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Entry Date: 2022-08-28 16:05:36
Name: Bruce
Email: bruce@hawaii-pacific.com
City: Kurtistown
State: HI
Unit: River Divison 543
Dates In Country: 10-68 To 8-69

I have been working on the page. Hopefully it all works.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 17:07:55
Name: Chuck Orr
Email:
City: San Diego
State: CA
Unit:
Dates In Country:

One of your "brothers" Mike (Trojanowski) Wiley, my closest cousin, has died. I will pass on any news about when he will be buried. Thank you for having pictures from his tour as a brown water sailor.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 17:06:20
Name: Bruce Meier
Email: bruce@hawaii-pacific.com
City: Kurtistown
State: HI
Unit: River Divison 543--
Dates In Country: 10-68 To 10-70

Hi all. I have been working on the site again and would like to put a lot more up. I could also use some advice on how the site could be better. Thanks Duck

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 17:04:15
Name: joseph a roy
Email: tigerladyjr@msn.com
City: kaplan
State: La
Unit: river division 543 1967-1968
Dates In Country:

hello from retired bmc with sbu 22 in 1992,would like to hear from any one that served with me. looking for ruben castro gunners mate 2nd would like to hear from him.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 17:02:21
Name: Thom Coates GM1(SWCC)
Email: coatesh@navspecwarcen.navy.mil
City: San Diego
State: CA
Unit: Naval Special Warfare Center
Dates In Country:

Gentlemen: I am an active "boatguy", that traces my boat lineage to you. I am currently an Instructor at the Naval Special Warfare Center and am looking to contacting a few of my "fore-fathers" and learn more about our history. I am also looking to find a guest speaker to come and talk to the new graduates that are scheduled to graduate 29 Aug. 2003. If you have questions for me or about how the community has changed please contact me.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 17:00:22
Name: Scott A Keating
Email: scottkeating287@yahoo.com
City: Brunswick
State: Me
Unit: none
Dates In Country:

I am looking for anyone who knew my dad. Charles Scott Keating, he was on 543, 547, and one in the 590's and was in Nha BE and the Delta, please email me if any info he had a friend who nickname was TENNESSEE. Thank for all of you and I returned the favor by myself defending you in todays NAVY!

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:58:15
Name: Steven mike Grigg
Email: grigg50@aol.com
City: Clover
State: SC
Unit: 4/9/25th manchu
Dates In Country:

was with Navy around Thanksgiving 69 army chopper crashed in river dropping leaflets about army-navy football game. was on pbr with navy gunner nickname Porky.Trying to remeber.Was with navy to ride patrols to count kills.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:56:07
Name: Wayne Wactor
Email: wactorw.bellsouth.net
City: Folsom
State: Louisiana
Unit:
Dates In Country:

Served in 543 when QMC Anderson was killed. Don't remember boat number. Left Unit around Feb. of 1969. Was GMG 3. Hope to hear from you'll soon.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:54:14
Name: Douglas Said
Email: douglassaid@lycos.it
City:
State: Italy
Unit:
Dates In Country:

Douglas Adams said: If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:52:18
Name: Bill Horton
Email: bhorton@ameritech.net
City: Cleveland
State: Ohio
Unit: River Section/Division 543
Dates In Country:

I was with 543 from 10/67-10/68 on PBR 114 as Gunners Mate until it burnt at Cua Viet. I spent some time n TOc on radios just before leaving country. Great site!!

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:50:31
Name: Wes Spyke
Email: mosshammondinst@attbi.com
City: Muskegon
State: Michigan
Unit: ATSB Cua Viet River Security LCPL
Dates In Country:

Gunnersmate, served on LCPL 69-70,remember Lyle Moore, Vern Swank, Scotty, Paul Blake. Served under Commander Nicholson. Would like to hear from anyone still breathing!

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:48:12
Name: betty
Email:
City:
State:
Unit:
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very nice page

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:47:32
Name: cliff mulder
Email:
City: grand rapids
State: mi
Unit: Clearwater, 543 nsad cua viet 68-70
Dates In Country:

Sorry guys no e-mail, but 1259 Diamond NE (49505) Feels real good to know there others out there that no where and what I went thru. This is a great site. thanks

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:45:57
Name: ken peterson
Email: www.rei@scrtc.com
City: glasgow
State: ky
Unit: 543
Dates In Country:

Hey guys, don,t know why the address won,t work. Just wanted to wish everyone a nice holiday. Don,t know if I'm ready to do a lot of talking yet anyway. Too many who won't be having a holiday. You all take care.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:43:37
Name: Dick Clark
Email: dick_clark@earthlink.net
City: Forest Lake
State: Minnesota
Unit: CAP 2-4-3
Dates In Country:

In 1970, I was assigned to 2nd CAG, CAP 2-4-3. Outside the front gate was the dock with your PBRs. Last June I was back at that site in Vietnam and I wanted to tell you what is there today; a village. The river channel has moved about 100 meters away from the riverbank you used and a small village exists where the 2nd CAG compound was in 1970. Most of us Marines remember your crews as, "The guys in black who were allowed in the EM club with their sidearms." We, were not (as I found out one night). I did not take a picture of the site because I was driving a motorbike at the time but when I go back I'll get a few and post them.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:41:57
Name: Terry Grai
Email: captbegood@aol.com
City: Port St Lucie
State: Florida
Unit: 543
Dates In Country:

Great site. I was in river section 543 from August 1966 to August 1968 and would like to hear from anyone that served with our unit durning this time. Thanks

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:40:11
Name: SKIP ( STONEY) TUCK
Email:
City: PHILLY
State: PA
Unit: 543
Dates In Country:

WAS AN HONOR TO SERVE WITH THE MEN OF 543. WAS THERE TILL THE END

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:38:46
Name: Ken Williams
Email: Kenfish99@aol.com
City: Longview
State: Wa
Unit: RivDiv543
Dates In Country:

Hey guys, I've been away for awhile but I'm back and wishing everybody well!

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:37:23
Name: Ed Kraft
Email: Tazmane3@aol.com
City: Spanaway
State: Wa
Unit: River Division's 534&543
Dates In Country:

On this day I just want to say to my fellow River Rat's your not forgotten Rest in peace Mike......Andy......Gary...Hershel......

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:35:15
Name: David Elliott
Email: dpelliott@in-tch.com
City: Missoula
State: MT
Unit: NSAD Cua Viet Security 1968-69
Dates In Country:

Spent 2 nights on YFU-62 after she hit mine in river and sunk. Many thanks to the River Guys for their support and backup on those nights. Spent 7 1/2 months at Cua Viet and was wounded May 25 1969 during rocket attack that took out the Famous Playboy EM Club. Would like to hear form fellow mates and especially from the medics who took care of me for several hours. WELCOME HOME TO ALL.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:32:53
Name: Frank Foster
Email: Rivron5@aol.com
City: Schaumburg
State: ILL
Unit: 543 65-67
Dates In Country:

Hi Guys, Just wanted to know if there is atime frame for our next reunion.Sorry I missed our last one, I was hoping to make it. Perhaps the next one .

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:31:04
Name: Ed Kraft
Email: www.Tazmane3@aol.com
City: Spanaway
State: Wa
Unit: Riv Div 543
Dates In Country:

Hey Ken come back,need full address. I would like to talk to you too. Ski and I are in contact with each other. We would like to get afew of us together. I have some pictures of Ken Berry and the rest of guys.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:28:58
Name: Mike (Trojanowski) Wiley
Email: pbrmike543@cs.com
City: Whitmore
State: CA
Unit: Riv Div 543
Dates In Country:

Hey Ken, come back with a complete address, I would like to talk with you. The address you left was either incomplete, or ?? Mike (Ski)

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:27:19
Name: ken peterson
Email: rei@scrtc
City: glasgow
State: KY
Unit: 543
Dates In Country:

hey guys; almost like old times. you'all take care.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:25:08
Name: Ronald Ghiselli
Email: slzdeca@hotmail.com
City: San Lorenzo
State: CA
Unit:
Dates In Country:

The San Lorenzo High School DECA Chapter maintains the San Lorenzo HS Veterans Memorial Program. This program honors the 11 former San Lorenzo HS students who died in Vietnam. One of these students is Gary Giovannelli. Gary was a member of River Division 543 & was killed on February 14, 1970. We would like to hear from anyone who knew Gary. If you can spare copies of photos, etc we would appreciate it. We highlight one of the students each month. We would like to spotlight Gary soon & would like to include some photos and other memorabilia from his days in Vietnam. Good luck to all of you. You have a great site. Please take some time & visit ours.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:23:21
Name: Jack Pulliam
Email: jackpulliam@worldnet.att.net
City: FishkillNY
State: NY
Unit: NSA Riv Sec 543, Danang, Cua Viet & Hoi Anh
Dates In Country:

I spent my last four months in-country (Aug68 - Nov68) working the Song Hoi River and a few other no name trickles of water. Came from Danang and Cua Viet. To all the brothers that I served with -- welcome home! Gunner Jack

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:19:49
Name: Chuck Goff
Email: lbchuck@themail.com
City: Fresno
State: CA
Unit: 543
Dates In Country:

Just looked at the site and read the guest book. Looks like I'm the oldest member of 543 I wasin 543 from june 65 until nov 67. Myself Chuck Goff BM3 and a good friend Named Leon GM3 where the first 3rd class PO to be a Boat Captain in 543. RivSec 543's first base was at Cat Lo just outside of Vung Tau. We move from there to 2 different LST (?) stationed at the mouth of the main shipping channel. Then moved to Nha Be.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:17:08
Name: NL Le
Email: vietsoftex@rogers.com
City: Ottawa
State: ON
Unit:
Dates In Country:

I just wonder who Truong Thi Sen (shown ID card) is to you? Have you ever wondered how she is now? The reason that I am asking is because I am from Cua Viet (borned in 1968 and now living in Canada) and I am going home to Cua Viet in August to visit. I can help you to find out about her.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:14:41
Name: frank foster
Email: rivron5@aol.com
City: schaumburg
State: ill.
Unit: 543 cat-lo 65--67
Dates In Country:

Hi guys just ran across your website . would like to hear from some of guys from the early days.Ran across our CO on the web LTCDR H Mauz. He made Admiral before he retired i believe.Hear from you soon.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:12:28
Name: Edward S. Kraft Jr.
Email: Tazmane3@aol.com
City: Spanaway
State: Washington
Unit: Riv Div 532,543
Dates In Country:

Thanks Bruce great site.I just finished talking to Mike Wiley.I was the GMG3 on Hershel Fowler's boat. Lots of Memories to share,It has been 32 yrs.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:10:15
Name: Edward S. Kraft Jr.
Email: Tazmane3@aol.com
City: Spanaway
State: Washington
Unit: River Div. 532,543
Dates In Country:

I was incountry from Feb69 to March 70,can't remember boat number,I think my boat captian was Hershel.I remember the typhoon.I will never forget the day outside Hoi An when our cover boat was hit by a B40 rocket that should of been us we changed positions going around the bend.I remember putting two men on the medivact. Was that Mike Jackson?

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:07:44
Name: john sewell georgia boy
Email: jwsewell@msn.com
City: griffin
State: GA
Unit: 543 nha be to cua viet
Dates In Country:

was on boat 66 with qm1 vega when he was boat captain, was on boat when qmc anderson was killed, saw river on fire, blew up mine and think gene was one of boats that helped when we started to sink, many memories long ago but not so long ago. brothers contact me sometimes.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:05:12
Name: Glenn Johnson
Email: provo.lclayson@email.state.ut.us
City: Lehi
State: Utah
Unit: Rivdiv 543 ComSTABron 20
Dates In Country:

Served with 543 from 10-69 to 7-70 then went to stab boats until 10-70. I was the engineman on i think it was the 88 boat. Robert Owensby was the gunnersmate. I remember Jim Rice, Robert Campbel,and Jimmy Weils. Ive talked to Gene Roemhildt and mike wiley. I was in Cua-viet and then moved down to Danang and Hoi-anh. Over in the pictures thats me with the fire extingisher and the kids. I would like to here from the old crews. My home address is 735E 760N Lehi Utah 84043 I have some old pictures that i could share.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 16:01:40
Name: Milton Green GMG3
Email: budd147@hotmail.com
City: San Dimas
State: California
Unit: river section 543
Dates In Country:

HI, TO ALL MY COMRADS AND FRIENDS WHO SEREVED IN RIVER SECTION 543. I WAS IN NAH BE FROM APRIL 1967 TO ABOUT MARCH FO 1968. THEN OUR RIVER SECTION 543 MOVE UP TO CUA VIET. I WAS IN CUA VIET TILL AUGUST OF 1968. MY VERY FIRST BOAT CAPTIAN WAS MR. MAICIO. I THINK THATS HOW ITS SPELLED. MY SECOND BOAT CAPTIAN WAS JIM BUTLER. IN CUA VIET IT WAS LEON. IM NOT SURE FO THE SPELLING. HI TO MY GOOD BUDDIES , WHITEY , BERRY, AND KEMP. ITS BEEN A VERY LONG TIME GUYS, AND I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER ALL OF YOU, AND IM SO PROUD OF OUR SECTION 543. PROUD BRAVE AND RELIABLE, THAT SAYS IT ALL. IM 54 YRS OLD NOW AND IN GOOD HEALTH, AND MARRIED FOR 24 YRS. PLEASE E MAIL ME. TAKE CARE. call sign MOON RIVER

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 15:58:00
Name: Ken Williams
Email: Kenfish99@aol.com
City: Longview
State: WA
Unit: River Division 543
Dates In Country:

Great site! I was with the group from July 69 to 70, was on boat 59 and would love any kind of contact with the guys I served with. I remember Ski well and would love a picture that we took inside the compound of quite a large group of us. Please, anybody give me a shout!!!!!!!!!!!!

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 15:55:55
Name: andy beall (aka "New York")
Email: jabone.1@netzero.net
City: saddlecity
State: all
Unit: Riverine force
Dates In Country:

Was in Cua Viet 69 - 70 - was one of the last to leave after the marine evac in 70. Looking for Dancing Bear, Hippopotamus, any of the Green Weeine drivers and Cav dudes (tankers) like Jersey and Jerry etc. I have many pictures before and after the typhoon of the base, river etc. Had two LCMs sunk under me....but wouldn't trade the experience for any thing. I have both the PBR and Lighterage patches as well as my black beret patch form that tour.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 15:54:07
Name: Greg "Doc" Lutes
Email: capbacsi@hotmail.com
City: Anaheim
State: CA
Unit: CAP units, 2nd CAG, CACO 2-4
Dates In Country:

Great site. I want to thank you guys for the fire support and the numerous rides that you provided. Damn good job. I do recall one night you loosing a boat and the CAG SGTMAJ was killed. This was in '70 on the Song Hoi river near Hoi An. I noticed a couple of pictures of a couple of destroyed boats, could anyone highlight on time frame and location.

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 15:51:48
Name: DONALD KNOBELSDORF
Email: captknobby@hotmail.com
City: st.clair shores 48082
State: MI
Unit: NSAD CUA VIET
Dates In Country:

I WAS AT CUA VIET ALL OF 1968..I WAS IN CHARGE OF THE T RAMP THERE.. USED TO RIDE LCM 565 WITH BRUCE BRUST. I WAS AT CUA VIET WHEN THE MEDIVAC CHOPPER CRASHED. WE HIT A MINE IN THE RIVER IN JULY OR AUGUST CANT REMBER. KNOBBY

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 15:49:13
Name: Skip Ripley
Email: skipripley@msn.com
City: Divide
State: Colorado
Unit: E&R Division, Cua Viet
Dates In Country:

I was the Electrician's Mate from E&R Division attached to RivDiv 543 in Cua Viet from Jun 68 to Aug 69. Glad to see the site. Was there when contaminated fuel was being pumped into the river mouth & the welders set the fuel off. Lost either 4 or 6 boats and 2 members of E&R Division that day

Entry Date: 2022-08-22 15:46:49
Name: Jack Pulliam
Email: jackpulliam@worldnet.att.net
City: Fishkill
State: NY
Unit: Riverine 543
Dates In Country:

Did my last three months 68',in-country with the 543. Just wanted to say hi to Red, Jim Barber & Duber. Cau Viet,Da Nang,and Hoi Anh seem like a lifetime ago! Welcome back to all those who made it -- God bless those who didn't! Gunner Jack (GMG3)

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