Kelly's photographic history of the
Vietnam Deployment begins with our first combat assignment, shotgun for the USS Long
Beach. The collection has been broken into a series of pages to facilitate your loading and
viewing pleasure. Many thanks to Kelly for letting me borrow his collection
for all to enjoy. Click on the thumbnail for the section you would like to view.
March 24 to April 5, 1967 - Our first assignment in the
Combat Zone was as shotgun for the USS Long Beach (CGN-9), which she was
serving on Positive Identification Radar Advisory Zone (PIRAZ) Station duty
all aircraft in the Northern Tonkin Gulf - 11 images.
April 6 to August 1, 1967 - While operating off the coast of North
and South Vietnam, Sumner was replenished with fuel, ammunition, food,
repair parts and personnel by helicopter, and many different types of
auxiliary ships. This is what enabled us to remain on station as long as
42 days at a stretch - 19 images.
March 24 to September 11, 1967 - Friends, views and
portraits taken aboard our home throughout the cruise - 32 images.
May 28 to July 28, 1967 - We took a few breaks
during from operations and visited Subic Bay, The Philippines, Sasebo, Japan,
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Hong Kong, BCC and Nah Trang, Vietnam - 41 images.
September 4 to September 5, 1967 - Sumner enters the Realm
of King Neptune and celebrates with Pollywog Day on the Fourth and
Shellback Initiation on the Fifth - 13 images.
August 2 to September 11, 1967 - The long voyage home with
stops at Midway Island, San Francisco, Acapulco, the Panama Canal and
Mayport - 43 images.