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Lawrence D. Albert HT2 USN July1978-April 1984, at SBU-XI known as Bert. My Time at SBU-XI 78-81.

After graduating from Ht "A" school I received order to Coastal River Division 11 Vallejo Calif. So after a week home on leave, I flew into Oakland airport then catching a shuttle to Vallejo to be dropped off at the head of a pier at a guard tower. It was night time when I got there., so the people took my orders and put me in the sleep shack. The next day I started 2 1/2 yrs at CRD-11 then in Oct 1978 it became Special Boat Unit XI. There were some interesting times. Like the SBU-XI Parties and Reserve weekends. At one command picnic we were playing a softball game and a runner was heading for home plate and gets "beaned" on the top of his head at home plate. The war games with the Marine Gate Guards, surprisingly we were the only swabbies allowed in the Marine Bar "Chesty's".

I then left for the Fleet aboard the USS Ajax AR6 and USS Alamo LSD-33. LONG LIVE THE BROWN WATER NAVY!!!!!

Well I have a couple of events that I remember. The first one we are on our way back from Suisun Slough at night so we could get some night navigation in, and we blew out an oil line on the port engine in the MATC I was in, so we had to limp back to Mare Island then another mini caught up to us and we tied the two together so we could operate as one. We used our starboard engine and the other mini used its port engine and matched RPM and away we went.
 
The next event, back in the slough area again ENFN Albers was at the helm of one of the PBRs and he was told to give it a goose to put the bow on shore. Well he goosed it all right and ended up beaching the whole PBR on shore and had to get pulled it off the land and back into the water.

Well, it's in November and we are on a war game with Marines on board and one of the crew member recognized one of them as one of the gate guards that gave him some shit, and the boat Capt. said to the group leader this is as far as we can get in. We then put down the boat ramp in the Mini we were in, so the group leader of the Marines said lets go thinking the shore water is only knee deep. Off they went and ended up sinking in up to there groin and the water was cold!!!!!

It's war game in the Slough again and it is about dusk and we are trying to camouflage our Mini as a waterborne guard post. We were watching two PBRs looking for us. We were holding tight to one of the banks then a little closer to night fall and we notice that the tide is going out, so we push off into the water and not wanting to start our engine we floated sideway port side out with two 50 cal pointing towards the mouth of the inlet. We were in now watching the PBR silouette going back and forth so we waited for the bows of the silouette to touch, then we open fire and the back PBR shot the front PBR in a cross fire and the Ref that was on board with us awarded us with two kills. Later that night we had to insert a Seal Team and then waited for them. Some hours later they came running back on board yelling "get the hell out of here." I was resting on the stern of the Mini at the engine hatches grabbing for the grappling hook lines to get them on board and then get back into the well of the Mini to man the stern 50.


HTFN Albert doing pre-engine check on MATC "Bert" Albert relaxing in his luxurious barracks room HTFN Albert trying to complete his PBR quals. MATC on pier for overhaul CCB-18 and ASPB to the right hand side
 

PBR Row PCF and MATC row Command Fire  Boat for hull cleaning remember we were always setting the sloughs on fire . We had to have a fire boat!
 
Command LCM ASPBs being prepped for shipping out to boneyard. Does anybody know what finally happened to them????

The roach coach is making his approach! showed up at the pier between 1000-1030hrs Barracks 621 sign as CRD-11 home of Active and Reserve River Rats
 
Mare Is. causeway which was one way of getting off of the island.
 
Barrack 621 sign after  we became Special boat Unit XI in Oct. 1978
 
HTFN Dennis Schuster for the HT shop relaxing in his barracks room.
 

   
HT3 Roger Rodregeez workout nut of the Ht shop hanging out between Welders MATC row and PCF Washing down a PBR the not so glamorous side of Spec. Boat duty. Note 721 a rare hard top PBR    
 

Lawernce D. Albert HT2 USN July1978-April 1984
at SBU-XI known as Bert
MY Time at SBU-XI 7-81

After graduating from Ht "A" school I recieved order to Coastal River Division 11 Vallejo Calif. So after a week home on leave, I flew into Oakland airport then catching a shuttle to Vallejo to be dropped off at the head of apier at a guard tower. it was night when I gotthere., so the people took my orders and put me in the sleep shack. The next day I started 21/2 yrs at CRD-11 then in Oct 1978 it became Special Boat Unit XI. There were some interesting times.
Like the SBU-XI Parties , Reserve weekends, at one command picnic we were playing as softball game and a runner was heading for homeplate and gets beaned on the top of his head at homeplate., The war games withe the Marine Gate Guards, surprizingly we were the only swabbies allowed in the Marine Bar "Chesty's".
 I then left for the Fleet aboard the USS Ajax AR6 and USS Alamo LSD-33
LONG LIVE THE BROWN WATER NAVY!!!!!

Well I have a couple of events that I rember;The first one we are on our way back from Suisun Slough at nite so we can get some night navagation in, and we blew out an oil line on the port engine in the MATC I was in so we had to limp back to Mare Island then another mini caught up to us and we tied togather so we could operate as one,we used our starboard engine and the other mini used its port engine and matched RPM and away we went.
 

The next event, back in the slough area again ENFN Albers was at the helm of one of the PBRs and he was told to give it a goose it so to put the bow on shore,well he goosed it allright and ended up beaching the whole PBR on shore and had to get pulled off the land and back into the water.

Well, it's in November we are on a war game with Marines on board and one of the crew member recognized one of them as one of the gate gaurds that gave him some shit, and the boat Capt. said to the group leader this is as far as we can get in, so we put down the boat ramp in the Mini we were in, so the group leader of the Marines said lets go thinking the shore water is only knee deep, offthey went and ended sinking in up to there groin and the water was cold!!!!!

It's war game in the Slough again it is about dusk we are tyring to camoufage our Mini for waterborne gaurd post, we are watching two PBRs looking for us, we are holding tight to one of the banks then a little closer to nite fall and we notice that the tide is going out, so we push off into the water and not to start our engine we floated sideway port side out two 50 cal pointing towards the month ofthe inlet we were in now watching the PBR silouette going back and forth so we waited for the bows of the silouette going to touch, then we open fire and the back PBR shot the front PBR got caught in a cross fire and the Ref that was on board with us awarded us with two kills, then later that night we had to insert a Seal Team and waited for them, then some hours later they came running back on board "get the hell out of here" I was resting on the stern of the Mini at the engine hatches grabing for the grapling hook lines to get them on board and then get back into the well of the Mini to man the stern 50.

                                                                              Bert