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David Fletcher from Sherwood, Arkansas wrote on June 2, 2023
Was a Marine 0431 embarkation with MAG-36 at Phu Bai. Served from Oct 67- Jun 69, extended tour. May 68 me and Sgt Johnny Teat took an LST from Danang to Tan My. Escorted gear in Mike boat to Hue Ramp. LST was an MSTS ship. Korean crew under American Flag. Spent two nights on the refrigerated lighter. Have pics taken from LST and along the perfume river to Hue. If anyone would like copies would be glad to send. Wish I could remember the sailor drivin the Mboat.
Bob Rich from Novi, Mi wrote on April 3, 2023
Hi: Great Site I have a few photos from 1968-69, when I was with the U.S. Army 118th AHC based at Bein Hoa, Vietnam. We helped out the Navy Riverines for a number of months on a regular basis. We would fly back and forth to forward river bases by the Parrots Beak then to an LSD, call sign (Bowling Ally), in the river system and then down to Vung Tau (Moon River). I also ran into a high school friend on one of these resupply missions. He was in the 553rd Riverine Div. on PBR's way out southwest of Saigon. His name is Bob Fullerman from Youngstown, Oh. The "Mike Boat" LCM we landed on in the river was marked, in my photos, as T-112-10. I am wondering if Bob Fullerman is part of your vet's group on this Website? I would like to know the location of the 553rd Riverine Div., town or village in Vietnam around that time. I have pictures of the Mike Boat and PBR's tied up along the river if that would help ID the location. Bob also painted a large Holiday Inn sign with 553rd Vietnam on it. I would appreciate any help you could give me. Thanks Bob Rich
Troy Upshaw from Kuna wrote on March 28, 2023
Nice site. Was here looking for my father-in-law, Carlyle G. "Corky" Story. He was with the US Navy and ran Landing Craft up and down the Qua Viet River from Dong Ha Harbor. He had 3 boats in all, two were lost on the river. He passed away in 2018. My stepfather, Oscar Rogers ran the rivers in small black unmarked speedboats while he served with the Beach Jumpers. He passed away in 2020.
Dave Reinheimer from STL.Mo. wrote on March 8, 2023
Fantastic web site...Hats off to all involved...some much History & Information...Honor to know Frank thru our Honor Flight Hub here....keep up the God work.. Safe Travels Dave Reinheimer current pres.
James Naulty from ohio wrote on March 7, 2023
Was in A Co. 5TH 60TH MECHANIZED From march 1967 to september 1967 wounded september .
Honor B Cole from Fort Worth, Texas wrote on March 4, 2023
I was assigned to PBRs Class of 23 when I entered Saigon’s Annapolis Hotel as temporary residence while processing units of assignment with River Patrol Boats River Sections, March 10,1967. Later, I was assigned to River Section -511, Bravo Patrol PBR (58 and PBR 59) until February 27,1968 when I (we) spent from 1-5 days awaiting flights back to the United States. I stay at the Annapolis Hotel Saigon about 5-days before my “Space A flight left Vietnam. I next thank all my Comrades for their service too.
Eric Mason from Homosassa Florida wrote on February 21, 2023
The comment that CCB-18 is the only riverine craft still around is not true. Both the former USS Nueces APB-40 and USS Mercer APB-39 are still in US Navy service as messing and berthing barges. I stayed on board the Nueces while in dry dock. I was allowed to roam all spaces as the manager in charge saw that I loved history. Both these vessels were part of riverine forces. Both vessels still have engines in place. Boilers removed along with props. Mercer is serving in Sasebo Japan and Nueces in Yokosuka Japan. These vessels while still serving will be replaced with the new APLs the Navy are building. Currently 5 have been built. The Nueces has a small museum dedicated to her service. I hope a home may be found for these two vessels when retired. Maybe serving again as a museum vessel in Patriots Point SC alongside the riverine exhibit and patrol boat would be a fitting home. Former GM3 Mason CFAY
larry d scheafer from Sierra Vista wrote on February 2, 2023
I was with MACV-SOG OP35 in 1968. It was great to learn about OP34A and probably why the deeds of SOG remained classified for so long. We sure don't want to embarrass our politicians of that era.
Johnny De'Scoville from Taos wrote on January 23, 2023
I was told my Dad , Ltc James L.Scovel was 2nd Brig XO MRF in 1968 before being reassigned to 2/47 9th Inf Mechanized. I've spent quite a lot of time trying to find more info regarding his service 1968-69 RVN. Trying to piece it all together Thank You for your Service & Sacrifices Thank You for any assistance
Mike Scolastico from Spring Grove, Illinois wrote on December 30, 2022
Was with the 13th Combat Aviation Battalion out of Soc Trang. Did some air traffic control out of Nam Can in October/November?, 1970. So much mud & water. Sapper got one of the boats while there. Believe the SEAL team had an operation in the U Minh & we also dropped a 5 or15,000 #er on a suspected VC stronghold.
Ralph Bigelow from Livonia wrote on December 21, 2022
Has any one seen an mrf anchor and gun badge. Not in a circle pin.
Larry Hickman from Granby missouri wrote on December 17, 2022
Landing Ship Squadron Two, Caddo Parish 515, Hickman Cty 825, Luzerne Cty 902, Madera Cty 905, Monmouth Cty 1032 were attached to Tf117, Tg194, Mobile Riverine Force. They were not part of Tf115 or Tf116. The sqdrn arrived Vn 1966 and was the only sqdrn assigned permanent In-Country status
Odis Walker from Asheville wrote on November 28, 2022
John Iannucci has just gave me an outstanding history lesson about the MRFA and all the heroism involved during the Vietnam war. Godbless this group for it’s great service and sacrifice for this great nation.
RONALD A LARRIVEE, BUC Ret from Port Charlotte wrote on November 6, 2022
I ran across this site while exploring the web and low and behold found Seafloat! I built it!!!. In late May of 69 I took a Seabee team to Nha Be, my project was to build Seafloat. I was the Chief in Charge. I was given 3 weeks to build it. After 4 days of preparations, my team built all 7 hootches in 7 days on 7 Ammi barges. Upon reporting to a LT. he told me to get checked in and to check in our weapons. I immediately informed him that Seabees do not turn in weapons! He said, "if you're going to stay on this base Chief you will turn in your weapons." I suggested he call my CO Dutch Filbry in Can Rahn Bay. I heard one side of the conversation; "yes sir, yes sir" and hung up saying "you win Chief. I'm putting you and your team up at the Metropole Hotel in downtown Saigon" - we won, and we kept our weapons.
Martha Moore from Eads, TN wrote on November 3, 2022
Helping Ted Morrow, Memphis TN, Boat T-91-13. Hope this is correct site. Served with Lonnie Rhodes, Jim Walton, Frank Locket, deceased, Patrick Unk last name, deceased. Trying to locate John Hall, 1967-68.
David Jauhola from Duluth minnesota wrote on September 30, 2022
Repair department yeoman at Dong Tam from July 1970 until July 1971. Still trying to located William Mack who was at Dong Tam the very same time I was there. After Vietnam I was sent to Gaeta Italy and finished out my enlistment on the staff of COMSIXTHFLT aboard the USS SPRINGFIELD. The years have flown by for each and ever one of us but I will remember my Navy service with the fondest of memories. To one and all, thanks for your service and May God bless every one of you. Thank you one and all!
Larry "Teach" Behrens from LeMars, Iowa wrote on September 29, 2022
I served two tours with 9th Signal out of Bearcat, TDY as "Detachment One" to Vung Tau. We were net control and 'Naval Liaison', passing RTTY traffic among MRF and 9th Division in general. We also had microwave facilities and personnel at a site there humorously labeled 'VC Hill'. Initially we operated out of a 26D deuce-and-a-half rig, located out at the airbase wire. Swapping generators was pretty much the only time we felt we needed our weapons. By the time our unit was pulled back to Dong Tam for DEROS, we had gotten our site set up inside the Navy Warehouse compound, which was inside the Army compound, to further secure the "grey box" crypto gear. Running on commercial power. working in air-conditioned comfort, eligible for MidRats, with near zero rocket attacks at our particular site ... I pretty much shut up whenever vets mention the MRF!
T. M. Milke Haukeness from Crawfordville Fl 32327 wrote on September 14, 2022
I was stationed(attached) to NSAD Dong Ha from Aug until Apr/may 68. I was in our compound on Sept 3rd when the ammo dump went up. Our compound was on the south /east of Dong Ha right on the perminter. IAAnd about 50-75yards from the ammo dump. Probably further but on that day it seemed awful close. When the two largest explosions occurred our hooches were set back on their foundations about 2-3feet and the doors were blown in. I was part of the communications crew. In a trailer (truck) in a trench on the edge of thee compound. Being there was an experience. Sometimes we had to make runs down to Cua Viet with pouches of message traffic, Alco sometimes out to the hospital ships. Thanks for this website I was known as "Hawk".
thomas thompson from Puyallup wrote on September 10, 2022
I am trying to find a personnel roster for the 709th maint Bn from 1967 thru 1968.
Lemonade Mouth Stan wrote on September 10, 2022
Talked to someone while playing yahtzee online and they told me to check this out! Apparently he is a part of this 🙂 enjoyed reading about you guys and seeing the photos you have on here! Thanks for your service.
Roger Alons from Troy, IL wrote on September 6, 2022
I was with A Company, 9th Infantry Division from 1 April to 15 Mar. I flew a UH-1 helicopter. I would fly the Brigade commander and staff on my helo. I would spend a lot of time sitting on the deck of the USS Bennewah ship as that was the Command HQ for the division. The Col didn't like to fly so when he did, it was always slow and gentle. Loved to be on deck on Sundays and would eat iin the Officers mess as they had surf and turf, or steak. You Navy perssonell always treated my crew and me with respect. I was wondering if you had the name of the deck officer who was responsible for clearing the deck and lowering the antenna when I called inbound to land. Thanks hope to hear from you.
Gerald "Jerry" Barney from Redmond, OR wrote on September 3, 2022
Looking forward to the Mini-Reunion in San Diego this next week. Are there any 9th Signal BN Army/or Navy Signalman attending? Gerald E. Barney 9th INF., 9th Signal BN Vietnam 66-67
Freddie Picou from Lake Charles wrote on August 18, 2022
I am a plankowner U. S. S. Sterrett DLG 31,departed for boat handling school. Then to Vietnam RIVDiV-112 Feb. 68-Feb 69 (SN) Coxswain Tango 112-4.Dong Tam. Retired NR LDO LT. Would like to touch base with RIV DiV 112 members. Welcome home and bless all who served. Lake Charles, LA.
Jaime Oleary from Chelan Wa wrote on August 7, 2022
Thank you for your service I enlisted in Army 11/69 Spent all my time stateside and in the reserves but many of my infantry buddies went to Vietnam and had praise for Riverine Forces that they encountered. Thanks again for your service.
troy oltz from Brazoria wrote on May 22, 2022
My dad Gary Oltz would have loved this site! He served on the LST-344 USS Blanco County. He was part of the refit and sail to Guam, and also patrolled the rivers.