I began trying to get them to change the error in 1990. Each time I sent in a request the staff would stick to the original “List of Participants” even though I kept telling them that there never ever was a River Assault Squadron 16. Recently I enlisted the aide of (4) of our former River Assault Division officers:
Al Breininger – XO RAD 91
Hugh Alexander – CO RAD 132
Phil Ferrara – CO RAD 151
Nick Miller – XO RAD 152
These gentlemen all wrote succinct letters to the Navy Awards Department stating that there was no River Assault Squadron 16 and that the sailors associated with River Assault Squadron 15 deserve the credit for their heroism. Thank you for your timely assistance!
I am happy to share THIS letter almost 38 years after we participated in this particular operation.
A belated CONGRATULATIONS to all you who served during this perilous time period risking your lives so that others may share in the Freedom that we enjoy.
HERE is a quick link to the citation.