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U.S. COAST GUARD IN VIETNAM:

A GALLERY OF HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS

COAST GUARD SQUADRON THREE (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 a cutter in Vietnam No caption; taken from: U.S.C.G.C. Mendota WHEC-69 Southeast Asia Deployment 1969 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p.1.

A color profile photo of the CGC Mendota, circa 1969.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "Naval Gunfire Support: On occasions the MENDOTA was called on to use her 5"/38 caliber gun to hit enemy targets.  Some days we would fire for the U.S. Navy's operations at 0800 and then for the U.S. Army at 2100 and then fire H&I for the Army of the Republic of Viet Nam.  Our enemy was never seen and we seldom saw the results of our shooting but we developed an excellent Naval Gunfire team that drew praise every time it shot."

U.S.C.G.C. Mendota WHEC-69 Southeast Asia Deployment 1969 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 24.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "Coast Guard 82's: Our fellow Coast Guardsmen were also active in Viet Nam.  They rode 82 foot patrol boats in the inshore Market Time areas.  40 times we were called by them asking permission to come alongside.  While we pumped JP-5, loaded ammunition and food or repaired a radar set, we had a chance to meet old shipmates or talk about the next stateside assignments.  Our ties seemed a little closer to the 82's so far from home."

U.S.C.G.C. Mendota WHEC-69 Southeast Asia Deployment 1969 [Vietnam Cruise Book], pp. 31-32.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "SWIFT BOATS: One of our duties in our patrol areas was to be mother ship to U.S. Navy Swift Boats.  These fast 50 foot boats were opening up many of the rivers and canals held by the enemy.  Since there was no base close by they came to us for fuel, water, ammunition, food, and rest.  We often repaired their boats or gave medical aid to the wounded."

U.S.C.G.C. Mendota WHEC-69 Southeast Asia Deployment 1969 [Vietnam Cruise Book], pp. 28-29.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "VIET NAM GROUND FORCES: More than once we acted as a troop transport, operational base, and rest stop for Cambodian and Chinese Mercenaries, SEAL Teams, and Hoi Chi troops.  We also supported their ground operations with gunfire and medical assistance."

U.S.C.G.C. Mendota WHEC-69 Southeast Asia Deployment 1969 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 27.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam " MEDCAPS: Ten times we sent our Doctor and corpsman ashore to treat the civilian population.  We held our MEDCAPS (Medical Care of the Civilian Population) in the fishing village of Song Ong Doc, on the west coast of South Vietnam.  This village of 2500 is a refugee center in the middle of Viet Cong held territory.  Besides treating over 800 South Vietnamese our crew helped rebuild the small dispensary and we distributed over 600 pounds of clothing from the Portsmouth, Virginia Coast Guard Wives Club.  These Medcaps gave many of our crew a first hand look at the war torn country of South Viet Nam."

U.S.C.G.C. Mendota WHEC-69 Southeast Asia Deployment 1969 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 21.  

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "MEDCAPS: SONG ONG DOC"

U.S.C.G.C. Mendota WHEC-69 Southeast Asia Deployment 1969 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 23.  

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "HONG KONG: PEARL OF THE ORIENT: MARY SOO became a member of the crew for the month we spent in Hong Kong.  Although she is a wealthy woman she set up shop on the fantail and supervised her side cleaners.  Her girls painted the entire ship inside and out for some empty brass shells and whatever spare material we could give her.  We will always remember Mary Soo whenever we think of our visit to Hong Kong."

U.S.C.G.C. Mendota WHEC-69 Southeast Asia Deployment 1969 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 37.  

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "ET's"

U.S.C.G.C. Mendota WHEC-69 Southeast Asia Deployment 1969 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 55.  

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "WAR IS HELL!"

U.S.C.G.C. Mendota WHEC-69 Southeast Asia Deployment 1969 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 81.  

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam ". . .Other days we were tossed by a combination of sea, wind, and long Pacific swell!"

US Coast Guard Cutter ANDROSCOGGIN Deployment in Viet-Nam; Nov. 1967--Sept. 1968 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 5.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "At Times We Could Even Relax."

US Coast Guard Cutter ANDROSCOGGIN Deployment in Viet-Nam; Nov. 1967--Sept. 1968 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 13.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "At Times We Could Even Relax."

US Coast Guard Cutter ANDROSCOGGIN Deployment in Viet-Nam; Nov. 1967--Sept. 1968 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 14.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam

"At Times We Could Even Relax."

US Coast Guard Cutter ANDROSCOGGIN Deployment in Viet-Nam; Nov. 1967--Sept. 1968 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 14.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam Supply Department: standing [left to right]--TN Freddie Hurgo, SD1 Horrace Burnett, SD2 David Bayle; front [left to right]--TN Ruperto Dela Pena, SD3 Cresancio Baquiran, TN Romeo Maravilla."

US Coast Guard Cutter ANDROSCOGGIN Deployment in Viet-Nam; Nov. 1967--Sept. 1968 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 18.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam SONG-ONG-DOC SOUTH VIET-NAM: Song-Ong-Doc, pro-Saigon government village of 2500 people on the Southwest side of South Viet-Nam on the Gulf of Siam.  Many of its people are newly arrived from Viet Cong controlled hamlets and the village is isolated by the VC.  US Army advisors maintain a group here to assist South Vietnamese Regional Forces."

US Coast Guard Cutter ANDROSCOGGIN Deployment in Viet-Nam; Nov. 1967--Sept. 1968 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 21.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "Sister ship to the Viet Cong infiltration vessel that we attacked [1 March 1968]."

US Coast Guard Cutter ANDROSCOGGIN Deployment in Viet-Nam; Nov. 1967--Sept. 1968 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 47.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "Occasionally a different type of vessel was encountered.  Here is the yacht Phoenix--the American Quaker vessel purported to have been delivering medical supplies to North Viet Nam and units of the Viet Cong."

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

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "USCGC KLAMATH (WHEC 66), Seattle, Washington [circa 1969]."

USCGC Klamath: Market Time Patrol [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 2.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "NOW, SET THE BOARDING DETAIL: CLARK'S COMMANDOES."

USCGC Klamath: Market Time Patrol [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 60.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam  

"NOW, SET THE BOARDING DETAIL: SWING INTO ACTION."

USCGC Klamath: Market Time Patrol [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 60.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "NOW, SET THE BOARDING DETAIL: UNDER EXCELLENT COVER."

USCGC Klamath: Market Time Patrol [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 60.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "NOW, SET THE BOARDING DETAIL: [TO BOARD]. . .AND SEARCH."

USCGC Klamath: Market Time Patrol [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 60.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "NOW, SET THE BOARDING DETAIL: The Search Goes On: CHECKING OUT THE CARGO."

USCGC Klamath: Market Time Patrol [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 61.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "BEER CALL"

USCGC Klamath: Market Time Patrol [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 71.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "AFTER A LONG HARD DAY OF SHOOTING. . ."

U.S.C.G.C. Mellon 717; WESTPACK Deployment 1970 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 37.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "MEDCAPS: THROUGHOUT THE DEPLOYMENT WE HELD FIVE MEDCAPS (MEDICAL CIVIL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM) ON SOME OF THESE MISSIONS, THE GUARDS CARRIED CAMERAS AND CANDY.  BUT ON MOST THEY HAD TO CARRY GUNS.  THE PRIMARY MISSION, IN EITHER CASE WAS TO RENDER MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO VIETNAMESE CIVILIANS.  DR. TAYLOR, HMC GRAVISS, AND SN FINGER TREATED OVER A THOUSAND PATIENTS DURING 'IN COUNTRY' VISITS."

U.S.C.G.C. Mellon 717; WESTPACK Deployment 1970 [Vietnam Cruise Book], pp. 41-42.

  A photo of a cutter in Vietnam MEDCAPS: THROUGHOUT THE DEPLOYMENT WE HELD FIVE MEDCAPS (MEDICAL CIVIL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM) ON SOME OF THESE MISSIONS, THE GUARDS CARRIED CAMERAS AND CANDY.  BUT ON MOST THEY HAD TO CARRY GUNS.  THE PRIMARY MISSION, IN EITHER CASE WAS TO RENDER MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO VIETNAMESE CIVILIANS.  DR. TAYLOR, HMC GRAVISS, AND SN FINGER TREATED OVER A THOUSAND PATIENTS DURING 'IN COUNTRY' VISITS."

U.S.C.G.C. Mellon 717; WESTPACK Deployment 1970 [Vietnam Cruise Book], pp. 41-42. 

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam MEDCAPS: THROUGHOUT THE DEPLOYMENT WE HELD FIVE MEDCAPS (MEDICAL CIVIL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM) ON SOME OF THESE MISSIONS, THE GUARDS CARRIED CAMERAS AND CANDY.  BUT ON MOST THEY HAD TO CARRY GUNS.  THE PRIMARY MISSION, IN EITHER CASE WAS TO RENDER MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO VIETNAMESE CIVILIANS.  DR. TAYLOR, HMC GRAVISS, AND SN FINGER TREATED OVER A THOUSAND PATIENTS DURING 'IN COUNTRY' VISITS."

U.S.C.G.C. Mellon 717; WESTPACK Deployment 1970 [Vietnam Cruise Book], pp. 41-42.  

  A photo of a cutter in Vietnam  "OPERATIONS: CHIEFS [left to right]: YNCP COREY, QMC HARTEN, RMC HEMENWAY, ETCP HUGHES."

U.S.C.G.C. Mellon 717; WESTPACK Deployment 1970 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 55.  

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "IN HONG KONG WE HELD OUR SHIPS PARTY FOR TWO NIGHTS.  THERE WAS PLENTY OF CHINESE FOODS AND DRINKS.  OF COURSE THE NEXT DAY THERE WAS AN ABUNDANT SUPPLY OF HANGOVERS."

U.S.C.G.C. Mellon 717; WESTPACK Deployment 1970 [Vietnam Cruise Book], p. 36.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam No caption [Owasco undergoing an underway replenishment.]

USCGC Owasco (WHEC-39): A Pictorial History of Its Deployment to Southeast Asia--Viet Nam During 1968-1969, p. 2.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam ". . . COMMAND, FIRE . . . (if you look close in upper left, you can see the projectile)."

USCGC Owasco (WHEC-39): A Pictorial History of Its Deployment to Southeast Asia--Viet Nam During 1968-1969, p. 55.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "U.S. NAVAL BASE, SUBIC BAY, PHILIPPINES: 'Whiter than white' BM2 Ward, SN Poole, SN Rooney."

USCGC Owasco (WHEC-39): A Pictorial History of Its Deployment to Southeast Asia--Viet Nam During 1968-1969, p. 26. 

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam HONG KONG: "Eh, what's up, Doc?"

USCGC Owasco (WHEC-39): A Pictorial History of Its Deployment to Southeast Asia--Viet Nam During 1968-1969, p. 45. 

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "USS NEW JERSEY. . .SHE SOMETIMES NEEDED OUR HELP: The Battleship New Jersey and Coast Guard Cutter Owasco shown operating together off the coast of Vietnam."

USCGC Owasco (WHEC-39): A Pictorial History of Its Deployment to Southeast Asia--Viet Nam During 1968-1969, p. 63. 

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam ". . .WE WERE OFTEN ENGAGED IN SERVICING OUR OWN WPG'S (82')."

USCGC Owasco (WHEC-39): A Pictorial History of Its Deployment to Southeast Asia--Viet Nam During 1968-1969, p. 67.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "UNREPS WITH 'PCF's': Often we acted as a mobile base for these small craft.  They used our facilities for ammo, fuel, hot meals, and our medical team for the wounded, if needed.  The men of these small craft were sometimes happy and sometimes sad.  Often, we did not have to ask, 'How was it? -- their faces and haste told us."

USCGC Owasco (WHEC-39): A Pictorial History of Its Deployment to Southeast Asia--Viet Nam During 1968-1969, p. 65.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam No caption. [Replenishing PCF's.]

USCGC Owasco (WHEC-39): A Pictorial History of Its Deployment to Southeast Asia--Viet Nam During 1968-1969, p. 3.

A photo of a cutter in Vietnam "On 9 November 1968 we received a call for help from PCF #70 and a hurried mission of mercy began. . .

THE PCF-70 INCIDENT: 

     SIX OWASCO CREWMEN WERE CITED FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE AS A RESULT OF DIRECT ACTION WITH THE ENEMY, WHILE THE SHIP WAS PATROLLING MARKET TIME AREA TWO ON WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER 1968.  THE SIX MEN HAD JUST COMPLETED A MEDCAP MISSION ASHORE IN PHOUCTHAN. . .EMBARKED IN NAVY SWIFT BOAT PCF-75 FOR RENDEZVOUS WITH THE OWASCO, THE BOAT, IN COMPANY WITH THE ILL-FATED PCF-70, RECEIVED HOSTILE GUNFIRE DURING WHICH PCF-70 PERSONNEL WERE HIT FROM A SURPRISE RECOILLESS RIFLE AMBUSH ON THE BEACH.  TWO MEN WERE KILLED AND FOUR OTHERS WOUNDED.
     LCDR SPOTT USPHS (MEDICAL OFFICER) AND SN MAISON (CORPSMAN ASSISTANT) RENDERED MEDICAL AID IN THE MIDST OF THE ENEMY ATTACK.  FOUR OTHER OWASCO MEN, LTJG MACK, BM2 SCHEYER, DC3 BANE, EM3 SWITLIK ALL ASSISTED IN RESCUE AND SALVAGE OPERATIONS TO THE BATTLE DAMAGED NAVY CRAFT.  
     FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENT UNDER FIRE, DOCTOR SPOTT AND SEAMAN MAISON RECEIVED NAVY COMMENDATION MEDALS, WHILE THE OTHER FOUR WERE CITED IN LETTERS OF COMMENDATION BY COMMANDER, SEVENTH FLEET.
     ON 19 JUNE 1969, LTJG WARREN HUDSON USN, THE PCF-70 SKIPPER WHO WAS WOUNDED IN THE ACTION, VISITED THE OWASCO IN NEW LONDON TO EXPRESS HIS THANKS TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER."

USCGC Owasco (WHEC-39): A Pictorial History of Its Deployment to Southeast Asia--Viet Nam During 1968-1969, p. 66. 

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