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Good luck Raul. Sorry I can’t be of more help with definitive dates. If it helps any I certainly remember you being on board with us then. Take care…
I don’t know the exact dates but Saigon fell on 30 April. If I remember correctly, we were in Subic when that happened and got underway right then and there.
I didn’t have any trouble getting my medal. It was a few years ago and I believe I had to send in a copy of my 214 and something telling them I was giving up my AF Expeditionary Medal to received the VSM.
Sorry I can’t be of more help but my memory just isn’t what it used to be. Good luck to you Raul.
Here’s Eagle Pull info
…and Frequent Wind
I would imagine the dates are correct. I hope this helps.
I’m going to talk to Bob then to the Navy. I don’t see why we can’t get it to go to Evansville first. Once I talk to the Navy here, I’m going to talk to our local news organizations to try to get a little good press for us. Hopefully Corpus Christi will understands what this means to us.
Thanks for everything…Gregg
Just got your emails Paul, I’ve been out of the country. I’m on it…we’ll get the bell home and hopefully with a stop in Evansville first. More shortly.
Hey Steven… was that near collision during the 75 Westpac? I don’t know if it’s the same one that I remember. We had lines and hoses across and were pumping. One of the ships lost steering and we did an emergency breakaway. I was the ship to ship phone talker on rig 12 (?) the last rig on the starboard side. That’s when I learned NEVER to fasten the strap. I was pulled to the rail as the ships moved further apart and was leaning over the rail a little when I finally flipped the phones away. Of course while I was doing that the span wire came flying back. It sure made for an interesting day!
I got my Vietnam service ribbon after “trading in” my Expedition medal. The government ran out of the medal so they gave me the names of a few companies where I could buy it. Very nice of them.
I didn’t have any trouble getting it done though. I’ll try to remember to pull the papers together so I can see how long the process took. If I remember correctly I was issued a DD215 to show the new medal.
Thanks for the pics Paul. I have a few of the same boat that I need to get scanned I guess. I was taking a picture of the boat as they were pulling away when a guy on the boat waved and threw something at me. It hit me in the chest and dropped to the deck. I picked it up and it was a nut with some Vietnamese money wrapped around it. I picked it up and gave him a thumbs up which he returned. I have a picture of him and his thumbs up. His way of saying thanks I assume. I still have that bill…