USS Askari ARL-30 Guestbook





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Hope that all that served are well.Served 71 till decommissioned in Guam.

Added: September 7, 2018
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Left the Askari in Aug 1967 :D :D :D

Added: September 4, 2018
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Greetings Shipmates!

I’m an former submariner: 1976-1985. I am looking for any information on a crew member of yours who died in Vietnam on July 21, 1970 while assigned to the USS Askari (ARL-30). I believe he was perhaps a diver and his death was accidental. He is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (the Wall) in Washington, DC on Panel 08W - Line 40. Any information on his untimely death would be greatly appreciated as his family is still wondering. Thank you all for your service and Godspeed!

Steve Dufort


Added: August 22, 2018
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BM and also a cook. Served 08/67- 02-69.
Coxswain for LCVP and Captain's gig.
Cell 302 981 8743.


Added: August 13, 2018
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I served on the Askari from 1966 - 1968. I was part of the original crew who were there when it was changed over from a LST to an ARL. I went to Viet Nam on her in 1967.

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Happy father day to all shipmates :D

Added: June 16, 2018
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I served on the Askari from June 1969-June 1970 in Vietnam. I was Sfp3.

Added: June 3, 2018
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Howdy from Montana on another snowy day. I am seeking information about your ship, during it's deployment in July and August of 1970 on the upper reaches of the Mekong River. I was attached to River Squadron 15 at the time and crewed on Monitor-6 one of the last two American crewed monitor's left in country at the time. Our little boat was headed down river from Thuyen Nhon where we had been working with a PBR outfit. The boat was heading back to Dong Tam to replace the starboard 671 Gimmy Diesel and the breach workings on the 105 MM barrel we were packing.

Anyway, we found you guys out there in the middle of no where (thank god) on that river on our way to Dong Tam. We had no idea you were there, there were no road maps, no signs, we were headed to Dong Tam and it was getting really, really late in the day and we did not have a clue how much further we had to go to reach Dong Tam. So thanks guys, it was a scary ride out of the cannel with only one engine, by ourselves, and back to a big river where we felt safer. That boat had already been hit with a rocket, before I got there in June of 1970 and the repair marks were evident on the rebar and coxens flat.

So anyway, I am asking any of your crew who was there with or without a camera to share your story of our boat being lifted out of the river in the middle of the night. And what were those "Mark" something portable water pumps we trained on and you guys used on my boat that night? MARCK SOMTHINGS?

David G. McCann - RM-3 aft 20mm turret Monitor-6, 1970. You guys had cold beer and pop corn!


Added: April 6, 2018
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It’s been almost 50 years sinceAB I served aboard the Askari but I can still see my shipmates in my mind’s eye even though I haven’t personally seen any of you since that time. I think of you often and hope life has been good to you . Welcome home shipmates!

Added: December 27, 2017
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Served aboard the Askari from March 67 to June 68 in the repair div. machine shop. Picked her up in Vung Tau after being transferred from the Uss Mahnomen County LST 912 which had run aground and lost off the coast of Chu Lai. Memorable experiences include the barge parties, liberty in Vung Tau,the USO show at the old French fort, watching the UDT team wrestle and kill an 18 ft python eating rats in the river during monsoon, Tet and the arty barges getting hit and burning and being assigned to a damage control team to respond and try to putout the fire and being turned back by the shrapnel from the ammo cooking off. The best memory is having the privilege of serving with a great group of men from all walks of life.

Added: November 11, 2017
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