COMMANDER COASTAL DIVISION FOURTEEN
FLEET POST OFFICE
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 96667

 

28 April 1968

 

FAMILY GRAM

 

Dear Families and Friends of Coastal Division FOURTEEN:

       Since assuming Command of Coastal Division 14 on 13 January 1968, my pride and admiration for the officers and men of this division has continued to grow. These men, your men, who go out to sea in 50 foot aluminum boats have daily proven their expert seamanship, courage and resolution. Their motto "We Came to Patrol" was inspired by their determination to get to their assigned patrol stations regardless of the hazards involved. Their record to date proves the motto well earned and has made many crews of larger patrol craft look on with respect.

        During the early hours of 1 March, four SWIFTS of Coastal Division 14 and several RVN Coastal patrol craft located an enemy steel-hulled ship attempting to infiltrate guns and ammunition to the VC. In what has been since described as "the greatest sea engagement of the Vietnamese conflict" PCFs 46, 47, 48 and 43 destroyed the 120 foot enemy trawler. The murderous .50 caliber machine gun and 81mm mortar fire enabled victory after a 15-minute battle. As in all victories some prices must be paid; two men aboard PCF-48 were wounded. ENFN Galliher suffered a minor leg wound and GMG2 Ulmer, a shoulder wound. today Galliher is back on the job and Ulmer recuperating in Japan. We all give Thanks that it was not more serious and wish Ulmer a speedy recovery. All personnel involved have been recommended to receive medals for their heroic actions.

        Coastal Division 14 now has eight SWIFT boats patrolling and two out of country for overhaul. Our lineup for the coming season, effective 25 April 68, is as follows:

PCF 42 PCF 43
LTJG HEINZERLING (Smiley Sierra) LTJG THORTON (Personality "Kilo")
GMG2 Phalen BM2 Horn
SN Perkins RDSN Sutherland
RD3 Bright SN Hutton
ENFN Galliher GMGSN Lewis
BM3 Watts
PCF 44 PCF 45
LTJG GRACE (Twiggy) LT SCHACHTE (Baccardi Charlie)
QM2 MacKinnon BM2 McKnight
BM3 Goss EN2 Kilpatrick
EN2 Anthony BM3 Hansen
RD2 Shaw SN Sledzaus
GMG2 Kreyer GMG2 Sistrunk
PCF 46 PCF 47
LTJG FLEMING (Prince Henry) LTJG HODGES (Rusty)
QM2/SS Rice BM1 McCool
RDSN Dreyer EN2 Roach
GMG3 Blankenship QM3 Richards
BM3 Martin RDSN Hart
PCF 48 PCF 60
LTJG SKURA (Sleepy) LTJG VOSS (Crazylegs)
RD1 Shaffer EN2 Harris
EN3 Farha BM3 Byrom
GMGSN Gardner QM2 Cassidy
RD3 Bradley RD2 Donato
BM3 Verwolf GMGSN Bohnet
PCF 82 PCF 97
LTJG CLARK ( Stumpy) LTJG WOOD (Zoomie X-Ray)
BM2 Carr EN2 Watson
QM2 Owens QM2 Jackson
EN2 Mebust RD3 Rodiguez
RD3 Musolf BM3 Hatch
GMGSN Adams GMGSN Vance
LTJG BISHOP (Moby Dick) LTJG REAM (Say "Huh")
QM1 Lavoie QM2 Mundy
RD2 Taylor EN2 Heck
EN3 Villareal GMGSN Smith
GMGSN Taylor BM3 Torney
BM3 Carpenter RD3 Moreno
STAFF STAFF
LT CALDWELL, OPS OFF BM2 Mendonca
LTJG STRAW, MAINT OFF RD2 Holland
QM2 Turner RD3 Jerzembowski
YN2 Benefield RD3 Troutt
ENC Buckler LTJG DUERRE, INTELL OFF
LTJG CAREY (Newest in Vietnam)

        "Zoomie X-Ray" our Flying Boat Driver has arranged flight for all Coastal Division 14 Officers-in-Charge to observe their patrol areas from above. to date four Officers-in-Charge have been up and all consider the aerial observation beneficial and great fun.

        Four SWIFTS have been outfitted with Psychological Operation Speakers, which are capable of broadcasting over distances in excess of one thousand yards. These speakers are used to inform local inhabitants of their governments effort to assist them and to persuade VC Sympathizers to give up their activities and support their government. The speakers are also excellent for introducing American Jazz into the small villages dotting the coast of Vietnam.

        As fighting men in Vietnam we are all aware of our responsibilities, however, very honestly we are anxiously anticipating our tour completion date and return to the good old USA. In the mean time we of Coastal Division 14 thank you for your support and "keep those letters coming friends."

        Hopefully I will be able to write a Family Gram every quarter, until June farewell.

 

G.W. Hibbard
LCDR           
U.S. Navy   

P.S. If I can ever be of assistance please do not hesitate to write.

 

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