A Walk Through the Past
Portions of My Memorabilia
Learn more about the Navy Mobile Riverine Force in Vietnam by viewing some of my personal Vietnam Memorabilia that includes Military Medals, Flags, Documents, War photos, and many other items used by the Brown Water Navy sailors.
Many veterans did not think about saving "every day" items while stationed in Vietnam. Others did, but lost them in the years following their tour. I was a "Pack Rat" as well as a "River Rat". Through the years I have guarded my photo slides and box of Memorabilia as if it were gold. To us it is a treasure. My hope has been to share my booty with all of my former Navy combat sailors as well as the public. Electronic technology has not only allowed me to reach my goal through this website, it has also allowed me to archive and preserve these historical items. Much of this mini-museum will be meaningless to many, but I know that all of you former River Rats will appreciate what you see here.
This grouping of Memorabilia documents a sort of chronological journey to Vietnam and back from July 1968 to July 1969. We were a group of sailors who had just completed Small Boat Training, Gunnery Training and Survival School. I believe that we were part of Class MRF 5-6 at the "Naval Inshore Operations Training Center" (NIOTC) in Vallejo, California. The training was held at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Camp Roberts Army Base and Whidbey Island, Washington. Here is my NIOTC graduation certificate.
Here is a postcard that I sent to my parents on our stopover in Hawaii.