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Rudy Caarpenter
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Well,I finally dragged myself into the 21st century, kicking and screaming all the way. Just huntin' n' peckin' but I'm here. I read all the messages on this message-board and was flooded with old forgotten memories. I was in "R" division, 18 yr. old,fresh out of BP&E school and Engineman "A" school @ Great Lakes in June '67 when I came aboard in Subic Bay. I remember being on soundboat#7, 2 surveys in Viet Nam and then 1 survey in Korea. I remember surveying Vung-Tao and then Nha-Trang and anchoring when off-duty on the leeward side of an island off-shore that had some kind of radar installation on the high point that was called "OUTLIVE", they had an EM club up there on top. I had pictures of the boat that worked the same shift as ours, we worked 12 on 12 off, in pairs, running alternate lines, passing in the middle. We were in really rough seas, and in one direction the boat would break through the waves and be completely submerged in whitewater I wish I could find those pictures. All you could see was the top of that big antennae stickin' out of the water. I remember being left by the ship near the end of the '68 survey in Viet-Nam, because the ship had to go to Subic Bay for repairs, we stayed to finish the survey, I think 2-weeks. We went up a river and got our fuel and supplies at a PBR base called CAT-LO. I don't know exactly where it was but I remember getting liberty there one night and having to change our money to "military payment certificates".  I think must have been designed by the same guy who came up with "MONOPOLY"money! After the survey was over, we, in the true spirit of the "MINNOW" from "Gilligan's Island" got underway across the South China Sea, en-route to Subic Bay where we met up with Maury. If you Google "Seafox 9" you can see (a boat claiming to be Adrift 7), a SeaScout boat out of Alameda Ca. But as I said in a prior post, I don't believe it is. But they were seaworthy boats, anyone from a crew during our period can vouch for that! I remember in Korea, on arrival at the harbor at Hupo-Hang, there were a lot of fishing boats tied to the only concrete dock there, suddenly there was a lot of commotion and crews ran to these boats and moved them out into the harbor, anchored the and swam back to shore. A man on the pier waved us in and we tied to the pier. Those boats would anchor out for the next 6 months. There was a tall 5 or 6 story building there that housed the crews from the boats. It Was bland un-painted concrete and I don't remember it having any windows, in the evening when we returned from surveying, that man was there waving at us, calling us to come to his house eat,relax,and drink Rice Whiskey. It was really sweet and burned like good moonshine! When one of us would pass out, he would holler in Korean and a couple of guys would come from up-stairs pick him up, carry him to the boat,and put him in his bunk. The floor was also concrete ,waxed to a shine, there was a big low round table, we sat on mats around it. The floor had cracks radiating out from the center of the room which was huge, probably 30' square, he explained the cracks are from the heating system. There was room in the dirt underneath, and trenches dug, radiating from the middle, and a fire burned under the floor, heating the building from the ground up. Shortly after we arrived, a school teacher named  O Ung Sung began to bring his students on Sundays, each of them packin' their English/Korean dictionary to the pier where they would practice speaking english. One day there were a bunch of piglets put into a sty nearby, and I like animals, so when we came in, I would grunt like a pig and this little black and white spotted one would get up on its hind legs so it could see over the fence and grunt back. I would save stuff from my C-rats for the pig. The Koreans thought that was hilarious. Months passed and we got back one day and all the pigs, no longer little, were gone. They had gone to slaughter. All but one, the black and white spotted pig remained where he waited for me to return daily with his treat. he was still there when we left.  The boss had a daughter named Kim Jung Nam, who left just before we did, to go to college in Seoul. The day she left, she carried a big cardboard box to the pier and gave a gift to every crew member on every boat. Really nice people.  I remember one day they took a lid off this big 10' square box about 3' high, and started pulling 5-gallon buckets full of dead squid out. This box ended up being about 15' deep too. The women would sit on a piece of tree-stump, with another stump in front of them, reach in a bucket for a squid, put it on the stump and beat it flat with a big wooden mallet. she would stack them in a pile and start over. They put these stacks on carts and took them away. Within a few weeks, as we came within sight of land, we could see the shoreline covered for miles in pink squid drying on racks. If the wind was right you could smell them long before seeing land. any way, enough for now.                   I'd like to hear from anyone who remembers me. also, anyone who knows of...William "Smitty" Smith EN3, Bruno Blaise EN3, Gary Stowe ENFN, Frank Zamora ENFN, William Charles Bastian III, (A CBee) (Hey Frank and Bill, O'l Rudeye be lookin' for ya!) and anyone else from that period. I was in touch with Dean Burchett who lives in Longview Wa. Haven't heard from him, need to call. i Talked to Mel Honl on the phone yesterday. I live in Corona, CA. I can be contacted at .   Thanks, Rudy
Ron Hill
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Ah yes, I still remember the smell of drying squid reaching Maury as it was anchored out from the South Korean shore.  [eek]  Thanks for sharing your memories!  
Gary L. Stowe
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Hey, dude! I was looking up a rear view mirrow for my car and all of a sudden US Maury AGS-16 pops up with your post. I was the engineer on sound boat 7. We had some good times down in the boat shop huh? Just wanted to let you know I'm still kicking and living in Mobile, Alabama. Anyhow hope this message gets to you. Take care, Maybe we could get a soundboat get together or something. Gary Stowe En3.
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Great Stories....Brought back memories..I was in 1st Div. & helped launch the Sound Boats up Forward.... We took the LARC in one time & I could hear this Pig sound in the distance that was moving closer &'t figure it out till a Papa-San on a Bike came down the dirt road with a small pig straped to his back!.....Quite a visual.....I remember the Squid smell also....I think we could see the racks at one point....Kim-chi pots also were mentioned as a sorce of aroma.....All good stuff.....Anyone remember the Swift Boat we took back to Pearl?.....I always wondered about that....There was a Story everyday on the Maury.....I never get tired of hearing them or telling them...Its the Salt in our blood I think.....
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