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Joseph E Sullivan, Jr, LT. Cmdr, USN from North Conway wrote on October 4, 2019:
My father was in charge of the Squadron 9 River Rats in Rocket Alley on Aug 6, 1968. His mission lasted only 12 days. On his last day, they were ambushed and he was ordered to "hold his fire" as they were getting shot at from all sides. My father and his men fired their way out of there. He was one of the lucky ones who made it out alive but lost a lot of his young men during that ambush. He also taught at the US Naval War College in Newport, RI, was a UDT and taught underwater demolition in Vieques, was a commanding officer on several Destroyers, was on the mine sweep USS Barry, that located the Thresher, he rescued Astronaut Gordon Cooper after he landed in the South Pacific, and had President JFK on his ship as a guest, among many other interesting details of his Naval career. He retired from the Navy in 1970 and passed away in 2006, at the age of 78. Dad lived a very interesting life and I was very proud to be his daughter.