Thanks for contacting me. Unfortunately, I seem to be having more and more "senior" moments so trying to remember everyone with whom I served during my 4 years of active duty is getting harder and harder. I will have to go up in the attic to see if I can find all my old paperwork. I believe I reported aboard BSU-1 in March of 65'. I did my survival training in Hawaii in May and left for Vietnam in early June 65' as OIC for a training team. I'll try to find my orders to see who was on the team. The old gas boats (2) were still there but in July or August we loaded them on an LSD for shipment home. Later that summer my team went to Subic Bay to run the sea trials on two new boats. After the trials we loaded them on another LSD for shipment to Danang. I honestly can't remember the numbers.
We got back to CONUS in Dec. I have a picture of Mike Cardozo and I at the airport holding a newspaper with the date Dec. 7th. In April and May of 66' I did a short stint as OIC of what my memory says was PTF-13 but according to the website the 13 boat was not built until 71' so I'll see if I can find the paperwork. Maybe it was the 12 boat. I also participated in the official commissioning ceremony for BSU-1 in I believe May. I finished my 4 year active duty obligation and was release in early June 66'.
Thanks to your lead I found the ptfnasty.com website and found it very interesting. Unfortunately, I don't think I have a lot of still shots of the boats or our people but I do have a lot of movies if you think people would be interested. I've always wanted to learn how to save these on the computer and copy them on to CD's so maybe this will give me the push I need to start doing it.
Again, thanks for the contact and let me know if we were in the same place at the same time. If you come back to me and tell me you were on my team in Vietnam with "Stencils" and Rose, I'm going to apply for the Old Soldiers and Sailors Retirement Home immediately!!!! My home e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best regards, Sean
Click here for Sean Tierney Vietnam Film Clips - 1965-66 . This is a great movie selection of PTF and Swift boats around San Diego and DaNang.
Enjoy this 6 page document that is the program for the Commissioning Ceremony of BSU-1 on February 18,1966.
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