NAB Hosts Swift Boat Memorial

Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Visitors and military personnel get an up close glimpse at one the few remaining Vietnam War riverboats at the Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument. Veterans, Sailors and their families attended a remembrance ceremony at the Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument put on by the Swift Boat Sailors Association and Naval Coastal Warfare Group One at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leticia Fritzsche

By Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Jose Lopez, Jr., Navy Reserve Fleet Public Affairs Center San Diego The Swift Boat Sailors Association (SBSA) held a memorial ceremony at the Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado on May 5 to honor those Sailors who are “still on patrol.” More than 400 guests attended the event where honors were rendered to Sailors who died serving in Vietnamese coastal waters. Active-duty patrol boat Sailors and their families joined their Vietnam-era counterparts in paying their respects.

“It’s really exciting to stand by them,” said Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Camelia Picazo of Inshore Boat Unit 17. “It’s different than just a parade. Here we can talk to them and show them and their families more details on the new equipment we use.”

The ceremony featured a Marine Corps Honor Guard gun salute that brought tears to several of the veterans present. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the veterans, Sailors and guests had the opportunity interact together and exchange some of their experiences. “I arrived in Vietnam on Feb. 6. By [Feb.] 28, I was on my fifth mission,” said Gene Hart, SBSA treasurer. “On that mission we intercepted five North Vietnamese trawlers. My boat sank one and I received a field promotion to third class.” While some guests were eager to share their experiences, others just wanted to reflect on the past. “I lost a lot of friends over there,” said Steve Johnson, who served in Vietnam with Coastal Division 11 and 13 from May 1969 to May 1970. “It’s an overwhelming experience. We were young men then.”

“I didn’t come here with sadness,” said Bill Rutledge, former Swift boat crewman. “I came here with these guys, to honor the lives of those who make our country free.” At the conclusion of the ceremony guests had the opportunity to view the monument and see fallen friends’ names on the wall.

Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


BIMCO Signs New LNG And Shipbuilding Supervision Contracts

The twice yearly meeting of BIMCO’s Documentary Committee took place in Hamburg on 19 November. In his first meeting as Chairperson of the Committee, Belgium’s

Damen Marine Components Opens Jiangyin Plant

Damen Marine Components (DMC) is proud to announce the opening of its brand new facility in Jiangyin, China.Those present at the opening ceremony included CEO

Henriksen Unveils Strongest SOLAS Boat Lifting Hook

H Henriksen of Norway has received SOLAS certification for a new off-load single-point boat lifting hook capable of holding up to 22.5-tonnes. The quick release


North Korea Submarine-Launch Missile a Flop Show

North Korea apparently failed to launch a ballistic missile from a submarine in a sign that Pyongyang has yet to master the technology, Yonhap news agency quoted a government official as saying.

Maersk to Idle Vessel

The world's biggest container-ship operator Maersk Line  has confirmed market talk that it has temporarily idled one of its largest vessels - yet another sign that the industry is in dire straits,

Russian Navy Trying Hard for Facelift

Official announcements related to naval shipbuilding give the appearance of a Russian Navy that is undergoing a rapid revival. However, the reality is that many

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1131 sec (9 req/sec)