Photo Gallery

We hope you enjoy our Vietnam Veteran's photo gallery – it's made-up entirely from submissions by members and visitors. If you have a picture you would like to submit, send it with caption information to GW President. [ Click on a thumbnail image for close-up view. Navigate through the pages using the text links at the bottom of each page. ]

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The following images were submitted by: EN3 Mike Kiefer River Division 532 8/67-2/68 at My Tho.

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Forward Gunner River Division 532, 1967 MK1 Twin 50s Monkey At Boat Base MyTho Water Taxi
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Water Taxi Water Taxi
       

The following images were submitted by: Dan Kurant

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STABs Cleaning a Mk-18 Grenade launcher STABs
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STABs We left our mark STABs
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The following images were submitted by: Keith Kurchev

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STAB10, with BM1 William H. Kreklow at the wheel, GMGSN Keith Kurchev standing forward, EN3 Curtis Nelson is sitting, and "Red" (maybe SN Walter Dickard) standing between.    
     

The following images were submitted by: James (Chris) Klinedinst.

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PBR's on Operation Clearwater PBR's on Operation Clearwater
   

Photos submitted by: Rich Krebs Capt, USNR Ret.

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The following images submitted by Melinda Lambert-Gabriel, daughter of: Jimmie Lambert

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Jimmie Lambert, Boat Captain RivDiv 543 Jimmie Lambert was laid to rest at Arlington in August of 2000.

The following images submitted by: Fred Languell

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River Division Maintenance Officers
All of the River Division Maintenance Officers at a Conference April 1970. Fred Languell - River Division 593 is kneeling in the middle/front with glasses, to his left is LT Dick Hicks. Front Row, Far Right, Kneeling: LT Brown, River Division 552, Ben Luc.

Please, help identify other maintenance officers.

   

The following images submitted by: Mark Lemmon

Originally, my orders were for duty on a PBR, but when I got there they were turning them over to VN Navy. So, I ended up in NSF Security. We along with Harbor Security, the K-9 handlers and some arvns keep watch on all the NSF's territory on the Tien Sha Peninsula.
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Tower 16 looking east toward the vil. Deep Water Piers before the Army took over in 70 SN Lemmon on Perimeter watch SCRF/Annex 71 Looking south from tower in SCRF/Annex Tien Sha 70

The following images submitted by: Ronald Lepak

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Getting ready for the Golden Dust Off! 535's patio bar-YRBM-20. Summer 1969 RIVDIV 535 boats leaving Chou Duc
on Vinh Te Canal. to late summer 1969
RIVDIV 535 Boats at operating base, Cambodian Border, east of Vinh Gia, Vinh Teh Canal. VS755620
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RIVDIV 535, life on the Starboard side of the YRMB-20, late summer 1969.
Lt. Ron Lepak and RivDiv yeoman
RIVDIV 535 Boats at operating base, Cambodian Border, east of Vinh Gia, Vinh Teh Canal. VS755620. August/September 1969 RIVDIV 535 on Vinh Te Canal on way to patrol area - late summer 1969. Notice brown bottoms. 535 kept brown bottoms until turnover. Locks on Vinh Teh Canal, VS995760.
Destroyed during French Vietnam war 1950's
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French Locks, Vinh Te canal PBR 725 being lowered into well deck of USS Garrett County, 18 July 1969 PBR 725 , 21 Nov 1969. Lt Waters, Division Maintenance officer,
taking boat to YRBM after action night of 20 Nov, 1969
X-mas presents, December 1969, Vinh Te Canal
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PBR 725, 18 July 1969 Patrol Officer Mike. 535 patrols used the call sign and first initial of the patrol officer. Mike was for monkey. Lt. Lepak, Ass't. Sec Nav Shillito. Dog and Pony show. It must have been the last day or the first day of the month. Visitors didn't pay taxes for earnings during a month they spent any time in a combat zone. Hence most inspections/visits occurred on the last day of one month and the first day of the next month. Therefore: two months worth of "no taxes." Lt. Lepak. Late summer 1969, YRBM-20, Bassac River, near Chou Duc. No one was ever that young!
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Capt. Faulk (CTF116), Lt. Lepak, Mr. Shillito
       

Photos submitted by: Ray Longaker, Jr via Matt Zimmer

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YRBM-21 June 1970 USS Satyr ARL 23 June 1970 YRBM-21 June 1970
     

The following images submitted by: Pat Madden and David White

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River Division 593 January 1969aboard USS Harnett County (LST 821) at Ben Luc on the Vam Co Dong River, Operation Giant Slingshot. Change of Command Ceremony.

   

The following images submitted by: John Malovic

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"Too close" John Malovic, PBR 737. PBR MKI out of Vinh Long, 1968, Div unknown. John Malovic, RivDiv 573, Delta Patrol, PBR 737. Riv Div 573 - boat unknown maybe foxtrot patrol, looks like their "F-troop" flag on their antenna.
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James Roberts - taking care of business "ON PATROL" PBR 737. Bill Keeler, RivDiv 573 - 1968. John Malovic checking pumps.
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"I'm ready" John Malovic, Delta patrol. Riv Div 573 boat dock. Sadec 1968. Pinkstock NSA Sadec 1968. Annapolis Hotel, October 1968.
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View from Annapolis Hotel. ENS Foster, RivDiv 573, Sadec 1968. Sadec on the Mekong River, 1968. EN1 James Roberts, boat captain PBR 737.
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River Division 573 compound entrance, Sadec 1968.
       

The following images submitted by: Russell McConkey

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Forward gunner for Robby Benson crew leader.
   

The following images were submitted by: Doug McWhorter.

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Mac, Mount Captain of Mount 46 on LST 786. Alex Cotten, aboard ship Alex and Wyatt in Hong Kong USS Garrett County (LST 786)
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"USS Garrett County (LST-786) 1969"
       

The following images submitted by: Rod & Linda Morgan

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M-60 Machine Gun MK1 PBR Control Station Twin 50 Caliber Machine Gun Seawolves Scramble
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Joe Vitale Joe Vitale Joe Vitale and Rodney Morgan Chief David Clouse

Black Pony, OV 10, photos submitted by: Gary Moss

narrative: Gary Marker.

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The Naval Air Museum, here in Pensacola, had a Dedication Ceremony for an OV-10A Bronco. The aircraft was an actual VAL-4 Black Pony. The co-pilot, former LTJG Jeff Johnson described how, in this actual aircraft, in support of ambushed PBR units in the U Minh Forest, in the middle of the diving attack, received fatal fire through the canopy, killing the pilot, LT Pete Russell. He was the first "Black Pony" casualty of the war. This occurred on 25 May 1969.

To all,

LTJG Jeff Johnson pulled the Bronco out of a dive just prior to crashing. We The Black Ponies were told by PBR crews that the OV-10A Bronco was at treetop level when Jeff Johnson saved the aircraft from his back seat pilot position.

With LT Pete Russell KIA, while in the Bronco's front seat, LTJG Johnson landed at Binh Thuy with our Hero Pete Russell joining many other Naval Aviators who died with their boots on while fighting the enemy and preserving freedom.

Gary Marker
VAL-4 Black Ponies Plank Owner
     

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