 7/13/68 7/13/69
Martin Gerald Baca, GMG3   ??-5/69-?? Cat Lo deceased 1/2/04 in El Cajon, CA 7/23/68 7/18/69
John Joseph Kerestenyi, RD2 usnpcf103@aol.com ??-5/69-?? Cat Lo Bronx, NY 7/13/68 7/13/69
Edwin Marvin Benjamin Jr, EN2 leigh943@att.net ??-5/69-?? Cat Lo South Bend, IN 7/26/68 7/23/69
Foster Eugene Wright, LTJG, OinC   6/69-8/69 Cat Lo Wayland, MA 6/19/69 6/6/70
Jerry Deruse Edge, EN2   6/69-8/69 Cat Lo was from Oklahoma 6/19/69 6/14/70
Robert Edward West, RDSN/3/2   6/69-8/69 Cat Lo was from Pennsylvania 6/19/69 6/6/70
Vernon Glenn Bear, BM3/2   6/69-8/69 Cat Lo Martinton, IL 6/20/69 6/6/70
Robert Wayne Yount, GMG3   6/69-8/69 Cat Lo deceased 1/10/01 in Auburn, WA 6/19/69 6/14/70
Rockne Patrick "Rock" Harmon, LTJG, OinC dnarock@aol.com 9/69-5/70 Cat Lo Alameda, CA 9/24/69 9/8/70
William Franklin Brooks, QM1 williambrooks3@cox.net 9/69-5/70 Cat Lo Virginia Beach, VA 10/1/69 10/24/70
David Michael Tofte, GMG2 toftedm@nemontel.net 11/69-6/70 Cat Lo Williston, ND 5/21/69 5/1/70
Vernon Glenn Bear, BM3/2   9/69-5/70 Cat Lo Martinton, IL 6/20/69 6/6/70
Peter Donald Luhrs, EN3   9/69-4/70 Cat Lo deceased 9/5/04 in Bedford, VA 9/24/69 9/22/70
Robert Charles "Bob" Byram III, RDSA/SN robertb@gwmail.gbcnv.edu 9/69/11/69 Cat Lo Spring Creek, NV 9/24/69 9/22/70
Oliver Perry Lent III, RDSN/3   11/69-5/70 Cat Lo Portland, OR 6/5/69 7/27/70
Paul Edmond Gray, EN2/1   70 Cat Lo deceased 11/7/04 in Augusta, GA 9/24/69 9/22/70
Phillip Craig Beets, RDSN/3 phil@sunflower.com 3/70-8/70 Sa Dec Lawrence, KS 11/21/69 11/18/70
Michael Edward Ramsey, RD3   70   Sedgwick, KS 2/28/70 10/31/70
Autry Roger Dean, BM3   70 Cat Lo Talking Rock, GA 12/4/69 12/3/70
William Randall "Randy" Ford, GMGSA/SN ford@hood.edu 70   ?Frederick, MD area? 3/1/70 12/4/70
Garrett Anthony Schultz, QM2 ChiefDutch@msn.com 70 Cat Lo Amarillo, TX  1/27/70 10/1/70
Roy Albert Blackstone Jr, RDSA/SN rab5037@comcast.net 10/70-10/70 Cam Ranh/Cat Lo Woodstock, GA 5/21/70 12/2/70
    ??-11/12/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay ----- -----
    1 December 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy ----- 12/1/70
PCF 3932

- On 5 July 1967 Coastal Squadron One designated PCF 103 as the replacement boat for the severely damaged PCF 97 and LTJG James Fulcher Tune and an outfitting crew were dispatched to Subic Bay to ready her for combat service.

- PCF 103 was delivered to Vung Tau, RVN, from Subic Bay, PI, on 28 July 1967 on board the USS Oak Hill LSD 7, the boat was later transferred to the docks at Cat Lo.

- On 8 November 1967, PCF 103 conducted a SAR mission when an Army Mohawk aircraft crashed in full view of the Swift boat approximately 28 miles east-southeast of Ca Mau Point. PCF 103 reached the impact area within 90 seconds and commenced an immediate search for survivors. The USCGC Point Hudson also arrived on scene and assisted in the search. One helmet and one inflated life raft were located but no survivors could be found.

- While conducting naval gunfire against positions near the mouth of the My Thanh River in Ba Xuyen Province on 10 June 1968, PCF 103 received hostile fire from the beach. The enemy fire was quickly suppressed, but not before one crewman on the "Swift" boat received minor wounds in the engagement.

- A large operation on the Cua Lon and Bo De Rivers took place on 29 October 1968. In this operation, three PCFs entered the Bo De River as four others came up the Cua Lon river. Heavy recoilless rifle and automatic weapons fire was encountered by PCFs 28, 32 and 103, about 3 miles up the Bo De River. The fire was suppressed and the three craft proceeded to rendezvous with PCFs 3, 36, 50 and 94 at a point 10 miles up the Cua Lon River. Here a wounded crewman from PCF 103 was transferred to PCF 94 for evacuation out the Cua Lon in company with PCF 50. The remaining five "Swifts" returned toward the mouth of the Bo De under cover of Vietnamese Air Force A-1s, methodically destroying craft and structures found along the waterway. The results included 17 structures, 170 sampans and one large junk destroyed plus 85 structures and 74 sampans damaged. Four other "Swift" boat crewman were slightly wounded.

- 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.

- 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.

- On the morning of 8 August 1969, five PCFs and four PBRs conducted area prep fire on Hon Lio Island about 11 miles southeast of Go Cong, prior to the insertion of airborne troops. During the prep fir several secondary explosions were observed. The PRU troops were inserted at 0930 and immediately came in contact with the enemy. Throughout the day and night the Swift boats provided H&I fire and blocking force while receiving intermittent automatic weapons fire. At 2230, OV-10 aircraft arrived in the op area and the PCFs provided targets and illumination. The Swift boats and PBRs were detached the morning of 9 August, following a prep of the area for another troop insertion. PCF 103 received small arms fire hits causing only minor damage and slightly wounding a US sailor.

- At 1120H on 30 November 1969, the Alaska Barge and Transport Company office at Vung Tau reported that the civilian tug R Pace, with three barges, was sinking in the vicinity of channel marker 2 in the Cua Tieu River, about 12 miles southwest of Vung Tau. PCFs 53 and 103, enroute to Binh Tuy overheard the tug's SOS transmission and proceeded to the scene. The tug was sighted at 1155H and PCF 103 assumed the position of On-scene Commander. At 1216H, the PCF evacuated all 11 crewmembers. Two MSTS tugs had been dispatched to the scene, and at 1245H the R Pace tug master was transferred to the MSTS salvage tug Ann B. The tug master stated that the R Pace was badly holed when she went aground.

PCF 104 - #50NS6688 (Launched 1966)
Dates Crews Bases Call Sign ID Color Code Comments
1966-70 Nearly everyone Coronado and Mare Island, CA Ensign 4 Blue/Blue/Blue Training Boat - Mark I


***All swift boat crew training was done in Coronado, CA until July 1969, when it was moved to Mare Island, CA***

- Boat was discovered in Port Townsend, WA, spring 1996, by Neil Geis's son. The boat was rescued from the DRMO salvage yard in Bangor, WA and transported to the SIMA boat yard on the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA, in January 2000. The boat underwent extensive repair and restoration by volunteer ex-swiftees, SIMA San Diego personnel and members of SWCC/SBU-12, before being moved to CISM field on the amphibious base, for inclusion in a memorial to the Vietnam era "Brown Water Navy". The boat was dedicated on Veterans Day, 11 November 2000, during the Swift Boat Sailors Association reunion held in Mission Valley, CA.

PCF 104 - January 1968 @ Coronado, CA   PCF 104 @ Vietnam Memorial, Coronado, CA
PCF 104 - January 1968, Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA   PCF 104 - Vietnam Memorial, Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA

 

PCF 137 - Mark II
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    17 August 1968 Cat Lo first arrived in South Vietnam
         
    14 October 1968 Vung Tau transferred to South Vietnamese Navy

- PCF 137 was the first US Navy Swift boat transferred to the South Vietnamese Navy, at Vung Tau, on 14 October 1968.

PCF 138 - Mark II
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    17 August 1968 Cat Lo first arrived in South Vietnam
         
    6 December 1968 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy

 

PCF 139 - Mark II
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments CTF 115
In Out
    15 August 1968 DaNang first arrived in South Vietnam 8/15/68 -----
James Milton Neveln, LTJG, OinC jimneveln@sbcglobal.net 10/68-11/68 DaNang TRF to NAVHOSP SDGO, CA 8/23/69 - Reno, NV 10/3/68 8/23/69
Lawrence Charles Kuentzel Sr, QM3   10/68-11/68 DaNang deceased 6/22/09 in Virginia Beach, VA 8/29/68 4/19/70
Gregory B. "Greg" Thacker, RD3 fivsec4460@msn.com 10/68-11/68 DaNang TRF to USAFHOSP Tachikawa, JP 8/23/69 - Elkins, AR 8/29/68 9/29/69
Fred Richard Cooper, BM3 FCooper@greenvillecounty.org 10/68-11/68 DaNang deceased 1/28/07 in Pelzer, SC 8/29/68 10/4/69
Charles Edward Reuter, EN3 ReuterCE@aol.com 10/68-11/68 DaNang Cedar Rapids, IA 8/29/68 9/20/69
William Alexander "Skip" Publicover III, GMGSN/3 skippersro3@yahoo.com 10/68-11/68 DaNang Charleston, SC 8/29/68 10/1/69
Russell Arthur Puppe, LTJG, OinC rpuppe@gmail.com 11/68-12/68 DaNang Greensboro, GA 9/5/68 8/4/69
Thomas Wesley Krause, BM3/2   11/68-12/68 DaNang ?Frisco, TX? (injured in the Cua Dai river) 9/6/68 12/7/69
Dewey Russell Decker, EN3   11/68-12/68 DaNang KIA 5/15/69 (PCF 51) - Ionia, MI 9/6/68 5/15/69
Charles George Cox, BM3 donnaandcharles@hotmail.com 11/68-12/68 DaNang Galesville, WI 9/6/68 9/1/69
Thomas Eugene Holloway, QM3   11/68-12/68 DaNang KIA 4/12/69 (PCF 51) - New Castle, IN 9/6/68 4/12/69
David Ray Sumter, RD2   11/68-12/68DaNang ?Murphy, NC? ?9/17/68? 9/8/69
    6 December 1968 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy ----- 12/6/68

- In late October 1968, PCF 139 crewmen rescued a downed US Air Force pilot only four (4) minutes after he had ejected from his disabled jet.

PCF 691 - Mark III
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments CTF 115
In Out
    21 December 1969 An Thoi first arrived in South Vietnam 12/21/69 -----
Peter Christopher Woolston, LTJG, OinC   2/70-?? An Thoi/Cat Lo Madison, CT 9/14/69 9/8/70
Edward Dean Emerson, QM2   2/70-?? An Thoi/Cat Lo Tea, SD 12/4/69 10/16/70
Colvert Lee Roll Jr, QM2   2/70-11/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo Kansas City, MO 1/7/70 12/4/70
Elmer Wayne Shawgo, EN3/2   2/70-11/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo Newport, WA 1/17/70 12/4/70
Arthur Ray Herring, GMG3/2   2/70-?? An Thoi/Cat Lo ?San Pedro, CA? 10/12/69 10/5/70
Thomas Andrew Hammerstone, RDSA/SN/3 thammerstone@msn.com 2/70-11/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo Midlothian, VA 1/23/70 12/4/70
Harmon Lee Hicks, QM1   ?? -11/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo was from Sacramento, CA area 3/1/70 12/4/70
James Irving Dietrich, SN   ?? -11/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo TRF to USS Satyr ARL-23 - 12/2/70 - Defuniak Springs, FL - 5/17/70 12/2/70
Billy Price Carwile, GMGSA/SN bcarwile@nc.rr.com ?? -11/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo deceased 9/18/07 in Fayetteville, NC 2/2/70 12/4/70
Vincent Jay Feuerborn, LTJG, OinC hundels@aol.com 2/70-5/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo deceased 1/30/09 in Galveston, TX 7/1/69 5/28/70
William Butler Kean III, LTJG, OinC     An Thoi/Cat Lo Langhorne, PA 1/16/70 ???
Oliver Grant Halle, LTJG, OinC   ??-9/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo   9/24/69 ???
William Wendling Stanard, LTJG, OinC wstanard@palmertrinity.org 10/70-11/70 Sea Float Key Largo, FL 2/24/70 ???
    1 December 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy ----- 12/1/70
PCF 3933 - Mark III

- PCFs 38, 93, 96 and 691 were assigned to extract 115 Mike Strike Force troops from the coast of the South China Sea, 13 April 1970. The troops proceeded 1,500 yards into the water for an at sea extraction but the incoming tide caught many in surf above their heads. PCF crewmen dove into the water and swam to many with life lines and life rings. Two (2) of the MSF troops had stopped breathing but PCF crewmen were able to revive them. The extraction required six (6) hours and removed all 115 MSF troops successfully.

- PCFs 692 and 695, with a Seal team embarked, probed the seaward entrance of the Rach Duong Keo, 5 September 1970. Upon entering, the units received intense automatic weapons fire and ten (10) B-41 shoulder launched rockets. PCF 695 suffered minor damage to the starboard engine and holes in both of her sides. Two (2) crewmen were slightly wounded, and were evacuated by SEAWOLVES. The 691 and 694 were sent to join the patrol. The 691 escorted the 695 back to Seafloat and encountered small arms and B-40 rocket fire while exiting the Duong Keo. The 692 and 694 continued further up stream and observed the wreckage of PCF 43 from a patrol in April 1969. While pulled into the riverbank, awaiting an early morning insertion of the Seals, the 691 and 694 encountered three sampans, headed downstream, carrying NVA regular troops. A fire fight ensured, with no casualties to the Swifts or Seals. The Swifts then moved upstream several miles to the Seal team insertion site. After daylight, approximately 200 yards downstream from where the Swifts were awaiting the return of the Seals, a very large explosion sent huge amounts of debris 100 feet into the air, well above the tree line. Upon the return of the Seals, the Swifts exited the Duong Keo with Black Pony and Seawolf providing covering fire. When passing the site of the prior nights encounter with the sampans, the sampans and three or four bodies, in full NVA uniform, were observed lying on the river bank.

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

- While returning from a Kit Carson Scout operation, 20 October 1970, and on entering the Ben Tre canal mouth, PCF 691 and 692 received approximately 50 rounds of M-60 fire from a friendly position. One KCS was seriously wounded and was MEDEVACED upon arrival at Ben Tre.

PCF 692 - Mark III
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments CTF 115
In Out
    21 December 1969 An Thoi first arrived in South Vietnam 12/21/69 -----
Oliver Grant Halle, LTJG, OinC Oliver.Halle@OliverGHalle.com 12/69-5/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo Marietta, GA 9/24/69 ???
Jack Ambrose Dinger, QM3   12/69-3/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo deceased 1/14/99 in Pensacola, FL ??? ???
Robert Berry Bennett, EN2 AbbeyNovember692@aol.com 12/69-5/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo Melbourne, FL 10/23/69 8/10/70
William Jimmie Eddings, GMG3   12/69-3/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo deceased 9/11/12 in Harrison, AR 4/24/69 4/17/70
Edward Joe Price, GMG3 peaches53@cableone.com 3/70-5/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo Denison, TX 3/1/70 12/4/70
John William Yeoman, LTJG, OinC johnyeoman@earthlink.net 5/70-11/70 Sea Float/Sa Dec Paia, Maui, HI 2/24/70 ???
Dennis Evan Kempf, BM3/2 popacharliefoxtrot@embarqmail.com 5/70-7/70 Sea Float/Sa Dec Ozawkie, KS 4/9/69 7/10/70
Kenneth William Smith, GMG3   ??-2/70 Sea Float/Sa Dec   2/13/69 2/8/70
Gary Edward Smith, RDSA/SN/3   5/70-11/70 Sea Float/Sa Dec Simi Valley, CA 1/14/70 12/4/70
John Clifford Proctor, SN   5/70-11/70 Sea Float/Sa Dec Gainesville, FL 5/21/70 12/2/70
Serafin Tan Tatad Sr, EN3   5/70-11/70 Sea Float/Sa Dec Benicia, CA 7/15/70 11/13/70
    1 December 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy ----- 12/1/70
PCF 3934 - Mark III

- On 15 May 1970, PCFs 692 and 35 were escorting the tug SKIPJACK to the mouth of the Bo De river, when they were taken under fire by two (2) B-50 rockets from the north bank of the Cua Lon river, 13 miles NNE of SEAFLOAT. PCF 35 received one (1) hit, on the waterline amidships, causing a 1'x2' hole in the hull. Numerous shrapnel fragments penetrated the main cabin. All main cabin windows were blown out and the steel core of the rocket passed through the forward magazine, which was empty, and exited through the hull, starboard side amidships. A second rocket exploded astern and a third detonated in the water between the tug and PCF 692, neither of which caused damage. PCF 35 returned fire, cleared the ambush site, beached and commenced repairs with the OinC and a crewman jumping into the water to plug the large hole. Meanwhile, PCF 692 stopped short of the ambush site and commenced heavy machine gun and 81mm mortar suppressive fire. Believing contact was broken, PCF 692 attempted to run the kill zone and assist PCF 35. PCF 692 received two (2) rocket near misses, short and astern, before clearing the kill zone. Two nearby SEAWOLVES were directed to the area and placed strikes on the ambush area. When the battle repairs were complete, both PCFs returned to SEAFLOAT.

- On 16 May 1970, PCFs 50, 64 and 692 were proceeding east on the Song Dam Doi, when all units were taken under heavy automatic weapons fire and rocket attack. PCF 50 was hit amidships, by 125mm launch bomb, and suffered a 5'x6' hole. PCF 64, astern, was hit by a B-40 rocket on the fantail, killing two (2) US Navy personnel and wounding three (3) US Navy and four (4) Kit CarsonScouts. All units returned fire and spotted for SEAWOLVES and BLACK PONIES as they placed strikes. PCF 50 was stripped of all weapons and most of its gear, and then left in the river, because of the extensive amount of damage suffered.

- PCFs 692 and 695, with a Seal team embarked, probed the seaward entrance of the Rach Duong Keo, 5 September 1970. Upon entering, the units received intense automatic weapons fire and ten (10) B-41 shoulder launched rockets. PCF 695 suffered minor damage to the starboard engine and holes in both of her sides. Two (2) crewmen were slightly wounded, and were evacuated by SEAWOLVES. PCFs 691 and 694 were sent to join the patrol. PCF 691 escorted the 695 back to SeaFloat and encountered small arms and B-40 rocket fire while exiting the Duong Keo.PCFs 692 and 694 continued further up stream and observed the wreckage of PCF 43 from a patrol in April 1969. While pulled into the riverbank, awaiting an early morning insertion of the Seals, PCFs 691 and 694 encountered three sampans, headed downstream, carrying NVA regular troops. A fire fight ensured, with no casualties to the Swifts or Seals. The Swifts then moved upstream several miles to the Seal team insertion site. After daylight, approximately 200 yards downstream from where the Swifts were awaiting the return of the Seals, a very large explosion sent huge amounts of debris 100 feet into the air, well above the tree line. Upon the return of the Seals, the Swifts exited the Duong Keo with Black Pony and Seawolf providing covering fire. When passing the site of the prior nights encounter with the sampans, the sampans and three or four bodies, in full NVA uniform, were observed lying on the river bank.

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

- While returning from a KCS operation, 20 October 1970, and on entering the Ben Tre canal mouth, PCF 691 and 692 received approximately 50 rounds of M-60 fire from a friendly position. One KCS was seriously wounded and was MEDEVACED upon arrival at Ben Tre.

- On 12 November 1970, PCFs 45, 87, 97 and 692 entered the southern mouth of the Rach Eo Lon and inserted KCS troops. The PCFs fired H&I at suspected enemy positions. At least two (2) tons of ammo was captured and destroyed. PCFs 692 and 45 were taken under fire with B-40 and small arms. Black Ponies were scrambled to assist. KCS captured one B-40 shoulder launcher. PCF 87 was ambushed while proceeding out of the Eo Lon canal, 12 November 1970. One (1) B-40 rocket hit the after conning station killing two (2) KCS troops and wounding two (2) US sailors (one was medevaced to the 23rd BVAC hospital), one (1) VNN crewmember (also medevaced) and one (1) KCS.

- This was the last incident, of the Vietnam conflict, where a US Navy swift boat was damaged or a crewman was injured.

PCF 693 - Mark III
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments CTF 115
In Out
    21 December 1969 An Thoi first arrived in South Vietnam 12/21/69 -----
Fred Patrick "Ted" Kenny, LTJG, OinC tkennyandco@yahoo.com 7/70-11/70 An Thoi/Sea Float Denver, CO 3/11/70 ???
William (M. Cole), (BM)1   7/70-11/70 An Thoi/Sea Float   7/2/70 9/3/70
William Winsfield Parkinson, QM2 qm1retusn@wi.rr.com 7/70-11/70 An Thoi/Sea Float St Francis, WI 3/11/70 12/2/70
Jerry Lee Ashcraft, BM3   7/70-11/70 An Thoi/Sea Float deceased 10/17/02 in Ukiah, CA 11/7/69 9/29/70
Ronald Norris Lantz, EN3 thepesokid@hotmail.com 7/70-11/70 An Thoi/Sea Float deceased 11/10/07 in Houston, TX 7/15/70 12/2/70
Lloyd E. Sponenberg, SN   7/70-11/70 An Thoi/Sea Float ?deceased 12/6/02 in Sanford, NC? 5/21/70 12/2/70
    25 September 1970 An Thoi transferred to Cat Lo ----- -----
    1 December 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy ----- 12/1/70
PCF 3935 - Mark III

 PCF 693 came to the assistance of VNN PCFs 3811 and 3817, 18 June 1970, which were ambushed by B-40 rockets, on the Song Bo De, while escorting the tug Michael. The PCFs suppressed the incoming fire and MEDEVACED two (2) wounded civilians from the tug.

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

PCF 694 - Mark III  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments CTF 115
In Out
    21 December 1969 An Thoi first arrived in South Vietnam 12/21/69 -----
Kenneth Earl Cozart, LTJG, OinC kencozart@yahoo.com 12/69-??/70 Sea Float/Sa Dec Colleyville, TX 9/15/69 9/8/70
Candelario "Marty" Martinez, QM2/1 cmar2222@att.net 12/69-2/70 Cat Lo/An Thoi/Sea Float Rio Rancho, NM 7/1/69 4/8/70
Charles Lee Horton Jr, EN2/1 (SS)   ??-11-2/70-?? Cat Lo Decatur, GA 3/13/69 4/16/70
Roger Kevin Cook, BM3   ??-11-2/70-?? Cat Lo was from Oklahoma 9/24/69 7/30/70
Hugh James Griffiths, SN/RDSN   ??-11-2/70-?? Cat Lo was from Oregon 6/17/69 9/9/70
Bradley Allen Johnson, SN/RDSN   12/69-3/70 Cat Lo   6/3/69 9/2/70
James Edwin Morgan, GMGSA/SN morgan113278@bellsouth.net 2/70-8/70 Cat Lo Spring City, TN 3/13/69 9/2/70
John Joseph Meehan Jr, LTJG, OinC   6/70-11/70 Sea Float/Sa Dec Glastonbury, CT 2/24/70 ???
Duane Andrew Holman, QM2 drholman@bloomer.net 6/70-11/70 Sea Float/Sa Dec Bloomer, WI 1/23/70 12/4/70
John Carl Miller, EN2 John.C.Miller@c-a-m.com 6/70-11/70 Sea Float/Sa Dec Pasadena, TX 4/24/70 12/2/70
Dan Clyde Field, SN   6/70-11/70 Sea Float/Sa Dec deceased 11/25/10 in Hinsdale, NH 7/15/70 12/2/70
Richard Allen Franck, RDSN/3 raf42548@yahoo.com 9/70-11/70 Sea Float/Sa Dec Newark, DE 1/27/70 12/4/70
    1 December 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy ----- 12/1/70
PCF 3936 - Mark III

- PCFs 692 and 695, with a Seal team embarked, probed the seaward entrance of the Rach Duong Keo, 5 September 1970. Upon entering, the units received intense automatic weapons fire and ten (10) B-41 shoulder launched rockets. PCF 695 suffered minor damage to the starboard engine and holes in both of her sides. Two (2) crewmen were slightly wounded, and were evacuated by SEAWOLVES. PCFs 691 and 694 were sent to join the patrol. PCF 691 escorted the 695 back to SeaFloat and encountered small arms and B-40 rocket fire while exiting the Duong Keo. PCFs 692 and 694 continued further up stream and observed the wreckage of PCF 43 from a patrol in April 1969. While pulled into the riverbank, awaiting an early morning insertion of the Seals, PCFs 691 and 694 encountered three sampans, headed downstream, carrying NVA regular troops. A fire fight ensured, with no casualties to the Swifts or Seals. The Swifts then moved upstream several miles to the Seal team insertion site. After daylight, approximately 200 yards downstream from where the Swifts were awaiting the return of the Seals, a very large explosion sent huge amounts of debris 100 feet into the air, well above the tree line. Upon the return of the Seals, the Swifts exited the Duong Keo with Black Pony and Seawolf providing covering fire. When passing the site of the prior nights encounter with the sampans, the sampans and three or four bodies, in full NVA uniform, were observed lying on the river bank.

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

PCF 695 - Mark III  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments CTF 115
In Out
    21 December 1969 An Thoi first arrived in South Vietnam 12/21/69 -----
Frederick E. Thalmann Jr, LTJG, OinC   1/70-2/70 An Thoi/Sea Float Westport, NY 11/17/69 4/1/70
Walter Louis Hogan, RD3   1/70-2/70 An Thoi/Sea Float was from Texas 12/4/69 4/26/70
Curtis Robert MacConnell, EN2 cr.mac@verizon.net 1/70-2/70 An Thoi/Sea Float Harrisburg, PA 1/14/70 4/16/70
Charles Edward Johnson, EN3 chuck@raftercsj.com 2/70-11/70 An Thoi/Sea Float/Cat Lo deceased 6/16/11 in Sun City Center, FL 2/12/70 12/4/70
Robert Eugene Galli, LTJG, OinC gallilobo@comcast.net 4/70-11/70 An Thoi/Sea Float/Cat Lo replaced Thalmann - Glen Mills, PA 4/21/70 12/1/70
Richard Alan Buck, RDSN/3 rick_buck@yahoo.com 5/70-11/70 An Thoi/Sea Float/Cat Lo WIA 9/5/70 - Fairview, OR 5/21/70 12/2/70
Robert Leroy Marshall Jr, QM2/1 q_master1@hotmail.com 5/70-9/70 An Thoi/Sea Float/Cat Lo deceased 6/23/09 in Florida 3/11/70 ???
Duncan B. Taylor, RD3   5/70-11/70 An Thoi/Sea Float/Cat Lo   1/23/70 12/4/70
Timothy Edward Tomlinson, GMGSN mtomlinson@snet.net 9/70-11/70 Cat Lo Ormond Beach, FL 7/15/70 12/2/70
    1 December 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy ----- 12/1/70
PCF 3937 - Mark III

- While engaged in normal Market Time operations, PCF 695 rescued four Vietnamese civilians, whose junk had broken up on the rocks, 15 miles south of Ha Tien, in the Gulf of Thailand, 20 January 1970.
- PCFs 692 and 695, with a Seal team embarked, probed the seaward entrance of the Rach Duong Keo, 5 September 1970. Upon entering, the units received intense automatic weapons fire and ten (10) B-41 shoulder launched rockets. PCF 695 suffered minor damage to the starboard engine and holes in both of her sides. Two (2) crewmen were slightly wounded, and were evacuated by SEAWOLVES. PCFs 691 and 694 were sent to join the patrol. PCF 691 escorted the 695 back to Seafloat and encountered small arms and B-40 rocket fire while exiting the Duong Keo. PCFs 692 and 694 continued further up stream and observed the wreckage of PCF 43 from a patrol in April 1969. While pulled into the riverbank, awaiting an early morning insertion of the Seals, PCFs 691 and 694 encountered three sampans, headed downstream, carrying NVA regular troops. A fire fight ensured, with no casualties to the Swifts or Seals. The Swifts then moved upstream several miles to the Seal team insertion site. After daylight, approximately 200 yards downstream from where the Swifts were awaiting the return of the Seals, a very large explosion sent huge amounts of debris 100 feet into the air, well above the tree line. Upon the return of the Seals, the Swifts exited the Duong Keo with Black Pony and Seawolf providing covering fire. When passing the site of the prior nights encounter with the sampans, the sampans and three or four bodies, in full NVA uniform, were observedlying on the river bank.

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

PCF 813 - Mark II - #50NS6823 (Launched 1968)
Dates Crews Bases Call Sign ID Color Code Comments
1968-70 Nearly everyone Coronado and Mare Island, CA Ensign 13 Amber/Amber/Amber Training Boat - Mark II
 
      Dates Base Comments
      5 April 1971 - 18 April 2010 Senglea, Malta decommissioned with the arrival of new Austral patrol craft
P23 - Mark II

***All swift boat crew training was done in Coronado, CA until July 1969, when it was moved to Mare Island, CA***

- On 16 January 1971, PCFs 813 and 816, were loaded aboard the USS Wood County LST 1178 at Little Creek, VA, departing on 19 January, 1971 for Malta. The Wood County arrived in Valletta's Grand Harbour on 6 February 1971 and discharged the two Swiftboats now referred to as C-6823 (PCF 813) and C-6824 (PCF 816). Their designations were changed to C23 and C24 during the official handover ceremony on 5 April 1971 and then were later changed to P23 and P24. They are now located at Haywharf, Floriana and serve as part of the Malta Maritime Squadron.

 Malta P23 --- exPCF 813 

Malta P23 (Mark II)  

- On 7 September 1984, C-23 that the misfortune of blowing up during an illegal fireworks dumping-at-sea operation. This incident left five Task Force soldiers and two Policemen dead. C-23 was repaired to its original state despite the severe damages to the forward part of the of the boat which left the pilothouse ripped apart.

The Malta Independent ran an article on 5 September 2009 commemorating the 25th Anniversary of this incident, "Gone, but never, never forgotten."

Malta P23 25th Anniversary article

Malta P23 article 1st page

Malta p23 Article 2nd page

Note: P23 has become part of a monument at the AFM Maritime Squadron's Haywharf Base as a constant tribute to the Swift Boat Sailors who have served and died in the line of service.


PCF 814 - Mark II - #50NS6814 (Launched 1968)
Unit Assigned  Dates Base Comments
Special Boat Unit 1  1968-12/72  Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA  Training Boat - Mark II 
Coastal River Division 22 12/72-3/22/79  Naval Support Activity, New Orleans, LA  Reserve Training Command
Special Boat Unit 22 3/22/79-  Naval Support Activity, New Orleans, LA   
Special Boat Unit 22    Naval Support Activity, Rodman, Panama   

- Coastal River Division Twenty-Two was established in July 1972 and commisioned on 16 December 1972. It was one of only four similar units charged with maintaining the expertise in coastal and riverine warfare that had been gained in Vietnam. Its primary mission was to be prepared for deployment to forward areas in wartime to support other Naval Special Warfare or amphibious units, conduct coastal and riverine patrols, surveillance and interdiction, or other tasks as may be assigned.
   In a report dated 5 November 1977, CRD 22 had three Patrol Craft Fast (PCFs) as part of its assigned patrol craft; they were pennant numbers: 50NS6814 (PCF 814 shown below), 50NS6501 (PCF 1) and 50NS6502 (PCF 2).
   The units name was changed to Special Boat Unit Twenty-Two in March 1979 to more accurately reflect its mission as a unit of Special Warfare Group Two.

PCF 814 underwayPCF 814  

PCF 814, a Mark II Swift Boat

CRD Plank Owners 

Plank Owners of Coastal River Division Twenty-Two

Standing: LT Ted Marx, LTJG John B. Barrett Jr, EN1 Douglas Cates, EN1 Massey, ETR1 James Clayton Phoebus, GMG2 Charles Burton, EN1 Mel Chastain, GMG2 James S. Simmons
Middle row: EN2 Darnell Fall, LTJG Erwin L. (Butch) McClendon, GMG2 Daniel George Brewer, QMC Wayne J. Meadows, EN1 Charles Fury
Kneeling: EM1 Lorenzo Louigi Musto, QM1 Charles Leslie Gould, GMG2 Michael John Tooley, SK1 Larry Wilson, EN1 Charles E. Smith

PCF 816 - Mark II - #50NS6824 (Launched 1968)
Dates Crews Bases Call Sign ID Color Code Comments
1968-70 Nearly everyone Coronado and Mare Island, CA Ensign 16 Amber/Green/Amber Training Boat - Mark II
 
      Dates Base Comments
      5 April 1971 - 18 April 2010 Senglea, Malta decommissioned with the arrival of new Austral patrol craft
P24 - Mark II
 
      Dates Base Comments
      20 July 2012 - present   transferred to the San Diego, CA Maritime Museum
PCF 816 - Mark II

***All swift boat crew training was done in Coronado, CA until July 1969, when it was moved to Mare Island, CA***

- On 16 January 1971, PCFs 813 and 816, were loaded aboard the USS Wood County LST 1178 at Little Creek, VA, departing on 19 January, 1971 for Malta. The Wood County arrived in Valletta's Grand Harbour on 6 February 1971 and discharged the two Swiftboats now referred to as C-6823 (PCF 813) and C-6824 (PCF 816). Their designations were changed to C23 and C24 during the official handover ceremony on 5 April 1971 and then were later changed to P23 and P24. They are now located at Haywharf, Floriana and serve as part of the Malta Maritime Squadron.

PCF 816 -  Coronado, CA in 1968

PCF 816 (Mark II) at training pier - Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA - 1968

P24

Malta P24 (Mark II)

- On 20 July 2012, Colonel David Mifsud (Commander, Headquarters Group, Armed Forces of Malta) and Mark J. Gallant (Director of Operations for the San Diego Maritime Museum) conducted a symbolic but highly significant handing over ceremony at Maritime Squadron (Hay Wharf Base) this morning, the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) officially handed over the Swift Class Patrol Boat (P24) to the Maritime Museum of San Diego (USA).

In his address Mr. Gallant extended the appreciation of this contribution on behalf of the Chairman of the San Diego Maritime Museum and said that such an initiative between Malta and the United States of America will continue to strengthen a long history of friendship. He also confirmed that the museum will have a display that pays tribute to the fallen Maltese servicemen that died onboard the P23 (the sister vessel of P24) during a tragic accident that occurred on the 7th of September 1984.

In his reply, the Commander of the AFM, Brigadier Martin.G. Xuereb, said that the Swift Boats facilitated the efforts to control Malta's maritime borders and that for a considerable number of years the P23 and the P24 have been the work horses of the Maritime Squadron. He explained that although they were used mainly for Border Control and as SAR launches, the vessels have also proven to be a versatile tool. Furthermore, he stated that the AFM is happy to see the P24 sailing back to the US for public viewing in the Maritime Museum of San Diego and equally happy that the P23 will stay in Malta, a reminder of the past and existing relationship between the US Armed Forces and the AFM.

Following the speeches, Col David Mifsud and Mr Gallant signed the handing over documentation. Guests were then invited to witness the towing of P24 from the terrace of the Maritime Squadron Office Headquarters. A Fog Horn salute from P61 was sounded as the P24 was towed away under the tune of bagpipes played by an AFM soldier. The Austal Class P24 was aptly chosen to tow its predecessor to the Malta Freeport for eventual shipping to San Diego (US).

The event was attended by the Ambassador of the United States of America, H.E Mrs Gina K. Abercrombie-Winstanley.

Austral P24 towing Swift P24


PCF 816 after overhaul in San Diego, CA

PCF 816 after the completion of her 2012-2013 overhaul in San Diego, CA


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