Vietnam

Bruce Albert North (1962)

2022-09-07T08:39:23-05:00

Class of 1962 Bruce Albert “Pops” North passed away peacefully on August 12, 2022, surrounded by his family. Bruce was born in 1940 in Algiers, Louisiana to William Bruce North, Jr. and Gerardine Guillot North. He is survived by his children, Michael (Terri), Brian (Sueann), and Katherine Costantini; his grandchildren, Molly Bilich (Luke), Eric North (Emily), William North (Julie), Jack North, and Nate Costantini; and his great grandchildren, Amalie Bilich, Wesley North, and Luka Bilich. He is also survived by the matriarch of our family, Judy Nolan Nelson, and his life-long friend and loving companion, Judy [...]

Bruce Albert North (1962)2022-09-07T08:39:23-05:00

Air Intelligence Officer (CVA-35) on USS Enterprise

2020-06-09T17:32:58-05:00

I was assigned to VA-35 in 1965 and served with them until 1968. During that time, we deployed to Vietnam twice and were part of Air Wing 9 on the USS ENTERPRISE. I was the Air Intelligence Officer (AIO) with VA-35. As such, I flew with the pilots whenever a right seat needed filling and sent to the same survival training that they did. I felt this was a good way to establish a good relationship with the aircrews. I have a lighter from Grumman which is engraved with my name and the words “50 hours A6A.” My picture, conducting [...]

Air Intelligence Officer (CVA-35) on USS Enterprise2020-06-09T17:32:58-05:00

Lee H Askew, III – Class of 1966

2020-04-25T12:03:15-05:00

Lee Askew III Class of 1966. USN. Vietnam deployments aboard USS Enterprise 1966-1968. JAN 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 11 JAN 1966 - Atlantic Ocean AUG 1966 - JUN 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam NOV 1966 - JUL 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam NOV 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 1 NOV 1967 - Indian Ocean JAN 1968 - JUN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam

Lee H Askew, III – Class of 19662020-04-25T12:03:15-05:00

Charles B Barfoot – Class of 1955

2020-04-25T12:05:00-05:00

Charles B. Barfoot [Deceased] Class of 1955 USN. 4 years active duty. 33 years as civilian mathematician at the Center for Naval Analysis During Vietnam War short term assignment at III Marine Amphibious Force [MAF] HQ Danang RVN leading a team of CNA analysts Editor Note CNA is the Navy’s non-profit “think tank” located in Alexandria, VA. “If instead of sending the Observations of seamen to able Mathematicians at Land, the Land would send able Mathematicians to Sea, it would signify much more to the improvement of Navigation and safety of Men's lives and estates on the aliment.” [...]

Charles B Barfoot – Class of 19552020-04-25T12:05:00-05:00

Robert H. Barrow MOI 1957-1960

2020-04-25T12:16:16-05:00

Marine Officer Instructor [MOI] Tulane NROTC 1957-1960 27th Commandant of Marine Corps 1979-1983 Honorary Doctorate Tulane University Commanding Officer 9th Marine Regiment in RVN, Deputy G-3 III MAF 1968-1969 Famous for Operation Dewey Canyon Also served in WWII, Korean War. Awards include: Navy Cross; Army Distinguished Service Cross; Silver Star, Bronze Star/”V”; Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Presidential Unit Citation; Vietnam Service Medal; National Order of Vietnam; RVN Gallantry Cross; RVN  Meritorious Unit Citation, RVN Campaign Medal

Robert H. Barrow MOI 1957-19602020-04-25T12:16:16-05:00

Harry Lamont Belin – Class of 1965

2020-04-25T12:06:27-05:00

Class of 1965 USN. Two tours RVN late 1960s and early 1970s. Specialized in Intelligence and Psychological Operations. A week after his rotation back to CONUS after his 2nd tour a bomb was detonated one floor above his hotel room in Saigon. His father was a career Naval Intelligence officer. His grandfather served with “Wild Bill” Donovan in the WW2 Office of Strategic Services [OSS].

Harry Lamont Belin – Class of 19652020-04-25T12:06:27-05:00

Robert L. Bross – PNS 1963-66

2020-12-17T13:49:42-06:00

Robert W. L. Bross [Deceased] USMC. 27 years active duty. Retired as Colonel Professor of Naval Science [PNS] Tulane NROTC 1963-1966 Masters degree Tulane University Slavic Languages 1970 Senior Advisor South Korean [ROK] Marine Brigade [Blue Dragon Brigade] 1967-1968 Editor Note – from September 1965 to February 1972 the ROK Marine Brigade was operational in South Vietnam. It was under the operational control of the US III Marine Amphibious Force [III MAF] commander. A USMC Colonel was assigned as the Senior Advisor to the ROK Marine General in command. USMC officers were assigned at most levels of command to provide [...]

Robert L. Bross – PNS 1963-662020-12-17T13:49:42-06:00

Stanley H. Carpenter – Class of 1946

2020-04-25T12:09:20-05:00

Stanley H. Carpenter [Deceased] Class of 1946 USMC. 30 years active duty. Retired as Colonel. 1 RVN tour 1968-1969. Officer in Charge Chu Lai Airbase; subsequently Commanding Officer Marine Wing Support Group 17 [MWSG-17] at Danang. Editor Note – as a 1st Lt, prior to being designated a Naval Aviator, his platoon of Amtracs led the 1st wave at Blue Beach II at the Inchon landing in the Korean War.

Stanley H. Carpenter – Class of 19462020-04-25T12:09:20-05:00

Thomas S. Clower – Class of 1969

2020-04-25T12:10:01-05:00

Thomas S. Clower Class of 1969 Initial orders were to USS Mauna kea [AE-22] deployed in Westpac. The USS MAUNA KEA (AE-22) was  a Suribachi-class ammunition ship

Thomas S. Clower – Class of 19692020-04-25T12:10:01-05:00

Wayne E. Cowen – Instructor 1967-69

2020-04-25T12:10:36-05:00

Wayne E Cowen [Staff Instructor 1967-1969] Lt. Cowen, hails from Parsons, Kansas, and is a graduate of Kansas State College with a B.S in Education. After graduation in 1960 he entered the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School at Pensacola, Florida, and after about 11 months of training was designated Naval Flight Off1cer His first tour of duty was with patrol squadron out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. His last tour of duty was spent as an Airborne Navigator with patrol squadron four (ASW) stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While serving in this capacity, LT. COWEN was deployed to Vietnam, [...]

Wayne E. Cowen – Instructor 1967-692020-04-25T12:10:36-05:00

Lynn Owen Cox – 1960

2020-04-25T12:11:04-05:00

Lynn Owen Cox [Deceased] Class of 1960. Arts and Science USN. Aviator Vietnam tours with Heavy Attack Squadron 10 [VAH-10] aboard USS Constellation CV-64 VAH-10 "Vikings" -- NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (1961-1970) Activated in 1961 with Skywarrior. Deployments to Western Pacific aboard USS Constellation (CVA-64) and participated in Gulf of Tonkin incident. Operated as detachment squadron with deployments to Southeast Asia and to Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean.  Unit was redesignated VAQ-129 in September 1970. Commissioned at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, on May 1,1961, VAH-10 was the last HATRON to be activated. It received its first A3D-2s [...]

Lynn Owen Cox – 19602020-04-25T12:11:04-05:00

David Emile Crais – Class of 1960

2020-04-25T12:12:06-05:00

David Emile Crais [Deceased] Class of 1960 USMC. 20 years active duty. Retired as LtCol. One tour RVN in mid 60s. A review of alumni records and online records reveals that David Emile Crais [NROTC Class of 1960] was the nephew of David Emile Crais [NROTC Class of 1942], LtJg USN KIA in 1944 in the Mediterranean.

David Emile Crais – Class of 19602020-04-25T12:12:06-05:00

Richard Dinkel – Class of 1967

2020-04-25T12:23:00-05:00

Richard “Rich” Dinkel [Deceased] Call Sign “Magic” Class of 1967 USMC. Full career,retired as LtCol. Awards include Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal I tour RVN 1972 flying F4J Phantoms with VMFA 232 “the Red Devils”. In April 1972, the Red Devils redeployed the entire squadron from Japan to Vietnam upon minimum notice in 2 days to counter the NVA spring offensive of that year. After a three month stay at DaNang, VMFA-232 moved its operations to Nam Phong, Thailand. Here they continued to fly air to ground sorties in addition to playing a key fighter role on [...]

Richard Dinkel – Class of 19672020-04-25T12:23:00-05:00

Ron J. Drez – Class of 1962

2020-04-25T12:13:33-05:00

Ron J. Drez Class of 1962 USMC. Active duty 1962-1969 1 tour RVN with 2nd Battalion 5th Marines [2/5] November 1968-March 1969 Commanding Officer Hotel Company 2/5 Awards include 2 Bronze Stars/”V”, Presidential Unit Citation [PUC] and  Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry/with silver star

Ron J. Drez – Class of 19622020-04-25T12:13:33-05:00

Ronald J. Dusse – Class of 1960

2020-04-25T12:13:59-05:00

Captain Ronald Dusse, USMC, arrived in Vietnam with VMFA-531 in 1965. He received the following mention in the official history of VMFA-531: On 25 April,(1965) the MEB launched Captain Don K. Hanna and Chief Warrant Officer- John L. Wenrich, Jr., and Captain Ronald J. Dusse and Chief Warrant Officer-2 James H. Stowell on the first CAS (Close Air Support)  scramble, to attack VG snipers along a ridge line west of Da Nang. A second scramble, led by Hanke and Schwarz, was told by the ground FAG that their rocket firing was so good that the VG refused to fire on [...]

Ronald J. Dusse – Class of 19602020-04-25T12:13:59-05:00

Wright H. Ellis – Instructor 1968

2020-04-25T12:15:07-05:00

LT Wright H. Ellis is a native of Lockport, New York, and a 1961 NROTC graduate of the University of Rochester, where he majored in history and political science. His first duty assignment was aboard the USS Harwood (DD-861) as Damage Control Assistant. He later served at Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, and aboard the USS Vigil (AGR-12). Prior to reporting at Tulane he spent a year in Vietnam with the Third Marine Regiment at Da Nang, earning the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V." LT. Ellis, departed Tulane  for duty as operations officer aboard the USS Shields (DD-596). [...]

Wright H. Ellis – Instructor 19682020-04-25T12:15:07-05:00

Arthur V. Flotte – Class of 1967

2020-04-25T12:18:47-05:00

Arthur V. Flotte Class of 1967 USN Served in USS Brush DD-745 during Vietnam deployment 1969. Brush spent five years on three Vietnam deployments between 1965 and 1969. Brush conducted intensive patrol and gunnery operations in the South China Sea. Brush (DD-745) was launched 28 December 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Staten Island, N. Y.; sponsored by Miss Virginia Perkins, great-granddaughter of Charles Brush; and commissioned 17 April 1944. Brush received five battle stars for World War II service, four battle stars for her Korean operations and seven battle stars for Vietnam service.  Brush decommissioned at San Francisco on 27 October [...]

Arthur V. Flotte – Class of 19672020-04-25T12:18:47-05:00

Robert W Fobes, Jr – Class of 1963

2020-04-25T12:18:19-05:00

Robert W. Fobes Jr [Deceased] Class of 1963 USN. Died on active duty 4/26/67 in aviation accident while on a then classified mission “Cloud Gap”. 1 tour RVN Editor Note His RVN service was referenced in his obituary with no additional details. A followup report on the accident here.

Robert W Fobes, Jr – Class of 19632020-04-25T12:18:19-05:00

Tomas D. Sosa Y Gallagher – Class of 1968

2020-04-25T12:21:04-05:00

Ensign Sosa Y Gallagher was assigned to USS Radford DD 446 on graduation and commissioning. During 1967 1968 and 1969 DD 446 operated on Yankee Station and bombarded Viet Cong targets in South Vietnam.

Tomas D. Sosa Y Gallagher – Class of 19682020-04-25T12:21:04-05:00

Amphibious Ready Group Bravo

2019-12-16T12:27:14-06:00

Gregory Kahn Class of 1966 BA Political Science I was commissioned in May 1966. My first ship assignment was to the USS Tortuga [LPD 26]. Prior to reporting I attended CIC school at point Loma CA and Amphibious Warfare school at Coronado CA. I served aboard the USS Tortuga from July 1966 to June 1968 as CIC Officer and Navigator. The USS Tortuga was built in 1945. She had seen extensive in WestPac since that time, including the Korean War. She was  450 feet long, had a 15 foot draft, a well deck a, helo deck, and numerous small craft. [...]

Amphibious Ready Group Bravo2019-12-16T12:27:14-06:00

Homer Gray Hutchinson III – Class of 1966

2020-04-25T12:24:15-05:00

Homer Gray “Hutch” Hutchinson III [Deceased] Class of 1966 USMC. 23 years active duty. Retired as LtCol Designated Naval Aviator 1968. I tour RVN 1968-1969. Flew F4B Phantom II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 542; served as Forward Air Controller [FAC] with 2nd Battalion 5th Marines.

Homer Gray Hutchinson III – Class of 19662020-04-25T12:24:15-05:00

Two Vietnam tours aboard the USS Constellation CV-64 as an attack pilot

2019-11-18T16:36:59-06:00

Grant Collier Class of 1960, College of Arts and Science USN, Aviator Initial orders Pensacola Fl for basic flight training, then to Beeville TX for advanced flight training. Assigned to VA-146 “Blue Diamonds” at NAS Lemoorer CA. Flew McDonald Douglas A-4 Skyhawks [A4D-2N] as a special weapons and conventional weapons delivery pilot. Two Vietnam tours aboard the USS Constellation CV-64 as an attack pilot. Subsequently a Flight Instructor at NAS Pensacola FL in VT-4 flying T2B buckeyes. Following my Naval service I was a pilot for Pan American Airlines and later an insurance marketing executive. Now fully retired. Married, 3 [...]

Two Vietnam tours aboard the USS Constellation CV-64 as an attack pilot2019-11-18T16:36:59-06:00

Two Tours VA-86

2019-11-09T09:38:49-06:00

Steve Bratton I completed A-4 training and detached from VA-44 [Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida on October 5, 1965. Ten days later, on October 15, 1965 I flew my first combat mission over North Vietnam. My first Vietnam deployment was in 1965. I was assigned to Attack Squadron [VA] 86 [Sidewinders] and flew A-4 Skyhawks off the USS Independence CV-62. In 1968 I deployed again, still assigned to VA-86 and flew the A-7 Corsair II off the USS America CV-66. Class: 1963   Degree: BA   Service: USN Years of Service: 1963-1969  Years in Vietnam: 1965 [...]

Two Tours VA-862019-11-09T09:38:49-06:00

Delta Battery, Second Battalion, Eleventh Marines

2019-10-24T12:46:06-05:00

Captain J. Carlos Indest, III I was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in August 1965. After finishing Marine Officer Basic School at Quantico, I attended Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, OK. In June 1966, I was deployed to Viet Nam and joined Delta Battery, Second Battalion, Eleventh Marines. I was then assigned to the First Battalion Fifth Marines as an Artillery Forward Observer. I served as a Forward Observer until mid-August 1966 when the First Battalion Fifth Marines engaged in battle with an NVA Force. Our Battalion had [...]

Delta Battery, Second Battalion, Eleventh Marines2019-10-24T12:46:06-05:00

Noah H. Long – Class of 1965

2020-04-25T12:25:40-05:00

Noah H. Long Class of 1965. USN. 31 years service, 5 years active duty, 26 years reserve duty. Retired as Rear Admiral. Served two tours RVN as Company Commander in Mobile Construction Battalion [MCB] 133. Vietnam related awards include: Navy Commendation Medal w/combat “V” and 2 gold Stars In lieu of 2nd and 3rd award, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Civic Action Unit Citation, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation. Noah H Long Oral History RADM Noah H. Long Flag Officer Entry

Noah H. Long – Class of 19652020-04-25T12:25:40-05:00

Bruce Ludwig – Class of 1967

2020-04-25T12:26:14-05:00

Bruce B. Ludwig Class of 1967 USN. Retired after full career. Most of career in Destroyers. 1 tour RVN in country.

Bruce Ludwig – Class of 19672020-04-25T12:26:14-05:00

3rd Amtrac Battalion, First Marine Division located at Marble Mountain

2019-10-10T10:49:38-05:00

Colonel Kenneth R. Burns (Ret.) Following graduation from The Basic School at Quantico I was designated an Amphibian Vehicle Officer, and assigned to 1st Marine Division, Vietnam, with Amphibious Vehicle School, Camp Pendleton in route.  Prior to the completion of school my orders were changed and I was directed to report as a Platoon Commander to the recently formed Fifth Amphibian Vehicle (Amtrac) Battalion.  Like any hard charging Second Lieutenant I questioned the wisdom of this change, and was told that my NROTC four year obligation gave them an extra year to control my destiny. [...]

3rd Amtrac Battalion, First Marine Division located at Marble Mountain2019-10-10T10:49:38-05:00

Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) on the USS Kitty Hawk

2019-09-28T14:39:29-05:00

William F Font I was a Radar Intercept Officer, flying F-4 Phantoms.  My Fighter Squadron, VF-114 was deployed on the USS Kitty Hawk.  Our Vietnam cruise was November 1967 to June   1968. Awards include: Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, RVN Campaign Medal Editor Note Kitty Hawk [CVA-63] was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for exceptionally meritorious and heroic service from 23 December 1967 to 1 June 1968, which included the Tet Offensive, while participating in combat operations in Southeast Asia. William F Font, Class of 1966, BS Biology Years in Service: 1966-1970 / Years in [...]

Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) on the USS Kitty Hawk2019-09-28T14:39:29-05:00

LCDR Byron K. Miller – Instructor 1968

2020-04-25T12:28:24-05:00

LCDR Bryon K.  Miller was a Tulane NROTC Staff Instructor in 1968. Originally from Blackville, South Carolina, Miller is a 1951 NROTC graduate from the University of South Carolina with a B. A. Business Administration. He received his wings in 1953 after serving two years in the fleet. Prior to reporting to Tulane Mr. Miller was flying VP aircraft out of Japan and the West Coast including a deployment to Vietnam where he earned the Air Medal for combat missions flown out of Saigon and participation in operation "Market Time." Mr. Miller, departed Tulane on the third of June for [...]

LCDR Byron K. Miller – Instructor 19682020-04-25T12:28:24-05:00

Robert Morris – Class of 1959

2020-07-25T12:09:46-05:00

Name            Robert Morris Class             1959 Service         USMC [Aviator] Rank             LtCol Retired with 20 years of service VN War        Flew 400 missions during mostly with VMFA-115

Robert Morris – Class of 19592020-07-25T12:09:46-05:00

Dr James Michael McClurkan – 1965

2020-04-25T12:27:54-05:00

James Michael McClurkan [Deceased]Senior Medical Student, Commissioned with NROTC class of 1965Retired as Captain USN Medical CorpsOfficial USN photo shows him wearing RVN Campaign MedalEditor Note  Captain McClurkan’s obituary referenced his service inVietnam as a “medic” prior to his selection to study to be a Navy Doctor.This would place him in Vietnam sometime around 1961. It would also explainHis wearing the RVN Campaign Medal [service between 1961-1973]but not the RVN Service Medal [service between 1965-1973]News article about his death 

Dr James Michael McClurkan – 19652020-04-25T12:27:54-05:00

Kenneth W. Moore, MOI 1975-1977

2020-04-25T12:28:50-05:00

Kenneth W. Moore Marine Officer Instructor [MOI] 1975-1977 RVN tour 1967. Awards include Silver Star, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal. https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/40817

Kenneth W. Moore, MOI 1975-19772020-04-25T12:28:50-05:00

David M. Rains – 1967

2020-04-25T12:40:53-05:00

Assigned to the Mobile Riverine Force (MRF) (after May 1967), initially designated Mekong Delta Mobile Afloat Force, and later the Riverines. This joint US Army and US Navy force comprised a substantial part of the brown-water navy. It was modeled after lessons learned by the French experience in the First Indochina War and had the task of both transport (of soldiers and equipment) and combat. The primary base was at Đồng Tâm Base Camp, with a floating base at the base of the Mekong River. MRF played a key role in the Tet Offensive. Đồng Tâm Base [...]

David M. Rains – 19672020-04-25T12:40:53-05:00

Reuben Goodwin Rogerson – Class of 1945

2020-04-25T12:33:42-05:00

Reuben Goodwin Rogerson {Deceased] Class of 1945 USN. 31 years active duty. Retired as Rear Admiral Assigned as Operations Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff to Commander Amphibious Ready Group [ARG] 1 in 1967. Awards, among many, include RVN Cross of Gallantry and Combat Action Ribbon Editor Note ARG 1 had aboard the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade [MAB]. At this time, the MAB contained nearly 8,000 men with nearly half  assigned to the two Seventh Fleet Special Landing Forces (SLF) Alpha and Bravo.* The two SLFS each consisted of a Marine infantry battalion, supported by a helicopter squadron and reinforced [...]

Reuben Goodwin Rogerson – Class of 19452020-04-25T12:33:42-05:00

Robert N Rosemont – Class of 1968

2020-04-25T12:32:42-05:00

Ensign Robert N Rosemont was assigned to USS Cleveland LPD-7 on graduation and commissioning. LPD-7 was deployed to Vietnam continuously from 1968-1973.

Robert N Rosemont – Class of 19682020-04-25T12:32:42-05:00

Jeffrey A. Roux – Class of 1968

2020-04-25T12:32:19-05:00

Jeffrey A Roux Class of 1968 USN.  Surface Warfare Officer. Full career, retired as Commander USN Editor Note Details of CDR Roux’s service are derived from awards worn in US Navy Official photo [see below]. Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/”V’, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal w/star indicating more than 1 tour, RVN Campaign Medal, Vietnam Civic Action Unit Citation, Vietnam Gallantry Unit Citation.

Jeffrey A. Roux – Class of 19682020-04-25T12:32:19-05:00

John C. Ruff – Staff 1968-69

2020-04-25T12:34:52-05:00

Lt Tuff, from Mobile Alabama, graduated from USNA in 1962, receiving his commission in unrestricted line. His first ship was the USS Stribling (DD-867). After destroyer school he reported to the USS Meredith (DD-890) to assume duties as Operations Officer. From May 1967-68 Lt Ruff served as River Patrol Operations Officer on the staff of the Commander, USN Forces, Vietnam. Foe his meritorious service in that capacity he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal.

John C. Ruff – Staff 1968-692020-04-25T12:34:52-05:00

A-6A All Weather Attack Aircraft

2019-09-24T16:10:35-05:00

K. C. (Kit) Corcoran On my first tour (1969-70), I served in Vietnam with VMA(AW)-242 at Danang, flying A-6A Intruder aircraft. During the course of about 10-months I flew about 200 missions, dropping close to 2-million pounds of bombs in South Vietnam and elsewhere. Most of our flying was elsewhere, conducted at night, typically single-ship in rain and cloud, at 500-1000 feet altitude, in valleys between the mountain ridges, and travelling as fast (450-500 knots) as the Hogship would go carrying 28 bombs, while the bad guys did their best to [...]

A-6A All Weather Attack Aircraft2019-09-24T16:10:35-05:00

Swift Boat: Mekong River Interdiction

2022-03-22T12:40:20-05:00

Bruce (Buz) E. Sulzner I volunteered for Swift Boat Operations. In May of 1970, after completing the QC Officer course at NATTC GLYNCO, I was detached and ordered to report to COSRON ONE, Vietnam via TAD at the PCF/Riverine Warfare School at NIOTC Mare Island, Vallejo, California. While on TAD at NIOTC, I attended SERE training at Whidbey island, Washington and weapons training at NAD HAWTHORNE, Nevada. […]

Swift Boat: Mekong River Interdiction2022-03-22T12:40:20-05:00

CLG-5: Naval Gunfire Support

2019-09-24T16:11:42-05:00

James Basil Godwin, III, RADM (ret) As a Midshipman 1St Class I was deployed to Yokosuka Japan embarked in USS Oklahoma City (CLG – 5). We spent the summer onboard during combat operations in support of Combat Operations ashore. We provided gunfire support to troops in contact. I stood combat watches during these shore bombardments. […]

CLG-5: Naval Gunfire Support2019-09-24T16:11:42-05:00

James R. Sweeney – MOI 1969-70

2020-04-25T12:37:30-05:00

Major Sweeney, a Chicago native, received his degree in Architecture from Notre Dame in 1957. He was commissioned through the PLC program. Major Sweeney was an advisor to South Vietnamese forces in 1973. The book, "U.S. Marines In Vietnam: The War That Would Not End, 1971-1973," mentions Major Sweeney's actions on Jan 26,1973, just before the cease fire. Major Sweeney was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He returned to Tulane for an MBA.

James R. Sweeney – MOI 1969-702020-04-25T12:37:30-05:00

MSO-488: Minesweeper in Haiphong Harbor

2019-09-24T16:12:16-05:00

Robert Michael Cosgrove My Viet Nam service began when it was decided to mine Haiphong Harbor. I was XO of USS Assurance (Minesweeper Ocean, MSO-521) in Charleston. We were sent to Hampton Roads in September 1972 to help determine the best method for sweeping the Mk 36 Destructors that the Navy planned to use. Fast forward to January 1973. As part of the peace process, Henry Kissinger agreed to sweep the mines that we had dropped. Two of the sweeps chosen to do the job were Naval Reserve Force at Pearl Harbor. As they had [...]

MSO-488: Minesweeper in Haiphong Harbor2019-09-24T16:12:16-05:00

CVA-41: South China Sea on the USS Midway

2020-07-14T11:47:27-05:00

Earl Higgins A couple of weeks after commissioning in May 1963, I reported aboard USS MIDWAY (CVA-41) with homeport in Alameda, California. After the usual operations and one cruise to WESTPAC, the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 1964 changed our operational plans. President Johnson escalated the war, and MIDWAY was an early part of that effort. Instead of an anticipated peacetime cruise that would have taken us to, among other places, Australia, Singapore, and Bangkok, we were ordered to war. MIDWAY departed Alameda in early 1965 for Subic Bay with a stop in Pearl [...]

CVA-41: South China Sea on the USS Midway2020-07-14T11:47:27-05:00

Brown Water: River Section 552

2019-09-24T16:13:28-05:00

Dennis Pelletier When I left the States, my orders had me going to RivSec. 543. River Section units were squads of river boats, supply, service and patrol, for use on inland rivers. However, when I checked into Saigon, I was informed I was going to RivSec. 552 a new RivSec just forming up. When I got Nha Be, I met my OIC and AOIC, both “short timers”. They told me that at that time our section did not have any boats. So for the first two weeks of my tour I [...]

Brown Water: River Section 5522019-09-24T16:13:28-05:00

DD-807: Off the coast of North Vietnam

2019-09-24T16:13:59-05:00

Kenneth Mallon All of my active duty was served aboard the USS Benner (DD-807) a WWII destroyer. Her main armaments for Vietnam operations were her six 5″ guns, 3 twin mounts that saw a lot of action off the coast of North Vietnam while Benner was involved in Operation Sea Dragon as a unit of Task Force 77. Our objectives were to engage enemy waterborne craft attempting to deliver supplies and ammunition to South Vietnam, and to locate and destroy enemy shore batteries along the coast of North Vietnam. [...]

DD-807: Off the coast of North Vietnam2019-09-24T16:13:59-05:00

Logistics Supply Base Cam Ranh Bay

2019-09-24T16:14:13-05:00

Leonard Sapera I arrived at LSB (Logistics Support Base) Cam Ranh Bay 1/3/1971 and found a U.S. Navy operation in bad shape. My Navy advisors and their VN counterparts were not speaking and my main mission was to train the Vietnamese to take over base operation by the end of the year to demonstrate that the ‘Vietnamization Project’ was doable. Since no one spoke the others language I could see there was a problem of trust. My counterpart, LT Pham Van Bay was easy to train as a start. So a [...]

Logistics Supply Base Cam Ranh Bay2019-09-24T16:14:13-05:00

F-4 Carrier Aviator on Yankee Station

2019-09-24T16:14:33-05:00

Austin Lindsey, Captain USN (ret) I was flying a late night mission from the USS Independence in the Gulf of Tonkin. On return, I had a hydraulic pump failure and couldn’t lower my landing gear. Since it was night, the ship diverted me to Da Nang which had a Marine F4 squadron. I activated my emergency air system to lower the landing gear but only the left main and the nose wheel came down. So now I was faced with a one wheel up landing. […]

F-4 Carrier Aviator on Yankee Station2019-09-24T16:14:33-05:00

Michael O. Tackney – Staff 1969

2020-04-25T12:38:25-05:00

A native of Falls Church, Va., Lt. Tackney graduated USNA in 1964. He served as ASW Officer aboard the USS Cromwell (DE-1014) and USS Voge (DE-1047). Following Voge, he joined Coastal Division 12 in the Danang-Chu Lai area of Vietnam where he commanded a Swift Boat engaged in coastal and riverine patrols.

Michael O. Tackney – Staff 19692020-04-25T12:38:25-05:00
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