Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day Memory

PBR MK 1
In honor of Memorial Day I offer up this photo that brought back particularly good memories of Capt. Steve Ayres, USNR (ret.) once a "6", and all my brothers and sisters who served and have continued to serve defending our country. For you youngsters out there this is a "PBR" - Patrol Boat Riverine MK 1. Entering service in 1966 they patrolled the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. At least two sailors won the Medal of Honor while fighting from these boats. At 19000 lbs dry with a top speed of about 32 mph they were maned by mid grade Navy enlisted personnel (E-5, E-6.)
This boat is on display at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story (in the Norfolk, VA area.)


Fair winds and following seas :)

2 comments:

  1. I don't know what engines those boats had or what type of fuel consumption but I doubt I would ever be able to afford to fill it with fuel

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  2. (2) Detroit Allison/General Motors 6-53 Diesel 220 HP/318 cubes - jet pumps were manufactured by Jacuzzi!

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