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Honoring our Navy’s Vietnam War Veterans

Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division

March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a day we join the nation in honoring our Vietnam War-era veterans. Although we are unable to honor these veterans in person while maintaining proper social distancing, we are able to highlight some of our Navy Vietnam War-era veterans through our online platforms.

During the Vietnam War, Sailors operated from the sea, inland waterways, air, and land. In addition to combat operations, Navy personnel were involved in numerous training, advisory, infrastructure, and civil affairs programs.

At the Naval History and Heritage Command, we’re proud to honor the service and sacrifice of those who came before us. This year, we’ve asked our followers on social media to submit photos of themselves or family members who’ve served during the Vietnam War-era. The following photographs and captions are from that post.

Editor’s note: All language and imagery were provided by our fans through our various social media platforms. To find out more about Navy’s role in the Vietnam War, visit our website.

From Puget Sound Navy Museum fan Ralph Griffis: My last ship USS Richard B Anderson DD 786, me at the Gyro, 1972. RBA fired over 34,000 rounds during my last year, between Da Nang and Haiphong Harbor Served on BB 62 during Vietnam
From Facebook fan Rich Wersinger: I’m a Vietnam-era Navy veteran. I was commissioned Ensign USNR through U of South Carolina NROTC June 1970. I served in USS Stribling (DD-867) MPA August 70 to July 72; COMDESRON Ten Staff January 73 to Dec 74; Destroyer Department Head School December 74 to July 75; USS Capodanno (FF-1093) CHENG Aug 75 to July 77; USS Bagley (FF-1069) CHENG July 77 to January 79. None of my deployments were to Vietnam waters. Go Navy!
From Facebook fan Gary Wigley: This was taken aboard the USS Mansfield DD 728, MM3 Aft Engine Room 1965-1969.
From Facebook fan James Goodloe: PH2 James E. Goodloe, USS Saratoga CVA-60, May 1971 through August 1973. WesPac Cruise to Vietnam, Retired from Navy Reserve 1993.
From Facebook fan Paul D. Lekawski: Paul D. Lekawski, YN3 and his wife just weeks before deploying to NAB, Coronado and then onto Naval Support Activity, DaNang, Vietnam (Feb 1969 – Jun 1970).
From Facebook fan Patricia Disse Martin: My husband Philip Micheal Anthony Martin Sr. US Navy 1970-78. Three tours of Vietnam. Bronze star.
From Facebook fan Michael R. Sexton: This picture was taken in Subic Bay on our way home. We, USS FORCE (MSO 445), had completed our tour in Vietnam (Nov. ‘66-May ‘67) doing Market Time Ops. We had stopped in Subic for some maintenance and fuel. While there our Skipper, LCDR George HULDERMAN, wanted to hold a personnel inspection to see if we could look like real Sailors again, after months of shorts, T-shirts, flack jackets, and helmets. This picture is members of the Engineering Department. The Ensign (me, Michael Sexton) is the Engineer Officer.
From Facebook fan Dan Hargraves: ET, Two tours in Vietnam, 68-69, 69-70 aboard the U.S.S. Carpenter DD-825 out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
From Facebook fan Douglas Edwards: I was an Ensign/LTJG with the Naval Advisory Group from September 1970 to September 1971. I was part of a team of five Supply Officers tasked with developing, testing and implementing a system to logistically support the Navy Advisors after the departure of the U.S. Navy from Vietnam.
From U.S. Naval Undersea Museum fan Tony Mosqueda: I served during Vietnam in the submarine service.
From Facebook fan Gary Grahn: Chief Warrant Officer Gary Grahn, United States Navy (Retired) Served twenty-two years from 1967 to 1989 A 1968-1969 Riverine Force combat veteran, serving aboard a five-man Assault Support Patrol Boat in the Mekong Delta of the Republic of Vietnam
From Faceboook fan John O Shelton: I served aboard the USS Constellation CVA64 from 1967-1969. During this time, we did two WestPac Cruises and I served in the Air Department, V-1 Division as an ABH, first a blue shirt, then a yellow shirt working in Fly 3 area (aft part of the flight deck).
From Facebook fan Dennis Disbrow: Served a Corpsman with Hotel Co. 2nd Batt, 5th Marines 69-70. In An Hoa, Phu Loc 6 (Liberty Bridge), Arizona, Charlie Ridge.
From Facebook fan: Jim Esler: VF-96 Vietnam service 1971-72. 2nd class aviation machinist mate.
From Patrick Stanzel: James Stanzel served with the Mobile Riverine Force as a coxswain operating along the Mekong River out of Dong Tam, Vietnam from December 1967 to December 1968. Decorations include: Purple Heart Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V”, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal, and Navy Unit Commendation.
From Facebook fan George Lansford: Martin Lansford, my father. Returning from his 200th combat mission with VA-195 aboard Oriskany. He retired as a Commander with 27 years of service (5 enlisted, 22 officers).