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TENACIOUS - This History Provided By Ralph J. Fries,

River Section 535 (9/67 - 6/68)
I just attended a RS-535 mini reunion in IIlinois on 22 August 2009. In attendance were four of the six men on patrol that day and night, 21 June 1968, that the 750 was hit. We talked about the men on PBR-750 and how they died.
Ford was the after .50 gunner. When the boat took a B-40 rocket in the port fuel tank, it blew and started a fire in the coxswain flat where BM1 Delph, the boat captain was killed instantly. Patrol officer, Lt. William Dennis was standing at the entrance to the coxswain flat talking on the radio. He was blown overboard, hitting his head on the canopy railing, and drowned. His body was picked up later on that day. The engineer, EN1 Knott was wounded while either standing on the engine covers, or close by the forward bulkhead of the engine compartment on the starboard side of the boat. I would assume he was on the engine covers manning the M-60 machine gun or Honeywell grenade launcher that was attached to the engine cover splinter shields. GMGSN Barry Johnson was in the forward .50 gun mount and was wounded from the blast of the port fuel tank.
Ford left the after .50 and pushed EN1 Knott into the water, then he pulled GMGSN Johnson from the forward .50 gun mount and put him into water. Ford, I assume, went to the coxswain flat and put the starboard engine throttle full speed ahead and straightened out the rudder to head straight to the beach as the boat was going in circles. After the boat hit the beach, Ford manned his gun until he was out of ammunition. This is when the VC captured him, before the cover boat could arrive on scene. When the cover boat arrived, they picked up Knott and Johnson out of the water.
The survivors stated that during the late evening and night of June 21st, they could hear screams that made their hair stand on end from a man on the land in the under brush, close by where Ford was captured near his boat. They knew that Ford was alive but being tortured most unmercifully. They retrieved Ford's mutilated body on the 25th.
Patrick Ford was not killed by a burst of fire after leaving the boat, he was captured and tortured to death.
From Navsource.com

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When do pigs fly?



HSL-49 DET-1 SCORPIONS - PIGS WITH WINGS - Flight Hogs - First Deployment Desert Storm 91 aboard USS FORD (FFG-54)



Hawaii - Philippines - Bahrain - Mauritius - India - Thailand - Diego Garcia



HSM-49 was redesignated on 1 April 2015, formerly being Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49 (HSL-49). HSL-49 was established on 23 March 1990 as the U.S. Navy transitioned the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light community from the SH-2 Seasprite to the SH-60B Seahawk. The Scorpions first deployed in November 1990 with Detachment 1 embarked in USS Ford (FFG-54).


The squadron - then and now - deploys its personnel and aircraft in an expeditionary model. Detachments are led by an Officer-in-Charge, normally a Lieutenant Commander, and typically deploy with one or two helicopters, and a complement of pilots, Naval Aircrewmen, mechanics and technicians.

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USS FORD (FFG-54) Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate in service 1985 to 2013 named for Gunner's Mate Patrick O. Ford (1942–1968)


Puget Sound Bound - Change of Homeport


During the first week of 1994, Naval Station Puget Sound personnel moved to the recently completed fleet support and administration buildings, and on Jan. 4, 1994, officially began operating at Naval Station Everett. On April 8, 1994, the official dedication ceremony was conducted with more than 1,000 guests attending.


On Sept. 3, 1994, USS Ingraham (FFG 61) and USS Ford (FFG 54) arrived as the first of seven ships to be assigned here

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Class Leader USS OLIVER HAZARD PERRY (FFG-7) In service 1977 to 1997. Cut edge commissioning patch

 

The FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry class of Gas Turbine Guided Missile Frigates were the next step in the evolution of the USN during the 1970's Cold War era. They came online intended to be a class of lighter and less expensive escort ships to complement the other new class being commissioned, the Spruance class destroyers. There were 51 Perry frigates commissioned between 1977 and 1989, the last going out of service in 2015.

1977 Swiss Tex commissioning patch

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USS HALYBURTON (FFG-40) Oliver Hazard Perry class gas turbine frigate in service 1984 to 2014, Cold Warrior, Gulf of Sidra, Persian Gulf Escort, Maersk Alabama piracy.

 

The ship’s crest is designed to represent the heroic action of Pharmacist’s Mate 2d Class William D. Halyburton, Jr. The scarlet and gold bars in the shield denote service in a land action with the U.S. Marines; the alternating colors of the bars symbolize the exchange of fire with an opposing force. The heraldic lion rampart in the midst of the field denotes a single of great courage, i.e., Halyburton placing himself in the line of fire, in complete disregard of his own safety, in order to shield from further harm, and render medical aid to, a fallen Marine, thereby giving his own life in exchange. The lion is blue, the color of the Medal of Honor ribbon, and is strewn with thirteen stars, as is that decoration, the nation’s highest. The gold laurel wreath, inverted, is symbolic of the posthumous awards to Halyburton in addition to the Medal of Honor: the Purple Heart, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. The anchor and cross denote naval service and provision of medical care on the battlefield.

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USS HALYBURTON (FFG-40) Oliver Hazard Perry class gas turbine frigate in service 1984 to 2014, Cold Warrior, Gulf of Sidra, Persian Gulf Escort, Maersk Alabama piracy

 

8" fully embroidered Engineering Department rate patch - Super Snipes Masters of Mobility

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USS HALYBURTON (FFG-40) Oliver Hazard Perry class gas turbine frigate in service 1984 to 2014, Cold Warrior, Gulf of Sidra, Persian Gulf Escort, Maersk Alabama piracy

 

Signalman rating patch, Cold War - Signalman was disestablished in 2003

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USS HALYBURTON (FFG-40) Oliver Hazard Perry class gas turbine frigate in service 1984 to 2014, Cold Warrior, Gulf of Sidra, Persian Gulf Escort, Maersk Alabama piracy

 

Gulf of Sidra, Libya - Spring Break 1986 Line of Death, made in the Philippines

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USS HALYBURTON (FFG-40) Oliver Hazard Perry class gas turbine frigate in service 1984 to 2014, Cold Warrior, Gulf of Sidra, Persian Gulf Escort, Maersk Alabama piracy

 

Battleship Iowa (BB-61) refuels Halyburton during NATO exercise Ocean Safari ’85, 6 September 1985. (Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Jeff Hilton, Defense Visual Information Center Photograph DN-ST-86-02523)

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