Crew Listings for PCF 80 thru 89

 

PCF 80  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    29 July 1966 Cam Ranh Bay first arrived in South Vietnam
Douglas Edward Buie, LTJG, OinC   7/29/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay  left country 7/19/67 - Laguna Niguel, CA
Charles Russell Nause, EN1 crnnavy@hughes.net 7/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay Hillsboro, OH
Clarence O. Clark, BM3   7/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay  
Lon Stewart Wadman, RM3   7/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay deceased 10/18/01 in Bemidji, MN
Bobby (Nmn) Davis, GMG3/2   7/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay  
Robert Leslie "Robbie" Roberts, SN/QM3 2bob61@gmail.com 7/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay Spokane Valley, WA
James Matthew Arrison III, LTJG, OinC arrison@attglobal.net 2/67-7/13/67 Cam Ranh Bay arrived in country 8/9/66 - Alexandria, VA
Vernon Troy Ragsdale, BM1   2/67-6/67 Cam Ranh Bay Tulsa, OK
Donald Kirk Bemis, RM3 dieselair@charter.net 2/67-6/67 Cam Ranh Bay Dayton, NV
Benny Ray Duncan, EN3   2/67-6/67 Cam Ranh Bay  
Ivan (Nmn) Combs Jr, GMG3/2   2/67-6/67 Cam Ranh Bay was from Ohio
Paul A. Jones, SN   2/67-6/67 Cam Ranh Bay  
Thomas Glen Jones, LTJG, OinC tssnorkel@aol.com 6/67-1/68 Cam Ranh/Cua Viet/DaNang left country 4/7/68 - Bonita Springs, FL
Vernon Eugene Walters, EN1   6/67-1/68 Cam Ranh/Cua Viet/DaNang deceased 11/29/96 in South Hutchinson, KS
Stirlin R. Harris, BM2 hrstirlin@aol.com 6/67-1/68 Cam Ranh/Cua Viet/DaNang Geneseo, NY
William Bruce "Dude" Dodd, RDSN/3 dja32@q.com or bravesax@hotmail.com 6/67-1/68 Cam Ranh/Cua Viet/DaNang deceased 11/30/10 in Springfield, MO
Dennis Lee Wilson, GMG3   6/67-1/68 Cam Ranh/Cua Viet/DaNang deceased 2/13/03 in Middleville, MI
Paul Monroe Kellner Jr, GMG3 lespaul1@charter.net 6/67-1/68 Cam Ranh/Cua Viet/DaNang Sedalia, MO
    5 July 1967 Cam Ranh Bay departed to establish Cua Viet base
John David Davis, LTJG, OinC   1/5/68-6/68 DaNang deceased 1/21/06 in Niles, OH
John Robert Anderegg, GMGSA   1/68-6/68 DaNang deceased 10/8/83 in Fithian, IL
Billy Stanley Armstrong, GMG2   1/68-6/68 DaNang KIA 6/16/68 (PCF 19)
Frank (Nmn) Bowman, QM2   1/68-6/68 DaNang KIA 6/16/68 (PCF 19)
Anthony Gordon Chandler, BM2   1/68-6/68 DaNang KIA 6/16/68 (PCF 19)
Edward Cruz Cruz, EN2   1/68-6/68 DaNang KIA 6/16/68 (PCF 19)
William Martin Zondorak, LTJG, OinC wmz80@sbcglobal.net 6/1/68-1/69 DaNang/Chu Lai San Diego, CA
Billy Ray White, QM2/1 whitestarr@amerion.com 6/5/68-12/18/68 DaNang/Chu Lai Springfield, OR - non-hostile casualty
Robert Glen Snyder, RD3   6/1/68-1/69 DaNang/Chu Lai Sidney, OH
David Allen Riley, GMGSN/3 driley7482@aol.com 6/3/68-1/69 DaNang/Chu Lai Los Angeles, CA
Jackie Lee Williams, BM3/2   6/5/68-1/69 DaNang/Chu Lai  
Doilas Kirby Cowles, EN2   6/1/68-1/69 DaNang/Chu Lai Cleveland, TX 
Ronald Lee Smith, BM3   8/68-1/69 DaNang/Chu Lai Santa Ana, CA
Curtis Allen Rose, GMG3 rosec_46@yahoo.com 1/69-4/69 DaNang/Chu Lai Vivian, LA
Ray Lewis Ballew, ENS/LTJG, OinC rayballew@msn.com 5/69-2/70 DaNang/Chu Lai Eldorado, TX
David Allen Turnbull, GMG2     DaNang/Chu Lai was from Michigan
Gary Edward Vanzyll, GMG3 garynkim@nueworld.com   DaNang/Chu Lai Carson City, NV
Charles A. Stratton, BM3 stratton@itol.com   DaNang/Chu Lai Sturgeon Bay, WI
?Carlos C. Richard?     DaNang/Chu Lai  
?Ken, EN2?     DaNang/Chu Lai  
John Charles "Jack" Gallop, QM2 qmcs@mindspring.com 5/69-2/70 DaNang made QMC - Fresno, CA
Kenneth Earl Cozart, LTJG, OinC kencozart@yahoo.com 69/70 DaNang/Sea Float Colleyville, TX
Charles Lee Horton Jr, EN2 (SS)   ??-11-2/70-?? DaNang/Sea Float Decatur, GA
    28 February 1970 DaNang transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3882

- PCFs 80 thru 82 were delivered to Cam Ranh Bay, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Gunston Hall LSD 5 arriving on 29 July 1966.

- PCF 80 departed Cam Ranh Bay, 5 July 1967, to establish an operating base at Cua Viet.

- On 24 August 1967, one mile south of the DMZ, the commanding Officer and executive officer of USCGC Point Ellis were wounded by enemy fire while the cutter was firing a harassment-and-interdiction mission in support of an ARVN ground operation. The incident occurred about 1845 when two .30 caliber rounds struck the WPB's pilot house. The executive officer's wound produced paralysis and he was quickly transferred to PCF 80 and taken to USS Repose AH 16 for surgery. The commanding officer's wound was less serious and he was treated on board as the cutter returned to continue and complete its mission. ***Update*** On 22 February 2009, I received a message from "CDR Armand L. Chapeau, USCG, (Ret), "thanking the crew of PCF 80 for the care and encouragement they gave him during the transit between USCGC Point Ellis and the USS Repose. CDR Chapeau was the injured Executive Officer of the Point Ellis.

- PCF 80 transferred to DaNang operational control, 20 October 1967.

- PCF 80 had just returned from patrol, off the Cua Viet river, with the crew off the boat, having entered the river through very heavy surf conditions, when they noticed that PCF 76 was in trouble, trying to exit the river. They again manned PCF 80 and re-entered the heavy surf to coordinate and conduct the rescue of the crew. All personnel were rescued, one (1) by helicopter, but PCF 76 sank and was lost, 6 November 1967.

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

PCF 81
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    29 July 1966 Cam Ranh Bay first arrived in South Vietnam
John Joseph Dettmer, LTJG, OinC johndett1@yahoo.com 7/10/66-7/7/67 Cam Ranh Bay Cincinnati, OH
Philip George McCool, BM1   7/66-?? Cam Ranh Bay deceased 4/8/99 in Bryan, TX
Ronald Van Watson, RM3/2 courtbouillon@msn.com 7/66-?? Cam Ranh Bay Puerto Rico
Schnider, EN2   7/66-?? Cam Ranh Bay  
Dale Eugene Simpson, GMG3/2   7/66-?? Cam Ranh Bay  
William Hickman Ewing Jr, LTJG, OinC wewingii@comcast.net 11/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay arrived in country 11/10/66 - Germantown, TN
James Owen Mann, BMC   11/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay Southampton, PA
John Joseph Cox Jr, EN1   11/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay deceased 6/17/01 in Poplar Grove, IL
Denis Perry "Drink" Drinkwalter, TM3   11/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay Kingsland, GA
Norman Allen Bye Jr, RM3 normbye@cox.net 11/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay Derby, KS
Florentino Cruz Bejarano, EN3   11/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay Tucson, AZ
William Curtis Spencer Sr, BM1   ??-7/67 Cam Ranh Bay deceased 1/20/02 in Everett, WA - ?made Chief?
James Franklin Penkert, EN1 jpenkert@sbcglobal.net ??-7/67 Cam Ranh Bay Springfield, MO
Burton Frank Dix, GMG3   ??-7/67 Cam Ranh Bay deceased 11/11/96 in Clear Lake, CA
Hubert Lamar Lee Jr, RM3

hleel462@san.rr.com

??-7/67 Cam Ranh Bay San Diego, CA
Wallace David Bettencourt, SN wallacebettencourt@live.com ??-7/67 Cam Ranh Bay North Las Vegas, NV
Ronald Gimbert, RD3 rgim45@optionline.net 7/67-6/68 Cam Ranh Bay Waldwick, NJ
    23 September 1967 Cam Ranh Bay boat transferred to Cua Viet base
Robert Dennis Pacek, LTJG, OinC bobpacek@msn.com 2/68-11/68 DaNang/Chu Lai arrived in country 1/5/68 - Williamsburg, VA
Lehman Ross Snellings, EN1   2/68-11/68 DaNang/Chu Lai Battle Mountain, NV
James A. Tucker, BM2   2/68-11/68 DaNang/Chu Lai  
Bobby Jean Ware, QM2 wareconst@aol.com 2/68-11/68 DaNang/Chu Lai Manteo, NC
James Joseph Ramsey, RD2   2/68-11/68 DaNang/Chu Lai deceased 4/5/12 in Topeka, KS
James Wayne "Jim" Deal, QM2 JamesD8860@aol.com 4/68-7/68 DaNang/Chu Lai Los Lunas, NM
Frederick J. Krolczyk, EN2   4/68-?? Chu Lai deceased 6/22/00 in Dearborn, MI
Eugene Joseph Cummins Jr, ENS, OinC gene.cummins@shiacawn.com 11/1/68-2/69 Chu Lai/DaNang Gaithersburg, MD
Thomas Kelley Noble Jr, RD2 shelba@cdbridge.net 11/68-2/69 Chu Lai/DaNang Odon, IN
Howard Alva "Hal" McNinch Jr, RD3 mcninch@friend.ly.net 11/68-2/69 Chu Lai/DaNang Stevensville, MD
Jack Cole Batcheller, GMG3   11/68-2/69 Chu Lai/DaNang Springfield, MO - ex-mayor of Ada, MO
Angelo Joseph Caraffa Jr, EN3 angelo.caraffa@gmail.com 11/68-2/69 Chu Lai/DaNang St Louis, MO
Stephen Lewis Aasen, GMGSN lercheaasen@hotmail.com 11/68-2/69 Chu Lai/DaNang deceased 11/3/83 in Springfield, OR
Le Quang Luong, (LT)     Chu Lai RVN interpreter
    10/1-11/24/69   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 3883

- PCFs 80 thru 82 were delivered to Cam Ranh Bay, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Gunston Hall LSD 5 arriving on 29 July 1966.

- On 23 September 1967 boat transferred from Cam Ranh Bay to Cua Viet.

- PCF 81 transferred to DaNang operational control, 20 October 1967.

- PCF 81 captured a North Vietnamese junk attempting to infiltrate a large load of automatic weapons and ammunition south of Cua Viet, 1 March 1968. Six (6) North Vietnamese crewmembers were also captured.

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

PCF 82
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    29 July 1966 Cam Ranh Bay first arrived in South Vietnam
Michael Coakley Burton, LTJG, OinC mcpb@verizon.net 7/29/66-6/17/67 Cam Ranh/Qui Nhon Timonium, MD
Edgar Elihue Orr, BM2/1   7/66-6/67 Cam Ranh/Qui Nhon Moss Point, MS
Bert M. Moore, EN1   7/66-6/67 Cam Ranh/Qui Nhon was from California
Joseph Edward Sloane, RM2 sloanej@aol.com 7/66-6/67 Cam Ranh/Qui Nhon Cheshire, MA
Richard Allen "Dick" Martin, GMG3   7/66 - late 66 Cam Ranh/Qui Nhon Portland, IN
Earl Pliney Bass, BMSN   7/66-6/67 Cam Ranh/Qui Nhon was from California
Steven F. Rhea, GMGSN   late 66-6/67 Cam Ranh/Qui Nhon replaced Martin
James Matthew Arrison III, LTJG, OinC arrison@attglobal.net 8/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay Alexandria, VA
Vernon Troy Ragsdale, BM1   8/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay Tulsa, OK
Donald Kirk Bemis, RM3 dieselair@charter.net 8/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay Dayton, NV
Benny Ray Duncan, EN3   8/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay  
Ivan (Nmn) Combs Jr, GMG3/2   8/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay was from Ohio
Paul Andrew Jones, SN   8/66-2/67 Cam Ranh Bay  
    22 Feb1967 Cam Ranh Bay boat transferred to Qui Nhon
David John Clark, LTJG, OinC dave@asfgroup.com 7/67-8/26/67 Qui Nhon/Cam Ranh arrived in country 9/3/66 - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Howard Eugene Carr, BM2   7/67-4/68-? Qui Nhon/Cam Ranh ?Albuquerque, NM?
Wayne Porter "Tater" Owens, QM2 (SS) waynepowens@yahoo.com 6/68-8/68 Qui Nhon/Cam Ranh deceased 5/1/13 in Woodlawn, MD
Ronald William Mebust, EN2 34ron@bellsouth.net 7/67-4/68-? Qui Nhon/Cam Ranh Dandridge, TN
Gary Adalore Musolf, RD3   7/67-4/68-? Qui Nhon/Cam Ranh ?retired RD1 3/31/85? - Suisun City, CA
Johnny Blaine Adams, GMGSN/3 adamslovers@aol.com 7/67-7/68 Qui Nhon/Cam Ranh Vilas, NC
    9 August 1967 Qui Nhon returned to Cam Ranh Bay
    9 November 1968 Cam Ranh Bay boat transferred to An Thoi
Richard Paul Baker, LTJG, OinC   11/10/68-1/69 An Thoi Carnegie, PA
David George Marquardson, QM2   11/68-1/69 An Thoi Concord, CA
Ammon Earl Ward Jr, GMG3   11/68-1/69 An Thoi was from Florida
Jerry Joel Vogel, SN/BM3   11/68-1/69 An Thoi deceased 5/5/08 in Denver, CO - in Cat Lo 10/69
Walter Wells Weddell, EN3 walter143@dctexas.net 11/68-1/69 An Thoi Scurry, TX
    1/28-3/26/69   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
John Whitney Bishop Jr, LTJG, OinC   2/23/68-69 Cam Ranh /An Thoi ?Locust, NC?
Joseph Roland La Voie II, QM1 jlavoie101@aol.com 68 Cam Ranh Bay Kent, WA
W.P. "Sonny" Taylor Jr, RD2 swiftvet44@comcast.net 3/68-9/68 Cam Ranh Bay Oakland, TN
Stephan Paul Taylor, GMGSN gmg2nd@netzero.net 3/68-1/69 Cam Ranh/An Thoi St. Louis, MO
Arnold (Nmn) Villareal, EN3   4/68-?? Cam Ranh Bay  
Franklin Henry Carpenter, BM3 swiftvet68@alltel.net 4/68-?? Cam Ranh Bay deceased 3/28/12 in Columbus, GA
Roberto (Nmn) Moreno, RD3       ?Corpus Christi, TX?
Warren David Bellamy II, BM3       South Vienna, OH
Lawrence Paul Drogoz, EN2 dragass2001@yahoo.com 5/68-4/69 Cam Ranh/An Thoi Fort Washington, MD
William Taylor, GMG3        
Ralph Paul Dobson, LTJG, OinC   10/18/68- An Thoi arrived in country 7/26/68 - ?deceased 8/26/06 in Tampa, FL?
Robert Allen Kreyer, GMG2 robertkreyer@yahoo.com 11/68-11/68 An Thoi Novato, CA
Robert Lowe Hooke Jr, ENS, OinC robert@hookegallery.com 12/68-1/69 An Thoi Sag Harbor, NY
Harold Eugene "Gene" Hart Jr, RD2 ghart@lunf.edu 11/68-2/69 An Thoi Jacksonville, FL
Robert Fulton, EN3       ?Boston, MA?
    9 December 1968 An Thoi boat transferred to Cam Ranh Bay
William Homer Jennings Jr, ENS, OinC lynnhomer@msn.com ??-9/69 AnThoi/SeaFloat/HaTien WIA 9/4/69 - Tonganoxie, KS
James L. Rubenstein, LTJG, OinC   8/69-1/70 AnThoi/SeaFloat/HaTien Marion, MA
Billy Joe Alford, QM1 alford52@cox.net 7/69-6/70 AnThoi/SeaFloat/HaTien deceased 12/6/12 in Norfolk, VA
Douglas Alan Regelin, RD3 doug_regelin@hotmail.com 8/69-4/70 AnThoi/SeaFloat/HaTien Sacramento, CA
Richard Lewis Palmer, GMG3   9/69-3/70 AnThoi/SeaFloat/HaTien ?Newark, OH?
Kelly, EN     AnThoi/SeaFloat/HaTien  
Riles, RD     AnThoi/SeaFloat/HaTien  
Michael Alfred Green, ENS, OinC   1/70-???? AnThoi/SeaFloat/HaTien Chula Vista, CA
    10 June 1970 An Thoi transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3821

- PCFs 80 thru 82 were delivered to Cam Ranh Bay, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Gunston Hall LSD 5 arriving on 29 July 1966.

- First PCF equipped with the new 6 kilowatt, water cooled Onan, AC power generator, giving the boat the capability of running ALL AC equipment at one time.

- On 22 February 1967 boat transferred from Cam Ranh Bay to Qui Nhon.

- On 9 August 1967 boat transferred back to Cam Ranh Bay.

- At 1245 on 28 August 1967, PCF 82 ran aground on a sand and coral reef while investigating the source of tracer fire on the beach, 38 miles south of Nha Trang. Following a series of unsuccessful attempts by PCF 47 and an LCM from Cam Ranh Bay to free the Swift boat, a commercial tug, belonging to Alaskan Barge and Transport, the NEZ PERCE, pulled PCF 82 off the reef at 0335 on 30th. PCF 82 was then towed to Cam Ranh Bay for repairs to its struts, shafts and screws.

- On 11 September 1966, PCF 42 observed two US Air Force F-4 jets collide in mid-air at night off the Cam Ranh AFB. PCF 42 immediately proceeded to the scene and commenced a search and rescue operation. PCF 82 also proceeded to the scene. Various parts of aircraft, classified maps and flight information, helmet, and remains of human bodies were recovered.

- On 9 November 1968 boat transferred to An Thoi

- On 20 November 1968, PCF 43 and PCF 82 provided emergency NGFS for Song Ong Doc Regional Force troops, sweeping Viet Cong positions near Area 9C. PCF 5, PCF 43 and PCF 82 made first entry into the Bay Hap river and transited to the remote outpost at Cai Nuoc village, killing 11 Viet Cong during the transit. The outpost was in danger of falling into the hands of the Viet Cong and had but a small supply of ammunition left. After supplying the outpost with needed ammunition, the PCFs exited the river, taking targets of opportunity under fire. The boats came under intense enemy fire while exiting, resulting in minor damage to all PCFs and 1 OinC wounded. The PCFs returned fire, killing an estimated 11 Viet Cong and destroying or damaging numerous sampans, structures and bunkers.

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

- On 9 December 1968, PCF 82 transferred from An Thoi to Cam Ranh Bay.

- At 0700 on 10 May 1969, Coastal Group 26 inserted an ambush team just north of Ap My Hoi. At 0830, PCF 88 on normal MARKET TIME patrol received an urgent request from Coastal Group 26 for gunfire support and a dustoff aircraft to MEDEVAC two wounded, who were pinned down by heavy enemy fire. PCF 88 arrived on the scene at 0845 and after calling for a dustoff aircraft immediately began gunfire support. PCF 42 arrived on the scene 10 minutes later and provided additional cover fire. Air cover and spotter planes were called from Phan Rang to join the battle and drop smoke flares to mark friendly and enemy positions. Enemy fire was sufficiently suppressed to allow Coastal Group 26 elements to begin withdrawing. PCF 36, patrolling area 4F, was called in to join the fight. By 0930 PCF 42 and Yabuta junks began taking Coastal Group 26 elements aboard as they were out of ammunition and unable to defend themselves while being taken under enemy fire from the tree line beyond the beach. PCF 42 again supplied cover fire while Coastal Group 27 began inserting troops just to the north to assist in evacuating troops. At 0930 Coastal Group 27 troops came under heavy enemy automatic weapons fire from dug in positions as PCF 36 arrived on scene and immediately began suppression fire. PCF 36's aggressive attack was so continuous and accurate it halted all enemy fire; this was credited as a significant factor in reducing friendly casualties. Throughout the day PCF 36 organized and coordinated simultaneous strikes by five PCFs in column formation along the kill zone, attacking and then withdrawing to allow air strikes between attacks. At 1700 Coastal Group 26 concluded the mission and all Coastal Group 26 and 27 troops were withdrawn. PCF 36 ordered all PCFs to normal MARKET TIME patrols leaving PCF 82 and PCF 42 on station to provide continuous H & I fire throughout the night.
  From 0830 to 1700 the PCFs provided uninterrupted coordinated attacks utilizing continuous arms resupply by PCFs from Cam Ranh Bay. Coordination with strike aircraft was outstanding resulting in continuous heavy bombardment for the entire eight and one-half hour operation. The PCFs expended 13,559 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition and 544 rounds of 81mm mortars. There were two Vietnamese killed and four wounded while six enemy were killed (body count). Due to complete and overwhelming bombardment of the entire area, enemy casualties were probably far greater than actually counted.

- During a PSYOPS patrol on the western Cua Lon river, 19 November 1969, PCF 82 had two (2) B-40 rockets fired at it, the first hit the water just off the port side, resulting in shrapnel wounds to the OinC and the gunnersmate. The second B-40 skipped off the water and then hit the port bow just above the waterline, causing heavy interior boat damage because of the fires started. An Army or Marine rider was also injured, burns to his hands, when the after .50 caliber machinegun came loose and he helped hold it in place on the after mount, while the gunner fired, during the boats exit from the ambush scene.

PCF 83
Comments: After its arrival in the Philippines and outfitting at the Subic Bay naval facilities, the boat was transferred to the Philippine Navy on 15 December 1967 and re-designated PCF 308.

- PCF 83 never saw service with the US Navy in Vietnam.

PCF 84
Comments: After its arrival in the Philippines and outfitting at the Subic Bay naval facilities, the boat was transferred to the Philippine Navy on 15 December 1967 and re-designated PCF 309.

- PCF 84 never saw service with the US Navy in Vietnam.

PCF 85
Comments: After its arrival in the Philippines and outfitting at the Subic Bay naval facilities, the boat was transferred to the Philippine Navy on 15 December 1967 and re-designated PCF 310.

- PCF 85 never saw service with the US Navy in Vietnam.

PCF 86
Comments: After its arrival in the Philippines and outfitting at the Subic Bay naval facilities, the boat was transferred to the Philippine Navy on 15 December 1967 and re-designated PCF 311.

- PCF 86 never saw service with the US Navy in Vietnam.

PCF 87
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    9 September 1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam
John Glenn "Wink" Wilkinson Jr, LTJG, OinC John.Wilkinson@jhuapl.edu 9/9/66-5/67 Qui Nhon left country 7/18/67 - Baltimore, MD
Walter Alexander Graham Jr, EN1   9/66-5/67 Qui Nhon Lexington, KY
Wayne Lee Foote Jr, BM2   9/66-5/67 Qui Nhon ?North Haverhill, NH?
Paul Dennis Sutcliffe, RM3 dennissutcliffe@yahoo.com 9/66-5/67 Qui Nhon ?Vancouver, WA?
James David Eberhardt, SN   9/66-5/67 Qui Nhon was from Georgia
Alvin Lee Levan, GMGSN   9/66-10/66 Qui Nhon KIA 10/25/66 - Catawissa, PA
William H(es?) Jackson, GMG3   10/66-5/67 Qui Nhon  
Robert Lee Brown, LTJG, OinC silfox@san.rr.com 5/67-4/10/68 Qui Nhon San Diego, CA
Buford Hilton Smith, BM1   5/67-4/68 Qui Nhon deceased 3/27/10 in Midway, AR
Joseph Ronald Demerse, EN2   5/67-4/68 Qui Nhon Barre, VT
Phillip Jerry Brown, GMG3   5/67-4/68 Qui Nhon  
Joe Tavera Cruz, RDSN   5/67-4/68 Qui Nhon  
Edward Lamar Lyons Sr, SN   5/67-4/68 Qui Nhon Sacramento, CA
Michael Patrick McHargue Jr, GMG2   ??10/67?? Qui Nhon Independence, KY
Donald Allan Scott, RD3   ??10/67?? Qui Nhon  
Frank (Nmn) Gutterrez Jr, RD3   ??10/67?? Qui Nhon  
Thomas Savidge Richards, LTJG, OinC tomsrich@frontiernet.net 4/68-2/69 Qui Nhon arrived in country 3/8/68 - Rochester, NY
Dameron Ray McCullough, QM2   4/68-?? Qui Nhon deceased 8/30/02 in Jacksonville, FL
Edwin Joseph Garrettson, EN1 (SS) namvet-ss@attbi.com 4/68-6/68 Qui Nhon Oregon City, OR
Ronald Frank Tessada, RD2 rftessa@fresno.k12.ca.us 4/68-3/69 Qui Nhon Fresno, CA
James Joseph Tracy Sr, BM3 jtracysr@aol.com 4/68-9/68 Qui Nhon Troy, NY
Jerrell David Scroggs, BMSN   4/68-3/69 Qui Nhon deceased 7/15/70 in Beaumont, TX
Albert Mark Fransen Jr, EN3   8/68-7/69 Qui Nhon KIA - 7/2/69 - Las Vegas, NV
Malcolm Joyce "Mac" Almgren, ENS, OinC macalm@msn.com 11/1/68-10/69 Qui Nhon Portsmouth, RI
Glen Cameron Keene Jr, GMG3   ????-7/69 Qui Nhon KIA - 7/2/69 - Fairhope, AL
Charles Ray Coburn, SN   ????-7/69 Qui Nhon WIA - 7/2/69 - Grifton, NC
Vance (Nmn) Barron Jr, LTJG, OinC v_barron@bellsouth.net ??/69-11/69 Cat Lo Blowing Rock, NC - attorney
Dennis Patrick McGuire, LTJG, OinC dpmcguire@cox.net 11/69-5/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec/Cambodia Charlestown, RI
Lawrence James "Dusty" Rhodes, BM3   11/69-6/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec/Cambodia Girard, OH
Charles Joseph Ellmauer, GMG3   11/69-6/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec/Cambodia Port Washington, WI
Billy David "Sandy" Sanderson, EN3   11/69-6/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec/Cambodia Electra, TX
James Riley "Jim" Gilbert II, RDSN   11/69-6/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec/Cambodia Land O Lakes, FL
Edwin Bernard West Sr, QM1   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia deceased 12/3/09 in Virginia Beach, VA
Daniel Joseph Sullivan, LCDR   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia CTU 194.0.2 (Embarked in PCF 87)
Harry George McConnell, LTJG, OinC hmcconnell@daytonalaw.com 5/70-7/70 Cat Lo Ormond Beach, FL
    6/70-7/23/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
William Lynn Rogers, LTJG, OinC willrogers@swiftharbor.com 7/70-8/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec Gig Harbor, WA
Robert Oscar "Rob" Lincoln, RD3 oscar_phyllis@yahoo.com 7/70-11/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec Harrisville, MI
John William Oberster Jr, GMGSA john@matchbookart.com 7/70-11/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec WIA 11/12/70 - El Cajon, CA
Michael Lawrence Brown, RD2 mbrown6907@att.net 10/70-11/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec Lakeside, CA
Richard Paul Shade, EN2   10/70-11/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec WIA 11/12/70 - ?Brick, NJ?
Charles William "Dusty" Rhodes, BM3   10/70-11/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec Ohio
James Riley "Jim" Gilbert II, RDSN   10/70-11/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec Land O Lakes, FL
    11/13-31/70   battle damage repair in Cat Lo
    1 December 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3928

- PCFs 87, 88 and 89 were delivered to Qui Nhon, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Comstock LSD 19 on 9 September 1966.

- At 1200H on 25 October 1966, while on patrol in Market Time area 3I, 50 miles southwest of Qui Nhon, Alvin Lee Levan, GMGSN, on board PCF 87, suffered an apparent seizure and fell overboard. His body remained afloat for only ten (10) seconds and then disappeared. His body was never recovered in spite of an intensive air/sea search of the area.

- On 2 July 1969, PCF 87 suffered an 81mm mortar accident causing the lose of two (2) personnel and permanent injury to one (1) additional person. The preliminary investigation revealed the possibility that the bore riding safety pin was missing from the XM717 fuse. Subsequent action was taken to remove all rounds, from PCF inventories, that utilized a bore riding safety pin and to use only the M524A5 fuse.

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

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

PCF 88  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    9 September 1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam
Wilbur Lee Fry Jr, LTJG, OinC FryWL@aol.com 9/21/67-9/19/68 Qui Nhon WIA 12/23/67 - Virginia Beach, VA
Carl Raymond Goodfellow, EN2   ??- 12/67 Qui Nhon KIA 12/23/67 - Waterproof, LA  After Action Report
Leon A. Jouet, BM2   67-68 Qui Nhon ?New Orleans, LA?
Robert Cecil Morris III, EN2 beernutsbob@aol.com 67-68 Qui Nhon Tahuya, WA
Charles Daniel Beaver, GMG3   67-68 Qui Nhon was from Georgia
Willard Shelby Hamilton, SM3   67-68 Qui Nhon deceased 2/25/00 in Jewett City, CT
Edward Lamar Lyons Sr, SN   67-68 Qui Nhon Sacramento, CA
Gary William Oakley Sr, LTJG, OinC   67-2/27/68 Qui Nhon Vero Beach, FL
David Lawrence Corso, RD1 ravenhawk@air-internet.com   Qui Nhon Pahrump, NV
Wiley A. Ramsey, GMG2   10/67-2/68 Qui Nhon deceased 12/26/06 in Farmerville, LA
Earnest Henry Johnson, EN2     Qui Nhon ?Sacramento, CA?
Reid Butler Sprague III, RM3     Qui Nhon Solomons, MD
Christian Andre "Frenchie" Lewis, SN     Qui Nhon was from California
Ronald Eugene Seib (Durham), EN2 cpodurham@centurytel.net 4/68-9/68 Qui Nhon Lakebay, WA
Terry Lee Boone, RD2 mtboone@aol.com 8/68-9/68 Qui Nhon Kansas City, MO
Frederick Charles Josey, QM2   68-???? Qui Nhon Buckley, WA
    24 October 1968 Qui Nhon boat transferred to An Thoi
John Whitney Bishop Jr, LTJG, OinC   11/10/68-1/69 An Thoi  
Robert Allen Kreyer, GMG2 robertkreyer@yahoo.com 10/68-1/69 An Thoi Novato, CA
Lawrence Paul Drogoz, EN2 dragass2001@yahoo.com 10/68-1/69 An Thoi Fort Washington, MD
Warren David Bellamy II, BM3   10/68-1/69 An Thoi South Vienna, OH
Robert Lee Moreno, RD3 softballmore65@yahoo.com 10/68-1/69 An Thoi San Antonio, TX
Stephan Paul Taylor, GMG3 gmg2nd@netzero.net 10/68-1/69 An Thoi St. Louis, MO
Robert Lowe Hooke Jr, LTJG, OinC robert@hookegallery.com 1/69-10/69 An Thoi Sag Harbor, NY
Warren David Bellamy II, BM3   1/69-? An Thoi South Vienna, OH
Robert Lee Moreno, RD3   1/69-5/69 An Thoi San Antonio, TX
Robert Allen Kreyer, GMG2 robertkreyer@yahoo.com 12/68-1/69 An Thoi Novato, CA
Robert Fulton, EN3   1/69-? An Thoi ?Boston, MA?
Stephan Paul Taylor, GMG3 gmg2nd@netzero.net 1/69-? An Thoi St. Louis, MO
Tad McCall, ENS, OinC   1/69-? Cam Ranh Bay Arlington, VA
William Herbert Means, RD3 meanspi@sbcglobal.net 1/69-4/69 Cam Ranh Bay Bakersfield, CA
Vincent Jay Feuerborn, LTJG, OinC hundels@aol.com 7/69-1/70 Cam Ranh Bay deceased 1/30/09 in Galveston, TX
Edward Dean Emerson, QM2   12/69-10/70 An Thoi Tea, SD
Curtis Robert MacConnell, EN2 cr.mac@verizon.net 2/70-3/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo/Cam Ranh Harrisburg, PA
Eric Brian Stillings, GMGSN   2/70-3/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo/Cam Ranh was from California
James M. Harris, QM2   2/70-7/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo/Cam Ranh Long Beach, CA
Robert Jay "Rocky" Wicks, EN3 swift88@verizon.net 5/70-8/70 An Thoi/Sea Float/Vinh Te Manahawkin, NJ
Phillips   5/70-8/70 An Thoi/Sea Float/Vinh Te  
Louis Joseph Marucheau, LTJG, OinC ljmaru@worldnet.att.net 6/70-7/70 Ha Tien/Sea Float Boulder, CO
Joseph Peter Jurgella, QM1   6/70-8/70 An Thoi/Sea Float/Vinh Te KIA 10/25/70 (PCF 59) - Stevens Point, WI
Robert Grey Stewart, LTJG, OinC   7/70-8/70 An Thoi/Sea Float/Vinh Te deceased 11/22/89 in Jacksonville, FL
Roy Lee McKeown, BM3   ??-8/70 An Thoi/Sea Float/Vinh Te Centralia, WA
Charles William Davidson, BM3   ??-8/70 An Thoi/Sea Float/Vinh Te Chepachet, RI
    8/??-9/19/70   overhaul at NSF Qui Nhon
    1 October 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3914

- PCFs 87, 88 and 89 were delivered to Qui Nhon, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Comstock LSD 19 on 9 September 1966.

- Carl Raymond Goodfellow, EN2, died during a sapper attack on the Qui Nhon swift base 12/22-23/67. He was a crewmember of PCF 88.  After Action Report

- On 18 October 1968, PCF 88 transferred from Qui Nhon to An Thoi.

- On 3 December 1968, PCF 10, PCF 43, PCF 88 and PCF 93 raided Viet Cong positions deep into the Cai Lon river and destroyed 15 structures, 17 sampans, 9 junks and killed 1 Viet Cong. The boats encountered hostile fire on 3 occasions when exiting the river, inflicting minor damage to PCF 10 and PCF 43.

- On the morning of 6 December 1968, PCF 36 and PCF 88 were patrolling up the Rach Giang Thann when they were ambushed seven miles northeast of Ha Tien. The enemy fired on the two patrol craft from both banks of the river with small arms, 57mm recoilless rifles and B-40 rockets. Machine-gun, small arms and grenade fire from the Swift boats partially suppressed the hostile fire as they cleared the ambush area. The craft beached at Tra Pho, a short distance upriver, to care for the nine crewman wounded (three seriously). In addition, one crewman was killed in the action and one VNN lost overboard and another wounded. No B-40 or recoilless rifle rounds scored direct hits, however, both craft were damaged by numerous small arms hits. During the return downriver through the ambush area, cover was provided by Task Force 116 light helicopter fire teams that saturated the enemy positions with rockets and machine gun fire. Due to the dense cover along both banks the enemy was unseen throughout the engagement and enemy losses were unknown.

- On 26 December 1968, PCF 88 accomplished more damage with one round of ILLUMINATION than can ever be imagined.  After Action Report

- At 0700 on 10 May 1969, Coastal Group 26 inserted an ambush team just north of Ap My Hoi. At 0830, PCF 88 on normal MARKET TIME patrol received an urgent request from Coastal Group 26 for gunfire support and a dustoff aircraft to MEDEVAC two wounded, who were pinned down by heavy enemy fire. PCF 88 arrived on the scene at 0845 and after calling for a dustoff aircraft immediately began gunfire support. PCF 42 arrived on the scene 10 minutes later and provided additional cover fire. Air cover and spotter planes were called from Phan Rang to join the battle and drop smoke flares to mark friendly and enemy positions. Enemy fire was sufficiently suppressed to allow Coastal Group 26 elements to begin withdrawing. PCF 36, patrolling area 4F, was called in to join the fight. By 0930 PCF 42 and Yabuta junks began taking Coastal Group 26 elements aboard as they were out of ammunition and unable to defend themselves while being taken under enemy fire from the tree line beyond the beach. PCF 42 again supplied cover fire while Coastal Group 27 began inserting troops just to the north to assist in evacuating troops. At 0930 Coastal Group 27 troops came under heavy enemy automatic weapons fire from dug in positions as PCF 36 arrived on scene and immediately began suppression fire. PCF 36's aggressive attack was so continuous and accurate it halted all enemy fire; this was credited as a significant factor in reducing friendly casualties. Throughout the day PCF 36 organized and coordinated simultaneous strikes by five PCFs in column formation along the kill zone, attacking and then withdrawing to allow air strikes between attacks. At 1700 Coastal Group 26 concluded the mission and all Coastal Group 26 and 27 troops were withdrawn. PCF 36 ordered all PCFs to normal MARKET TIME patrols leaving PCF 82 and PCF 42 on station to provide continuous H&I fire throughout the night.
  From 0830 to 1700 the PCFs provided uninterrupted coordinated attacks utilizing continuous arms resupply by PCFs from Cam Ranh Bay. Coordination with strike aircraft was outstanding resulting in continuous heavy bombardment for the entire eight and one-half hour operation. The PCFs expended 13,559 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition and 544 rounds of 81mm mortars. There were two Vietnamese killed and four wounded while six enemy were killed (body count). Due to complete and overwhelming bombardment of the entire area, enemy casualties were probably far greater than actually counted.

PCF 89
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    9 September 1966 Qui Nhon first arrived in South Vietnam
Jeffrey Elwell Ferris, LTJG, OinC jeffrey.ferris@att.net 4/22/67-4/4/68 Qui Nhon Skaneateles, NY
Harold Emil Zahratka, GMG2/1   7/67-?? Qui Nhon deceased 2/11/94 in Montgomery, MN
Ronald Bruce Gagnon, RD2 ronbo004@aol.com 7/67-?? Qui Nhon deceased 6/3/10 in Cape Coral, FL
Severino Siapuatco Aguilar, EN2   7/67-?? Qui Nhon Voorhees, NJ
Gerald Edgar Gordon Jr, RDSN/RD3 ggordon2@embarqmail.com 7/67-?? Qui Nhon DeBary, FL
Anthony V. Gresham, GMGSN   7/67-?? Qui Nhon  
Robert Cecil Morris III, EN3   ??10/67?? Qui Nhon ?replaced Zahratka - possibly made US Navy LT?
Thomas Williams Wright, LTJG, OinC twright3@hotmail.com 5/68-9/68 Qui Nhon Savannah, GA
James T. Thompson, EN2   5/68-9/68 Qui Nhon  
George Edward Bobb III, RD3 gbobb@columbus.rr.com 5/68-9/68 Qui Nhon Westerville, OH
William Jay Newman, BM3   5/68-9/68 Qui Nhon  
Donald Eugene Kinser, BMSN cpms@comcast.net 5/68-9/68 Qui Nhon Oliver Springs, TN
Fredrick J. Nastasuk Jr, GMGSN   5/68-9/68 Qui Nhon Kentfield, CA
Richard Courtney Wallace, LTJG, OinC lafnkat3@gmail.com (daughter) 9/5/68-11/8/68 Qui Nhon KIA 11/8/68 - Norfolk, VA
John Douglas Singleton, EN2 usnder322@aol.com 9/68-11/8/68 Qui Nhon Pelham, NH
Peter Paul Blasko Jr, BM3   9/68-11/8/68 Qui Nhon KIA 11/8/68 - Southern Pines, NC
Stephen Thomas Volz, BM3   9/68-11/8/68 Qui Nhon KIA 11/8/68 - Lakewood, CA
James Henry Mason, QM3   9/68-10/68 Qui Nhon  
John Wallace Wyatt, GMGSN jjwyatt48@gmail.com 9/68-11/8/68 Qui Nhon WIA 11/8/68 - Sun City, AZ
Jerry Glenn Jones, RD2   10/68-11/8/68 Qui Nhon replaced Mason - Newport News, VA
John Ernest Walsh, GMG2 wjohnswift@comcast.net 4/69-6/69 Qui Nhon Daly City, CA
Larry Dean Jorgensen, EN2 ljorg46@yahoo.com 69 Qui Nhon Ewing, NE
Charles Michael Sayre, LTJG, OinC cms213taos@newmex.com 12/69-5/70 Ha Tien/An Thoi/Sea Float Taos, NM
Donald Lewey Holley, BM3 lewholley@gmail.com 12/69-2/70 Ha Tien/An Thoi/Sea Float Holt, MI
Donald J. Mendes, BM3 dkmendes@earthlink.net 12/69-5/70 Ha Tien/An Thoi/Sea Float Independence, VA
Russell Lynn Seibert, GMGSN rustyabassin@comcast.net 12/69-5/70 Ha Tien/An Thoi/Sea Float New Cumberland, PA
Tanh Que Cung (Charlie Chan)     Ha Tien/An Thoi/Sea Float VNN
Guy Bibo Gugliotta, LTJG, OinC guygugliotta@yahoo.com 5/70-10/70 An Thoi Pekham, NY
John William Mani, EN2   5/70-10/70 An Thoi Frazeysburg, OH
Walter Louis Hogan, RD3   5/70-10/70 An Thoi was from Texas
Sherwood James Drumheller, RDSN   5/70-10/70 An Thoi Mount Morris, IL
John Marshall Bruce, GMG2 abruce39@msn.com 5/70-10/70 An Thoi Green River, WY
    31 October 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3919

- PCFs 87, 88 and 89 were delivered to Qui Nhon, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Comstock LSD 19 on 9 September 1966.

- Between 0300 and 0400 on the morning of 5 June 1968, PCF 89 on patrol about 10 miles south of Qui Nhon observed a sampan moving from fishing boat to fishing boat. The suspicious sampan was boarded and searched revealing that the two occupants had a large sum of money in their possession. The sampan contained only a few small fish and no nets. The suspects and sampan were turned over to the Qui Nhon military police as probable Viet Cong tax collectors.

- Three (3) personnel were lost and one (1) wounded, when the 81mm mortar exploded, after an accidental double loading on 8 November 1968.

- While escorting the USS Brule AKL 28, on 14 July 1970, PCFs 22, 89, 96 and VNN PCF 3816 in company with USS Canon PG 90, came under heavy B-40 rocket and automatic weapons fire. The Canon was hit twice, by rocket fire, in the engine room, causing a loss of maneuverability in the kill zone. PCF 96 and VNN PCF 3816 beached in the ambush area, and began placing heavy suppressive fire out to cover the Canon. The VNN PCF 3816 was hit in the pilothouse with B-40 rockets three (3) times, wounding five (5) VNN personnel. Biet Hai troops were inserted by PCF 96, to secure the area.


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