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  • Navy Cross Citation

    Posted on 6/21/17 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Patrick Osborne Ford
    Date of birth: 2-May-42
    Date of death: June 21, 1968
    Place of Birth: California, San Francisco
    Home of record: San Francisco California
    Status: KIA


    Navy Cross

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Gunner's Mate Second Class Patrick Osborne Ford (NSN: 5347843), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism on 21 June 1968 while serving with friendly forces engaged in armed conflict against the communist insurgent (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. Petty Officer Ford was serving as a machine gunner on River Patrol Boat SEVEN HUNDRED-FIFTY (PBR-750), River Section 535, River Squadron FIVE, Task Force 116 (TF-116), which was ambushed during a combat patrol by a Viet Cong force using rockets and heavy machine guns. The enemy rocket fire disabled his craft and started a fire on board, causing the PBR to go out of control and head for the shore line directly in front of the enemy firing positions. Although seriously wounded, Petty Officer Ford returned a continuous volume of fire into the Viet Cong positions. Realizing that his boat was out of control, and in the face of point-blank hostile fire, he assisted three of his more seriously wounded shipmates from the PBR into the water. Only after insuring that all the surviving crew members had left the boat did Petty Officer Ford give any thought to his own safety. He was the last man to leave the boat. As a result of his heroic actions and fearless devotion to duty, Petty Officer Ford saved the lives of two of his shipmates, gallantly sacrificing his own in doing so. His extraordinary heroism under fire was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

    Action Date: 21-Jun-68

    Service: Navy

    Rank: Gunner's Mate Second Class

    Company: River Patrol Boat 750 (P-BR-750)

    Battalion: River Section 535

    Regiment: River Squadron 5

    Division: Task Force 116 (TF-116)
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/21/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear GMG2 Patrick Osborne Ford, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Final Mission of GMG2 Patrick O. Ford

    Posted on 11/1/14 - by
    On 21 June 1968, Petty Officer Patrick O. Ford was serving as the after machine gunner aboard PBR-750 as part of a two-boat patrol operating in the upper My Tho River near the town of Cai Be. The boats were maneuvering down the river when they spotted a sampan fleeing into a nearby canal. PBR-750 gave chase and captured the sampan one hundred meters further up the canal. As the patrol boat returned to the river with a Viet Cong suspect and the captured sampan in tow, it was ambushed by a Viet Cong patrol who unleashed an overwhelming barrage of heavy machine gun fire and rockets. Two explosive B-40 rockets struck PBR-750 immediately killing the patrol leader, Lietuenant William E. Dennis and the boat coxswain, Boatswain's Mate First Class Scott C. Delph. Within seconds the patrol boat was ablaze and out of control, heading directly for the Viet Cong positions. As the PBR veered toward the river bank, at least four additional rockets struck the craft. Ford, being seriously wounded in the initial barrage, tenaciously maintained a steady volume of return fire from his aft machine gunner's station until he perceived that the boat was out of control. In the face of enemy gunfire and with his clothing on fire, Ford assisted three seriously wounded shipmates from the PBR into the water. Only after insuring that all the surviving crewmembers had left the boat did Ford make his way into the water. He was the last man alive to leave what was left of PBR-750. Soon after Petty Officer Ford entered the water, he was killed by a burst of enemy machine gun fire. However, as a result of his fearless devotion to duty, he saved the lives of two of his shipmates. For his "extraordinary heroism" in battle on June 21, 1968 and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navy, Petty Officer Ford was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. For his heroism, on June 29, 1985 he had a ship, the USS Ford FFG-54, named after him. [Narrative and images from]
  • Pat

    Posted on 7/31/14
    I didn't have the pleasure of meeting you Uncle Pat but, I have had the pleasure of talking to some great men that you knew. I have learned what a true hero you were. I wish I could have known you. I am truly honored to be named after you and am hoping your giving dad a hard time in heaven :)

    Your Niece
  • Remembering

    Posted on 10/21/13 - by Joe Mettler
    RIP my friend. next week I'll be going to the decommissioning for the ship they name after you. I got my invitation today and am trying together what Iam going to say. I have been to the ship once before and it is a nice looking ship. The last time I was ask to go was to give a scholarship to a young man that was going to further his education. This time due to government cuts they are decommissioning the ship. I will miss driving by and looking at the ship and thinking of you. I want to try to tell them how good of a sailor you where and maybe of the time we spend together in training and our travels before we got shipped out to different divisions. Fair winds and follow sea my friend.
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