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PCF 19   

Crew e-mail Address Dates Base Comments CTF 115 In Out

13 February 1966 DaNang first arrived in South Vietnam 2/13/66 —–

  • Paul V. Murphy, LTJG, OinC 2/66-12/66 DaNang/Chu Lai was from Highlands, NJ 1/23/66 12/15/66
  • Eutiquio (Nmn) Garcia, BM2 2/66-12/66 DaNang/Chu Lai 2/13/66 12/7/66
  • George Herman Hays, EN2 2/66-12/66 DaNang/Chu Lai 2/13/66 12/8/66
  • Douglas Owen Yeaman, GMG3/2 2/66-12/66 DaNang/Chu Lai deceased 6/21/08 in Riverside, CA 2/13/66 7/1/67
  • Gary H. Martin, RMSN/3 2/66-12/66 DaNang/Chu Lai was from the Seattle, WA area 2/13/66 12/7/66
  • Richard Dale Bostick, SN bostick_richard@yahoo.com 2/66-12/66 DaNang/Chu Lai Midway, OH 2/13/66 ???
  • Walter Carl Wise Jr, LTJG, OinC 2/66-12/66 DaNang Jasper, AL 2/13/66 12/18/66
  • Gilbert Felix Gallegos, BM1 2/66-1/67 DaNang deceased 4/16/06 in Ponderosa, NM 2/13/66 12/7/66
  • Max Edwin White, LTJG, OinC 3/66-1/67 DaNang 3/25/66 1/19/67
  • Harry James Grady, RM3 3/66-3/67 DaNang 3/24/66 3/18/67
  • Manuel F. Zermeno, BM2/1 3/66-3/67 DaNang 3/24/66 3/2/67
  • Robert D. Ramsey, GMG2 3/66-3/67 DaNang 3/24/66 ???
  • Robert Carroll Lehman Jr, EN3 3/66-3/67 DaNang deceased 6/12/04 in Largo, FL 3/24/66 12/8/66
  • Alton Raybou Gunther, EN2 3/66-3/67 DaNang 3/7/66 ???
  • Richard Lee Nitz, SN/ETN3 rlnitz@aol.com 3/66-3/67 DaNang/Chu Lai/Hue Troy, NY 3/24/66 3/1/67
  • James Douglas Harrison, LTJG, OinC jdharrison@braemarnet.com 4/67-10/21/67 Chu Lai Fairfax, VA 11/7/66 10/21/67
  • Andrew Wallace “Tony” Herman, RM2/1 hermana001@hawaii.rr.com 4/67-10/67 Chu Lai Waipahu, HI 10/29/66 ???
  •     ??-1/68 overhaul at NSF Cam Ranh —– —–
  • Paul Douglas Burgess, LTJG, OinC 2/68-6/68 DaNang ?Boca Raton, FL? 8/8/67 8/9/68
  • Dennis Michael O’Donnell, QM1 2/68-6/68 DaNang ?deceased 9/25/94 in Compton, CA? 8/11/67
  • George Archer Sayres Jr, BM2 2/68-6/68 DaNang deceased 1/15/96 in San Bernardino, CA 8/11/67 8/12/68
  • Larry Blaine Heavner, EN2 2/68-6/68 DaNang deceased 7/1/03 in Moorefield, WV 8/11/67 8/12/68
  • Larry James Schluckbier, BM2 2/68-6/68 DaNang Spring Hill, FL 4/5/67 8/12/68
  • Alexander Radisa Jr, QM2 2/68-5/68 DaNang deceased 12/29/98 in Akron, OH 7/8/67 ???
  • John David Davis, LTJG, OinC -6/16/68 DaNang TRF to NAVHOSP SDGO 8/9/68 – deceased 1/21/06 in Niles, OH 1/5/68 8/9/68
  • John Robert Anderegg, GMGSA -6/16/68 DaNang deceased 10/8/83 in Fithian, IL (Flyer) (Memorial) 1/8/68 ???
  • Billy Stanley Armstrong, GMG3/2 -6/16/68 DaNang KIA 6/16/68 – West Helena, AR 1/8/68 —–
  • Frank (Nmn) Bowman, QM2 -6/16/68 DaNang KIA 6/16/68 (never recovered) – Walterborough, SC 1/8/68 —–
  • Anthony Gordon Chandler, BM3/2 -6/16/68 DaNang KIA 6/16/68 – Warner Robins, GA (Story) 1/8/68 —–
  • Edward Cruz Cruz, EN2 -6/16/68 DaNang KIA 6/16/68 – Inarajan, Guam 1/8/68 —–
  • Mui Quang Thi – Interpreter -6/16/68 DaNang KIA 6/16/68 – DaNang, RVN —– —–
  • PCFs 19 thru 22 were delivered to DaNang, from Subic Bay, PI, onboard the USS Fort Marion LSD 22 on 13 February 1966.
  • On 19 February 1966, became the first DaNang Swift Boat to engage and sink a junk that had been attempting to evade being boarded and searched.

  • On the evening of 1 May 1967, a CH-46 helicopter enroute to the USS Sanctuary AH 17 with 13 patients aboard crashed 31 miles south of DaNang. USCGC Point Orient and PCF 19 joined a number of US Seventh Fleet units in an all-night search for survivors. Nine of the helicopter’s 17 occupants were rescued.

  • On 14 May 1967, PCF 99 received automatic weapons fire from the shore while conducting a “psywar” loudspeaker mission 67 miles south of DaNang PCF 19 joined to assist and provided cover as PCF 99 engaged the enemy positions. During the encounter, PCF 99 sustained eight hits which wounded four of the crew and forced the Swift boat to withdraw. PCF 75 then arrived on the scene and, together with PCF 19, conducted ten firing runs against the ambush area while a fourth Swift boat, PCF 76, provided covering mortar fire. During the action, PCFs 19 and 76 each were struck six times by enemy fire and PCF 75 sustained the loss of an antenna. The extent of Viet Cong casualties was undetermined.. Full Story

  • On 11 October 1967, while closing the beach approximately five miles northeast of Cape Batangan to investigate a small junk, PCF 79 received approximately 100 round of automatic-weapons fire from three positions. PCF 79 sustained on hit at the waterline and was subsequently joined by PCFs 19 and 54 and the USS New DD 818. All hostile fire, which came from a total of six different positions, was suppressed as the various craft completely saturated the area with their weapons.

  • At approximately 0100, 15 or 16 June 1968, the date is disputed, PCF 19 came under attack by ?enemy aircraft, helicopters and/or fixed wing?, in the vicinity of the Cua Viet river. In the ensuing attack, PCF 19 was sunk, by rocket fire, after taking at least five (5) hits, and with the loss of four (4) crewmen and the VNN rider.
    The OinC and gunners mate were rescued, from the water, by the USCG Point Dume. PCF 19 was completely destroyed, 19 June 1968, by personnel from the USS Acme MSO 508. Story
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