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U.S. COAST GUARD IN VIETNAM:

A GALLERY OF HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS

COAST GUARD SQUADRON THREE
(Part 1 of 3)


U.S. Coast Guard Squadron Three, commissioned 24 April 1967.

  A photo a Coast Guard Vietnam unit patch.

Early in 1967, the Navy forces assigned to MARKET TIME and other operations were being stretched thin. As a result, the Navy requested that the Coast Guard provide five high endurance cutters (WHEC) for duty with the Coastal Surveillance Forces. On April 24, 1967, Coast Guard Squadron Three was formed at Pearl Harbor. Two days later the squadron sailed from Pearl Harbor and arrived at Subic Bay on May 10. [Eugene Tulich, The United States Coast Guard in South East Asia During the Vietnam Conflict.]

Ultimately 30 high endurance cutters served in Squadron Three during its existence from April, 1967 through January, 1972.  The Navy assigned the cutters to the Gulf of Thailand for 5"/38 gunfire support of Ong Doc as well as logistic support to patrol boats.  Squadron Three operated from bases in Da Nang, Cat Lo and An Thoi. [A. Lainge Bailey, Silent Partners in Vietnam.]


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 Coast Guard in Vietnam. "USCGC GRESHAM ON MARKET TIME: As flagship of the newly-formed Coast Guard Squadron Three, Gresham leads the five-ship convoy west from Pearl Harbor to the Philippines.  From Subic Bay, after last minute briefings and additional training, the cutters sailed on to Vietnam and Market Time patrols."

Coast Guard Photo Number Gresham-050867-1 (#1 of 10); M.E. Beach, SN, USCG, photographer

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Crossing the Equator: The shellbacks initiate the polywogs [sic] into the kingdom of Neptunus Rex." USCGC Campbell Cruise Book, Vietnam, 1967-1968, page 77.
A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "[Initiation into the Realm of the] Golden Dragon: The Royal Family." Minnie Log USCGC Minnetonka Whec-67 on Marketime patrol; Viet Nam Deployment with Coast Guard Squadron Three [Cruise Book]; December 17, 1967 to October 17, 1968, page 27.
A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "COAST GUARD IN VIETNAM: Five white 311-foot cutters of the recently established Coast Guard Squadron Three assigned to "Market Time" coastal surveillance in South Vietnam are tied up alongside Navy repair ship USS JASON (AR-8) after arriving at Subic Bay, P.I.  From the left are the USCGC HALF MOON, USCGC YAKUTAT, USCGC GRESHAM, USCGC BARATARIA, and USCGC BERING STRAIT."

Coast Guard Photo Rel. No. 6201; 4 August 1967; photo by CDR Richard Morse, USCG, commanding officer of Barataria.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Underway replenishment soon becomes a way of life for ships on Market Time.  Navy supply ships bringing fuel, ammunition, food, mail and personnel sail up and down the Vietnamese coast by day and night.  The cutter pulls alongside about 100 to 120 feet from the ship and the cargo is passed via highline while the ships maintain constant speed.  At times the supply ships are passing provisions to two ships at once; one on either side.  Here an oiler sends a crewman to Gresham."

Coast Guard Photo Number Gresham-061967-11 (#3 of 10); M.E. Beach, SN, USCG, photographer

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "RM2 WILLIAM ROSSANO FEATURE STORY: One of Bill's inport duties is acting as a Shore Patrol Petty Officer for a day's duty.  GRESHAM has visited Hong Kong; Sattahip (Thailand); Sasebo (Japan); Singapore; Kaohsiung (Taiwan); and Subic Bay, (R.P.) during her 10 months in WESTPAC.  Here Petty Officer Rossano salutes the Officer of the Day prior to departing on his assigned S.P. duty."

Coast Guard Photo Number Gresham-121867-1 (#5 of 5); photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "RM2 WILLIAM ROSSANO FEATURE STORY: Radioman Second Class Rossano listening on the international distress frequency 500 Kcs.  His alertness may well intercept an SOS that will spring his ship, the USCGC GRESHAM, to a quick response resulting in the saving of lives on the high seas for which the service is noted."

Coast Guard Photo Number Gresham-120167-1 (#1 of 5); photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "USCGC GRESHAM ON MARKET TIME: 'VERTREPS' (vertical replenishment) are a less common means of receiving supplies aboard ship off the coast of Vietnam.  Cargo deposited on Gresham's fantail by the CH-46A Sea Knight must be moved quickly to make room for the next load."

Coast Guard Photo Number Gresham-091767-1 (#5 of 10); M. E. Beach, SN, USCG, photographer

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "USCGC GRESHAM ON MARKET TIME: While one man stands guard with an M-16 rifle, other members of Gresham's boarding party inspect a fishing junk's documents and search its cargo for contraband.  Although this duty is tiresome and boring, it can also be dangerous; and it is very important to the ultimate goal of Market Time."

Coast Guard Photo Number Gresham-081567-2 (#7 of 10); M. E. Beach, SN, USCG, photographer

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "USCGC GRESHAM ON MARKET TIME: Gresham's five-incher provides gunfire support for friendly forces ashore in South Vietnam.  On at least 10 occasions during the past few months, she has been called upon to bombard enemy staging areas, supply points, or troop concentrations several miles inland, and in each instance the accuracy of her fire has been sufficient to accomplish the intended objective.  She is also equipped with several .50 caliber machine guns and 81mm mortars for use in short range combat."

Coast Guard Photo Number Gresham-111767-1 (#8 of 10); M. E. Beach, SN, USCG, photographer

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "WHILE EMPTY BRASS SHELL CASINGS PILE UP. . . . .on Minnetonka's deck, the mount captain, Chief Boatswain's Mate Mondel N. Watkins of Picayune, Miss. leans from the turret to watch the shell burst.  Gunfire support missions, such as this one, are hot and tiresome jobs not only for the men above decks, but also for the ammunition handlers in the cutter's magazines."

Coast Guard Photo No. 062968 (5 of 5); Release No. 57-68; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "USCGC GRESHAM ON MARKET TIME: Two of her 'charges' approach Gresham to receive food, ammunition and fresh crews.  The speedy little swift boats help cover the Market Time patrol areas in closer to shore, but depend upon the larger ships for support.  Normally the six-man swift boat crews spend 24 hours on patrol, then switch crews for the next 24.  On many Market Time stations the relief crews actually live aboard the cutters while waiting for their next patrol."

Coast Guard Photo Number Gresham-091367-1 (#9 of 10); M. E. Beach, SN, USCG, photographer

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "USCGC GRESHAM ON MARKET TIME: The 82-foot Coast Guard Cutter Point Banks comes alongside Gresham to take on supplies.  The 26 82-footers which comprise Coast Guard Squadron One in Vietnam work hand-in-hand with the five high endurance cutters of Coast Guard Squadron Three on Market Time.  Although both squadrons operate under the Navy's Seventh Fleet, to a man they don't forget they are Coast Guard."

Coast Guard Photo Number Gresham-062367-1 (#10 of 10); M. E. Beach, SN, USCG, photographer

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "'MEDCAP' AT SONG ONG DOC DISPENSARY - CIVIC ACTION PROGRAM: Song Ong Doc is about 60 miles south of An Thoi in South Vietnam.  A coastal hamlet of some 2,300 people, its primary industry is fish, a commodity which is both a dietary staple and a valuable bartering item for other goods." (1 of 6 photos)

USCGRONTHREE REL. NO. 84-68; 22 November 1968; L.D. Worth, JOC, USCG, photographer

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. 'MEDCAP' AT SONG ONG DOC DISPENSARY - CIVIC ACTION PROGRAM: While the doctor worked, Coast Guardsmen mingle with the crowd.  Here, candy being distributed failed to detract from the children's fondness for the camera." (4 of 6 photos)

USCGRONTHREE REL. NO. 84-68; 22 November 1968; L.D. Worth, JOC, USCG, photographer

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "MATHEMATICS THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE: Lieutenant (junior grade) Verrilo and his students take a break from their mathematics class.  Mr. Verrilo, besides teaching the knowledge hungry children arithmetic, also supervised the construction of two wells that were built for the inhabitants of two island in the Gulf of Thailand."

Release No: VN21-68 (VN 6-6-68-01); 8 June 1968; E.M. Conlon, JO2, USCG, photographer

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "A boarding party comprised of a Boarding Officer, Boarding Petty Officer, Medical Representative, and boat crew departs the YAKUTAT to examine contents of cargo and validity of registration on board a Vietnamese motorized junk in the South China Sea."

Coast Guard Photo YAKUTAT-1CGD-060967-7; 9 June 1967; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Inspection of junk successfully completed, the YAK'S small boat with boarding crew departs the fishing vessel and heads for the YAKUTAT."

Coast Guard Photo YAKUTAT 1CGD-060967-14; 9 June 1967; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "CUTTER HALF MOON RECEIVING STORES: While on Market Time patrol in South Vietnam, the 311-foot U.S. Coast Guard Cutter HALF MOON is replenished with stores by high line transfer from the Navy cargo ship USS CASTOR.  The cutter receives four replenishments a week while underway from various Navy vessels of the 7th Fleet.  In exchange here the HALF MOON passed a Coast Guard birthday cake (celebrating the Coast Guard's 177th anniversary, August 4, 1967) by high line to the CASTOR."

Coast Guard Photo Rel No. 6212 (HALF MOON-090567 (01)) [EAS?]; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Crewmen cart high explosive projectiles across the deck of the 311-foot U.S. Coast Guard Cutter HALF MOON for the ship's five-inch gun to hurl at a Viet Cong emplacement near a U.S. Special Forces Camp in the Song on Doc area, South Vietnam.  The HALF MOON provides gunfire support when needed by U.S. Shore forces in addition to her Market Time patrol duties of preventing contraband materials from being supplied the Viet Cong from the sea."

Coast Guard Photo Rel. No. 6215; 12/67; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "Battle Station -- The five-inch gun on board the 311-ft. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter HALF MOON blasts at a Viet Cong stronghold in the Song Ong Doc area in South Vietnam."

Coast Guard Photo Rel. No. 6218; EAS/bjh; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "CUTTER HALF MOON REFUELING JUNK FORCE: The 311-foot U.S. Coast Guard Cutter HALF MOON, assigned to Area 8 Market Time, refuels vessels of the Vietnamese junk force at Hon Khoai Island, South Vietnam.  From 6,000 to 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel, contained in 55 gallon oil drums, must be furnished periodically by the cutter to this inshore Vietnamese junk force which patrols the canals and inland waterways of South Vietnam."

Coast Guard Photo Rel. No. 6213; (HALF MOON 09-05-67 (02)); EAS; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam.

No caption [explosion of VC trawler, 1 March 1968, destroyed by Androscoggin]

US Coast Guard Cutter ANDROSCOGGIN Deployment in Viet-Nam; Nov. 1967--Sept. 1968 [Cruise Book], page 65.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. No caption [explosion of VC trawler, 1 March 1968, destroyed by Androscoggin]

US Coast Guard Cutter ANDROSCOGGIN Deployment in Viet-Nam; Nov. 1967--Sept. 1968 [Cruise Book], page 65.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam "A captured Viet Cong from the morning's raid by the junk force and 82 footer is guarded while his companion is undergoing surgery aboard the Andy in a futile attempt to save his life for further interrogation."

US Coast Guard Cutter ANDROSCOGGIN Deployment in Viet-Nam; Nov. 1967--Sept. 1968 [Cruise Book], page 86.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "LTJG Jones is stampeded by village children when someone yelled that he had candy to give away!  The candy and a sack-race were a part of the party we held for the youngsters.  The village reciprocated by throwing a special native food and drink party for us.  The school children put on a dance and song program.  One point we noticed was that their songs were not happy songs, but then their whole life has been lived during constant conflict."

US Coast Guard Cutter ANDROSCOGGIN Deployment in Viet-Nam; Nov. 1967--Sept. 1968 [Cruise Book], page 61.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "We even made it to one of Viet-Nam's sandy white beaches at An Thoi on Phu Quoc Island in the Gulf of Siam near the Cambodian border.  This was an afternoon of swimming in the clear, warm 90 degree water and a chance to watch a USO Show complete with Hollywood movie starlets.  The afternoon's fun over we went back to the Andy's anchorage in the harbor in a Navy landing craft.  Soon we were back on our patrol routine."

US Coast Guard Cutter ANDROSCOGGIN Deployment in Viet-Nam; Nov. 1967--Sept. 1968 [Cruise Book], page 68. 

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "and now . . . Full Speed Ahead To Our Next Assignment--SEMPER PARATUS!"

US Coast Guard Cutter ANDROSCOGGIN Deployment in Viet-Nam; Nov. 1967--Sept. 1968 [Cruise Book], page 96.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "W O W . . . . . .The initials of these three high endurance cutters spell out that expression of surprise as the nest alongside Riviera Pier at the U.S. Naval Base, Subic Bay, R.P.  The three, Winnebago, Owasco, and Winona, along with a fourth unit of Coast Guard Squadron Three, the Bibb, were in Subic Bay for inchop, outchop, and upkeep, marking the first time that this many ships of the five-cutter squadron had visited there since it was formed 18 months ago.  The squadron is a part of the Seventh Fleet's Cruiser Destroyer Group and the cutters serve on the Coastal Surveillance Force's Operation Market Time in Vietnam."

COMCOGARDRONTHREE PHOTO NO. 101068-01; 18 October 1968; Dale Cross,JOC, USCG, photographer. 

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "While assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Squadron Three at South Vietnam, the 255-ft. Cutter OWASCO (WHEC-39) is seen unrepping with the USS GUADALUPE (AO-32) after refueling from the Navy tanker during Market Time patrol."

Coast Guard Photo No. 6309; EAS; photographer unknown.

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "COAST GUARD CUTTER STANDS BY while boarding party completes its task of checking suspicious junk.  Poles above the junk's decks are used by the Vietnamese fishermen for drying their catch.  The stakes with their colorful flags are used as fish net markers."

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Coast Guard Photo No. 022268-08 (#8 of 8); Release No. 32-68; Contact: JOC Cross

A photo of the Coast Guard in Vietnam. "The 311-foot high endurance Cutter GRESHAM (WHEC 387)."

No number listed; date unknown; M.E. Beach, SN, USCG, photographer.

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