Crew Listings for PCF 60 thru 69

 

PCF 60
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    2 June 1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam
Jon J. Siegert, QM3   6/66-6/67 Qui Nhon Keansburg, NJ
William Thomas Vest Jr, LTJG, OinC vestwt@aol.com 3/67-10/67 Qui Nhon Virginia Beach, VA
Michael Richard Voss, LTJG, OinC londoncb4@gmail.com (wife) 2/2/68-12/68 Cam Ranh Bay Mattapoisett, MA
Harris, EN2   1/68-12/68 Cam Ranh Bay  
Henry Marvin Byrom, BM3   1/68-12/68 Cam Ranh Bay  
Thomas Henry Cassidy, QM2   1/68-12/68 Cam Ranh Bay  
Joseph Anthony Donato Sr, RD2 jdonato@midwest.net (son) 1/68-12/68 Cam Ranh Bay deceased 5/22/03 in Orange Park, FL
Danny Bruce Bohnet, GMGSN dbohnet@homenetnw.net 1/68-12/68 Cam Ranh Bay Ephrata, WA
Virgil Howard Chambers Jr, RD3 vhchambers@midohio.net 5/68-7/68   Manassas, VA
Donald James Shaw, RD2 shaw3314@yahoo.com     Austin, TX
    23 May 1968 Cam Ranh Bay boat transferred to An Thoi for use in VNN training program
    15 July 1968 An Thoi boat transferred to Cam Ranh Bay
Jerry Earl Menikheim, LT, OinC jerry_menikheim@msn.com 7/26/68-3/69 Qui Nhon/Cat Lo Littleton, CO
Brent Michael Trathen, QM2 brent@fidalgo.net 7/68-7/69 Qui Nhon/Cat Lo Anacortes, WA
Eugene Arnold Castles, EN3   7/68-7/69 Qui Nhon/Cat Lo deceased 5/22/96 in Fort Worth, TX
Arthur John Smith Jr, BM3 e2236@aol.com 7/68-7/69 Qui Nhon/Cat Lo Allison Park, PA
Clyde Duvall Scott Jr, GMG3 marciaiu@gibsoncounty.net 7/68-7/69 Qui Nhon/Cat Lo Owensville, IN
Billy Allen Williams, BMSN   7/68-9 or 10/68 Qui Nhon was from Los Angeles, CA area
    22 October 1968 Qui Nhon boat transferred to Cat Lo
Virgil Howard Chambers Jr, RD3 vhchambers@midohio.net 10/68-4/69 Cat Lo Manassas, VA
Robert Alan Thompson, BM3   4/69-5/69 Cat Lo KIA 5/19/69 (PCF 51) in Downey, CA
Vance (Nmn) Barron Jr, ENS, OinC v_barron@bellsouth.net 3/69-? Cat Lo Greensboro, NC - Attorney
Robert Glen Snyder, RD3   4/69-5/69 Cat Lo Sidney, OH
David Gary Koffler, LTJG, OinC koffler@earthlink.net 6/69-11/69 Cat Lo deceased 7/1/11 in San Diego, CA - dentist
Martin Edward Moses, RD3   6/69-11/69 Cat Lo Otis Orchards, WA
Alphana Bernard Hobbs, BM3 ahobbs@ec.rr.com 6/69-11/69 Cat Lo Jacksonville, NC - ?Doctor?
Michael Eugene Scrivner, GMG3 Guns50cal@aol.com 6/69-11/69 Cat Lo Reseda, CA
Gerald Wayne Ashley, QM2 jerashley@bellsouth.net 6/69-11/69 Cat Lo Greenville, SC
Merle Ernest "Ollie" Oliver, EN2   6/69-11/69 Cat Lo deceased 2/1/80 in Benton, ME
Joseph Thomas Woodall, LTJG, OinC joe.woodall@roadrunner.com 8/69-8/70 Cat Lo Thousand Oaks, CA
    ??-5/18/70   overhaul at NSF Qui Nhon
Harry George McConnell, LTJG, OinC hmcconnell@daytonalaw.com 7/70-8/70 Cat Lo Ormond Beach, FL
Dennis Dale Willess, EN3 121070@runbox.com 6/70-8/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec Henderson, TX
    1 September 1970 An Thoi transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3906

- PCF 60 and PCFs 62 thru 66 were delivered to Qui Nhon, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Colonial LSD 18 on 2 June 1966.

- 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.

- 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 5 March 1968 boat transferred from Qui Nhon to Cam Ranh Bay.

- On 23 May 1968 boat transferred from Cam Ranh Bay to An Thoi for utilization in the VNN training program.

- On 15 July 1968 boat transferred from An Thoi to Cam Ranh Bay.

- 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.

- 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.

PCF 61  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    16 May 1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam
James Henry Franklin III, LTJG, OinC jamesf118@comcast.net 5/15/66-10/4/66 Qui Nhon left country 11/4/66 - Seattle, WA
James H. Gr(a/e)y, BM1   5/66-12/66 Qui Nhon  
Anthony Eugene Ballard GMG2   5/66-12/66 Qui Nhon ?Yuma, AZ?
Christopher J. Connell, BM3 ccxxl@northnet.org 5/66-12/66 Qui Nhon Lisbon, NY
Andrew George Miller, RM3 pcf11_1965@msn.com 5/66-12/66 Qui Nhon deceased 8/11/06 in Hillsboro, OR
William Albert Gerich, EN3 bgerich@bellsouth.net 5/66-12/66 Qui Nhon Quitman, MS
William Stanley Ulrich, LTJG, OinC

billulrich64@yahoo.com

12/66-4/11/67 Qui Nhon arrived in country 5/16/66 - San Diego, CA
Robert Brian Hunt, QM2 cinc@frontier.com 1/67-1/68 Chu Lai Post Falls, ID
David Anthony Spina, LTJG, OinC   6/16/67-7/67 Qui Nhon Wayland, MA
Donald Luby Carter, QM2   6/67-7/67 Qui Nhon ?retired QM1 9/3/74? - from the east coast
Matthew Homer Zimmer, GMG2   6/67-7/67 Qui Nhon deceased 11/16/87 in Highlands, FL
Charles Dwane Herman, RD3 cdh789@msn.com 6/67-7/67 Qui Nhon Forest Lake, MN
Gerald Wesley Fontaine, EN2   6/67-7/67 Qui Nhon a third lifer
Troy McGee, BMSN   6/67-7/67 Qui Nhon was from Indiana
Orval Ernest Jacobsen Jr, LTJG, OinC   67-2/9/68 Qui Nhon Lemont, IL
Gerald Marv Serdahl, RM1   67-2/68 Qui Nhon deceased 8/18/11 in Minot, ND
Charles V. Mobley, EN1   67-2/68 Qui Nhon  
Gary Steven Leek, QM3   67-2/68 Qui Nhon Hollister, MO
Carl Deleon Fulcher Jr, GMG3 cfulcher@homexpressway.net 67-2/68 Qui Nhon Pinopolis, SC
Kenneth Eugene Sullaway, MN3   67-2/68 Qui Nhon Stamford, CT
Donald Maxwell Gottlieb, SN   67-2/68 Qui Nhon Volcano, HI
John Colburn Graves III, LTJG, OinC johngraves@cox.net 9/6/67-9/30/68 Qui Nhon Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
John Francis Willeford, QM2   67-68 Qui Nhon Goldendale, WA
James Anthony Mastey, EN2   67-68 Qui Nhon Omak, WA
Jimmy Edward Cashero, GMG3 jcashero1@aol.com 67-68 Qui Nhon Bakersfield, CA
Cecil Maurice Arnold, GMG3   67-68 Qui Nhon ?Los Ranchos, NM?
James Robert "Bud" Connolly Sr, BM3 jamesbudconnolly@yahoo.com 67-4/68 Qui Nhon Santa Anna, TX
John Douglas Cole, ENS, OinC   2/69-6/69 Qui Nhon/DaNang ?Clarion, PA?
Charles Wesley Owens, EN3   2/69-6/69 Qui Nhon/DaNang  
Alvin Lee Harden, RD3 alharden@aol.com 2/69-6/69 Qui Nhon/DaNang deceased 7/10/98 in Alta Loma, CA
Scott Frederick Roark, RD3   2/69-6/69 Qui Nhon/DaNang ?North Chesterfield, VA?
Ray Douglas Kope, BM3   2/69-6/69 Qui Nhon/DaNang ?Fayette, OH?
Donald Eugene Taylor, GMGSN/3   2/69-6/69 Qui Nhon/DaNang  
Jon Leverne Tracy, QM3   2/69-3/69 Qui Nhon St Helens, OR
Kenneth Dean Norton, LTJG, OinC   8/69-10/69 DaNang KIA 10/7/69 - Lady Lakes, FL
Robert Ravenel Hunt, EN2   8/69-10/69 DaNang was from Florida
Charles Michael Janner, GMG3 judyjanner@yahoo.com 8/69-10/69 DaNang Texas City, TX
Harvey William Miller, RD3   8/69-10/69 DaNang Baltimore, MD
John Joseph Michels Jr, GMG3 chelseadear@webtv.com 8/69-10/69 DaNang decesaed 12/27/13 in Closter, NJ
Rodriquez   8/69-10/69 DaNang  
Charles Wilbur Hunt, EN3 Seahunt11@aol.com 11/69-12/69 Cat Lo Titusville, NJ
    12/17/69-1/31/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
Edwin Albert "Win" Schrader Jr, LTJG, OinC winschrader@earthlink.net 3/70-4/70 Cat Lo Plymouth, MI
Garrett Anthony Schultz, QM2 ChiefDutch@msn.com 70 Cat Lo Amarillo, TX 
    1 May 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3835

- 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.

- In a significant CTF 115 action on 23 May 1966, PCF 61 while on a routine night patrol sighted a fifty foot junk near Song Cau, 20 miles south of Qui Nhon. When PCF 61 approached for a routine inspection, she found that the junk was overloaded with 157 passengers and that it was swamping due to the overload, heavy seas and high winds. Because of the conditions it was felt that any attempt to tow the boat would be futile, and the PCF went alongside to take aboard the passengers. Although a slightly larger load than the normal crew of six, 157 persons left the sinking junk and boarded the PCF. All were taken off safely, and the junk soon went down.
   PCF 61 then proceeded to USS VANCE DER 387, also patrolling in the same area and transferred all the refugees to her. VANCE then proceeded to Qui Nhon to turn them over to Vietnamese authorities. It was later learned that the refugees were fleeing their homes to escape the Viet Cong.   (story)

- Rapid reaction and NGFS, provided by PCFs 61 and 91, from CosDiv 15, 28 August 1967, prevented the loss of an entire Popular Forces outpost located off Song Cau, during a Viet Cong attack.

- 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 the night of 24 June 1969, PCFs 15 and 61, while conducting a SEA TIGER patrol on the Troung Giang River about 16 mile south-southeast of DaNang, observed a sampan moving from west to est. PCF 15 utilized proper warning procedures but the sampan continued to evade and was taken under fire and destroyed. Three bodies were recovered from the debris. Two survivors tried to evade and were killed. An elderly female, in shock, but otherwise uninjured, was taken from the water. Continuing the patrol, the PCFs received automatic weapons fire and suppressed it. Four sampans were damaged but the occupants successfully evaded. Departing the area PCF 61 struck a submerged object with it's screws and sustained minor damage. There were no friendly casualties while five VC were killed (body count) and one female was captured.

- Early on the morning of 20 August 1969, PCF 61 responded to a request from an AC-119 aircraft for a SAR operation for a downed aircraft about 33 miles southeast of DaNang. A systematic search of the area and questioning of Vietnamese civilians fishing in the area failed to reveal any trace of the aircraft and the mission was terminated.

- On the afternoon of 26 September 1969, a helo gunship escorting two PBRs, during a probe of the Truong Giang River received automatic weapons fire from the vicinity of BT 168 497, about 18 miles southeast of DaNang. The helo's gas tank was hit and it was forced to land. PCFs 61 and 65 along with the two PBRs returned the fire immediately and effectively suppressed it. As the units were closing the area PCF 61 received one incoming M-79 round which caused no damage. There were no friendly casualties while one bunker, three structures, one sampan and two fish traps were destroyed. Two structures were damaged and one sampan captured. Enemy casualties are unknown.

- 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 62  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    2 June1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam
Philip Robert Shaw, LTJG, OinC   2/67-9/29/67 Qui Nhon arrived in country 10/6/66 - was from Ellenburg Center, NY
Donald J. Holt, BM2   2/67-??/67 Qui Nhon ?retired BM1 11/10/69? - was from Oregon
Walter Max Lyons, GMG2   2/67-??/67 Qui Nhon Maysville, NC
Walter Lee Ball, EN2   2/67-??/67 Qui Nhon deceased 5/18/10 in Mountain Rest, SC
Larry Donald McNealy, RM3 xsarman@sbcglobal.net 2/67-??/67 Qui Nhon Fairfield, CA
Christian Andre Lewis, SN   2/67-??/67 Qui Nhon was from California
Keith Milford Arndt, LTJG, OinC kmaba123@yahoo.com 6/2/67-5/68 Qui Nhon WIA 1/29/68 - Bel Air, MD
James Anthony "Mike" Drew, QM1 nora@ptd.net 6/67-6/68 Qui Nhon WIA 1/29/68 - Gilbert, PA
Michael Patrick McHargue, GMG2   6/67-6/68 Qui Nhon Independence, KY
Herman Lee Lemell Jr, EN3   6/67-6/68 Qui Nhon Beaumont, TX
James Allen Shaffran, BM3 bmcshaff@gmail.com 6/67-6/68 Qui Nhon WIA 1/29/68 - Somerville, AL
James H. "Bert" Burford, RD3   6/67-6/68 Qui Nhon Philadelphia, PA
William Edward Avera, LTJG, OinC billeavera@yahoo.com 10/21/67-10/14/68 Qui Nhon Dripping Springs, TX
David L(ee) Buckmaster, QM2   10/67-10/68 Qui Nhon ? Tillamook, OR?
Johnathan A. Fisher, RD2   10/67-10/68 Qui Nhon was from Indiana
Phillip Allen Conrad, EN2   10/67-10/68 Qui Nhon ?retired EN2 3/31/81? - was from Indiana
David Lynn Hanes, GMG3 speedworm41D@netscape.net 10/67-10/68 Qui Nhon ?retired GMG1 3/19/85? - Pleasant Hill, MO
Raymond Leslie Kuykendall Jr, BMSN   10/67-10/68 Qui Nhon Athens, PA
Robert Stephen Janes, LTJG, OinC janesbari@comcast.net 4/28/68-7/68 Qui Nhon New Port Richey, FL
Robert Gordon "Tommy" Tucker, QM2   4/68-7/68 Qui Nhon Pottstown, PA
Leroy Donald Morang, BM3   4/68-7/68 Qui Nhon Albuquerque, NM
Steven Verl Cappiello, RD3 approve@bellsouth.net 4/68-7/68 Qui Nhon Key Largo, FL
William Arthur Nelson, EN3 nelson4588@yahoo.com 4/68-7/68 Qui Nhon Austin, MN
Dan "Sully" Sullivan, GMG3   4/68-7/68 Qui Nhon was from Oregon or Washington
Stanley Earl Collier, LTJG, OinC stan@stancollier.net 4/20/68-12/68 Qui Nhon Albuquerque, NM
David Owen Tracy, QM2     Qui Nhon ?Roanoke, VA?
Merrell T(errell) Harris, EN2/1   68-69 Qui Nhon ?Oklahoma City, OK?
James Harvey "Bert" Burford, RD3   ??-12/20/68 Qui Nhon Philadelphia, PA
Andrew Jerry Sanchez, RD3 andrew.sanchez@att.net   Qui Nhon Freehold, NJ
Gary Allen Gerhard Jr, GMGSN gag777@embarqmail.com 4/68-7/68 Qui Nhon WIA 7/4/68 - Torrington, WY
Roger Lee Williams, GMG3     Qui Nhon was from Colorado
    28 October 1968 DaNang boat transferred to Cat Lo
John Arthur Erickson, LTJG/LT, OinC No Computer 12/68-??/69 Cat Lo Brooklyn Park, MN
James Lewis Cosby, QM2 jecosby@bellsouth.net 12/68-??/69 Cat Lo Morris, AL
James Ramos Pancho, BM3   12/68-??/69 Cat Lo Mililani, HI
Alvin E. Ingram Jr, EN3 klaw535@aol.com 12/68-??/69 Cat Lo Philadelphia, PA
John Andrew Cameron, SN/BM3   12/68-??/69 Cat Lo was from Los Gatos, NM
Lawrence Edward Blalock, GMGSA/SN   12/68-??/69 Cat Lo Sparks, NV
Charles Russell Gibson, LTJG, OinC bgibs02@attg.net 69 Cat Lo/Sea Float Longmeadow, MA
Fred William Burns, BM2 fburns@bellsouth.net 69 Cat Lo/Sea Float Ocean Springs, MS
Melvin Joseph "Mel" Baker, RD3 mel_baker@charter.net 7/69-2/70 Cat Lo/Sea Float Morgan Hill, CA
Paul Millard "Muggsy" Montgomery, RD3 soulmates@ktis.net 69 Cat Lo/Sea Float deceased 11/1/13 in Mexico, MO
    28 July 1969 Cat Lo boat transferred to An Thoi
William Edward Halpin, LTJG, OinC whalpin@nyc.rr.com 5/69-?? An Thoi Mount Vernon, NY
Donald Wesley Harvell, EN2 scen40@hotmail.com 5/69-8/69 An Thoi Milton, FL
James Lowry Kendall, QM2 jkendall24@cinci.rr.com 5/69-8/69 An Thoi WIA 8/19/69 - Cincinnati, OH
Vance Maurice Alquist, BM3   5/69-11/69 An Thoi San Diego, CA
Charles Edward Florence, GMG3 No Computer 5/69-11/69 An Thoi deceased 5/17/12 in Urbana, IL
Donald Paul Bilodeau, RDSN   5/69-?? An Thoi Union City, CA
Michael Walter Robinson, GMGSN   ??-4/69-??5/69-?? An Thoi Muskegon, MI
Frederick Alan Short, GMG3 fshort7@comcast.net 69 An Thoi North Little Rock, AR
Patrick Lewis Evans Sr, LTJG, OinC evanslaw@imcnet.net 5/69-9/69 An Thoi Watertown, NY
Melvin Julian Lien, QM2   5/69-9/69 An Thoi deceased 6/16/03 in Winter Park, FL
Danny J. St. Pierre, GMG3   5/69-9/69 An Thoi Raceland, LA
Michael James Kennedy, RDSN   5/69-9/69 An Thoi was from Conn or Mass
Michael Allen Nauert, GMG3   5/69-9/69 An Thoi Poynette,WI
Harold R. Sisk, EN2   5/69-9/69 An Thoi was from California
Randy David Nickl Sr, EN3 rnickl@netscape.net 6/69-8/69 An Thoi Houston, TX
         
    11/1-12/15/69   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
    11 February 1970 Cam Ranh Bay boat transferred to DaNang
    28 February 1970 DaNang transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3879

- PCF 60 and PCFs 62 thru 66 were delivered to Qui Nhon, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Colonial LSD 18 on 2 June 1966.

- On 29 January 1968, PCF 62, on a routine MARKET TIME patrol along the coast of Binh Dinh province, eight miles south of Qui Nhon, sighted an unlighted sampan heading toward the beach. The Swift boat illuminated the sampan and one man was observed manning the tiller. As the Swift boat drew closer to the sampan five or six persons in green and khaki uniforms were observed lying in the bottom of the craft. The sampan failed to heed the signals from the Swift to stop, and as the patrol boat drew still closer, one of the sampan's occupants stood up and threw a grenade which exploded on the forecastle of the PCF, wounding the Officer in Charge. Two more grenades were thrown, one bouncing down into the Swift boat's cabin and then continuing to roll down into the lower crew sleeping quarters, where it exploded, causing very little damage except to the commode which literally vanished! The third grenade landed on the starboard side main deck, wounding another crewman. The Swift then opened up on the sampan with .50 caliber machine gun fire, destroyed the sampan and killed the occupants (probable). Although moderately damaged, PCF 62 proceeded to Qui Nhon under her own power after being relieved on station by another Swift boat.

- On 4 July 1968, PCF 62 encountered hostile fire in the afternoon upon entering the Dan Gai Lagoon, 48 miles south-southeast of Quang Ngai (BS9502). The "Swift" boat found itself under automatic weapons fire from two positions in the line on the western shore of the lagoon. Returning the enemy fire with her .50 caliber machine guns PCF 62 cleared the area at top speed. One crewman was wounded by an enemy round which penetrated the gun tub plating. Fire was suppressed and the wounded man was transferred to the USS Carronade IFS 1 for transfer to Qui Nhon. Enemy casualties were unknown.

- Boat transferred from DaNang to Cat Lo, 28 October 1968.

- Boat transferred from Cat Lo to An Thoi, 28 July 1969.

- At 1150 on 31 August 1969, while enroute from An Thoi to Ha Tien, PCF 62 on a heading of 035 degrees magnetic crossed into Cambodian waters. Small arms fire was received but was not returned. As soon as the officer in charge realized he was in Cambodian waters he altered course to 140 degrees magnetic to clear the area as soon as possible and entered South Vietnamese waters. The PCF penetrated approximately six miles inside Cambodian territory.

- 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.

- Boat transferred from Cam Ranh to DaNang, 11 February 1970, with a completely Vietnamese crew, for turnover to the South Vietnamese Navy.

PCF 63
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    2 June 1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam
Gerard Dennis Farrell, LT, OinC gerardfarrell@aavoyn.com 6/2/66-4/67 Qui Nhon Springfield, PA
John (Nmn) Branca, EN1   6/66-4/67 Qui Nhon deceased 11/29/03 in Imperial Beach, CA
Paul Calvin Alexander, GMGSN PCF43@hotmail.com 6/66-4/67 Qui Nhon Bastrop, TX
Robert Elmer Henson Jr, GMG3 roberthenson1234@live.com 6/2/66-7/66 Qui Nhon hurt his back, transferred to Naval Hospital Guam - Texarkana, TX
Daniel Arden Reynolds, BM1   6/66-1/67 Qui Nhon Chula Vista, CA
Neal Charles Stone, RMSN/3 nealstone@comcast.net 6/66-1/67 Qui Nhon Rohnert Park, CA
Dennis Ray Puckett, GMGSN   7/66-3/67 Qui Nhon replacement for Henson - KIA 3/29/67 - Lees Summit, MO
Gordon Grant Riggle, LTJG, OinC gordonriggle@colorado.edu 4/67-10/67 Qui Nhon Boulder, CO
Victor Charles Janson, EN1 4/67-3/68 Qui Nhon ?Canton, OH?
Michael Gary Barnes, GMG3 shortoff@hci.net 4/67-3/68 Qui Nhon Nebo, NC
James Cummings Carolan, LTJG/LT, OinC jim.carolan@1964.usna.com 4/10/67-4/6/68 Qui Nhon Austin, TX
Charles Chris Christianson, GMG2 cricetwigs@aol.com 4/67-4/68 Qui Nhon North Charleston, SC
Eric Fred Hanson, GMG3 efhan63@ymail.com 4/67-4/68 Qui Nhon Brea, CA
Myron Joseph Brophy, RD2 mikebrophy2@frontiernet.net 4/67-4/68 Qui Nhon St Paul, MN
Ronald Wayne Waln, EN3   4/67-4/68 Qui Nhon Cache, OK
James Edward Hamm, BM3   4/67-4/68 Qui Nhon ?was from Maryland?
Richard Alan "Shorty" Schaffer, SN malibusnrise@earthlink.net ?3/67-10/68? Qui Nhon Staten Island, NY
Willard Shelby Hamilton, SN/SM3   67-68 Qui Nhon deceased 2/25/00 in Jewett City, CT
Donald Wayne Matras, EN3 donmatras@aol.com 5/69-8/69 Qui Nhon Homer Glen, IL
Steven Hollis Johnson, GMG3 johnsonstevenh@comcast.net 6/69-12/69   Fresno, CA
Vincent (Jay) Fe(u)nerborn, (LTJG/LT)   69-70   ?officer?
Walter W. Matthews, LTJG, OinC ??-1-2/70-?? Cat Lo
    ??-4/25/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
James Don Farrell, LTJG/LT, OinC donfarrell@comcast.net 4/70-9/70 Sea Float Encinitas, CA - CPA
?Ralph Wayne? Lambert, RD3       ?became an advisor after turnover - from West Virginia?
Richard Dana Larkam, RD3 rlarkam@satx.rr.com     deceased 9/7/12 in San Antonio, TX
Daniel Phillip Zorn Jr, EN3       deceased 12/28/08 in Camas, WA
Timothy Edward Tomlinson, GMGSN mtomlinson@snet.net 7/70-9/70 Cat Lo Ormond Beach, FL
    1 September 1970 An Thoi transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3903

- PCF 63 and 5 other swifts were delivered to Qui Nhon, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Colonial LSD 18 on 2 June 1966.

- On 29 March 1967, a Swift boat crewman, Seaman D.R. PUCKETT, USN, was fatally injured when he fell overboard and was struck by the screws of PCF 63 while the Swift boat was relieving PCF 60 on station, 50 miles northwest of Qui Nhon. After he was pulled from the water, with deep lacerations about the head and chest, PCF 63 rushed him to the USS McCaffery DD 860 for aid. From the McCaffery, Seaman PUCKETT was evacuated to the First Cavalry Aid Station at Bon Son by helicopter. He died enroute.

- On the night of 25-26 September 1967, PCF 63 was involved in retrieving a severely wounded Vietnamese Navy “Junky” Petty Officer and were trying to pass him to a US Air Force Dust Off helicopter at night and on a choppy sea. The USAF pilot was nervous and had to be told that swift boats routinely made transfers to Army UH1's with one skid riding on the top of the ready service locker. It wasn't mentioned to him that this only happened in calm seas and during daylight hours. Just as the RVN Junky was about to be transferred, the pilot lost it and swooped away. Unfortunately, everyone had let go and into the sea went the Vietnamese Petty Officer! Needless to say, expletives flew and the OinC of PCF 63 dove in to retrieve the poor guy. Despite trying to drown the Junky, the USAF Dustoff ultimately completed the transfer and the RVN PO went on to eventual recovery. Afterwards the USAF pilot put the OinC of PCF 63 in for a lifesavings award.

PCF 64
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    2 June 1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam
Jeffery A. Vance, LTJG, OinC   6/66-1/67 Qui Nhon Moorefield, WV - left country in May '67
Paul James Madigan, LTJG, OinC   1/31/67-1/27/68 Qui Nhon was from Watertown, MA
Daniel Arden Reynolds, BM1   1/67-1/68 Qui Nhon Chula Vista, CA
Robert H. Roberts, EN1   1/67-1/68 Qui Nhon ?retired ENC 2/28/75? - was from Georgia
Calvin Lawrence Vannatter, SN   1/67-1/68 Qui Nhon Kalamazoo, MI
Kenneth Lee Buchholz, GMMSA jkbuchholz@centurytel.net 1/67-1/68 Qui Nhon Ladysmith, WI
Gene Frederic Autrey, SA   1/67-1/68 Qui Nhon was from Chicago. IL - ?Florida?
Gerald James Lyall, LTJG/LT, OinC lyallclan@cox.net 9/6/67-9/30/68 Qui Nhon deceased 7/28/13 in Chantilly, VA
Gary Leroy Etherton, QM2   67-68 Qui Nhon deceased 4/14/89 in Greeley, CO
Leonard Allen Baize, RM2 abaize@earthlink.net 67-3/68 Qui Nhon Orange, TX
Ralph Clifford Boger Jr, EN2   67-68 Qui Nhon Greenville, PA
William Symon Howes, RM3 irish7275@cfl.rr.com 3/67-9/68 Qui Nhon Deltona, FL
Richard Joseph Townsend, BM3   67-68 Qui Nhon ?Danville, IL?
George Martin Leber Jr, LTJG, OinC   1/69-8/69 Cam Ranh Bay arrived in country 8/12/68 - Newport, RI
Lee Odis "Pappy" Runion, EN2/1   1/69-8/69 Cam Ranh Bay deceased 2/8/04 in Ringgold, GA
Richard Paul Borgmeyer, RM2 rprb2000@yahoo.com 1/69-8/69 Cam Ranh Bay Camdentown, MO
Larry Howell Watts, EN2 lhwatts@aol.com 1/69-8/69 Cam Ranh Bay Piedmont, SC
Robert Nielsen, GM2   1/69-8/69 Cam Ranh Bay was from Maine
James Newell, ENS, OinC newelljames@sbcglobal.net 5/69-8/69 Qui Nhon Columbus, IN
Robert Thomas  Jr, QM1 karaoke_bob@yahoo.com 5/69-8/69 Qui Nhon Loretto, TN
Paul Douglas Johnson, EN2 dahammer2002@yahoo.com 5/69-8/69 Qui Nhon Seattle, WA
Neal Allen Hirsch, RD3 nahirsch@aol.com 5/69-8/69 Qui Nhon ?Miami, FL or Howard City, MI?
Roger David Simons, BM3 rogerlinda@webtv.net 5/69-8/69 Qui Nhon Webb, IA
Lawson Charles "Butch" Barrett, GMG3 grinnbarrett75@q.com 5/69-8/69 Qui Nhon Douglas, AZ
Richard Stephen Goetz, LTJG, OinC   9/69-2/70 Sa Dec/An Thoi La Jolla, CA
Merrel William "Bill" Yocum, QM2 merrel.yocum@pa.ngb.army.mil 9/69-11/69 Sa Dec/An Thoi Steubenville, OH
Johnnie Melvin Hoss, EN2   9/69-2/70 Sa Dec/An Thoi was from Virginia
Cook, GMG3   9/69-2/70 Sa Dec/An Thoi  
Glenn Nolan Lewis, RDSN   9/69-2/70 Sa Dec/An Thoi Austin, TX
Thomas Lee Buck, RD3 tjjb12@mchsi.com 10/69-4/70 Sa Dec/An Thoi Rock Island, IL
    3/4-4/13/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
Frederick W. Kime, LTJG, OinC   ?-10/70-? An Thoi Carlisle, PA
Frederick Donald Snyder, RD3   3/70-5/70 An Thoi KIA 5/17/70 - Moab, UT
    10 June 1970 An Thoi transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3818

- PCF 60 and PCFs 62 thru 66 were delivered to Qui Nhon, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Colonial LSD 18 on 2 June 1966.

- On the evening of 24 July 1969, a US Army PBR 40 from Vung Tau Bay, requested assistance from PCF 64. PBR 40 had detained three Vietnamese, in a sampan, who were acting suspicious and had over 9,000 piasters in their possession, which they were trying to hide. One of the detainees had been caught in June attempting to haul something out of the water, which was believed to be a cache, but it was not recovered due to the extreme depth of the water. The sampan, which had a false bottom, was detained in a restricted zone. The detainees were transferred to PCF 64 and the sampan taken in tow. En route to Tuy Hoa the tow line sheared and the sampan flooded and sank. After a through search the PCF was unable to recover the sampan or any flotsam. The detainees were turned over to the Tuy Hoa Sector representative for disposition.

- 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 Carson Scouts. 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.

PCF 65  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    2 June 1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam
Gerard Holbrook Dalton, LT, OinC   6/66-4/22/67 Qui Nhon arrived in country 5/16/66 - Colorado Springs, CO
James Gratton Grimes, BM2   6/66-4/67 Qui Nhon deceased 5/7/04 in Honolulu, HI
Douglas D. Isaac, EN2   6/66-4/67 Qui Nhon deceased 2/15/01 in Charleston, WV
Terry Allen Volkman, GMG3   6/66-4/67 Qui Nhon Rock Island, WA
Theodore Charles Shalifoe, RMSA   6/66-4/67 Qui Nhon Baraga, MI
Joseph H. Gillis, BM3   6/66-4/67 Qui Nhon  
Dennis Edward Carroll, LTJG, OinC carroll@berlinlibrary.org 3/67-4/30/68 Qui Nhon Green Lake, WI
Gene Leopold Herrera, EN1 kennysuncle2000@yahoo.com ??10/67-3/68 Qui Nhon deceased 12/29/10 in Trinidad, CO
Mark Steven Haney, QM3   ??10/67-3/68 Qui Nhon was from Ohio
Ronald Edward Frasier, BM3 chickaloonron@aol.com ??10/67?? Qui Nhon Horseshoe Bay, TX
George Thomas Krigbaum, GMG3 gtkrig@cox.net ??10/67?? Qui Nhon WIA 2/7/68 - Omaha, NE
Michael Bernard Jones, SN   ??10/67-3/68 Qui Nhon ?was from Indiana?
James Kenneth Ruland, LTJG, OinC jkruland@citlink.net 1/5/68-12/6/68 Qui Nhon Charles Town, WV
Willard Lee Johnson, BM2   67-68 Qui Nhon Choctaw, OK
Scott Eugene Peterson, GMGSN sep3344@cox.net 67-68 Qui Nhon Virginia Beach, VA
Gary Steven Leek, QM3   67-68 Qui Nhon Hollister, MO
Albert Proa Reyes, FN   67-68 Qui Nhon Houston, TX
Charles Robert Rorstrom Jr, RDSN   5/67-5/68 Qui Nhon Jacksonville, FL - made OSC
Andrew Allen "Sandy" Wilcox Jr, LTJG, OinC sandy.wilcox@supportuw.org 9/68-2/69 Qui Nhon arrived in country 8/29/68 - Tucson, AZ
Francis Charles Gless, QM2 fcgless@att.net 9/68-2/69 Qui Nhon San Diego, CA
Leon Ervin Foster, GMG2   9/68-2/69 Qui Nhon  
Ronald Larry Ashey, BM3   9/68-2/69 Qui Nhon deceased 6/28/12 in Searsport, ME
Gordon Lee Greenwell, EN3 gordon.greenwell@ps.ge.com 9/68-2/69 Qui Nhon Bakersfield, CA
William Raines Sellers Sr, RMSN   9/68-2/69 Qui Nhon Brooksville, FL
Frank Albert Mueller Jr, LTJG, OinC mulemax@hotmail.com 2/69-7/69 Qui Nhon/DaNang Charlottesville, VA
Richard Cleaver Hall Jr, GMG3   2/69-7/69 Qui Nhon/DaNang was from Michigan
Roy Lester Plummer, QM2   2/69-7/69 Qui Nhon/DaNang Edinburg, VA
Michael Lee Proffitt, GMG2   2/69-7/69 Qui Nhon/DaNang  
Harold Thomas Futrell, RD2   2/69-7/69 Qui Nhon/DaNang Cadiz, KY
Danny Dean Pearcy, EN2   2/69-7/69 Qui Nhon/DaNang Bloomington, IN
Franklin Delano Alligood, QM2 falligood@glenmoor.com 2/69-7/69 Qui Nhon/DaNang St Augustine, FL
Candelario "Marty" Martinez, QM2 cmar2222@att.net 7/69-9/69 DaNang Rio Rancho, NM
Daniel Kribbs Corbett, LTJG   7/69-7/70   Juno Beach, FL
    11/24/69-1/8/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
David Bruce Wallace, LTJG, OinC elbowgolf65@comcast.net 2/70-5/70 Cat Lo Sandy Springs, GA
Edwin Bernard West Sr, QM1   2/70-5/70 Cat Lo deceased 12/3/09 in Virginia Beach, VA
John (Nmn) Garca, RD3 jgarca@sbcglobal.net 2/70-5/70 Cat Lo Grand Prairie, TX
Joseph Ignacio "Sandy" Sandoval II, GMG3 jocon2000@aol.com 2/70-5/70 Cat Lo Las Vegas, NV
    2/70-5/70 Cat Lo  
    1 May 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3836

- PCF 60 and PCFs 62 thru 66 were delivered to Qui Nhon, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Colonial LSD 18 on 2 June 1966.

- On 7 February 1968, PCF 65 was fired upon by an unknown rifleman while at anchor for a possible illumination mission approximately two miles northeast of Qui Nhon. The craft sustained minor damage as a result of the three shots received and one crewmember suffered a superficial wound of the left thigh.

- On the afternoon of 26 September 1969, a helo gunship escorting two PBRs, during a probe of the Truong Giang River received automatic weapons fire from the vicinity of BT 168 497, about 18 miles southeast of DaNang. The helo's gas tank was hit and it was forced to land. PCFs 61 and 65 along with the two PBRs returned the fire immediately and effectively suppressed it. As the units were closing the area PCF 61 received one incoming M-79 round which caused no damage. There were no friendly casualties while one bunker, three structures, one sampan and two fish traps were destroyed. Two structures were damaged and one sampan captured. Enemy casualties are unknown.

PCF 66  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    2 June 1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam
Donald Bozeman DaParma, LTJG, OinC don@daparma.us.com 6/2/66-5/3/67 Qui Nhon Pine Island, NY
Benjamin Franklin Woods Jr, BM1 bfwoods@hotmail.com 6/66-5/67 Qui Nhon Bradford, TN
Stephen J. Carney, GMG1   6/66-5/67 Qui Nhon deceased 5/29/90 in San Leandro, CA
David William Cristee, RM2   6/66-5/67 Qui Nhon Saint Albans, WV
William Elvis Morrow, EN3   6/66-5/67 Qui Nhon Beaumont, TX
Jimmy Dale Wells Sr, GMG3   6/66-5/67 Qui Nhon Brandon, FL
Jerry Joel Vogel, SN vogel.nick@ymail.com (son Nick) 6/66-5/67 Qui Nhon deceased 5/5/08 in Denver, CO
Thomas Richard Snell, LTJG, OinC   5/6/67-5/1/68 Qui Nhon Winston-Salem, NC
Walter (Nmn) Buturla, RD1   5/67-?? Qui Nhon Pawtucket, RI
Michael Anthony Tortosa, BM3   5/67-?? Qui Nhon New Milford, NJ
Raymond Martin Larue, RD3 raynan@aol.com 5/67-?? Qui Nhon Attleboro, MA
Michael Gary Barnes, GMGSN/3 shortoff@hci.net 5/67-?? Qui Nhon Nebo, NC
James Calvin Willis Sr, FN james.willis@cecintl.com 5/67-3/68 Qui Nhon Chesapeake, VA
William Brunson Hoole Jr, LT, OinC   4/5/68-3/69 Qui Nhon/An Thoi Darlington, SC
Glenn Michael Anderson, EN2   4/68-3/69 Qui Nhon/An Thoi  
Stanley Gustav Simonson, GMG3 stansimonson@msn.com 4/68-7/68 Qui Nhon Gold Bar, WA and Tucson, AZ
Virgil Howard Chambers Jr, RD3 vhchambers@midohio.net 4/68-10/68 Qui Nhon/An Thoi Manassas, VA
Donald Christopher Brown Jr, RDSN/RD3 donnieb47@insightbb.com 4/68-3/69 Qui Nhon/An Thoi Bowling Green, KY
John Hart Davis, GMGSN jd@jhdavisassoc.com 7/68-3/69 Qui Nhon/An Thoi replaced Simonson - Yolo, CA
Ralph Wayne Lambert, RD3   10/68-1/69 An Thoi replaced Chambers - was from California
Gale Roger Kitchen Jr, GMGSN   68-69 Qui Nhon Portsmouth, OH
    24 October 1968 Qui Nhon boat transferred to An Thoi
Charles Russell Gibson, LTJG, OinC bgibs02@attg.net 3/69-4/69 An Thoi Longmeadow, MA
Fred William Burns, BM2 fburns@bellsouth.net 3/69-4/69 An Thoi Ocean Springs, MS
Melvin Joseph "Mel" Baker, RD3 mel_baker@charter.net 3/69-4/69 An Thoi Morgan Hill, CA
Paul Millard "Muggsy" Montgomery, RD3 soulmates@ktis.net 3/69-4/69 An Thoi deceased 11/1/2013 in Mexico
Donald Paul Bilodeau, RDSA   3/69-4/69 An Thoi Union City, CA
Frederick Alan Short, GMG3 fshort7@comcast.net 2/69 An Thoi North Little Rock, AR
Vincent Jay Feuerborn, LTJG, OinC hundels@aol.com 7/69-8/69 Cam Ranh Bay deceased 1/30/09 in Galveston, TX
    8/13-10/9/69   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
    31 October 1969 Saigon transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3855
    11/69-?? Qui Nhon South Vietnamese Naval service
Pham Anh Tuan "TyTy" (tiny) anhtuanttd@yahoo.com 1969-70 Coastal Division 4 Saigon, VN

- PCF 60 and PCFs 62 thru 66 were delivered to Qui Nhon, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Colonial LSD 18 on 2 June 1966.

- On 24 October 1968, PCF 66 transferred from Qui Nhon to An Thoi.

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

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

- 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 67  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    28 July 1966 Cat Lo first arrived in South Vietnam
James Stephen Borona, LTJG, OinC jborona@msn.com 7/28/66-5/28/67 Cat Lo Fairfield, CT
Elton E. Fuller Jr, GMG2   7/66-2/67 Cat Lo joined crew in the Philippines
Larry Morgan, RM3   7/66-5/67 Cat Lo from New York
Glen Ray Simpson, BM3   7/66-5/67 Cat Lo ?retired BM1 4/30/76? was from California
Raymond Robert Nelson, EN3 slo39cpe@aim.com 7/66-5/67 Cat Lo Pahrump, NV
Richard Marlin Romberger Sr, SN   7/66-5/67 Cat Lo Dundalk, MD
Headly, GMG2   2/67-5/67 Cat Lo replacement for Fuller
    5/68-7/25/68   overhaul in Sasebo, Japan
    7/30/68 Cam Ranh Bay boat transferred to Cat Lo
Richard Leroy McFarland, LT, OinC ltcmcfarland@aol.com 8/68-9/68 Cat Lo Leesburg, FL
Michael (Mike) Carr, QM(2 or1)   8/68-12/69 Cat Lo injured when a green wave took out two of the pilothouse windows
Daniel G(arfield) Taylor, GMG2   8/68-4/69 Cat Lo ?Hendersonville, NC?
Ronald Frank Suggs, EN2 rsuggs@myway.com 8/68-1/69 Cat Lo Shinnston, WV
James Robert Hoffman, RD3 wbcps@juno.com 8/68-7/69 Cat Lo Oshkosh, WI
Richard W. Moison, BM3   8/68-7/69 Cat Lo Woonsocket, RI
Virgil A. Erwin III, LTJG, OinC virgerwin@aol.com 9/21/68-7/69 Cat Lo replacement for McFarland - San Diego, CA
Robert Charles Gnau, QM2 bobgnau@hotmail.com 12/68-7/69 Cat Lo replacement for Carr - Glen Allen, VA
Clayton Michael Stancil, EN3 mike@scescpa.com 1/69-7/69 Cat Lo replacement for Suggs - Seneca, SC
Daniel M. Hudson, GMG3   4/69-7/69 Cat Lo replacement for Taylor
David William Staver, GMG3   4/69-4/69 Cat Lo Anasonia, OH
Willard Byran Steelmon, RD3   4/69-4/69 Cat Lo Rupert, ID
William Charles Martin, ENS, OinC wvfp43@frontiernet.net 2/24/1969 Cat Lo Dryfork, WV
Larry Dean Jorgensen, EN2 ljorg46@yahoo.com 2/24/1969 Cat Lo Ewing, NE
James Ray Hodges, QM2 HodgesJrhodges@aol.com 2/24/1969 Cat Lo medevaced - mine explosion - Virginia Beach, VA
William Patrick "Pat" Walters, GMG3 cycledirect@yahoo.com 2/24/1969 Cat Lo medevaced - mine explosion - Durham, CA
Dale Paul Osborne, RD3 do2to@comcast.net 2/24/1969 Cat Lo Plymouth, MA
Daniel M. Hudson, GMG3   2/24/1969 Cat Lo  
    2/25 - 3/14/1969 Cat Lo battle damage repair
    late July 1969 Cat Lo boat transferred to Qui Nhon
William S. Alexander, LTJG, OinC   7/69-10/69 Qui Nhon Denver, CO
Edward J. Kline, QM2   7/69-10/69 Qui Nhon  
William Rick Weeks, RD2   7/69-10/69 Qui Nhon was from Texas
Robert Wesley Anderson, EN2 rwaudit@aol.com 7/69-10/69 Qui Nhon Columbus, MT
John Wilford Enders, GMG2 smalldaag@sbcglobal.net 7/69-10/69 Qui Nhon Fresno, CA
    7/69-10/69 Qui Nhon  
    25 October 1969 Qui Nhon boat transferred to Saigon
    31 October 1969 Saigon transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3860
    11/69-?? Qui Nhon South Vietnamese Naval service

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

- From 1915, 2 November until 0900 3 November 1966, PCF 67, USCGC Point Gammon, units of Coastal Group 37 and Vietnamese Sea Force ships, assisted by helicopters and a C-47 flareship, conducted Search and Rescue operations 18 miles southwest of Vung Tau for a Coastal Group 37 junk which had capsized in heavy seas enroute to it base at Tiem Ton.
   All but three of the junk's crew were rescued by an accompanying junk. Despite extensive searches of the area, one Vietnamese officer and two enlisted men were not recovered and were presumed to have been lost in the heavy seas.

- At 1405 on 8 December 1966, USS Blanco County LST 344 reported the crash of a US Air Force B-57 140 miles southwest of Vung Tau. Local MARKET TIME units began immediate search and rescue operations. PCF 67 recovered both the pilot and co-pilot in good condition. The rescued crewmen were transferred to Blanco County for subsequent helicopter lift.

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

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

- 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 68
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    28 July 1966 Cat Lo first arrived in South Vietnam
Alexander (Nmn) Bass, LTJG, OinC alex@hsi_panels.com 7/28/66-5/28/67 Cat Lo Jaffrey, NH - attorney
Billy Keith Hyde, BM1/C pkhyde@gmail.com  (son) 66-67 Cat Lo deceased 3/8/05 in Reno, NV
Albert Doyle King, GMG3   66-67 Cat Lo  
James Robert Borelli, RM3 borell92@localnet.com 66-67 Cat Lo Owego, NY
Edward Joseph Emond, EN3   66-67 Cat Lo Paradise, CA
William Frank Avila, GMGSN   66-67 Cat Lo ?Newman, CA?
Carl Edmond Hanker, MR2 chanker@att.net 7/66-11/66 Cat Lo deceased 11/2/06 in San Diego, CA
Michael Louis Zubrick, LTJG, OinC MLZ1942@aol.com 12/67-4/15/68 Cat Lo Elverson, PA
Jeffrey Robert Gray Sr, EN2   69 Cam Ranh Bay Gresham, OR
William Homer Jennings Jr, ENS, OinC lynnhomer@msn.com 5/69-?? Qui Nhon Tonganoxie, KS
    31 October 1969 Saigon transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3856
    11/69-?? Qui Nhon South Vietnamese Naval service

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

- At 2115 on 1 January 1967, PCF 71 operating a few miles south of the Bo De River, detected an unidentified and unlighted steel hulled contact ten miles off the coast, all challenges directed towards the vessel were ignored. When PCF 71 closed the unmarked vessel and illuminated her, she was taken under fire by the enemy ship. After taking several hits at point blank range from the enemy's automatic weapons, PCF 71 cleared the area to assess her damage. Unfortunately, by the time PCF 71 was able to resume the battle, contact with the enemy trawler had been lost. However, alerted by radio traffic from PCF 71, PCF 68 and the USCGC Point Gammon correctly diagnosed the intentions of the enemy trawler and intercepted her before she was able to make the beach. Pressing home the attack, PCF 68, with LTJG Alex BASS in charge, engaged the trawler in a fierce firefight. Employing white phosphorus mortar rounds, PCF 68 successfully set the enemy vessel afire before she could reach the safety of the river mouth less than one half mile away. However, before the trawler disappeared following a violent explosion, PCF 68 began receiving heavy automatic weapons fire from the beach and it became necessary for her to suppress the enemy fire from the beach as well as continue prosecution of the enemy vessel. No trace was ever found of the stricken trawler and increasing seas the next few days prevented SEAL teamsfrom assessing the area of action. During the major action, a junk was sunk by PCF 71 when it was mistakenly believed to have been part of the infiltration attempt. All hands on board this innocent vessel were saved.
   During the action both PCF 71 and PCF 68 were damaged by the automatic weapons fire and six members of the two crews were wounded-in-action, none seriously.
  At about 2245, Point Gammon illuminated and identified the contact to be a trawler with a blue-green hull and a cream-colored superstructure. At this time, in a position 10 miles from the point the trawler was first detected, PCF 68 closed the trawler directing .50 caliber and 81mm mortar fire against it. Several direct hits were scored as the trawler ran aground with her stern engulfed in flames. Five secondary explosions were observed as the fires spread to the pilot house area. Shortly after midnight the vessel disappeared. Subsequent analysis and evaluation of the incident concluded that, although heavily damaged, the trawler possibly could have escaped into a nearby stream, Six MARKET TIME personnel received minor wounds in the action.

On 12 August 1967, PCF 68 was ambushed off the Tanh Phu Secret Zone by a Viet Cong unit while she was proceeding to investigate a suspicious fishing junk. Two recoilless rifle rounds exploded near the PCF followed by heavy automatic weapons fire, but PCF 68 was able to maneuver clear of the ambush area without injuries.

- PCFs 36 and 68, WPB in area 5D and Spooky 61 provided covering fire and assisted in the covert waterline extraction of a Popular Recon Unit, under heavy fire by a Viet Cong platoon, 21/22 January 1969.  (after action report)

- While on MARKET TIME patrol, PCF 68 sighted an explosion at 0420 on 28 June 1969, and sped to the location, which was approximately 63 miles southeast of Phan Thiet. The PCF arrived at the scene of a mid air collision between a US Ai Force F-100 and a H-43B rescue helicopter, found debris, and immediately began a search of the area for survivors, but with negative results. At 0500, the wingman of the downed aircraft, reported five persons in the water to all units participating in the search and rescue operation. PCF 68 proceeded immediately to the position some 2.5 miles northeast of the wreckage and recovered one airman, while rescue helos from Cam Ranh Bay recovered four others. All personnel involved in the collision were saved; and were in apparent good health. The survivor aboard the Swift was taken to Phan Rang for further transfer to his unit.

- 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 69  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
      Cat Lo first arrived in South Vietnam
George Earl Wildrick No Computer 1/67-1/68 Cat Lo Barstow, CA
Michael Louis Zubrick, LTJG, OinC mlz1942@aol.com 5/67-12/67 Cat Lo Elverson, PA
William Stillwell Mann Jr, LTJG, OinC wsmann100@earthlink.net 10/9/67-3/68 Cat Lo Chocowinity, NC
Robert Lee Jacks, BM2/1   10/67-3/68 Cat Lo  
Michael Wayne Moore, RM3/2   10/67-3/68 Cat Lo  
Michael Donald Adams, QMSN/3   10/67-3/68 Cat Lo Spokane, WA
Dennis Lavell Green, GMG3 coachgramps1@aol.com 10/67-3/68 Cat Lo Richland, WA
Forrest Ward Dahlstet, LTJG, OinC xfeddonk@earthlink.net 11/29/67-68 Cat Lo Blair, NE
    21 April 1968 Cat Lo boat transferred to DaNang
Bernard Wellborn Wolff, LT, OinC bernardwolff@earthlink.net 4/20/68-8/14/68 DaNang Roswell, GA
David Walter "Bart" Barthelmeh, QM3 dlbarthel@frontiernet.net 4/68-8/68 DaNang Lake Havasu City, AZ
William Garrett Lockerman Jr, GMG3   4/68-8/68 DaNang Starke, FL
Lawrence Edward Mient, LTJG, OinC lemient@comcast.net 11/68-6/69 Chu Lai/DaNang Coraopolis, PA
Carlous Wayne Goddard, BM2   11/68-6/69 Chu Lai/DaNang ?Casa Grande, AZ?
George Lloyd Fuller, BM3   11/68-6/69 Chu Lai/DaNang  
Brian Paul Houillion, GMG3   11/68-6/69 Chu Lai/DaNang Auburn, WA
Mark Erwin Bell, RD2 marksputer@earthlink.net 11/68-6/69 Chu Lai/DaNang Temple City, CA
Jack Edwyn McDaniel, EN2   11/68-6/69 Chu Lai/DaNang deceased 12/31/99 in Ozona, TX
    7/22-9/15/69   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
Stephen Earl Brannan, LTJG, OinC sbrannan@bellsouth.net 8/69-10/69 Cam Ranh Bay Birmingham, AL
John Woolfolk Burke III, LTJG, OinC jwb3rd@gmail.com 1/70-2/70 DaNang Middleburg, VA
Lloyd Allen Elstro, QM2 lloydelstro@yahoo.com 1/70-2/70 DaNang Phoenix, AZ
Gerald Ray Schroeder, RD2 pcf69@aol.com 1/70-2/70 DaNang Milwaukee, WI
James Gregory Rizzo, GMG3/2   1/70-2/70 DaNang was from Montana, ?New York?
Travis James Kindred, EN2   1/70-2/70 DaNang deceased 7/17/07 in Tarrant, TX
Stephen Douglas Amstutz, GMG3   1/70-2/70 DaNang McMinnville, OR
John Theodore Baer, LTJG, OinC   2/70-2/70 DaNang replacement for Burke
    28 February 1970 DaNang transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3880

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

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

- During the morning of 3 January 1969, PCF 13 carried out an effective psyops mission off the coast near two enemy controlled villages 25 miles northwest of Chu Lai. After an hour of loudspeaker operations approximately 150 Vietnamese civilians had gathered on the beach for escort to a refugee village. As the escort operation by PCFs 13 and 69 commenced an enemy ambush killed 10 and wounded 5 of the refugees as they moved from their village. The Swift boats called in Americal Division gunships to suppress the enemy fire as the Vietnamese interpreter on PCF 13 told the refugees help was on the way and sang them songs to prevent panic. By the end of the day more than 200 people had relocated, despite Viet Cong threats of death for doing so, in order to escape enemy exploitation of their food and labor.

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

- 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.


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