Comments: I love that boat, I'm glad it was restored!
Added: November 10, 2017
Submitted by: Name: Dr Robert Zerby From: St. Croix, US Virgin Islands E-mail: Contact
Comments: I was a Platoon Commander on Hill 55 with the 1st Marine Division in 1971. I was never on a PBR but I really enjoyed this webiste ! Semper Fi, Dr Robert Zerby
Added: July 26, 2016
Submitted by: Name: Robert Dunks From: Fort Worth, Texas
Comments: I came to VietNam in September 1969, fresh from NIOTC and Gunners Mate "A" school. I was assigned to RivDiv 515 and to 8107, I think, Vince Bosco, boat captain. After a few patrols, went to GMG1 Bill Geyer. Once I knew this was going to be it, I really became attached to our boat, and I really got into my job of taking care of our weapons. Just before turnover, I was sent to Stabron 20 for my last 6 months. All the time, wishing I could go back to PBR's. It took a while, but I've come to think, those of us who served on them, have special memories that most sailors only dream about. I loved my little green boat. I have one of the models. I also have a model SeaWolf, hand carved, made of wood, in Saigon. When I got it, it was wrapped in a Saigon newspaper, and had a "Made in Saigon", sticker on the bottom.
PBR721 reply: Thanks for your message! Yes, great and special memories of a lifetime, and your info is very much appreciated.
Comments: Nice job, as a 'retreaded' River Rat and a professional mariner I know good work when I see it. Too bad you had to convert the hull, there is a guy here in Ohio that just restored one and he found the jets and Sabre engines from the US Army bridge boats adapt up very well into the PBR's We've got a small squadron of ex-military boats here for training Sea Cadets. 3 LCM-8's and ax ex-WWII Box "L" Boat, old minefield maints boat from the coastal artillery, and a LARC-V amphib truck. We're looking to aquire an LCVP to complete our amphibious operations school/historic collection. The training we can provide the cadets can't even be secured in the active Navy anymore
Added: March 7, 2012
Submitted by: Name: James Kilmartin From: Bethel, ct E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hi ... I was also in the Sea Cadets in Stamford from 1960 to 1965. Eventually joined theMarine Corps and served from 67 - 71. Nice job!
Added: February 26, 2011
Submitted by: Name: Mark J. Herrmann From: Oregon, Wisconsin E-mail: Contact
Comments: After viewing the pictures and reading your story I felt obligated to write and thank you and your talented friends for the dedication and skills you gave of yourselves in this fantastic restoration of the PBR. I was a plank owner of River Section 544 which in turn became River Division 593 serving as the boats gunnersmate on the 755 boat.(May 1968-Oct 1968) I transferred to Riv Div 515 and once again became a plank owner of a new division serving my time on the 8106 boat until May 69. I would love to see your 721 boat up close and in person some day. Thanks again for preserving not only the boat but the memories of a hand full of Proud,Brave,& Reliable sailors.