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  • 50 years ago .....12/9/2018

    Posted on 12/13/18
    Today - 12/9/2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the NVA ambush of LCM 873 at Hon Gio (Tiger Island) South Vietnam. If you are listening and watching - I want you to know that you are not forgotten.

    These 50 years have not erased the memory of that day and the search for you and the punishment that we (The U.S.S. Canberra - CA-70) unleashed on the NVA with our 5" - .38's who unknowingly to us occuppied that island. The R.O.K.s and our U.S. Marine detachment made sure that no prisoners were taken and not one more breath has enhaled by the enemy.

    The riptides carried you to that white light and now eternal rest belongs to you.

    Bob Wiltse

    U.S.S. Canberra CA-70
    3rd Division Gunline
    Cua Viet, South Vietnam '68 '69

  • 12/9/68............Tiger Island.......45 minutes too late.

    Posted on 11/3/15 - by Bob Wiltse
    As a crewmember aboard the U.S.S. Canberra CA-70, I was there that day when LCM 873 was ambushed @ Tiger Island by the enemy 45 minutes before BM3 Willard was spotted by the Canberra's port side watch personnel. Willard, wounded, was in the coxswain flat waving a white rag as a distress signal as he approached the Canberra.

    We were simply too late in getting to you and LCM 873. I have spent the past almost 47 years to the day reliving that incident and the days that followed. Had Navy intelligence notified us of your shake down mission to Tiger Island, we certainly would have been there and had your back!

    That afternoon the search for you was initiated by two Destroyers and the Canberra.. A chopper carrying six (6) ROK's landed on the Canberra's Helo Deck. They quickly assessed the damage from the ambush. Later that afternoon, the U.S.S. Canberra and two (2) destroyers closed in on Tiger Island and created a vacuum with their 5" - .38's over the next 3 to 4 hours.

    In the aftermath of the shelling, 40 U.S. Marines assigned to the Admiral aboard the Canberra suited up for combat and were transported with the ROK's on to Tiger Island. No prisoners were taken.

    I wear two (2) memorial bracelets that are a constant reminder of that day. An MIA bracelet with your name, rank, home state and day you went missing. The other is for EN3 Charles A. Atwood who was KIA that same day aboard LCM 873.

    You and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. May God bless you and keep you. May he make his face shine upon you and give you peace.

    When my day arrives................I'll see you both at heaven's gate.

    Bob Wiltse

    U.S.S. Canberra CA-70
    Vietnam '68-'69
    Vietnam Veterans of America
    Life Member
    Chapter 470
    Anoka, Minnesota

    Posted on 12/9/14 - by JERRY SANDWISCH WOOD CTY.OHIO NAM VET 1969-70 ARMY 173rd ABN BDE
  • I remember so he is not forgotten

    Posted on 5/5/14
    I am from Greenville, S.C. also, served in the U.S. NAVY from 67-71. I didn't know Carrol personally but have worn his MIA bracelet since 1975. I'm on #5 at this time just so he is not forgotten.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/10/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SN Carrol William Minor, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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