Crew Listings PCF 90 thru 99

 

PCF 90  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    October 1966 An Thoi first arrived in South Vietnam
Bruce Starling Russell, LTJG, OinC   ??-4/67-9/11/67 An Thoi/Qui Nhon was from Sarasota, FL
    30 April 1967 An Thoi boat transferred to Qui Nhon
Robert M. Christian, BM1   4/67-?? Qui Nhon wounded in sapper attack, Qui Nhon 12/22-23/67   After Action Report
Donald Taylor Bradbury, LTJG, OinC   4/10/67-3/31/68 Qui Nhon Burke, VA
Calvin H. Mills, QM1   67-68 Qui Nhon ?retired QM1 5/31/84? - was from Montana
Donald Nelson Fuller, GMG3     Qui Nhon  
Timothy (Nmn) Taramasso, GMGSN staramasso@aol.com 68-69 Qui Nhon Vacaville, CA
Robert Morris Shipley, ENFN gincol@aol.com 4/67-4/68 Qui Nhon Henderson, TX
John Joseph Holle, SN     Qui Nhon was from Iowa
Patrick James Sheedy Jr, LTJG, OinC patandsues@gmail.com 10/3/68-1/69 Qui Nhon Gig Harbor, WA
Ronald Eugene Seib (Durham), EN2 cpodurham@centurytel.net 9/68-1/69 Qui Nhon Lakebay, WA
Dennis Allen Spranger, QM2 daspranger@yahoo.com ?? Qui Nhon Racine, WI
Terry Lee Boone, RD3 mtboone@aol.com 9/68-1/69 Qui Nhon Kansas City, MO
Raymond M. Anderson, GMGSN   8/68-1/69 Qui Nhon  
George Macnider Bates, LTJG, OinC   1/69-8/69 Qui Nhon Baltimore, MD
Albert Herman Field Jr, QM2   1/69-8/69 Qui Nhon Connellys Springs, NC
Terry Lee Boone, RD2 mtboone@aol.com 1/69-8/69 Qui Nhon Kansas City, MO
Gary Dean Hoover, BM3 gdhoover@adelphia.net 1/69-8/69 Qui Nhon Anaheim, CA
Edward Peter Gad, GMG3   1/69-8/69 Qui Nhon Hellertown, PA
Richard Alan "Dirty Frank" Trussoni, EN3 ktrussoni@aol.com 1/69-6/69 Qui Nhon Chaseburg, WI
Jack Louis Carlson, ENS, OinC jack.carlson@comcast.net 8/69-12/69 Cam Ranh Bay Eagan, MN
Robert Ford Wassam, QM2 bwassam@verizon.net 8/69-12/69 Cam Ranh Bay Elk Grove, CA
Wells, EN2   8/69-12/69 Cam Ranh Bay  
Joe Martinez, GMG2   8/69-12/69 Cam Ranh Bay was from Las Cruces, NM
Charles W(athen) Ryle, RD3   8/69-12/69 Cam Ranh Bay ?Venice, CA?
Tran Cong Hien, QM3     Cam Ranh Bay Vietnamese In Training Crew
Nguyen Ngoc Loan, EN     Cam Ranh Bay Vietnamese In Training Crew
Vo Duc Hanh, EN     Cam Ranh Bay Vietnamese In Training Crew
Phan Van Tham, BM     Cam Ranh Bay Vietnamese In Training Crew
Larry Howell Watts, EN2 lhwatts@aol.com 11/68-11/69 Cam Ranh Bay Piedmont, SC
Edwin Albert "Win" Schrader Jr, LTJG, OinC winschrader@earthlink.net 5/70-7/70 Cat Lo Plymouth, MI
    ??-10/14/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
    31 October 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3920

- On 30 April 1967 boat transferred from An Thoi to Qui Nhon.

- On the night of 13 November, PCF 90 collided with an unlighted 12 foot Vietnamese sampan, about three miles southeast of Nha Trang. There were three boys on board, ages 9, 10 and 12. The 9 year old boy was recovered in good health. LCPL 46 and skimmers assisted in the search for the two missing boys with negative results. A subsequent investigation of PCF 90's hull revealed the 12 year old entangled in the screws along with an anchor and assorted nets and lines.

PCF 91
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    October 1966 An Thoi first arrived in South Vietnam
John Joseph Stanton Jr, LTJG, OinC   10/66- An Thoi/Qui Nhon arrived in country 9/25/66 - Stamford, CT
Lawrence Paul Martin, BM2 (No Computer) 10/66-10/67 An Thoi/Qui Nhon Seattle, WA
    30 April 1967 An Thoi boat transferred to Qui Nhon
Edward Barnes Curtiss, LTJG, OinC edcurtiss@gmail.com 5/20/67-12/67 Qui Nhon Edina, MN
Calvin H. Mills, QM2   5/67-5/68 Qui Nhon  
Wallace D(avid) Allen, EN3   5/67-5/68 Qui Nhon ?Mesa, AZ?
Scott Eugene Peterson, GMGSN sep3344@cox.net 5/67-5/68 Qui Nhon Virginia Beach, VA
Frank (Nmn) Gutierrez Jr, RDSN/3   5/67-5/68 Qui Nhon ?Kingman, AZ?
William Saunders Ronsaville, LTJG, OinC ronsavil@us.ibm.com 7/28/67-7/8/68 Qui Nhon Washington, DC
Leon A. Jouet, BM2   7/67-7/68 Qui Nhon ?deceased 3/26/11 in Bowie, MD?
Carl Benson Tilley, BM2   7/67-7/68 Qui Nhon Lebanon, TN
Richard George Thibault, RM3   7/67-7/68 Qui Nhon was from California
Joseph Robert "Bob" Clements, EN3 jrclements@gbronline.com 7/67-3/68 Qui Nhon deceased 11/19/10 in Tulsa, OK
John Martin Hill, RM3   7/67-7/68 Qui Nhon  
Charles Dwane Herman, RD3 cdh789@msn.com 9/67-2/68 Qui Nhon Forest Lake, MN
Norman Edward LeDuc, GMG3/2   ??10/67?? Qui Nhon deceased 10/10/09 in Manchester, NH
Hugh Michael Taylor, LTJG, OinC   3/8/68-3/69 Qui Nhon Duxbury, MA
James M. Trammel Jr, QM2     Qui Nhon  
Gordon D. Wagoner, RD2 gdwagon@mn.rr.com   Qui Nhon Minnetonka, MN
Neil Robert Beck, BM2   5/68-5/69 Qui Nhon  Hemet, CA
Charles G. Leonard, EN2/1   68-69 Qui Nhon was from Alabama
Jeffery Lynn Elliott, GMGSN   68-69 Qui Nhon  
    5/18-7/7/69   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
John Woolfolk Burke III, LTJG, OinC jwb3rd@gmail.com 9/69-10/69 Qui Nhon Middleburg, VA
Donald W. McNeil, QM2   9/69-10/69 Qui Nhon was from Los Angeles, CA
William Charles Hogan, RD2   9/69-10/69 Qui Nhon  
William Kent Gain, RD2   9/69-10/69 Qui Nhon Sheridan, WY
John Marshall Bruce, GMG2 abruce39@msn.com 9/69-10/69 Qui Nhon Green River, WY
Everett Benjamin Hart, EN2   9/69-10/69 Qui Nhon deceased 4/15/77 in San Antonio, TX
    31 October 1969 Saigon transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3861
    11/69-?? Qui Nhon South Vietnamese Naval service

- On 30 April 1967 boat transferred from An Thoi to Qui Nhon.

- 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.

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

- 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 92  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    October 1966 An Thoi first arrived in South Vietnam
Roger Paul Freiberg, LTJG, OinC   10/66-9/9/67 An Thoi arrived in country 10/28/66 - Fond Du Lac, WI
William L. Platt, BM2/1   10/66-9/67 An Thoi  
Timothy Peter Cummings, EN2 rothx5@aim.com  (daughter) 10/66-9/67 An Thoi deceased 9/13/07 in Belfair, WA
Danny Ross Miller, GMG2 dmill@wilkshire.net 10/66-9/67 An Thoi Dover, OH
Charles Erwin Vessey Sr, RM3   10/66-9/67 An Thoi deceased 10/21/05 in Niangua, MO
Sidney Lanier Sims, SN   10/66-9/67 An Thoi Newbury Park, CA
Robert Wiliam Schultz Jr, LTJG, OinC   ??/66-2/2/67 An Thoi arrived in country 4/3/66 - ?St Louis, MO area?
James Le Broyles Jr, BM1   ??/66-2/67 An Thoi was from Arkansas
Raymond William Jenkins, GMG2 raymondjenks@aol.com ??/66-2/67 An Thoi Douglas, MA
William Robert Jones, EN2   ??/66-2/67 An Thoi Mason, OH
John Charles Lorenz, RM3 j-c-lorenz@sbcglobal.net ??/66-2/67 An Thoi St. Louis, MO
Marty Clayton Becktell, SA martyb@rochester.rr.com 11/66-2/67 An Thoi Rochester, NY
Granger Penfield Lathrop, LTJG, OinC glathrop@coastside.net 2/11/68-10/68 An Thoi Montara, CA
Charles Ray Dorsey, EN2   2/68-10/68 An Thoi deceased 11/20/09 in Corpus Christi, TX
Mark Maurice Lilienthal, RD3   2/68-10/68 An Thoi deceased 1/15/97 in Tempe, AZ
Gregory Vincent Cybulski, RD3 bucicy@aol.com 2/68-10/68 An Thoi Columbus, OH
Chester Bennett Bishop Jr, GMG3 bing87@comcast.net 2/68-10/68 An Thoi Rowley, MA
Michael James, GMG3 mdemske22@yahoo.com 2/68-10/68 An Thoi Manitowoc, WI
    18 October 1968 An Thoi sailed to Cam Ranh Bay for turnover to IUWG
IUWG One, WestPac - Unit Two   11/7/68-5/14/69    
James Milton Neveln, LTJG, OinC jimneveln@sbcglobal.net 5/69-8/69 Cat Lo Reno, NV
Lawrence Charles Kuentzel, QM3   5/69-8/69 Cat Lo deceased 6/22/09 in Virginia Beach, VA
Gregory B. "Greg" Thacker, RD3 fivsec4460@msn.com 5/69-8/69 Cat Lo Elkins, AR
Fred Richard Cooper, BM3 FCooper@greenvillecounty.org 5/69-8/69 Cat Lo deceased 1/28/07 in Pelzer, SC
Charles Edward Reuter, EN3 ReuterCE@aol.com 5/69-8/69 Cat Lo Cedar Rapids, IA
    8/12-10/10/69   overhaul at NSF Cat Lo
    28 February 1970 DaNang transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3884

- On 14 May 1967, a forward air controller, under heavy automatic weapons fire from a Viet Cong position on Cape Bai Bung, received assistance from PCF 92. The swift boat destroyed one sampan and damaged several others as well as four Viet Cong structures, There were no US casualties.

- On 18 October 1968, PCF 92 transferred from An Thoi to Cam Ranh Bay.

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

- PCF 92 was returned to Coastal Squadron One, 14 May 1969.

PCF 93  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    October 1966 An Thoi first arrived in South Vietnam
Robert Stevens Bell, LTJG, OinC   10/66-7/25/67 An Thoi arrived in country 9/11/66
George Francis Marcelonis, RM2 lisa.marcelonis@gmail.com 10/66-10/67 An Thoi Pensacola, FL
Martin Anthony Petrich III, LTJG, OinC marpet1@comcast.net 7/67-1/68 An Thoi left country 3/18/68 - Tacoma, WA
John Herman Gollotte, GMG2   7/67-1/68 An Thoi deceased 4/30/04 in Mulga, AL
William Gurley, BM3   7/67-1/68 An Thoi  
Jerry Ray Wilson, EN3   7/67-1/68 An Thoi  
Earl John Fontenot, SN/BM3   ?67-68? An Thoi was from Lake Charles, LA
James Craig McDonough, SN jmcdonough4@cinci.rr.com 7/67-1/68 An Thoi Cincinnati, OH
Adams, SN     An Thoi  
?Don E.? Austin, GMG2     An Thoi  
Michael Thomas Brown, LT, OinC michael.brown1943@hotmail.com 4/20/68-1/69 An Thoi WIA 10/4/68 - Bradenton, FL
Michael (Hayes) Haney, EN1     An Thoi  
David L. Clayton, QM2 pcf93@ilkonet.com   An Thoi WIA 10/4/68 - Alice, TX
Marvin Allen Sedlachek, RD3 sedlacheks@gmail.com 4/68-2/69 An Thoi WIA 2/2/69 - Oshkosh, WI
Daniel Brion Starks, BMSN   4/68-??/69 An Thoi was from Oregon
Mark Craig Nagy, GMGSN

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4/68-??/69 An Thoi Lakewood, CA
Paul Daniel Bolding, EN2   3/68-3/69 An Thoi was from California
Bryan Walter Kowalczyk, GMGSN bkowal@cox.net   An Thoi Las Vegas, NV
William Edward Clark Jr, BM2     An Thoi was from Oregon
Jacob E. Mullins Jr, EN3     An Thoi was from North Carolina
W. John Lewis, RM3 wlewis@gfs.com   An Thoi  
Robert F. Hendricks, SN/GMG3     An Thoi  
Richard Paul Baker, LTJG, OinC   12/68-1/69 An Thoi Carnegie, PA
David George Marquardson, QM2   12/68-1/69 An Thoi Concord, CA
Harold Eugene "Gene" Hart Jr, RD2 ghart@lunf.edu 12/68-1/69 An Thoi Jacksonville, FL
Ammon Earl Ward Jr, GMG3   12/68-1/69 An Thoi was from Florida
Walter Wells Weddell, EN3 walter143@dctexas.net 12/68-1/69 An Thoi Scurry, TX
Jerry Joel Vogel, SN/BM3   12/68-1/69 An Thoi deceased 5/5/08 in Denver, CO
John Pressly Chenoweth III, LTJG, OinC drjack@gvtc.com 1/69-6/69 An Thoi Spring Branch, TX
Donald Renzy Adams, BM2 eadams41@cox.net 1/69-6/69 An Thoi Pensacola, FL
Howard Sylvester Emerick II, QM2 wmcondr1@comcast.net 1/69-6/69 An Thoi Jacksonville, FL
Charles Emory Van Deman, RD2   1/69-6/69 An Thoi St Louis, MO
Donald Charles Renshaw, EN3   1/69-6/69 An Thoi Middleburg, FL
Van Howard Odell, GMG2 odell@gmail.com 1/69-6/69 An Thoi Katy, TX
    7/8-8/31/69   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
William Edward Franke, ENS, OinC wefranke@gannonintl.com 9/69-11/69 An Thoi St Louis, MO
Weymouth Daniel Symmes Jr, RD2 WeySymmes@aol.com 9/69-11/69 An Thoi Missoula, MT
Tony Paul Gisclair, BM3   9/69-11/69 An Thoi Poplarville, MS
Edward Ronald "Tex" Stokes, GMG3 ers@earthlink.net 9/69-11/69 An Thoi Mobile, AL
Gary Paul Alexander, GMG3   9/69-11/69 An Thoi Norwalk, IA
Larry Dean Jorgensen, EN2 ljorg46@yahoo.com 9/69-11/69 An Thoi Ewing, NE
Robin R. Rhodes, LTJG, OinC rrhodes2@comcast.net 11/69-2/70 An Thoi Fresno, CA
Lawrence Alan Jones, RD2   11/69-2/70 An Thoi ?Bronson, FL?
Willard Eugene Short, GMG3   11/69-2/70 An Thoi Bryant, AL
Jeffrey T. Turqueza, BM3   11/69-2/70 An Thoi Santa Clara, CA
William Wendling Stanard, LTJG, OinC wstanard@palmertrinity.org 3/70-10/70 An Thoi Key Largo, FL
Billy Ray Walker, BM2 billyw@schoollink.net 3/70-10/70 An Thoi Roanoke Rapids, NC
Williams, QM2   3/70-10/70 An Thoi  
Ronald Clyde Chase, GMG3 gringoron2@hotmail.com 3/70-10/70 An Thoi Maneadero Baha, Mexico
(Robert J.) "Charlie" Brown, EN(3)   3/70-10/70 An Thoi  
Rogers, SN   3/70-10/70 An Thoi  
    26 September 1970 An Thoi boat transferred to Cat Lo
    31 October 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3921

- At 1605 on 13 May 1967, a Navy US-2C aircraft crashed five miles east of An Thoi. Thirty minutes later PCF 93 arrived on the scene and picked up the sole survivor. The bodies of the other two crew members and most of the wreckage were recovered during subsequent salvage operations.

- On 17 October 1968, PCF 11, PCF 38 and PCF 93 conducted a raid into the Viet Cong controlled lake south of the Ong Doc river and were credited with 3 Viet Cong WIA, 64 structures destroyed, 15 sampans destroyed and numerous livestock destroyed. The OinCs of PCF 38 and PCF 93 and one crewman were wounded during the raid when the PCFs came under light fire.

- On 26 October 1968, PCF 9 and PCF 93 made the first transit of the long and dangerous Rach Gia-Ha Tien canal gathering valuable information during the trip.

- 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 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 27 December 1968, PCFs 3, 5, 9, 43 and 93 raided enemy positions in the Cua Lon river and Bo De river, destroying numerous sampans and structures and killing 1 Viet Cong. Enemy fire was encountered twice during the raid and 2 USN crewmen were wounded.

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

- On the morning of 29 September 1969, PCFs 93 and 5, while in a waterborne guard post about three miles from the mouth of the Bo De River, observed a 65-foot ocean-going junk (MT594 NTDC) proceeding slowly up the Bo De River from sea. The "Swift" boats got underway, illuminated the junk and proceeded alongside. Six males, on the bow of the junk, threw a small box over the side and were frantically trying to cut free a fishing net hanging over the side. The PCF crewmen boarded the junk and seized all males before they could cut the net. The extreme weight of the net precluded bringing it on deck and also precluded towing the junk due to its drag. The net was then cut and sank with its contents. The junk was then towed to Sea Float and while enroute one detainee offered a PCF VNN trainee 3,000 piasters to release them. The six detainees were turned over to Sea Float for interrogation.

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

- PCFs 93 and 96 came under attack by five (5) B-40 rocket and automatic weapons fire, 9 June 1970, on the west Song Cua Lon. PCF 93 was hit by one (1) rocket amidships wounding two (2) crewmen. PCF 96 was hit by one (1) rocket at the waterline, wounding the OinC. Both PCFs returned fire and evacuated the area.

- PCF 93 was transferred to CosDiv 13 at Cat Lo 26 September 1970.

PCF 94  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    October 1966 An Thoi first arrived in South Vietnam
Bruce Starling Russell, LTJG, OinC   10/66-?4/67? An Thoi arrived in country 10/28/66 - was from Sarasota, FL
Alex Steve Johnson, EN1   10/66-?4/67? An Thoi was from Georgia
Samuel Allen Torres, GMG2   10/66-?4/67? An Thoi Las Cruces, NM
Lawrence Paul Martin Jr, BM2 (No Computer) 10/66-?4/67? An Thoi Seattle, WA
Larry Lee Nonnemacher II, RMSN   10/66-?4/67? An Thoi Allentown, PA
Melvin Otis Smith, SN   10/66-?4/67? An Thoi  
Thomas Scudder Winslow, LTJG/LT, OinC navalark98@aol.com 5/20/67-5/16/68 An Thoi Oakland, CA
Johnnie Leonard Quint, RD2   5/67-5/68 An Thoi was from South Dakota?
Carlyle John Brown, EN2 cjbrown94@sbcglobal.net 5/67-5/68 An Thoi Watervliet, MI
Guraltemo, GMG2   5/67-5/68 An Thoi  
James Larry Brookshire, BM3 james.brookshire@us.army.mil 5/67-12/67 An Thoi Waco, KY
King Paul Mike Jr, SN   5/67-5/68 An Thoi served a second tour on swifts- Tsaile, AZ
Thomas Morduit Herritage III, LT, OinC therritage@ameritech.com 3/22/68-3/69 An Thoi Novi, MI
Robert Phillip Salter, STG2 salter13@comcast.net 3/68-11/68 An Thoi WIA 11/3/68 - Fremont, CA
Larry James Balok, LTJG, OinC seascow@msn.com 7/68-11/68 An Thoi arrived in country 6/28/68 - Bradenton, FL
James Lindy Miller, RD1 jjmiller@wavecable.com 7/68-11/68 An Thoi Port Orchard, WA
Kenneth Ralph Poole, EN2 kpswiftvet@gmail.com 7/68-11/68 An Thoi Imperial Beach, CA
Vern Earl Ratcliff, GMGSN/3   7/68-11/68 An Thoi deceased 5/21/86 in Shawnee, OK
    11/5/68-1/17/69 An Thoi overhaul at NSF Cat Lo
Edward Robert "Tedd" Peck Jr, LTJG, OinC tpeck49@cableone.net 1/69-1/29/69 An Thoi WIA 1/29/69 - Prescott, AZ
Delbert Louis Sandusky, QM1   1/69-1/69 An Thoi Lafayette, IN
Eugene Kenneth "Thor" Thorson, EN2   1/69-1/69 An Thoi Ames, IA
Michael Richard Eugene Medeiros, QM2 aureus@sbcglobal.net 1/69-1/69 An Thoi San Leandro, CA
Stanley Edward Jenereski, RD2 Jenereski@aol.com 1/69-1/69 An Thoi Southborough, MA
David Marion Alston, GMG2   1/69-2/18/69 An Thoi WIA 1/29/69 - Columbia, SC
John Forbes Kerry, LTJG, OinC   1/30/69-3/69 An Thoi replaced Peck 1/30/69 - Boston, MA
Frederick Alan Short, GMG3 fshort7@comcast.net 2/18/69-3/6/69 An Thoi replaced Alston 2/18/69 - North Little Rock, AR
David Marion Alston, GMG2   3/6/69-3/69 An Thoi replaced Short 3/6/69 - Columbia, SC
Daniel (Nmn) Salinas II, LTJG, OinC   2/69-8/69 An Thoi  
Joseph Edward Muharsky, RD2 ndc@mwwed.com 1/69-4/69 An Thoi Mentor, OH
Larry Gene Potter, QM2   1/69-?? An Thoi was from Missouri
James Barry Bogart, EN3 bogey67401@yahoo.com 1/69-8/69 An Thoi Salina, KS
Dalmas K. Coates, BM3   1/69-?? An Thoi Wamego, KS
Chris Whalen, GMGSN   1/69-?? An Thoi  
Henry (Nmn) "Buddy" Berman III, QM2   5/69-7/69 An Thoi deceased 6/8/04 in DeLeon Springs, FL
Alfonso Abrego Garza, RD3 algarza@earthlink.net 6/69-6/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo Richmond, TX
John Ellis O'Neill, LTJG, OinC oneilljohn@copn.com 9/69-3/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo Houston, TX
Michael Richard Feye, EN2 michaelpcf94@yahoo.com 1/70-10/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo Cedar Rapids, IA
Henry W. Crosby, GMG3   1/70-7/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo was from New York
Robert Ray Clay, RDSN   1/70-7/70 An Thoi/Cat Lo Cordova, TN
Harry George McConnell, LTJG, OinC hmcconnell@daytonalaw.com 9/70-9/70 Cat Lo Ormond Beach, FL
Bradford Miles Slepicka, RD3 ElbowG97@aol.com 9/70-9/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec Katy, TX
    1 October 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3915

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

- On 3 November 1968, PCF 94 came under intense enemy fire while probing the Duong Keo canal resulting in heavy damage to the PCF and one crewman. PCF 94 returned the fire, destroying an enemy bunker and killing 1 Viet Cong.

- On 5 November 1968, boat sailed to Cat Lo for in country overhaul

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

- On the morning of 28 February 1969, PCFs 23, 43 and 94 entered the Bay Hap and embarked RF/PF's from Cai Nuoc for a probe of the enemy positions. Landing parties from PCFs 23 and 94 discovered fresh spider holes and much brass in the area as PCF 43 provided cover from the river. After EOD personnel destroyed two bunkers the landing parties were re-embarked for another probe three miles further up the river. Heavy small arms fire was met as the planned landing area was neared. With 30 troops on board each craft the three "Swift" boats responded immediately by turning toward and beaching opposite the enemy positions. This surprise maneuver caused the Viet Cong to stand and run, followed closely by the RF/PFs. As the action moved up river PCFs 23 and 43 followed and again came under hostile fire. Again the enemy positions were charged with PCF 93 joining in the action. With the RF/PFs already ashore this time PCF crewmen went ashore in pursuit of the enemy. During this phase of the action one Viet Cong was killed and his still loaded rocket launcher captured. Total results of the day's action included 30 sampans, 15 structures, 7 bunkers, 12 tons of rice, 1 still and 50 gallons of liquor destroyed; 2 sewing machines, 6 individual weapons, one rocket launcher, small arms ammunition, enemy psyops material, a man, a woman and a child captured; and 10 Viet Cong killed (4 by PCFs and 6 by RF/PFs). There were no friendly casualties and the "Swift" boats received only minor damage.

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

- On 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.

- 30 December 1969, several rounds of 60mm mortar fire fell in the vicinity of the PCF pontoons at Ha Tien. PCF 94 received minor shrapnel damage.

- PCF 94, in company with PCFs 22, 35 and VNN PCF 3806, 14 January 1970, were supporting a troop sweep when PCF 94 was hit by a claymore mine resulting in two (2) friendly WIA and damage to the hull and one engine.

- While patrolling on the c Giang Thanh, 25 April 1970, PCFs 3 and 94 came under heavy AK-47 and B-40 rocket attack. Three (3) B-40 rockets detonated close aboard PCF 94, causing shrapnel damage, the starboard bow was also hit by 9 AK-47 rounds. One crewman on PCF 3 was also wounded when a probable recoilless round passed through the boat, from starboard to port, just aft of the cabin and exploded when it hit the water. Flack jackets hanging over the cable lines around the rear deck likely saved his life. The PCFs suppressed the fire and then spotted for a SEAWOLF strike on the surrounding area.

PCF 95
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    29 October 1966 Cat Lo first arrived in South Vietnam
John William Vernetti, BMSN   1966 Cat Lo Las Vegas, NV
John William Zickler, LTJG, OinC jwz@tds.net 1/67-1/29/67 Cat Lo arrived in country 2/9/66 - Afton, NY
Donald Cecil Bross, LTJG, OinC bross.donald@tchden.org 4/67-11/5/67 Cat Lo Boulder, CO
Fred Eugene Stith, BM2 festith@juno.com 4/67-11/67 Cat Lo Denison, TX
Robert Eugene Lorona, GMG3 loronare@yuma.usmc.mi 4/67-11/67 Cat Lo Yuma, AZ
Fuller, EN3   4/67-11/67 Cat Lo  
Frank Joseph Furrer, SN/RM3   4/67-11/67 Cat Lo was from California
Paul Anthony Metz, LTJG, OinC   5/20/67-3/68 Cat Lo was from Warrensville, OH
Richard Keith Shockley, QM2 stroken52@msn.com 5/67-3/68 Cat Lo Cos Cob, CT
Frederick Franklin Pallas, EN2 trich2598@yahoo.com 5/67-3/68 Cat Lo Ubly, MI
Glenndell R. Bond, RD3 judya007@aol.com 5/67-3/68 Cat Lo Forest Grove, OR
Alonzo V. Smith, GMG3   5/67-3/68 Cat Lo was from California
Kenneth C. McGuire, SN   5/67-3/68 Cat Lo was from New York
    1/10-1/22/68 Qui Nhon in country overhaul
William Stillwell Mann Jr, LTJG, OinC wsmann100@earthlink.net 3/68-5/68 Qui Nhon Chocowinity, NC
Robert lee Jacks, BM2   3/68-5/68 Qui Nhon  
Michael Wayne Moore, RM2   3/68-5/68 Qui Nhon  
Michael Adams, QM3   3/68-5/68 Qui Nhon Spokane, WA
Dennis Lavell Green, GMG3 coachgramps1@aol.com 3/68-5/68 Qui Nhon Richland, WA
Charles Dwane Herman, RD3 cdh789@msn.com 3/68-6/68 Qui Nhon Forest Lake, MN
Harold Francis "Hal" Amerau Jr, LTJG, OinC   7/68-3/69 Cat Lo Alexandria, VA
Myron Marcus "Marc" Milligan Jr, GMGSN mmillig53@gmail.com 7/68-3/69 Cat Lo Aurora, CO
Kellogg (Nmn) "Ked" Fairbank III, LTJG, OinC kedfairbank@gmail.com 8/12/68-5/69 Cat Lo Chicago, IL
Victor Valentine St.Onge, BM2 sstonge@lcc.ctc.edu 8/68-8/69 Cat Lo Longview, WA
Arnold Lynn Yoas, EN2   8/68-8/69 Cat Lo Monroe, MI
David Lee McNeil, BM3 dmcneil@montecitoinvestments.com 8/68-8/69 Cat Lo Round Rock, TX
Steven Theodore Anderson, RD3 jsande3@msn.com 8/68-8/69 Cat Lo Isanti, MN
Michael Harold Howard, GMG3   8/68-8/69 Cat Lo made chief and retired
Robert LeRoy "Rod" Prewitt, RD2 rod7143@yahoo.com 2/69-8/69 Cat Lo Jacksonville, FL
Stephen Alfred Hansen, LTJG, OinC s.hansen@managedlaw.com 8/69-10/69 Cat Lo Clovis, CA
James Alan St. Clair, GMG3 stclair49@hotmail.com 8/69-10/69 Cat Lo Celeste, TX
    10/15/69-1/1/70   overhaul at NSF Cat Lo
Harry George McConnell, LTJG, OinC hmcconnell@daytonalaw.com 1/70-5/70 Cat Lo Ormond Beach, FL
"Eddie" Edwards, QM1   1/70-5/70 Cat Lo  
John Dwight "Snuffy" Digman, EN2   1/70-5/70 Cat Lo ?Miller, NE?
Walter Louis Hogan, RD3   1/70-5/70 Cat Lo was from Nevada
Autry Roger Dean, BM3   1/70-5/70 Cat Lo Talking Rock, GA
Richard Lynn Collins, GMGSN/3   1/70-5/70 Cat Lo was from Minnesota
    1 May 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3838

- On 2 July 1967, Team 5 of Harbor Clearance Unit ONE, together with PCF 95 and the Seventh Fleet's USS Oak Hill LSD 7, successfully completed the salvage of PCF 97. The 22 ton MARKET TIME craft had been sunk by enemy fire on 25 June during a routine patrol off the Ca Mau Peninsula. Working from PCF 95, the Team 5 divers hooked up the sunken craft to Oak Hill's 35-ton crane. The Swift boat was then lifted clear of the surface, dewatered, and lowered into the LSD's well deck. Seven hours after the recovery operation had begun, PCF 97 was on its way to Subic for repairs.

- On 25 July 1967, PCF 95 collided with a cargo junk.

- At 0245 on 23 July 1968, movement along the beach was observed, in an area known for Viet Cong Activity, by PCF 28 at a position approximately one mile up stream from the Bo De river east of Tan My. PCF 28 was soon joined by PCF 95 and the two craft each fired ten 81mm mortar rounds into the area. Both banks were then taken under .50 caliber machine-gun fire as the Swift boats turned and headed for open seas. At this time, approximately 0315, heavy automatic weapons and recoilless rifle fire was received from both banks of the river. The officer in charge of PCF 28 was severely wounded in the action. The two patrol craft each received minor damage. PCF 95 resumed normal patrol duties and PCF 28 rendezvoused with the support LST for evacuation of the wounded officer. The OinC of PCF 28 had received shrapnel wounds to the head.

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

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

- On 26 August 1969, PCF 95 was hailed while passing the LSCO Balintawak Y45 in the Bassac River about 45 miles southeast of Can Tho. The ship, of Philippine registry, was enroute from Vinh Long to Long Xuyen and then to USS Hunterdon County LST 838 at Chau Doc. The Philippine ship had sustained a B-40 rocket hit in the pilot house killing the first officer and a seaman while wounding the 2nd officer. The wounded man was given first aid and medevaced by dustoff helo to the 29th Evacuation Hospital at Binh Tuy. The Swift boat then passed through the area of the sapper attack without incident, finding only a populated area.

- On 17 October 1969, PCF 95 was on patrol of the Lang River when the boat was attacked by heavy enemy automatic weapons and rocket fire. One rocket round detonated near the pilot house, wounding three crewmen and causing serious damage to the boat. Under a barrage of suppressive fire the boat was maneuvered away from the kill zone. Upon reaching safety, the wounded were administered first aid and damage control actions were initiated.

PCF 96  

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    29 October 1966 Cat Lo first arrived in South Vietnam
David Michael Bradley, QM2 bradsmgtd@msn.com 1/68-?? Cat Lo Sun City, CA
Harold Francis "Hal" Amerau Jr, LTJG, OinC   3/22/68-7/68 Cat Lo Alexandria, VA
Robert Leon "Tuck" Brant, LTJG, OinC friarbrant@cox.net 7/13/68-9/68 Cat Lo Chantilly, VA
Richard Gary Prevett, BM2   7/68-9/68 Cat Lo was from Oregon
Fred Stephen Prysock, GMG2 fprysock@roadrunner.com 7/68-9/68 Cat Lo Enterprise, AL
Glenn Lee Cogdill, EN2   7/68-9/68 Cat Lo  
Gerald Dever Pochel, RD3   7/68-9/68 Cat Lo KIA 9/4/68 - Otis, OR
Steve Ralph Luke, BM2   7/68-9/68 Cat Lo KIA 12/6/68 (PCF 36) - Provo, UT
Donavon Clark Current, LT, OinC dc.current2@gmail.com 9/68-2/69 Cat Lo Hampton, NH
Randall Edward Middleton, ENS/LTJG, OinC rand@middletonassociates.net 3/69-6/69 Cat Lo Normal, IL
John Joseph Billowitz, LTJG, OinC chocolatejonmar@aol.com 2/69-11/69 DaNang/An Thoi Brookline, MA
Noah Alan Davidson, QM2   2/69-11/69 DaNang/An Thoi Lake Stevens, WA
Hubert Weldon Bishop Jr, BM2   2/69-11/69 DaNang/An Thoi Brandenburg, KY
John Lloyd Ryals Jr, RD3   2/69-11/69 DaNang/An Thoi ?Pascagoula, MS?
Thomas Michael McCambridge, GMG2   2/69-11/69 DaNang/An Thoi was from Illinois
Wendell Walter Webner, EN2 dwebner@iland.net 2/69-2/70 DaNang/An Thoi Lincoln, MO
Michael Alfred Green, ENS, OinC   69-1/70 An Thoi Chula Vista, CA
Robert Knute Folkes, QM2 b4poms@charter.net 4/69-4/70 An Thoi Maryville, TN
James (Nmn) Newell, ENS, OinC newelljames@sbcglobal.net   An Thoi Columbus, IN
Justin John McCarthy, LTJG, OinC abb-nov@msn.com 6/70-8/70 An Thoi Exton, PA
Dustin Dwight Vincent, QM2   6/70-8/70 An Thoi  
Clifford Roy Bolstad, QM2 cabolstad@comcast.net 6/70-8/70 An Thoi Federal Way, WA
Henry Ray Anderson, EN3   6/70-8/70 An Thoi  
Richard Allen Franck, RDSN raf42548@yahoo.com 6/70-8/70 An Thoi Newark, DE
Roy Albert Blackstone Jr, RDSN rab5037@comcast.net 6/70-8/70 An Thoi Woodstock, GA
Michael James Murphy   6/70-8/70 An Thoi  
    ??-10/14/70   overhaul at NSF Cat Lo
    31 October 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3922

- PCF 96 was hit by a B-40 rocket while transiting the Ganh Hao river in May 1967. It sank in 12' of water, offshore, lazarette up!

- On 24 August 1967, PCFs 32 and 96 joined a search for two special services boats overdue at Vung Tau. The search was called off when it was learned that the two boats and their occupants had been captured by the Viet Cong near Mui Ky Van. Although the two American servicemen were able to escape from their captors and make their way safely back to an ARVN outpost, the two special services boats were left on the beach near Mui Ky Van. On 25 August, PCFs 25 and 35 participated in a Coastal Group operation in an attempt to recover the two boats. Unfortunately, the landing forces met with heavy Viet Cong resistance when they attempted to retrieve the two boats. All units came under fire from well fortified VC positions. Both PCF 25 and 35 were hit by automatic weapons fire but no personnel casualties were reported. The operation was later aborted when heavy enemy fire could not be suppressed. The next day PCF 35 again came under automatic fire from Mui Ky Van, but was able to successfully suppress the enemy fire.
  On 28 August, PCFs 37 and 96 again engaged the enemy forces in this area when they destroyed a Vietnamese coastal junk which had broached on the beach. Enemy losses following that engagement were unknown.

- Shortly after noon on 12 July 1968, PCF 96 was damaged by an enemy rocket 8 miles south-southwest of Tan My. As the Swift boat was investigating the mouth of a small river the Viet Cong opened fire with automatic weapons and one rocket round which hit the starboard side of the patrol craft. No personnel casualties were incurred, however, the round made a 12 by 18 inch hole in the main cabin about six inches above the water line. Temporary repairs were made by USS Page County LST 1076. Four of the enemy were estimated to have been killed by PCF 96 as 600 rounds of .50 caliber suppressive fire was directed at the Viet Cong positions.

- On 4 September 1968, PCF 96 closed the shoreline 18 miles southwest of Tan An for a harassment and interdiction mission; heavy automatic weapons and recoilless rifle fire was received. The fire was returned killing an estimated five of the enemy as the swift boat cleared the area. One crewman died of wounds received in the action.

- PCFs 96 and 9 came under heavy B-40 rocket attack, 6 March 1970, while patrolling the Rach Giang Thanh. PCF 96 took three (3) hits and PCF 9 received one (1) hit. One (1) VNN crewmember was slightly wounded.

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

- PCFs 93 and 96 came under attack by five (5) B-40 rocket and automatic weapons fire, 9 June 1970, on the west Song Cua Lon. PCF 93 was hit by one (1) rocket amidships wounding two (2) crewmen. PCF 96 was hit by one (1) rocket at the waterline, wounding the OinC. Both PCFs returned fire and evacuated the area.

- 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.

PCF 97
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    29 October 1966 Cat Lo first arrived in South Vietnam
Joseph William Callahan Jr, LTJG, OinC   3/11/67-6/67 Cat Lo left country 3/10/68 - was from Alexandria, VA
Charles T. Kellogg, EN1/ENC   3/67-6/67 Cat Lo made chief, transferred to Cat Lo staff
Randal Kenneth Fredricksen, GMG3 dragonwolf1@comcast.net 3/67-6/67 Cat Lo Chaska, MN
Charles W. Roundtree, RM   3/67-6/67 Cat Lo  
Frank Paul Giobbi, BMSN ctjetsfan@sbcglobal.net 3/67-6/67 Cat Lo Darien, CT
Richard Ray Cobb, (FTG)SN   3/67-6/67 Cat Lo  
Thomas Arthur Withey, LTJG, OinC tpwithey@aol.com 6/67-6/67 Cat Lo WIA 6/25/67 - left country 5/1/68 - deceased 8/29/13 in Spring Valley, CA
Thomas Robert Short, BM2   6/67-6/67 Cat Lo  
Roy Elwin Everett, RDSN   6/67-6/67 Cat Lo  
Donald Eugene Houser, GMGSN   6/67-6/67 Cat Lo  
Robert William Walker, GMGSN rwwalker1120@gmail.com 6/67-6/67 Cat Lo WIA 6/25/67 - Lombard, IL
    7/2-12/29/67   battle damage repair in Subic Bay, PI
Barry Timothy Wood, LTJG, OinC   12/25/67-10/68 Cam Ranh Bay had been a navy jet fighter pilot (shot down 3 times)
Bobby G. "Pappy" Watson, EN2   12/17/67-10/68 Cam Ranh Bay  
Stanley Ray "Stanley Steamer" Jackson, QM2 qmcjack@aol.com 12/67-10/68 Cam Ranh Bay  
Manuel (Nmn) Rodriguez, RD3 mrpr423@aol.com 12/17/67-10/68 Cam Ranh Bay Caryville, TX
Stephen Wayne Hatch, BM3 shatch6915@aol.com 12/14/67-10/68 Cam Ranh Bay Niagara Falls, NY
Ronald Lee Boulle, QM2   12/67-10/68 Cam Ranh Bay ?Pensacola, FL?
Scott J. Vance, GMGSN   4/68 -10/68 Cam Ranh Bay Kneeland, CA
Gary Robert Blinn, LTJG, OinC   6/1/68-5/69 Cat Lo/Cam Ranh Bay deceased 7/27/11 in Norfolk, NE
Jerry Leroy Henderson, QM2 redangus@swbell.net 6/1/68-8/69 Cat Lo/Cam Ranh Bay Gainesville, TX
Joseph Eugene Kisner, EN2 jckisner@cebridge.net 6/1/68-5/69 Cat Lo/Cam Ranh Bay Elkins, WV
Drew Emerson Whitlow, BM3 knightdip1@aol.com 6/5/68-5/69 Cat Lo/Cam Ranh Bay Huntsville, AR
Duane Anthony "Dewey" Stensrud, RD3 deweynita@yahoo.com 6/1/68-5/69 Cat Lo/Cam Ranh Bay Rochester, MN
J. Alvin Payton Jr, GMG3 jpayton1017@cox.net 6/1/68-5/69 Cat Lo/Cam Ranh Bay Virginia Beach, VA
John Robert Brechko, LTJG, OinC   12/69-3/70 Cam Ranh/Cat Lo/Sa Dec ?Summerville, SC? - was from Windsor, NY
Terry Alan Reno, GMG3   12/69-? Cam Ranh/Cat Lo/Sa Dec was from Chicago, IL
Robert William Kurtz, RD3   12/69-? Cam Ranh/Cat Lo/Sa Dec Conifer, CO
snipe, EN?   12/69-? Cam Ranh/Cat Lo/Sa Dec was from the south
unknown man   12/69-? Cam Ranh/Cat Lo/Sa Dec was from Bugtussle, TN
Charles Albert "Skip" Wehrle, RD3 swehrle@ameritech.net 12/69-4/70 Cam Ranh/Cat Lo/Sa Dec Garden City, MI
Dayton J. Ogden Jr, LTJG, OinC   3/70-9/70 CatLo/Cambodia/SaDec New Canaan, CT
William K. Harris, BM2   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia ?Florida?
Ralph Thomas Singleton, EN2   5/70-5/70 Cambodia deceased 8/17/02 in Dallas, TX
Keith Craig Harris, RD3 elbowgulf71@yahoo.com ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia Murphysboro, IL
Robert William Kurtz, RD3   ??5/70-6/70?? Cambodia Conifer, CO
Bradford Miles Slepicka, RD3 cosdiv13@aol.com 7/70-9/70 Cat Lo Katy, TX
    9/7-10/23/70   overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh Bay
    1 December 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3929

USS Oak Hill lifting PCF 97 aboard- On 24 June 1967, PCF 97 received automatic weapons fire off the Ganh Hao River, 45 miles northeast of Ca Mau Point, while investigating a suspicious junk. PCF 97 was able to suppress the fire without casualties. However, several hours later, PCF 97 again engaged enemy forces off the Ganh Hao River and intercepted an obvious infiltration.

- On 25 June, at 0500, PCF 97 again detected a suspicious sampan in the mouth of the Ganh Hao River and proceeded to investigate. Finding the enemy boat unoccupied, PCF 97 was preparing to get sector permission to take the suspicious vessel under fire when she was ambushed by two Viet Cong units hiding near the mouth of the river. A CHICOM 75mm recoilless rifle round tore a four foot hole in the bow of PCF 97 before her crew was able to suppress the enemy fire. The exploding shell injured two men, including serious injury to the the officer in charge, stationed in the pilot house. The PCF flooded rapidly as it turned seaward in order to concentrate efforts on the damaged area. However, all attempts to arrest the flooding failed and she sank in 35 feet of water. PCF 26 was quick to respond to PCF 97's distress and sucessfully rescued all hands shortly after they had abandoned the sinking boat. The injured officer was medevaced, and planning for the salvage operation of PCF 97 got underway.

- Salvage operations began the next day. Team 5 of Harbor Clearance Unit 1 was dispatched to the scene from Vung Tau. However, the team's light lift craft was unable to raise the PCF clear of the water. The team then stripped the sunken boat of all removable equipment, and remained on the scene to await the arrival of the SEVENTH Fleet's USS Oak Hill LSD 7, which had a crane capable of lifting the PCF.

- On 2 July, Team 5, onboard PCF 95 and the USS Oak Hill LSD 7, hooked up the sunken craft to Oak Hill's 35-ton crane. PCF 97 was then lifted clear of the surface, dewatered, and lowered into the LSD's well-deck. Seven hours after the recovery operation had begun, PCF 97 was on its way to Subic Bay, PI for repairs. (Photo shows PCF 95 alongside PCF 97 as the USS Oak Hill lifts it ; deck is just clear of the water.)

- The repaired and completely refurbished PCF 97 was returned to service at Cam Ranh Bay on 29 December 1967.

- At 0200 on 17 May 1969, Commander Task Group 115.2 directed PCF 97 to provide gunfire support for Popular Forces in contact with the enemy about 12 miles northeast of Phan Rang. The enemy attempted imitative deception when they used a Vietnamese Navy frequency and the PCF 52 call sign. The enemy attempted to give false coordinates for the gunfire support mission. Normal procedures were to use the VNN frequency for coordination with VNN forces through the use of an interpreter. The enemy attempt at luring PCF 97 away from the scene of the action was unsuccessful. Popular Forces sweeping the area reported 20 enemy killed (body count) while Popular Force casualties were one killed and two wounded.

- On 26 June 1970, PCF 97 inserted 120 Rough Puff troops for a sweep of "Football Field", NW of Linh Long. The troops made contact, and PCF 97 was called upon to MEDEVAC one (1) RF soldier, while under heavy fire. When PCF 97 returned, it took aboard two (2) additional RF troops for MEDEVAC and proceeded to extract the rest of the RF troops, while suppressing incoming fire.

- 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 when 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 98 - "The Gray Ghost"
Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    29 October 1966 Cat Lo first arrived in South Vietnam
Peter Austin Roe, LTJG/LT, OinC   10/66-3/67 Cat Lo deceased 9/13/00 in Norcross, GA
Dale Anthony Dolezal, EN3   10/66-3/67 Cat Lo was from Colorado
Floyd O. Heady, GMG2   10/66-3/67 Cat Lo Kingsland, GA
Anthony W. Hermeling, RMSN/3   10/66-3/67 Cat Lo Breckenridge, MN
Harry Thomas Hunsucker, BM2 jphunsucker@gmail.com (son) 10/66-3/67 Cat Lo Kyle, TX
Thomas Lee Wilson, SN   10/66-3/67 Cat Lo  
Karl Ross Symons, SN chapterb@frontiernet.net 8/66-8/67 Cat Lo Two Harbors, MN
Charles Roscoe Wright, RMSN   ??-9/67 Cat Lo Fayetteville, TN
John Carl McKinley, LTJG, OinC karmsdca@yahoo.com 4/67-12/10/67 Cat Lo arrived in country 12/8/66 - Coronado, CA
Wadie Marvin Moore, BM1   4/67-10/67 Cat Lo deceased 1/9/03 in Lillington, NC
Alieff Larry Lindsey, GMG2   4/67-? Cat Lo deceased 7/21/88 in Memphis, TN
Chastain, EN2 (sp)   4/67-? Cat Lo was from New England area
Kerry Wallace Thames, QM3 kerrythames@comcast.net 4/67-10/67 Cat Lo Heiskell, TN
Errol L. McKee, RM3 catloswifty@fuse.net 4/67-10/67 Cat Lo Cincinnati, OH
James Joseph Feder, LTJG, OinC jimfeder@thegoldenpaw.org 6/16/67-6/14/68 Cat Lo Orlando, FL
Darrell Howard Sage, RD2 Sagethewalldoc@aol.com 5/67-7/68 Cat Lo Littleton, CO
Robert Edward Brock, BM2     Cat Lo  
Clyde Don Gilbreath, EN2     Cat Lo  
Philip Frederic Post, GMG2     Cat Lo Broomfield, CO
James Howard Akers, BMSN akerspcf98@yahoo.com 12/67-6/68 Cat Lo Penndel, PA  (story)
    1/22-2/??/68 Qui Nhon in country overhaul
Wade Rowland Sanders, LTJG, OinC   5/17/68-1/69 Cat Lo San Diego, CA
Harry Lawrence Creamer, GMGSN hcreamer624@verizon.net 1/68-12/68 Cat Lo Woodbine, NJ
John Patrick McDermott, BM2   ??-9/68 Cat Lo KIA 9/7/68 - Pittsburg, KS
Thomas Ray Blakley, EN3/2 trb56@msn.com 9/68-6/69 Cat Lo Cincinnati, OH
Douglas Scott Martin, LTJG, OinC dsmartin67@gmail.com 1/69-11/69 Cat Lo Monroe Township, NJ
Charles Roland Richardson, BM3 charles@bigriver.net 8/69-12/69 Cat Lo Millington, TN
Robert Patrick Williams, RDSN   ??-8/69-?? Cat Lo Mocksville, NC
Eugene Donald Deusanio, GMGSN   ??-8/69-?? Cat Lo was from Pennsylvania
Michael Harold Howard, GMG3   ?/68-8/69 Cat Lo was from Florida
George Andrew Wendell, EN3 margeo3@cox.net 6/69-11/69 Cat Lo Las Vegas, NV
Ronald Wayne Saxon, SN/GMG3   8/69-?? Cat Lo Baton Rouge, LA
Dennis Dale Harner, LTJG, OinC ddharner@sbcglobal.net 11/69-12/69 Cat Lo Austin, TX
Thomas Edwin Terrell, QM2 pcf17@yahoo.com 11/69-12/69 Cat Lo Eugene, OR
Jerry Allen "Frog" Sheneman, EN3   11/69-?? Cat Lo was from Indiana
Donald Hamilton Patterson, LTJG, OinC   8/70-10/70   deceased 7/26/08 in Virginia Beach, VA
Phillip Craig Beets, RDSN phil@sunflower.com 3/70-8/70 Cat Lo/Sa Dec Lawrence, KS
Brenner, QM1   8/70-10/70    
Thomas Edwin Terrell, QM2 pcf17@yahoo.com 8/70-10/70 Cat Lo Eugene, OR
Bob Moody, EN2   8/70-10/70    
Charlie, BM3   8/70-10/70    
Mark Alan Potes, GMG3   8/70-10/70   Sandy Valley, NV
    ????-11/28/70   overhaul at NSF Cat Lo
    1 December 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3930

- On the morning of 25 June 1967, PCF 97, patrolling 500 yards off the mouth of the Ganh Hao River, 45 miles northeast of Ca Mau Point, came under heavy automatic-weapons fire and recoilless-rifle fire from Viet Cong shore positions. While returning the intense enemy fire, the Swift boat was struck at the waterline by a recoilless-rifle round which tore a three-by-four foot hole in the hull and wounded the Officer in Charge. The PCF flooded rapidly and turned seaward in order to concentrate on the damaged area. However, all attempts to arrest the flooding failed, and the Swift boat eventually sank in 27 feet of water. The entire crew was rescued by PCF 26. Salvage operations to recover PCF 97 began the next day. The boat was subsequently salvaged and sent to Subic Bay, PI, for repair and overhaul.
  Later on that same day, in two separate incidents, gunfire from PCFs 26 and 98 coordinated by spotter aircraft struck the Viet Cong shore positions which had attacked PCF 97. The aircraft subsequently reported that the gunfire killed 12 Viet Cong, and destroyed several bunkers and sampans. There were no US casualties.

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

- On 7 September 1968, BM2 John P. McDermott was killed by an accidental detonation of a partial mortar round in the barrel of the 81mm mortar. McDermott was inspecting the muzzle of the mortar when the bad round exploded.

PCF 98 aground in rice paddy PCF 98 aground
   
PCF 98, HIGH&DRY after entering the rice paddy. PCF 98, about to be refloated in the new channel dug by TF 117 forces.
   
3 April 1969 --- These pictures are definitely worth a thousand words ... and here is the story behind the pictures!

While on patrol in the Mekong on Good Friday, 3 April 1969, at about 0500, my boat spotted a radar blip which appeared to be in the water about 150 yards off the starboard bow. We accelerated to 'attack' only to discover that the higher then normal tide had over-run the riverbank and our radar took the tree line, about 500 yards inland, to be the end of the river! We hit the mud at full speed and literally slid inland about 75 feet. As it turned out, the 'blip' was a random tree in the middle of a partially submerged rice patty.

My crew consoled me, claiming that when the tide came back in we would just float back off, that is until I verified it was a full high tide at the time we went inland. We were ankle deep in water all around the boat, which was listing to port on the "V" bottom.

As the sun rose, the tide went out and there we were, HIGH and DRY! Fortunately, the repair ship USS Phoenix AG 172, was on station in the river about 1 click downstream. I radioed for assistance and a small mike boat was dispatched with several enlisted men, who made disparaging remarks as they approached. I was taken back to the Phoenix and escorted to the CO's stateroom, he was busy shaving and when I told my story he just shook his head in disbelief. He promised to help and when I returned to my boat I found my crew had commandeered several shovels from the peasants, who had came to work in the rice patty, and were now busily attempting to dig us out!

I sent a 100 word "FLASH Message," in code, to SEPIA, trying not sound like a complete idiot for what I had done. The CO of the Phoenix was great - he coordinated with the Army and had one of the Riverine boats, that was equipped with high pressure water pumps, intended to wash away bunkers, travel overnight to our location and it dug a channel behind us. When the tide came back in, we were pulled off. Fortunately, there was no significant damage to our boat. The Phoenix laundered our uniforms, feed us Easter Sunday Dinner and we then returned to Cat Lo, after having been aground for about 36 hours, during which time we spent one very nervous night with local RUFF PUFF's, who stood watch around us in that muddy rice paddy.

Douglas Scott Martin, OinC, PCF 98

 

PCF 99

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments
    5 November 1966 DaNang first arrived in South Vietnam
Robert Kevin Bolger, LTJG, OinC bob.bolger@gmail.com 11/66-9/67 DaNang/Chu Lai arrived in country 10/18/66 - WIA 5/14/67 - Bonita, CA
James Dennis Wiggins, QM1/C dc1gator@nctv.com 11/66-9/67 DaNang/Chu Lai WIA 5/14/67 - Johnston, SC
Michael Allen Malacky, EN1   11/66-5/67 DaNang/Chu Lai WIA 5/14/67 - Fort Walton Beach, FL
Marvin Lavon Greathouse, RM3 mlavon2004@earthlink.net 11/66-9/67 DaNang/Chu Lai Silverhill, AL
Ernest Kendall Music Jr, GMG3   11/66-5/67 DaNang/Chu Lai deceased 3/6/07 in Millwood, GA
Joseph Allen Theep, SN/QM3 jatheep@aol.com 11/66-9/67 DaNang/Chu Lai WIA 5/14/67 - Wilton, CA
Jonathon Douglas Daves Sr, GMG3 No Computer 5/67-5/67 Chu Lai WIA 5/14/67 - Philadelphia, PA
Unknown, EN2   5/67-9/67 Chu Lai replacement for Malacky
Unknown, GMG   5/67-9/67 Chu Lai replacement for Daves
Thomas William Yankura, LTJG, OinC   9/67-10/67 DaNang left country 10/1/68 - deceased 5/16/13 in New London, CT
Michael D(oyle) Douglas, BM3   9/67-5/68 DaNang  
Pedro D. "Sam" Sarmiento, EN2   9/67-5/68 DaNang  
Daniel Thomas Thornbloom, RD3 dtboat@home.com 9/67-5/68 DaNang Moline, IL
James Randall "Randy" Foster, GMG3 seadog@seadog-ret.com 9/67-5/68 DaNang Gilmer, TX
Tony Vance Pyles, GMG3   9/67-5/68 DaNang deceased 9/20/93 in Zanesville, OH
William Michael Cain, LTJG, OinC lauralmike@msn.com 9/21/67-9/16/68 DaNang Lakeland, FL
Virgil Eugene Tayler, QM2   9/67-68 DaNang deceased 8/15/10 in Lynn, MA
Robert Le Roy Franson, BM3 bobretiredusn@msn.com   DaNang Rapid City, SD
William Caldwell Coleman III, LTJG, OinC   7/13/68-2/69 DaNang/Chu Lai Wayland, MA
Peter Edwin Hunot, QM2 pehunot@comcast.net 7/68-6/69 DaNang/Chu Lai deceased 10/5/08 in Fresno, CA
Arnold Louis Gellis, RD3   7/68-6/69 DaNang/Chu Lai silver star for rescue of PCF 24 - Sylmar, CA
Eddie Peter Kajioka, EN3 edkajioka@yahoo.com 7/68-6/69 DaNang/Chu Lai Campo, CA
Frank James Willingham Sr, BM3 dosohoes@aol.com 7/68-6/69 DaNang/Chu Lai Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Robert Earl Nowlin, GMGSN renowlin@yahoo.com 7/68-6/69 DaNang/Chu Lai Bedford, TX
Michael John Solhaug, LTJG, OinC solhaumj@evms.edu 2/69-5/69 DaNang arrived in country 11/24/68 - Virginia Beach, VA
Philip Edward Mayer, LTJG, OinC   6/69-??/69 DaNang Atco, NJ
William Douglas Kelley, QM2 wmdkelley@aol.com 4/69-7/69 DaNang Colbert, WA
James Burton Samples, EN2 bsamples@sc.rr.com 6/69-??/69 DaNang Lexington, SC
William Henry "Bill" Dougherty, BM3 bosnlad@cox.net 6/69-??/69 DaNang Escondido, CA
Richard Gregory Carsley Sr, BM3 r.carsley@comcast.net 6/69-??/69 DaNang Lombard, IL
Richard Godlib Dennis, RD3   6/69-??/69 DaNang Brighton, CO
Lawrence Douglas Damron, ENS/LTJG, OinC   8/69-??/70 DaNang Chicago, IL
Grady Emil DeLoach Jr, EN3 gdeloachjr@sbcglobel.net 11/69-12/69 DaNang Dallas, TX
George Edward Cleary, RDSN       ?retired OS? 1/2/87? - deceased 9/30/09 in Cleveland, OH
    5/??-6/19/70   overhaul at NSF Qui Nhon
Walter Frederick Hauschildt Jr, LTJG, OinC   7/70-10/70 Cat Lo Imperial Beach, CA
    31 October 1970 Cat Lo transferred to South Vietnamese Navy
PCF 3923

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

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

- PCF 99 was the second boat in line, trying to enter the Cua Viet river, when PCF 14 capsized, sank and was lost, while transiting the heavy surf conditions, in an attempt to rescue local fisherman from several overturned sampans, 30 November 1967. PCF 99 then became part of the rescue team, along with some of the NSA detachment mike boats, for both the fisherman and the crew of PCF 14. All crewmembers were successfully rescued.

- On 12 February 1969, PCFs 18, 39 and 99 entered the Cua Dai river and proceeded to Hoi An in company with Three Yabuta junks of Coastal Group 14. At Hoi An a pre-Tet concert was performed by the Third Marine Amphibious Force Drum and Bugle Corps in the market place. Other psyops activities were carried out as tapes were broadcast and numerous materials were passed out. On the transit back to sea targets of opportunity were taken under fire and light hostile fire encountered causing no damage or casualties.

- On 10 March 1969, PCF 13 and 99 were conducting routine familiarization with the river complex. PCF-99 exited seaward on business while PCF-13 maintained temporary single coverage of the "brown water". At dusk and not more than three kilometers from CG-14, PCF-13 was ambushed by an unknown sized enemy force. The boat received four rounds of B-40, RPG, recoilless rifle and small arms close aboard with shrapnel damage resulting. Several automatic weapons sights were also involved. The peak tank gunner was blown over the side by the impact of a large round nearby, and subsequently was recovered. Total damage to PCF-13 was several shrapnel holes, about 30-35 bullet holes, one disabled engine and one USN WIA. PCF-13 withdrew to Coastal Group FOURTEEN to await reinforcements. The injured engineman was medevaced.

- On a Cua Dai River patrol, PCF 24 was firing on evading swimmers when it was hit by a 75mm recoilless rifle round at about 1830 on 21 March 1969. A second hit was received 30 seconds later, as the PCF was speeding up to clear the area. The hostile fire was returned by PCF 24 and PCF 99, which had been patrolling with the now damaged boat. PCF 24 ran aground, on a sandbar, where the fires were put out and damage evaluated. PCF 99 immediately ran through the ambush zone to assist the stricken craft, taking several small arms hits. It was soon discovered that the shallow water precluded a hand passed tow line. While under continuing small arms fire, a crewman from PCF 99 then swam a tow line to PCF 24, allowing the "Swift" boat to be pulled free. It was then then lashed the to port side of PCF 99, and together they transited, through the still active enemy firing positions towards CG 14, arriving some one hour later and with no casualties to either crew. Artillery and air strikes were placed on the enemy positions. Of note was the fact that all three evading enemy swimmers were all hit by .50 caliber fire and killed.

- While returning from an exploratory transit of the Kinh Xang canal, near My Tho, 1 August 1970, PCF 99 received multiple B-40 rocket and small arms fire hits. The OinC was moderately wounded and MEDEVACED. All five US crewmen and the VNN crewman were slightly wounded, but remained aboard and returned the boat to Cat Lo.


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