Sherman 1970 Vietnam deployment Squadron 3 Market Time Patrol
USCG Squadron Three - Market Time - Barrier patrols and boarding operations 1970.
The patrol of the outer barrier off the coast of Vietnam was our most important duty. It was our mission to keep track of the vessels operating throughout our assigned area in order to prevent any attempt by an enemy vessel, possibly disguised, from reaching the shore and delivering arms, ammunition, and supplies to the enemy operating in South Vietnam.
The activities of all vessels operating in our area were closely watched to detect any irregularities in their behavior. Any suspicious vessels were instructed to stop and prepare to be boarded for inspection. At this time, one of are well armed and specially instructed boarding teams would be lowered over the side in a small boat to board the suspicious vessel, inspect its cargo, and check for identification papers of all people on board.
Sometimes it was not necessary to board as we would recognize a friendly vessel by its registration number painted on the house. At times, activities of the entire fishing fleets were under observation and in all, 6948 vessels were recorded in the Shermans log.
The importance of our success in this mission was obvious and we were pleased to be able to count our victories in American lives saved. It was hard work to hold small boat calls and boarding operations many times in a day for weeks on and, but this was what our first assignment entailed.
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