U.S. COAST GUARD IN VIETNAM:

A GALLERY OF HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS

COAST GUARD SQUADRON ONE (Part 3 of 3)


Photos (Click on image to see full-size) Original caption; Description; Date; Photographer (if known).  Unless otherwise stated all are official U.S. Coast Guard photographs.
A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "82-footer USCGC POINT KENNEDY (WPB-82320) departing Subic Bay (with others of Division 13 -- not seen here) at 1700, Feb. 18, 1966, for Cat Lo Base, So. Vietnam.  Original homeport: San Juan, P.R."

CPI-021866-11; 18 February 1966; photographer unknown.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "82-footers depart Subic Bay."

No photo number; 18 February 1966; PHC F. Borzage, USCG, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "82-footers of Coast Guard Division 13, refueling from Navy escort USS FORSTER en route Vietnam from Subic Bay, Feb. 20, 1966."

CPI-022066-09; 20 February 1966; PHC F. Borzage, USCG, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "82-footers of Coast Guard Division 13, refueling from Navy escort USS FORSTER en route Vietnam from Subic Bay, Feb. 20, 1966."

No photo number; 20 February 1966; PHC F. Borzage, USCG, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Crew on board the 82-ft. USCGC POINT WHITE (WPB-82308), Division 13, changing fuses on 81mm mortar shells prior to heading up river to Cat Lo Base, So. Vietnam, after completing the voyage from Subic Bay."  No photo number; 21 February 1966; PHC F. Borzage, photographer.

[Crewman are, from left to right: EN1 Joe E. Moody (in shorts); GM2 Lester Gates (w/o shirt); SN Leland B. Buzzelle; BMC Archie D. French.]**

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Vietnamese welcoming ceremony for Coast Guard Division 13 at Cat Lo Base."

CPI--22266-19; 22 February 1966; PHC F. Borzage, USCG, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Various scenes at Cat Lo Base, taken after arrival of Coast Guard Div. 13."

No photo number; 22 February 1966; PHC F. Borzage, USCG, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. Vietnamese fishing junk.

No photo number; 19 November 1965; CDR Lutz, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "The 'Doom Club' Officer's Open Mess, Danang AB, Vietnam."

No photo number; 19 November 1965; CDR Lutz, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Views of USCGC POINT HUDSON (WPB-82322), Division 13, on first Saigon River patrol, CAPT Robert J. Loforte, USCG Commander, Coast Guard Squadron One."

No photo number; 9 March 1966; PHC F. Borzage, USCG, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "USCGC POINT HUDSON crew." No photo number; 9 March 1966; PHC F. Borzage, USCG, photographer.  NOTE: Incorrect caption; actually the crew of the Point White (WPB-82308).

[Crewman are, back row, left to right: SN Lelend B. Buzzelle; GM2 Lester Gates; ENC Raymond O. Weitzel (sitting in chair); ET3 Gerald M. Sampont; BM1 Ernest Watson (standing with hand on chair); front row, kneeling: EN1 Joe E. Moody; BMC Archie D. French (kneeling with hand on chair).]**

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Views of USCGC POINT HUDSON (WPB-82322), Division 13, on first Saigon River patrol, CAPT Robert J. Loforte, USCG Commander, Coast Guard Squadron One."

No photo number; 9 March 1966; PHC F. Borzage, USCG, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Men on board USCGC POINT WHITE posed with weapons captured from VC junk sunk in battle of March 9, 1966." CPI-030966-17; 9 March 1966; PHC F. Borzage, USCG, photographer.

[Crewman are, back row, left to right: LCDR Axel H. Hagstrom, Commanding Officer, USCG Division 13; CAPT Robert LaForte, Commanding Officer, USCG Squadron One; LT Eugene J. Hickey, Commanding Officer, USCGC Point White; BMC Archie D. French; EN3 Karl V. Anderson; LTJG S. A. Lessor, Executive Officer, USCGC Point White; second row, kneeling, left to right: CS1 W. C. Clifton; SN Leland B. Buzzelle; EN1 Joe E. Moody; ET3 Gerald M. Sampont; ENC Raymond O. Weitzel; front row, kneeling, left to right: GM2 Lester Gates; BM1 Ernest Watson.  For the 9 March 1966 battle, LT Hickey was awarded the Silver Star and GM2 Lester Gates was awarded the Bronze Star.]** 

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Rel No. 6137; 10 March 1966; While on patrol in the Saigon River, crewmen stand ready with guns on board the 82-foot U. S. Coast Guard cutter POINT WHITE (WPB-82308) as another crewman boards and searches a junk.  The POINT WHITE is commanded by Lieutenant Eugene J. Hickey, USCG.  He formerly commanded an 82-footer attached to Division 12 at Danang.  USCGC POINT WHITE is one of the nine 82-footers comprising Division 13 of Coast Guard Squadron One which arrived at Cat Lo Base, 35 miles S. E. of Saigon on February 22, 1966."  Photo No. CPI-03-10-66 (07); 10 March 1966; F. Borzage, PHC, photographer.

[Crewmen are, ET3 Gerald M. Sampont, left, with M-16 on shoulder; GM2 Lester Gates, right, standing on the mooring cleat with flack jacket on; others are unidentified.]**

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam.  "Rel. No. 6135: USCGC POINT LOMAS FIRED AT SUSPECTED VIET CONG CAVE HIDEOUT: An 81mm mortar shell fired from the 82-foot U.S. Coast Guard Cutter POINT LOMAS (WPB-82321) shatters rocks over the entrance to a suspected Viet Cong cave hideout along a beach in a Viet Cong controlled area near Danang.  Rounds from a .50 caliber machine gun, mounted piggy back on the mortar gun also were fired into the cave.  Commanding the POINT LOMAS is Lieutenant Keith D. Ripley, USCG of Baltimore, Md.  The 82-footer was stationed at Port Aransas, Texas, before reporting for duty with Coast Guard Squadron One's Division 12, based at Danang, Vietnam, in July 1965.  There are eight 82-footers in that division."

Photo No. CPI-03-01-66 (16); 1 March 1966; PHC F. Borzage, USCG, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "May 10, [1966] just after midnight near the Ca Mau Peninsula about 200 miles southwest of Saigon, POINT GREY spotted two bonfires burning on the beach. . .A radar contact with a METAl-hulled vessel brought the POINT GREY to action. . .She challenged the vessel and forced it aground.  POINT GREY immediately came under intense fire from Viet Cong on the beach and returned fire with her machine guns and mortar. . .The grounded vessel, a 125-foot trawler, was blown in two by explosions.  Salvage crews removed 15 tons of weapons and ammunition from the trawler. . .First catch involving steel-hulled vessel since Vung Ro Bay incident in 1965." [Coast Guard caption]

No photo number; US Navy Photograph, photographer unknown.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam.  Firing the piggyback mortar.

No photo number; no date; photographer unknown.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. Experimenting with the piggyback mortar by removing the Browning 50 caliber machine gun and replacing it with rockets for shore bombardment.

No photo number; no date; photographer unknown.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "COAST GUARD CUTTER POINT LEAGUE FORCES VIET CONG TRAWLER AGROUND: The 82-foot U.S. Coast Guard Cutter POINT LEAGUE stands off watching the burning 100-foot steel Viet Cong trawler that the cutter forced aground near the village of Ba Dong, So. Viet Nam, during several hours of gun battle to keep the enemy from entering Co Chien River on June 20, 1966.  Fire began with an explosion on board the trawler at 6:15 a.m., and was extinguished at 2:00 p.m. by Coast Guard and Vietnamese crews.  Salvage crews removed an estimated 250 tons of arms and supplies which the trawler attempted to infiltrate to Viet Cong ground forces.  When the encounter occurred the POINT LEAGUE was on routine patrol near the Co Chien River, about 80 miles southeast of Saigon.  Two sister Coast Guard 82-footers, POINT SLOCUM and POINT HUDSON, joined the battle against ground based Viet Cont attempting to cover for the trawler.  All three 82-footers are attached to Division 13 of U.S. Coast Guard Squadron One, based at Cat Lo, which is about 40 air miles southwest of Saigon.  The POINT LEAGUE was under the command of LTJG Robert J. Heid, USCG."

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Rel No. 6178; Official U.S. Navy Photo No. USN-1116620; PH1 R. Wasmer, USN, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "COST GUARD CUTTER PT. LEAGUE CREW BATTLES FLAMES ON ENEMY TRAWLER: Crewmen of the Market Time U.S. Coast Guard 82-foot Cutter POINT LEAGUE (WPB-82304) battle flames on board the 100-foot steel Viet Cong trawler after the cutter forced the enemy vessel aground during a battle on June 20, 1966.  The trawler attempted to infiltrate arms and supplies through Market Time patrols to the Viet Cong by way of Co Chien River, about 80 miles southeast of Saigon.  POINT LEAGUE is attached to Division 13 of Coast Guard Squadron One, based at Cat Lo." [U.S. Coast Guard caption]

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Coast Guard Photo No. 6179; Credit -- OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO -- No. USN-1116619; R. Wasmer, PH1, USN, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "U.S. and Vietnamese sailors offload part of the 250 tons of contraband from a 100-foot, steel-hulled trawler which was intercepted and forced aground by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter POINT LEAGUE early yesterday morning.  The trawler attempted to infiltrate MARKET TIME patrols to supply arms and ammunition to Viet Cong in South Vietnam." [U.S. Coast Guard caption]

"OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTOGRAPH: United States and Vietnamese sailors off loading some of the 80 tons of ammunition aboard a captured Vietcong trawler that was run aground and set afire."

Official U.S. Navy Photo No. USN 1116408; 20 June 1966; photographer unknown.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam.  "LITTLE GIRLS ARE THE SAME THE WORLD OVER--they like presents.  Chief Boatswain's Mate C. C. Gardner of the Coast Guard Cutter POINT MAST gives a package of pencils, paper, candy, and plastic toys to a young Vietnamese girl during the cutter's civic action visit to Hom Nam Du.  Gardner has five young children of his own back home with his wife in Wilmer, Alabama."

Coast Guard Photo No. 6177 [Gen. Photo No. 10-18-66 (11)]; Kenneth Parsons, JOC, USCG, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Little Hai, youngest and latest to join the Saigon School for Blind Girls, is cuddled by Coast Guard Chief Machinist John D. Burkholder.  Warrant Officer Burkholder was visiting in Saigon from his duty station 200 miles to the south at An Thoi on Phu Quoc Island, where he leads the Coast Guard Division 11 repair force.  Whenever possible Coast Guard visitors to Saigon stop by the school to visit with the girls and provide cherished companionship."

No photo number; David Jimenez, JO2, USCG, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "COMMUNICATION: In order to facilitate communication with the blind girls Journalist Second Class David Jimenez extends his arm for them to hold on to during a four way conversation in the dental reception room."

No photo number; Captain William N. Banks, USCG, photographer.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. USCGC Point Welcome.  She came under attack by U.S. Air Force aircraft in a friendly fire incident, 11 August 1966.  Her commanding officer and one crewmen were killed.  

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No photo number; no date, photographer unknown. 

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. The inside of the bridge of the USCGC Point Welcome after the cutter was attacked by U.S. Air Force aircraft in a friendly fire incident, 11 August 1966.

The photo was donated to the Coast Guard Historian's Office by BMC Richard Patterson, USCG (Ret.), who was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions in saving the cutter and the surviving crew,

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. A view of the rear of the bridge of the USCGC Point Welcome after the cutter was attacked by U.S. Air Force aircraft in a friendly fire incident, 11 August 1966.

The photo was donated to the Coast Guard Historian's Office by BMC Richard Patterson, USCG (Ret.), who was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions in saving the cutter and the surviving crew.

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. A memorial service held for the Coast Guardsmen killed when U.S. Air Force aircraft mistakenly strafed and bombed the USCGC Point Welcome on the night of 11 August 1966 six times, while the cutter was on patrol near the border between North and South Vietnam.  The attack killed the cutter's commanding officer, LTJG David Brostrom and one crewman, EN2 Jerry Phillips, and wounded five others, including a South Vietnamese liaison officer.

The photo was donated to the Coast Guard Historian's Office by BMC Richard Patterson, USCG (Ret.), who was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions in saving the cutter and the surviving crew, and he appears in the first row, right side of the memorial service photo. 

A photo of the U.S. Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Place: Cat Lo Support Base; Decommission of CG SQ. ONE (1), DIVISION 13, and turnover of WPBs.  This is the last C. G. combat unit in Vietnam."

No photo number; 15 August 1970; Official U. S. Navy Photograph; PH2 Evans, photographer.

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