I spent all of 1967 based in Dong Tam as a 3d Brigade, 9th Infantry Division combat correspondent and photographer. Most of the time I was deployed with the Mobile Riverine Force. What I remember the most was being picked up by the little boats after a field operation and being taken back to the Benewah. Those Navy guys were fantastic, While drying out and getting fed for a couple of days they treated us like kings, and I never forgot how kind they were to us Army guys.
Was Army supply officer onboard Westchester County LST 1167 on NOVEMBER 1, 1968. If you were onboard then, you might remember the guys in the tank deck… We were very busy after that.
Great page! I'm looking for any information on my late father's service on the PBR's in Vietnam. Otto Lee Totten, USN, '67-'69, in '67 he was on the USS Estes. During that time his unit received four Unit Citations.
Living in Southern Oregon. In country 69/70, Thuyen Nhon, Nha Be, Phu Cuong, radioman. Bless all!
Lt, USN. Assigned to IUWG-1, Unit Three in Qui Nhon from November 1969 through June 1970 as Ops Officer then XO. Member of SEA COBRA Team. Turned over to the RVN Navy and remained as Senior Advisor until June, 1971. Left the Navy, went to Law School at Indiana University, Bloomington, then spent 23+ years in the FBI. Thank you all for your service, and Welcome Home Brothers!
Was stationed on the USS BENEWAH APB35. I was on board from Jan. 1969 until august of 1970
3/60 Infantry 1967-68, with the Mobile Riverine force and stationed in Dong Tam, anybody who served with me?
I regret to inform you of a fallen brother: EN3 Kenneth F Halpen USN(Ret). 02-15-1946 ~ 05-02-2021 Patty Halpen (firstname.lastname@example.org I have no idea what to do next. Is there any member of Task Force 116?
Around March of 1971 I was serving as a naval advisor in RID-47. I was one of the original 13 guys who made up the team stationed in Go Dau Ha on the Cambodian side of the last bridge across the Van Co Dong River. There was an advanced army Firebase about a mile or so up the road very close to the Cambodian border. One night when I was not on ambush I often volunteered to stand radio watch in the littler commo bunker so I could listen to my buddies who were out on ambush. The bunker had the only air conditioner on the small base because of the radio gear and I didn't mind being in there. One night I heard a excited voice on the radio from the fire base. We were on the same frequency with the army. The army radioman was requesting help and said they had wounded and dead. The number of dead kept increasing, I notified our CO and XO and the 10 of us and the three base guys took positions around our base. That fight up there went on most of the night and a slick was shot down attempting to leave with wounded. It was a terrible night, at least 15 KIA's. Does anyone still remember the name of that base and the date? We had Monitor - 6 sitting there but the VN's or us could use it. It's stuck in my memory.
Sit Rep: All's well. Echo Co. 3/60. Mar68-69. Cheers and Peace All My Brothers. John
First of all, thank you to all who served during this horrific war. I am honored to meet any Veteran. Secondly, I am looking for anyone who might have served with my brother. An officer asked BM3 Joseph Camara who my brother was and when asked why, he told BM3 Camara that he was going to recommend the Silver Star for my brother because of his actions. I've been told we need two witnesses. My brother, John Louis Green Jr., USN was in Vietnam in 1968 and served with the River Assault Division III. It is with great sadness that my brother, whom I always considered a hero, passed away on November 27, 2020, from severe heart disease. John is mentioned 11 times in the book, WAR IN THE SHALLOWS, U.S. Navy Coastal and Riverine Warfare in Vietnam 1965-1968. "Seeing wounded emerging from the jungle, John Green and Engineman 2nd Class David Allen left the boat to administer first aid and get the men back into the ATC. One of the men told John that others were in need of help. Green grabbed a canvas and metal bunk frame to use as a stretcher, jumped off the boat with no weapon, and headed into the jungle looking for the wounded. Passing dead Viet Cong as he moved further and further away from the relative safety of his ATC, Green marched toward the sound of gunfire until 150 meters into the jungle where he found a small group of soldiers engaged in a fierce firefight. The fight suddenly ended when h e reached them. While administering first aid, Green learned that one of the men had jumped on a grenade to save the lives of the squad. That man, Sp4c Kinsman, had wounds to his head, chest and leg. Green knew that if they did not move Kinsman immediately, he probably would not survive, so he told two soldiers to load him onto a stretcher and move out. Green grabbed a rifle and led the group back to the river. The soldiers were disoriented, and several of them had minor wounds. Carrying Kinsman through the marsh and mud was exhausting, and the soldiers had to stop several times to rest. It took the men close to 20 minutes to reach the ATC. According to Engineman 3rd Class William "Tex" Donham, who tended to Kinsman on the ATC, "We applied battle dressings to his wounds, tied him to the litter and put him up on a helo deck and whoosh, he was gone - Dustoff." Thanks to the actions of Green and other members of Tango 111-8, Kinsman survived the battle and later received the Medal of Honor for his heroism on 6 February. Page 306/307 Again, thank you all for all you did for this country. Jane
My father served with river section 551 in the 60s, not sure of the dates. He is currently residing in a hospice in Pensacola FL and not doing well. I hope to reach out to anyone he served with to get messages to him before he moves on. I am also retired (Army) and know this would mean a lot to him. God bless you brothers in arms.
Was a plank owner in MRFA and served on A-91-7 and A-91-4 in 1968 as a 20mm gunner. Would like to rejoin if accepted 🇺🇸
Asking to rejoin association after absence due to hurricanes and loss of WiFi
August 1968 on Benewah Barrics ship off Dong Tam. I survived the transport to Tigers Lair, 10/68-7/69, RTO point, two CO's, SIX booby traps, hot LZ's, Agent Orange, substance abuse, the PTSD, (a fact of war). ONE thing, I met the Buddha there. Almost 75, still here Feb 2021. Also: respects for Pete Bythener.
My brother GM2 Leslie Haugness was attached to RivRon 112 passed away January 28 2021 from Panratic Cancer.
"To those who have fought for it, Life has a flavor that the protected will never know!"-Vietnam soldier saying- Mission accomplished!! Courage on the Mountain-Captivating, True, Free on Amazon Prime- Glad that you made it home Brother! courageonthemountain.com
I have been given several photos taken in the Tiger Lair during an operation in 1969. Peter Bythiner the photograhper for the Ninth Infantry Division who recently passed took the photos. I would love to submitt then to your association if they represent this Association. Peter and I became good friends when I locate him in the early 90's. With Honor and Respect, Ernest Saldivar, Second Platoon, Delta Company, 5/60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Divsion, Rach Kien, 1969.
To, Gene Dickey from Mocksville: on January 10, 2021 you asked a question about Howard Brown. I was there the night Howard Brown got killed. Were in different squadrons so I didn’t know him well, but I knew who he was. He was a PBR Sailor and I was on a Monitor so so we didn’t work together. We were working out of Ben Keo, A small ATSB (Advance Tactical Support Base), in Tay Nihn Province. That night we were about maybe 2 kilometers from the ambush site so when the fight started we were sent in to help. When we got there we sat in the middle of the river in between the disabled PBR and the other side of the river. We provided cover while other boats recovered the disabled PBR and moved Brown to a boat with a helicopter landing deck. He was in a gun turret with 2, 50 caliber machine guns. Fighting on the rivers at night meant shooting at muzzle flashes. We could see the shooters but we could see the muzzle flashes when someone fired a gun. When the shooting started, Brown lit up his 50s and someone shot between his muzzle flashes. He was a good Sailor, he went down fighting. I don’t know if this helps or hurts but this is what I recall. Somethings are hard to forget. Paul Ray River Assault Division 151 Paulray2@cox.net
For Gene Dickey... I was there the night Howard Brown got killed. I was in a different Squadron and a different type of boat. We provided cover for the recovery of the disabled PBR. I knew him but not well.
Friend and fellow Cub Scout member of Howard E. Brown, Jr. , KIA 9 January 1970. I know it is a longshot but I was wondering if anyone associated with this page would have any memories of him. He deployed on 16 October 1969. He was the forward gunner on a riverine minesweeper and killed by enemy fire. He was an only child and his father eventually committed suicide in despair. We maintained correspondence with his family for some years but eventually lost contact. From 28-yr Army veteran.
On 5 February 1968, Petty Officer 3rd Class Vernon Parr Smith died in Quang Tri Province, Viet Nam. He was assigned to NAVSUPACT Da Nang, YFU-67, USNAVFORV. His is also the only name on the Wall in Washington, D.C. who is listed as being from the State of California who does NOT have a photo on the Wall of Faces. The wall of Faces project is trying to put a face to every name on the monument. We have been looking foe Vernon's photo for several years with no success. His parents are dead, his sister does not have any pictures of hin, his aunt has passed and his high school list him as no photo. Hopefully someone who served with him at YFU-67 in 1967-1968 will see this and be able to supply a photo. If so, it can be emailed to me or posted directly to his entry on the Wall of Faces website at https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/48629/VERNON-P-SMITH/
On LST-1150 Sutter County servering on the ship March 1967 thru March of 1969. Home port was Guam when we were lucky. Spent some time with TF-117 at base "A" when we relieved the Pitkin County (LST-1082). Being from St. Louis, Mo. I thought the Mississippi was large but its not that wide, longer yes!
Charlie company 3/47 Jan 68-Jan 69 2nd platoon ... replying to John Ledsome - were you “blondie”?
i,m like what haPPEned to the guys they medevaced out of the field in TAN TRU long an province? winter spring 1967? 2/60 battalion long an province/ saw thE duffel bags neveR sAw them again its sad having to find out december 16, 2020 .that we had a 60 percent casualty rate in vietnam amoungst 3rd bdge and we didn t know doing insertions and by choppers jitter bugging an lcts