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Michael C. Wilson
Years Served: 1967 - 1968
Sitting out on the deck with a cup of coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other watching the fireworks at night was a completely different experience than most of the Viet Nam vets had.
I didn't envy them and I sure didn't want to trade places.
Taiwan patrol and the liberty ports there were unbelievable.
Hong Kong was another world.
Going into Danang to get the rope cut loose from the screw, standing on deck and being told to duck if anybody shot at us, bird dogging a submerged log (we thought it was a sub).
A lifetime ago.


Bill Peerenboom
Years Served: 1967-1968
Last CO - but had the good fortune to make the final deployment to WestPAc from July 67-Jan 68 and return to Pearl via Sydney and Hobart Tasmania. Lots of time on Market Time and Taiwan Patrol, but ended as station ship Hong Kong so the trip was a definite success. Our softball team was undefeated in all the games we played in Kaohsiung...and losers had to buy the beer. (Thanks!)

Cheers to any sailors of Newell!




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