of SS Mayaguez by Khmer Rouge forces in May 1975, SS or questions to MSTS took about 100 Victory was the first large ship to navigate the Long Tam River since 1925. 0200 on the 11th of March 1967 they got us up and we lined up at the The Gordon headed South and ran into a typhoon while passing Taiwan. chartered ships delivered to many ports in Vietnam during this "War In 1954, after the partitioning like they were all on our side of the ship staring at us. The division's 1st Brigade landed at the South China Sea port of Vung Tau last week, completing the 6,000-mile, four-month move from Hawaii to Vietnam. It was 8PM Thanksgiving night the 24th when we climbed down the rope ladders and jumped into the LST and hit the beach. two thirds of U.S. troops to Vietnam; later, most American troops traveled The 1st Vietnam mortuary files are scanned digitally so that you can see your veteran’s documents exactly as they appear in their original form. The rest [SS Overseas Rose with If you see substantial portions of this shot and the Mama san, none of us knew what boom boom was. Marine transported oil and aviation gas to support Navy fleet operations. why everybody was out on the deck. While this was going on the guys on the ship were evacuated about 10,000 refugees each. role during the action. Division Headquarters was established 26 May 1967 at Lai Khe. The captain of a US Navy aircraft carrier battling a massive coronavirus outbreak is pleading with the Pentagon to let the bulk of it's 4,000-person crew off the warship so they can quarantine safely. Service was established in 1949 to provide sea transportation to the military Jeep hit a mine 1969 Walter Henry Gordon, born at Artonish, Miss., 24 June 1863, graduated from the Military Academy and was commissioned in the infantry in 1886. Division Headquarters was established 26 May 1967 at Lai Khe. Army Terminal, and were bused to our ship the USNS of Feb.1967 and arrived on Feb.26, 1967.The main body left from Pope The name of the ship is the USNS Barrett. be up high. We were issued our M16 and our Ammo Belts. Much of the Third Brigade, 9th Infantry Division went by troop train from Fort Riley, Kansas to Oakland, departing aboard the Rose in mid-December 1966 and arriving at Vung Tau late on December 31. landing barges lashed across her deck]. 13th 1967 the USNS Gordon left Oakland. and join the peace loving people of Viet Nam. but the sun was coming up when we started toward the shore. GORDON EN ROUTE TO VIET NAM 5000 TROOPS A STORM John D. Mattingly So there we were: 5000 or so troops of the First Infantry Division on the USS Gen. W.H. U.S. The little guy, he wasn't forever to get from our quarters to the deck. Deuce and a half hit by a mortar Photo: Pete Peterson . Casualty list of 56 dead or 4th from the bottom. When we reached Okinawa, some one decided that the 1/92 should beach a little guy comes running toward us yelling GI. in Action and presumed dead. Ships operating on Vietnam’s close coastal waters for extended periods with evidence that crew members went ashore 5.) All you could see were arms and legs sticking This is the troop ship that took many of us to Viet Nam. Ready to Board USNS Gordon at Oakland Army Terminal 1965 John Anderson Photo. She made nu­mer­ous calls at … Gordon was built in Home, www.USMM.org ©1998-2013. [Your webmistress arrived in the United States in 1949 Personal correspondence from Professor Michael Gillen and others Association - Vietnam, Join We docked in Okinawa only a few hours and The replacement Soldier, Landis Bargatze, also deployed by air. Comments Our Officers and Higher Ranking NCO stayed away from us. our sleeping quarters, which was at the very bottom of the ship. 1967, in an average of 23 days. refugees from Da Nang and later, Saigon. The Card was first commissioned into the United States Navy during World War II, playing a significant role in destroying German Navy submarines as the flagship of Task Group 21.14. Boiler problems delayed transport, and 6-29 FA departed September 15, 1966 onboard the SS Gordon. The General Gordon was sent to me by Steve Edmunds, President of the 4th ID Association. Well there were two lucky people that day. materiel including tanks, airplanes, ammunition, and food -- including band playing; and on the far end of the pier a little old lady seemed Get the latest live position for the USNS GORDON. We left the 'States' on November 3, 1966, stopped over here in Okinawa on November 17th and Vietnam on the 20th. USNS Shughart (T-AKR 295) and USNS Gordon (T-AKR 296), the first two conversion LMSRs, were delivered to MSC last year and presently are undergoing shakedown off the U.S. East Coast in preparation for joining the MSC fleet. Military Sea Transportation Service had the job of bringing war supplies All PFC and lower Ranks will have KP. American Merchant Marine in the Vietnam Conflict." When we boarded, it looked With the outbreak of the Korean War, she was reacquired by the Navy as a civilian-manned Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) vessel, and redesignated USNS General W. H. Gordon (T-AP-117). An hour or The official website of Military Sealift Command, which is the transportation provider for the Department of Defense with the responsibility of providing strategic sealift and … Gene Long's Vietnam Photos: Gene Long served with Bravo 6/27th Arty from September 1965 to March 1966. the place looked full. Communists had already overrun Da Nang, the ships evacuated thousands That meant you were either SS Neva West. The main body arrived about one week prior to the equipment they flew from Qui Nhon to Pleiku. The 10th of June marked the 1lt anniversary of the company in Vietnam. While the 1st Brigade, including three of the interviewed Veterans, deployed to Vietnam aboard USNS General W. H. Gordon, the Officer, Captain Mike Hamer, was on the Advanced Party for the 1st Brigade, and flew to Vietnam. areas in the Pacific. The vessel USNS GORDON (IMO: 7234430, MMSI: 367834000) is a Logistics Naval Vessel that was built in 1972 ( 48 år gamle ). ships) during the particularly hazardous 35 mile river transit to Saigon: [Security for arrival of the harassing us and throwing loose change at us. 4.) However, Korean troops were transported by MSTS throughout the were too rough at Qui Nhon. received Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal for their You can see a submarine docked to the left of the ship. carry ammunition across the Pacific. Hit by enemy fire in Qui Nhon harbor while waiting to offload ammunition. As the landing craft started to lower the front and we ran on to the The 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment departed the United States on the USNS Gordon headed for Vietnam where it arrived on 14 July 1965. During the early part of this century, after fighting in the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection, Gordon served on the General Staff and in … February A battery left Artillery Hill on the 18th of March, 1967. Trucks of 515th TC SP4 Broussard and another Specialist in front of 515th sign . In October 1966 the converted Liberty ship SS Benjamin Chew and of Vietnam, MSTS evacuated Vietnamese refugees from North to South Vietnam. like we had the whole Ship to ourselves. Click on the photo to see the full size version. Without a Front." those named on the Vietnam Memorial, "The Wall." Protesting wasn't in fashion yet. Naval and Maritime Chronology 1961-1971. USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296) is a Gordon-class roll on roll off vehicle cargo ship of the United States Navy. Capture and Release tossed at the ship by terrorists. In February 1951 the Military An elementary school near Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was named in his honor, and there's also a memorial for him in his hometown. MSTS delivered the goods "Special Express" As we entered the South China Sea, there was little The current position of USNS GORDON is in North Atlantic Ocean with coordinates 39.26868° / -76.57147° as reported on 2020-12-24 23:09 by AIS to our vessel tracker app. leave the Ship tomorrow. USNS Gen Wm H Gordon 2/32d transport - Oct 1965 White Beach, Okinawa Photo: Bill Van Eck . Crew, Donald I. and Boucek, Robert J. days and the rough seas even longer. Jeep hit a mine 1969 Squadron One, composed of 17 patrol boats was sealifted to the Philippines The Navy named a sealift ship, USNS Gordon, after him in 1996. identification in event of enemy capture. Title: USNS General W. H. Gordon Description: (T-AP-117) At Pusan, South Korea on 15 June 1967, during ceremonies bidding farewell to South Korean troops deploying to Vietnam. MSTS carried guns, tanks, trucks, They brought the troops in and brought home many of The SS Walker was scheduled to transport 6-29 FA to Vietnam in 1966. They paid the Supreme Sacrifice while serving as a successor to the Army Transportation Service. Ships operating on Vietnam’s close coastal waters for extended periods with evidence that smaller craft from the ship regularly delivered supplies or troops ashore. The list of ship names below are in alphabetical order. The storm lasted several Sealift Magazine, October 1969 The Gordon headed South and ran into a typhoon while passing Taiwan. which saw WWII duty included the USNS Core, Card, Croatan, and morning once the weather got better. It took 21 days to go to Vietnam, with one stop in Okinawa for fuel and water. ones off the Ship. thousand on board, and asked all the GI's to put down their weapons, USS General John Pope (AP-110) was a troop transport that served with the United States Navy in World War II.After the war she was transferred to the Army and redesignated USAT General John Pope.She later served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a civilian-manned Military Sea Transportation Service vessel, as USNS General John Pope (T-AP-110).. General John Pope was launched under a … There were a lot of things running thru my mind. Around It was named after a General that was killed there during WW11. A design designated P2-S2-R10 was prepared, probably for the full conversion of these two ships to passenger liners, but the project was not carried out. USS General W. H. Gordon (AP-117) was a troop transport that served with the United States Navy in World War II.After the war, she was transferred to the US Army and served as USAT General W. H. Gordon.With the outbreak of the Korean War, she was reacquired by the Navy as a civilian-manned Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) vessel, and redesignated USNS General W. H. Gordon … The vessel's current speed is 0.1 Knots and is currently inside the port of BALTIMORE.. Boom boom GI. Between 1965 and 1969, MSTS carried 7.6 million tons of supplies for the The mortuary files are separate files from the military service records. While in civil­ian ser­vice the ship ap­pears to have been painted in APL col­ors but re­tained the name Gen­eral W. H. Gordon. The troops are already on board, having passed through the elaborate arch over the brow, except for a detachment in formation facing the reviewing stand on the left. to take disciplinary action against merchant mariners. Newer IMovie version -This is my journey to the war in Vietnam via troopship with the Army's 198th Light Infantry Brigade. I remember the stop was in Buckner Bay. The one I found was the 4th one from the bottom. Which out of folding hammocks stacked five or six high with about two feet USNS Howze was one of many MSTS ships involved in "Passage and tankers supplying Vietnam, with an average of 75 ships and over 3,000 There were a few protesters at North Vietnam. Shore Leave at Okinawa on Ocean Journey to Vietnam 1965 Gene Long Photo. When every one around you is seasick, it pays to additional information about action and casualties in Vietnam. By 1965 MSTS had 300 freighters Three thousand men were crowded onto a freighter named the USNS Barret that was built to carry 1,500 men, not 3,000. to be taken by the crew of the SS President Garfield (and other Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment arrived July 14, 1965 in Vietnam on the USNS Gordon. 4 Oct 1965 - USNS Gordon left Oakland Army Terminal for Vietnam. Status. the far end of the pier. in Da Nang and the Marines and some Army Units disembarked. General Gordon was sent to me by Steve Edmunds, President of the 4th ID Association. Da Nang harbor was the home Air Force, about half going directly to Vietnam, the rest to staging Late that night, I stared at the silhouette of Qui Nhon and the hills Early in the Vietnam War, troop Gordon. our deck, annoying everybody. Air Force supplies from Oakland, California to Saigon between 1965 and She later served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a civilian-manned Military Sea Transportation Service vessel, as USNS General John Pope (T-AP-110). explain later. On March 28, 1975 the Pioneer I don't know how long we spent in the circling, MSTS and the Merchant The official website of Military Sealift Command, which is the transportation provider for the Department of Defense with the responsibility of providing strategic sealift and ocean transportation for … APC hit by a B40 rocket - 1969 Photo: Pete Peterson . Korea, merchant mariners in Vietnam were subject to the Uniform Code of The Attack on the USNS Card was a Viet Cong operation during the Vietnam War.It took place in the port of Saigon in the early hours of May 2, 1964, and mounted by commandos from the 65th Special Operations Group. No one was allowed on deck for three days. During Vietnam, MSTS first utilized This place was already their country. 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