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2/19/2014  - My thanks to Tim Tomlison and Duane Holman for sending me picures of PCFs 7, 8, 75 and 695, these have all been added to their respective pages. Tim tells me that the hull number "WAS" painted on the top of the mortar box lid but not on the bow or stern of the Mark III boats because of the camo paint job.
  - Added a new piece of information to an individual's listings on the main site pages; the date of your transfer into CTF 115 and the date you left. This has made me aware of just how many people stayed longer than the required year in country. You will also find out just how bad the US Navy record keeping was because of the number of people who have records of their coming onboard CTF 115 but have "NO" records of them ever leaving country and obviously the reverse is also true, no record of entry but records of their transferring out and I'm not leaving out those of you who never officially ever showed up or left!
- Want to have your boat moved to the top of the list for inclusion, then bribes are in order!!!
Send me some info about crew listings, actions you were involved in, copies of some of your citations or finally fill in the missing crew members from your crew. I'll be waiting.
Right now you can find these new records listed on all the boats numbered 100 and above and all boats that were physically lost (about 12 in total). This is all been made possible by the records that were located last October in the US Archives.
  - Added another career military name to the "Retired" page; the 199th Chief.
  - Added another two names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
GMG3 Mickey William Walker passed away 4 February 2014 in Hixson, TN. He had served on PCFs 9 & 58 in/at Sea Float, An Thoi and Cam Ranh Bay from 5/69 to 10/69.
EN1 Coy Monroe Anthony passed away 28 September 2007 in Webbers Falls, OK. He had served on PCF 44 in Cam Ranh Bay during 1968.
  - My thanks to Allen Lobean for passing on a copy of the 174th Helicopter Company TOC Daily Staff Journal from the 29 Feb/1 Mar 1968 Duc Pho Trawler Incident in which PCFs 18 & 20 were involved in the sinking of an NVA arms blockade runner. You can view it at: http://swiftboats/extras/1march68trawlerincident.htm or you can go to either PCFs 18 or 20 crew listings and access the story from there.
- For the first time in 16 months, I have been able to add two copies of individual award citations to the site. A web search inadvertently turned up the "Bronze Star" presentation given to then LTJG William Bowen Rood Jr and I received a copy of the citation for EN3 Michael Richard Feye's Navy Commendation Medal.
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1/1/2014 - I have added a picture of PCF 694 to its listings. This is the first identified picture of a Mark III swift boat I have found ... notice its' dark green paint job and that there are no hull numbers painted on the bow! How about the stern and or the mortar box lid?
- Added another two career military names to the "Retired" page; the 44th Lieutenant Commander and the 1st Lieutenant.
  - Added another five names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
GMG3 John Joseph Michels passed away 27 December 2013 in Closter, NJ. He had served on PCFs 61, 74 in DaNang and Sa Dec from 8/69 to 5/70.
BMC Claud Phillip Jernigan passed away 21 December 2013 in Albany, OR. He had served on the plank owner crew of PCF 23 in Cat Lo from 2/66 to 12/66.
RDSN John Vincent Hecker passed away 4 October 2013 in Erie, PA. He had served on PCFs 5 & 37 in An Thoi and at Sea Float from 7/69 thru 3/70.
SN Milton Preston Nickerson passed away 6 April 2012 in Kingsland, TX. He had served on PCF 23 in Cat Lo from 2/67 thru 10/67.
LTJG Charles Leroy Kazenas passed away 4 January 2005 in Belvidere, IL. He had served on Staff in Saigon and onboard the YR-71 in DaNang from 10/65 to well into 1966.
- I have added the 1966 version of the "Where, When, Who and What Table" or what I call the "FourWTable" to the site. This section now includes the 1966, 1967 and 1968 lists of the officers assigned to Coastal Squadron One.
- Added three new Swiftee publications to "The Published Swiftboat" section of the website:
Lynn Salsi's book
"Firefight - On Vietnam Brown Water", a magazine article by Tom Edwards "PCF: The Patrol Craft Fast/Swift Boats of Vietnam" in Sea Classics, Volume 44, Number 4 of April 2011 and another magazine article by James Gill "My War - Navy Petty Officer Wayne Jensen" in Vietnam, June 2013 issue.
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11/23/2013 - I have added a picture of PCF 65 to its listings. My thanks to GMM3 Jerry Lee Smith for sending me the picture.
- Added another career military name to the "Retired" page; the 198th Chief.
- Added another two names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
RD3 Paul Millard Montgomery passed away 1 November 2013 in Mexico, MO. He had served on PCFs 62, 66 & 72 in Cat Lo, Sea Float & An Thoi from 3/69 thru 7/69.
GMG3 Robert Wayne Yount passed away 10 January 2010 in Auburn, WA. He had served on PCFs 21 & 103 in Cat Lo, An Thoi & Sea Float from 6/69 thru 4/70.
  - Once again there are numerous corrections/completions to the names and locations of your fellow swiftees.
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11/1/2013 - This is a small but important update as I have added the 1967 version of the "Where, When, Who and What Table" or what I call the "FourWTable" to the site. The section now includes both 1967 and 1968 lists of the officer assignments inside COSRON One and shows the US Navy "ASSIGNED" billets (meaning tracked billets) for the squadron and all five divisions, quarterly, during each calendar year.
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10/23/2013 - Thanks to last month's find of new archive records, for those serving during 1968 with COSRON ONE in Vietnam, I have been able to locate the biggest find EVER of possible new swiftees' names: 20 officer and 388 enlisted names have been added to the "Unknown Swiftee Listings." All are indicated by being listed in GREEN type. Happy hunting!
- Added another sixty career military names to the "Retired" page; the 100th & 101st Captain, the 43rd Lieutenant Commander, the 14th thru 16th CWO4, the 5th CWO3, the 35th thru 38th Master Chief, the 62nd thru 66th Senior Chief, the 176th thru 197th Chief, the 126th thru 145th Petty Officer First Class and the 10th & 11th Petty Officer Second Class.
- Added another ten names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
RM2 Laurence David Garrettson passed away 22 August 2013 in St Thomas, USVI. He had served on PCF 44 in Cam Ranh Bay from 4/66 to 1/67.
QM1 Phillip James Knapp passed away 26 June 2008 in Wauconda, IL. His service details in Vietnam are unknown at this time.
EN2 Russel Lee Idler passed away 17 February 2007 in Vancouver, WA.  His service details in Vietnam are unknown at this time.
GMG1 Roswell Lee Nichols Sr passed away 24 September 2006 in Macon, GA. His service details in Vietnam are unknown at this time.
BM2 Wayne Franklin Kash passed away 5 August 1999 in La Junta, CA. His service details in Vietnam are unknown at this time.
BM1 Freddie O. Coley passed away 1 April 1992 in Kailua, HI. His service details in Vietnam are unknown at this time.
RM1 Thomas Sobers passed away 14 October 1990 in Norfolk, VA. His service details in Vietnam are unknown at this time.
GMG2 Clarence Fred Nein passed away 14 November 1987 in Riverside, CA. His service details in Vietnam are unknown at this time.
EN1 Patrick Henry Harp passed away 16 September 1979 in Pinellas, FL. He had served on PCF 12 in An Thoi from 12/65 to 11/66.
EN2 Darryl Lee Williams passed away 5 June 1976 in Riverside, CA. His service details in Vietnam are unknown at this time.
- And again numerous corrections/completions to the names and locations of your fellow swiftees.
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9/26/2013 - Added a new section to the site called the "Where, When, Who and What Table or the FourWTable" with it's first entry for 1968. This table is a compilation of officer assignments inside COSRON One and shows the US Navy "ASSIGNED" billets (meaning tracked) for the squadron and all divisions at four times during a calendar year. My sincere thanks go out to Suzanne Edwards, the daughter of swiftee GMG2 James Charles Edwards, for locating the raw information for this report buried in the United States of America archive files.
  - Added another six names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
EN3 Lorenzo Ruiz Alvara Jr passed away 13 September 2013 in Eureka, CA. He had served on PCF 12 in An Thoi from 3/67 to 11/67.
LTJG Thomas Arthur Withey passed away 29 August 2013 in Spring Valley, CA. He had served on PCF 97 in Cat Lo during June 1967.
LT Gerald James Lyall passed away 28 July 2013 in Chantilly, VA. He had served on PCF 64 in Qui Nhon from 9/67 to 9/68.
GMG2 Steven Edward Weekley passed away 16 January 2013 in Columbia, SC. He had served on PCF 71 in Cat Lo & Sa Dec from 12/69 to 6/70.
LCDR Donald Roger Breckenridge passed away 20 September 2010 in Charlottesville, VA. He had served as ComCosDiv12 from 9/69 to 2/70.
LCDR Edward Eugene Golden passed away 15 January 1996 in Fairfax, VA. He had served as the Chief of Staff for CTF 115 in Cam Ranh Bay from 8/67 to 8/68.
  - The normal changes and updates to people's names, e-mail addresses and locations are scattered all over the site.
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8/26/2013 - I have added a picture of PCF 56, a second picture of PCFs 42 & 58 and a third picture of PCFs 38 & 40 to their listings.
  - Added another four career military names to the "Retired" page; the 61st Senior Chief, the 174th & 175th Chiefs and the 125th Petty Officer First Class.
  - Added another six names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
EN2 John Harmon Hill passed away 13 August 2013 in Covington, LA. He had served on PCF 58 in DaNang from 4/68 to 7/68.
QM2 Paul Robert Shepherd passed away 13 August 2013 in Kalispell, MT. He had on PCF 32, 37 in Cat Lo & An Thoi from 2/69 to 1/70.
LT Paul Edward Webster passed away 3 March 2013 in Jacksonville, FL. His service details in Vietnam are unknown at this time.
EN3 Charles Eugene Barham passed away 16 March 2011 in Albuquerque, NM. He had served on PCF 18, 41 in DaNang & Cat Lo from 1/66 thru 5/66.
BM3 Jerry Lee Ashcraft passed away 17 October 2002 in Ukiah, CA. He had served on PCF 39, 693 in An Thoi & Cat Lo from 2/70 to 12/70.
GMG3 Earl Lee Givens passed away 29 September 1990 in Long Beach, CA. He had served in Qui Nhon from 10/68 to 9/69.
- My thanks to LT John Foster Scholl, whose help has allowed me to move three enlisted personnel from the unknown section and place them with CREW 14C. He also gave us the name of another new swiftee EN2 Fontain. All of these people were part of CosDiv15 in Qui Nhon.
  - Ten new swiftee's names have been added to the site, six in the Unknown Enlisted section, one in the Unknown Officer's section, two to the Unknown Crews section and one in the Staff section. The normal changes and updates to people's e-mail addresses and locations are scattered all over the site, enjoy the hunt.
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7/18/2013 - Added to the "Boat Specifications" page, are three line drawings, one each of a Mark I, Mark II and a Mark III swift boat. Each contains a starboard sideview and an overhead view. My thanks to LTJG John William Yeoman for the use of his copy of the Mark I drawing.
I have also added some small, highlighted versions of the Mark I line drawing to show where the seven compartments on a swift boat were located. All you need to do is run your mouse over the underlined terms. Give it a try!
  - Added Swift Quiz #8 "Post Vietnam Swift Boat Use" to the "Swift Boat History & Knowledge Tests" page.
  - Added a picture and short comment about the incident in which PCF 17 ended up over ONE MILE from any navigable water when the tide went out and left it stranded on a well charted sandbar.
  - Added another career military name to the "Retired" page; the 173rd Chief.
  - Added another two names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
LTJG Thomas Russell Sheridan passed away 20 June 2013 in Boring, OR. His service details in Vietnam are unknown at this time.
QM3 Jon Joseph Seigert Sr passed away 5 January 2011 in Keansburg, NJ. He had served on PCF 58, 59 in Qui Nhon from 5/66 to early 1967.
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6/21/2013 - I have added a picture of PCF 72 and a second picture of PCFs 13 & 55 to their listings.
I have also added a total of seven new pictures of the Philippines Swift Boats, Mark I DF 302, Mark II DF 309, Mark II DF 313, Mark III DF 314, taken on 6 October 2012, showing the supposedly non-existant boat with a STRANGE Philippines Coast Guard paint job and Mark III DF 315, also a Coast Guard boat, but in pristine condition. Look for these pictures at the bottom of the Janes Philippines page.
  - My thanks to LTJG Timothy Wallace Tedford for his help in moving Crew 8B off of the unknown crew page and to their rightful home on board PCF 59.
  - Added another two career military names to the "Retired" page; the 42nd Lieutenant Commander and the 4th CWO3.
  - Added another two names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
LT Thomas William Yankura passed away 16 May 2013 in New London, CT. He had served on PCF 99 in DaNang from 9/67 to 10/67.
QM2 (SS) Wayne Porter Owens passed away 1 May 2013 in Woodlawn, MD. He had served on PCF 42, 82 in Qui Nhon & Cam Ranh Bay during 1968.
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6/3/2013 - I have added a just discovered picture of the delivery of PCFs 13, 14 & 16 to Vietnam, it shows them inside the welldeck of the USS Fort Marion, LSD 22.
I have also added pictures of PCFs 3, 40 & 103 to their listings.
- Added a new story to the "Memories" page; LTJG Fred Patrick Kenny's feelings about attending his first swiftee reunion, "Band of Brothers."
- My thanks also to LTJG Kenny and EN2 John Carl Miller for their help in establishing the last crew of PCF 693 and coming up with the names of three completely unknown swiftees that were part of LTJG Kenny's crew.
- My sincere thanks to EN2
Michael Allen Coulter for his help in putting together the plank owner crew of PCF 41, three people were removed from the unknown's list while doing this. PCF 41 also garners another first; it is the first boat to have a listing of everyone who ever served on board her and the current where abouts of everyone known and posted. Of course PCF 41 only patrolled with the US Navy for two months and had but 12 crewmen ever serve on board her. But for the 47th anniversary of her loss ... HER HISTORY IS COMPLETE!
- Added another seven career military names to the "Retired" page; the 60th Senior Chief, the 169th thru 172nd Chiefs and the 123rd & 124th Petty Officer First Class.
- Added another nineteen names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
GMG2 Glenn D. Greene passed away 18 February 2012 in Kennedy, AL. He had served on PCF 41 in Cat Lo from 4/66 to 5/66.
RD2 Robert James Fredette Jr passed away 11 January 2012 in Redding, CA. He had served in Qui Nhon from 2/68 to 2/69.
EN? Jerry Bob Atkerson passed away 15 August 2011 in Amarillo, TX. His service details in Vietnam are unknown at this time.
BM2 Julius Berette Evans passed away 17 December 2010 in Chester, PA. He had served in DaNang & An Thoi from 10/67 to 10/68.
GMGSN Joseph Allen Chaddock passed away 22 January 2010 in Miami, FL. He had served in Qui Nhon & DaNang from 7/67 to 7/68.
EM1 Sherwood H. Doolittle passed away 13 March 2009 in Cayce, SC. He had served as an advisor in Cam Ranh Bay during 1970.
MM3 James Ertle Chavis passed away 8 January 2008 in Wilmington, NC. His service details in Vietnam are unknown at this time.
BM1 Theodore Robert Young passed away 20 April 2006 in Fort Mill, SC. He had served in Qui Nhon during 1966 to 67.
YN3 Michael Charles LaRiviere passed away 20 June 2004 in Yakima, WA. He had served on the staff at An Thoi from 9/69 to 2/70.
SN Ralph Eugene Powers passed away 11 February 2004 in Peachtree City, GA. He had served on PCF 41 in Cat Lo from 4/66 to 5/66.
Everett Charles Freese III passed away 29 May 2003 in Pottstown, PA. He had served on the Cat Lo staff during 1968 to 69.
QM2 Gerald Dan Cornforth passed away 18 September 2000 in Loveland, CO. He had served in An Thoi from 1/69 to 9/69.
EN3 Alfred Rowe Clark Jr passed away 6 May 2000 in Williamsburg, VA. He had served in DaNang from 6/68 to 6/69.
YNC William Guy Bierman passed away 26 October 1997 in Alameda, CA. His staff service details in Vietnam are unknown at this time.
RD3 Timothy Xavier Fitzpatrick passed away May 1990 in Towson, MD. He had served in DaNang from 7/67 to 7/68.
EN2 James Dolph Leo Wages passed away 16 February 1988 in Altamonte Springs, FL. He had served in An Thoi from 8/69 to 12/69.
BM1 Job Simeon Whitecalf passed away 24 November 1981 in Wolf Point, MT. Had served in DaNang during 1966.
RD3 Edward Tisdale Wilcox passed away 2 March 1975 in Palm Beach, FL. He had served in DaNang from 7/68 to 7/69.
EN3 Robert Ray Wickham passed away 10 June 1979 in Escondido, CA. He had served in Cat Lo from 1966 to 67.
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5/7/2013 - Added a new story to the "Memories" page, RD3 Mark Erwin Bell's expirences during SERE training at Werner Springs, CA. in July 1968.
  - Added another three career military names to the "Retired" page; the 14th and 15th Lieutenant Commander (ex-enlisted) and the 34th Master Chief.
  - Added another five names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
RD2 James Joseph Ramsey passed away 5 April 2012 in Topeka, KS. He had served in DaNang & Chu Lai from 1/68 to 1969.
BM2 David Lenn McIntyre passed away on 3 August 2011 in Pauls Valley, OK. He had served on PCF 58, 78 in DaNang from 8/67 to 7/68.
BMCS Augustine Eugene Penta passed away 27 June 2007 in Brooksville, FL. He had served on PCF 42 in Cam Ranh Bay in mid 1966 before joining their staff.
LT Patrick Skelley Grafton passed away 2 February 2001 in Charleston, SC. He had served as the first OinC of the Chu Lai Detachment from 5/66 to 4/67.
RMSN Linden Wesley Strohl passed away 11 August 1998 in St Louis, MO. He had served on PCF 18's plank holder crew in DaNang from 1/66 to ??
  - My thanks to LTJG John Mercer Pinney and EN2 John Harmon Hill, both of PCF 58 in mid 1968, for helping me move three people from the ranks of the unknown to their rightful place as crewmembers of PCF 58.
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4/4/2013 - Added another career military name to the "Retired" page; the 79th Commander.
- Added another seven names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
RD3 Richard Dana Larkam passed away 7 September 2012 in San Antonio, TX. He had served on PCF 63 in Cat Lo in 1970.
EN3 Charles Edward Johnson passed away 16 June 2011 in Sun City Center, FL. He had served on PCF 695 in An Thoi, Sea Float & Cat Lo during 1970.
Edward Kenneth Ballance passed away 26 December 2010 in Maricopa, AZ. He had served on PCF 74 in An Thoi from 8/67 to 6/68.
LCDR Anthony Chris Coulapides passed away 15 April 2010 in Santee, CA. He had served as a Staff Officer.
QM1 Robert Leroy Marshall Jr passed away 23 June 2009 in Florida. He had served on PCF 695 in An Thoi, Sea Float & Cat Lo during 1970.
SN Leon Harold Powers passed away 28 October 2004 in Arapaho, OK. His service details in Vietnam is unknown at this time.
LTJG Thomas Bland Haney passed away 13 December 1997 in Chicago, IL. He had served on PCF 5 in An Thoi from 4/66 to 4/67.
  - My thanks to LTJG Stuart Alan Jewell for supplying me with information to put the plank owner crew on PCF 58 (Crew 43) and additional information on nine other swiftees. My thanks also to the many swiftees that answered my call for information on the correct spelling of LTJG Jewell's first name.
- Thanks also to LTJG Larry Alan Irwin for supplying me with a copy of the PCF Division 101, An Thoi, 1966 Cruise book. You need to check it out, main page "Cruise Books".
- Additionally, I want to thank GMGSN Robert William Walker for providing me with four of the five crewmember's names of PCF 97 on the 25th of June 1967 when it was sunk by a CHICOM 75mm recoilless rifle round that tore a four foot hole in the bow. He also provided a photo of the USS Oak Hill lifting the boat free of the water on 2 July 1967.
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3/9/2013 - Added another sixteen career military names to the "Retired" page; the 51st thru 59th Senior Chief, the 166th thru 168th Chief and the 119th thru 122nd Petty Officer First Class.
  - Added another six names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
SN Pat Noel Alexander passed away 19 February 2013 in St Louis, MO. He had served on PCF 17 in DaNang, Cua Viet & Chu Lai from 1/67 to 1/68.
GMG3 William Jimmie Eddings passed away 11 September 2012 in Harrison AR. He had served on PCF 692 in An Thoi & Cat Lo from 12/69 to 3/70.
GMG3 Charles Edward Florence passed away 17 May 2012 in Urbana, IL. He had served on PCF 31, 62 in Cat Lo & An Thoi from 3/69 to 11/69.
QM1 William Green Riddle III passed away 4 November 2009 in Harrah, OK. He had served on PCF 32 in Cat Lo from 5/68 to 12/68.
RD3 James W. Madden passed away 6 September 2009 in Loves Park, IL. He had served on PCF 20 in Cam Ranh Bay & Sa Dec from 8/69 to 8/70.
BM1 Alma Junior Twitchell passed away 24 March 2008 in Grenada, CA. He had served on PCF 77 in DaNang from 8/66 to 11/66.
  - Forty five years after it happened, I have finally found a record of GMG3 Carroll Eugene Browning's death, he passed away on 9 April 1969 at the US Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. He is buried at the Oak Hills Cemetery in Lakeland, FL.
. - My thanks to LTJG Gerald Burnett O'Grady III for sending me a copy of some travel orders that allowed me to complete his crew's listings on PCF 100.
- My thanks also to QM2 Lloyd Allen Elstro for giving me a listing of the final crew of PCF 69.
- My further thanks to LTJG Larry Alan Irwin for pictures of PCFs 37 & 69, which have been added to their respective listings. I have also added pictures of PCFs 31, 38, 67 and 93 to their listings.
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2/15/2013 - Added another sixty-one career military names to the "Retired" page; the 31st thru 33rd Master Chief, the 47th thru 50th Senior Chief, the 141st thru 165th Chief, the 92nd thru 118th Petty Officer First Class and the 9th Petty Officer Second Class.
- Added another eight names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
GMG3 Dean Cavanough Scanlon passed away 11 April 2012 in Providence, RI. He had served on PCF 101 in DaNang & Chu Lai from 2/67 to 12/67.
QM2 Alvin Owen Aalseth passed away 16 January 2011 in Central Lake, WI. He had served on PCF 75 in DaNang & Chu Lai from 7/68 to 3/69.
BM1 Buford Hilton Smith passed away 27 March 2010 in Midway, AR. He had served on PCF 87 & Qui Nhon staff from 5/67 to 4/68.
EN2 Rodolfo Armando Maldonado passed away 28 April 2008 in Manton, CA. He had served on PCF 74 in An Thoi from 8/66 to 5/67.
GMG3 Martin Gerald Baca passed away 2 January 2004 in El Cajon, CA. He had served on PCF 103 in Cat Lo during mid 1969.
EN1 Rogerio Palazo Paje passed away 9 July 2002 in Las Vegas, NV. He had served on PCF 73 in An Thoi from 8/67 to 8/68.
QM2 John Garrido Ellasces passed away 17 November 1994 in Yolo, CA. He had served on PCF 75 in Cat Lo & Sa Dec during 9/70.
GMG3 Tony Vance Pyles passed away 20 September 1993 in Zanesville, OH. He had seved on PCF 99 in DaNang from 9/67 to 5/68.
- Again, items #1 and 2 (above) have continued to bring many, many additions and changes to the listings of personnel all over the site. There are also two swiftee's names that have been added to the site, one in the unknown enlisted section and another in the unknown crew section.
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1/26/2013 - Added another eighty-five career military names to the "Retired" page; the 99th Captain, the 78th Commander, the 40th & 41st Lieutenant Commander, the 13th Lieutenant Commander (ex-enlisted), the 13th CWO4, the 25th thru 30th Master Chief, the 39th thru 46th Senior Chief, the 113th thru 140th Chief, the 67th thru 91st Petty Officer First Class and the 7th & 8th Petty Officer Second Class.
  - Added another fourteen names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
EN3 George Michael Jamrock passed away 19 April 2011 in Chicago, Il. He had served in Qui Nhon in late 1967.
RDSN Randall Lee Haas passed away 27 September 2007 in Spaar, FL. He had served in Vietnam in the mid 1967 time frame.
EN3 Keith Thomas Blackman passed away 6 September 2007 in Saint George, UT. He served in Vietnam sometime in 1968-69 time frame.
EN2 Travis James Kindred passed away 17 July 2007 in Tarrant, TX. He apparently served in DaNang during mid to late 1969.
EM1 Anthony William Zoske passed away 5 December 2005 in Snyder, CO. He served three tours in Vietnam.
BMC William Edward Brinkley passed away 1 August 2004 in St Clair, MO. I have no records indicating where or when he served on swiftboats.
BM3 Michael Peter Danicich passed away 29 November 2001 in Milwaukee, WI. He had served in An Thoi from 8/69 to 1/70.
EN1 Ronald Lee Waldrup passed away 11 June 1999 in Gautier, MS. He had served in DaNang, Chu Lai and Cat Lo from 4/68 to 9/68.
FN Thomas Eugene Elsworth Jr passed away 8 June 1998 in Spokane, WA. He had served in Qui Nhon from 1966 to 68.
EN1 Jerry Ewing Husband passed away 27 May 1993 in Chino Valley, AZ. He had served in DaNang from mid 1967 to mid 1968.
LCDR Archie Paul Butler Jr passed away 20 September 1989 in Tryon, NC. He had served as a member of the staff from late 1966 to 9/67.
EN2 Frederico Antonio Joanilho passed away 16 May 1980 in San Francisco, CA. He had served in Qui Nhon in late 1967.
BM1 Joe Paul Reeves passed away 4 January 1980 in Escambia, FL. He had served in Qui Nhon from mid 1967 to mid 1968.
SN Andrew Louis Pohorence Jr passed away 21 March 1975 in Cleveland, OH. He had served in Qui Nhon from early 1966 to early 1967.
  - Items #1 and 2 (see above) have also brought about NUMEROUS little additions to the listings of personnel all over the site, hope this can continue ... enjoy!
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1/21/2013 - I have completely rewritten the software for the "Unknowns" section of the website to make this presentation easier to use. The unknown crews portion has been put into a table format, by crew, so that the available information is clearer and missing information becomes much easier to notice. The unknown personnel section has been split into an enlisted and an officers sections, it has also been rearranged alphabetically, by last names. You will also note that both sections carry links to each section of the lists by each letter of the alphabet. These changes should make your job of searching for crewmates and friends considerably easier and faster.
- The work with the new database searches continues and new information on your shipmates continues to make the listings more complete and up to date.
- Added another two career military names to the "Retired" page, the 24th Master Chief and the 112th Chief.
  - Added another name to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
LT Joseph Smith Hurlburt passed away 13 October 2003 in Fort Pierce, FL. He had served as the commander of the Cat Lo detachment from 12/66 to 12/67.
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1/2/2013 - Access to a new database has yielded additional information about over 100 of our swiftee crewmates, see the two items below, and resulted in newly completed names, updated locations and other facts about our units service in Vietnam. Check it out!
- Added another forty-two career military names to the "Retired" page, the 98th Captain, the 39th Lieutenant Commander, the 12th Lieutenant Commander (ex-enlisted), the 12th CWO4, the 8th CWO2, the 34th thru 38th Senior Chief, the 98th thru 111th Chief, the 49th thru 66th Petty Officer First Class and the 5th and 6th Petty Officer Second Class.
  - Added another sixteen names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
BM1 Billy Joe Alford passed away 6 December 2012 in Norfolk, VA. He had served on PCFs 52, 53, 82 in An Thoi, Sea Float & Ha Tien from 11/67 to 4/68 and 6/69 to 7/70.
QM2 Harold W. Gordon Jr passed away 17 October 2012 in Virginia Beach, VA. He had served on PCF 6 in An Thoi from 4/68 to 11/68.
BM3 Clyde L. Pilgrim passed away 6 October 2012 in Anderson, SC. He had served on PCF 6 in An Thoi from 11/68 to 1/69.
BM2 Eutiquio Garcia passed away 20 January 2012 in Olmito, TX. He had served on PCF 19 in DaNang & Chu Lai from 2/66 to 12/66.
GMG2 George David Joplin passed away 31 December 2011 in Houston, TX. He had served on PCF 3 in An Thoi from 4/68 to 6/68.
GMG2 Dennis William Byram passed away 1 April 2011 in Coulterville, IL. He had served on PCF 10 in An Thoi in 1965-66.
QM2 Ralph W. Dominey passed away 5 February 2010 in Mobile, AL. He had served in An Thoi from 12/69 to 3/70.
BM3 Walter James Torney passed away 10 December 2009 in New Baltimore, MI. He had served on PCF 12 in An Thoi from 12/67 to 4/68.
EN1 Dolen Wade Littleton passed away 11 October 2009 in Gautier, MS. He had served in DaNang from 1/67 to 1/68.
QM2 Thomas Edwin Terrell passed away 24 June 2008 in Oceanside, CA. He Had served on PCF 17 in An Thoi from 2/70 to 6/70.
ET1 Ricard Henry Rongstad passed away 10 December 2006 in Corcord, CA. He had served as a member of the staff 's in both Saigon and Qui Nhon during 1969/70.
BM1 Spencer Bostel Johnston Jr passed away 15 February 2004 in Mount Pleasant, PA. He had served on PCF 14 in DaNang & Chu Lai from 1/66 to 11/66.
QM2 Harvey Preston Downs Sr passed away 6 July 2001 in Columbus, OH. He had served on PCF 6 in An Toi from 8/67 to 3/68.
ENFN John Bartholomew Sparaga passed away 26 September 1998 in Marion, OH. He had served on PCF 3 in An Thoi from 12/69 to 3/70.
LTJG John Henry Morgan II passed away 6 July 1998 in Woodbridge, VA. He had served on PCF 5 in An Thoi from late 1966 to 3/67.
EN2 John J. Markowiak passed away 6 May 1993 in Port Orchard, WA. He had served on PCF 6 in An Thoi from 2/67 to 10/67.
EN2 Billy Joel Crowell passed away 16 February 1992 in Hernando, FL. He had served in Cam Ranh Bay in 1967.
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12/4/2012 - Added another eighteen career military names to the "Retired" page; the 77th CDR, the 38th LCDR, the 11th CWO4, the 32nd & 33rd Senior Chief, the 91st thru 97th Chief, the 44th thru 48th Petty Officer First Class and the 4th Petty Officer Second Class.
  - Added another seven names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
EN2 Gary Brent Booth passed away 28 July 2008 in Spokane, WA. He had served on PCF 39 in Cat Lo during 1968-69.
SN Bruce Michael Stapp passed away 27 July 2008 in Norman, OK. He had served on PCF 24 in Cat Lo during 1966.
LCDR Robert Bliss Pemberton passed away 16 October 2006 in Pensacola, FL. He had served as Chief of Staff for CTG 115.4 and Assistant 4th Coastal Zone Advisor from 8/68 thru 7/69.
EN1 Raymond Allen Elmore passed away 13 May 2004 in Old Town, FL. He had served on PCF 37 in Cat Lo from 6/68 to 3/69.
RD3 Duncan Bruce Taylor passed away 14 January 2003 in West Chicago, IL. He had served on PCF 38 in An Thoi from 6/68 to 4/69.
EN1 Kenneth David Nixon passed away 30 May 1998 in Ashland, OH. He had served on PCF 31 in Cat Lo from 5/68 to 8/68.
GMGSA Jeffrey Joseph Zembrycki passed away during April 1978 in Madison, WI. He had served on PCF 23 in Cat Lo from 2/68 to 2/69.
- Updated the "Jane's Fighting Ships" listings for the Malta, Philippines & Thailand naval forces as reflected in the latest 2011-12 version of their book.
  - The normal changes and updates to people's e-mail addresses and locations are also scattered all over the site, so enjoy the hunt.
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11/1/2012 - Added another seven career military names to the "Retired" page, the 37th Lieutenant Commander, the 88th, 89th & 90th Chiefs and the 41st, 42nd & 43rd Petty Officer First Class.
- Added a new story to the "Memories" page. My thanks to RD3 William Henry Inabnett, for sending me a copy of his recollections of the 28 January 1969 PCF 35 & 100 fire fight responsible for the awarding of the highest award given to a swiftee, the Navy Cross awarded to LTJG John Rogers Roland Jr for the rescue of two members of the crew of PCF 100.
  - Added another seven names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
  LTJG Hugh Hines McDaniel passed away 22 May 2012 in San Diego, CA. He had served on PCF 42 in Cam Ranh Bay during 1966.
BM2 Rodney Ansen Cowee passed away 1 May 2012 in Milton Freewater, OR. He had served on PCF 45 in An Thoi from 3/68 to 8/68.
QM2 Ronald Lee Boulle passed away 29 March 2008 in Quito, Ecuador. He had served on PCF 45 in in Cam Ranh Bay and Chu Lai from 2/67 to 2/68.
QM2 John Anthony Trischitti passed away 22 August 2007 in Pensacola, FL. He had served on PCF 44 in Cam Ranh Bay during June of 1969.
LT William Hamilton Russell passed away 13 April 2002 in Punta Gorda, FL. He had served on PCF 46 in Cam Ranh Bay from 4/66 to 3/67.
GMG2 Leonard Phillip Korrell passed away 19 November 1982 in Alameda, CA. He had served on PCF 44 in Cam Ranh Bay from 4/66 to 1/67.
  SN Roger Dean Perkins passed away 1 July 1976 in Walla Walla, WA. He had served on PCF 42 in Cam Ranh Bay from 3/68 to 8/68.

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- Added another career military name to the "Retired" page, the 40th Petty Officer First Class.
- My thanks to the son of BMC Billy Keith Hyde for providing me a copy of his fathers Bronze Star medal citation.
- Added ENC James Steffes second book, "OPERATION MARKET TIME, The Early Years, 1965-66" to the "Published Listing" section of the website.
- I have located a not so great picture of PCF 4 on the water near the base at An Thoi and added it as the rollover image on the PCF 4 listings.
- Stumbled across a surprisingly good photo of PCF 43 in an old photo album, I added it as the rollover image on the PCF 43 listings.
- Added a picture of the sinking PCF 23; you don't remember it sinking? Well, technically it didn't happen on our watch, it actually occurred right after the turnover of the 12 boats in Saigon on 31 October 1969. The mobile crane operator kind of ... well, tipped the crane onto its side and dropped RVN PCF 3858 into the bay at the Qui Nhon overhaul facility.
- My thanks SN Clarence Mitchell Smith for providing me with a home for the moving of his crew's listings from the unknown to PCF 40.
- My thanks also go out to GMGSN Allen C. LoBean for the idea of a new page on the site "Who Designed the Division Insignia." The first entry, by LTJG Edward Bergin, about the background of the CosDiv16 insignia, starts this page. Check it out, especially you old timers from 1965-67 service, you are the ones who first saw these images put into usage.
- Added another four names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
RD3 Robert Duane Young passed away 19 August 2012 in Colona, IL. He had served on PCF 54 in Cat Lo from 8/68 to 5/69.
RM3 Roger William Duquet passed away 21 June 2011 in Tavares, FL. He had served on PCFs 10, 45, 51 in An Thoi and Cam Ranh Bay from 12/65 to 10/66.
EN3 Murrell Donald Luloff passed away 6 August 2008 in Tucson, AZ. He had served on PCF 56 in DaNang, Chu Lai and Hue from 5/66 to 4/67.
BM1 Gilbert Felix Gallegos passed away 16 April 2006 in Ponderosa, NM. He had served on PCFs 19, 56 in DaNang, Chu Lai and Hue from 2/66 to 1/67.
- I am finally able to complete the deceased listing of BM3 Glenn Edward Norr. He died only two months after his return from Vietnam, on 18 July 1970, in a freak hunting accident. An unattended rifle in the bottom of a canoe discharged, while he was moving the canoe, killing him (related by his brother Gary).
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9/11/2012 - Added another three career military names to the "Retired" page, the 97th Captain, the 11th CWO-4 and the the 87th Chief.
  - Located a photo of PCF 103 in an 8 year old e-mail, so I have added it as a rollover image on the PCF 103 listings.
- My thanks LTJG Richard William Holleran for providing me a copies of his Bronze Star and Navy Commendation medal citations.
  - Added another nine names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
CDR Paul Patrick Connolly passed away 28 August 2012 in Norfolk, VA. He had served as the commander of the 3rd Coastal Zone (Sepia) in Vung Tau.
RM1 Gerald Marv Serdahl passed away 18 August 2011 in Minot, ND. He had served on PCF 61 in Qui Nhon from late 1967 to 2/68.
BM3 Charles Guy Riggio passed away 22 November 2009 in Albany, LA. He had served on PCF 72 in An Thoi from 4/67 to 3/68.
GMG3 Robert Lee Streiff passed 23 July 2009 in Rochester, MN. He had served on PCF 72 in An Thoi from 11/68 to 5/69.
EN1 Lee Odis Runion passed away 8 February 2004 in Ringgold, GA. He had served on PCF 64 in Cam Ranh Bay from 1/69 to 8/69.
BM1 Mahon Ace Dadigan passed away 8 June 2003 in Lewiston, CA. He had served on PCF 71 in Cat Lo from 9/67 to 2/68.
RD2 Joseph Anthony Donato Sr passed away 22 May 2003 in Orange Park, FL. He had served on PCF 60 in Cam Ranh Bay from 1/68 to 12/68.
EN2 Douglas D. Isaac passed away 15 February 2001 in Charleston, WV. He had served on PCF 65 in Qui Nhon from 6/66 to 4/67.
GMG2 Matthew Homer Zimmer passed away 16 November 1987 in Highlands, FL. He had served on PCF 61 in Qui Nhon from 6/67 to 7/67.
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8/28/2012 - I have finally located hard evidence of an additional Swift Boat used only in the United States for training and then transferred with SBU 22 to Panama, it was PCF 814, a Mark II model PCF. My sincere thanks to EN2 John C. Miller, a former member of SBU 22, for getting the ball rolling by forwarding me a picture of the arrival of PCF 814 at the US Naval Support Activity in New Orleans, LA.
Check it out by viewing the three new pictures listed under PCF 814!
- Added another name to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
GMG2 Wayne Bruce Pollock passed away 5 July 2012 in Sammamish, WA. He had served on PCFs from 3/66 thru 3/67, the actual location(s)/boat(s) are unknown.
- Added the names of two new, recently discovered Swiftees, to the sites' listings: Wayne Bruce Pollock, GMG2, deceased 5 July 2012 in Sammamish, WA and Richard Paul Johnson, RD3 of Eads, TN.
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7/28/2012 - I finally found my copy of a lousy picture of PCF 40 fitted with an experimental heavy weather bow; it didn't work, so it was subsequently removed during the next scheduled maintenance period. Check out the picture and comments!
- My thanks once again to LT Robert S. Janes for providing me with some additional pictures, this time of PCFs 62 & 70.
  - Added another name to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
EN3 Amos Wilson Starnes passed away 14 July 2012 in Concord, NC. He had served on PCFs 74 & 48 in Sa Dec and Cat Lo from 2/70 to 11/70.
- I have totally rewritten the software for the main page, as I have become concerned about the amount of time it takes to load. Therefore, the main page now only contains and displays: the directory of the other pages and their links, the lenghty listings of the unknown swiftees and the listings of the unknown crews.
   All the crew listings have been broken into eleven separate pages, so that your downloads now are only some 9% of the former main page and the load times are measured in mere seconds vice the old SLOW load time of nearly a full minute.
    The information is still all there, it's just that you can be much more selective about what it is that you have to download and then dig through.
    ***Please try it out and let me known what you think; the graphics on the site continue to grow and as you can see from the above comments, some of the site's users are actually sending me additional pictures so that we all can look back on our history and enjoy again what we did so many years ago***
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7/20/2012 - The software for the site has been given a long overdue upgrade and should be reacting more quickly and with smoother operation.
- Many, many more pictures of the individual swift boats have been added to their crew list pages. I would like to add even more but my private collection is now totally on view for you ... so I am dependent on your input to carry this project forward and on to its completion.
- My thanks to GMGSN Allen C. LoBean and GMG3 James M. Jones for their input concerning the crews and exploits of both PCFs 56 & 75.
- My thanks also to LT Robert S. Janes for the missing, intimate details of the grenade attack that happened on 29 January 1968 to PCF 62.
- Added another name to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
BM3 Ronald Larry Ashey passed away 28 June 2012 in Bellfast, ME. He had served on PCF 65 in Qui Nhon from 9/68 to 2/69.
- Added information about, and a picture of, the handover of Malta Swift Boat P24 to the San Diego Maritime Museum. PCF 816 is COMING HOME!
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7/6/2012 - Added another two career military names to the "Retired" page, the 32nd Senior Chief and the 86th Chief.
- Added another four names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
BM2 Wayne Oscar Davis passed away 24 June 2010 in Albany, GA. He had served on PCF 57 in Chu Lai from 12/67 to 7/68.
BM3 Joseph Anthony Billiot Jr passed away 6 October 2005 in Marrero, LA. He had served on PCF 103 in Cat Lo during 1969.
EN1 Paul Edmond Gray passed away 7 November 2004 in Augusta, GA. He had served on PCF 103 in Cat Lo during 1970.
QM3 Jack Ambrose Dinger passed away 14 January 1999 in Pensacola, FL. He had served on PCF 692 in An Thoi & Cat Lo from 12/69 thru 3/70.
- I have added a new feature to the pictures of PCFs 10, 24, 36, 42 and 94 on their respective crew listing pages; a "MOUSEOVER" will now instantly open a larger version of the pictures and a "MOUSEOFF" will restore the thumbnail version. This should make it much easier for everyone to view these historic photographs!
*** I continue to look for suitable pictures of all the various PCFs and there is but one criteria for these pictures, "THE HULL NUMBER MUST BE VISIBLE," meaning a CLEAR side view or a stern view (number on the stern or ammo box). Please submit as large a scan (pixel wise) as possible, so the detail in the boat can be easily seen.***
- The normal changes and updates to people's e-mail and locations are also scattered all over the site, so enjoy the hunt. There are a few new pictures and stories added; the earliest picture of PCF 1 I have ever found, look up PCFs 9 and 59 for information on some very interesting places these boats visited, PCF 22's free ride home and PCFs 78 & 79 arrival in Vietnam!
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5/31/2012 - Added a new quiz #7 to the "Quiz" page. The title is "Swift Boat endurence/travel record." This quiz confirms the rumor I have repeatedly heard about a swift boat being driven across the South China Sea from the Subic Bay naval base. Try the quiz, you might like the challenge. After you complete the quiz you might want to go to the PCF listings and read the "Jackstaff News" story about the incident. This article also produced three entirely new names for the site.
  - Added another career military name to the "Retired" page, the 11th ex-enlisted (O4) a US Army Major.
  - Added another name to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
EN3 Harvey Albert Farha passed away 11 May 2012 in Wichita, KS. He had served on PCFs 48 & 50 in Cam Ranh Bay, Cua Viet & An Thoi from 6/66 thru 6/67.
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5/7/2012 - My thanks LTJG Robert Michael Phillips for providing me a copy of his Bronze Star citation and a wonderful picture of PCF 24 at speed.
- My thanks also to BM2 Dennis Evan Kempf for providing me a copy of his Navy Commendation Medal citation.
- And my thanks to BM2 Bobby Jean Ware for putting five of the crewmembers of LTJG Robert Pacek back together again; now if they can just decide what boat it was they were on in DaNang and Chu Lai during 1968!
- And finally, my most heartfelt thanks go out to LTJG Anthony Rogers Taylor, for allowing me to post his 54 page "Swift Boats in Vietnam" presentation, and to EM3 Thomas Michael Edwards for permission to post his story "A Veterans Journey." Look for them on the "Memories" page. Tony's presentation is rather large, so give it a minute to load before you start scrolling through.
- Added another three career military names to the "Retired" page, the 96th Captain and the 84th & 85th Chiefs.
- Added another two names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
BM3 Franklin Henry Carpenter passed away 28 March 2012 in Columbus, GA. He had served on PCFs 42, 59 & 82 in Cam Ranh & Cat Lo from 4/68 thru 3/69.
LT Clair James Schrodt passed away 4 March 2012 in Pocatello, ID. He had served on PCF 9 in An Thoi from 1/68 thru 5/68 and then on staff till 1/69.
- The normal changes and updates to people's e-mail and locations are also scattered all over the site, so enjoy the hunt.
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  - My special thanks LTJG Larry Alan Irwin for providing me the names & rates of his five enlisted crewmembers on PCF 10 from Oct 1966 thru Sept 1967, all five of these men are new names to this site.
  - My thanks to RM3 Ronald Francis Mick for helping me put together three of the original crew that brought PCF 31 over to Cat Lo from Subic Bay, PI.
  - My thanks also to RD2 Gerald R. Schroeder for his help with info on some of the people assigned to PCF 69 in the later half of 1969 out of DaNang, LTJG Baer's crew.
  - My thanks to Curtis Rose for providing me a copy of his Navy Commendation Medal citation, this is the first new award citation I have received since February 22nd of LAST YEAR (2011). I still have a list, with over 60 names on it, of people who said they would be sending me copies of their awards ... but talk about being lost in the mail, its been nearly two years since I started this section on the website and still NOTHING from so many of you that promised you would help!
  - Updated the Swift history according to "Janes Fighting Ships" page for Malta to include the decommissioning of P23 & P24 and the tentative plans for the further uses of their two Mark II swiftboats.
  - Added another three career military names to the "Retired" page, the 95th Captain, 38th & 39th Petty Officers First Class.
  - Added another seven names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
RD3 William Anderson Patin passed away 18 February 2012 in Reno, NV. He had served on PCF 18, 36 & 79 in Cam Ranh Bay, Cat Lo & Nha Be from 5/69 thru 4/70.
EN3 Keith Jeffery Dean Wachholz passed away 18 January 2012 in Young America, MN. He had served on PCF 23, 40 & 44 in An Thoi from 3/69 thru 9/69.
QM2 William Harold Luster passed away 8 June 2006 in Boulder City, NV. He had served on PCF 78 in DaNang & Chu Lai from 3/68 thru 10/1968.
RD2 Patrick Richard Lannen passed away 19 April 2005 in St. Augustine, FL. He had served on PCF 16 & 78 in DaNang & Chu Lai from 6/67 thru early 1968.
QM2 Dameron Ray McCullough passed away 30 August 2002 in Jacksonville, FL. He had served on PCF 87 in Qui Nhon during 1968.
EN2 Everett Benjamin Hart passed away 15 April 1977 in San Antonio, TX. He had served on PCF 91 in Qui Nhon during the second half of 1969.
RD3 Mark Maurice Lilienthal passed away on 15 January 1997 in Tempe, AZ. He had served on PCF 92 in An Thoi for most of 1968.
  - I have added pictures of PCF 10 and PCF 94 to their respective crew listing pages and am now open to posting pictures to all the various PCF lists. There is but one criteria for these pictures, "THE HULL NUMBER MUST BE VISIBLE," meaning a CLEAR side view or a stern view (number on the stern or ammo box). Please submit as large a scan (pixel wise) as possible, so the detail in the boat can be easily seen. My thanks to LTJG Larry Alan Irwin for these first two pictures.
  - There have been lots and lots of little changes made to the site, a new listing in the Guest Book and the constant updates to names, e-mail addresses and the current locations of our swiftees' residences.
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  - This update has taken a bit of time to compile for a multitude of reasons: the holidays, the weather, minor health problems & my retirement from my position with Verizon Wireless, but the major one is that it took me nearly three weeks to fully digest the find I made on 18 December 2011 ... a thirteen page listing of the personnel who served in An Thoi between 1 January 1969 and 28 February 1970. That's 528 listed names, of which 53 were totally new names to this site. This has pushed the unique names listed in the "Crew Directory" past the 2,900 point, for the people that served on or supported swifts during their Vietnam service between mid-1965 and the end of 1972.
These 53 newbees' are all listed at the top of the "Unknown Personnel" listings in Dark Green colored type. If you served out of An Thoi during the 1/69 thru 2/70 time period, I invite to check out these peoples names and to let me know if any of them were on YOUR crews or were close friends.
This document also completed or corrected the listings of another 47 names on the site, so some of your buddies may now have a full name or a correctly spelled name, all thanks to this best find of the past ten years of my research.
- I have finally located a copy of the "Meritorious Unit Commendation" given to all personnel assigned to Coastal Division Thirteen and involved in "Operation Double Shift" for the period of 8 July through 8 August 1969. This citation is now available as part of the "Unit Awards."
- Updated the Swift history according to "Janes Fighting Ships" pages of Malta, the Philippines and Thailand with the 2010-11 version of their naval forces.
- There have also been numerous little changes made across the site, a new listing in the Guest Book, a new advisor listed for Cat Lo and the constant updates to e-mail addresses and current residence locations.
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  - Lots and lots of little changes and additions across the site; check them out.
  - My thanks to LT William Francis Trainer, who has provided the last names of his five enlisted crewmen, four of which are totally new names to the site.
  - Added a link to the bottom of the "Unit Awards" page that will take you to The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), where a veteran can request a copy of his DD-214 from the National Archives. NRPC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers, and internet access, to obtain copies of documents from their military files.
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  - My thanks to LTJG Jay Fleming, whose memory has provided us the three missing men from his crew on PCF 13. All these swiftees are totally new names to the site.
  - Added another career military name to the "Retired" page, the 37th Petty Officer First Class.
  - Added another name to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
LTJG Gary Lee Suarez passed away 18 September 2011 in West Columbia, SC. He had served in An Thoi during 1969/70.
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  - Added another story to the "Memories" page, a personal tale of the swifts at the US Naval Station, Rodman, Panama, as told by BM1 Scott Cruse.
  - Added another name to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
GMG3 William Joseph Bonno passed away 16 February 2006 in Fond Du Lac, WI. He had served as a member of the Staff in Qui Nhon during 1968/69.
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  - Added a "Frequently Asked Questions" page to the site. I'm hoping this will get people a little more interested and cause them to do a bit more browsing on the site.
  - My sincerest thanks to William L. "Bill" Rogers for his work in polling the people at his 2011 Gig Harbor Reunion about their listings on my and site and then forwarding me a couple of pages worth of new and updated information about those attendees. Thanks again Bill!
  - Added another name to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
LTJG James Carl Thorell passed away 10 December 2010 in Nesbit, MS. He had served on PCF 31 in Cat Lo and Qui Nhon from 4/66 thru 2/67.
- My thanks also to Doctor John Sherwood, historian at the Naval History & Heritage Command, Washington Navy Yard, for passing on the above notice about James Thorell's death. I do appreciate your assistance John!
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  - Added another career military name to the "Retired" page, the 83rd Chief.
  - Added another story to the "Memories" page, "I am the "Dude!"" A tale of a year on swifts as told by RD3 William Bruce Dodd.
  - Added another name to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
LTJG Gary Robert Blinn passed away 27 July 2011 in Norfolk, NE. He had served on PCF 97 in Cat Lo & Cam Ranh Bay from 5/68 to 5/69.
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  - Added another two career military names to the "Retired" page, the 94th Captain and the 82nd Chief.
  - My thanks to RD2 Asa Lee Moore whose help & memory have put together the crew members of the third crew on board PCF 103.
  - Added another four names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
LTJG David Gary Koffler passed away 1 July 2011 in San Diego, CA. He had served on PCFs 49 & 60 in Qui Nhon from 10/68 to 6/69.
LTJG Don Raymond Swartz passed away 30 June 2011 in El Cajon, CA. He had served on PCF 75 in DaNang from 10/67 to 7/68.
RM1 Kenneth Andrew Mimms passed away 10 February 1999 in Lawton, OK. He had served in Cam Ranh Bay from 4/66 to 4/67.
EN3 Vao Lemafa Sope passed away 23 September 1998 in Pago Pago, AS. He had served on PCF 58 in Qui Nhon during 1967.
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  - Added another three names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
ENS Kenneth Frank Tryner passed away 9 June 2011 in Virginia Beach, VA. He had served on PCF 3 in March 1969.
QM2 Peter Edwin Hunot passed away 5 October 2008 in Fresno, CA. He had served on PCF 99 in in DaNang & Chu Lai from 7/68 to 6/69.
BM2 Elbert Lee Tharp passed away 4 September 2002 in Flora Vista, NM. He had served on PCF 49 in Qui Nhon from 10/68 to 2/69.
- Added another two career military names to the "Retired" page, the 80th and 81st Chiefs.
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- Added another three career military names to the "Retired" page, the 77th, 78th and 79th Chiefs.
- Added another four names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
GMG2 James Charles Edwards passed away 9 May 2010 in Aston, PA. He had served in Qui Nhon in 1968.
GMG3 Burton Frank Dix passed away 11 November 1996 in Middletown, CA. He had served on PCFs 20, 43 & 81 in Cam Ranh, DaNang & Chu Lai from 7/66 to 6/67.
BM1 William Joseph Calcutt Jr passed away 18 February 1984 in McKeesport, PA. He had served on PCF 57 in Qui Nhon and Chu Lai during 1967.
BM3 Steven R. Lusk passed away 5 August 1967 in Portland, OR. He had served on PCF 40 in Cat Lo during 1966-67.
- My thanks to ex-Ensign Michael Kirk Gann for providing the dates he and his crew were on PCFs 15 & 35, his crew is now back from the realm of the unknowns.
- My thanks to BM2 Kenneth Michael Troutman whose memories have allowed me to add the first crew of PCF 40 to the website. His information also produced three previously unknown names that have been added to the site and allowed me to move two names from the unknown listings up to the swift boat they served on.
- My thanks to GMG2 William George Thomasson whose records have put together four of the six members of the first crew on PCF 35 and included two totally new names for the site.
- My thanks also go out to SN Stanley Slomovits for helping me put the crew of PCF 39, that was involved in the 11 March 1967 mortar explosion, back together again.
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- The number of service questionnaires that have now come through to me is up to 62, barely  8.9%. The real problem with this turnout is that all 700 people who got a copy of this questionnaire in the mail are supposed to be the active members of our of nearly 3,600 who served on swift boats. You want to know why I'm frustrated about this ... if only less than 10% of our active members worry about preserving our history then my project, this website, is DOOMED! Cooperation from only 1.7% of our shipmates cannot make this happen gentlemen, this project needs and must have overwhelming support to succeed. Enough said!
- I have added another new section to the website; the link on the main page is called "Memories". It's called that because that's what it is ... the personal memories of some of our shipmates. Over the years various people have sent me personal recollections of various events from the their time and service in Vietnam and I have decided that they should be shared with everyone else. Take the time to read them, it will be time well spent.
- Some minor changes here and there, otherwise it has been a quiet five weeks since my last update. Everyone must be holed up in their homes hiding from the resurgence of winter weather.
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- I am very appreciative of the 51 people who have returned my service questionnaire, that Gene Hart, sent out with this years dues notices, the problem is he mailed nearly 700 of them. That makes the reply rate a LOUSY 7.2%.
     ***Gentlemen, I don't know who or how our history is ever going to be recorded, because no where in the US Navy's archives does it exist, if YOU, that's right "YOU" don't help. It exists in your memories, it exists in that pile of papers you stashed away when you returned home from Vietnam duty and it exists in the stories we all tell when we are together with other ex-military personnel. I need you to share those memories, facts and stories with me so they can be written down so your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the general public will remember what it was we were so very proud of that we did during our service on SWIFT BOATS!***
     ***Please help me, it's not just my history I want to preserve, it's YOURS too.***
- A fantastic new find has yielded 20 totally unknown Cam Ranh Bay "1967" Swiftees/Staff names. This is the biggest group of names unearthed in the last five years of research for this site! The problem is that this one piece of paper says it is page (1) of (2) ... but I didn't find a copy of page #2.
- Added another five career military names to the "Retired" page, the 76th Commander, 23rd Master Chief, 75th & 76th Chiefs and 36th Petty Office 1st Class.
- I have redesigned the "Individual Awards" listings by adding "click on links" or "bookmarks" that will immediately take you to the various sections of the page. This should make your navigation much simpler and faster.
- I have added another new section to the website to answer the questions about how the various CTF 115 task force pieces fit together, a "Who reported to Who" graphical layout of the numerous pieces of the organization. You will find it on the opening page as a link named appropriately CTF 115 Organization, enjoy.
- Added another two names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
SN Dan Clyde Field passed away 25 November 2010 in Hinsdale, NH. He had served on PCF 694 in An Thoi and Cat Lo during 1970.
EN3 Joseph Robert Clements passed away 19 November 2010 in Tulsa, OK. He had served on PCF 91 in Qui Nhon from 7/67 to 3/68.
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- Little bits of miscellaneous information about all types of people scattered nearly everywhere across the various records of the site. "ENJOY"
- Added another five names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
EN1 Gene Leopold Herrera passed away 29 December 2010 in Trinidad, CO. He had served on PCF 65 in Qui Nhon during 1967.
RD3 William Bruce Dodd passed away 30 November 2010 in Springfield, MO. He had served in Cam Ranh Bay, Cua Viet and DaNang from 6/67 to 1/68.
GMG3 Seward Finis Ketterman passed away 8 August 2009 in Lowry, MO. He had served on PCF 45 in Cam Ranh Bay & Chu Lai from 2/67 thru 2/68.
LTJG Harry Brown Watters Jr passed away 1 August 1994 in Houston, TX. He had served in Qui Nhon from 2/68 until 2/69 as the OinC of crew 16B.
BM2 David John Heisler passed away 3 March 1969 in Pelican Rapids, MN. He had served in Qui Nhon from 2/68 until 2/69 as a member of crew 16B.
- My special thanks to QM2 David DeWayne Hoover for providing me with some previously unseen paperwork listing the crew members names/boat assignments in An Thoi at the end of 1968. It has provided seven previously unknown swiftees names and cleared up a number of names that were incomplete before.
Thank you so much David!
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  - ;I have finally received copies of four additional personal citations. It has been over 10 months since I last made an update to this section of my site, as I am still waiting on nearly 50 of you that have told me you would be forwarding copies. Gentlemen, if you want to preserve your/our history, for the generations that will follow our demise, then you have but one choice, YOU MUST HELP!!! So GET OFF YOUR BIG FAT POSTERIOR'S, dig through those records of your service, and tell the rest of the world about what you and your shipmates did THAT MADE HISTORY. I cannot do this without your help.
My thanks to EN3 Charles Wilbur Hunt and QM3 Raymond John Poons for their input.
- Added another two career military names to the "Retired" page, the 22nd Master Chief and 35th Petty Officer 1st Class.
- My thanks to EN3 Raymond Robert Nelson for his help in filling out the names of four people on the first crew of PCF 67.
- Updated the Swift history according to "Janes Fighting Ships" page for Cambodia after locating new information about the origin of their 20 PCF Mark III swift boats and also their final disposition. I have also updated the Swift history according to "Janes Fighting Ships" pages of Malta, the Philippines and Thailand with the latest version of their naval forces and I have changed the opening page of the Jane's section to include pictures and details about the swift boats that are still in use in various navies of the world.
- Added another three names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
GMG3 Daniel P. Englert passed away 21 October 2008 in Rochester, NY. He had served on PCF 14 in DaNang, Cua Viet & Chu Lai from 3/67 thru 8/67.
EN2 Timothy Peter Cummings passed away 13 September 2007 in Belfair, WA. He had served on PCF 92 in An Thoi from late 1966 to late 1967.
BM1 Philip George McCool passed away 8 April 1999 in Bryan, TX. He had served on PCFs 47 & 81 in Cam Ranh Bay from mid 1966 thru 1968.
- Lots of new bits of info about your swiftee crewmates, scattered all across the site.
9/14/2010 ***********************************************************************************************
- This may seem to be a strange update but the research that has come together in this new update has been ongoing for over a year. As you can see, from the next item listed below, our career military numbers just increased by another thirty-seven personnel, to a total now of 350 LIFERS, a full 10% of the possible people who served on swift boats ... an ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENOL, UNBELIEVABLE number!!!
- Added another thirty-seven career military names to the "Retired" page, the 75th Commander; 36th & 37th Lieutenant Commanders; 9th & 10th CWO-4s; 2nd CWO-3; 7th CWO-2; 19th thru 21st Master Chiefs; 29th thru 31st Senior Chiefs; 59th thru 74th Chiefs and 26th thru 34th Petty Officers 1st Class.
- The research that culminated in the people listed above also brought about a huge number of additional facts about those people and their crewmembers (full, complete names; locations; e-mails, etc, etc). These are scattered all over the site, look around and see what you can find, it might just surprise you.
- One other interesting fact appeared during this last month, I didn't locate any new deaths in our small, select group of ex-navy personnel, that's a first since I started that listing some thirty months ago!
8/29/2010 ***********************************************************************************************
- Added another three career military names to the "Retired" page, the 35th Lieutenant Commander, the 57th & 58th Chiefs and the 3rd Petty Officer 2nd Class.
- Added nine new Biographies to the "Career Military Retired Swiftees" page. You really should check these out.
- Updated the retiree statistics on the "Normal Crew" complement page. Absolutely amazes me just how successful a group of people the SWIFTEEs are!!!
- My thanks to GMG3 David Hughes Borden for giving the name of another long lost swiftee, RDSN Gary Robert Regester of Parkersburg, PA, deceased on 7/1/1998 in an auto accident.
- Added another two names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
QM2 Virgil Eugene Tayler passed away 15 August 2010 in Lynn, MA. He had served on PCF 99 in DaNang in late 1967-68.
GMG3 Ernest Kendall Music passed away 6 March 2007 in Millwood, GA. He had served on PCF 99 in DaNang & Chu Lai from 11/66 to 5/67.
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- My thanks to LTJG Thomas Stephen O'Keefe for his help in putting most of his crew back together again, we don't have the boats numbers pinned down yet, but we have five people listed together again and the base at DaNang.
- After many, many months of no new individual citations, I have finally been given the opportunity to add, one each, additional Purple Heart and Navy Achievement medal listings.
- Added a new feature to the "Career Military Retired Swiftees" page, a BIOGRAPHY link associated with the name. Right now there is but one link up on the page, RADM Roy Hoffman, but I hope to have more and encourage those of you whose name is listed there to send one to me we can work getting it posted. You can use RADM Hoffman's biography as a model of how a good one is constructed. I hope you enjoy this new feature!
- Added another eleven names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
BM1 Albert Wayne Porter passed away 17 March 2010 in Port Hadlock, WA. He had served on PCF 43 in Cam Ranh Bay during 1966-67.
BM3 Edward Patrick McCauliffe passed away 14 October 2009 in Wellsboro, PA. He had served on PCF 24 in DaNang & Cat Lo in 1969-70.
RD3 Samuel Irving Abolafia passed away 12 March 2009 in Lake Worth, FL. He had served on PCF 28 in Cat Lo in 1968-69.
BM3 Charles Lester Trahan passed away 26 February 2007 in Abbeville, LA. He had been in Qui Nhon during 1968.
GMGSN Eugene Raymond Popp passed away 11 October 2005 in Ceres, CA. He Had served on PCFs 21 & 75 in DaNang, Chu Lai & Hue.
RMSN Wesley Maxwell Dubose passed away 7 November 2004 in Longview, TX. He had served on PCF 25 in Cat Lo during 1966.
BM3 Steven E. Burdette passed away 22 July 2004 in Ladoga, IN. He was one of the original crew on PCF 47 in Cam Ranh Bay starting in April 1966.
EN3 Robert Carroll Lehman passed away on 12 June 2004 in Largo, FL. He had served on PCFs 19 & 20 in DaNang in 1966-67.
GMG2 Roy Eugene Stafford passed away on 29 May 2002 in Dickinson, TX. He had served on PCF 23 in Cat Lo during 1966.
BM2 George Archer Sayres passed away on 15 January 1996 in San Bernardino, CA. He had served on PCF 19 in DaNang in 1968.
BM2 Merhle Edwin Grable passed away 29 May 1992 in Newark, DE. He came into Vietnam in July 1968.
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- Five new swiftee names have been added, one Nha Be advisor and and four long lost crewmen.
- Added another two career military names to the "Retired" page, the 59th Commander and the 28th Senior Chief.
- Added another eleven names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
RD2 Ronald Bruce Gagnon passed away 3 June 2010 in Cape Coral, FL. He had served on PCF 89 in Qui Nhon in 1967-68.
EN2 Walter Lee Ball passed away 18 May 2010 in Mountain Rest, SC. He had served on PCF 62 in Qui Nhon during 1967.
EN1 Ronald Mack Rinehart passed away 1 April 2010 in Dayton, TX. He had served on PCF 79 in DaNang and Chu Lai from 3/67 thru 1/68.
LTJG David Garner Wilbourne passed away 18 January 2010 in Corpus Christi, TX. He had served on PCFs 77 & 101 in DaNang during 1966-67.
SN John Thomas Oliver passed away 11 January 2010 in Carthage, NC. He had served on numerous boats in An Thoi during 1966-67.
BM3 Preston M. Nelson Jr passed away 11 December 2009 in Wagoner, OK . He had served on PCF 5 in An Thoi from 12/65 to 5/66.
QM1 Edwin Bernard West Sr passed away 3 December 2009 in Virginia Beach, VA. He had served on PCFs 32, 65 & 87 in Cat Lo from late 1969 to mid 1970.
GMG2 William Byers Grundy Sr passed away 28 February 2000 in Louisville, KY. He was one of the original crew on PCF 3 in An Thoi starting in October 1965.
BM2 Wallace James Hogue Jr passed away 19 January 2000 in Simsonville, SC. He was one of the original crew of PCF 16 in DaNang starting in January 1966.
SA John Newton Thompson passed away 28 August 1998 in Jasper, AL. He had served on PCF 16 in DaNang and Chu Lai from 10/66 thru 7/67.
EN2 Wayne Joel Drumm passed away 6 December 1994 in San Diego, CA. He served in An Thoi during late 1970.
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- My special thanks to LTJG Richard Colton Kern for the tremendous amount of help he has given me in putting his crews back together again on PCF 40 and then their move to PCF 44. Four new swiftees names are included in these listings.
- Added another two career military names to the "Retired" page, the 10th ex-enlisted Lieutenant Commander and the 18th Master Chief.
- Added another three names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
EN2 Ronald Lee Wood passed away 18 April 2004 in Denton, MD. He had served on PCFs 78 & 101 in DaNang and Chu Lai from 2/69 thru 1/70.
GMG1 Arnold Thomas Castleman passed away 21 April 2002 in Kuna, ID. He had served on PCF 21 in DaNang, Chu Lai & Hue from 3/66 thru 1967.
GMG1 Stephen J. Carney passed away 29 May 1990 in San Leandro, CA. He had served on PCF 66 in Qui Nhon from 6/66 thru 5/67.
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- Added another career military name to the "Retired" page, the 27th Senior Chief.
- Added another six names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
EN2 Charles Ray Dorsey passed away 20 November 2009 in Corpus Christi, TX. He had served on PCFs 3 & 92 in An Thoi during 1968.
EN2 Jack Edwyn McDaniel passed away 31 December 1999 in Ozona, TX. He had Served on PCFs 16 & 69 in DaNang and Chu Lai from 11/68 thru 6/69.
EN2 Henry Baker Akiu Sr passed away 17 August 1998 in Kailua, HI. He had served on PCFs 22 & 50 in DaNang and Cam Ranh Bay during 1966.
GMG2 Gailen Peter Rhinehart passed away 25 August 1997 in Riverside, CA. He had served on PCFs 47 & 51 in Cam Ranh Bay during 1966.
SN John Arthur Fenton passed away on 5 October 1993, in Milford, MA. He had served on PCF 42 in Cam Ranh Bay & Cua Viet from 2/67 to 10/67.
EN2 Merle Ernest Oliver passed away on 1 February 1980 in Benton, ME. He had served on PCF 60 in Cat Lo from 6/69 to 11/69.
- Added a new "Individual Award Citation" to the Navy Commendation medals listings, my thanks to QM1 David Dewayne Hoover for providing me a copy. This is the first new input since 31 May 2009, COME ON guys if you won't help preserve your history ... IT WON'T GET DONE!
- My thanks to SN Richard Dale Bostick for providing the information to complete the original crew listings of PCF 19 and putting GMG3 Douglas Owen Yeaman back with the crew he served with!
1/1/2010 ***********************************************************************************************
- Added Virg Erwin's new book, Cat Lo - A Memoir of Invincible Youth, to the "The Published Swiftboat" page. Check it out!
- Added another three names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
RDSN George Edward Cleary passed away on 30 September 2009, in Cleveland, OH. He had served on PCFs 49 & 99 in Qui Nhon and DaNang during 1968/69.
EN2 Gary Arnold Helvey passed away on 30 August 2006 in Beloit, KS. He had served on PCF 100 in Cat Lo during 1969.
GMG1 Robert James Kajer passed away on 6 March 2003 in Mesa, AZ. he had served on PCF 9 in An Thoi during 1966.
12/16/2009 ***********************************************************************************************
- New copies of the "Individual Award Citations" have totally evaporated. The past seven months have brought in only one person's citations, I have received them from only 16 of the 49 of you that have told me you would be forwarding copies. Gentlemen, if you want to preserve our history, for the generations that will follow our demise, then you have but one choice, YOU MUST HELP!!! So GET OFF YOUR BIG FAT BUTTS and dig through those records of your service and tell the rest of the world about what you and your shipmates did that made history.
- Added another "Swift Family Line" Newsletter from CosDiv 12 - DaNang, dated 1 October 1968. Check it out!!!
- Added another six career military names to the "Retired" page, the 26th Senior Chief, the 56th Chief, the 23rd, 24th & 25th Petty Officer First and the second Petty Officer Second!
- Added another seven names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
EN1 Dolen Wade Littleton passed away on 11 October 2009 in Gautier, MS. He had served in DaNang from January 1967 thru January 1968.
GMG2 Norman Edward LeDuc passed away 10 October 2009 in Manchester, NH. He had served on PCFs 3, 9, 74 & 91 in An Thoi in 1965/66.
EN3 William Loyed Clark passed away on 28 September 2009 in McCloud, CA. He had served on PCFs 35 & 102 in Cat Lo during 1968/69.
RMSN Kenneth W. Thorsson passed away on 27 August 2009 in Elgin, IL. He had served on PCF 16 in DaNang and Chu Lai from October 1966 thru early 1967.
BM2 Dale Martin Goff passed away on 25 June 2005 in Tacoma, WA. He was part of the first crew on PCF 9 in 1965/66.
EN2 Alton RaybournGunter passed away on 28 July 1999 in Garland, TX. He was part of the first crews of PCFs 26 & 31 in Cat Lo and Qui Nhon in 1966/67.
RD3 Richard Charles Rader passed away on 13 January 1976 in Los Angeles, CA. He had served on PCF 54 in Sa Dec, Cambodia and Cat Lo in 1967.
- My thanks to the daughter of LT Jack Adair Herriott II, Heather Cotton, for helping me correct the service and death listings of her father.
10/3/2009 ***********************************************************************************************
- Added another six career military names to the "Retired" page, the 9th enlisted LCDR/Major, 17th Master Chief and the 52nd thru 55th Chiefs!
- Added another four names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
BM1 Billy Keith Hyde passed away on 8 March 2005 in Reno, NV. He had served on PCF 68 in Cat Lo during 1966/67.
GMG3 Anthony Edmond Eulette passed away on 7 December 2003 in Santee, CA. He had served on PCF 20 from April 1969 thru March 1970.
SN James Leon Jolivette passed away on 14 February 2001 in Scott, LA. He had served in CosDiv 11 and/or 14 in 1970.
EN2 Carl Clayton Cloud passed away on 5 January 1995 in Las Vegas, NV. He had served as a part of Crew #1 on board PCF 3 in An Thoi during 1965/66.
- My thanks to RM3 Larry D. McNealy for putting Crew 12A back where they belong, on board PCF 62.
- My thanks also to SN Dan Clyde Field for forwarding a copy of his transfer orders of 1 December 1970 to the USS Satyr ARL-23, they provided the names of four previously unknown Swiftees and filled out the names of two others.
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8/16/2009 - Added another two career military names to the "Retired" page, the 51st Chief and the 22nd Petty Officer First!
- Added another three names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
QM3 Lawrence Charles Kuentzel passed away on 22 June 2009 in Virginia Beach, VA. He had served on board PCFs 11, 20, 92 and 139 in DaNang and Cat Lo from October 1968 thru August 1969.
LTJG James Warren Rote passed away on 13 July 2006 in Carmel, CA. He had served in Cam Ranh Bay during most of 1966.
GMG2 Stacy Lewie Parrish passed away on 16 July 2009 in Mobile, AL. He had served on PCF 24 in Cat Lo from October 1966 thru December 1966.
- My sincerest appreciation to the former RM1 Ronald Charles Cint for putting the first crew of PCF 39 back together again.
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7/3/2009 - Copies of the "Individual Award Citations" have totally stopped coming in. The past three months have brought only one additional person's citations, I now have received them from only 16 of the 49 of you that have told me you would be forwarding copies. Gentlemen, if you want to preserve our history, for the generations that will follow our demise, then you have but one choice, YOU MUST HELP!!! So GET OFF YOUR FAT BUTTS and dig through the records of your service and tell the rest of the world about what you and your shipmates did that made history.
- Changes here and there across the site. I have NEVER seen you guys be as quiet as you have been of late, so any updates have been very hard to come by.
- Added another career military name to the "Retired" page, the 25th Senior Chief!
- Added another five names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
BM3 Ronald Glenn Henderson passed away on 30 May 2009 in Sioux City, IA. He had served on board PCF 101 in DaNang from August 1967 thru August 1968.
EN2 Kenneth Edward Ehrhardt Jr passed away on 11 April 2009 in Peoria, AZ. He had served onboard PCF 22 in An Thoi during 1969.
GMGSA Lawrence Terry Kassha passed away on 19 March 2009 in Marinette, WI. He was a member of Crew 122 and spent a year in Qui Nhon during 1966-67.
BM2 James Gratton Grimes passed away 7 May 2004 in Honolulu, HI. He had served on board PCF 65 in Qui Nhon from June 1966 to April 1967.
LTJG Thomas Nelson Richman passed away 27 January 2003 in Millersville, MD. He had served as a member of Crew 124 in Qui Nhon during 1966-67.
5/31/2009 ***********************************************************************************************
- My sincere appreciation to the former GMG2 James Russell Wolf for putting his crew back together again.
LTJG James Richard Lamping, EN1 William Mart Morgan, BM2 Richard Carlton Hall, QM? Polaski and an unknown RD.
Now what we need is some help remembering the boats they served on!
- My thanks to Tom Hammerstone for providing copies of his Navy Commendation Medal citation and a copy of the Meritorious Unit Commendation given to Task Force 115 for service between 19 December 1969 to 16 November 1970, 23 November 1970 to 1 March 1972 and 2 March 1972 to 15 December 1972.
- I have again had to add a name to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
EN3 Ronald Norris Lantz passed away on 10 November 2007 in Houston, TX. He had served onboard PCF 693 at Sea Float/Nha Be from July 1970 thru November 1970.
3/29/2009 ***********************************************************************************************
- A new selection has been added to the site's "Training Documents" link!
This new selection contains the entire 281 pages of the 22 September 1967 version of the student handbook, used by all trainees during their 9 or 11 weeks of training time at Coronado. My heartfelt thanks to William L. "Bill" Rogers for his work in scanning all those pages and then providing them to me. Because of the sheer size of this project, it is being presented to you as a 173.304 megabyte (.pdf) file.
- Again, my apologies to those of you who still use a SLOW modem to access the web, there is no better way to present this book than in one large (.pdf) file.
- I have also added a new section to the opening page, the link is titled "Corky" Trinidad. For those of you who know his work it will give you another chance to view some of it and for those of you who have no idea ... "Try it, you will definitely enjoy yourself!"
- Copies of the "Individual Award Citations" continue to trickle in. I have now received them from 15 of the 47 of you that have told me you would be forwarding copies. Gentlemen, if you want to preserve our history, for the generations that will follow our demise, then you have but one choice, YOU MUST HELP!!! So get up off your fat butts and dig through the records of your service and tell the rest of the world about what you and your shipmates did to make history.
- Added another career military name to the "Retired" page, the 11th Master Chief!
- I have added another name to the listings of deceased Swiftee's:
LT Charles Louis Volk Jr passed away on 17 March 2001, the boat he had served on is unknown, but he and his crew were in Cat Lo from 1967 thru 1968.
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- Added another name to the "Retired" page, the 22nd Petty Officer First Class!
- I have added an additional three names to the listings of deceased Swiftee's, then EN2 Don Arthur Voss passed away on 1 February 2008 in Mesa, AZ, he had served on PCF 5, in An Thoi during 1966; EN2 Joseph Otto Sowards, who passed away on 19 March 2001 in Montgomery, WV, he had served on PCF 11, in An Thoi during 1966 thru 1967 and BM3 Fred Richard Cooper passed away on 28 January 2007 in Pelzer, SC, he served on PCF 11, 20, 92 and 139 in DaNang and Cat Lo during 1968 thru 1969.
- I'm a little disappointed that over thirty people wrote me e-mails telling me that they would be forwarding copies of their award citations, so I could list them on the new individual awards page, but only five people have actually sent them to me. Come on guys our history depends on you contributing to it's preservation, I can't do it alone!
1/17/2009 ***********************************************************************************************
- Added a new section to the site called "Individual Awards," this new section lists the Swiftees that have won the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and Purple Heart. It also includes the actual citation for these awards, if I have a copy of them.
  Therefore, this new section needs a lot of help from the swiftees whose names are mentioned on the site but don't have a copy of the award posted. This means I need your help, everyone's help, to make this a meaningful addition to the site. Let's dig through those old papers gentlemen, and help preserve your service in Vietnam's history!
- I have added another name to the listings of the deceased Swiftee's, then BM1 Wadie Marvin Moore passed away on 9 January 2003 in Lillington, NC, he had served on PCFs 24 & 98 in Cat Lo, 1966 thru 67.
- My thanks to former LTJG James Fulcher Tune, for his help in putting the second crew of PCF 24 back together again and their listings where they belong with the other crews of PCF 24.
- A few changes here and there across the site. You guys have really been quiet of late so updates are a bit hard to come by.
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1/1/2009 - Added another two career military names to the "Retired" page, the 8th CWO-4 and the 21st PO1!
- My thanks to John Wald Pugsley, LTJG, for giving me five totally new swiftee's names, his crews on PCFs in Cam Ranh & Cua Viet, Mar 67 thru Feb 68.
- I've added two new quizzes to the "Quiz" page, they are listed as item's #1 & 4. Their titles are listed as an "Introduction to Swiftboats," this should help people get a basic understanding or a refresher about our beloved Swiftboats and "The Swift Boat Losses," a course on the Swiftboats that sank or were destroyed and never returned to active service. Try them, you might like the challenges.
12/7/2008 ***********************************************************************************************
- Once again I must add a name to the listings of the deceased Swiftee's, then SM3 Willard Shelby Hamilton passed away on 25 February 2000 in Jewett City, CT, he had served on PCFs 63 & 88 in Qui Nhon, 1967 thru 68.
- Added another two career military names to the "Retired" page, the 24th Senior Chief and the 50th Chief!
- Little changes here, there and everywhere!
11/2/2008 ***********************************************************************************************
- The "Guestbook" page now includes the four entries that have so far been posted to it. It would be nice if more of you would give it a try!
- Added another two career military names to the "Retired" page, the 17th Admiral and the 49th Chief.
- Added six totally new names to the site.
- Lots and lots of new and updated information all over the site.
8/5/2008 ***********************************************************************************************

- The Guest Book service that I have used for the past thirteen years, has apparently gone out of service on or about the 20th of August 2008. All efforts to contact their website, e-mail address and phone service go unanswered.
- I have written the code for a new Guest Book, and it now resides on my own web server, and is accessible by clicking the "Sign my guestbook" link. However, the ability to go back and read your entry, or anyone else's is not yet functional, so bear with me as the site goes through the latest version of it's growing pains!

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- Again I must add two names to the "Deceased" page, then LTJG Donald Hamilton Patterson, OinC of PCF 98 in 1970, passed away on 26 July 2008 in Virginia Beach, VA and another late entry about QM2 Alexander Radisa, who passed away 29 December 1998, in Akron, OH.
- Added another career military name to the "Retired" page, a Master Chief.
  - Added a newspaper article and photograph from the "Commercial-News" of Danville, IL, entitled "Fithian Veterans Memorial Park ready. This is an article about GMG3 John Robert Anderegg, who had served onboard PCF-19 during the attack that destroyed and sank PCF-19, just below the DMZ.
  - Updated the Swift history according to "Janes Fighting Ships" pages of Malta, the Philippines and Thailand with the latest version of their naval forces.
  - My thanks to Forrest Dennis Whitegon, EN3, for his help in bringing together three of his first crewmates in DaNang. Can anyone help with the rest or the boat they were on in 1969?
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7/27/2008 - Regrettably I have had to add two swiftees' names to the "Deceased" page, then GMG3 Douglas Owen Yeaman passed away 21 June 2008, in Riverside, CA and a late entry about QM1 Melvin Julian Lien having passed away 23 July 2003, in Winter Park, FL.
- Added two more career military names to the "Retired" page, one officer and another Chief.
- My thanks SGT Michael McCusker, USMC, for the invaluable information about PCF 76's first OinC, LTJG David B. Dawson; he has now been placed back with his proper boat listing. However, I still need considerable help with Dawson's crewmen, can anyone help?
- My special thanks to Tim Eichholtz, GMGSN, for his extremely valuable input in giving me five totally new names of ex-swiftees, his crew on board PCF 71 in late 1967 thru early 1968.
- Added three new books to the "Published Swiftboat" page, Wey Symmes' second book, "This is Latch," the story of Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffman; CDR R.L. Schreadley's "From the Rivers to the Sea" and Norman Friedman's "U.S. SMALL COMBATANTS, including PT-Boats, Subchasers and the Brown Water Navy; An Illustrated Design History."
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- My thanks to Bill Ruth, first crew on PCFs 43 and 101, for his help in putting his crew back together. His records brought 3 brand new swiftee's names to the site and to Donald Bross for his help in putting his crew from PCFs 37 and 95 back together. His records brought 5 new swiftee's names to the site.
- Added one more career military name to the "Retired" page, an enlisted to LDO officer.
- Updated the statistics for the number of military retirees on the "Crew Complement" page.
- Numerous changes all over the site.
5/11/2008 ***********************************************************************************************
- I have replaced the PCF Student Handbook link with a new link named "Training Documents," as a second item has now been added to that section, "Commander Boat Squadron One Instruction 09010.1." This is an eight page document given to the early boat crew personnel upon their arrival in country. It is a ready reference source as to the equipage of a swiftboat, its' performance capabilities, the staffing of the BOAT DIVISIONS, their capabilities and services they would provide.
- Some minor additions and changes across the site.
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- Three crews put back together, from Cat Lo, Qui Nhon and DaNang. See if you remember them and can help me find the boats that they were assigned to.
- Added pictures of the memorial display of PCF 1 at the Washington Navy Yard; PCF 2, the RV Matthew F. Maury, still in active use by Tidewater College in Norfolk, VA and PCF 813, the Malta Defense Forces'  P23 still on active patrol in the Mediterranean.
- A few little changes here and there, full names, new e-mail addresses and home locations.
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- Many, many new little pieces of information about swiftees, check it out!
- Added a new "Official" version about the loss of PCF 77 at Hue in November 1977, includes two new, recently found pictures of what was left of the bow section.
- My sincere thanks to Marianne Lammons Barnes, sister of SN Edward Lammons of PCF 53, for all her help in getting the information together about her brother and his crew so I could move them from the unknown crew listings and back to their home on PCF 53.
- Added a page about the results of the navy investigation into the accident leading to the death of LTJG Robert Leroy Crosby on board PCF 13.
- Added two more career military names to the "Retired" page; one officer and one senior chief.
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- Lots and lots of new tidbits of information about your friends and mine, the swiftees!
- Added a new page to the site called the "Deceased" page.   This is a chronological list of all known deceased swiftees. If you see a name missing, or with wrong, incomplete or missing information ... Please, please notify me so I can make the necessary changes.
- Added details about the ferro-cement PCF built by the Vietnamese in 1969, to the "Boat Background" page, includes two recently located photos.
- Added new information about PCFs 813 & 816 and their transfers to the Malta Defense Force. Includes photos and pennant IDs.
- Added seven more career military names to the "Retired" page; three officers, two master chiefs and two chiefs.
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- This update is being posted to inform everyone of the loss of a very special swiftee, LTJG Robert Baker Shirley. Bob passed away today, 5 January 2008, due to post-surgical complications related to his existing battle with pulmonary disease. Bob was the webmaster behind the PCF-45 website, a Vietnam historian and a dear friend.
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- Added a link to a Microsoft Internet Explorer Add-on, on the Webpage Search Instructions page, that greatly simplifies the searching of information rich web pages like this one ... http://swiftboats.net. Download and install it if you are using IE5.5 and above. It's fabulous!!!
- Added another ten career military names to the "Retired" page; one officer, one enlisted to officer, six chiefs and two first class petty officers.
- Updated the Swift history according to Janes Fighting Ships pages of Malta, the Philippines and Thailand with the latest version of their naval forces.
- Updated the records of PCFs 9/3904 and 20/3907 to show a final disposition of "Sunk and lost on 2 November 1970 at XR 645160, while underway to Cat Lo for repairs, by tropical storm "NORA."   My thanks to Ha Son Them, HQ Thieu Uy, OinC of PCF 3904.
 
Three weeks ago I sent out some 1,200 e-mails to people listed on this site:
  - One, to check the validity of their e-mail addresses.
  - Two, to try and get information from these 1,200 people, whose listings had some type of missing information.
  - This missing information included: incomplete full proper names; incomplete dates and/or missing location of service and missing current city/state of residence.
  - Out of 1,200 e-mails sent out, I received back nearly 400 messages stating that the e-mail addresses were no longer valid or currently in use.
  - Out of the 800 e-mails that did go through, to the addressed swiftee, only 41 people have responded, to date, to my requests for additional information. They did, however, provide an immense amount of information and I thank each one of them for their efforts.

To say that this is anything less than pathetic, for a response, would be a gross understatement.

Gentlemen, there is only one way that our history will ever be recorded, and it is OUR history, is if we all sit down and dig it out of our hazy memories and then get it recorded. Further generations are not going to know what we and our little boats did, in Vietnam, for those six years; if we don't leave them something to read about us!
Please if your record on this site is incomplete, send me the corrections. If you know who your crewmembers were and where they might now be, send it to me. If you and you crew/boat were involved in an action and it's not now recorded, send me the story.

By best estimates there were only 3,200 of us that ever served on swift boats during the Vietnam conflict! The US Navy's records of our service are almost non-existent; there is no official listing of the people who trained on or served on swift boats and even the official, recurring reports from our division commanders have horrendous gaps in their coverage of who we were and what we did.

I implore each you that reads this, look through your old papers, examine your memories, get a copy of your official service record ... BUT look for names, dates and actions you were involved in and then pass it along.
IT'S YOUR HISTORY AND ONLY YOU CAN HELP PRESERVE IT!
10/28/2007 ***********************************************************************************************
- Added nineteen (19) new magazine articles to the "Published Swiftboat" page. These articles are all articles from issues of "All Hands", covering the period of September 1965 thru February 1971. These articles are about Swift Boats, bases, operations and the training we all received. ENJOY!!!
- Added another name to the "Retired" page.
- Many minor additions and changes across the site to include how PCFs 87, 88 and 89 first got to Vietnam ... the USS Comstock (LSD-19).
10/14/2007 ***********************************************************************************************
- Added a new magazine article to the "Published Swiftboat" page. An article in the July 1967 issue of "Popular Mechanics", authored by LTJG Jim Stephens.
- Added yet another name to the "Retired" page.
- Many little changes across the site. My thanks for invaluable info submitted by Rock Harmon, William Brooks, Robert Byram, Jim Sarver, Gary Bowler, Mac Almgren, Will Imbrie and Van O'Dell.
9/22/2007 ***********************************************************************************************
- This update is a small one but necessitated by the death of another swiftee in a vehicle accident. GMG3 Billy Price Carwile passed away on 9-18-2007.   Billy was a retired US Army Master Sergeant, and Ranger, with the 7th Special Forces Airborne Group.
- Added one new officer's and three new enlisted names to the retired page.
- Some minor additions and changes across the site.
9/8/2007 ***********************************************************************************************
- Added yet another two names to the "Retired" page. It seems that this list will never be complete!
- Added a new page to the site, accessible from the opening (index) page, that deals with submitting data for inclusion on the site. Please check it out.
- Many, many little changes across the entire site.
6/3/2007 ***********************************************************************************************
- My thanks to Dave Pendergrass for providing me with a copy of the "United States Coastal and River Forces in Vietnam --- Army, Navy and Coast Guard Insignia, Including Navy Advisory and Support Units" booklet. This booklet has been added to the "Published Swiftboat" page.
- Added yet another name to the "Retired" page. You guys just keep amazing me!
- Added a circa 2002 photo of a nest of four Vietnamese swift boats (one Mark I and three Mark IIIs) to the "Jane's South Vietnam Page." My sincere thanks to Michael Harris for providing this piece of history for all of us to enjoy.
- Added the names of seven new swiftees to the list of unknown personnel and corrected the names of five other personnel, known before as only by their last names. This was possible through the locating of a set of transfer orders from Boat Squadron One, in Coronado, transferring thirty two personnel to Subic Bay, PI and then for further transfer to Boat Squadron One in South Vietnam.
- Many, many little changes across the entire set of pages on the site.
5/13/2007 ************************************************************************************************
- This time only two new names on the "Retired" page but its does keep growing.
- Many little changes on the site. Mainly changes to names, e-mail addresses and home locations.
4/1/2007 ************************************************************************************************
- Once again I have added three new names of career military to the "Retired" page, will this page ever be complete?
- Changes all across the site. New names and lots of updated info about our swiftee crewmates.
2/4/2007 ************************************************************************************************
- I have again updated the "Retired" page with another four career military personnel. It seems that this list never stops growing! What a fabulous group of people.
- Changes nearly every where on the site. Newly completed names, addresses, e-mails and even a few completely new names.
1/21/2007 ************************************************************************************************
- My computer crashed its main hard drive ten days ago and it has been a major hassle trying to get 240GB of programs and data back on line and cooperating with each other. I have made a small update today just to see if my new web program can handle the website's complexity, I couldn't get Front Page '97 to work again, so I'm now working with Microsoft's new Expression Web software and the learning curve is a bit steep. Please bear with me while I try and incorporate all the changes that have been lost because of this failure ... there is a paper trail but it takes a while to wade through the hundreds of pieces of paper I generate each month.
- Updated the "Retired" page with the first enlisted swiftee, I know of, that made FLAG rank, Merrel William Yocum, Brigadier General USANG, ex-swiftee QM2.
11/19/2006 ************************************************************************************************
- My thanks to John Carlson for providing the names of four new swiftees as the crew of PCF-90 has been filled in for the period of August 1969 thru December  1969 in Cam Ranh Bay.
- Updated the "Jane's Fighting Ships" listings for the Malta, Philippines & Thailand naval forces as reflected in the latest 2006-07 version of their book.
- Also added new pictures (older vintage) pictures to all three of these listings.
- Finally added to the Vietnamese listing is a photograph of a Mark I swiftboat (circa 1977) in a not so shipshape condition.
- A few changes and additions in various sections of the site.
11/2/2006 ************************************************************************************************
- This update is being posted to inform you that at 0320 today, 2 November 2006, Carl "Hank" Hanker, former MR2 on PCF-68 passed away. Hank was one of the primary reasons there is a Brown Water Memorial on the Coronado, CA Naval Amphibious Base. Hank was a tireless worker, engineer, scrounger, landscaping expert, tour guide and one of the best friends that "I" or anyone else could ever want. Those of us that knew you and worked with you Hank, will never forget you or the countless contributions you made to preserving our history!
10/28/2006 ************************************************************************************************
- I was sent a link yesterday to a blog that featured an analysis of this site.   It is extremely complimentary and as such I have added a new "Testimonials" link to the top of the main page.
- I have added added two books to the "THE PUBLISHED SWIFTBOAT" section.   They are Ralph Christopher's RIVER RATS and Jim Steffes's SWIFT BOAT DOWN - The Real Story of the Sinking of PCF-19.
- A few new changes to people's listings on the main page.
10/22/2006 ************************************************************************************************
- I have finally been able to find some time to work on my website. The weather this weekend has been terrible, rain and snow mix, temperatures in the thirties and winds at 20+ mph. Sea state 3 pushing 4. No outside work or bike riding.
- Fixed the html coding on the retired swiftees page so the page no longer displays random spacing between the name plates. Much easier on the eyes now.
- Reassembled the names of the crew of PCF 78 (early 1968) headed by LTJG Frederick K. Smallwood, my thanks to Fred.
- Reassembled the names of the crew of PCF 61 (late 1969) headed by LTJG Kenneth Norton and the names of the crew of PCF 74 (early 1970) headed by LTJG Mike Peters, my thanks to Laurence Rosato and John Michels.
                                        ***These three gentlemen have brought us the names of three long lost swiftees, thanks ever so much!***
- Many, many minor changes and corrections to the listings all across the site.
6/25/2006 ************************************************************************************************
- Reassembled the names of the crew of PCF 24 (mid 1968) headed by LTJG Arlyn T. Prickett, my thanks to John Cruse.
- Moved LTJG Robert Louis Sigrist from the ranks of the unknown and entered his name on the roster of PCF 17.
- Added a copy of the flyer about John Robert "Bob" Anderegg & the crew of PCF 19 memorial ceremony from Saturday 8 July 2006.
- Made corrections to the story about the sinking of PCF 4, corrected the spelling of LDO LT Gilliam "Gil" Samuel Dunn's name, the man who organized that rescue operation. LT Dunn died 20 June 2006, of asbestosis and the cancer associated with it. He had been living in Sneads Ferry, NC. My thanks and gratitude to his family for informing us of their loss.
5/21/2006 ************************************************************************************************
- Added yet another seven names to the "Retired" listings.   I am amazed each time I work on this section as the level of experience and commitment of this group is nearly impossible to fathom.
- Added the qualifications for the "Vietnam Combatant Crewman" badge to the Awards section of the website.
- Added five newly discovered swiftees to the site listings.
- Added the usual fare of new e-mail address corrections, name completions and locations to the various lists.
3/5/2006 ************************************************************************************************
- Added four more new listings to the "Retired" page.    My how this number just continues to grow.
- I managed to find a copy of the 1973-74 "Jane's Fighting Ships" in a used book store ... so the listing's in the Jane's history page are now complete.
2/5/2006 ************************************************************************************************
- My thanks to John Laing and Joseph Faden for the info about Crew 85, the first crew onboard PCF-56, four totally new names added to the site.
- Added two new listings to the "Retired" page.    The number of career military continues to grow.
- The normal updates to info about your swiftee friends all across the site.

- Added another new section to the site "Jane's Fighting Ships" history of the PCF or swift boat in the various navies of the world. This section answers the age old question of whether there are any swiftboats still in service with various nations navies.
To quote Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, of Laugh-In fame, ... "You bet your sweet bippy there are!!!"

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1/2/2006 - The crew complement page has been amended to include much more general information about those that served on a swift boat.
- Added a couple new listings to the "Retired" page --- these listings keep slowly coming in ... so I implore you to check the listing and if you see that you or someone you know is not listed or that some of the info is wrong or missing, PLEASE write and tell me about it. This is YOUR history, let's get it right!
- Added to the Main Page, a set of very general Webpage Search instructions a sort of "Webpage Search 101."
10/29/2005 ************************************************************************************************
- Many changes to names, addresses and dates on various pages all over the sites pages.
- Added LTJG William H. Croll's crew to the site. My thanks to Ed Lammons for the info, 5 totally new names.
10/23/2005 ************************************************************************************************
- The site has returned to the web even though I don't yet know the outcome of the threatened lawsuits being brought on by Wade Sanders and the backers of John Kerry's presidential campaign. What will happen will undoubtedly happen and I will just have to deal with it when it does.
I regret that I have had to resort to removing the site from the web but the actions of a VERY FEW are the cause of grief for the rest of us.
I hope you can understand why I did what I did. I am extremely grateful for the tremendous support your e-mails, letters and phone calls expressed. Thanks to you all!
8/22/2005 ************************************************************************************************
- I have removed the active site from the web because of REPEATED and DOCUMENTED Copyright Fraud. The information presented on my site is actively being used to threaten the webmaster and numerous other swiftees with lawsuits for exercising their First Amendment rights. I will not be a party to this action and will do all I can to prevent further fraudulent use of my research and funds to aid in any way these actions. The site will return to the web at some later time or when the threatened actions have been resolved.
8/13/2005 ************************************************************************************************
- Now that my typing skills have at least returned to most of abnormal, it is time to put out a new, overdue update.
- Lots of name changes, addresses and dates on various pages all across the site.
- Added a link, on the opening page, to the "Vietnam Veterans & Proud" site ring. This is a listing of and links to approved and verified sites concerning the Vietnam War and her veterans, maintained by people who were involved, personally, and care. Tons of good information and extremely interesting.
4/24/2005 ************************************************************************************************
- Four new swiftees' names, four new advisors' names, two crews names put back together again, new e-mail addresses and other changes ....
- Added information about how 17 of our swiftboats first got to Vietnam from there outfitting point in Subic Bay, PI.
4/9/2005 ************************************************************************************************
- I have added a new section to the site entitled "THE PUBLISHED SWIFTBOAT." This new section will present the books, magazines and news stories that have been published about the people, places and events that are and were the stories of BOATRON/COSRON 1. Right now the section includes information about 9 books and 10 magazine articles. I have many more articles and a few more books to get scanned so this section will continue to grow. Check back as the updates accumulate.
- A few new names and a bit more information posted across the site.
3/6/2005 ************************************************************************************************
- Changes to the "Commands" page with new info about the PACVs and their BOATDIV 107, with the addition of their division emblem (long lost on a hard drive that had been given up for dead).
- Lot of changes to names, addresses and dates on numerous pages all over the site.
- A few new additions to the retired military page have also been posted. The accomplishments of our career military people just continues to amaze me.
12/26/2004 ************************************************************************************************
- Many, many changes and additions all across the site. My thanks to all who have sent in information over the past few months, I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get it posted but the available hours have been very few lately with everything that has been going on.
- Added to the "Swift Boat Background" page are some new listings about the various contracts that were placed to build our beloved swift boats. Also listed are the serial numbers of those boats and a listing of the progression from the original Mark I through the current Mark V.
- Again the retired, career military swiftees page has taken on many new entries. I'm very pleased to see that the enlisted entries are really starting to take off. Many new listings ... so check it out again!
9/8/2004 ************************************************************************************************
- Many new, filled in or corrected call signs. My thanks to Bernard W. Wolff for these great additions to the site.
- Updated the "Unit Awards" page to reflect access to the navy's new NDAWS (Navy Department Awards Web Service) site. This site not only allows you to access the awards your ship, squadron or base received but also your own personal awards.   The site is accessible by the general public so try it out, it's a really great tool.
- My thanks to Robert Colcleasure for providing the names of 10 Solid Anchor 1971 advisors.   Eight of these are brand new names. Thanks again, Bob.
- My thanks also to Willard Poe for sending me a copy of the transfer orders for PCF 23-26's trip from Subic Bay to Cat Lo. These plank owner crews have all been added to our growing august group of swiftees. Thanks again, Willard.
- The "Retired Swiftees" site continues to grow with numerous new names showing even more success in military careers by our small but highly talented group.
8/16/2004 ************************************************************************************************
- Site returned to the web. I have made arrangements to use a shared server until I can figure out what I am going to do about replacing the server that has run this site for the last 6.33 years. It is beyond repair and replacement with a new and faster, state of the art, one is a bit out of my reach financally right now. For now though we are back in service and charging ahead. Let the history gathering recommence.
- Well, after eleven years of looking I have finally located a swiftee that will admit to having served on PCF-693. Ronald Norris Lantz, EN3 of Houston, TX, is the first and hopefully only the beginning of the crewman from PCF-693 to be found.
8/12/2004 ************************************************************************************************
- Site removed itself from the web because of a monumental server crash.
7/24/2004 ************************************************************************************************
- The new "Retired Swiftees" section has taken on its final format. There are now nearly TWO HUNDRED swiftees listed on this career military HONOR page. I invite you to visit it and check out the success stories that these people represent. Right now there are sixteen (16) Admirals listed, a percentage that is absolutely phenomenal!!! I know that there have to be more enlisted, who were career military, than I now have listed. So, come on, help me out with some information and get our history out there for the world to see and take notice of.
- The main site contains numerous changes and at least 140 newly filled out names.
- Updated both the main page, PCF-9 crew listing of 10/18/66, the day of the tragic mortar explosion, with the names of the two wounded personnel, the OinC and RM3.   Also updated the story about the accident with these names.    I still need the name of the fifth enlisted crewmember, his name seems to be lost in history right now.
7/6/2004 ************************************************************************************************
- Added a new section titled "Retired Swiftees." This section is to honor those officers and enlisted that didn't stop giving of themselves and their careers when Vietnam wound down. I am sure I have missed including countless people's names on this page so please send me a note and I will gladly add their/your names and info to the site.
- I have removed the Naval Career Page from the site.    This has been a great big bust! NO ONE has responded to my requests for inclusion in this listing so it has gone the way of the gooney bird and disappeared into that great Ethernet wasteland.
- Lots of new pieces of info about your favorite swiftees, completed names, e-mail changes and places they call home.
5/9/2004 ************************************************************************************************
- The site crashed during the evening of Monday the 3rd of May due to the tremendous traffic (over 37,000 hits between the hours of five and eight pm) following the news reports that the SWIFT VETS for TRUTH would be holding a news conference the following morning. The site was engineered to handle between 1,200 to 1,500 hits per hour soooo ... the server crashed big time. It has taken me more than a few days to rebuild the files and get the site running again. I think I have checked everything before turning it loose again but if you should find anything not working right, please contact me and I'll get it fixed.
4/28/2004 ************************************************************************************************
- Added to the Awards section is a copy of the Navy Unit Citation given to CTG 115.7, units participating in Operation SEA FLOAT from 24 June 1969 to 24 October 1969. My sincere thanks to Henry "Buddy" Berman for making this Citation available as a part of our history.
- New bits of information everywhere on the site, this has been a clean up your act and read your e-mails update. Many little bits of info from a lot of different people.
3/14/2004 ************************************************************************************************
- The site has been moved to a bigger, faster server to hopefully prevent the reoccurrence of the crash that happened last month. The site received more than 8,000 hits last month, mainly caused by the John Kerry presidential campaign, and the growing interest in his navy days aboard swift boats. Lets hope this change keeps the site running for all those interested in what we did in South Vietnam while on our beloved Swift Boats!
- Some minimal additions to the information presented across the site. February and March have been very busy months and hopefully spare time will again start to enter into my normal schedule.
2/8/2004 ************************************************************************************************
- Added three new after action reports to the story about the loss of PCF-43 in the Rach Duong Keo. Go to the listing for PCF-43 and click on the After Action Report link. My thanks to a new SEAWOLF friend, Bill Rutledge, for providing this new information. My thanks also to Steve Waterman for allowing me to use his research and literary talents in posting a copy of "The Death of PCF-43", a story witten by LTJG Peter N. Upton of the UDT-13 team that was riding on PCF-43 that fateful day.
- Lots of new tid bits of info scattered throughout the site.
1/25/2004 ************************************************************************************************
- This is a much overdue update! I have had two hard drives destroy themselves in the last quarter of 2003 and fought my way through a computer that just wouldn't compute ... so here it is gentlemen ... many new features, lots of updates and even a couple of new names.
Let me also remind you gentlemen that when information is submitted to me, it is not immediately posted. All information, especially information NEVER before known or contradictory information to that already in place, is checked with as many other sources as I can find. So if you don't see something posted that you have sent me, please, bear with me as I try and verify what you have presented me.
- Added to the SWIFT FAMILY LINE section is a copy of the "November 1967 Newsletter from Coastal Division 15". This is the first and only such document for the Qui Nhon folks so my very special thanks to Ron Gagnon for finding and allowing me to post this new and very interesting find.
- Added a link to the details about the loss of LTJG William Henry Murphy III under the Unknown Personnel section. Again thanks to Ron Gagnon for finding and sending me this new information.
- Added a first hand account of the sinking and loss of PCF 8, off Bodega Bay, CA, on 18 December 1969. My thanks to Curtis MacConnell for sending me copies of the Mare Island log, Vallejo Chronicle newspaper account and his own first hand recollections.
- Added to the Casualties section is an automatic playing mp3 of TAPS performed by a wonderful Navy Band musician.
- Sadly, this update also includes the notice of the death of John Branca, EN1. John was one of the primary reasons we have a Brown Water Memorial on the Coronado, CA Naval Amphibious Base. John was a tireless worker, engineer, scrounger, tour guide and one of the best friends that "I" or anyone else could ever want. Those of us that knew you and worked with you John, will never forget you or your countless contributions to preserving our history!
- Added a sample Naval Career Page (mine). This has been on the back burner for quite a while but people keep asking me about it so I have added, to the main page, a link to a sample page. If people like what they see, then we will move forward with this project. All fees for this service will be used to pay for the labor involved in building these pages and paying for the increased storage costs on the website. I am open for any suggestions as to how to better present the information or if additional items should be brought out. Let me hear from you!
10/11/2003 ************************************************************************************************
- The site returned to the web .
- Site has a completely new format. Easier to read, smaller file size so that it's faster to load and a more appealing layout so you can easily see what swiftboat it is your looking at!
- A new section has been added to the site --- "PCF Student Handbook"
This section contains the entire 294 pages of the 1 November 1968 version of the student handbook used by all trainees during their 9 to 11 weeks of training time at Coronado or Mare Island. My heartfelt thanks to William L. "Bill" Rogers for his work in scanning all those pages and then providing them to me. Because of the sheer size of this project it is being presented to you as a 12.371 megabyte (.pdf) file. I have also included a link to the ADOBE download site, where you can acquire an absolutely FREE copy of ADOBE READER, so you can view the handbook file.
My apologies to those of you who still use a SLOW modem to access the web, there is no better way to present this book than in one large (.pdf) file.
- Added to the SWIFT FAMILY LINE section is a copy of the 1 December 1968 Family Gram from Coastal Division 11. My thanks to David Clayton for this new and very important find.
- Lots of new information on the MAIN PAGE and in the STAFF Section.
- Look for the new features that will continue to appear in future...
9/1/2003 ************************************************************************************************
- The site was removed from the web because of some very blatant copyright infringements, intellectual research property theft and hackers vandalism.
8/9/2003 ************************************************************************************************
- Two crews have been put back together and their names posted with their boats. A new crew for PCF-73 and the first crew of PCF-97.
- Lots of new information all across the main site. Proper full names, current e-mails and hometown's are now posted.
- This site will be leaving the web soon as the outright copyright infringements, intellectual research property theft as well as vandalism have gotten out of control.
I am working with numerous software companies trying out their various packages that should be able to lock the information on the site and hopefully allow me to put a secured site back on the web. The site should disappear about the 1st of September and hopefully return with totally rewritten code sometime late in the year.
7/6/2003 ************************************************************************************************
- My thanks to David Parsons for supplying me with a listing of the first crews of PCFs 44 and 48.
- No other big changes but lots of new tidbits of information, e-mail addresses, dates, assignments ... scattered everywhere across the site
- Regrettably NO new names this time. It's time for you all to take another look through your Vietnam treasures and see what you can find gentlemen.
Remember the history you save IS your own!
- My e-mail address has been changed!   I think and hope I've found all references to the old AOL address and changed them.   If you should find another one I've missed  somewhere on the site, please e-mail me with its location and I'll update it.   The new e-mail is:   larrywaz@swiftboats.net Thanks!!
4/26/2003 ************************************************************************************************
- Added to the SWIFT FAMILY LINE section is a copy of the earliest Swift Gram as yet discovered, 15 December 1966, from PCF Division 101. My thanks to John Lorenz for this treasure.
- 23 new swiftees names have been added to the site. My thanks to Donald K. Bemis and again to John Lorenz for copies of some priceless documents listing name after name of our former shipmates.
- Other bits of new information nearly everywhere
2/16/2003 ************************************************************************************************
- I have doubled the monthly bandwidth for the site to keep the site from going down at the end of the month. You guys are spending way to much time looking at this site and you make me very proud that you think my site is worthy of your use.
Thank You ALL for making my research a part of your lives. Now how about helping me out. Take a look though those old papers again and see if there is anything of value to OUR HISTORY.
- Added seventeen new names, including all of Crew 58B, to the list. Thanks to Terry Boone for forwarding me a copy of the Coronado class list for 6 May thru 5 July 1968.
- My thanks also to William Hickman Ewing Jr, for wetting my appetite with a little snippet about the wounding of the OinC of PCF 49. See the new story that has been added below the listing of PCF 46 and PCF 49.
- Lots of other NEW, little pieces of information everywhere
1/18/2003 ************************************************************************************************
- Added a Guest Book to the site, I invite you to use it as a way to get information about yourself and your service to me
- New, expanded explanations about the physical construction, of a Mark I Swift Boat, in the Swiftboat Specifications Section
- Thanks to Dale Duffield for putting names to Crew #66, DaNang 66-67
- Posted a copy of the Pacific Stars and stripes article concerning the 2/12/1968 rescue of the seven personnel onboard a downed Army helicopter just north of DaNang
My thanks to Les Hines for this oldie but goody!
- Much new information about your fellow swiftees; e.g.: call signs, names, addresses and e-mail addreses
10/4/2002 ************************************************************************************************
- Added to the Awards section is a copy of the Meritorious Unit Citation given to Task Group 115.1, units participating in Operation SEA TIGER from 1 November 1968 to 20 January 1970. This was the one valuable find out of an inch thick packet of papers sent to me a number of months ago. Gentlemen if you look you can and will find our history and help me preserve it.
- A very few minor changes to the listings on the site.
9/29/2002 ************************************************************************************************
- I have finally located a CosDiv 14 plaque. At a flea market three weeks ago, I spotted a plaque, on sale for 25 cents, that had a very familiar look to it and as such it turned out to be an invaluable find. It was an exact match for the CosDiv 14 patches sent to me by various members over the years, but this one was in good enough condition that only a little work in "Image Editor" and it was ready for viewing. You can find that Coastal Division 14, Cam Ranh Bay, plaque displayed at the top of both the Commands and Staff pages and in miniature at the start of the Coastal Division 14 listings on those pages. It is very satisfying to have finally completed another of the Swift Boat era's historical puzzles.
- A few minor changes to the listings on the site.
9/22/2002 ************************************************************************************************
- This is a housekeeping update, many minor annoyances have been fixed or eliminated.
- There are some additions to the site but they are very limited, research has been difficult of late and very little new information has been sent my way by anyone.   Please don't stop looking GENTLMEN!!!
9/2/2002 ************************************************************************************************
- Regretfully this update includes the notification that Ralph T. Singleton and his wife Sherida were brutally murdered, in their Dallas, TX. home, on Saturday evening, 8/17/2002. Ralph was the treasurer of the "Swift Boat Sailors Association" at the time on his death, his wife and constant companion, Sheri, was also a dedicated worker and supporter of the SBSA. We will miss them both!
- My thanks to Jeffery Lash for providing me with four (4) new names, his crewmen from PCF-50
- Much, much new information all across the main site, the advisor's site and the staff site. Thanks to all that have materially contributed information, YOU are the people who will enable me to find ALL our missing shipmates!
7/14/2002 ************************************************************************************************
- My special thanks to Jerry Menikheim for sending me a copy of the 28 September 1968 listing of the Official Commander Coastal Division Fifteen Roster of personnel attached to the swifts in Qui Nhon. The list produced eight totally new swiftees names and filled out and corrected the names of over forty other Qui Nhon swiftees.
Thanks again Jerry! The information on your fellow swiftees is out there gentlemen, YOU JUST HAVE TO LOOK.
- Literally hundreds of changes, additions and or corrections --- EVERYWHERE on the site.
5/27/2002 ************************************************************************************************
- Persistence has finally paid off bigtime
I have located the last of my PCF 58 crewmates. Roger Francis Poe, my engineman, now living in San Antonio, TX.
Gentlemen, YOU CAN FIND your old crewmates, you just have be patient and NOT give up. IT CAN AND DOES HAPPEN, as the crew of PCF 58, circa 1968/69, is back together again!!!
- Hundreds of new pieces of information scattered just about everywhere on the site.
- My special thanks to Chuck Bridgewater for digging up a listing of 34 different peoples "FULL" names on a 1969 listing of awards presented to people involved in the firefight/loss of PCF 43 on 4/12/1969. Thank you Chuck for doing what I have asked so often, "Please look through your old records".
3/23/2002 ************************************************************************************************
- Many, many THANKS to Henry "Buddy" Berman for providing the evidence in hard copy "black and white" establishing QM3 Thomas Eugene Holloway, EN3 Dewey Russell Decker and GMG3 Richard William Stindl all as crewmembers of PCF-51 at the times they died. Thanks again Buddy, your help has been invaluable.
- Also thanks to two sets of Vietnam transfer orders sent in by Donald Lewey Holley, I was able to add the names of three new swiftees to the listings and fill out the full names of five other swiftees. Thanks Donald for your kind assistance.   This is exactly the type of help I need, so keep looking through those old navy trunks and your desk drawers. The information IS out there gentlemen, you just need to look for it!
- Lots and lots of new pieces of swiftee trivia!   You only need to look and you will find it.
3/10/2002 ************************************************************************************************
- No major changes or additions this time, just LOTS of new bits of information about your fellow swiftees
2/24/2002 ************************************************************************************************
- Added a third "Swift Family Line" newsletter for CosDiv 13, Cat Lo, from June 1969. My thanks to Paul Shepherd for providing this glimpse back into our history.
- New bits of information about your crewmates just about every where on the site.
1/31/2002 ************************************************************************************************
- A few new pieces of information scattered about the site
- After much experimenting I have finally found a way to present to you five (5) copies of the "Swift Family Line" newsletters that the various CosDivs sent, at very odd intervals, to your family and friends, while some of you were in country. My sincere thanks to Bill Lannom for the copies of the two (2) CosDiv 13 newsletters and also my thanks to "whoever" sent me the CosDiv 14 newsletter. I'm sorry but I have misplaced your note, sent with the newsletter, so write me back and I will gladly give you credit here for your invaluable help.
--- DO ANY OF YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL NEWSLETTERS? ---
1/27/2002 ************************************************************************************************
- Persistence pays again off ----------- I have located one more of my PCF 58 crewmates. John Vasquez Jr., my quartermaster, now living in Marengo, IL. The phone reunion was fantastic and I look forward to seeing him in person! The only drawback to finding him, was learning he was only 400 miles away for the past 30+ years.
- Roger Francis Poe, EN2, formerly of Bandera, Texas, where are you? The rest of your swiftboat crewmates would sure like to find you.
- Again loads of new information about our fellow swiftees; newly found complete names; a few more crews put back together; new e-mail and snail-mail addresses and a couple of new callsigns.
- You know, the loudest complainers about the information presented on this site are those personnel whose own information is incomplete and or wrong. Today I received a phone call and an e-mail both of which complained as to why I don't have the information about their crews completed. The phone caller hung up on me when I asked about his info and if he could do some looking in his own records to help me out with his crewmates. As he hung up he mumbled something about the fact that I was of no help at all!

Records you ask, what records! If you can't check and see if you have anything of value in your own records (after all you were there), how do you expect someone else, anyone else, to be able to answer your questions?

  

Gentlemen, if you can't help preserve our history, THEN it will never be saved. The official Navy records of our service in Vietnam are TERRIBLE. There isn't even a listing of who served in BoatRon 1/CosRon 1, yet alone a record of who served with whom and on what boats. This was the era of carbon paper and the mimeograph machine, and our headquarters were located in Coronado, CA, 12,000 miles from where we were stationed. Get your padded posterior's off that Lazyboy and help preserve the HISTORY you made!

1/1/2002 ************************************************************************************************
- This is a much overdue update, my job has cut into my spare time drastically these past months and put this new update off for much to long, BUT as always there is much, much more new and updated information, scattered across the site, about your fellow swiftees!!!
9/7/2001 ************************************************************************************************
- Added a new section to the site --- "Coastal Surveillance Centers (CSCs)" --- Our immediate bosses for our patrolling in "Market Time." This section needs a lot of HELP, please! I have only a very few names, so PLEASE help me if you can.
- With additional help from Joe Ponder, I have revised the tape recording transcript of Bo De River ambush of PCFs 31, 38, 72, 82, and 93, from 24 November 1968 to include new information presented by Craig Tiernan, another swiftee involved in the operation.
- Much, much more new information about your fellow swiftees!
7/7/2001 ************************************************************************************************
- Again added a good number of people and added information on the main swiftee listings page. Terry Boone's swiftee hunt goes on and is definitely becoming successful. My continued thanks to Terry and all those who are helping by making phone calls in their part of the country.As of the 7th of July they have found an additional twenty-two (22) long lost swiftees.
- Added a link, to the Awards page, that will take you to a site where you can download a government Standard Form 180 (SF180) that you can then use to file for awards (medals) verification and or replacement.
- Also added a link to take you to the Adobe main website where you can download a completely FREE copy of the latest "Adobe Reader" (pdf) software, for use with the SF180.
- Finally I have added a testimonial from Joe Ponder that the information presented on the awards page is accurate and WILL get you those long overdue awards and replacement medals. THANK YOU Joe Ponder.
7/4/2001 ************************************************************************************************
- Added a good number of people to the site and added a great deal of new information about your fellow swiftees. My special thanks to Terry Boone for starting up a program to get some of you involved in finding those swiftees who may live somewhere near you. Thanks Terry, your efforts are DEFINITELY appreciated. Good luck as you start to locate those we left so far in our past.
6/17/2001 ************************************************************************************************
- Added a link to the Macon Telegraph story, by Travis Fain, about the 33 years late funeral of Anthony Chandler, BM2 on PCF 19 that was sunk off Cua Viet, RVN June 16, 1968.
- A small number of additions, clarifications and other new material about your swiftee crewmates
6/2/2001 ************************************************************************************************
- Perhaps the biggest upgrade to information on the listings "EVER." Hundreds of changes, updates and additions to the information about your shipmates and friends from the Vietnam swiftboat era.
- Added a hyperlink and information about the new "Unit Awards and Citations Master List" to the awards page. This new website allows you to search for all the awards that were given to your Ship(s), Command(s) or Unit(s) - http://neds.nebt.daps.mil/o1650.htm
- Changed the Interview Form to include an area for an explanation of "WHY" you were given the callsign you used in Vietnam
- Added to the Awards section is a copy of the Meritorious Unit Commendation given to Commander Task Force 115 for the periods of 19 December 1969 to 16 November 1970 and 23 November 1970 to 1 March 1972
- My latest California trip yielded the opportunity to again visit with my ex-OinC and my newly found crew's gunnersmate. This was definitely the HIGHLIGHT of my trip and the purpose of this site, "To bring ex-shipmates back together again."
3/11/2001 ************************************************************************************************
- My thanks to Paul R. Shepherd for sending me copies of three "Letters of Commendation" that have helped clear up the crew assignments of six Cat Lo boats during the first half of 1969.
- Only a few new names but lots of added information scattered throughout the site.
2/25/2001 ************************************************************************************************
- My sincere thanks to Billy Joe Alford for sending me a copy of the personnel attached to Cos Div 11 on 1 October 1970, the day it was disestablished. A priceless document!
- Many new names and boat assignments, HAPPY FACT HUNTING!!!!
- Persistence pays off ----------- I have located two more of my PCF 58 crewmates. Edwin E. Woodard, my gunnersmate, lives in Calimesa, CA and Dan M. Williams, my boatswainsmate, lives in Tucson, AZ. The phone reunions were really great and I look forward to again meeting them in person and SOON!
2/4/2001 ************************************************************************************************
- Many thanks to Thomas Lambert Young, former SMC, and instructor at the Swift school in Coronado, for his help in reconstructing the staff of the swift school in late 1967 to early 1968.
- Many thanks to Bill Lannom for his copies of three (3) different Cat Lo personnel lists, circa late 1969-70. My wading through these historic documents has produced the names of 102 swiftees unknown to us until now. Thanks again Bill!!!!!!!
- You will find new and updated information, about your swift boat buddies, all over the site. I lost count of the number of changes two weeks ago, so happy fact hunting.
1/15/2001 ************************************************************************************************
- Much, much new information included about your former shipmates. The volume of new/updated info that I received from the November 2000 reunion and since has been very gratifying. Please don't stop looking through your papers!!!
- Many thanks, especially, to Bill Lannom for sending me copies of three (3) different Cat Lo personnel lists, circa late 1969-70.

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Please remember that the information presented on this site is cross-checked and verified as much as is physically possible. If you have sent me information that your CRS (Can't Remember Shit) syndrome has affected, don't be surprised if it is not presented in the way you THINK it should be. I am trying to make this site as close to a HISTORY of our Swift Boats as I can and a lot of times the dates, places and events may not have happened quite the way you remember them!
10/28/2000 ************************************************************************************************
- The AOL site address has been changed to an automatic link forwarding page
- Added a "Stars and Stripes" story about the 27 July 1968, PCF 53 rescue of two Air Force pilots after their F-100 was shot down.
- Also added a short description of the 27 July 1968 encounter of PCFs 95 and 102, in the Bo De river, with a recoilless rifle ambush.
- Added something entirely new to the site. Many thanks to Bill Rogers for a list of the seven Vietnamese Officers that took over our beloved boats at the 1 April 1970 turnover ceremony in Cam Ranh Bay.
- Many thanks also to Bill Rogers for his listing of people and boats involved in "Operation Tran Hung Dao XI, " the Cambodian incursion of May/June 1970 - Task Element 194.0.2.1 --- Bill's list contained 43 new swiftees names!
- Added a few more advisors names to the DaNang listings and created a new Cam Ranh Bay advisors listing.
- Much, much new information throughout the sites' pages.
10/14/2000 ************************************************************************************************

Note:

 

PLEASE keep in mind that only this site - "http://Swiftboats.net" - is being updated regularly. The AOL address will not support the new format (software) and will be shut down soon. However, the AOL address will be kept in service as an automatic forwarding link to the new sites' address.
- Added another 18 new names and new facts are scattered across the site.
- Added another short "Stars and Stripes" article about the Bo De River ambush of PCFs 31, 38, 72, 82, and 93, from 24 November 1968, my thanks to James R. Hoffman.
- Added the first ever crew that has admitted that they served on PCF 67, again my thanks to James R. Hoffman.
 10/2/2000 ************************************************************************************************
Beta-4 version posted to "http://Swiftboats.net"
- I found, by logging on to the site from work today, that the new interview form, when viewed with the newest, latest and greatest Netscape browser, was nothing short of trash. The html code has been reworked and is now compatible with both Internet Explorer and Netscape. Boy am I glad that I hadn't announced this new feature to any of you!
10/1/2000 ************************************************************************************************
Beta-3 version posted to "http://Swiftboats.net" --- Major fixit update!!
- I have added an automated questionnaire to the site. You now have an easy to fill out form that asks you all the pertinent questions and thereby gives me the information that I need to get you and your crew properly included on the site. I invite you to try out this new format with any and all input you may want to send to me.
9/24/2000 ************************************************************************************************
Beta-2 version posted to "http://Swiftboats.net"
- Added a new Casualties Page to the website. Everytime a new listing is put out by someone, the information presented seems to take on some new ERRORS and mis-information. The names I have listed, and the information presented about them, has been extensively and methodically researched by myself and Ralph Fries of the Mobile Riverine Force. Please, if you are going to publish a list of BoatRon1 or CosRon1 casualties make sure that your list is ACCURATE! Thank You.
- Posted a short narrative about the sinking of PCF-19 on 15 June 1968, by James W. Steffes, EN2, the engineman onboard PCF-12. PCF-12 was the first CosDiv12 craft on the scene after the sinking of PCF-19 off the Cua Viet river.
- I have added two new pieces to the story of the Bo De River ambush of PCFs 31, 38, 72, 82, and 93 on 24 November 1968. Many thanks to Joe Ponder for a Chicago Tribune story and for a transcript copy of an onboard reporters' tape recording of the ambush.
9/4/2000 ************************************************************************************************
Beta-1 version posted to "http://Swiftboats.net"
9/3/2000 ************************************************************************************************
This site has finished its second full year (and recorded its 11,000th visitor) on the "world wide web!" I find that the research necessary to keep this page expanding becomes both easier and so much more difficult. I want to thank everyone who has supported both me and my work, for without you I would not have made the great strides that this site has made over the last years; for so much more of our history still needs to be uncovered and documented. The further along I get, the more I need the support of all of you across this great country, your collective memories and long lost files are what is necessary to fill out our history and to locate our 30+ years, long lost shipmates.
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Please help. The history you save IS your own!

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- We start this third year with a major change you will soon notice, a new website name! The new name (Swiftboats.net), will be much easier to remember and input, but that's not the only change coming as I will also be changing the location of the website. The new host location brings a vast increase in the speed of the sites' loading and also the available web space. You can look forward to many new features in the coming months, new graphics, pictures and stories, when this site officially goes on line just prior to our San Diego reunion.
- A tribute to the late Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, who died January 2nd, 2000, has been added to the Command section. Another was written by John V. Hecker and a third by Joe Ponder.
- A new and updated story about the mining of the USS Krishna (ARL-38) on 5 July 1970, the damaging of PCF-40 and the subsequent death of QM2 Lanny H. Buroff, has been added to the listings of PCF-40. Many thanks to Raymond Bruder for allowing me the use of his research.
- Added to the Awards section are copies of the Presidental Unit Citation given to Commander Task Group 194.0, units participating in Operation SEA LORDS and the Navy Unit Commendation given to Task Group 194.6, personnel attached to the RACH GIA INTERDICTION Group. Many thanks to Mike Harris and Don Blankenship for these priceless documents.
- Many new names (well over 100) and much new information about those already listed, has been included in this latest update. My thanks to these special people: Herbert S. Blume, Duane E. Garner, James R. Halpen, James T. Harper, Jeffrey M. Lash, John C. Lorenz, William "Bill" Trainer and Rhonda Seton, the daughter of Ronnie G. Wait, and finally James D. Wiggins for providing me with the one thing I will never have enough of,
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NEW INFORMATION!

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Please Note:

 

I want to apologize for this latest update being so long in coming!!!! My unemployment last year brought on a new job that has been VERY demanding time wise. My research has continued but the time to do the physical work on the website has really been lacking. Couple this with a planned software change, to Front Page 2000 that still doesn't work, the crash of my main computer and both its hard drives, due to a nearby lightning strike, and you can see that 2000 has not been a year overly conducive to keeping you all happy and up to date. I'm hoping this is all behind me now and that I can start marching forward again.
Please, if there is some information you sent me either in late 1999 or early 2000, and its not included in this update, bear with me as I try to reconstruct all that was lost, from the misfiled and or missing paper copies that litter my office.
11/28/99 ************************************************************************************************
- Many new call signs and a few new identifications in the Call Signs section - many thanks to "Rosepetal 26 Oscar" William M. "Mike" Cain for much of this information.
- Added a listing of all the US Coast Guard "WPBs," that served as a part of "Operation Market Time," to the Patrol Areas section, my sincere thanks to Thomas E. Burton for this fantastic find.
- Added to the Awards section - a copy of the Letter of Appreciation written by Captain David P. Marion, US Army, to all personnel of the Southern Surveillance Group (CTU 115.3.7), for the period November 1968 to July 1969 - Thank You Tom Forrest!
- Added to the Command section - a copy of a Stars and Stripes article about the final turnover of US Navy "Brown Water" assets to the Vietnamese Navy on 10 December 1970
- Added at least 24 more new names and additional information about some of those already listed
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10/30/99 - The Awards section now includes images of both the ribbons and medals for which many of you are qualified. This section also has a copy of the Presidental Unit Citation awarded to Task Force 115, CosDivs 12 and 13 for participating in "Operation Swift Raider." A very special thanks to Tom Forrest for providing me with this historic document.
- Added some 40 new call signs to the Call Sign page and placed a name to 6 of the existing ones
- Added much new information about where and when many of the boats transferred among the Coastal Divisions
- Added another 20 new names to the listings and expanded the listings of another 30 of our shipmates
9/26/99 ************************************************************************************************
- Added another 20 new names to the site and additional info to at least 50 of the existing names.
- Per the heavy interest of many swiftees, I have added a "Call Sign" page, which with YOUR help will continue to grow and record this very unique piece of our history.
- I have added another piece to the story of the Bo De River ambush of PCFs 31, 38, 72, 82, and 93, on 24 November 1968. Many thanks to our newly found swifttee, Richard Alan Trussoni.
8/17/99 ************************************************************************************************
- Added about 10 new names and a few new facts to the site.
- Per the requests of many of my swiftee friends, I have added to the awards section, a complete listing of the eligibity for the "Small Craft Insignia" from MILPERSMAN 1200-030 and Chapter five, Section 2 from the U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations on Indentification Badges/Awards/Insignia. Also included are images of the Small Craft Insignia.
7/26/99 ************************************************************************************************
- Added 126 new names to the listings - personnel from the bases at DaNang, An Thoi and Qui Nhon
- Made hundreds of changes to existing listings; completing names, identifying rates, dates and bases of service
7/20/99 ************************************************************************************************
- This is a housekeeping update, spelling corrections, viewing fixes and general make it work better changes.
- Many, many changes to the html code for the main site, to make the site more visible to all types of browsers and search engines.
- Removed the names of SN Daniel Eugene Moore Jr. - KIA 2/22/67 and BM3 Terry Lee Davis - KIA 2/24/67, at the Qui Nhon Swift base, the night of 22 February 1967.  Moore and Davis were not swiftees, but rather attached to IUWG 1, Det 3.
- Lots of minor changes to many peoples listings: full names, rates, e-mail addresses, service places/dates, city of residence, etc.......
6/27/99 ************************************************************************************************
- Added the first Verbatim CITATION to the awards section - NUC for 1 January 1967 to 31 March 1968, thanks to Arlie Pope.
- Added another 28 new names to the list
- Removed MRC Willy Scott Baker from being listed as a crewmember of PCF 77, when it was lost in monsoon seas off the entrance to the Hue river 16 November 1966.  MRC Baker was a passenger on PCF 77 that fateful day. Thanks to David Wilbourne, OinC of PCF 77 that day, for setting the record straight and for filling out his crew listings.
5/31/99 ************************************************************************************************
- Added the rest of the Coronado training boats to the listings - PCFs 7, 8, 29, 30, 813 and 816
- Added the radio call signs and colored light ID codes (those three colored lamps on the radar mast) for all the training boats Thanks to all concerned for this latest information about the boats we trained on in Coronado and Mare Island - MORE to come!
- Added an Image Map of all the known Coastal Division emblems to the Command and Staff sections - CHECK IT OUT!!!
- Added another 24 new names to the site. We are now at 2,000 of our shipmates being listed, but this is still a long way from being complete, everyone's help is still needed to find the rest of our shipmates. PLEASE keep looking for them.
- Much, much new info about when boats first entered country and about how they were transferred between the Coastal Divisions
5/7/99 ************************************************************************************************
- Added another 150 new crewmembers names to the site. Many thanks to Arlie Pope for so successfully digging through his closet and trunks, helping us all find our lost, but not forgotten, shipmates.
- Moved seventeen (17) names from the unknown list to the boats they served on.
- Nearly 80 days worth of new and updated information on about 100 of our crewmates, scattered across the site.
- Added the real story of the loss of SN Daniel Eugene Moore Jr. - KIA 2/22/67 and BM3 Terry Lee Davis - KIA 2/24/67, at the Qui Nhon Swift base, the night of 22 February 1967. Moore and Davis were not swiftees, but rather attached to IUWG 1, Det 3.
- Added dates of arrival for the first 12 boats assigned to PCF Division 105 at Qui Nhon
2/19/99 ************************************************************************************************
- The Awards section is now complete! The listings presented have been compiled from documents obtained from the Chief of Naval Operations, Awards Branch, and from the latest version of the Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual. Also included are images of the ribbons for these awards. Images of the actual medals awarded will be added soon.               Check it out!!!!!!!
- Added another 55 new names, of our former crewmembers, to the site
- Over 60 days worth of new, updated information about our crewmates, scattered across the site
- The html code for the main site has been rewritten so the file is nearly 200k smaller and now loads in less than 80% of the previous versions time.
12/13/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added another 40 new crewmembers names to the site
- Moved nine (9) names from the unknown list to the boats they so proudly served on
- Much, much new and updated information about our beloved swift boats, in the Specifications section
- 30 days worth of new and updated info about our crewmates scattered across the site
11/13/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added some 25 new names scattered across the site
- Updated information on 12 of our crewmates
- Added entries for PCFs 8, 33, 34, 83, 84, 85 and 86, to complete the listings of all Mark Is' (104) built for the US Navy
10/23/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added over 200 new names across the site, bringing the total to nearly 1,800 of our crewmates. Many thanks to Robert L. Brown.
- Added over 20 new names to the staff section of the site
- Added a new shortcut "Unknown Crews" as the list of complete crews, without a boat assignment, that has now grown to 45.
10/15/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added dates of arrival, for the first 24 boats, in South Vietnam
- Added a workable peg counter to the site
- Changed presentation format to allow a slightly smaller layout on your monitor - more information in the same space
10/8/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added 35 new names to the listings - Special thanks to John Yeoman, David Hanes, Curt MacConnell, Ed Mundy, Richard W. Wilhelm and especially Charles Christianson, whose copy of an old message started the successful identifying of Carl Goodfellow.
- Special thanks to Wilbur Lee Fry Jr, for identifying the boat, PCF 88, and his crewman, Carl Raymond Goodfellow, EN2, who was a KIA 12/23/67, during a sapper attack on the Qui Nhon swift base.
- Added a new section called "Advisors" - This section contains the names and information about those people that rode the VNN swift boats in an advisory capacity, AFTER we turned the boats over.
- Updated more than 175 partial names to their Full, Proper Names
9/17/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added 15 new names to the listings
- Updated the information on some 25 peoples listings
- Added much, much more information to the "Patrol Areas" section - Thanks to all contributors, there are still many more holes
- Added a new, much requested site called "Awards." This area lists those unit awards, that I have been able to verify, that were awarded to Coastal Squadron One, the Coastal Divisions and to Swift Boats crews. It also lists the criteria for the various individual awards, that Naval personnel might have earned, and how to verify if they were awarded.
9/9/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added some 20 new names to the listings
- Completed updating more than 200 partial names to their Full, Proper Names
- General housekeeping changes, hopefully making the site a little easier to use and read
8/18/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added over 225 new names across the site, bringing the total to nearly 1,500 of our crewmates.
- Much, much work done throughout the site to upgrade peoples names to their full and proper name. Some do carry question marks.
- Added two new stories: checkout PCF 61 and PCF 56/77.
- Added a new section to the site called "Patrol Areas."  Check this one out as I need your help in completing it.  My expertise is I Corp and therefore the rest of the Vietnam patrol areas are really suffering for your help filling in the necessary information.
- Identified the OinC of PCF 72, very seriously wounded during the 11/24/68 ambush of five (5) swift boats, as LT Jack W. Harwood.
- Special thanks to Dave Wallace for the listing, he recently sent me, with the names of some 440 ex-Swift boat officers.
8/2/98

One Down and only Four to go **********************************************************************

Through the work of two of our fellow swiftees, Jim Steffes and Bill Zondorak, I had the great pleasure of meeting and spending nearly ten (10) hours with my boat officer, James A. Weinandy, who I hadn't seen since late May 1969. Thank You gentlemen!
7/25/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added some 275 new names all throughout the site. This brings the names listed to over 1,250 of our crewmates.
- Thanks to Ralph Singleton for the copy of his in-country, Cat Lo assignment orders, that listed 13 new swiftees names.
7/3/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added more than 150 new names throughout the site. VERY Special Thanks to Jerry E. Cline, for the use of his 1966 PCF Division 101 yearbook; and all his hand written notes, that are simply irreplaceable in their value to all of us.
- Added another nine stories to help fill in our history - Thanks especially to Bill Wells for two new after action reports.
- Added, where known, the VNN PCF numbers that our boats became after their turnovers.
- Special thanks to ARMY Infantry Captain and Thanh Phu District Senior Advisor, David P. Marion, for identifying the boat and action in which John R. Hartkemeyer, EN2, was a KIA, 12/17/68, a crewman on PCF 51.
- Thanks to Warren P. Hudson, Robert L. Brant, Matt D'Amico, Thomas K. Noble, Harry M. Thomas, William C. Garlow, Claud P. Jernigan, Oliver P. Lent, Ronald Gimbert, William A. Miller, Charles E. Florence, David M. Bradley, Roy F. Hoffman and all those whose names I know I have missed, that stopped by and spent time with me, at the New Orleans reunion, correcting and adding to this database of our crewmates!!! Thank You all, for your invaluable assistance.
5/29/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added 12 new crew listings and 11 new staff names, for CosDiv 14, Cam Ranh Bay, mid 1968; special thanks to Bob Kreyer and Joseph R. LaVoie for forwarding a copy of the Coastal Division 14 Familygram, of April 1968.
- Assembled the crew of LTJG Russell Puppe, DaNang 1968, from 5 unknown listings, thanks to Charles G. Cox
5/20/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Another new "FULL STORY" added to the site, check out PCF 13 or PCF 77; thanks to Raul "Bean" Herrera
- A third "FULL STORY" added to the site, check out PCF 16 or PCF 78; thanks to Anthony R. Taylor
- 40 new names to the unknown listings, thanks to Joseph S. Quartuccio, HM1 (SS), all were late 1965 arrivals in country
5/8/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Corrected information on the death of BM2 Raleigh Godley and PCF 41
- A new access to the "FULL STORY" system added to the site, view the first entry from the PCF 41 listing
- Numerous additions of people and facts scattered across the site, Note: new unknown personnel are added at the top of the list
- Stumbled across some very incomplete boat overhaul records, posted those that I could read and make sense of
4/27/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Updates on the move and re-dedication of PCF-1 to its new, permanent site in the Washington, D.C. Naval Yard Museum
- New bullet format for all individual boat stories with many, many new stories, check them out
4/20/98 ************************************************************************************************
- More information added to the boat background section
- Many changes to the swift specifications area to include: paint schemes, electronics and armament
- Added the names of 25 crews from Qui Nhon, no known boat numbers, can you help me out? (123 new names)
4/12/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Massive rework of the Command/Commander and Coastal Squadron 1 staff sections
- Updated turnover status of all boats transferred to the South Vietnamese Navy, a total of 92 boats, by Coastal Squadron One
- Corrected information on the death of LTJG Robert L. Crosby and PCF 13
- Corrected information on the death of LTJG Richard C. Wallace, BM3 Peter Blasko, BM3 Stephen Volz and PCF 89
- Added many new notes about swift boat adventures, check out the PCF-6 entry
- Added some 50 new names and pieces of information , thanks to all contributors for their notes and phone calls
3/30/98 ************************************************************************************************
- New opening screen, thanks to Joe Muharsky for use of his PCF 42 photograph, (http://www.mwweb.com/ndc)
- Installed hyperlinks to all major sections of the website
- Added 4 enlisted crewmembers to PCF 6 and six, first time listed personnel, to PCF 20
- Added 20 new names from Cat Lo, late '68 to early '69, thanks to Tom Kohler
- Special Thanks to John Miller for information on "The Disestablishment Ceremony of Coastal Squadron One", 12/1/70
- My very special THANKS to my sons Joe and Michael; without whose unselfish assistance the conversion of this site to FrontPage 98 software would have been impossible.  Thank You boys!!!
3/26/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added hyperlink to the SWIFTBOAT Home Page
- Repaired corrupted datatables for PCF 694 and Command/Commanders section
- Corrected KIA date for Craig W. Haines, RD3 to 12/17/1969, crewmember of PCF 22
3/24/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added new first listings of PCF 6, 7 and 11
- Added new/updated information to Swift Specifications section
- Added some 30 new names/updated information throughout the listings - thanks especially to Jim Steffes and Gene Hart
3/16/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added new/updated information to Swift Specifications section
- Added some 50 new names/updated information throughout the listings - thanks to all contributors!!!!!!!!
- Added new Coastal Squadron 1 "Staff" section
3/4/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Added new swift boat description/specifications section
- Added new PCF 2 paint scheme
- Added about 150 new names throughout the listings
- Added new "Staff" section after the Command/Commander lists
2/17/98 ************************************************************************************************
- Site goes on-line for the first time. I hope you find the names and facts you are looking for. This site is the public record of five years of trying to find my missing crewmates. I was unsuccessful, I hope you are not.  This site will be updated often.
- Many thanks to my son Joe for his invaluable assistance in setting up this site!!!
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This directory is dedicated to those men who answered the call to duty and served as members of
P
atrol Craft Fast "Swift Boat" crews in South Vietnam.
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