THE BUSH LIFE

THE BUSH LIFE
My tent cabin on the Kvechak River

The Bush Life

The Bush Life
My old buddy "KAYAK"

Sunday, May 28, 2017

I Remember

                                                          IN MEMORY

                                                 U.S.S. OZBOURN DD846
                                                           
                                                                 

12/4/1967

IN MEMORY OF

RAYMOND CORK

ED O'BRIAN


On this date, my 2 best friends and shipmates were killed in action  off the coast of North Vietnam while handling shells for the after gun mount in support of a SPECIAL FORCES compound being overrun by North Vietnamese regulars and Viet Cong forces.

While providing gunfire support, we came under fire of 81mm mortar shells. Close to 200 rounds bracketed our ship with one round going through the deck and exploding in the handling room where Robert and Ed  was stationed.  We were also hit in the electronics room where 3 were wounded and took 2 rounds in our Anti Submarine rocket launcher starting a fire. We also took some rounds in and near the water line. Despite all this, we remained online and along with U.S. Navy fighter planes, we prevented the enemy from overtaking the Special Forces camp.


"ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL"

Ed and Robert will always be in my memory

ANCHORS AWAY MY FRIENDS



6 comments:

Rain said...

That was a very nice post John. I'm sorry for your loss.

John said...

Thank you, Rain

Evano said...

Thank you for your service John.
Well written post.

Hope that you are feeling better too!

John said...

Thanks Evano, I am doing better. Take care

Washkeeton said...

Thank you for your service. Sorry I'm behind these days just a bit.

Wash

Anonymous said...

Nice tribute for your fallen friends...anymore test results?Hope all is well ....Bert From Bama