Crew Listings for PCF 50 thru 59

 

PCF 50
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    27 April 1966 Cam Ranh Bay first arrived in South Vietnam
Mitchell Chance Gibbons-Neff, LTJG, OinC   4/27/66-12/15/66 Cam Ranh Bay deceased 2/4/07 in Rowayton, CT
Milton Ray "Bull" Angus, BM1   4/27/66-12/66 Cam Ranh Bay ?retired BMC 8/10/71? - was from Virginia
Henry Baker Akiu Sr, EN2   4/27/66-12/66 Cam Ranh Bay deceased 8/17/98 in Kailua, HI
Charles David Brookey, RM3   4/27/66-12/66 Cam Ranh Bay Tucson, AZ
Gunner   4/27/66-12/66 Cam Ranh Bay  
Richard Wyatt Jones, SN/BM3   4/27/66-12/66 Cam Ranh Bay Lake Charles, LA
Jeffrey Mark Lash, LTJG, OinC sjlash@optonline.net 12/66-6/67 Cam Ranh Bay arrived in country 12/23/66 - LaGrangeville, NY
Michael Eugene Wishon Sr, RM2   12/66-6/67 Cam Ranh Bay Siloam Springs, AR
Roy Page Robinson, EN2   12/66-6/67 Cam Ranh Bay ?deceased 1995 in Honolulu, HI?
Cary William Snyder, FTG3   12/66-6/67 Cam Ranh Bay was from Pittsburg, PA
Ernesto Cruz, BM3   12/66-6/67 Cam Ranh Bay was from Kennedy, TX
Daniel Laurence Ustick, LTJG/LT, OinC daniel.ustick@gmail.com 6/2/67-3/68 CamRanh/CuaViet/AnThoi left country 5/28/68 - Jamestown, RI
Homer Kent Horton, GMG2 No Computer 6/67-3/68 CamRanh/CuaViet/AnThoi Dublin, VA
Warren Duncan Jenny, RD3 scuttlebutt5@peoplepc.com 6/67-3/68 CamRanh/CuaViet/AnThoi Lago Vista, TX
Harvey Albert Farha, EN3 harvey_linda3130@sbcglobal.net 6/67-7/67 CamRanh/CuaViet/AnThoi deceased 5/11/12 in Wichita, KS
Robert Allen Murphy, BM3   6/67-3/68 CamRanh/CuaViet/AnThoi  
Jay Walter Gustafson, EN2 paharito@hotmail.com 7/67-3/68 CamRanh/CuaViet/AnThoi replaced Farha - Puerto Penasco, Mexico
(Francis John) Stevens, SN   ??-3/68 CamRanh/CuaViet/AnThoi  
    5 July 1967 Cam Ranh Bay departed to establish Cua Viet base
    25 October 1967 Cua Viet returned to Cam Ranh Bay
    30 October 1967 Cam Ranh Bay boat transferred to An Thoi
    31 March 1968 An Thoi boat sailed to Cam Ranh Bay for out-of country overhaul
    10 August 1968   boat returned from out-of country overhaul
George Macnider Bates, LTJG, OinC   8/68-1/69 An Thoi arrived in country 7/26/68 - Baltimore, MD
Robert Eugene Lambert, RD1   8/68-1/69 An Thoi Central Point, OR
Albert Herman Field Jr, QM2   8/68-1/69 An Thoi Connellys Springs, NC
Richard Charles Simon, BM3   8/68-11/68 An Thoi KIA 11/3/68 - Ellsworth, WI
Edward Peter Gad, GMG3   8/68-1/69 An Thoi Hellertown, PA
Richard Alan "Dirty Frank" Trussoni, EN3 ktrussoni@aol.com 8/68-1/69 An Thoi Chaseburg, WI
Gary Dean Hoover, BM3 gdhoover@adelphia.net 11/68-1/69 An Thoi replacement for Simon - Anaheim, CA
Patrick James Sheedy Jr, LTJG, OinC patandsues@gmail.com 1/69-??/69 An Thoi/Sea Float Gig Harbor, WA
Ronald Eugene Seib (Durham), EN2 cpodurham@centurytel.net 1/69-3/69 An Thoi/Sea Float Lakebay, WA
Tere James Ledinsky, BM3 terdinky50@aol.com 1/69-1/70 An Thoi/Sea Float Cleveland, OH
Lawson Charles "Butch" Barrett, GMG3 grinnbarrett75@q.com 11/69-4/70 Sea Float Douglas, AZ
Robert Shelton White Jr, LTJG, OinC rvmystique@aol.com 12/69-12/69 Sea Float WIA 12/4/69 - San Diego, CA
John Robert Phillips, EN2 spbf@fidnet.com 12/69-12/69 Sea Float WIA 12/4/69 - Sullivan, MO
Thomas Raymond Terfehr, QM3 tterfehr@genesissolutions.com 12/69-12/69 Sea Float WIA 12/4/69 - Plymouth MN
Martin Stephen Doherty, RD3   12/69-12/69 Sea Float KIA 12/4/69 - New York, NY
Roy David White, BM3   12/69-12/69 Sea Float WIA 12/4/69 medevaced - ?was from Hawaii?
Joe Martinez, GMG2   12/69-12/69 Sea Float was from Las Cruces, NM
Guy Bibo Gugliotta, LTJG, OinC guygugliotta@yahoo.com 1/70-5/70 An Thoi Pelham, NY
Joe Martinez, GMG2   1/70-2/70 An Thoi was from Las Cruces, NM
John Garrido Ellasces Jr, QM2 (SS)   1/70-5/70 An Thoi deceased 11/17/94 in Yolo, CA
John William Mani, EN2   1/70-5/70 An Thoi Frazeysburg, OH
Charles Joseph Trimble, BM3   1/70-2/70 An Thoi Kenosha, WI
Sherwood James Drumheller, RDSN   1/70-5/70 An Thoi Mount Morris, IL
Walter Louis Hogan, RD3   2/70-5/70 An Thoi replaced Trimble - was from Texas
John Marshall Bruce, GMG2 abruce39@msn.com 2/70-5/70 An Thoi replaced Martinez - Green River, WY
    5/17-11/11/70   repair at NSF Cat Lo
    1 December 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3927

- PCFs 49 thru 54 were delivered to Cam Ranh Bay, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Colonial LSD 18, on 27 April 1966.

- PCF 50 departed Cam Ranh Bay, 5 July 1967, to establish an operating base at Cua Viet.

- On 30 October 1967 boat transferred from Cam Ranh to An Thoi.

- On 31 March 1968, sailed to Cam Ranh Bay for out-of-country corrosion overhaul.

- On 10 August 1968, PCF 50 arrived at An Thoi, having completed its out-of country corrosion overhaul.

- 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 the morning of 3 November 1968, PCF 36, PCF 43 and PCF 50, along with VNN Coastal Group 41 units, with a Regional Force embarked, carried out a raid up the Ong Doc river, 65 miles south of Rach Gia on the Gulf of Thailand. While PCF 36 remained a few miles from the river mouth to support a Regional Force sweep to the south, PCF 43 and PCF 50 proceeded to a point 10 miles up river to take suspected enemy positions under fire. Sniper fire was received killing the after mount operator of PCF 50. PCF 50 spotted the sniper and killed him as he attempted to escape. During the operation USS DuPont DD 941 and USCGC Ingram WHEC 35 provided 5-inch naval gunfire support.

- At 1300H on 4 December 1969, US PCFs 50, 56, VNN PCF 3805, an LSSL with Seawolves providing air cover, were conducting a psyops patrol on the Song Dam Doi about 25 kilometers northwest of Sea Float, when they were ambushed by an unknown number of VC with B-40, AK-47 and M-16 fire. The lead boat, PCF 50, took a B-40 hit head-on, in the pilot house, killing the bow gunner, RD3 Martin S. Doherty, and wounding the OinC, LTJG Robert S. White and helmsman, QM3 Thomas R. Terfehr. A second B-40 hit close aboard to port, wounding two (2) additional crewmen, EN2 John R. Phillips and BM3 Roy D. White, on the fantail. The VNN PCF 3805, took a B-40 hit low on the port bow and another on the port side of the pilot house, killing the USN advisor, BM1 Don E. Stevenson, and seriously wounding the VNN OinC and XO. PCF 56 received a B-40 near miss that wounded the OinC, LTJG Patrick L. Evans. The Seawolves and LSSL responded with saturation fire into the area and silenced the enemy fire. A VNN reaction team was inserted and a ground sweep resulted in the capture of two twin B-40 rocket launchers, two entrenching tools, wire and batteries. Two members of the VNN reaction team also received minor wounds.

PCF 50 Launch Bomb Damage- 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 port amidships (see the accompanying picture), 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) other US Navy personnel as well as four (4) Kit Carson Scouts. All units returned fire and spotted for SEAWOLF helicopters and BLACK PONY aircraft as they launched numerous strikes. PCF 50 was stripped of all her weaponry and most of its other gear, then left in the river, because of the extensive amount of damage she had suffered.

- PCF 50 was recovered the next day, 17 May 1970, by various SEAFLOAT assets and the help of heavy air cover. It was then transported to NSA Cat Lo, by barge, for repair.

- PCF 50 was returned to full operational status on 12 November 1970.
 

PCF 51
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    27 April 1966 Cam Ranh Bay first arrived in South Vietnam
Michael Thomas Alogna, LTJG, OinC michael001066@gmail.com 4/17/66-1/7/67 Cam Ranh Bay left country 7/19/67 - Waltham, MA
Gerald V. "Dusty" Rhodes, BM1   4/66-?? Cam Ranh Bay ?retired BM1 4/28/67 - was from California?
Merle Robert Inman, EN2   4/66-11/66 Cam Ranh Bay Fresno, CA
Gailen Peter Rhinehart, GMG2   4/66-?? Cam Ranh Bay deceased 8/25/97 in Riverside, CA
RM3   4/66-?? Cam Ranh Bay  
SN   4/66-?? Cam Ranh Bay  
Ralph Grady Johnson, LTJG, OinC   4/18/66-10/66 Cam Ranh Bay Albertville, AL
Billy Ray Tatum, GMG2   4/66-10/66 Cam Ranh Bay Tatum, TX
Vincent Lee Robison, EN2 1thunder@prodigy.net 4/66-10/66 Cam Ranh Bay Ashtabula, OH
Bert Warren Jeffries, QMSN bwjeffries@hotmail.com 4/66-10/66 Cam Ranh Bay Salmon, ID
Elton K. Huddleston, BM2   4/66-10/66 Cam Ranh Bay  
Roger William Duquet, RM3 825388@bellsouth.net 4/66-10/66 Cam Ranh Bay deceased 6/21/11 in Tavares, FL
John Quincy Goodrich Jr, LTJG, OinC   4/17/66 - ?? Cam Ranh Bay left country 1/13/67 - Glastonberry, CT - attorney
Calvin Guy Grater, BM1 suzyg@ctaz.com 4/66 - ?? Cam Ranh Bay Lake Havasu City, AZ
Francis Leem Carley, EN2   4/66 - ?? Cam Ranh Bay ?Kent, OH?
David Melvin Okon, GMG3 dmokon@hotmail.com 4/66 - ?? Cam Ranh Bay Anaheim, CA
Robert Lyle "Bob" Blecha, RMSA/SN   4/66 - ?? Cam Ranh Bay ?Phoenix, AZ?
Leroy Francis Biernacki Jr, BMSN   4/66 - ?? Cam Ranh Bay Tulare, CA
David Lee "Big Dave" Wetherell, LTJG, OinC wetherellgj@yahoo.com 5/67-4/16/68 ChuLai/CuaViet/AnThoi Grand Junction, CO
Carl William Grunert, QM2 cgrunert@verizon.net 5/67-4/68 CamRanh/ChuLai/CuaViet/AnThoi Midlothian, VA
Joseph Myles Timmons, RD3 rcvrcoach@aol.com 5/67-4/68 CamRanh/ChuLai/CuaViet/AnThoi Staten Island, NY
Paul Franklin Fulcomer, RD3 orleansveterans@hotmail.com 5/67-4/68 CamRanh/ChuLai/CuaViet/AnThoi Medina, NY
Dennis Johnson, GMG3   5/67-4/68 CamRanh/ChuLai/CuaViet/AnThoi was from Wisconsin
Mike Lee Gross, EN3 horsefly2@hughes.net 5/67-4/68 CamRanh/ChuLai/CuaViet/AnThoi Paris, IL
    9 June 1967 Cam Ranh Bay boat transferred to Chu Lai
John Henry Mitchell III, LTJG, OinC   6/67-1/68 ChuLai/CuaViet/AnThoi deceased 6/30/73 in LaPlata, MD
"Chief Ski," BMC   6/67-8/67 Chu Lai  
Gary Cleveland "Maggie" McGhee, BM3 gary@serv-atron.com 6/67-1/68 ChuLai/CuaViet/AnThoi Maumelle, AR
Michael "Dag" Daigneault, RD3   6/67-1/68 ChuLai/CuaViet/AnThoi  
James Vernon "Monty" Montague, EN3   6/67-1/68 ChuLai/CuaViet/AnThoi Cedar Rapids, IA
Kenneth Wayne Golden, GMGSN/3 kgolden7@peoplepc.com 6/67-1/68 ChuLai/CuaViet/AnThoi Squaw Valley, CA
"Willie" Williams, SN   8/67-1/68 ChuLai/CuaViet/AnThoi  
    2 October 1967 Cua Viet boat returned to Cam Ranh Bay
    20 October 1967 Cam Ranh Bay boat transferred to An Thoi
    13 April 1968 An Thoi boat transferred to DaNang
    ????-10/31/68   overhaul in Subic
Robert Hugh Emery, LTJG, OinC   11/68-12/68 Cat Lo arrived in country 6/28/68 - WIA 12/17/68 - Vienna, VA
John Raymond Hartkemeyer, EN2   11/68-12/68 Cat Lo KIA 12/17/68 - Hamilton, OH
Robert Charles Gnau, QM2 bobgnau@hotmail.com 11/68-12/68 Cat Lo Glen Allen, VA
Ernest Judson "Bud" Kittle III, QM3 earnestkittle@gmail.com 11/68-2/69 Cat Lo WIA 12/17/68 - Rockport, TX
Dewey Wayne Thedford, GMG3 eoddewey@aol.com 8/68-12/68 Cat Lo Manvel, TX
Edward Stephen Merrill Sr, RD3   11/68-12/68 Cat Lo San Pedro, CA
Douglas Scott Martin, ENS, OinC dsmartin67@gmail.com 12/68-12/68 Cat Lo Monroe Township, NJ
    12/18-12/25/68 Cat Lo battle damage repair
Larry Raymond Thurlow, LTJG, OinC pattythurlow@yahoo.com 1/69-4/69 An Thoi Bogue, KS
Robert Eugene Lambert, RD1   1/69-4/69 An Thoi Eagle Point, OR
David DeWayne Hoover, QM2 ddhoo@live.com 1/69-4/69 An Thoi Harrisonburg, VA
James J. Bredenko, BM3 jbredenko@adelphia.net ??-4/69 Cat Lo South Glens Falls, NY
Russell Arthur Puppe, LTJG, OinC rpuppe@gmail.com 4/69-5/69 An Thoi Greensboro, GA
David Ray Sumpter, RD2   4/69-5/69 An Thoi was from Arizona
Charles George Cox, BM3 donnaandcharles@hotmail.com 4/69-5/69 An Thoi Galesville, WI
Thomas Wesley Krause, BM3   4/69-5/69 An Thoi ?Texas?
Thomas Eugene Holloway, QM3   4/69-4/69 An Thoi KIA 4/12/69 - New Castle, IN
Dewey Russell Decker, EN3   4/69-5/69 An Thoi KIA 5/15/69 - Ionia, MI
Richard William Stindl, GMG3   4/69-5/69 An Thoi KIA 5/15/69 - Beloit, WI
Oliver Keith Evans, LT, OinC o.keith@cox.net 5/69-5/69 Cat Lo Virginia Beach, VA
Lawrence Joseph Benkowski, QM2 sabenkowski@netzero.com 5/69-5/69 Cat Lo Milwaukee, WI
James John Kallok, RD2 Barbnjim@cox.net 5/69-5/69 Cat Lo Virginia Beach, VA
Robert Alan Thompson, BM3   5/69-5/69 Cat Lo KIA 5/19/69 - Downey, CA
Larry Wayne Hoffmaster, EN3 lhgh@comcast.net 5/69-5/69 Cat Lo Brenham TX
Frank Daniel Augustine, GMGSA pastmasterfda@msn.com 5/69-5/69 Cat Lo Carnegie, PA
David Lee Cummings, LT, OinC dl.cummings@comcast.net 6/69-9/69 An Thoi Lakewood, CO
Timothy Edward Mott, GMG3 tiedmott@hotmail.com 6/69-9/69 An Thoi Marion, IA
Alvin Lee Harden, RD3 alharden@aol.com 6/69-9/69 An Thoi deceased 7/10/98 in Alta Loma, CA
Donald E. Taylor, GMG3   6/69-9/69 An Thoi  
Scott F. Roarke, RD3   6/69-9/69 An Thoi North Chesterfield, VA
Douglas Herbert Koenig, ENFN/3 koenig@arvig.net 10/69-1/70 An Thoi Audubon, MN
John Robert Phillips, EN1 spbf@fidnet.com 10/69-12/69 An Thoi/Sea Float WIA 12/4/69 - Sullivan, MO
Gail Emory "Ike" Ikerd, LTJG, OinC hawg4ike@aol.com 1/70-3/70 Sea Float/Cam Ranh Santa Paula, CA
    2/XX/70 Sea Float boat transferred to Cam Rahn Bay
    1 April 1970 Cam Ranh Bay transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3869
Nguyen Van Van, Trung Uy, OinC   4/70-??    

- PCFs 49 thru 54 were delivered to Cam Ranh Bay, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Colonial LSD 18, on 27 April 1966.

- On 6 June 1966, USS Fortify MSO 446, USS Dynamic MSO 432, PCF 45 and PCF 51 conducted SAR operations following a collision between two Vietnamese civilian junks off Ban Than Point, just north of Nha Trang. Five survivors were recovered.

- On 9 June 1967 boat transferred from Cam Ranh to Chu Lai.

- On 20 June 1967, an explosion on board a US landing craft unloading ammunition at Duc Pho blew crew members into the water and started a fire which spread to the nearby ammunition supply point. Four MARKET TIME craft -- PCFs 49, 51, 54 and 60 -- were dispatched to the scene to conduct search and rescue operations. Despite a series of secondary explosions which hurtled shrapnel as far as 1,500 yards from the beach, the PCFs moved in and rescued 11 persons from the water. PCF 49 sustained minor hull damage during the mission, and two of the crew were wounded, one seriously.

- At 1400 on 9 August 1967, 600 yards from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), PCF 51 was struck by small-arms fire from an enemy shore position. The Swift boat was soon joined by USCGC Point Orient and the PCF and cutter each made a mortar-firing run past the enemy site, followed by machine-gun firing runs at close range. Air and artillery strikes were then requested, and a spotter subsequently confirmed that the enemy position had been destroyed and that at least one of the enemy had been killed. One member of the PCF's crew was wounded and was evacuated to Dong Ha for treatment.

- On 20 October 1967 boat transferred from Cam Ranh to An Thoi.

- On 13 April 1968 boat transferred from An Thoi to DaNang.

- PCF 51 was the last boat to undergo an out-of-country overhaul and arrived back in Cam Ranh Bay, 31 October 1968. During this program 24 PCFs had been overhauled at Subic Bay, PI and at Sasebo, Japan and then returned in-country.

- PCF 51 was hit by a B-40 rocket, while transiting "Rocket Alley" on the Rach Bang Cung, amidships, in the main cabin, during a Chieu Hoi psyops mission, resulting in the lose of one (1) crewman and the wounding two (2) others, 17 December 1968.

- The Cua Lon River was the scene of a raid that encountered hostile fire on 12 March 1969. PCFs 23 and 94 took MSF troops up river, where they were landed without incident and began moving to the west. At the same time PCFs 43 and 51 stood by to provide cover. As the sweep progressed PCF 51 probed north of the Cai Nhap Canal and PCFs 23 and 94 probed up the Cai Ngai River. Following these probes light small arms fire was received from the beach and was immediately suppressed. The three Swifts then headed up the Cai Nhap Canal where two of three water mines detonated, one throwing up a 50-foot column of mud and water. Heavy enemy fire was taken from both canal banks and could not be suppressed. The PCFs cleared to the south and picked up the MSF unit. The enemy positions were taken under mortar and artillery fire and air support was called in. A group of 20 additional MSF were brought to the mouth of the Cua Lon from the USS Washtenaw County LST 1166 by LCVP. They were taken by PCFs 43 and 94 up river to where a sweep lasting one hour sighted nine Viet Cong and detained one female suspect. Other results included five structures, 14 sampans and a large junk destroyed. Three of the PCFs received minor damage and one crewman was slightly wounded.

- On 13 April 1969, PCF 51 was one of 13 Swiftboats taking part in Operation Silver Lance II. This action resulted in the loss of PCF 43, severe damage to PCFs 5, 21, 38 & 51 and  damage to PCFs 9 & 45. Two swiftboat sailors were killed and another three were severely injured; one UDT member was killed, two others severely wounded and another four wounded and one Vietnamese Marine was killed and another five seriously wounded.

PCF 51 under tow 

    13 April 1969, PCF 51 is under tow by two swiftboats, after being hit by two B40 rockets, which blew out all the cabin windows. The boat was also rocked with small arms and automatic weapon's fire during Operation Silver Lance II. The after loader, QM3 Thomas Eugene Holloway, was killed during this action, probably by one of the B40 rockets, which hit five inches above the waterline, on the portside, knocking out one engine. The boat was able to proceed under one engine's power, out of the ambush area.
   The towing PCFs, on the right (gunner with the helmet on is QM2 Robert Charles Gnau), is PCF 67, the other PCF is unknown.

- On 15 May 1969 four PCFs were attacked by VC in the Song Bay Hap, resulting in two (2) US Navy killed and one (1) US Navy wounded

- On ?? February 1970 boat transferred from Sea Float to Cam Ranh Bay

PCF 52
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    27 April 1966 Cam Ranh Bay first arrived in South Vietnam
Charles Joseph Bustamante, LTJG, OinC   4/28/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay arrived in country 2/7/66 - Alexandria, VA
Johnson, EN   4/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay  
Manuel Ma DeToro, BM2 mad_boys@bellsouth.net 4/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay Green Cove Springs, FL
Harry Middleton Thomas III, GMG3 hmthomas3@verizon.net 4/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay Radnor, PA
Arthur Donald Wiggins, RMSN/3   4/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay  
Michael Joseph Winter, SN   4/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay  
James Frederick Amerault, ENS/LTJG, OinC jamerault@comcast.net 2/67-6/67 Cam Ranh Bay Atlantic Beach, FL
William Hickman Ewing Jr, LTJG, OinC wewingii@comcast.net 6/67-7/67 Cam Ranh Bay Germantown, TN
James Owen Mann, BMC   6/67-7/67 Cam Ranh Bay Southampton, PA
John Joseph Cox Jr, EN1   6/67-7/67 Cam Ranh Bay deceased 6/17/01 in Popular Grove, IL
Denis Perry "Drink" Drinkwalter, TM3   6/67-7/67 Cam Ranh Bay Kingsland, GA
Norman Allen Bye Jr, RM3 normbye@cox.net 6/67-7/67 Cam Ranh Bay Derby, KS
Florentino V. Bejarano, EN3   6/67-7/67 Cam Ranh Bay Tucson, AZ
Bernard Wellborn Wolff, LTJG, OinC bernardwolff@earthlink.net 8/22/67-4/20/68 Cam Ranh/An Thoi Roswell, GA
Kevin N. Kinally, QM1   8/67-11/67 Cam Ranh/An Thoi Jacksonville, FL
David Walter "Bart" Barthelmeh, QM3 dbbarthel@redriver.net.com 8/67-4/68 Cam Ranh/An Thoi Lake Havasu City, AZ
?Larry? Kenney   8/67-4/68 Cam Ranh/An Thoi  
Robinson, BM?   8/67-4/68 Cam Ranh/An Thoi  
    20 October 1967 Cam Ranh Bay boat transferred to An Thoi
William Garrett Lockerman Jr, GMG3   ??/68-4/68 An Thoi Starke, FL
    10 April 1968 An Thoi boat transferred to Cat Lo
Lewis Dale Going, EN3 lncgoing@yahoo.com 20 Oct 67 thru ?? An Thoi Clearwater, KS
Jerry Lamar Thompson, GMG3   20 Oct 67 thru ?? An Thoi Warner Robins, GA
    ????-10/5/68   overhaul in Sasebo, Japan
Edward John "Bub" Morgan Jr, ENS/LTJG, OinC bandcm@tds.net 12/68 - 4/69 Qui Nhon arrived in country 11/24/68 - Wilmot Flat, NH
James Arthur Wruck, GMG3   12/68 - 4/69 Qui Nhon Franklin, NC
Dennis James Makovsky, EN2 vfw7293@gmail.com 12/68 - 4/69 Qui Nhon Whitehall, PA
Jaime Montenegro Garcia, EN2 patrickgarcia1@hotmail.com 12/68 - 4/69 Qui Nhon San Diego, CA
John Hart Davis, GMGSN jd@jhdavisassoc.com 12/68 - 4/69 Qui Nhon Yolo, CA
    4/69-5/69 Cam Ranh Bay  
William Cody Garlow, LTJG, OinC bgarlow@bwsunset.com 5/69-8/69 CamRanh/AnThoi/SeaFloat Cody, WY
Robert Thomas Wedge Jr, QM1 karaoke_bob@yahoo.com 5/69-5/69 Cam Ranh Bay Loretto, TN
Dennis Lee Ripley, RD1   5/69-???? CamRanh/AnThoi/SeaFloat  
Glenn Edward Norr, BM3 gln007@windstream.net   (brother) 5/69-8/69 CamRanh/AnThoi/SeaFloat deceased 7/18/70 in a Meadville, PA hunting accident
Ronald Dale Evans, EN2   5/69-8/69 CamRanh/AnThoi/SeaFloat was from Arkansas
Ronald Kent Woods, BM3   5/69-8/69 CamRanh/AnThoi/SeaFloat South Bend, IN
Robert Earl Nowlin, GMG3 renowlin@yahoo.com 5/69-8/69 CamRanh/AnThoi/SeaFloat Bedford, TX
Billy Joe Alford, QM1 alford52@cox.net 6/69-7/69 An Thoi deceased 12/6/12 in Norfolk, VA
David George Marquardson, QM2   1969 An Thoi Concord, CA
    10 June 1970 An Thoi transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3817

- PCFs 49 thru 54 were delivered to Cam Ranh Bay, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Colonial LSD 18, on 27 April 1966.

- On 16 July 1966, PCF 52 received small arms fire from shore positions just south of Nha Trang while conducting a PSYOPS broadcast. The PCF received two hits in the pilot house, one in the main cabin, one in the gun tub and one on the radar mast. There were no personnel casualties.

- On 20 October 1967 boat transferred from Cam Ranh to An Thoi.

- On 14 April 1968 boat transferred from An Thoi to Cat Lo

- On the afternoon of 24 June 1969, PCFs 21, 52 and 40 with VNN PSYOPS team embarked, patrolled west on the Cua Lon River. Upon reaching the Rach Ong Trang, two VC flags were sighted and PCF 40 entered the canal while the other units provided cover. Two B-40 rockets passed over PCF 40 and only one detonated. The Swifts suppressed the fire with unknown results. Two VC propaganda signs were later sighted which read "We kill Americans. Vietnamese soldiers stay out."
An incident on 29 June 1969, marred the otherwise uneventful four days of psyops campaigns as Operation SEA FLOAT continued. A command detonated mine exploded in an abandoned sampan which PCF 52 was investigating, about six miles northeast of Nam Can. There were no personnel casualties but the Swift sustained five broken windows and minor damage to it's fathometer.

PCF 53
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    27 April 1966 Cam Ranh Bay first arrived in South Vietnam
Edgar Miner Morrill Jr, LTJG, OinC emmorrill@aol.com 4/27/66-3/67 Cam Ranh Bay Greenwich, CT
Donald Wayne Snow, BM1   4/66-3/67 Cam Ranh Bay Cadillac, MI
Cox, EN2   4/66-3/67 Cam Ranh Bay  
Lon Devere Marlowe III, RM3 Marlowe_lon@hotmail.com 4/66-3/67 Cam Ranh Bay West Point, GA
Celso Cruz Morrison, ETNSN ccmorrison1@verizon.net 4/66-3/67 Cam Ranh Bay Huntington Beach, CA
Douglas John Duskin, LTJG, OinC   4/66-3/25/67 Cam Ranh Bay arrived in country 4/17/66 - Camden, SC
Harold F. Garrison, BM2/1   4/66-?? Cam Ranh Bay  
Kenneth Joe Hollars, EN2/1   4/66-?? Cam Ranh Bay North Wilkesboro, NC
Larry James Phillips, RM3   4/66-?? Cam Ranh Bay  
Richard Ridgedale, GMG3   4/66-?? Cam Ranh Bay was from Baton Rouge, LA
Gary Grant "Buckwheat" Hite Sr, SN ghite@neo.rr.com 4/66-4/67 Cam Ranh Bay Akron, OH
William Howard Croll, LTJG/LT, OinC   67-3/1/68 Cam Ranh/Cua Viet Portsmouth, RI
Frank Gruman, RD?     Cam Ranh/Cua Viet was from Chicago, IL
Kenneth Joe Hollars, EN1     Cam Ranh/Cua Viet  
Richards, RM?     Cam Ranh/Cua Viet was from Rochester, NY area
Ronald Lee Campbell, GMGSN     Cam Ranh/Cua Viet  
Edward Miller Lammons III, SN mkb26@comcast.net   Cam Ranh/Cua Viet deceased 2/26/08 in Tampa, FL
    5 July 1967 Cam Ranh Bay departed to establish Cua Viet base
    21 September 1967 Cua Viet boat returned from Cua Viet
    20 October 1967 Cam Ranh Bay boat transferred to An Thoi
William James "Rip" Collins Jr, LTJG, OinC thirstyoiler@juno.com 11/67-4/68 An Thoi left country 7/23/68 - Waverly, VA
Billy Joe Alford, QM2 alford52@cox.net 11/67-4/68 An Thoi deceased 12/6/12 in Norfolk, VA
Robert Wayne Ankenbauer, RD3 r.ankenbauer@verizon.net 11/67-4/68 An Thoi Largo, FL
Lester Thomas Boyster, BM3   11/67-4/68 An Thoi Liberty, TX
Shepard, GMG3   11/67-4/68 An Thoi  
John Anthony Kent, EN2   11/67-4/68 An Thoi  
    13 April 1968 An Thoi boat transferred to DaNang
James Robert Hoffman, RD3 wbcps@juno.com ?-7/68-? Cat Lo Oshkosh, WI
John Ellis O'Neill, LTJG, OinC oneilljohn@copn.com 3/69-9/69 Cat Lo Houston, TX
Charles L. Brown, QM2   3/69-9/69 Cat Lo  
Sklezia (sp), QM2   3/69-9/69 Cat Lo  
Oliver Perry Lent III, RDSN   3/69-9/69 Cat Lo Portland, OR
Charles Roland Richardson, BM3 charles@bigriver.net 2/69-8/69 Cat Lo Millington, TN
Steven Hollis Johnson, GMG3 johnsonstevenh@comcast.net 5/69-5/69 Cat Lo Fresno, CA
David Michael Tofte, GMG2 toftedm@nemontel.net 6/69-11/69 Cat Lo Williston, ND
Richard William Holleran, LTJG, OinC rholleran1@adelphia.net 10/17/68-5/69 Cat Lo Monroeville, PA
Michael Ellis Coyle, QM2 trigger55@aol.com 7/68-7/69 Cat Lo WIA 2/11/69 - Huber Heights, OH
Michael Bruce Kovanen, RD3 mkovanen@aol.com 12/68-6/69 Cat Lo Richland, WA
John Andrew Cameron, BM3     Cat Lo was from California
James Howard Tinker Jr, EN3     Cat Lo Brimley, MI
Ronald Bruce Munro, GMG3 swift54@aol.com   Cat Lo Las Vegas, NV
James Leon McDonald, EN3 Jmcd@mindspring.com 70 Cat Lo Leeds, AL
John Patrick Cawley, LTJG, OinC   ??10/69-2/70?? Cat Lo  
    ??-5/27/70   overhaul at NSF Cat Lo
John Scott Hatcher Jr, QM3   5/70-8/70 Cat Lo Grapevine, TX
    1 September 1970 An Thoi transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3900

- PCFs 49 thru 54 were delivered to Cam Ranh Bay, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Colonial LSD 18, on 27 April 1966.

- PCF 53 departed Cam Ranh Bay, 5 July 1967, to establish an operating base at Cua Viet.

- On 20 October 1967 boat transferred from Cam Ranh Bay to An Thoi.

- On 13 April 1968 boat transferred from An Thoi to DaNang.

- 27 July 1968, PCF 53 rescued two Air Force pilots after their F-100 was shot down.  Stars and Stripes story

- A group of seven detainees picked up by PCF 53, on 19 October 1968, 30 miles southwest of Vung Tau, were classified as prisoners of war during November as a result of interrogations.

- On 19 August 1969, while investigating a suspicious sampan, off the northwestern tip of Dung Island, PCF 53 came under attack from shore machine gun positions and was hit by a B-40 rocket. The sampan and machine gun positions were fired upon while PCF 53 made its withdrawal, so that temporary repairs could be made to its port bow, where the rocket had made an 18" hole in the hull, at the waterline.

- On 21 November 1969, PCFs 24, 25, 53 & 63 and Coastal Group 36 junks, inserted 100 troops from the Long Phu District in four positions on Cu Lao Dung Island, about 10 miles east of Soc Trang. Following the insertion the "Swift" boats acted as a blocking force. Two OV-10s provided overhead cover and took designated targets under fire resulting in five large secondary explosions. The PCF's destroyed five motorized sampans, and then troops destroyed one large weapons cache. There was one US sailor slightly wounded and enemy casualties are unknown.

- 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 54
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    27 April 1966 Cam Ranh Bay first arrived in South Vietnam
David Faustin Hack, LTJG, OinC   4/66-3/7/67 Cam Ranh Bay arrived in country 4/17/66 - Galloway, OH
Gerald Walter Girlinghouse, BM1   4/66-67 Cam Ranh Bay Oceanside, CA
Milburn (Nmn) Naillon, EN1   4/66-67 Cam Ranh Bay made chief and then was transferred off the boat
Thomas Michael Martin, RM2 clawhammer@ameritech.net 4/66-4/67 Cam Ranh Bay Shiloh, IL
Elton E. Fuller Jr, GMG2   4/66-67 Cam Ranh Bay  
Robert Wilson Walker, SN   4/66-67 Cam Ranh Bay  
Glenn D. Greene, GMG2   66/67 Cam Ranh Bay  
William Landon Auxier, ENS/LTJG, OinC willie.auxier@genmills.com 1/67-9/67 Cam Ranh Bay/Chu Lai left country 1/19/68 - Wilmington, DE
    11 June 1967 Cam Ranh Bay boat transferred to Chu Lai
Thomas Duffy Gill Jr, LTJG, OinC   9/67-3/13/68 Chu Lai/An Thoi/Cat Lo West Hartford, CT - doctor
James R. Halpen, RM1 jhalpen@twcny.rr.com 9/67-5/68 Chu Lai/An Thoi/Cat Lo Ogdensburg, NY
Antoni T. Sannicolas, BM2   9/67-5/68 Chu Lai/An Thoi/Cat Lo  
Bobby Mitchael Kelley, EN3   9/67-5/68 Chu Lai/An Thoi/Cat Lo  
Gary Wayne Hutton, GMGSN sugar1028@embarqmail.com 9/67-5/68 Chu Lai/An Thoi/Cat Lo Punta Gorda, FL
Paul Joseph Acker, RDSN/3   9/67-5/68 Chu Lai/An Thoi/Cat Lo  
    20 October 1967 Chu Lai boat transferred to An Thoi
    10 April 1968 An Thoi boat transferred to Cat Lo
    5/18-6/1/68 Qui Nhon in country overhaul
Stephen Sinclair Hart, LTJG, OinC   7/13/68-69 Cat Lo was from Elizabeth, NJ
David Fowler Hennessy, BM2   7/68-7/68 Cat Lo was from New Yorkmo
Ernest Judson "Bud" Kittle III, QM3 earnestkittle@gmail.com 7/68-11/68 Cat Lo Rockport, TX
Thomas Ray Blakley, EN3 trb56@msn.com 6/68-9/68 Cat Lo Cincinnati, OH
Robert Duane Young, RD3 robt1948@hotmail.com 8/68-5/69 Cat Lo deceased 8/19/12 in Colona, IL
Ronald Bruce Munro, GMGSN swift54@aol.com 68/69 Cat Lo Las Vegas, NV
Robert Wayne Harris, GMG2 68/69 Cat Lo
Larry LeRoy Wells, EN3   68/69 Cat Lo  
Robert Patrick Williams, RDSN   68/69 Cat Lo Mocksville, NC
Stephen Harvers Sedgwick, ENS, OinC   4/69-10/69 Cat Lo South Dartmouth, MA
Richard Earl Babst, EN2   4/69-11/69 Cat Lo Champlin, MN
Moss N. Agee Jr, QM2   4/69-11/69 Cat Lo Corbin, KY
Daniel Jens Frantsen, RD3   4/69-11/69 Cat Lo Canton TWP, MI
Curtis Allen Rose, GMG3 rosec_46@yahoo.com 4/69-7/69 Cat Lo Vivian, LA
James Edward Federspiel, BM3   5/69-11/69 Cat Lo Louisville, KY
Stephen Alfred Hansen, LTJG, OinC s.hansen@managedlaw.com 10/69-10/69 Cat Lo WIA 10/16/69 - Clovis, CA
Donald Henry Clemen, BM3 uncledonups@sbcglobal.net 8/69-11/69 Cat Lo Aurora, IL
Ray Miller Paseur, QMC rmpas@aol.com 10/16/1969 Cat Lo WIA 10/16/69 - rider that day - Menifee, CA
Jeffrey Mize Wainscott, LTJG, OinC bramwood@comcast.net 11/69-2/70 Sa Dec Burgess, VA
John Nicola Dipucci, LTJG, OinC jdipucci@rsanet.com ??-4/70 Sa Dec Pittsburg, PA
William Lynn Rogers, LTJG, OinC willrogers@swiftharbor.com 4/70-7/70 Sa Dec/Cambodia/Cat Lo Gig Harbor, WA
Thomas Joseph Gill, QM2   4/70-7/70 Sa Dec/Cambodia/Cat Lo was from Illinois
Richard Charles Rader, RD3   4/70-7/70 Sa Dec/Cambodia/Cat Lo deceased 1/13/76 in Los Angeles, CA
Curtis Dean Hatler, GMG3 cdhatler@yahoo.com 4/70-7/70 Sa Dec/Cambodia/Cat Lo Coon Rapids, MN
John Sale Lasensky, GMG3   4/70-7/70 Sa Dec/Cambodia/Cat Lo North Miami Beach, FL
James E. Jennings, EN3   4/70-7/70 Sa Dec/Cambodia/Cat Lo  
Robert Oscar "Rob" Lincoln, RD3 oscar_phyllis@yahoo.com ??-7/70 Sa Dec Harrisville, MI
    ??-9/7/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
Dayton J. Ogden Jr, LTJG, OinC   9/70-9/70 Cat Lo New Canaan, CT
Bradford Miles Slepicka, RD3 ElbowG97@aol.com 9/70-9/70 Cat Lo Katy, TX
Daniel Milford Klinedinst, LTJG, OinC flfolks@hotmail.com 9/70-9/70 Cat Lo Navarre, FL
    1 October 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3911

- PCFs 49 thru 54 were delivered to Cam Ranh Bay, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Colonial LSD 18, on 27 April 1966.

- At 1815 on 4 December 1966, PCF 54 detected a heavily -damaged fishing junk ten miles northeast of Nha Trang. The 80-foot craft was carrying 36 men (and seven children) who were later identified as Chinese fishermen from Tanh Sien, Hainan Island, Communist China. The junk's cargo consisted of fish and fishing equipment. No contraband was found. interrogation revealed that the junk had been damaged in a storm and had drifted southeast to the position where it was found by PCF 54. Arrangements were made through diplomatic channels for the return of the junk and all occupants.

- On 17 June 1966, PCF 46 observed an unidentified aircraft collide with the water about 3 miles southeast of Cape Varella (CQ 3725). PCF alerted the Coastal Surveillance Center Nha Trang, USS Fortify MSO 446 and PCF 54 in the adjacent Op-area 4D. Upon arriving on the scene, fuel was still burning on the water and PCF 43 made a quick search of the probable flight path and the perimeter of the fire. When the fire was reduced to burning bits of fuel soaked flotsam, PCF 43 entered the crash site looking for survivors and attempting to identify the aircraft. One body, flight and radio logs, and many large identifiable pieces of aircraft were recovered. The aircraft was subsequently identified as an Air Force C-130. The MSO arrived on the scene and assumed on scene commander about two hours after the crash. All units, MSO 446, PCFs 43 and 54 continued searching the area for about 15 hours. One large oil slick was discovered and presumed to mark the position of the aircraft. The depth of the water was over 26 fathoms.

- On the evening of 26 April 1967, 20 miles south of Nha Trang, PCF 54 observed the mid-air explosion of a US Air Force C-47 and proceeded to the area. USS Embattle MSO 434 and PCFs 46 and 51 subsequently joined the search and recovery mission. PCF 54 recovered the aircraft's flight log and Air Force personnel ashore located most of the wreckage on the beach. The mission was terminated at 1800 on the 27th and the MARKET TIME units returned to their regular patrols.

- On 11 June 1967 boat transferred from Cam Ranh to Chu Lai.

- On 20 June 1967, an explosion on board a US landing craft unloading ammunition at Duc Pho blew crew members into the water and started a fire which spread to the nearby ammunition supply point. Four MARKET TIME craft -- PCFs 49, 51, 54 and 60 -- were dispatched to the scene to conduct search and rescue operations. Despite a series of secondary explosions which hurtled shrapnel as far as 1,500 yards from the beach, the PCFs moved in and rescued 11 persons from the water. PCF 49 sustained minor hull damage during the mission, and two of the crew were wounded, one seriously.

- 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

- 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 20 October 1967 boat transferred from Cam Ranh to An Thoi.

- On 14 April 1968 boat transferred from An Thoi to Cat Lo

- On the afternoon of 7 July 1969, PCF 17 observed a junk ablaze near the mouth of the Bassac River, 43 miles southeast of Can Tho. Upon approaching the junk, a woman on the bow was trying to extinguish the flames while three children were on the stern. Due to the intensity of the fire, the "Swift" boat was unable to immediately extinguish the fire and proceeded to rescue the people on board. While taking the children on board, the woman jumped into the water and started swimming toward the PCF, but the strong current dragged her under, and she drowned. PCF 54 was then called to the scene, and after an hour and a half, the fire was finally extinguished. The junk was totally consumed by the fire, except for the hull. The crew stated that the junk apparently contained a large quantity of gasoline or oil. PCF 17 then towed the hull out of the Bassac River, where it and the occupants were taken under tow by an accompanying junk.

PCF 55  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    15 May 1966 DaNang first arrived in South Vietnam
Alexander Joseph Krekich, LTJG, OinC akrekich@cox.net 12/66-11/22/67 DaNang/Hue/Chu Lai arrived in country 11/29/66 - Norfolk, VA
William Arthur Peat, RM3 wpeat@nycap.rr.com 12/66-11/67 DaNang/Hue/Chu Lai Schenectady, NY
Ralph Michael Rerko, BM3   12/66-11/67 DaNang/Hue/Chu Lai Newton Falls, OH
Tillman, SN   12/66-11/67 DaNang/Hue/Chu Lai  
?Patrick? Patterson, EN2   12/66-11/67 DaNang/Hue/Chu Lai  
?Lawrence? Harris, GM2   12/66-11/67 DaNang/Hue/Chu Lai  
Eldin Dean Smith, LTJG, OinC   7/6/67-2/68 DaNang left country 4/26/68 - Minneapolis, KS
Alexander (Nmn) Radisa Jr, QM2   7/67-2/68 DaNang deceased 12/29/98 in Akron, OH
Joseph Eldes LaSalle, GMG2   7/67-2/68 DaNang ?retired GMG2 8/16/74 - Kaplan, LA?
Rudy Gene Beeler, RD3   7/67-2/68 DaNang Lancaster, MO
Virgil Adrain Lewis, EN2   7/67-2/68 DaNang  
Kenneth Roger McDonald, BM2   7/67-2/68 DaNang Hastings, MN
Donald Morris Kowalsky, LTJG, OinC dmkowalsky@aol.com 5/69-2/70 DaNang Atlanta, GA
John Charles "Jack" Gallop, QM2 qmcs@mindspring.com 5/69-11/69 DaNang Fresno, CA
    21 August 1969 DaNang boat transferred to An Thoi
    1/3-2/18/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
    1 May 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3834

- On 15 May 1966 PCFs 55 thru 59 and PCF 61 were delivered to DaNang, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard a US Navy LSD. PCFs 55 and 56 remained in DaNang while the remaining boats transited to Qui Nhon, on 16 May 1966, forming the nucleus of the new PCF Division 105.

- PCF 14 capsized, sank and was lost while transiting heavy surf conditions, in an attempt to rescue local fisherman from several overturned sampans, at the Cua Viet river channel entrance, 30 November 1967. PCF 55 took an 85 degree roll and had all but one man washed overboard during rescue operations. The one remaining man held on and PCF 55, as well as all PCF 14's crew members and the Vietnamese personnel were returned safely to port.
Because of the continuation of deteriorating sea conditions generated by the Northeast Monsoon, the Cua Viet detachment operations were terminated on 30 November 1967.

- At about 1430 on 2 May 1968, PCF 55 received an urgent naval gunfire request from the 5/46 Infantry Battalion, Americal Division. A reconnaissance sweep of an area 14 miles southeast of Chu Lai by A Company of the 5/46th was taken under enemy automatic weapons fire. The "Swift" boat complied by firing 600 rounds of .50 caliber fire into the enemy position. As the ground operation continued it was determined that the PCF's gunfire had killed seven Viet Cong and flushed out another captured by the Army force. It was later reported that the prisoner was a hard core Viet Cong and the "best intelligence source from this area to date".

- March 1969 --- A report from PCF 55 revealed the extent to which "Swift" boat employment on rivers had increased over the past six months. A command detonated mine exploded 10 to 15 feet off the starboard side as it received heavy small arms automatic weapons fire from the north bank of the Cua Dai River. In the paragraph of the report covering the employment of the unit at the time of the incident, the "swift" boat indicated, "NORMAL M/T RIV PATROL." Normal river patrols on the Cua Dai during March 1969 were often far from routine as hostile fire, including two mine detonations, was encountered 12 times. In addition to hostile fire suppression, evading craft were engaged twice, another 19 naval gunfire support missions were fired and half a dozen ground probes were supported by Cua Dai patrols. Enemy losses came to 19 killed (7 body count plus 12 estimated), 2 wounded, 3 craft and 13 structures/bunkers damaged. Friendly casualties came to seven USN and four VNN wounded and two "Swift" boats received significant damage.

- On 3 July 1969, while on routine Market Time patrol, PCF 55 was directed to investigate a downed aircraft about 45 miles southeast of DaNang. The wreckage was located at the reported position and was identified as a UH-1H helicopter, tail number 17694. Divers on board the PCF were immediately sent over the side in an attempt to recover the bodies trapped in the wreckage. A floating body spotted by an Army Americal Division helo was recovered by the scuba divers along with one M-16 rifle, one M-60 machine gun and one survival kit. PCF 55 returned to Chu Lai with the bodies while PCF 24, which was ordered to the scene, towed the wreckage to a salvable position.

- On 21 August 1969 boat transferred from DaNang to An Thoi.

PCF 56  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    15 May 1966 DaNang first arrived in South Vietnam
John Patrick Laing Jr, LTJG, OinC   5/66-4/22/67 DaNang/Chu Lai/Hue arrived in country 4/28/66 - Mountain Home, AR
Kemper Swanson Billings, BM1   5/66-10/66 DaNang/Hue KIA 10/29/66 - Burlington, NC   (story)
Joseph Jacob Faden Sr, RM2 wa6ddf@yahoo.com 5/66-4/67 DaNang/Chu Lai/Hue Sun Valley, NV
Billie Raye Bransteitter, BM3   5/66-4/67 DaNang/Chu Lai/Hue Muncy, PA
James Michael Jones Sr, GMG3 jimjones45@charter.net 5/66-4/67 DaNang/Chu Lai/Hue Greenville, SC
Murrell Donald Luloff, EN3   5/66-4/67 DaNang/Chu Lai/Hue deceased 8/6/08 in Tucson, AZ
Gilbert Felix Gallegos, BM1   10/66-?? DaNang/Chu Lai/Hue deceased 4/16/06 in Ponderosa, NM
unknown, BM? - tall, blond haired   late 66-early 67   replaced Gallegos
Jerald Har Smith Jr, RM2 jerry.smith@fairchild.af.mil 5/66-?? DaNang Spokane, WA
Carl Rae Dalton, GMGSA   5/66-?? DaNang was from California
Anthony Atwater Baker, LTJG, OinC   66-10/4/66 DaNang left country 11/5/66
William I. Lockhart, BM1   66   ?retired BMC 11/69 - was from Washington?
L. Anthony "Tony" Strohl, RMSN   66    
Robert Lee McCredie, SN rmacc1@yahoo.com 66   Omro, WI
John Dorsey, GMG2   66    
Ralph Bird, EN2   66    
Michael O'Reilly Tackney, LTJG, OinC motack@msn.com 6/67-11/67 Chu Lai/DaNang left country 5/3/68 - Baton Rouge, LA
Wesley James Schneider, EN2 jim@knoledgy.net 67-68 DaNang/Chu Lai Rapid City, SD
James Lawrence Burke, LT, OinC   11/67-10/1/68 DaNang deceased 2/21/08 in El Cajon, CA
Edward E. Vanderford, BMC   67-5/68    
Thomas Frederick Corry, RD3 tc2375corry@hotmail.com 5/11/67-5/68 Chu Lai Naperville, IL
Jack Howard White, GMG3   67-5/68 Chu Lai ?possibly from San Antonio, TX?
Charles Audie Nevins Jr, RD3   67-5/68 Chu Lai Vancouver, WA
Jake T(oussa) Gilmore, SN   67-5/68    
James Tanner Harper, EN2   7/67-68 DaNang  
Alvah Earl Setzer, LTJG, OinC asetzer@msn.com 2/24/68-69 DaNang Lynnwood, WA
Mark Alan Potes, GMG3   2/68-69 DaNang Sandy Valley, NV
Robert LeRoy "Rod" Prewitt, RD3 rod7143@yahoo.com 8/68-2/69 DaNang Jacksonville, FL
William Edward Franke, ENS, OinC wefranke@gannonintl.com 2/69-9/69 Cat Lo/An Thoi St Louis, MO
Weymouth Daniel Symmes Jr, RD2 WeySymmes@aol.com 2/69-9/69 Cat Lo/An Thoi Missoula, MT
Tony Paul Gisclair, BM3   2/69-9/69 Cat Lo/An Thoi Poplarville, MS
Edward Ronald "Tex" Stokes, GMG3 ers@earthlink.net 2/69-9/69 Cat Lo/An Thoi Mobile, AL
Gary Paul Alexander, GMG3   2/69-9/69 Cat Lo/An Thoi Norwalk, IA
Theodore Albert Rice, EN3   2/69-2/69 Cat Lo/An Thoi  
Van Truong       RVN liaison
Jerry Allen "Frog" Sheneman, EN3   2/69-8/69 Cat Lo/An Thoi replacement for Rice - ?Verona, KY?
    7 May 1969 Cat Lo boat transferred to An Thoi
Larry Dean Jorgensen, EN2 ljorg46@yahoo.com 8/69-9/69 An Thoi replacement for Sheneman - Ewing, NE
    9/8-10/27/69   battle damage repairs at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
Patrick Lewis Evans Sr, LTJG, OinC evanslaw@imcnet.net 10/69-12/69 An Thoi WIA 12/4/69 - Watertown, NY (lawyer)
Melvin Julian Lien, QM2   10/69-12/69 An Thoi deceased 6/16/03 in Winter Park, FL
Danny J. St. Pierre, GMG3   10/69-12/69 An Thoi Raceland, LA
Michael James Kennedy, RDSN   10/69-12/69 An Thoi was from Conn or Mass
Michael Allen Nauert, GMG3   10/69-12/69 An Thoi Poynette, WI
Harold R. Sisk, EN1   10/69-12/69 An Thoi was from New Mexico
Harry Clayton Howze III, LTJG, OinC hclaytonh@bellsouth.net ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia Charlotte, NC
George Alden Nelson, QM2 vhsgan47@yahoo.net ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia Vashon, WA
Randall Andrew Brian, EN2 tanker60@gmail.com ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia Cranberry Twp, PA
Karl Elwyn Sauer, GMGSN mustafi56@msn.com ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia Fairdale, WV
Steven Riley Rosselot, GMGSN   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia Littleton, CO
Phillip Craig Beets, RDSN phil@sunflower.com ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia Lawrence, KS
    18 June 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3887

- On 15 May 1966 PCFs 55 thru 59 and PCF 61 were delivered to DaNang, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard a US Navy LSD. PCFs 55 and 56 remained in DaNang while the remaining boats transited to Qui Nhon, on 16 May 1966, forming the nucleus of the new PCF Division 105.

- The first DaNang Swift Boat crewmember lost in action, was swept overboard, in heavy monsoon surf, at the mouth of the Hue river, 29 October 1966. An intensive search by aircraft and two PCFs failed to locate the body. At 0730 on 31 October 1966, Regional Force/Popular Force troops discovered the body on the beach.  Story

- On 7 May 1969 boat transferred from Cat Lo to An Thoi.

- On 7 September 1969 boat was heavily damaged by an underwater mine explosion. The boat was made temporarily seaworthy and transferred to Cam Ranh Bay for repairs. On 22 October 1969 the boat completed repairs and was returned to An Thoi.

- At 1300H on 4 December 1969, US PCFs 50, 56, VNN PCF 3805, an LSSL with Seawolves providing air cover, were conducting a psyops patrol on the Song Dam Doi about 25 kilometers northwest of Sea Float, when they were ambushed by an unknown number of VC with B-40, AK-47 and M-16 fire. The lead boat, PCF 50, took a B-40 hit head-on, in the pilot house, killing the bow gunner, RD3 Martin S. Doherty, and wounding the OinC, LTJG Robert S. White and helmsman, QM3 Thomas R. Terfehr. A second B-40 hit close aboard to port, wounding two (2) additional crewmen, EN2 John R. Phillips and BM3 Roy D. White, on the fantail. The VNN PCF 3805, took a B-40 hit low on the port bow and another on the port side of the pilot house, killing the USN advisor, BM1 Don E. Stevenson, and seriously wounding the VNN OinC and XO. PCF 56 received a B-40 near miss that wounded the OinC, LTJG Patrick L. Evans. The Seawolves and LSSL responded with saturation fire into the area and silenced the enemy fire. A VNN reaction team was inserted and a ground sweep resulted in the capture of two twin B-40 rocket launchers, two entrenching tools, wire and batteries. Two members of the VNN reaction team also received minor wounds.

PCF 57  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    16 May 1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam
Donald A. Tortorice, LTJG, OinC DonTort@aol.com 5/16/66-2/67 Qui Nhon Pinehurst, NC - retired law professor, College of William & Mary
Clovis Allen Whitman, BM1   5/66-2/67 Qui Nhon Stephenville, TX
Charles C. Starnes, EN2   5/66-2/67 Qui Nhon  
Gerald James Rhodes, RM2 Grhodes989@aol.com 5/66-2/67 Qui Nhon Lindley, NY
Manuel (Nmn) Garcia Jr, GMGSN   5/66-2/67 Qui Nhon  
Donald Edgar Young, GMG3 dandjy@att.net 5/66-2/67 Qui Nhon Plainfield, IL
Robert Carl Johnson, LTJG, OinC ricetwigcharlie@optonline.net 2/67-12/67 Qui Nhon/Chu Lai Saint James, NY - doctor
William Joseph Calcutt Jr, BM1 15/ 2/67-12/67 Qui Nhon/Chu Lai deceased 2/18/84 in McKeesport, PA
Stephen Gary Sahm, GMG3 sand@tima.com 2/67-12/67 Qui Nhon/Chu Lai Oviedo, FL
Lowell Stephen Brown, SN poppabrown@sbcglobal.net 2/67-12/67 Qui Nhon/Chu Lai Cameron Park, CA
David Solis, SN   2/67-12/67 Qui Nhon/Chu Lai  
Jerry Edward Brown, FN jerry.brown@shell.com 2/67-12/67 Qui Nhon/Chu Lai Crosby, TX
    Oct 1967 Qui Nhon boat transferred to Chu Lai
Arlie Joe Pope, LTJG, OinC joepope57@yahoo.com 12/67-7/15/68 Chu Lai Northport, MI and Wickford, RI
Joseph B(ernley) Noel, GMG2/1   12/67-7/68 Chu Lai ?Eagle Rock, VA?
Wayne Oscar Davis, BM2 wdavis51@bellsouth.net 12/67-7/68 Chu Lai deceased 6/24/10 in Albany, GA
Lenard Allan Pratt, RD2   12/67-7/68 Chu Lai Jacksonville Beach, FL
James Vincent Burns, QM2   12/67-7/68 Chu Lai Westland, MI
Warren Roger Angus, EN2 anguswr42@earthlink.net 12/67-7/68 Chu Lai Jeannette, PA
Richard Lee "Dick" Lyons, LTJG, OinC affray@bellsouth.net 4/20/68-5/20/68 Chu Lai Big Pine Key, FL
Richard Francis Elmer, QM2   4/68-6/68 Chu Lai Largo, FL
Larry Robert Duddles, EN2   4/68-6/68 Chu Lai Salem, OR
Roy Clifford Smith Jr, BM3 royellensmith@reagan.com 4/68-6/68 Chu Lai Houghton Lake, MI
Vernon Wier Norton, RD3   4/68-6/68 Chu Lai Ulysses, KS
Kenneth Wayne Golden, GMG3 kgolden7@peoplepc.com 4/68-6/68 Chu Lai Squaw Valley, CA
Edward Robert "Tedd" Peck Jr, LTJG, OinC tpeck49@cableone.net 7/68-12/6/68 Chu Lai/Cam Ranh/An Thoi Prescott, AZ
Delbert Louis Sandusky, QM1   7/68-12/6/68 Chu Lai/Cam Ranh/An Thoi Lafayette, IN
Eugene Kenneth "Thor" Thorson, EN2   7/68-12/6/68 Chu Lai/Cam Ranh/An Thoi Ames, IA
Michael Richard Eugene Medeiros, QM2 aureus@sbcglobal.net 7/68-12/6/68 Chu Lai/Cam Ranh/An Thoi San Leandro, CA
Kenneth Wayne Golden, GMG3 kgolden7@peoplepc.com 7/68-12/6/68 Chu Lai/Cam Ranh/An Thoi Squaw Valley, CA
RD??   7/68-10/68    
Stanley Edward Jenereski, RD2 Jenereski@aol.com 10/68-12/6/68 Chu Lai/Cam Ranh/An Thoi replacement for ?? - Southborough, MA
Thomas Michael Belodeau, RDSN   12/68-1/69 An Thoi replacement for Jenereski - deceased 11/10/97 in Dracut, MA
    6/15-8/11/69   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
Stephen Joseph Penta, GMG3   8/69-8/69 An Thoi KIA 8/12/69 - Revere, MA
    8/12-10/XX/69   battle damage repair
    31 October 1969 Saigon transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3853
    11/69-?? Qui Nhon South Vietnamese Naval service

- On 15 May 1966 PCFs 55 thru 59 and PCF 61 were delivered to DaNang, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard a US Navy LSD. PCFs 55 and 56 remained in DaNang while the remaining boats transited to Qui Nhon, on 16 May 1966, forming the nucleus of the new PCF Division 105.

- Just before noon on 3 August 1967, 43 miles south of Qui Nhon, PCF 60 rescued a junk containing seven South Vietnamese; the craft had become disabled in heavy seas. The Swift boat provided the occupants with first aid and food, then towed the junk a distance of four miles to the Coastal Group 24 base at Tuy Hoa. in a similar incident on the 13th, PCF 57 towed a disabled junk with four persons on board to Qui Nhon.

- On 10 October 1967 boat transferred from Qui Nhon to Chu Lai.

- On 14 October 1967, PCF 57 recovered four Vietnamese men and one child from a sailing junk which had sank while anchored in heavy seas off the coast of Quang Ngai Province.

- On 13 February 1968, PCF 57 fired urgent NGFS for elements of the Americal Division, TF Barker, under VC attack south of Chu Lai. During a four (4) hour period, the PCF fired continuously and received hostile automatic weapons fire in return. The PCF's support was instrumental in breaking up the enemy attack and silencing many hostile weapons positions.

- On 25 December 1968, PCF 6 and PCF 57 raided enemy positions in the Duong Keo river and destroyed several sampans and structures. The boats came under enemy fire while exiting and 2 USN crewmen were wounded.

- 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.
   Of 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 12 August 1969, as the PCFs left the Rach Cai Chon Nho canal, from a night ambush mission, a claymore mine was detonated. PCF 57 sustained heavy battle damage and one (1) US Navy KIA and one (1) US Navy wounded.

- At 0200 on the morning of 27 September 1969, two suspicious Nationalist Chinese fishing vessels were spotted within the restricted zone by PCF 57 about 25 miles south of Phan Rang. The two vessels were closed; however, heavy seas prevented boarding. The vessels then retrieved their nets and departed the area escorted by PCF 57.

- 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 58   #50NS6642 (Launched February 1966)

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments CTF 115
In Out
    16 May 1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam 5/16/66 -----
Stuart Alan Jewell, LTJG, OinC jewellbox2012@gmail.com 5/66-1/67 Qui Nhon San Diego, CA 2/20/66 2/5/67
Albert Wayne Porter, BM1   5/66-?? Qui Nhon deceased 3/17/10 in Port Hadlock, WA 3/3/66 2/1/67
Joseph Mill Wall Jr, EN1   5/66-?? Qui Nhon was from San Diego, CA area 2/20/66 2/1/67
David William Cristee, RM2   5/66-?? Qui Nhon St Albans, WV 1/28/66 4/25/67
Donivan Ray Murphy, SN   5/66-?? Qui Nhon Carriere, MS 3/3/66 9/9/67
Roger Edwin Brown, GMG3 rebrown@tecbb.net 5/66-10/66 Qui Nhon Pontotoc, MS 3/3/66 10/12/66
Jon Joseph Seigert Sr, QM3   5/66-?? Qui Nhon deceased 1/5/11 in Keansburg, NJ 6/27/66 6/5/67
Charles F(ranklin) Overly, GMG2   10/66-?? Qui Nhon replaced Brown - was from Pennsylvania 6/28/66 7/1/67
Charles Bennett Lindwall, LTJG, OinC clindwall@kbsrealty.com 5/66-3/67 Qui Nhon WIA 7/17/66 - Alexandria, VA 5/16/66 3/10/67
Jack Leroy Ellig, BM2/1 No Computer 5/66-3/67 Qui Nhon Portland, OR 4/16/66 4/21/67
George Campbell Lloyd Wilson, RM1   5/66-3/67 Qui Nhon Nuevo, CA 5/15/66 4/1/67
James Robert McNeal, EN2 McNeallawn@aol.com 5/66-3/67 Qui Nhon Virginia Beach, VA 5/15/66 4/7/67
Ricardo (Nmn) "Chico" Sanchez, GMG3/2   5/66-3/67 Qui Nhon   5/15/66 4/7/67
Gregory Arn(?) Jenkins, SN   5/66-3/67 Qui Nhon was from Akron, OH 5/15/66 4/7/67
Arnold Robert Hager Jr, LTJG, OinC hagerbob@verizon.net 66-11/67 Qui Nhon Plano, TX 9/23/66 11/11/67
William E. Burns Jr, BMC   66-11/67 Qui Nhon was from New York 9/3/66 8/28/67
James Edward Gillmer, RMSN/3   66-11/67 Qui Nhon Rapid River, MI 4/1/66 ???
Vao Lemafa Sope, EN3   66-11/67 Qui Nhon deceased 9/23/98 in Pago Pago, AS 9/23/66 9/10/67
John Miller Thompson, GMGSN/GMG3 johnski5550@msn.com 66-11/67 Qui Nhon San Diego, CA 9/23/66 9/17/67
James Robert "Bud" Connolly, BMSN/BM3 jamesbudconnolly@yahoo.com 11/66-11/67 Qui Nhon Santa Anna, TX 9/24/66 3/29/68
Carl Irving Addison Jr, LTJG, OinC   7/67-4/68 Qui Nhon/Chu Lai/DaNang Marietta, GA 7/6/67 7/6/68
Park Edward Harrington, EN1 (SS) subdbf@bellsouth.net 7/67-12/67 Qui Nhon/Chu Lai TRF to NAVHOSP Chelsea, MA 1/12/68 -  Gainesville, FL 7/10/67 1/12/68
Robert Eugene Koger, QM2 bobko@tampabayrr.com 7/67-4/68 Qui Nhon/Chu Lai/DaNang Springhill, FL 7/10/67 7/8/68
Bernard Anthony Snesko, BM2 snesko@aol.com 7/67-4/68 Qui Nhon/Chu Lai/DaNang Hidden Springs, ID 7/10/67 5/23/68
?(Joseph A. Chaddock, GMGSA/SN)?   7/67-4/68 Qui Nhon/Chu Lai/DaNang   ?7/10/67? ?7/8/68?
Jack Leon Warford, SN aletheia6@live.com 7/67-3/68 Qui Nhon/Chu Lai/DaNang Murrietta, CA - Church pastor 3/6/67 3/6/68
Engineman??   12/67-?? Chu Lai/DaNang replacement for Harrington ??? ???
    5 Oct 1967 Qui Nhon boat transferred to Chu Lai ----- -----
John Mercer Pinney, LTJG, OinC jpinney@pinneyassociates.com 4/68-7/68 DaNang Bethesda, MD 3/22/68 2/18/69
David Lenn McIntyre, BM2   4/68-7/68 DaNang deceased 8/3/11 in Pauls Valley, OK 8/11/67 8/12/68
Melvin Eugene Belden, QM2 gbelden1@hotmail.com 4/68-7/68 DaNang Palmer, AK 3/23/68 3/17/69
John Harmon Hill, EN2 pauline_g_hill@yahoo.com 4/68-7/68 DaNang deceased 8/13/13 in Covington, LA 3/23/68 3/17/69
Richard Michael Madison, GMGSN/3/2   4/68-7/68 DaNang ?Belpre, OH? 3/24/68 10/22/69
?RM, RD or SN?   4/68-7/68 DaNang   ??? ???
James Anthony Weinandy, LTJG/LT, OinC sdcfinancial@sbcglobal.net 7/68-5/69 Chu Lai/DaNang  La Jolla, CA 6/1/68 5/22/69
Lawrence John Wasikowski, RD3/2 larrywaz@swiftboats.net 7/68-5/69 Chu Lai/DaNang Omaha, NE 6/1/68 5/22/69
John (Nmn) Vasquez Jr, QM2 JohnV@mchenry.net 7/68-3/69 Chu Lai/DaNang  Marengo, IL 6/1/68 3/18/69
Roger Francis Poe, EN2   7/68-5/69 Chu Lai/DaNang San Antonio, TX 6/1/68 5/22/69
Dan Murray Williams, BM3   7/68-5/69 Chu Lai/DaNang Tucson, AZ 6/5/68 6/7/69
Edwin Earl Woodard Jr, GMG3 newdot58@gmail.com 7/68-5/69 Chu Lai/DaNang Desert Hot Springs, CA 6/5/68 5/22/69
Nguyen Luong "Thadd" Thuat, Trung Uy thuatkhue98@hotmail.com 5/69-10/69 DaNang/Cam Ranh Bay deceased 11/20/07 in Renton, WA ----- -----
    5/23-7/14/69   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay ----- -----
Raymond Anthony Mislock Jr, ENS/LTJG, OinC raymisjr@aol.com 7/69-10/69 Cam Ranh Bay Cochranville, PA 5/7/69 2/28/70
John Steven "Mojo" Mesojednik (Stevens), RD2 riverchief@direcway.com 7/69-10/69 Cam Ranh Bay Satsuma, AL 3/17/69 2/28/70
Donald Joseph Mendes, BM3 dkmendes@earthlink.net 7/69-10/69 Cam Ranh Bay Independence, VA 5/7/69 5/3/70
Donald Lewey Holley, BM3 lewholley@gmail.com 7/69-10/69 Cam Ranh Bay Holt, MI 5/7/69 4/30/70
Frederick Alan Short, GMG3 fshort7@comcast.net 7/69-10/69 Cam Ranh Bay North Little Rock, AR 2/13/69 1/30/70
Mickey William Walker, GMG3 mickeywalker@yahoo.com 7/69-10/69 Cam Ranh Bay deceased 2/4/14 in Hixson, TN 2/13/69 2/6/70
    31 October 1969 Saigon transferred to South Vietnamese Navy ----- 10/31/69
PCF 3854
Nguyen Luong "Thadd"  Thuat, Trung Uy, OinC thuatkhue98@hotmail.com 11/69-?? Qui Nhon deceased 11/20/07 in Renton, WA

- On 15 May 1966 PCFs 55 thru 59 and PCF 61 were delivered to DaNang, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard a US Navy LSD. PCFs 55 and 56 remained in DaNang while the remaining boats transited to Qui Nhon, on 16 May 1966, forming the nucleus of the new PCF Division 105.

- At 1132H on 3 July 1966 PCF 58 received small arms fire from shore (CR108430). Fire was suppressed and PCF 58 withdrew, BM1 A.W. Porter sustained a bullet wound to the left hand.

- On 17 July 1966, while approaching an evading sail junk close in to shore, PCF 58 was taken under small arms and automatic weapons fire from shore. PCF 58 suppressed the fire and withdrew. The OinC was wounded in the left thigh and evacuated via USS Conway DE 507 and then taken by helicopter to the 85th MEDEVAC hospital.

- On 5 October 1967 boat transferred from Qui Nhon to Chu Lai.

- On 28 May 1968, PCF 58 intercepted a small junk containing three males waving a white flag. The men stated that they were North Vietnamese fisherman and wanted to Chieu Hoi in order to come to South Vietnam to avoid service in the North Vietnamese Army. They were turned over to the nearest induction center.

- 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.
   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 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 morning of 3 May 1969, PCFs 61, 58, 39, Coastal Group 14, a Regional Force Unit from Quang Nam, 2 OV-10A, an Underwater Demolition Team and the TG 115.1 EOD Team conducted SEA TIGER operations along the Song Thu Bon and Truong Giang Rivers about 3 miles southeast of Hoi An. PCFs 61, 58 and 39 prepped the beach and inserted UDT and EOD teams near the mouth of the Truong Giang River to destroy bunkers and structures, while Coastal Group 14 inserted the Quang Nam RF units to provide perimeter defense. PCF 39 and Coastal Group units provided a river blocking force while PCF 61 and PCF 58 proceeded about one mile up the Truong Giang River to destroy bunkers and structures. Upon completion of the initial mission Coastal Group 14 extracted the Quang Nam RF units while PCFs 61 and 39 withdrew the EOD and UDT teams and reinserted them about three miles up the Truong Giang River to continue bunker destruction. There was no hostile fire encountered during the entire operation which lasted about six hours. Enemy losses were four sampans, 16 structures and 42 bunkers destroyed and 16 structures and 8 bunkers damaged. Seven large fires continued to burn as SEA TIGER units withdrew from the area. The Quang Nam Regional Forces received two Hoi Chanh as a direct result of the operation. There were no friendly casualties.

- On 23 May 1969, PCF 58 entered a 53 day overhaul at Cam Ranh Bay, which was completed on 14 July 1969. On 23-24 July 1969, propeller tests were conducted to compare overload conditions on the 12V71 engines, using 28x27 inch/pitch vs. 28x25 inch/pitch screws. Using the 28x27 screws, overload conditions occurred at 2000 rpm. No overload conditions were observed, at any speed, when using the 28x25 propeller, however a loss of about one knot in speed was prevalent at all speed changes. PCF 58 was loaded out to weigh 50,000 lbs and 47,500 lbs on each test run. Approval was granted to equip all PCFs with the 28x25 propellers, as a result of these tests.

- 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 was also scheduled for turnover to the Vietnamese Navy in early November.

PCF 59
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    16 May 1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam
Theodore Anthony Wright IV, LTJG, OinC tawdino@gmail.com 5/16/66-9/10/66 Qui Nhon left country 9/26/66 - Boquete, Republic of Panama
James Thomas Green, BMC   5/16/66-9/66 Qui Nhon ?San Diego, CA?
Jesse Philip Stewart, EN2 (SS)   5/16/66-7/66 Qui Nhon caught malaria and left country
Preston Mark Nelson Jr, BM3   5/16/66-?? Qui Nhon deceased 12/11/09 in Wagoner, OK
George Cleveland Rekow, GMG2 t1658a@live.com 5/16/66-9/66 Qui Nhon Cottonwood, AZ
Kenneth Charles Neal, RMSN   5/16/66-?? Qui Nhon  
Joseph Mill Wall Jr, EN1   7/66-9/66 Qui Nhon replaced Stewart
Jon Joseph Seigert Sr, QM3   ??-9/66 Qui Nhon deceased 1/5/11 in Keansburg, NJ
Lawrence Paul Benson, LTJG, OinC   8/66-3/67 Qui Nhon arrived in country 7/31/66 - deceased 9/19/01 in Toledo, OH
James David Garner, BM1   8/66-3/67 Qui Nhon ?Toledo, OH?
Kenneth L. Keeler, EN1   8/66-3/67 Qui Nhon was from Oklahoma
William Symon Howes, RM3 irish7275@cfl.rr.com 8/66-3/67 Qui Nhon Deltona, FL
Eugene Roy Larson, SN   8/66-3/67 Qui Nhon  
David Lynn Hanes, GMGSN speedworm41D@netscape.net 8/66-3/67 Qui Nhon Pleasant Hill, MO
Joseph Robert "Bob" Clements, EN3 jrclements@gbronline.com 8/67-?? Qui Nhon deceased 11/19/10 in Tulsa, OK
Timothy Wallace Tedford, LTJG, OinC ttedford@stx.rr.com 8/22/67-8/7/68 Qui Nhon Corpus Christi, TX
John D. Cannon III, QM2   8/67-8/68 Qui Nhon ?Camden, AL?
Richard Thomas Stevenson, QM2   8/67-8/68 Qui Nhon Morgantown, KY
Joseph John Spanik III, GMG2     Qui Nhon Brackenridge, PA
Jerome James Stampka, EN3     Qui Nhon Jamestown, ND
Jack Will Raynes, SN tractorjack19@hotmail.com 11/67-5/68 Qui Nhon Phoenix, AZ
Oliver Keith Evans, LTJG, OinC o.keith@cox.net 7/18/68-5/69 Cat Lo Virginia Beach, VA
Lawrence Joseph Benkowski, QM2 sabenkowski@netzero.com 68/69 Cat Lo Milwaukee, WI
James John Kallok, RD2 Barbnjim@cox.net 68/69 Cat Lo Virginia Beach, VA
Robert Alan Thompson, BM3   68-5/69 Cat Lo KIA - 5/19/69 - Downey, CA
Larry Wayne Hoffmaster, EN3 lhgh@comcast.net 68/69 Cat Lo Brenham, TX
Edwin Joseph Garrettson, EN1(SS) namvet-ss@attbi.com 6/68-3/69 Cat Lo Oregon City, OR
Frank Daniel Augustine, GMGSN pastmasterfda@msn.com 7/68-7/69 Cat Lo Carnegie, PA
Franklin Henry Carpenter, BM3 swiftvet68@alltel.net 10/68-3/69 Cat Lo deceased 3/28/12 in Columbus, GA
James Joseph Tracy Sr, BM3 jtracysr@aol.com 9/68-3/69 Sea Float Troy, NY
Denis Francis Daly, ENS, OinC   6/69-8/69 Cat Lo Salem, MA
Terrence Wayne Carroll, RD2 terrence_carroll@yahoo.com 6/69-8/69 Cat Lo Elgin, IL
Ray Allen Hux, GMG3   6/69-8/69 Cat Lo Chester, VA
Alvin Andrews "Andy" Horne, LTJG, OinC aahorne@comcast.net 9/69-2/70 Cat Lo Galveston, TX
Ray Allen Hux, GMG3/2   9/69-2/70 Cat Lo Chester, VA
Elton Raymond Elmer, RD3 No Computer 9/69-2/70 Cat Lo Kountze, TX
Randall Lee Holland, RDSN   9/69-2/70 Cat Lo ?Silom Springs, AR?
Peter B. Middendorf, LTJG, OinC   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia San Francisco, CA
James Joseph Marra, EN1   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia ?Buffalo, NY area?
Merrel William "Bill" Yocum, QM2 merrel.yocum@pa.ngb.army.mil 2/70-9/70 Cambodia Steubenville, OH
Richard Lynn Collins, GMGSN/3   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia  
Elton Raymond Elmer, RD3 No Computer ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia Kountze, TX
Randall Lee Holland, RDSN   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia  
Clarence R. Shaffer Jr, BM3   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia ?Jamestown, KY?
Boat was painted CAMI "green" during this overhaul ?-8/4/70   overhaul at NSF Qui Nhon
Robert Grey Stewart, LTJG, OinC   8/70-10/70 Sea Float/An Thoi deceased 11/22/89 in Jacksonville, FL
Joseph Peter Jurgella, QM1   8/70-10/70 Sea Float/An Thoi KIA 10/25/70 - Stevens Point, WI
Roy Lee McKeown, BM3   8/70-10/70 Sea Float/An Thoi Centralia, WA
Charles William Davidson, BM3   8/70-10/70 Sea Float/An Thoi Chepachet, RI
Robert Jay "Rocky" Wicks, EN3 swift88@verizon.net 8/70-10/70 Sea Float/An Thoi Manahawkin, NJ
Phillips   8/70-10/70 Sea Float/An Thoi  
    1 October 1970 An Thoi boat transferred to Cat Lo
    1 October 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3912

- On 15 May 1966 PCFs 55 thru 59 and PCF 61 were delivered to DaNang, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard a US Navy LSD. PCFs 55 and 56 remained in DaNang while the remaining boats transited to Qui Nhon, on 16 May 1966, forming the nucleus of the new PCF Division 105.

- PCF 59 was damaged by small arms fire while supporting a flight of Huey helicopters that had cornered some VC on the beach near Qui Nhon. The helo's called for 81mm support from PCF 59 and as the boat put its stern to the beach to fire, it was taken under fire. This was the first combat patrol for PCF 59, just after its arrival in Qui Nhon.

- On 24 June 1967, PCF 59 assisted a drifting passenger junk, 35 miles north of Qui Nhon; the junk's 125 passengers had been adrift for about 24 hours. The PCF's crew provided the occupants with food, water and medical assistance, and repaired the junk's inoperative engine.

- At 0100 on 11 September 1967, during a normal Market Time Patrol off the coast of South Vietnam, PCF 59 suffered a serious electrical fire in the engine room batteries. During a routine check of the engine room, it was discovered that the engine compartment was filled with thick smoke. The electrical circuits were secured by the engineman, who then started fighting the fires with CO2 fire extinguishers. The fires were quickly extinguished and further serious material damage and possible personnel casualties were averted.  Letter of Commendation

- On the afternoon of 19 May 1969, four PCFs on a probing mission were transiting north on the Rach Co Oc, in Kien Hon Province, when they became involved in an enemy initiated firefight one mile up river. The enemy fire was returned immediately and suppressed while the "Swift" boats cleared the ambush site. The forward gunner suffered serious shrapnel wounds from a B-40 rocket and although medevaced to Dong Tam, later died of his wounds. The results of the probing mission were: 31 sampans destroyed, 36 structures destroyed and 29 damaged and 15 bunkers damaged. In addition, EOD teams embarked destroyed 2 large log barricades and a wooden foot bridge on the Rach Cai Bai and 1 large bunker.

PCF 59 aground #2PCF 59 aground #1

- July 1969, we were going full speed ahead when we hit and it wasn't a pretty sight. We were hoping no one had a picture of this incident and to the best of my knowledge we never told anyone. In fact we had to report our location every 4 hours and I believe we kept sending in various locations that were anywhere but where we really were, I don't recall whose idea that was. It took us two days to get afloat again and we did so by using our shovels to dig a trench to allow the screws to get free and back off the sand bar at high tide. We also dug as much sand out from under the boat as possible so it was on piers to reduce friction when the tide came back in. LTJG Denis Daley was the OINC when we went aground.  As related by RD2 Terry Carroll

- 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.

- PCFs 17, 37 and 59 entered the Rach Eo Lon about 15 miles east of Tra Vinh taking targets of opportunity under fire on the morning of 11 November 1969. All units beached and destroyed various bunkers and structures near the river bank and fired 81mm fire into the surrounding area. As the units proceeded out of the canal, PCF 17 was hit by a B-40 or B-41 rocket, above the waterline. The rocket penetrated through the port engine and slightly damaged the starboard engine. One VNN crewman was thrown into the water and was picked up by PCF 37. While PCF 17 exited the canal, the other "Swift" boats saturated the ambush site with heavy suppressive fire. There were five structures, six bunkers and two sampans destroyed in the operation. One US sailor was slightly and one VNN crewman suffered a severe back injury, enemy casualties are unknown.

- PCF 59 was transferred to CosDiv 13 at Cat Lo and turned over to the South Vietnamese Navy, 1 October 1970.


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