Remembrance

SKUNK ALPHA is dedicated to the memory of BM1 Bobby Don Carver, lead petty officer of PCF-79 and to the fifty Swift Boat sailors who bravely gave their all during the Vietnam War. In honor of these courageous sailors’ call to duty and service to our country, the following is a salute to their memory. WE REMEMBER

Tribute to Bobby Don Carver – BM1 Bobby Don Carver was killed in action on December 6, 1967 when Swift Boat PCF-79 was taken under fire, from three bunker positions on the beach, during a Psychological Warfare Operation along the My Lai coastline in Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam.  On July 15, 1967, Carver fired the fatal 81mm white phosphorous round into Skunk Alpha’s pilot house, forcing the 120-ft ammo-laden trawler to run aground. WE REMEMBER. Video created by Sue Edwards Irvin.

Swift Boat Sailors Memorial Video –  The web site is a collective effort to build a central repository for all things Swift Boat Sailor related. The information contained within this website has been collected mainly from Swift Boat Sailors themselves to ensure their history is never forgotten.  We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your cherished mementos, your efforts in making this website a part of history and for your service.  WE REMEMBER. Bravo Zulu! Site created by Sue Edwards Irvin.

SWIFT BOAT LINKS

Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument  –  The monument was built by veterans to honor those Navy and Coast Guard sailors who died in Vietnam, in the air, at sea, on inland waters, ashore and in POW camps during the Vietnam War.

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PCF-45 – Patrol Craft Fast Web Site, created by boat officer Robert B. Shirley. He dedicated the site to all the officers and sailors who were assigned to Swift Boats during the Vietnam War. It is an in depth look at all things Swift Boats, excellent research site.

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Coastal Squadron One – Swift Boat Crew Directory. Swift Boat Sailor Veteran Larry Wasikowski created the site.  It contains the history of each Swift Boat and the names of the officers and sailors that served on them during the Vietnam War.

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Swift Boat Sailors Memorial
The website is a collective effort to build a central repository for all things Swift Boat Sailor related. The information contained within this website has been collected mainly from Swift Boat Sailors themselves to ensure their history is never forgotten.  We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your cherished mementos, your efforts in making this website a part of history and for your service.  Bravo Zulu! Site created by Sue Edwards Irvin.

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ORAL HISTORIES

United States Navy Memorial Log – Matt Fash interview of Herrera at the May 2011 Swift Boat Sailors Association Reunion in San Antonio, Texas, a six-part series.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6

Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument

Raúl Herrera — Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument, March 9, 2012; Texan Raúl Herrera recounts his U.S. Navy Swift Boat service during the Vietnam War.  The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument honors all Texans who served.

50th Anniversary of the U.S. Government’s Vietnam War Commemoration Campaign – “The Vietnam War Commemoration Oral History Project collects and preserves video-recorded interviews of Vietnam veterans and their family members. Their stories provide the public with a clearer picture of military service and the effect of that service on the people waiting back home.”

Raúl’s interview will be available soon.

Voces Oral History ProgramVoces Oral History Center is dedicated to recording and disseminating the stories of US Latinas and Latinos and weaving the many perspectives into our historical narrative at the national, state and local levels. University of Texas, Austin, Texas.

Raúl’s interview will be available soon.

StoryCorps – Anthony Herrera interview of his father, Raúl Herrera (Voice recording)

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For additional videos please visit SKUNK ALPHA YouTube Channel. 

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Coastal Squadron One

PCF Honor Crew – Swifties Still On Patrol

 

     David Joseph Boyle SN Woodland, CA PCF 4 February 14, 1966
     Thomas Edward Hill BM2 Knoxville, TN PCF 4 February 14, 1966
     Jack Charles Rodriquez EN2 Jackson Heights, NY PCF 4 February 14, 1966
     Dayton Luther Rudisill GMG2 Greensburg, KS PCF 4 February 14, 1966
     Raleigh Lee Godley BM2 Lawson, MO PCF 41 May 22, 1966
     Gale Jackson Hays EN2 Falling Rock, WV PCF 9 October 18, 1966
     Eugene Lawrence Self QM3 Cateret, NJ PCF 9 October 18, 1966
     Hubert Tuck Jr BM2 Lenoir City, TN PCF 9 October 18, 1966
     Alvin Lee Levan GMGSN Catawissa, PA PCF 87 October 25, 1966
     Kemper Swanson Billings BM1 Burlington, NC PCF 56 October 29, 1966
     Harry Giles Brock BM3 Odessa, TX PCF 77 November 15, 1966
     Bruce Allan Timmons RM3 Fort Lauderdale, FL PCF 77 November 15, 1966
     Willy S. Baker MRC Buffalo, TN PCF 77 November 15, 1966
(Non-crewmember – Diver being transported to Hue by PCF 77)
     Gary Wayne Friedmann SN Lebanon, PA PCF 39 March 11, 1967
     Dennis Ray Puckett SN Independance, MO PCF 63 March 29, 1967
     William Henry Murphy III LTJG Madison, WI —– November 19, 1967
(Died in a Army helicopter crash outside Qui Nhon – never assigned to a boat/crew)
     Bobby Don Carver BM1 Richmond, CA PCF 79 December 6, 1967
     Carl Raymond Goodfellow EN2 Waterproof, LA PCF 88 December 23, 1967
     Billy Stanley Armstrong GMG2 West Helena, AR PCF 19 June 16, 1968
     Frank Bowman QM2 Waterboro, SC PCF 19 June 16, 1968
     Anthony Gordon Chandler BM2 Warner Robins, GA PCF 19 June 16, 1968
     Edward C. Cruz EN2 Inarajan, Guam PCF 19 June 16, 1968
     Bui Quang Thi Da Nang, RVN PCF 19 June 16, 1968
(RVN crewmember/interpreter on board PCF 19)
     Gerald Dever Pochel RD3 Otis, OR PCF 96 September 4, 1968
     John Patrick McDermott BM2 Pittsburg, KS PCF 98 September 7, 1968
     Richard Charles Simon BM3 Ellsworth, WI November 3, 1968
     David Louis Merrill EN2 South Bend, IN PCF 70 November 6, 1968
     Peter Paul Blasko BM3 Southern Pines, NC PCF 89 November 8, 1968
     Stephan Thomas Volz BM3 Lakewood, CA PCF 89 November 8, 1968
     Richard Courtney Wallace LTJG Norfolk, VA PCF 89 November 8, 1968
     Steven Ralph Luke BM2 Provo, UT PCF 36 December 6, 1968
     John Raymond Hartkemeyer EN2 Hamilton, OH PCF 51 December 17, 1968
     Gerald Robert Horrell BM3 North Hollywood, CA January 5, 1969
     Donald G. Droz LTJG Rich Hill, MO PCF 43 April 12, 1969
     Thomas Eugene Holloway QM3 New Castle, IN PCF 51 April 12, 1969
     Richard L. Baumberger Jr BM3 Mansfield, OH PCF 9 May 5, 1969
     Dewey Russell Decker EN3 Ionia, MI PCF 51 May 15, 1969
     Richard William Stindl GMG3 Beloit, WI PCF 51 May 15, 1969
     Robert Alan Thompson BM3 Downey, CA PCF 51 May 19, 1969
     Kenneth Peter West RD2 Butle, MT June 22, 1969
     Albert Mark Fransen EN3 Las Vegas, NV PCF 87 July 2, 1969
     Glen Cameron Keene GMG3 Fairhope, AL PCF 87 July 2, 1969
     Stephen Joseph Penta GMG3 Revere, MA PCF 57 August 12, 1969
     Robert L. Crosby LTJG South Hamilton, MA —– September 26, 1969
(CosDiv 12 staff, fatally wounded in an accidental discharge of a .50 caliber machine gun)
     Richard Laverne Wissler Jr QM2 Willow Street, PA PCF 27 October 2, 1969
     Kenneth Dean Norton LTJG Lady Lake, FL PCF 61 October 7, 1969
     Martin Stephen Doherty RD3 New York, NY PCF 42 December 4, 1969
     Craig Ward Haines RD3 Keyser, WV PCF 22 February 17, 1970
     Frederick Don Snyder RD3 Moab, UT PCF 64 May 17, 1970
     Lanny Howard Buroff QM2 Chicago, IL PCF 40 July 6, 1970
     Joseph Peter Jurgella QM1 Stevens Point, WI PCF 59 October 25, 1970