Brown Water Navy 1969 -70

Ironclad monitor  - "Mike 2" or "M2"

In November of 1969, I shipped out to Nam as an Engineman Fireman Apprentice. I flew into Ton Son Nut airbase and spent the next three days in Saigon, processing in. My destination from there was Sea Float, on the Cua Lon River, in the U Minh forest, the most southern river in the Delta region. I was assigned to Monitor 2, a class of river boat generically referred to as a heavy, for heavy patrol boat. A monitor weighed in at 90 tons with full armament, less ammo. Ammo was an additional 40 tons. It was developed from an LCM (landing craft medium) and was the heaviest of that class.

The photos in this section reflect my life in Nam for 12 months. They are not in any chronological order but are in particular groups based on general time periods and events within them. Unfortunately, my last six weeks were not recorded photographically.

The greatest number of these photos were taken with a Kodak Instamatic and as a result are not of the same quality as from a 35 mm. But, nonetheless, they still give an accurate image of the subject. The slides these were copied from have aged considerably over 40 years and so you notice some deterioration.


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Sea Float on the Song Cua Lon


"Vietnam Ironclads" is soon to be released and it will hold your attention from cover to cover. It is written by John "Jack" Carrico and accurately reveals a part of the Brown Water Navy that most historians have neglected. It is full of pictures, most taken by the sailors who crewed the Ironclads of the Delta.

Brown Water Navy - history of the ironclads

The book is scheduled to be on the shelves by mid-April 2007. You will be able to purchase them from online dealers such as or through Just click on the bookcover to go to

I highly recommend this book. Many thanks to one of my crewmates on M2, Bill Patterson, and to Jack, who managed to get my picture in the book three times. If you crewed an ironclad, your picture could be in here, too.


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Most recent update 04.02.2007