Patrol on The Thu Bon Go by: Glenn Johnson On April 16 1970 a two boat patrol on the Thu Bon river mid afternoon my boat ( the 47 boat) started to vibrate. I checked the pumps for debris, the port pump rear bearing was missing. That limited the RPMs we could run. We were heading back to base in Hoi An. When we neared the place we called the crack all he'll broke loose. We took two rockets to the starboard bow the cover boat took a rocket amidships just above the water line taking out the starboard engine. We had a m60 mounted on a mortar in the back of the boat. I think I ran the full box of ammo through it without lifting the trigger. Grabbed the 60 from the port side started using it. We had just cleared the kill zone when I heard the boat captain (I think his name was Fowler) yelling for me to check Owensby our gunnersmate. He had shrapnel from the waist down. We got him to a safe place for a dust off that's when I started looking around, there was bullet holes in everything except me. Owensby if your still out there look me up.