|USCGC Bibb (WHEC 31)||4 July 1968 - 28 February 1969|
|USCGC Ingham (WHEC 35)||14 July 1968 - 3 April 1969|
|USCGC Owasco (WHEC 39)||23 July 1968 - 21 March 1969|
|USCGC Wachusett(WHEC 44)||10 September 1968 - 1 June 1969|
|USCGC Winnebago(WHEC 40)||20 September 1968 - 19 July 1969|
USCGC Wachusett(WHEC 44)
|By 1968 the fire control equipment of the 327'
Secretary class cutters was obselete. However, this same equipment was ideal
for Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS) in Vietnam. Developed to support troops
ashore during World War II and Korea, this equipment served in good stead.
Here BM2 Besecker, USCG, is the MK52 director operator and using the optical
mode to lay the 5"/38 gun on target. To the right, on the starboard side,
with binoculars is then Ensign D. L. "Boog" Powell, USCG, who was the fire
control officer of USCGC Ingham (WHEC 35) during its Vietnam tour.
Powell went on to serve a second tour in Vietnam as officer-in-charge of
ELD4 in Da Nang during 1971. He also served
with U. S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit 303B in Operation Desert Storm
(see Desert Strom page.)
One round on the way! Ingham fires gunfire support in Area 9 near Song Ong Doc during Fall 1968.
|The Coast Guard's High Endurance Cutters also served
as mother ships to both the SWIFT boats of the Navy and the Coast Guard's
WPBs. The Ingham supplies relief to her "brood of chicks" in the
Gulf of Siam during Operation Sea Lords Fall 1968.
Coast Guard divers BM3 Dolph and Seaman England from Ingham (WHEC 35) make repairs to PCF 36. The SWIFT boat received a hit from a Viet Cong 57mm recoiless rifle in Area 9 during Operation Sea Lords. Note how Ingham used it the rigging from its boat davits to heel over PCF 36 so the hole could be exposed. INSET:close up of men making repairs.
|This very rare patch of the Wachsuett's gun crew was contributed by LCDR James MacDonald, USCG (ret). Jim also contributed the Wachusett's patch above that was designed by one of the cutter's steward's mates and most likely made in the Phillippines..|