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Entry #62 – Thursday, December 5, 2013 @ 14:56

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Dewey Charles Williams

Your current home address:

386 East Collins Street

City:

Oxnard

State:

California

Zip code, 9 digit:

93036

Home phone number:

(805) 415-5445

e-mail address:

navdewhog@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

QM2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 14, 72 & various others

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

6/67-6/70

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cat Lo, Sea Float, An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

QMC

What year did you retire?

1982

Comment Field:

 


Larry it was nice meeting you, to bad we didn't get more time to talk. The site is great.

 

Entry #61 – Tuesday, August 20, 2013 @ 16:38

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

John Foster Scholl

Your current home address:

129 County Road 863

City:

Lineville

State:

Alabama

Zip code, 9 digit:

36266-8841

Home phone number:

(256) 610-4161

e-mail address:

chengscholl@outlook.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

LTJG/LT

Swiftboats you served on:

Numerous

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

4/68-4/69

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Qui Nhon

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

CDR

What year did you retire?

1990

Comment Field:

 


CREW 14-C; I was on boat 59, but also 49, 61, 66, 67, maybe 47. I arrived in country without a crew, my crews varied - I would pick up a total or partial crew from the O-in-C's departing - made my job interesting! All the guys were excellent; many couldn't wait to transfer to my crew because we were so AGGRESSIVE! LT Bill Ronsaville trained me for 2 weeks upon my arrival, then he departed and I took over his crew: These are the men in all my crews (14-C) as best I can recall:RM2 Tessada (Chula Vista, Ca.),BM 2 Tilley (Clearwater, FL), QM3 Ray Poons (NYC), GM3 Steve Crick, EN3 Brady, QM2 Carter, BMSN Loria, BMSN Kuykendall (giant of a man), EN 2 Conrad, BM3 Sively, BMSN Scroggs, EN 2 Fontain, QM2 Trammell, EN3 Brady. Boat Call sign was "Rice Twigs" followed by the area you were patrolling (C-I) Arrived as a Lt(jg), left as a Lt. Came back in 1972 on the USS Cone (DD-866) as Chief Engineer, operation Linebacker 11 in Haiphong Harbor - pretty exciting, to say the least! Back in Dec 25, 1968 my crew and Stan Colliers crew were ambushed in the Bong Son River; were were operating with the 173rd Airborne. Pretty exciting Christmas Day! Overall, my boat and crews were involved in about 75 firefights.

 

Entry #60 – Monday, May 6, 2013 @ 15:18

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Frank Joseph Priebe III

Your current home address:

10501 Lagrima De Oro Rd NE

City:

Alburquerque

State:

New Mexico

Zip code, 9 digit:

87111

Home phone number:

(505) 291-3470

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

QM2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 37, 45

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

10/69-4/70

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cat Lo, Nam Can

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

LCDR

What year did you retire?

1994

Comment Field:

 


I retired as a Naval Reservist

 

Entry #59 – Sunday, February 24, 2013 @ 19:12

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Lloyd Allen Elstro

Your current home address:

11520 N. 20th Ave.

City:

Phoenix

State:

Arizona

Zip code, 9 digit:

85029

Home phone number:

(602) 380-4128

e-mail address:

lloydelstro@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

QM2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 69

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

69-5/70

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


PCF 69 Crew (1969 to 1970) John W. Burke III, LTJG, OinC (01-00-70 to 02-00-70) JWB3rd@aol.com John Baer, LTJG, OinC (02-00-70 to 00-00-00) Lloyd A. Elstro, QM2* (00-00-69 to 00-00-70) 11520 N. 20th. Ave. Phoenix, Arizona Ph 602-380-4128 lloydelstro @yahoo.com Gerald R. Schroder, RD2 7725 Eagle St. Walatossa (Milwaukie), Wisconson 53213-1117 Ph. 414-453-4954 pcf69@aol.com Rizzo, Jim, GM2 New York Steve Amstuz, GM2 McMinville, Oregon Travis Kindred, EN (deceased 2007) Texas This crew also conduct a couple of patrols where-in Elmo Russell Zumwalt III, LTJG was OinC.

Served 08-22-66 to 05-01-70 Reserve status 05-02-70 to 04-18-72 Boat camp in San Diego, Calif. then assigned to USS Cacapon AO-52 until 1969 National Defense Service Medal Viet Nam Service Medal Viet Nam Campaign Medal Received Seventh Fleet Citation from Vice Admiral W.F. Bringle Assigned for Swift Boat training (05-20-69 to 07-08-69) * Vietnamese Liaison-Advisor Trained at Coronado Island (San Diego), Calif., then transferred to Mare Island (San Francisco), Calif. In country early 1969 and always remained assigned to the 69 boat, on occasion ran patrols on other PCF's assigned to DaNang, 10, 17, etc. Received Navy Commendation Medal with combat "V" Received Navy Commendation Medal Certificate (04-20-70) Received Combat Action Ribbon (07-06-70) Received Navy Commendation Citation for the incident of (10-07-69) From 1969 to early 1970 functioned as a Liaison-Advisor and then the 69 boat was transferred to the South Vietnamese Navy 02-28-70 Note: Per U.S. Naval Forces Vietnam Monthly Historical Summary, page 52 U.S. Navy PCF's were transferred to Republic of Vietnam on 28 February at the Vietnamese Naval Base in DaNang.

 

Entry #58 – Tuesday, February 5, 2013 @ 01:05

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Joseph Francis Chontos

Your current home address:

704 Pinehurst Drive

City:

Chesapeake

State:

Virginia

Zip code, 9 digit:

23323

Home phone number:

(757) 487-0211

e-mail address:

exrock60@aol.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RM2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 12, 9, 10, 21, 94

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

9/66-9/67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


Original other crew members were Ens John McCorkle (later made LTJG while at An Thoi), BM1 George Canady, GMGSN Terry (Smokey) Hart, ENSN Mike Baker, SN King Paul Mike. ENSN Baker was later replaced by EN3 Alvara(?not definite on spelling, possibly Alvarez). Crew spent several weeks in Subic Bay where we outfitted (Warpaint) brand spanking new PCF 94 & underwent additional on the job training. Also completed a jungle survival course while there. PCF 94 & our crew & at least one other new PCF & crew were loaded aboard a freighter & delivered to Vung Tau. We drove 94 to An Thoi where she was given over to another crew. Our crew was later assigned to PCF 12 for most of our tour. I made several fill-in patrols on PCF's 9, 10 & 21. Remember many faces & names but not well enough to properly match the two.

 

Entry #57 – Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 15:45

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Thomas Clarence Yarckow

Your current home address:

3385 Moreland Court

City:

Springfield

State:

Missouri

Zip code, 9 digit:

65807

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

tomyarckow@hotmail.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

GMG3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 13

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

6/67-6/68

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang, Cua Viet

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

 

 

Entry #56 – Friday, November 9, 2012 @ 14:02

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Scott Minary

Your current home address:

1052 Old Canterbury Drive

City:

Virginia Beach

State:

Virginia

Zip code, 9 digit:

23455

Home phone number:

(757) 218-0663

e-mail address:

minarya003@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

 

Swiftboats you served on:

 

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

 

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

 

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


Sir,
I am Gunners Mate Chief Petty Officer (EXW/SW) Scott Minary. I am currently assigned to Riverine Squadron Two based out of Portsmouth Virginia. I am writing because I have recently been accepted to work in a program on our newest boat. These are 78' water jet driven boats designed for Delta's and Coastal Warfare. I have some questions I would like to ask some of the original River Rats if possible in reference to old traditions that I would like to carry on with these new boats. Please feel free to contact me if you are able to answer so questions or are able to point me in the right direction.
Thank you, ahead of time, for your time.

Scott "Mouth" Minary

 

Entry #55 – Saturday, September 15, 2012 @ 18:08

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

William Harvey Arnold

Your current home address:

2208 Ridgewood Drive NE

City:

Poulsbo

State:

Washington

Zip code, 9 digit:

98370

Home phone number:

(360) 930-0461

e-mail address:

william_arnoldsr@comcast.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

BM3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 11

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

Feb 66 to Feb 67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

BMC

What year did you retire?

1986

Comment Field:

 


My boat officer was LTJG Richard C. Gustofson, BM3 William H. Arnold Sr, GMG3 Dobbly, EN3 Finnly, SN Shilling. After the crew broke up I went to the Philippines to overhaul of the boat for a year. Got duty at Subic Bay in 1968 to run tug boats; 1970 I got duty in Dong Tam, VN as an adviser in RID-42. What a wakeup there, made BM. 1972 back to PI on tugs;1975 off to Hawaii more tug duty, love them! Tugs only for 8 month back to the PI for 3 yrs. 1979 off to Bangor WA subbase. On tugs 1982 and off to Keyport, WA to run firing craft 308, 100 ft, 1000 tons, running back and forth from canada. Retired in 1986 as a BMC. Since live in Poulsbo, WA, 2208 Ridgewood Dr. NE 98370 ph 360-930-0461. All swifty are welcome.

 

Entry #54 – Saturday, September 8, 2012 @ 23:10

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Gerald Robert Wilson

Your current home address:

3209 Fawn Creek Court

City:

Highland

State:

Illinois

Zip code, 9 digit:

62249-2866

Home phone number:

(618) 304-9075

e-mail address:

grwilsonsr@charter.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 88 & RVN 3914

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

10/1970 to 10/1971

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Sea Float, Nam Can

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I was with costilla flotilla IV at solid anchor. Went on patrol with vnn crews and escorted tugs sand barges, dropped of seal team at ops. and picked them up some times.

 

Entry #53 – Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 13:46

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Richard Paul Johnson

Your current home address:

75 Coach Trail Road

City:

Eads

State:

Tennessee

Zip code, 9 digit:

38028

Home phone number:

(901) 466-3079

e-mail address:

hoople333@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RD3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 73, I think

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

6/1967 to 6/1968

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


LTJG Barnes, gunner: McHorse, engineman Jim Southerland, bowson mate: Elkins

 

Entry #52 – Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 11:23

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Kerry Wallace Thames

Your current home address:

876 Brushy Valley Road

City:

Heiskell

State:

Tennessee

Zip code, 9 digit:

37754-2802

Home phone number:

(865) 230-7342

e-mail address:

kerrythames@comcast.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

QM3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 24, 98

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

Oct 66 - Oct 67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


The reason for this post is to let other swifties know about P24, a Mark2 swift that is at this time crossing the US from Norfolk to San Diego by truck. This boat did not see service in Vietnam but was a training boat. Then given to Malta along with another boat. They served well for 40 years there and now one is coming home. By ship to Norfolk and truck to SD. As of today, Sunday the 19 of Aug it has made it as far as the GA/AL line. You can keep up with this and other things on the My family site or check out the SBSA site.

 

Entry #51 – Sunday, July 1, 2012 @ 23:36

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Rand Ingalls Bartlett

Your current home address:

9 Hillside Avenue

City:

Marblehead

State:

Massachusetts

Zip code, 9 digit:

01945-2571

Home phone number:

(781) 631-7326

e-mail address:

randybartlett@verizon.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

GM3/GM2

Swiftboats you served on:

 

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

 

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

 

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

USCGR

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

GM1

What year did you retire?

2005

Comment Field:

 


Served aboard USCGC Campbell (WHEC-32) and USCGC Owasco (WHEC-39) and supported Navy PCF's USCG 82 footers, RVN and Thai patrolboats. Provided NGFS for friendly forces ashore. Boarding party member, (12 Ga. shotgun) on numerous boardings. Search for survivors of Navy P-3 aircraft down off An-Thoi. 16JUN68 Search for survivors of PCF-19, provided support for PCF-12. 6NOV68 provided gunfire, and medical support for PCF-70. Operated with USS New Jersey (BB-62) during Feb. and Mar. 1969. In 2008, had the opportunity to meet Jim Steffes and Dave Hansen at the Campbell reunion at Branson, MO.

 

Entry #50 – Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 11:23

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Laurence David Garrettson

Your current home address:

Estate Hull 2K

City:

St Thomas

State:

US Virgin Islands

Zip code, 9 digit:

00802

Home phone number:

(340) 775-5239

e-mail address:

ldgarrettson@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RM2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 44, 48 & CosDiv 14 staff

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

Feb 1966 - April 1967

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Qui Nhon & Cam Ranh

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


Kudos to you for the great job you're doing. I appreciate the update on the PCF-44 vs junk episode. I can still see that night like it happened yesterday. Thanks

 

Entry #49 – Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 17:26

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

George Patsy (DiFrancesco) Coppola

Your current home address:

404 Katy Lane

City:

Oakdale

State:

Pennsylvania

Zip code, 9 digit:

15071

Home phone number:

(724) 307-3479

e-mail address:

coppolag1212@comcast.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

SN

Swiftboats you served on:

 

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

 

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

 

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I served on board the USCGC CAMPBELL (WHEC-32) Tendership for the PCF-19. I want to thank all the Swiftees and Coasties (82 footers) for all they did on Operation Market Time.

 

Entry #48 – Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 15:33

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Donald Keith Boden

Your current home address:

1012 Wagon Wheel SE

City:

Albuquerque

State:

New Mexico

Zip code, 9 digit:

87123-4245

Home phone number:

(505) 292-4337

e-mail address:

cpocrusher@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 5

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1966-1967

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

EOC

What year did you retire?

2004

Comment Field:

 


Note: Broken service from 1969-1987. Please correct email address from juno.com to yahoo.com. One of the last crews to be listed with a alphabet letter for crew designation ('WHISKEY') crew Plank owner

 

Entry #47 – Tuesday, April 10, 2012 @ 16:32

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Bobby Jean Ware

Your current home address:

132 Fort Huger Way

City:

Manteo

State:

North Carolina

Zip code, 9 digit:

27954

Home phone number:

(252) 473-8846

e-mail address:

wareconst@aol.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

QM2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 81

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1/68-12/68

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cua Viet/DaNang/Chu Lai

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


LTJG Robert Dennis Pacek now resides in Williamsburg, VA. He is a retired Admiral. EN1 Lehman Ross Snellings last known residence was Battlemont, NV; RD1 James J. Ramsey last known residence Tecumseh, KS; BM2 James A. Tucker; unknown 5th crewman - cannot recall his name because he was a fill in.

 

Entry #46 – Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 10:57

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Raymond Robert Nelson

Your current home address:

80 North Murphy Street

City:

Pahrump

State:

Nevada

Zip code, 9 digit:

89060-3830

Home phone number:

(402) 560-5433

e-mail address:

slo39cpe@aol.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 67

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

July 1966 to May 1967

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Army

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

E6

What year did you retire?

1990

Comment Field:

 


We were all so young! We were invincible but as time wnt on and we lost friends and fellow swifties we realized we only humane. We lost a lot of friends and shipmates, my biggest regret is that time as taken away the names and faces of friends I lost over there and the ones that cane home I feel the loss of the memories deep in my heart soul.

Ray Nelson

 

Entry #45 – Friday, March 2, 2012 @ 14:53

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Jon Richard Miller

Your current home address:

4310 Route "E"

City:

Jefferson City

State:

Missouri

Zip code, 9 digit:

65101-9612

Home phone number:

(573) 496-9616

e-mail address:

jon.r.miller@usace.army.mil 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

QM2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 51 and others

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

May '69 - May '70

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Qui Nhon/Sea Float/Cam Ranh

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


Started in Qui Nhon, went to Sea Float, to Cam Ranh Bay. Spent most of the time working out of Sea Float. Grew up in Omaha, NE, moved to Jefferson City, Missouri in 1984

 

Entry #44 – Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 06:50

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Ronald Francis Mick

Your current home address:

12501 FM 759

City:

Terryton

State:

Texas

Zip code, 9 digit:

79070-7115

Home phone number:

(806) 435-3105

e-mail address:

ron.mick@centramedia.net 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RM3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 31

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

Feb '66 - Feb '67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I only remember the name of 1 person on my crew. He was our boat officer. His name was Theodore Hageman. He was a LTJG & was promoted to LT. He was from the NE part of the US. I found that name in the list of names on your site & it showed him living in CT. Don't know if that's the same person or not. It seems like the EN's name might have been Robert McDonald. He was from California. Our crew was the first crew on PCF 31. We got to Cat Lo before the base was a fully functional base. Vung Tau air base was a small, almost nothing base, when we went to Cat Lo. We landed at that base.

 

Entry #43 – Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 14:14

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Donnie Lloyd Elsea

Your current home address:

778 Wrights Mill Road

City:

Berryville

State:

Virginia

Zip code, 9 digit:

22611-2236

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

billordon.lz@gmail.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 3829

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

May '70 - December '70

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

 

Sorry but I can't remember much. Recall a Chuck Powell and a Dave Zurick. I'll dig out the old slides and see if I can recall more. If you haven't already done so you need to read Virg Erwin's book, CAT LO, A memoir of Invincible Youth. Thank all you guys for your service. Please drop me a line if you remember me.

 

Entry #42 – Thursday, December 1, 2011 @ 04:14

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

James Franklin Penkert

Your current home address:

2740 North Pierce Street

City:

Springfield

State:

Missouri

Zip code, 9 digit:

65803-3540

Home phone number:

(417) 864-8034

e-mail address:

jpenkert@sbcglobal.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN1

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 81, 20 & 43

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

July 66 - July 67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang, Chu Lai, Cam Ranh

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

ENC

What year did you retire?

1981

Comment Field:

 

 
This entry is to correct my email address. jpenkert@sbcglobal.net in case any one had been trying to contact me.

 

Entry #41 – Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 12:54

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Thomas K. Noble Jr

Your current home address:

203 North Grove Street

City:

Odon

State:

Indiana

Zip code, 9 digit:

47562

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

shelba@cdbridge.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RD2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 15 & 81

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

10 Feb 68 - 10 Feb 69

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang, Chu Lai

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

LCDR

What year did you retire?

1988

Comment Field:

 

 

 

Entry #40 – Wednesday, October 6, 2011 @ 14:51

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

James M. Blanchard

Your current home address:

24409 Saddle

City:

Leavenworth

State:

Washington

Zip code, 9 digit:

98826

Home phone number:

(509) 763-2602

e-mail address:

jimb@nwi.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN2

Swiftboats you served on:

USS Falgout DER 324

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

65/69

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

 

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

Served aboard Falgout and "mothered" three PCF's while in VN. Our ships crew would go aboard a PCF for two/three days as exchange crew.

 

Entry #39 – Thursday, August 4, 2011 @ 20:11

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

James Franklin Penkert

Your current home address:

2740 N. Pierce

City:

Springfield

State:

Missouri

Zip code, 9 digit:

65803-3540

Home phone number:

(417) 864-8034

e-mail address:

jpenkert@sbcglbal.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN1

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 81, 20, 43

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

JUL 66--JUL67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang/Chu Lai/Cam Ranh

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

ENC

What year did you retire?

1981

Comment Field:

 

Arrived in country thru Saigon Jul66. Went to Cam Ranh Bay. We patrolled on 43 boat until we were sent to Subic Bay to outfit new boats. We rode Gunston Hall LSD-5 back to Cam Ranh Bay with 81 boat. We were there until Nov 66 then we were sent to Da Nang where we picked up 20 boat. Then to Chu Lai where we spent most of our time. BM1 Spencer and GMG3 Dix have expired. Have been in contact with LT Fulton lives in New York (city evades me at present), RM3 Lee lives in San Diego, SN Bettencourt lives in North Las Vegas.

I have just seen 2 people that served on Swift Boats since we left Vietnam, BMC Jackson in Hawaii and LT in Gitmo. Would like to hear from anyone that was there in 66-67.

 

Entry #38 – Wednesday, August 3, 2011 @ 13:53

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Gary L. Peterson

Your current home address:

570 Sagebrush Street

City:

Imperial

State:

California

Zip code, 9 digit:

92251-8961

Home phone number:

(760) 352-8961

e-mail address:

cosdiv12@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

BM3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 101

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1969

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

 

Entry #37 – Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @ 21:05

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

James Robert Connolly

Your current home address:

400 Avenue C

City:

Santa Anna

State:

Texas

Zip code, 9 digit:

76878

Home phone number:

(325) 348-9211

e-mail address:

jamesbudconnolly@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

BMSN/BM3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 58 & 90

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

11/66-11/67 & 11/67-4/68

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Qui Nhon

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

EOC

What year did you retire?

1988

Comment Field:

 

I have only had contact with one other crew member of the 58 boat, John Thompson made GMG 3.

 

Entry #36 – Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 18:36

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Robert Marshall Lake Jr

Your current home address:

83 Kirk Street

City:

Salisbury

State:

North Carolina

Zip code, 9 digit:

28144-5631

Home phone number:

(704) 633-7473

e-mail address:

mr_bob_1947@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

GMGSN

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 10, 45 & 81

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

7/67-7/68

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Hue/Cam Ranh/An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

 

Entry #35 – Monday, May 2, 2011 @ 21:22

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Ronald Edward Greene

Your current home address:

214 Walton Ferry Road

City:

Hendersonville

State:

Tennessee

Zip code, 9 digit:

37075

Home phone number:

(615) 822-7885

e-mail address:

rgen63@bellsouth.net 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 70

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

7/68-9/68

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang/Chu Lai

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

I join the Navy March 12 1952. EN "A" school in San Diego. I had many different ships APA 239 Norfolk VA, USNRTC Cleveland Ohio, as an instructor after the Korean war ended. Reenlisted and went to Sub School dropped color blind and can't swim. AS17 in San Diego I was sent to EN "C" school for 12 weeks and wound up staying for 32 weeks. Instead of going back to the Nereus AS17 I was sent to a minesweeper. I made two tours in Vietnam on the USS Conquest MSO 488 1961-1962 1963-1964. Went to a insurv program training Turkish Sailor how to operate Gas Turbines on a MSI (minesweeper-inland) 1968 I was sent to the USS Bold MSO 424 Charleston. Received orders to swift boat school. Great. I planned to retire so I was to make EN1 in October but being in the hospital and 80% deal with two ruptured ear drums that made my Navy career very short. Feb 14 1969 I was discharged. I have attended 3 Swift boat reunions and met some people especially John Hill and Tommy Frances and their wives. We kept in touch since then. My Officer LTJG Hudson was to me a fine officer. But I had two other officer on the Conquest Mr. Godbehere and Mr Rowalt in which I keep in touch with. Mr. Godbehere is a hero from PBR's and can be for in the Brown Water Navy book.

 

Entry #34 – Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 16:10

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Roderick Samuel Shuman

Your current home address:

315 Montclair Blvd

City:

Savannah

State:

Georgia

Zip code, 9 digit:

31419-1119

Home phone number:

(912) 660-1926

e-mail address:

sshuman@savannahcomm.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

 

Swiftboats you served on:

 

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

 

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

 

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

My brother was a Swiftie and is looking to reconnect with those he served with. His name is Rick Shuman (Roderick Samuel Shuman). He served in the late '60s-early '70s...not sure of the exact dates. He was based on an LST in the Mekong Delta area and ran swiftboats upriver. Hopefully I will be able to talk with him in the next day or so and get his boat assignment and time in-country to narrow down his service. Thanks for the site. It looks like it was a ton of work, but a labor of love. Thank you for your service. My family and I appreciate it very much.

 

Entry #34 – Thursday, September 30, 2010 @ 11:33

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

W.P. Taylor

Your current home address:

PO Box 373

City:

Oakland

State:

Tennessee

Zip code, 9 digit:

38060

Home phone number:

(901) 465-9798

e-mail address:

swiftvet44@comcast.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RD2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 44,82

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

6/1967-9/1968

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cam Ranh Bay

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

OSCS (SW)

What year did you retire?

1990

Comment Field:

 

I was just checking back aboard, awaiting our next reunion in Texas.

 

Entry #33 – Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 13:55

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

James Edwin Morgan

Your current home address:

1637 New Lake Road

City:

Spring City

State:

Tennessee

Zip code, 9 digit:

37381-5401

Home phone number:

(423) 365-9111

e-mail address:

morgan113278@bellsouth.net 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

GMGSN

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 13, 691, 692, 694

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

9/1969-10/1970

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang/Cat Lo/Sea Float/An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

Not a Retiree

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

I was stationed at Danang first at Camp Tien Shaw. I was there when the Off. from Fl was shot as he stepped onto the aft of PCF 13. From there, we went to Cat Lo to pick up the new Mark 3's and take them down to An Thoi and SEAFLOAT. While there we got some minor damage from AK47's. Two of us were short and we went to Cat LO where I left the boat and went to NAVCOMSTA. GREECE. While at Danang we went through seas 11-12 feet high. Down south we worked from the Jennings County. Three years ago we moved from Fl to Tn. I would like to hear from people from those areas and times.

Thanks Jim

 

Entry #32 – Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 13:41

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Laurence David Garrettson

Your current home address:

Estate Hull 2K

City:

St. Thomas

State:

Virgin Islands

Zip code, 9 digit:

00802

Home phone number:

(340) 775-5239

e-mail address:

 lgarrettson@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RM2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 44, 48

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

3/66-3/67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cam Ranh

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

Not a Retiree

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

People don't believe me when I tell them the weather forecasting consisted of sending out a Swift. If it came back half sunk and the windows all busted out they would wait a few hours and send out another one. If it made it to its patrol area then everybody could go. We all hated to go to 5 Charlie (Phan Thiet) because it was nasty all time and we would sometimes get stuck in Phan Rang for days until the weather cleared. I'm trying to locate Joe Winters from the 46 boat at Cam Ranh in 1966. I have some pictures.

 

Entry #31 – Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 18:36

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Charles George Cox

Your current home address:

32 Manchester Lane

City:

Holmen

State:

Wisconsin

Zip code, 9 digit:

54636

Home phone number:

(608) 780-3159

e-mail address:

 donnaandcharles@hotmail.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

BM3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 101, 72, 51, 3?

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

9/68-9/69

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang/Qui Nhon/An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

Not a Retiree

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

Hello Larry, Too painful yet, maybe some day!

 

Entry #30 – Monday, April 26, 2010 @ 12:50

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

David Alan Wiggins

Your current home address:

6912 Ridgeway Drive

City:

Springfield

State:

Virginia

Zip code, 9 digit:

22150

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 david.wiggins@navy.mil

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

ETN2

Swiftboats you served on:

NSA Saigon (Sa Dec) - Coastal Flotilla IV Advisor

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

6/1970 - 3/1972

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Nam Can

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

Not a Retiree

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

I was sent over June 1970 as support and worked on radios and radar from swifts in Sa Dec until swifts were transferred to Vietnamese Navy. In January 1971 I became an advisor and sent to My Tho (Dong Tam) working for Coastal Flotilla IV, LCDR McCormack was in charge then. I later spent some time on an APL at the Cambodian border then off to Nam Can (Solid Anchor) where I finished out my time. I recognized some of the names under the advisors list for Solid Anchor/Coastal Flotilla IV, but my name is not there. We would go out with two swifts manned by Vietnamese crew members and one American advisor. Most of my time was spent assisting Vietnamese technicians working on radios and radars off the boats. We would also have to do base bunker watches on our duty days. My service was not spectacular compared to many of my contemporaries, but I was riding a swift that got hit by rocket fire (lost one transmission) and that was a memorable day, the best part was that no one was killed. I had been fired on before, but that was the only time the boat I was riding was hit. I spent a total of nine years in the Navy and have continued to work for the Navy as a civilian for over 27 years.

 

Entry #29 – Saturday, February 13, 2010 @ 11:36

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Robert Gregory Martin

Your current home address:

395 Old Mims Road

City:

Geneva

State:

Florida

Zip code, 9 digit:

32732

Home phone number:

(407) 257-0652

e-mail address:

 rgm395@bellsouth.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

BM2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 46

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

68-69

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cam Ranh

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

Not a Retiree

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

 

 

Entry #28 – Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 18:20

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

John Magine

Your current home address:

1497 SW San Esteban

City:

Port St Lucie

State:

Florida

Zip code, 9 digit:

34953

Home phone number:

(415) 250-2275

e-mail address:

 jmag9@earthlink.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

SP4 Army

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 52

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

16 July 1966-24 hour tour

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Chu Lai/QuiNhon

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

No

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

I was aboard PCF 52 on 16 July 1966, when we took fire on a Psy Ops patrol. I was the Army Psy War specialist assigned to the mission. I had speakers mounted above the gun tub and an interpreter. I arrived in country from Fort Bragg, 3rd Special Forces Group in early 1965. We had missions all over I Corps... Bong Son, Pleiku, Ahn Khe Qui hon etc assisting and supporting the First Cav, ROK Marines, 5th SFG and occasionally the Navy on the Swifties. I have some digital pictures in case anyone is interested.

 

Entry #27 – Tuesday, December 1, 2009 @ 22:12

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Billy Ray Burgess

Your current home address:

Route 1, Box 4471

City:

Shirley

State:

Arkansas

Zip code, 9 digit:

72153

Home phone number:

(501) 253-8843

e-mail address:

burgfarm@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCFs 9 & 72

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

8/68-8/69

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

No

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

hit the wrong boat number that I served on but don't remember the ones I was on a make crew on after my crew was tranferred out 

 

Entry #26 – Monday, November 23, 2009 @ 12:50

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Virgil A. Erwin III

Your current home address:

11134 Papoose Court

City:

San Diego

State:

California

Zip code, 9 digit:

92127

Home phone number:

(858) 487-6183

e-mail address:

virgerwin@aol.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

LT

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 67

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

10/68-9/69

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

No

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

I tried my best to convey the service of my crew and other Swift Boat Sailors in a book, "Cat Lo, a memoir of invincible youth." We thought we were invincible, but some of us were not. We were fighting for the freedom of the South Vietnamese who were caught in the middle of war without option of neutrality. But sometimes it was difficult to know: Who was the enemy and who was not. We also discovered that the seas of South Vietnam were often more threatening than the Viet Cong. We lost boats and men to these violent seas. Swift Boat Sailors discovered war's indelible lesson for those who survived: Life is too precious to waste! Commander Streuli, skipper of Coastal Division 13, the Black Cats based at Cat Lo, wrote: "I have never ceased to be amazed at what was asked of these men and what did. To this day I am proud to brag about each and every one." 

 

Entry #25 – Friday, October 16, 2009 @ 19:17

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Thomas Richard Roberts

Your current home address:

83 Princeton Avenue

City:

Uniontown

State:

Pennsylania

Zip code, 9 digit:

15401

Home phone number:

(724) 439-3826

e-mail address:

tomr83@verizon.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

SN

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 101

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

12/67-12/68

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang/Chu Lai

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

No

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

 

I was very surpized to find out that two of my crew members our deceased. We were a very tight crew. The people ask me what I did in vietnam. I tell them I was on swift boats. They say we never heard of them. But we know where we were and what we done. Please change my old e-mail to my new one tomr83@verizon.net

 

Entry #24 – Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 14:08

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Jewel Irvin Stogner

Your current home address:

1223 Seleif Lane - Apt #1

City:

Kodiak

State:

Alaska

Zip code, 9 digit:

99615

Home phone number:

(907) 486-0067

e-mail address:

j.stogner@att.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RD2

Swiftboats you served on:

can't remember

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

July 67 - July 68

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Hue/Cam Ranh/An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

OSCM

What year did you retire?

1995

Comment Field:

 

 

OinC LTJG Ed Guzis, LPO EN1 Jerry Husband(deceased), BM2 (Denny, I think) Johnson, RD2 (Willie, I think) Johnson, GMGSN Robert Lake, and myself, RD2 Jewel I. Stogner. All have been located except the two Johnsons. None can remember boat numbers! I will offer some incidences in hopes someone can remember and offer clues as to our boat number. I would like very much to get us listed with proper boat number on CTF 115 crewmembers list.
 1. July- Sep.67, time frame, operating out of Cam Ranh We had to share escort/guard duty with other crews over a VN patrol craft hard aground on a rock formation south of Cam Ranh.
 2. Same time frame, after providing fire support to ground forces at Phan Rang the VN forces returned to us an unexploded 81MM round they dug out of the chest of a female civilian.
 3. Oct.-Nov.67 time frame operating out of Cua Viet during a rdvz. with a USN/USCG support ship offshore our radar ant. got caught on a sea painter and ripped off.
 4. Dec.67 detached from An Thoi to Song Ong Doc to provide support to US Army Advisors. First patrol were sent up river to provide fire support to a ground patrol, successfully captured/detained two sampans and approx a doz. suspects, one later determined to be a VC/NVN paymaster with a large amt of cash. In spite of big success we, our, skippers were reprimanded for proceeding too far up river. We shared Christmas dinner with the Army Advisors. Intel gained from that venture led to another exploration immediately after Tet Offensive cease fire early 68 in that very same river.
 5. Mar.-May, 68 we participated in a waterborne search for remains of a C130 crash among the small islands immediately S.E. of the APL at An Thoi.
 6. May-June 68 we were one of several patrols that took fire from supposed embedded VC/NVN forces from a small mountain/big hill on the mainland N.E. of Phou Quoc Island, N.W. of Rach Gia. This resulted in a pounding of that area with one of our Navy Rocket/Missile ships.
 7. We departed Viet Nam Jul.68. If anyone can remember any of these incidences and perhaps remember the boat numbers involved it might be helpful.


Please reply to j.stogner@att.net , Thanks.

 

Entry #23 – Sunday, August 2, 2009 @ 15:53

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Gordon Michael Gilbert

Your current home address:

26771 North 92nd Drive

City:

Peoria

State:

Arizona

Zip code, 9 digit:

85383

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

gmgilbert@cox.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

 

Swiftboats you served on:

 

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

 

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

 

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I am the son of Gordon Franklin Gilbert, Jr., who served as the OIC of PCF 6 in 1968.

 

Entry #22 – Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 17:58

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

John Laughlin McLeod

Your current home address:

1 McLeod Drive

City:

McLeod

State:

Texas

Zip code, 9 digit:

75565

Home phone number:

(903) 396-0550

e-mail address:

beachjumper@cableone.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EMC (PJ)

Swiftboats you served on:

None

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

None

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cua Viet/Hue/DaNang/Chu Lai/Sea Float/Cam Ranh/Sea Float/Nam Can/ An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

EMC

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I was in BJU-1, Teams 11/12/13. Went to EM "B" School, Great lakes with a friend Joe Kiser (sp) he was at least a EM1 in BSU-1 at NAB Coronado, CA, gave me a ride on one of the boats in the bay area. Have been looking for him a long time, any help? Thanks Commander. TWS Site info on you.

Very respectfully,

John McLeod, EMC(PJ) USN, Retired

 

Entry #21 – Sunday, July 12, 2009 @ 10:55

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Angelo Joseph Caraffa Jr

Your current home address:

4417 Beethoven Avenue

City:

Saint Louis

State:

Missouri

Zip code, 9 digit:

63116-1513

Home phone number:

(314) 832-6909

e-mail address:

angelo.caraffa@gmail.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCFs 15 and 81

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

Aug 68-Sept 70

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cua Viet/Hue/DaNang/Chu Lai/Sea Float/An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I am listed with 81 boat crew as EN2 from Pine Lawn Mo. Will fill in more blanks as I recall it's been along time. Glad I found this site hope to make connection with some great shipmates.

 

Entry #20 – Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 18:08

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Merrill Wythe Ruck

Your current home address:

1034 Bayview Avenue

City:

Pacific Grove

State:

California

Zip code, 9 digit:

93950

Home phone number:

(831) 333-1060

e-mail address:

mwruck@nps.edu

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

LTJG

Swiftboats you served on:

PCFs 38 also 24-26

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

Feb 66-Feb 67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

Rear Admiral

What year did you retire?

1997

Comment Field:

 


My wife Diane and I had dinner with Bob Phillips and Dick Olsen (and spouses) during the 2007 reunion in San Diego. Just got an e-mail from my gunner's mate Bob Rode who retired as GMGC. Have not heard from BM Bounds, EN Howland, RM Hipskin or SN Hendrick. Retired in 1997 and spent the next 7 years at a NATO civilian at SACLANT (now SACT). Moved to Monterey area in 2005 and am now Executive Director of the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation in Monterey CA.

Merrill Ruck

 

Entry #19 – Tuesday, June 16, 2009 @ 22:48

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Carroll, Dennis Edward

Your current home address:

609 Illinois Avenue

City:

Green Lake

State:

Wisconsin

Zip code, 9 digit:

54941

Home phone number:

(920) 294-0330

e-mail address:

carroll@berlinlibrary.org

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

LT

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 65

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

March 67-March 68

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Qui Nhon

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


Crew 70A

 

Entry #18 – Friday, May 29, 2009 @ 18:33

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Thomas Lambert Young

Your current home address:

1 Pond Lane

City:

Lakeside

State:

Oregon

Zip code, 9 digit:

97449

Home phone number:

(541) 297-7939

e-mail address:

tyoungusn@aol.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

SMC/Bos'n CWO2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF School Staff

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

March 65-June 68

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cam Ranh/Cat Lo/Sea Float/An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

Bos'n CWO2

What year did you retire?

1974

Comment Field:

 

 

I was assigned as initial instructor staff at PCF training school, Phib Base, Coronado, and immediately sent TAD to Mare island to build the PBR school, and stayed there for three months, along with many others initially assigned to PCF training. Some remained at Maris when the NIOTC was commissioned. After three years of instructing in such things as "Rules of engagement", "Aircraft recognition and building up a callus on my finger from operating the signaling gun teaching flashing light (we finally figured out how to use TV for that), and having made both SMC and Bos'n (W-1), I received orders to USS Brule (AKL-28). After flying in-country and a short stay at the Annapolis Hotel, I picked up the ship at Cat Lo. As I walked down the pier, I was greeted by a number of sailors who had recently been students of mine back at the school. After assuming my duties as Cargo Officer aboard Brule, I spent a year delivering supplies from Saigon and ammo from Vung Tau to all the river patrol bases in the Mekong and Bassac rivers as well as the Market Time base at An Thoi. We stopped at Dong Tam, the LST in the Ham Luong river, Vinh Long, the LST in the Co Chien river (7 rocket hits and a lot of small arms), Sa Dec, YRBM-17 (PBR Base), PBR Mobile Base 2, Binh Thuy, and An Thoi. The two LST's on station for almost my entire tour were the Garrett County and Hunterdon County. In an interesting side-bar, on our last delivery to the Garrett County, I found their new CO to be LCDR Clancy, who was my OinC during my TAD at Mare Island.

 

Entry #17 – Wednesday, May 27, 2009 @ 14:21

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

James Russell Wolf

Your current home address:

485 Wolf Road

City:

Port Trevorton

State:

Pennsylvania

Zip code, 9 digit:

17864

Home phone number:

(570) 374-8656

e-mail address:

jrw47@verizon.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

GMGSN/GMG3

Swiftboats you served on:

Can't remember

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

July 67-July 68

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cua Viet/DaNang/Cam Ranh/An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


Can't remember much - Skipper LTJG Lamping, Engineman Bill Morgan, Boatswain mate Richard Hall, Quartermaster Polaski, Radarman ?

 

Entry #16 – Sunday, March 29, 2009 @ 20:15

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Robert Lee Keim

Your current home address:

611 Shalter Avenue

City:

Temple

State:

Pennsylvania

Zip code, 9 digit:

19560

Home phone number:

(610) 929-2226

e-mail address:

keimk@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RM3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 41

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

2/22/66 - 5/22/1966

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


Hello. I am the son of Robert L. Keim. Thank you very much for this wonderful and honorable site. It is truly astonishing to see the courage and dedication of so many heroic men. The relationship of my father and I is one that is pure love and happiness. I will forever treasure his contribution to this great country and pass his amazing story to his loving granddaughter. Thank you again, Ken Keim.

 

 Entry #15 – Monday, February 23, 2009 @ 16:10

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Thomas Irving Doble

Your current home address:

10426 Labrador Loop

City:

Manassas

State:

Virgina

Zip code, 9 digit:

20112

Home phone number:

(703) 361-8364

e-mail address:

eleventhhourimages@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN3

Swiftboats you served on:

 

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

 

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

 

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I was aboard the USS Acme MSO 508. I was one of the motor whale boat crew that helped retrieve the bodies from the 19 boat. Jim asked for a statement and I gave him what I remembered. Thing I remember most is pulling up one of the boys, his eyes were open and he was staring right at me. I was 22 at the time and 41 years later I can still see him.

 

Entry #14 – Monday, February 23, 2009 @ 14:11

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Kerry Wallace Thames

Your current home address:

876 Brushy Valley Road

City:

Heiskell

State:

Tennessee

Zip code, 9 digit:

37745-2802

Home phone number:

(865) 457-5986

e-mail address:

kerrythames@comcast.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

QM3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCFs 24 & 98

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

10/66-12/66 & 4/67-10/67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


Not much i would care to add to what you have. We are still trying to locate Chasain and Ronald Moore. Of the 9 men i served with we know that two have passed. The rest are still around and have been in touch.

 

 

Entry #13 – Tuesday, February 3, 2009 @ 08:03

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Karl Ross Symons

Your current home address:

1826 Waldo Road

City:

Two Harbors

State:

Minnesota

Zip code, 9 digit:

55616

Home phone number:

(218) 834-3797

e-mail address:

chapterb@frontiernet.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

SN

Swiftboats you served on:

lots

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

8/66-8/67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


i talked with earl gleason about 3 years ago. he's in south carolina last i knew. en2 ben beebe, rmsn hoffman from chicago, bm1 osbourne, later made chief, ltjg david clark oic. i mentioned years ago about photos i have, the boat that mortar blew up on, etc. karl

 

Entry #12 – Saturday, January 3, 2009 @ 20:15

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Floyd Leroy Kelly

Your current home address:

PO Box 131

City:

Colville

State:

Washington

Zip code, 9 digit:

99114

Home phone number:

(509) 680-2434

e-mail address:

fj48kid@msn.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EM1

Swiftboats you served on:

 

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

10/70-5/71

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cua Viet/Cua Lai

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

E-6

What year did you retire?

1981

Comment Field:

 


I landed in Nam in May of 1969 and was a boat rider on MSBs for about 15 months then to Swift boats in DaNang as an adviser until going to PBRs until Aug of 71. I was a boat rider for 27 months and over 5000 miles on rivers and coast.

Floyd Kelly (USN Ret)

 

Entry #11 – Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 13:27

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

James Vincent Burns

Your current home address:

 

City:

Westland

State:

Michigan

Zip code, 9 digit:

 

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

 

Swiftboats you served on:

 

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

 

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

 

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


Jim is my younger brother, he was one of three brothers to serve in Vietnam, he just lost his younger brother who die last month, he is having mental problems now. but I will see if I can get him to at least join your association.

Frank Burns msg usa ret

 

Entry #10 – Tuesday, December 9, 2008 @ 20:54

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Robert Russell Johnson

Your current home address:

206 West Street

City:

Big Sandy

State:

Texas

Zip code, 9 digit:

75755

Home phone number:

(903) 636-4231

e-mail address:

rj.warrant4@suddenlink.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RM3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 4

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

10/65-2/66

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cam Ranh/An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

CWO 4

What year did you retire?

1988

Comment Field:

 


I served as the radioman on PCF-4 and after my stay in the Naval Hospital in YOKOSUKA, I returned to Vietnam and was staff Radioman in Saigon and in Cam Ranh Bay.

 

Entry #9 – Tuesday, December 9, 2008 @ 15:32

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

David Donald Hansen

Your current home address:

5529 North 63rd Avenue

City:

Glendale

State:

Arizona

Zip code, 9 digit:

85301

Home phone number:

(623) 934-0988

e-mail address:

ddhans@cybertrails.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 37

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

6/68-6/69

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I wish I could

 

Entry #8 – Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 12:12

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Robert Bruce Colcleasure

Your current home address:

5121 Calvin Road

City:

Sacramento

State:

California

Zip code, 9 digit:

95823

Home phone number:

(916) 424-8014

e-mail address:

qmcret1982@aol.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

QM1

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 18, others as advisor

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

4/70 - 4/71

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cam Ranh/Cat Lo/Sea Float/Nam Can/An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

QMC (SW)

What year did you retire?

1982

Comment Field:

 


I would prefer to thank CDR Wasikowski for all the time he has spent making this a site that one wants to visit over and over. I salute you SIR. Also, thanks for your service to our COUNTRY!

 

Entry #7 – Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 12:41

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Robert Donald Pruess

Your current home address:

 

City:

Oceanpark

State:

Washington

Zip code, 9 digit:

98640-0661

Home phone number:

(360) 783-2035

e-mail address:

robertpruess@yahoo.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RM3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 14

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1967

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang/Chu Lai/Cau Viet

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


Unable to find any after action reports concerning the time we had the 14 boat. Almost sank the first patrol coming out of DaNang. Seacock had been left open, I held EN1 by ankles so he could go head first into engine compartment and close it. Water up to valve covers on engines but they keep running till water was pumped out. Several small firefights, Chu Lai and in the small bay south of Cua Viet river base. Radar guided 10in gun blew out our forward windows near DMZ one night, North fired one round and missed us by less than 100 ft, in the dark. Remember watching the CG go into port when we had to stay on station with 30 to 59 ft seas. Our crew was split up when we had a serious problem on our boat, one crew member came through the boat with a live grenade to throw at a large shark, fell in the pilothouse and luckily the grenade fell overboard before going off. Large dent in portside hull from close by explosion. Division commander split our crew up and we all finished our tours helping train new incoming crews.

 

Entry #6 – Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 20:18

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

William Myrle Dudley

Your current home address:

2207 Ina Avenue

City:

Springdale

State:

Arkansas

Zip code, 9 digit:

72762-2207

Home phone number:

(479) 751-2118

e-mail address:

willybill8485@att.net

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

BM3

Swiftboats you served on:

 

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

5/66 - 5/67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang/Chu Lai/Cau Viet

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


Have lost all contact with crew members, we rotated between DaNang and Chu Lai.

 

Entry #5 – Wednesday, November 12, 2008 @ 13:38

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Craig Irving Dobis

Your current home address:

43316 Oakbrook Court

City:

Canton

State:

Michigan

Zip code, 9 digit:

48187-2034

Home phone number:

(734) 927-0775

e-mail address:

cdobis@dobisweb.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RD2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCFs 37 & 94

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

5/69 - 7/70

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cau Viet/Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


No comment at this time, maybe later.

 

Entry #4 – Saturday, November 1, 2008 @ 08:08

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

James Robert McNeal

Your current home address:

3528 South Plaza Trail

City:

Virginia Beach

State:

Virginia

Zip code, 9 digit:

23452

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

mcneallawn@aol.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 58

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

3/66 - 2/67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cam Ranh Bay

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

ENC

What year did you retire?

1982

Comment Field:

 


PCF 58 was transported from Subic Bay by LSD to DaNang, PCFs 57 through 61 moved to Qui Nhon to set up PCF Division 15, operated port and starboard patrols to start and went to 3 day rotation when more boats arrived in the Division. BM1 Ellig, LTJG Lindwall, GMG2 Sanchez, SN Jenkins, forgotten RM original crew. OINC WIA in leg June. Base facilities primitive to begin, with head being cut into 55 gallons drum, showers were gravity fed 55 gallons drums, Quonset huts at first for all buildings, later a chow hall and head facilities built to improve base.

 

Entry #3 – Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 13:29

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Tommy Lavern Francis

Your current home address:

311 Schlinker Lane

City:

Booneville

State:

Arkansas

Zip code, 9 digit:

72927

Home phone number:

(475) 675-3267

e-mail address:

swiftboat_13@hotmail.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

GMG2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 13

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1/69 -12/69

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang/Chu Lai/Cam Ranh

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

Army National Guard

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

Master SGT E-8

What year did you retire?

1996

Comment Field:

 


OIC LTJG Morton Hodgson, Atlanta, GA - RD2 Charles Russell, Montgomery, AL - BM3 Barry Whitesell, South Carolina - GMG2 Tommy Francis, Booneville, ARK. We had different engineman during our tour, we lost one in March 1969, in an ambush on the Cua Dai river. He was wounded and Medevac out, bad case of CRS, don't remember his name. EM2 John Phillips became our EM until we went south to Chu Lai where he got into some trouble and was sent south where he was badly wounded and medevac home. The four of us stayed together our whole tour. In Sept. of 1969 I became the MAA at DaNang Swiftboat Barracks. I didn't ride the boats after that, except when they needed a Gunnersmate to fill in.

 

Entry #2 – Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 18:35

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Jack Arthur Wallgren

Your current home address:

1885 NW Rude Road

City:

Poulsbo

State:

Washington

Zip code, 9 digit:

98370

Home phone number:

(360) 779-7918

e-mail address:

jack_w@embarqmail.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

SN

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 26

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1/66 - 12/66

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

No

From which branch of the military did you retire?

Not a Retiree

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I am a plank owner of PCF-26

 

Entry #1 – Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 11:53

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Robert Michael Phillips

Your current home address:

4120 Westvalley

City:

Fairview Park

State:

Ohio

Zip code, 9 digit:

44126

Home phone number:

(440) 333-3339

e-mail address:

Phillips@fmplaw.com

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

LTJG

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 24

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1/66 - 1/67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang/Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

Yes

From which branch of the military did you retire?

US Navy

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

Captain

What year did you retire?

1991

Comment Field:

 


Plankowner
OinC of PCF 24, Crew was BM1 Farnsworth; GMG2 Bielitz; EN2 DeVault; RM3 Nagy; SN Benedette; SN Stapp. Outfitted in Subic Bay Jan. 1966 and transported to DaNang in LSD. After several weeks OPS further transported with PCF’s 23, 25 and 26 to Cat Lo Div 103. Established the division which in Jan 1967 became Div 13. Rotated out of country in Jan.

 

Old Entry #17 – Tuesday, May 2, 2006 @ 22:12

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

John Fenton

Your current home address:

4625 South Akron Street

City:

Greenwood Village

State:

CO

Zip code, 9 digit:

80111

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

 

Swiftboats you served on:

 

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

 

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

 

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I am looking for anyone who served with my Father. (John or Jack) Fenton from Natick, MA. I believe he served from '66-'68? Please free to email if you knew him. I would like to know more. Thanks

 

Old Entry #16 – Monday, May 1, 2006 @ 22:51

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

William H. Arnold Sr (Ret)

Your current home address:

18267 11th Avenue NE

City:

Poulsbo

State:

WA

Zip code, 9 digit:

 

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

BM3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 11

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1966 to 67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


The good old days I was a BM3, made BMC 1986. Run tugboats 67 to 68. They sent me to Subic Bay overhaul on all the boats. What a life. Then got married 37 years. Good Site! 

BMC WH ARNOLD RET.

 

Old Entry #15 – Saturday, April 29, 2006 @ 23:21

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Marvin Lee McDonald Jr

Your current home address:

477 Hunting Ridge Road

City:

Winchester

State:

VA

Zip code, 9 digit:

 

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 21

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

6/68-6/69

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I was on the 3 or 11 for a little while. I can't remember which one.

 

Old Entry #14 – Friday, April 28, 2006 @ 16:53

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Michael Wallace Vincent

Your current home address:

7 Brittany Lane

City:

Buffalo

State:

NY

Zip code, 9 digit:

47401

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

LT

Swiftboats you served on:

 

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

65 and 66

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

An Thoi/Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I'm not a "real" Swiftee, but almost! I was detached from duty as a VNN Junk Force advisor, and reported Coronado on Labor Day '65 for Swift Boat training. Went on a few shakedown cruises with the BSU-1 instructors, and shared a head in the BOQ with John Broglio before I was suddenly and mysteriously ordered to PACV training. Spent most of '66 at Cat Lo with PACV DIV 107 which included a lot of laughing and scratching with Bill Clancy and PCF DIV 103 (including now Rear Admiral Ruck).

I visited your site today for the first time as I was searching for a "kid" I have not seen in over 50 years who I was recently told had been a Swiftee. You have a fabulous site, and should be very proud of the monumental effort you obviously put forth to develop and maintain it. Best wishes for continued success.

Mike Vincent

 

Old Entry #13 – Sunday, April 24, 2006 @ 15:23

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Danny Pearcy

Your current home address:

2826 Ponte Cove Road

City:

Bloomington

State:

IN

Zip code, 9 digit:

47401

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 65 and many others

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1/69-1/70

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

all but SeaLord

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I have tried to locate RONALD L. WOOD of 19 boat fame. Silver Star winner/crazy. Went on to do the turn over in CR Bay as an advisor with me.
Any ideas on how to locate him?

Thanks

Dan Pearcy
812 278 6818 cell

 

Old Entry #12 – Sunday, April 23, 2006 @ 11:17

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

John Enders

Your current home address:

5667 North 6th Street

City:

Fresno

State:

CA

Zip code, 9 digit:

 

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

GMG2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 67

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

6/69-6/70

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Qui Nhon/Cat Lo

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I served on PCF-67 from 6-69 to 12-69. I began at Quin Nhon, then went to Cat Lo three months later. In December I volunteered for Operation Sea Float, and spent the last 6 months of my duty there as lead gunners mate aboard the barges. LTJG William S. Alexander was boat officer, Edward Kline was quartermaster, Richard Weeks was radioman, Robert W. Anderson was engineman, and I was gunners mate. Did I forget someone? Well, here's to better times.

 

Old Entry #11 – Sunday, April 16, 2006 @ 11:06

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Marlin Jones

Your current home address:

348 Christie Road

City:

Diana

State:

TX

Zip code, 9 digit:

 

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

SN/BM4

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 75

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1963-1967

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang/Chu Lai/Hue

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


Anybody there with me, I would like to hear from you. Thanks

 

Old Entry #10 – Thursday, March 16, 2006 @ 13:13

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Jack Jaynes

Your current home address:

PO Box 3927

City:

 

State:

 

Zip code, 9 digit:

 

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 74

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1967-1968

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


I have changed my e-mail address

 

Old Entry #9 – Tuesday, March 14, 2006 @ 00:17

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Donald K. Boden

Your current home address:

 

City:

Albuquerque

State:

NM

Zip code, 9 digit:

 

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 5

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

66-67

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


served with "WHISKEY" crew

 

Old Entry #8 – Sunday, March 12, 2006 @ 23:32

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Fred Cavallaro

Your current home address:

 

City:

Fort Pierce

State:

FL

Zip code, 9 digit:

 

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN1

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 693 & 45

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

2/70-3/72

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang/An Thoi/Cambodia

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

 

 

Old Entry #7 – Sunday, March 12, 2006 @ 13:07

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

James A. Drew

Your current home address:

PO Box 349

City:

Gilbert

State:

PA

Zip code, 9 digit:

 

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

QM2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 62 Crew 101A

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1967-1968

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Qui Nhon

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

I think of those "good old days" and good times that we had. 

 

Old Entry #6 – Friday, March 10, 2006 @ 17:59

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Bob Kreyer

Your current home address:

720 Sun Lane

City:

Novato

State:

CA

Zip code, 9 digit:

 

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

GMG2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 44, 48, 82 & 88

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

Jan 68 - Jan 69

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cam Ranh/An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

Just checking in again, found something I didn't know was on this site. I checked out "The published swift boat" and scrolled down to magazines and clicked on the Sea Classics, volume 8 number one Jan 1975 and to my surprise, on page 3&4 the 82 boat is pulling up along side a LST to get more ammo and I'm driving the PCF, Ltgj Bishop, GMG3 Taylor and EN3 Drogoz and in the two photo's of the 82 boat. Larry, thanks for posting these, never knew someone took our picture in Nov 68 off Ca Mau.

 

Old Entry #5 – Thursday, March 9, 2006 @ 19:43

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Dale Evan Jones

Your current home address:

PO Box 677

City:

Hillsboro

State:

NH

Zip code, 9 digit:

03244

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RD3/RD2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 65 & 93

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

9/10/1969 - 09/1970

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang/An Thoi

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

 

 

Old Entry #4 – Saturday, March 5, 2006 @ 13:59

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

James Edwin Morgan

Your current home address:

1126 Daytona Avenue

City:

Holly Hill

State:

FL

Zip code, 9 digit:

32117

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

GMG

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 691, 693 & 694

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

9/10/1969 - 09/1970

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

 

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

 

 

Old Entry #3 – Saturday, March 4, 2006 @ 10:28

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Johnny Sims

Your current home address:

 

City:

Katy

State:

TX

Zip code, 9 digit:

 

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

RD3

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 3866

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

6/70 - 6/71

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Cam Ranh Bay

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

 

 

Old Entry #2 – Thursday, March 2, 2006 @ 10:54

 

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Michael Roberts

Your current home address:

8625 Conwhit Lane

City:

Port Orchard

State:

WA

Zip code, 9 digit:

 

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

GMG2

Swiftboats you served on:

PCF 16

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1967 - 1968

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

DaNang

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 

 
Please remove my e-mail address from the PCF-16 listing.

 

Old Entry #1 – Tuesday, February 28, 2006 @ 22:01

Your full, proper, legal name …no initials please:

Bill Hammond

Your current home address:

 

City:

 

State:

Zip code, 9 digit:

 

Home phone number:

 

e-mail address:

 

Rank/Rate while serving in Vietnam:

EN2

Swiftboats you served on:

 

Dates of service on these boats (m/yr to m/yr):

1966 to 1967

Bases you served at in Vietnam:

Service Craft DaNang

Did you stay in the military and retire?

 

From which branch of the military did you retire?

 

At what Rank/Rate did you retire?

 

What year did you retire?

 

Comment Field:

 


Dear Sir: Would anyone who have knowledge of where I can locate a EN2 Larry B. Heavner please e-mail me at billhammond@mchsi.com? I was a shipmate of his on the USS Haverfield DER 393 and we would like to invite him to attend a reunion..thank You

Bill Hammond USN retired