Point Deception

Ironically the USCGC Point Welcome had as its logo mascot Wiley Coyote and the last two Air Force F4C Phantom jets attacking the Point Welcome  had call signs Coyote 91 and 92. This slide shows a band-aid on Wiley's tail after the attack.

​From CG Historian's Office
Photographer ET2 Terry Hill

​Chief Pat's award ceremony for the Bronze Star Medal with V device on a buoy tender moored in Da Nang, possibly the USCGC Blackhaw.

​From CG Historian's Office
Photographer ET2 Terry Hill

and paired with  ​the able bodied before going over the side.  Chief Patterson kept his crew calm and organized while they were in the water and until they were picked up by rescue craft.  The Navy Department awarded him the bronze star with the combat "V" device for his actions.

Sadly Chief Patterson Crossed the Bar 12 April 2010. See the Announcement Page for more information. Chief Pat is a true Coast Guard hero; his passing leaves an nonrefillable void in the Coast Guard community.

From CG Historian's Office
Source not given

BMC Richard "Pat" Patterson 

​​When the cutter came under attack by friendly aircraft in August, 1965 just south of the demilitarized zone in South Vietnam.  The first attack caused a blazing gasoline fire on the fantail of the cutter that threatened to engulf the entire after section of the vessel.  Chief Patterson, displaying the finest qualities of bravery and leadership, took charge of the situation and using a fire hose, forced the flaming liquid over the side, thus extinguishing the fire.  Even as he was accomplishing this task, he saw the second aircraft attack rip through the pilot house killing the cutter's commanding officer and seriously wounding the executive officer and the helmsman. Unhesitatingly, and with complete disregard for his personal safety, Chief Patterson climbed to the bridge and took command.  He ordered the crew to carry the wounded to the comparative safety of the below decks area.  Alone on the bridge, he then maneuvered the cutter at high speed to avoid subsequent attacks.  When it became apparent that he could not successfully evade the attacking aircraft, he ran the cutter close ashore, and directed the crew to abandon ship. Under his composed leadership, the wounded were wrapped in life jackets 

Coasties On The Wall
By Dolly Juhlin (1997)

Could it be your brother there? Or a sweetheart, or your friend? All the years that have gone by Still the memories never end​
Time stands still for seven of them In memories they stand tall Seven U.S. Coast Guard men who served Shadowed names upon a wall - On a mission far from home Not knowing what would be They sacrificed the ultimate Heroes for you and me  Ever ready to go forth Who would know their end Atta boy's are silent now Let's not forget these men  Long ago they sailed away To a different port of call Do salute them silently Coasties one and all.

Rest in Peace Lieutenant Rittichier 
You are a True Rescue Warrior At Last You Are Home

The above photographs are from Media Release No. 02-03 dated February 5, 2003 found on the Arlington National Cemetery website: www.arlingtoncemetery.net/jcrittichier.htm

Jolly Green 23 was flown by LT Rittichier. For a detailed account of the crash of Jolly Green 23 including photos of the crash site please go to Coast Guard website:

  • All the rest are safe and sound;
  • Just one remains to be saved;
  • You have to go out;
  • This is who you are;
  • You're a Rescue Warrior;
  • You're a Coastie;
  • Semper Paratus is your Motto;
  • So Others May Live;
  • Your Sacred Pledge.

Jim Gilliam

Lieutenant Rittichier (Right)

There is no greater selfless act than to give one's life to save that of a stranger.

Memorial Service Honoring LTJG David C. Brostrom USCG And EN2 Jerry Phillips USCG KIA 11 AUG 1966

From CG Historian's Office
Photographer BMC Pat Patterson

Lieutenant Jack Columbus Rittichier, USCG was the first Coast Guard KIA (from hostile fire) in the Vietnam War; he died in the crash when his Jolly Green was shot down on 9 June 1968. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action. Lieutenant Rittichier's body was not recovered at the time of his death; accordingly he was listed as MIA for over three decades until his remains were finally discovered at the crash site and returned to the United States for burial with the highest military honors.

USCGC Taney at Her Berth
CGBASE Alameda, California


Sin Loy Uncle Ho: Have a nice day. Please note that these state of the art explosives are brought to you courtesy of the U. S. Coast Guard. We care enough to send the very best. Semper Paratus.

The U. S. Coast Guard is totally committed to the principle of providing America's enemies with the maximum opportunity to give their lives for their cause. We are the most dangerous force in the world; we're in the right and we just keep on coming.

Everyone needs a little R&R
Left to Right
YN2 Robey, RM1 Gilliam, 
and YN3 Adams

From CG Historian's Office
Photographer Unknown

From CG Historian's Office
Photographer Unknown

ET3 James Pltsch LORSTA Tan My
Photo Courtesy of  Vietnam USCG Veteran Jamie Montgomery

From CG Historian's Office
Photo No. CPI-03-01-06 (16); 1 March 1966; 
F. Borzage, PHC Photographer

From CG Historian's Office
Photo No. CPI-03-10-66 (07); 10 March 1966; F. Borzage, PHC Photographer

Jolly Green Air Force Rescue Heliocopter Some Were Flown by Coast Guard Pilots Attached to USAF 37th Aerospace Rescue & Recovery Squadron

From CG Historian's Office
Photo by Frank Wollard

Point Welcome Limps Into  Da Nang Harbor After the So Called "Friendly  Fire" Incident

From CG Historian's Office
Source Not Given

USCGC POINT WELCOME On Patrol During Operation

Market Time

A Salute to the Fallen

  • LTJG David C. Brostrom USCG
  • KIA 11 August 1966
  • EN2 Jerry Phillips USCG
  • KIA 11 August 1966
  • LT Jack C. Rittichier USCG
  • KIA 9 June 1968
  • FN Heriberto S. Hernandez USCG
  • KIA 5 December 1968
  • ENC Morris S. Beeson USCG
  • KIA 22 March 1969
  • LTJG Michael W. Kirkpatrick USCG
  • KIA 8 August 1969
  • EN1 Michael H. Painter USCG
  • KIA 8 August 1969

Since its inception in 1790 as the Revenue Marine to the present the United States Coast Guard has played a proud role in every armed conflict that America has been involved in. Vietnam was no exception.

From time-to-time I will be presenting selected chapters of my books, so that you the reader may come to know my protagonist Tim Kelly as his quest unfolds. In Chapter Nine, of Point Deception fourteen year old Tim Kelly almost meets a fatal ending to his newly begun quest for adventure. 



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