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ROLL CALL

PHOEBE SHIPMATES
& E-MAIL ADDRESSES

 
 
Sasebo, Japan, The Phoebe's home port
 
 
THE PHOEBE
nice pictures of the Phoebe
 
 
LARGE PICTURES OF THE PHOEBE
great detail, loads slowly, worth the wait!
 
 
PHOEBE SAILORS DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST!
When they are not on Liberty!
 
 
NEW PICTURES from Ensign Mike Nelson
new pictures Mike Nelson
 
 
USS PHOEBE IN VIETNAM ON MARKET TIME PATROL
 
 
PHOEBE SAILORS page1
Life on the Phoebe
 
 
PHOEBE SAILORS page 2
 
 
Phoebe crew Pictures
 
 
Captain Tom Freeman
Captain Freeman and Franklin Roosevelt 3rd, a true sea story
 
 
PHOEBE SAILORS page 3
 
 
PHOEBE SAILORS page 4
 
 
PHOEBE SAILORS page 5
 
 
Phoebe Crew 1965 & 1967 Page 6
 
 
NEW! Phoebe pictures 1970 era page7
 
 
OUR SHIPMATES WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US
Roll Call
 
 

2003
REUNION PICTURES


 
 

2004
REUNION PICTURES


 
 

USS PHOEBE
(Reunion 2007)


 
 
Lost and Found Crew members
 
 
MAIL BOUY WATCH
Red trying to find that darn mail bouy
 
 
THE CLOWN STORY
A true Phoebe sea story
 
 
GRISSO AND HIS RAT
Another true Phoebe sea story
 
 
PHOEBE SEA STORIES
5 true Phoebe sea stories
 
 
PHOEBE SEA STORIES
More good Phoebe sea stories
 
 
MINESWEEPER POEMS
 
 
OUR FAVORITE WEB SITES
 
 
HELP SAVE A MSO
 
 

USS PHOEBE IN VIETNAM ON MARKET TIME PATROL


Searching for gun runners


Traffic Jam


Just doing our job



The USS Vireo #205 and USS Widgen #208


Dave Hermsen QM3 getting a hair cut


Minesweeping, bringing out the tail



Phoebe's 10 inch gun YO3 Galbaldon & Foster GM3 (we need to know who the Officer is)

March 11, 1965 to December 1972

On March 11, 1965, Operation Market Time was created by joining the US Navy and the South Vietnamese Navy in an effort to stop the flow of supplies from North Vietnam into the south by sea.

It was a difficult and very tedious time for all the crew members; a boring and routine patrol up and down the coast, stopping vessels, sometimes at random, sometimes because they seemed suspicious. Often times, you couldn't tell friend from foe. Wooden junks were used to smuggle arms and supplies and they looked just like all the other hundreds of junks that had traded or fished along the coast for centuries. Substantial amounts of arms and supplies were confiscated, but some probably made it through the "blockade" despite all the efforts of both navies. It was reported that a craft was boarded about every 15-30 seconds. If they refused to identify themselves or wouldn't stop, they were forced to give way at gun point. If they ran they were sunk.

According to Navy reports, Operation Market Time was very successful, but received little credit. Eventually all the supply routes at sea became non-existent, which forced the North Vietnamese to use the Ho Chi Minh Trail.








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