Boat Squadron 1 - Coastal Squadron 1
Vietnam Casualties


David Joseph Boyle SN Woodland, CA PCF 4 February 14, 1966
Thomas Edward Hill BM2 Knoxville, TN PCF 4 February 14, 1966
Joaquin Charles Rodriquez EN2 Jackson Heights, NY PCF 4 February 14, 1966
Dayton Luther Rudisill GMG2 Greensburg, KS PCF 4 February 14, 1966
Raleigh Lee Godley BM2 Lawson, MO PCF 41 May 22, 1966
Gale Jackson Hays EN2 Falling Rock, WV PCF 9 October 18, 1966
Eugene Lawrence Self QM3 Cateret, NJ PCF 9 October 18, 1966
Hubert Tuck Jr BM2 Lenoir City, TN PCF 9 October 18, 1966
Alvin Lee Levan GMGSN Catawissa, PA PCF 87 October 25, 1966
Kemper Swanson Billings BM1 Burlington, NC PCF 56 October 29, 1966
Harry Giles Brock BM3 Odessa, TX PCF 77 November 15, 1966
Bruce Allan Timmons RM3 Fort Lauderdale, FL PCF 77 November 15, 1966
Willy Scott Baker MRC Buffalo, TN PCF 77 November 15, 1966

(Non-crewmember - Diver being transported to Hue by PCF 77)

Gary Wayne Friedmann SN Lebanon, PA PCF 39 March 11, 1967
Dennis Ray Puckett SN Independance, MO PCF 63 March 29, 1967
William Henry Murphy III LTJG Madison, WI -------- November 19, 1967

(Died in a Army helicopter crash outside Qui Nhon - never assigned to a boat/crew)

Bobby Don Carver BM1 Richmond, CA PCF 79 December 6, 1967
Carl Raymond Goodfellow EN2 Waterproof, LA PCF 88 December 23, 1967
Billy Stanley Armstrong GMG2 West Helena, AR PCF 19 June 16, 1968
Frank Bowman QM2 Waterboro, SC PCF 19 June 16, 1968
Anthony Gordon Chandler BM2 Warner Robins, GA PCF 19 June 16, 1968
Edward Cruz Cruz EN2 Inarajan, Guam PCF 19 June 16, 1968
Bui Quang Thi DaNang, RVN PCF 19 June 16, 1968

(RVN crewmember/interpreter on board PCF 19)

Gerald Dever Pochel RD3 Otis, OR PCF 96 September 4, 1968
John Patrick McDermott BM2 Pittsburg, KS PCF 98 September 7, 1968
Richard Charles Simon BM3 Ellsworth, WI -------- November 3, 1968
David Louis Merrill EN2 South Bend, IN PCF 70 November 6, 1968
Peter Paul Blasko Jr BM3 Southern Pines, NC PCF 89 November 8, 1968
Stephen Thomas Volz BM3 Lakewood, CA PCF 89 November 8, 1968
Richard Courtney Wallace LTJG Norfolk, VA PCF 89 November 8, 1968
Steve Ralph Luke BM2 Provo, UT PCF 36 December 6, 1968
John Raymond Hartkemeyer EN2 Hamilton, OH PCF 51 December 17, 1968
Gerald Robert Horrell BM3 North Hollywood, CA PCF 21 January 5, 1970
Donald Glenn Droz LTJG Rich Hill, MO PCF 43 April 12, 1970
Thomas Eugene Holloway QM3 New Castle, IN PCF 51 April 12, 1970
Richard L. Baumberger Jr BM3 Mansfield, OH PCF 9 May 5, 1970
Dewey Russell Decker EN3 Ionia, MI PCF 51 May 15, 1970
Richard William Stindl GMG3 Beloit, WI PCF 51 May 15, 1970
Robert Alan Thompson BM3 Downey, CA PCF 59 May 19, 1970
Kenneth Peter West RD2 Butte, MT -------- June 22, 1970
Albert Mark Fransen Jr EN3 Las Vegas, NV PCF 87 July 2, 1970
Glen Cameron Keene Jr GMG3 Fairhope, AL PCF 87 July 2, 1970
Stephen Joseph Penta GMG3 Revere, MA PCF 57 August 12, 1970
Robert Leroy Crosby LTJG South Hamilton, MA -------- September 26, 1970

(CosDiv 12 staff, fatally wounded in an accidental discharge of a .50 caliber machine gun)

Richard Laverne Wissler Jr QM2 Willow Street, PA PCF 27 October 2, 1970
Kenneth Dean Norton LTJG Lady Lake, FL PCF 61 October 7, 1970
Martin Stephen Doherty RD3 New York, NY PCF 42 December 4, 1970
Craig Ward Haines RD3 Keyser, WV PCF 22 February 17, 1970
Frederick Donald Snyder RD3 Moab, UT PCF 64 May 17, 1970
Lanny Howard Buroff QM2 Chicago, IL PCF 40 July 6, 1970
Joseph Peter Jurgella QM1 Stevens Point, WI PCF 59 October 25, 1970


Swift and Deadly

Along the coasts of Vietnam, down murky waterways
Once sailed a group of valiant men deserving of our praise.
All for one and one for all, dauntless sailors standing tall.
One by one they heard the call, all gave some, some gave all.

When freedom is in jeopardy, there are those who choose to fight.
To help their fellow man in quest to make things right
As dissidents marched through our streets with placards in their hands
These dedicated sailors risked their lives in foreign lands.

Their sleek, trim crafts were common sights wherever danger lay.
With fifties spouting instant death, they rushed into harm's way.
Their boats were fast; their will was firm, their courage ever strong.
With flawless skill and steadfast strength they faced the dreaded Cong.

From I Corps to the Delta, Swifts kept the noose pulled tight.
And often Charlie hid by day and waited for the night.
But night was no protector from these sailors and their skills
And their vengeance was measured by the tally of their kills.

These brave young men pursued their foe, ignoring Charlie's might
Strong and proud they searched him out, all itching for a fight.
With engines roaring mightily, flags waving in the air
Swifts took the war to Charlie in his hidden jungle lair.

With shrapnel flying all about as cordite filled the air,
The Swifts moved in at point blank range to answer Charlie's dare.
Uncommon bravery was the norm; for this they were renown
When Charlie chose to stand and fight these sailors put him down.

The quest for freedom takes its toll, and many men were lost
Performing what their country asked, regardless of the cost.
Their deeds are etched in history, their names are on The Wall
To them we owe our highest praise, these heroes one and all.


Dedicated to all Swift Boat Sailors
Welcome Home, Brothers
Larry Dunn, USN Retired
March 14, 2001
(Used with permission)

  Note:    The names and information presented on this page have been carefully and methodically researched by myself (Larry Wasikowski)
                and Ralph Fries, of the MRF.   If you have any additional information about these personnel or can fill in any of the missing
                information, PLEASE do not hesitate to contact me.

                Larry Wasikowski

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