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USS Benewah Photos

Albert B. Moore served on the USS Benewah as a 1st Class Petty Officer from 1966-1968.  He is the current President of the Mobile Riverine Force Association, a national organization of current and former Navy and Army personnel who fought and/or supported the joint Army/Navy Mobile Riverine Force operations during the Vietnam War.

Photos courtesy of Albert B. Moore unless otherwise indicated.   If you took one of the photos below and you believe you have not been properly credited, please email me.

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(1) 5 June 1967 - A month and a half after arriving in-country   (2) Benewah 1967   (3) Summer 1967 Vung Tau Harbor - First landing of a Helo on the USS Benewah
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(4) July 5, 1967, First Light Observation Helo Landing on an ATC(H) (Refueler 92-1). Photo courtesy of Al Breininger.   (5) Summer 1967 near Dong Tam.  First landing of a Huey on an ATC(H) (Refueler 92-1)   (6) December 1967,  Compliment of River Assault Craft alongside.
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(7) January 1968   (8) February 1968   (9) 9 July 1968 - 10,000th Helo Landing on the Benewah
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(10) Little Creek, VA (2/67), 2 months before arriving in Vietnam.   (11) Sunset, Spring 1969. Photo courtesy of Don Blankenship (A-111-3)   (12) Benewah coming alongside the USS Hector (AR-7), circa June or July, 1970, off Vung Tau. Photo courtesy of GMG2 Don Blankenship from Hector Cruise Book.
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(13) Benewah, USS Sphinx and others rafted to USS Hector for repairs. Photo courtesy of GMG2 Don Blankenship from Hector Cruise Book.   (14) Benewah, USS Sphinx and others rafted to USS Hector for repairs. Photo courtesy of GMG2 Don Blankenship from Hector Cruise Book.   (15) Photo collection courtesy of Donald Trausneck QM3 USS Benewah APB-35 1966-68
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(16) Photo collection courtesy of Donald Trausneck QM3 USS Benewah APB-35 1966-68   (17) Photo collection courtesy of Donald Trausneck QM3 USS Benewah APB-35 1966-68   (18) Photo collection courtesy of Donald Trausneck QM3 USS Benewah APB-35 1966-68

More Photos from yesteryear

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(19) 1946 Commissioning Crew   (20) Benewah, ready to become a coral reef after serving as a hospital ship in PI   (21) 1967 - Mobile Riverine Force operations map.   Civil War cannon adds link to past riverine operations.
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(22) At Newport News ship yard in 1961 to the right of the carrier.   (23) 75 mm Recoilless Rifle round hits the Benewah   (24) Benewah in Philadelphia, 1967
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(25) Boats pass in review at PUC Award Ceremony July 6, 1969       (27) IC3 Larry Hidbrader coming aboard Benewah in Vung Tau in 1967.  Photo courtesy of John Speery.
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(28) Omar Bradley (Gen. USA Ret) visits Benewah, 1967   (29) Gen. Westmoreland visits Benewah in 1967   (30) Welcoming party for Gen. Westmoreland
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(31) LTJG Omohundro ripped. (1969) Photo courtesy LTJG Paul Ferguson.   (32) Can you not help but take pride in the Flag we served under in Vietnam?  Photo courtesy of Ed Gaertner.   (33) LTJG Paul Ferguson, Operations Officer from 11/68 to 11/69 plus Staff Comm. Officer for CTF117 (Captain Carvel Blaire)  6/69 until 11/69
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(34) USS Yolo, the first APB   (35) Launching of USS Benewah, APB-35   (36) NCO Club, Vung Tau
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(37) Art Work by Padre Raymond Johnson / Doc and Chaplain MRF-TF-117 66-69   (38) Brigadier General William B. Fulton receives Distinguished Service Cross aboard Benewah, 9/67    (39) Benewah in Newfoundland in 1952
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(40) Benewah in Naples, Italy in 1955   (41) Benewah leaving Pearl Harbor 1967   (43) Plan of the Day, pages 1 and 2

See also Donald Trausneck's Photo Collection (Page 2, 3 & 4)

Thanks to Paul Nemitz for the following seven photos of the Benewah in Naples in 1954

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Schlitz beer?  Yuck.  Smart Navy chief's make sure that stuff goes to the officer's mess.  (Typical Wednesday beer party late 1968 or early 1969)

Standing, from the left: Tom Sparkman, EMO; Bill Teare, Dentist; Bob Spradling, Engineering Dept.?; Rod Fitch, Communications Officer; Mark Griffith, XO (deceased); Don Tennant, Supply Officer; Marshall Stowell, CO; Ralph Michna, Engineering Dept.; Bill Hearn, Supply Dept.

Crouching, from left; Bob Roth, Engineering Officer; Paul Ferguson, Operations Officer; Tom Hallinan, Deck Officer (? is that the correct name? - he headed up the deck force. Was that also known as First Officer? It's been a long time. Anyway, his nickname was "Boats". (Thanks to Paul Ferguson for identifying everyone)

Photo courtesy of Tom Sparkman


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(A) Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Washington DC 1995   (B) Lone Sailor Navy Memorial Washington DC 1995   (C) Speakers table at MRFA Reunion June 1998.  The Flag flew over the Benewah during TET 1968.
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(D) Memorial Day 2000, dedication of the MRF Memorial at Ft. Snelling National Cemetary   (E) Close up of the MRF Memorial Monument   (F) The MRF Monument Plaque
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(G) The Bag Pipers   (H) The Chaplain's Invocation   (I) Speaker:  CDR E.T. Lindberg, USN Ret., RivRon 11
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(J) Speaker Roy Moseman S/Sgt 4th-47th, 9th Infantry Division   (K)Memorial Coordinator Mike Clark, 9th Infantry Division   (L) The 9th Infantry Memorial Monument
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(M)  MRFA President Albert Moore and John Sperry   (N) L-R: Al Cady, Al Moore, and Tom Stuart   (O) Front: Al Cady and Tom Stuart, Back: Jerry Weiss, Al Moore and Donald Doubleday
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(P) General Patrick Hughes and the Cookieman   (Q) Paul Ferguson, Former Ops Officer and Bob Roth, Former Engineering Officer    


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