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is honored on Panel 30E, Line 83 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 1/3/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Seaman George Rojas Ycoco, Served with River Division 52, Task Force 116 (TF-116), United States Naval Forces Vietnam.
  • The Attack on YRBM 16

    Posted on 11/1/14 - by
    Yard Repair Berthing and Messing (YRBM’s) were large unpropelled barges used by the "Brown Water Navy" of the U.S. during the Vietnam War. They were bases for specialized river boats and contained limited shop facilities to permit ship's force repair work. They were fitted with a storeroom and workshops and all there utilities were supplied from the pier. They also had a reinforced bow for ocean towing. Tan Chau near Cambodia on the Mekong River was the first location in-country for YRBM 16. In 1967 YRBM 16 was moved to Can Tho on the Bassac River. There it supported the building of the Binh Thuy PBR Base. After that, it was moved to Ben Tre on the Ham Luong River. It was moored in the middle of the Ham Luong River. The bombing took place there at 1:12 AM the morning after Thanksgiving Day 1967. The explosion occurred at the bulkhead between the engine room and RD 522s berthing space. The double hull in the area was a diesel fuel tank. The explosion ripped a hole big enough to drive a truck through. The explosion also blew out the double hull fuel tank, topped off with 3000 gallons of diesel the day before from a costal AO. Fuel was thrown all over the decks and erupted in flames. Smoke filled the ships passage ways and flames reportedly leaped over 100 feet in the air. Fire, extreme heat and smoke hindered rescue efforts and forced the abandonment of the ship. The crew escaped on Mike boats, returning with the fire hoses of PBRs of Squadron 522 to begin firefighting efforts. The losses included ETN3 Robert L. Gray, EN2 Wilson N. Flowers (both flown to hospitals in Japan), and PBR crewmen SN George R. Ycoco, BM1 Joseph J. Simon, GMG3 Lonnie B. Evans, SN Dale E. Egbert, and GMG3 Ronald E Crose. In addition to 7 deaths, 14 crewmen were injured. [Narrative and image from]

    Posted on 11/13/13 - by DAVID SCHULLER LT USN XO PBR 522 AT TIME OF DEATH

  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/1/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SN George Rojas Ycoco, 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
  • Photo

    Posted on 5/16/13 - by Lia Ycoco Ballesteros

    My mother wanted to share this photo of her brother George with the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Wall community. Our family is proud of him.

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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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