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On this date in 1967 Vietnam war

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Post by Biglever » Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:22 am

Chaplain Charles Watters earned the medal of Honor.
Wile retrieving casualties in battle and taking them for medical attention and at least 6 times leaving a save perimeter
With out regard for his own safety, Father watters was on his knees
Giving last rights to a dying soldier, when a 500 lb bomb
Was dropped on his position.



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Post by Sig » Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:38 am

Watters.jpg


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Post by Biglever » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:04 am

Thanks,
I was in vung tau. In 1968



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Post by Sig » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:30 am

Just looked at some images of Vung Tau. Beautiful city...probably not so beautiful in 1968? Was it war-torn or no fighting going on there?


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Post by Biglever » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:39 am

There was nothing nice about it , it was a dump.
We were allowed to go ashore,
I was onboard the USS Klondike AR 22, which was a big
Repair ship. We had a couple destroyer s tied off to our port side, getting repairs done. I was on the ships landing party, and stood watch patrolling the main deck, watching for junks, getting to close to the ship, divers would slip over the side and try to attach under water explosives to the hull of the ships.
One night I just got off watch and the ship was called to General quarters , we had artillery fire incoming, landing
About 100 yds off our bow. The ship was made ready to get underway, all the power and water line s going to the other ships is disconnected, then they said stand down.
Come to find out, it was friendly fire. They just got done working on a piece of artillery, and were just test fireing it out in the ocean, not knowing we were anchored out there. We weren't aloud to smoke out side the ship at night, because a sniper could pick you off.



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Post by Sig » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:49 am

Wow! That's one hell of a story. The pics I saw were just aerial photos, not ground level. Glad you made it out of there. :)


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Post by Biglever » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:21 pm

My second tour was on the USS Orleck DD 886
That was a great Destroyer, it earned top gun awards
For firing the most 5" rounds thru out the entire Vietnam
War. Support fire. My last cruise we would spend 30 days on the gun line, then you would get relieved by a mother destroyer, and you would head for the Philippines, for R&R. Then you would go out and relieved another ship. For 30 days.
On the gun line it's around the clock work. Every other night you go off shore and meat a supply ship, one night you take on fuel and supplies. The next night it's all hands working party humping 5 " rap shells to the foreword and aft magazine s then the next night you do it all over again. And they use the gun mount over the crewmen quarters all night long, during the day they fire the foreword gun mount, so you don't get any sleep.
Well my last 8 months over there we got stuck on the gun line for 90 days straight,
Every time a ship came out to relieve us, they had a problem and had to return to port, so we did there 30 days, then the next destroyer got caught in a typhoons,
The same typhoons we were riding out. Well they had to head more directly into the huge waves, and it bent the front gun mount, which screwed up the director, so they had to return to port. We did there 30 days. Finally we got relieved.
There's a great tribute to the Orleck on you tube
And it's been brought back to the US, and sits in lake Charles Louisiana. They just celebrated 75 years.



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