Further south, near Nha Trang, another trawler was spotted by Naval and Coast Guard units which also forced her ashore. The wiring configuration ensured both banks could function in parallel to maintain the operation of essential systems. "Cat-lo, Vietnam", made in Vietnam, glue residue under yellow paper, UnUsed.....inquire PCF Division-105, 'WE CAN HACK IT' 50-foot Swift Fast Patrol Craft(PCF) formed the backbone of the Navy's Coastal Surveillance Force in Operation Market Time patrols armed with .50-caliber machine guns and an 81mm. At these stations the cutters came under the direction of the minesweeper or destroyer escort that maintained the outer barrier patrol, and which provided the Coast Guard cutters with radar and navigational aids. Some 8,000 Coast Guardsmen and 56 different combatant vessels were assigned to duty there. Virg recalled "I do not think the young girl will live. In his award winning book Virg describes an encounter with a large junk. However, these were the parting shots for Coast Guard operated cutters. 82-foot Point-class patrol boats proved to be both adaptable and capable in the conduct of interdiction and combat missions. How appropriate. Eventually two more cutters, the Castle Rock (WHEC 383) and Cook Inlet (WHEC 384) were also transferred to the Vietnamese Navy; The turnover of Coast Guard assets to the Vietnamese continued throughout 1970, with the last of the 82 foot cutters being officially transferred by 15 August 1970. 3 - The first Swift Boat in Vietnam. On December 20 I had mid-watch, midnight to 4 AM on the bow and had an M 16 and a box of concussion grenades. I still remember a Swift Boat coming back from a patrol and some of the battery posts were in, shall we say, less than new condition. 115 which assigned them, because of their shallow draft, to the Gulf of Yost was then informed that they were a boat short: one had been left in the combat zone. Restoring one that had been operational for about 40 years would make that a perfect name. ', Primary Location During Vietnam: An Thoi, Vietnam, Veteran Organization: Swift Boat Sailors Association, Story Themes: 1968, 1969, 1970, An Thoi, Brotherhood, Dan Daly, Enlisting, Forest Lake, Look, Navy, Swift Boat, Swift Boat Sailors Association, Tom Edwards, USS Krishna, Virg Erwin, Virgil Erwin, A Twin Cities PBS initiative in collaboration with the MN PBS Stations. Boats … At that time it was in dry-dock at the base in Yokosuka, Japan. I noticed a few now-empty 50 caliber machine gun shells were on the deck and saw them as the answer to the battery post problem. 36 returned with heavy damage to the radar and electrical systems. The Swift Boat was conceived in a Naval Advisory Group, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam(NAVADGRP MACV) staff study titled "Naval Craft Requirements in a Counter Insurgency Environment," published 1 February 1965. A swift boat transporting marines up-river in Vietnam. The restoration required a lot of sweat and elbow grease but as I saw on my first ride on P.C.F. In early 1970, two more cutters, the Bering Strait (WHEC 382) and Yakutat (WHEC 380) were selected for transfer to the Vietnamese. To a man, we took pride in what we did. On December 5, 1968 (my memory isn't this good; I kept a log book) former Vaudeville performer Georgie Jessel was in An Thoi for a USO show. HANOI, April 1, 2019 – The U.S. Embassy Hanoi officially handed over six 45-foot Metal Shark patrol boats to the Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) in Khanh Hoa, Region III, on March 29, marking another important step in the continued security cooperation between the United States and Vietnam. A decommissioned United States Naval Academy "Yard Patrol" boat, YP685 was stripped of parts before my purchase, I've been collecting parts and working as I can to prepare the vessel to pass Coast Guard inspection. Virg recalled "I do not think the young girl will live. When the cutter moved in to investigate, the trawler, in an effort to escape, beached itself. After a series of interviews between the officials concern­ed, it was decided to deploy seventeen 82 foot patrol boat (WPBs) for in­shore work along the coast of Vietnam. Twenty-four Mk V picket boats were turned over to the Vietnamese. Calling for back-up, the Grey was joined by the Point Cypress The following day P.C.F. Early in 1967, the Navy had requested the Coast Guard to pro­vide five high endurance cutters (WHECs) to supplement Market Time units. For nearly 40 years they functioned as coast guard vessels involved in rescue work of those fleeing North Africa and enforcing fishing rights. I still remember a Swift Boat coming back from a patrol and some of the battery posts were in, shall we say, less than new condition. The Krishna had a 'port and starboard' duty rotation; every other day you would stand a 4 or 5 hour watch. Approximately 3 and a half years before my deployment to Vietnam General William Westmoreland, Commander of the Military Assistance Command in Saigon had requested shallow water craft to support the newly formed Coastal Surveillance Force. They were thrown into the water occasionally to keep Viet Cong from planting explosives on the ship. During routine night patrol near the DMZ in August the Point Welcome (WPB 82329) was illuminated by friendly aircraft. A short time later RONTHREE was officially dissolved, thus ending another chapter in the annals of the United States Coast Guard history. It left Pearl two days later and arrived at Subic Bay on 10 May. I then tapped them over what was left of a battery post and poured in solder. During one mission in support of the 9th Infantry Division of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in January of 1969 INGHAM was credited with destroying three and damaging 15 enemy structures. As in past wars the United States Coast Guard was called upon to supplement US Naval forces in the war zone. I've done some basic research about USCG history in Vietnam … The San Diego bound Swift Boat was transferred to a container ship and arrived in Norfork, Virginia. MILITARY By: John Miller. The Point League returned the fire forcing the trawler to turn shoreward in an attempt to escape. I hack-sawed the firing pin off and put what was left on a grinding wheel to thin out one side. Days later I almost didn't hear Santa coming. In order to access, service and replace them you had to navigate over and around two 480 HP Detroit Marine Diesels. During the 2011 Swift Boat Sailors Association reunion in San Antonio, Texas, we received some information during the business meeting that had every sailor present on the edge of their seat. Military boats/vehicle sales specializing in small tactical vessels and utility boats, providing customers the unique opportunity to purchase ex-military products. The Swift Boats were transported to the Philippines; An Thoi and Da Nang were selected as the two areas most critical to the needs the new craft could address. On 20 November 1970, the Rush (WHEC 723) and Sherman (WHEC 720) destroyed a trawler with gunfire after it failed to stop. This alternation was based on weather conditions, which allowed the 'Swift' boats to operate far more effectively since they could not function in heavy weather. 's), also known as Swift Boats. 67 and is the author of 'Cat Lo - A Memoir of Invincible Youth'. Patrol boats given by the United States to the Vietnamese Coast Guard are seen during a handover ceremony at a port in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam … The initial request for USCG assistance came in mid-April of 1965 when the Secretary of the Navy inquired about available assets from the Treasury Department, under which the Coast Guard operated during peacetime. Swift Boats were manned by crews of 6, one officer and 5 enlisted that had to adapt to being a part of this new facet on military service. The Point Welcome, severely damaged, was eventually refloated and towed to Da Nang for repairs. Coast Guardsmen destroyed enemy supply ships, supported ground units, rescued American and other friendly forces, and performed many more duties, including carrying out humanitarian roles which are common to the … Virg Erwin was the Officer in Charge of P.C.F. The Navy had tested a variety of boats to address the specific needs of combating that type of guerrilla warfare before opting to utilize a craft built by Sewart Seacraft, a Louisiana based manufacturer. The Coast Guard crews settled into an almost peacetime routine, occasionally rescuing downed aviators and fishermen in trouble, or providing emergency medical aid for allied personnel when the need arose. P.C.F. Fortunately, in my case I played baseball and I worked on Swift Boats 48 years and 62 pounds ago. And in 2004, Bush beat another Vietnam veteran, war hero and swift boat commander, John Kerry, by claiming, among other things, that Kerry may have earned only two instead of … On December 20 I had mid-watch, midnight to 4 AM on the bow and had an M 16 and a box of concussion grenades. Picking (DD-685) Operated on Saigon River during November 16, 1965: Pictor (AF-54) They served as the primary source of power for engine starting, navigation lights, radar and general purpose lighting. On the long list of functions Swift Boats were capable of was rendering humanitarian aid. Upon boarding it he, his translator and a crew member see a young girl that has been badly burned. During these engagements the indirect fire of the 81mm mortar on the bow of these cutters proved to be especially effective in providing fire support and illumination at night. For the Krishna electricians it was all hands on deck. I have always found it interesting that 80% of the crews were volunteers. 62. In my mind I still see the father cradling her in his arms as she closed her eyes". Some memories of war are absolutely indelible and not all of them occur during combat. That was the first day of what was about to become one of the most interesting and memorable chapters of my life; maintaining and repairing Patrol Craft Fast, (P.C.F. Throughout the remainder of the summer of 1967 few major contacts oc­curred. I have believed for years you can never have too much chocolate or laughter and Georgie provided plenty of the second. He knew he couldn’t leave anyone behind, and realized he couldn’t in good conscience order his men to go back into that hell. The Coast Guard played a significant role in securing Vietnam's 1,200-mile coastline. For small boat crews, these missions likely brought new meaning to the old Coast Guard saying, “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.” A small boat mission showing dense cover provided by foliage along Vietnam’s inland waterways. Sometimes resistance oc­curred but the cutter's .50 caliber machine guns and mortars were more than a match for the small arms fire they encountered. There is now a list of more than 325 ships that were operated by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard off the shores of Vietnam. These boats were employed by Inshore Undersea Warfare Units: IUWU-1 at Vung Tau, IUWU-2 at Cam Ranh Bay, IUWU-3 at Qui Nhon, IUWU-4 at Nha Trang, and IUWU-5 at Vung Ro. Coast Guard Cutter Us Coast Guard Vietnam Veterans Vietnam War Brown Water Navy Vietnam … When the action was finally over, two Coast Guardsmen were dead and three were wounded. By the end of May the boats had been loaded aboard cargo ships and were on their way to Subic Bay in the Philip­pines which was to serve as an advanced training facility to ready the crews for deployment to the war zone. One round hit the enlisted men’s Quonset hut and hit a tape deck recently purchased at the Army PX in … The web site for his book 'White Water, Red Hot Lead' notes: "White Water, Red Hot Lead is a story about U.S. Navy Swift Boats in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. 36 returned with heavy damage to the radar and electrical systems. Utilizing 5 Coastal Surveillance Centers to coordinate their patrols, Operation Market Time proved to be successful in its assigned task. Realizing that they were trapped, the crew ran the trawler aground after a short firefight. I served on YFU 57 from 1970 to 1971 out of Nha Be VN. The inland waterways are often referred to as Swift Boats quickly proved to be the perfect fit for the type of warfare underway on the rivers and along the coast. I would have given almost anything to have served on a PBR or Swift boat. The Coast Guard also provided port security , Explosives Loading Detachments, installation and maintenance of aids-to-navigation, established LORAN stations … The majority of junks that Swift Boat sailors encountered were operated by legitimate fishermen. Thus, in the early phases of Market Time the USCG boats bore much of the coastal patrol work until additional USN assets were able to take over the work load. By the winter of 1971, only one USCG ship, the Cook Inlet was still patrolling off Vietnam under Coast Guard con­trol, albeit with a largely Vietnamese crew. Conducted small boat troop landings at Quang Ngai Province and elsewhere from August 1965-April 1966 and August-November 1967. As a now retired aerospace engineer I am confident that when Swift Boats were being designed the engineers never considered the electricians that worked on them weren't former football players. That news was shared, at this point, years ago and I can still recall the applause that broke out in the meeting room. No more can be asked of a fighting man than that. The Coast Guard had only a very minor role in combat operations during the Korean War and the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Edwin J. Roland, responded to the request by offering the use of 82-foot (25 m) Point-class cutters (WPB) and 40-foot (12 m) utility boats, fearing that, if the Coast Guard were left out of a role in Vietnam, its status as one of the nation's armed services might be … The driver of the rig, Kit Copeland was honored at the 2013 Swift Boat Sailors Association reunion. It noted that "counterinsurgency water operations are difficult, demanding, and unique. Fourteen 38 Training Boats are in service at the USCG Training Center in Yorktown, VA. Two additional boats have been deployed in Alaska for advanced helo training. The 50 foot long 25 knot quarter inch thick aluminum hull Swift Boats had twin 50 caliber machine guns above the pilot house and a single 50 over an 81 mm mortar aft. After challenging the intruder, the force put the ship under fire and drove it aground, where its crew destroyed it with explosives. I was on my way back to 'the states'. While the two Coast Guard divisions were doing a good job in their respec­tive sectors, the whole central coast of South Vietnam was uncovered. In May the action heated up. By the winter of 1971, only one USCG ship, the Cook Inlet was still patrolling off Vietnam under Coast Guard con­trol, albeit with a largely Vietnamese crew. 67 and is the author of 'Cat Lo - A Memoir of Invincible Youth'. The Krishna had a 'port and starboard' duty rotation; every other day you would stand a 4 or 5 hour watch. During this early period USCG cutters intercepted numerous junks and sampans carrying enemy soldiers and/or supplies. Five high endurance cutters (WHEC), primarily assigned to the Gulf of Thailand, supported a variety of combat missions. I was about to become a crew member of the USS Krishna. Another trawler, spotted by the Minnetonka (WHEC 67) just beyond Viet­namese waters, decided to play it safe and fled back to safety. The larger cutters, with their heavier armament, participated in a number of fire support missions for US Army and ARVN troops, particularly in the Cau Mau peninsula area. One of the most successful Coast Guard collaborations of the war was Operation Market Time, in which large, USCG high-endurance Owasco-class vessels and mid-size, 82-foot Point-class cutters worked alongside U.S. Navy swift boats enforcing a naval blockade to prevent infiltration and exfiltration of enemy forces and materiel by sea. One result of these new additions was the decision to transfer a number of the older cutters to the South Vietnamese Navy to give it more depth for off­shore patrolling. Life in Vietnam was never boring. I enlisted in the Navy on February 5, 1968; that was 3 days after my 19th birthday. Virg and his crew wanted to transport her to a hospital but her father resisted. 76. In March, a 120 foot trawler attempted to run the patrol barrier near the DMZ. During this period, the first of a new class of cutter, the Hamilton (WHEC 715), arrived off the coast to relieve the older cutters which dated back to World War Two. I have believed for years you can never have too much chocolate or laughter and Georgie provided plenty of the second. After being boarded, the ship was refloated and towed back to Vung Tau where several tons of arms, ammunition, and medical supplies were un­covered in her holds. Days later I almost didn't hear Santa coming. As the cutter approached, she came under fire from the trawler. In addition to these fire fights the WPBs were called upon on several occasions to provide support for US Special Forces and ARVN units along the coast. Two Navy PCF swift boats dock on the Mekong River in December 1968. Division Eleven was ready by 20 July and set sail for An Thoi in the Gulf of Thailand. Upon boarding it he, his translator and a crew member see a young girl that has been badly burned. Virg and Dan have detailed this chapter of Vietnam history with clarity. Supplies were, at times, problematic. On September 24 we dropped our anchors in An Thoi, Vietnam. I noticed a few now-empty 50 caliber machine gun shells were on the deck and saw them as the answer to the battery post problem. The following day P.C.F. As a crew, we were tighter than a hat band. I had the pleasure of meeting Virg in 2007 shortly after I joined the Swift Boat Sailors Association. It also includes ships supplying and supporting those operations. The batteries were located in the aft section of the 'engine room'; trust me, that's a relative term. The cutter Point Grey (WPB 82324) came across a 120 foot trawler near the Cau Mau peninsula which acted very suspicious. On May 10, 1969 I departed the Krishna and flew to Saigon. Due to the service's role in coastal patrol and rescue it had a number of craft that were specifically designed for in-shore work. Among Swift Boat sailors, those that did not make it back home are listed as “Still on patrol”. On December 5, 1968 (my memory isn't this good; I kept a log book) former Vaudeville performer Georgie Jessel was in An Thoi for a USO show. All the personnel from CosDiv 13 headed toward the dock and moved the Swift Boats out into Vung Tau Harbor. Prior to the arrival of Swift Boats the Viet Cong had unbounded access to rivers, canals and the coastline for smuggling and infiltration operations. I believe all members of the military that made it back are obligated to live our lives to the fullest as an acknowledgement to those that gave their all. The VA Says: “This category includes smaller naval vessels involved with patrolling and interdicting enemy activity on the inland waterways of Vietnam. The 50 foot long 25 knot quarter inch thick aluminum hull Swift Boats had twin 50 caliber machine guns above the pilot house and a single 50 over an 81 mm mortar aft. Some memories of war are absolutely indelible and not all of them occur during combat. At 14 feet wide, 16 feet high and 43,000 pounds it required a highly skilled driver to bring her 2,600 miles back to San Diego for a warm ‘welcome home’ reception. Working with these centers RONONE cutters were assigned to different patrol stations off the northern and southern ends of Vietnam. For the Krishna electricians it was all hands on deck. I had the pleasure of meeting Virg in 2007 shortly after I joined the Swift Boat Sailors Association. The following spring, on 11 April 1971, the Rush, in company with the Morgenthau (WHEC 722) sank a trawler near the Cau Mau peninsula. 816 adopted the nickname The Dirty Boat Guys. The beginning of 1968 saw the largest battle of the entire war for the bar­rier patrol when North Vietnam made a desperate attempt to infiltrate men and supplies during the end of February to bolster their failing Tet offensive. (WPB 82326) and sank the trawler in shallow water. There, the squadron worked. It is an engaging fast-paced nonfiction story that switches gears between character development intertwined with the rawness of combat, the vagaries of the landscape, with equal measures of romance and humor, all equally demanding yet accurate". The book was written by members of the Swift Boat Sailors Association and was released at the Maritime Museum of San Diego during our April 2017 reunion. The Mk V was a wooden 45-foot boat designed for harbor security operations. No matter what the conditions were, these men carried out their assignments. Seven Coast Guardsmen lost their lives and an additional fifty-three were wounded. The rest of the summer saw little action with the enemy but a case of mistaken identity resulted in a tragic incident. By their actions off the Vietnamese coast, the Coast Guard helped stop the flow of arms, men, and munitions into South Vietnam and undoubtedly saved the lives of countless thousands of allied soldiers and Vietnamese civilians. Examples of such vessels include swift boats, river patrol boats, and LSTs [landing ship, tank]. Tom Edwards taking a Swift Boat for a 'test drive. Near Da Nang the cutter Androscoggin (WHEC 68), along with the Point Grey (WPB 82324), Point Welcome (WPB 82329) and a PCF spotted a trawler close inshore. Various Market Time forces, including the Point Ellis (WPB 82330) shadowed the vessel until it neared the coast. At month's end, Task Force 115 (Market Time) was of­ficially established and RONONE became part of the organization. Taking heavy fire, the trawler exploded and disappeared from the radar scope. Burning, the cutter was beach­ed and the crew abandoned her in the face of continuing attacks. During the Vietnam War, the 25-metre “Point”-class cutters of Squadron One supported small boat reconnaissance missions. The Vietnam Combatant-Crewman Insignia is only obtainable from the the Swift Boat Sailor's Association, after providing documentation meeting the above criteria. 1968, 1969, 1970, An Thoi, Brotherhood, Dan Daly, Enlisting, Forest Lake, Look, Navy, Swift Boat, Swift Boat Sailors Association, Tom Edwards, USS Krishna, Virg Erwin, Virgil Erwin, Terms and Conditions for Submitting Your Story. This battle was the high point of the Coast Guard's effort in Vietnam. Despite attempts to identify herself, the cutter was attacked by the aircraft and received a number of hits. Virg Erwin was the Officer in Charge of P.C.F. Dan Daly was the Officer in Charge of P.C.F. It left Subic Bay on 12 February for Vung Tau and by the end of the month its cutters were on station alongside other Market Time forces. A month later, on 20 June, a 98 foot trawler was spotted by the Point League (WPB 82304) near Vung Tau. This also marked the formal disestablishment of Coast Guard Squadron One as a part of US forces in Vietnam. COASTAL SQUADRON ONE Swift Boat Crew Directory History of Vietnam service of the Patrol Craft Fast (PCF) or SWIFT BOAT, 1965-70 and listings of the crews that served on them. During her deployment, she received a total of 58 underway replenishments and replenished many Navy Swift boats and Coast Guard 82-foot patrol boats herself. Says he saw service on patrol boats with the "Brown Water Navy" and mentions the "Cat Lo" base. Rarely during their daily patrol operations were any of the small craft found to be carrying weapons or supplies. Dan Daly was the Officer in Charge of P.C.F. Their assignment - curtail the flow of North Vietnamese troops and supplies to the south via waterways. 55 Years Ago, the U.S. Coast Guard Joined the Fight in Vietnam The 82-foot patrol boat Point Cypress in her camouflage paint scheme in Vietnam. Perkins (DD-877) Operated on inland Ganh Rai Bay during October 1967. When it cooled I peeled the shell off and had a good battery post. Any claim filed by Blue Water Veterans for compensation would be decided by the VA on a fact-based basis. I hack-sawed the firing pin off and put what was left on a grinding wheel to thin out one side. Over one thousand North Vietnamese and Viet Gong were killed or wounded in actions with Coast Guard units while over ten thousand were detained for questioning by South Vietnamese authorities. With renovations complete we got underway at a less than blistering 9 knots. In looking at photos of them taken during the restoration the one thing that stood out for me was the amount of smiles I saw in those photos. The portside batteries were for standby power and the starboard bank provided general boat power. By month's end the five cutters were on station with TF While operating in Malta they were a part of that country’s Maritime Squadron. My contribution to ‘Vietnam – The Story Wall’ was submitted in their honor. 816, it’s easy to tell it was done with a lot of heart. The year 1969 saw a number of changes for Coast Guard forces engaged in Vietnam. Operated on Saigon River during June 1969. Personnel of the first unit, Coast Guard Squadron One (RONONE), was commissioned on 27 May 1965 at the Coast Guard base at Alameda, California, receiving an intense course in survival training following commissioning, along with instruction on weapons systems, patrol procedures, combat indoctrination, and a variety of other subjects in preparation for their service in Vietnam. Consequently, keeping Swift Boats up and running was vital to the new 'Small Boat Brown-Water Navy'. A third trawler was encountered off the Cau Mau peninsula by the Winona (WHEC 65), Point Grace (WPB 82323), Point Marone (WPB 82331), Point Hudson (WPB 82322) and Swift boats. Divi­sion Thirteen was officially formed on 12 December 1965, and ready for duty in early February of 1966. However, a major change in operational procedure occurred early in the fall when TF 115 decided to take advantage of the ocean going capabilities of the WPBs and have them alternate their patrol stations with the PCFs. During the remainder of 1966 and the early part of 1967 no significant ac­tion occurred with communist trawlers. Coast Guard river patrol boats in Vietnam. US authorities decided to turn over a greater share of the war to the Vietnamese, and as part of this program the Coast Guard was instructed to begin training Vietnamese sailors so that eventually they could take over the 82 foot cutters of all three divisions. During the day typhoon warnings were issued. As in past wars, their performance had been outstanding, but it had not been without cost. I then tapped them over what was left of a battery post and poured in solder. By mid-July, the first of the squadron's two sub-units, Division Twelve, was operational and on 15 July it departed Subic Bay for Da Nang near the DMZ. The next phase of Swift Boat operations was to conduct surveillance along the 1,500 miles of South Vietnam's coastline. Dur­ing the rest of 1968, only an occasional contact resulted during the numerous patrols carried out by the WPBs and WHECs. Virg and his crew wanted to transport her to a hospital but her father resisted. One component of a Swift Boat electrical system was two 24 volt battery banks. Swiftships 35m Patrol Boat hull and superstructure are constructed of all-welded aluminum alloy. Unfortunately, no concerted effort has been made to develop COIN cra… Though not a popular change with Coast Guard personnel, it was accepted as just one more duty they had to perform. The Swift Boat Sailors Association members that worked on the restoration of P.C.F. We have developed a Mission Statement which reads as follows: They were thrown into the water occasionally to keep Viet Cong from planting explosives on the ship. In 2010 the Swift Boats were placed into retirement and Vanessa Frazier, Malta’s Minister of Defense donated one of them to the Maritime Museum of San Diego for $1.00 and no, that isn’t a typo. It was then placed on a unique truck/trailer rig. Throughout the spring all three division had numerous run-ins with small junks carrying contraband, and carried out the occasional fire support mis­sion for troops ashore. Upon completion of this training the officers and men followed their WPBs to Subic Bay where they took part in refresher training and put their cutters through shakedown cruises. Following their heavy losses in February, North Vietnam opted not to try to run trawlers through the barrier patrols. Seeking a buyer or business partner - YP685 has been sitting idle, waiting on me to get enough funds to finish her refit. Subsequent to being certified by the Coast Guard as a documented vessel P.C.F. Hearing the cutter's call for assistance, the Point Slocum (WPB 82313) and Point Hudson (WPB 82322) soon arrived, by which time the trawler had been forced aground. A prevalent belief has been that COIN craft can readily be obtained from existing commercial and naval sources when needed. To alleviate this problem nine additional Coast Guard cutters were reassigned from other duties to form a third division to cover the vital center area. A large number of surface units had been in­volved in the operation and as a result, some sectors were left unguarded dur­ing the chase. Pulling back beyond range of this fire, the cutters opened up with 81mm mortars, scoring several hits which destroyed the vessel. The enemy crew was "able to destroy some of the cargo, but a large part of it was subsequently recovered after the vessel was towed to Da Nang. Once again, Swift Boats delivered. 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