Comments from Neil McDonald, Escondido, CA[ Neil is an ex-PTF crew member. ]
[ Email from Dan to Neil: ]
Here are the scanned photos.
Was just looking at Mike Klapka's pics from 26 boat. In the picture with the officer's with the .50 cal belts on their shoulders. They are from left to right:
Looked at website. Interesting reader input. I disagree with Jim West - it was my impression that the Osprey was intended for gas turbines - why else would there be that induction stack aft of the bridge? That's what we were told it was meant for. The napier/deltics drove us crazy - always breaking down. There was a valve stuck in the overhead "softpatch" for the longest time - it had been blown out by the starboard engine. Nobody got hurt though. The tech rep came out from England once - he told us that in New York City the fire department mounted them (Napier/Deltics) on flatbeds with pumps and that they could "knock down a brick wall" - we said that was cool but didn't help if we broke down at sea and had to limp home on one engine or call for a tow.
We were also told that the 24 boat did go to Viet Nam. Supposedly it took an RPG in the area of the galley/wardroom on the port side. All Vietnamese crew who were all killed - story was that they sent in a Seal Team to extract the boat - could have been a sea story though - like I said there were some pretty colorful characters in CRS -1 and SBU -13. But when it rained you could see where a patch had been put on the port side for some reason.
I am still looking for the photo album - it has a lot of "gunshoot" pictures. I will send copies when I find it. I have photo taken on one of the Nasty's at Coronado that was made up by Hollywood for the movie "MacArthur" with Gregory Peck. They made it up to look like an Elco '80 the 41 boat (Lt. Bulkley). Even had fake torpedoes and gun turrets. Looked pretty realistic - they did up two of them for the movie.
A partial list of CRS-1/SBU-13 crew:
Let me know if you hear from anyone else.
February 24, 2000
Found your website via "Northern Light" search. I was in CRS-1 (later SBU-13) from 1975-1981. Was a crew member on PTF-26 (Osprey) and PB-757 (Mk III Sea Spectre). Saw the story section - I knew Mike Klapka. There were some pretty colorful characters in that unit ex-Seals, ex-PBR sailors - we even had a Master Chief who had been at Tulagi with JFK!
I had seen the PTF-26 tied up at NAS Alameda in April 1995. It was being used as a harbor pilot boat I think. Then I saw an article in Sea Classics Magazine about a year ago that the "26 Boat" as we so fondly called her was in a museum in the Sacramento River Delta. Supposedly they have a PBR and a Monitor also. Think that they may have gotten some of their stuff from RivDiv 11 which was our sister squadron at Mare Island - I cross trained into PBR's there. Got a few pictures that I could send.
I believe that PTF-22 (Nasty) was wrecked on San Clemente Island in early '75 - I knew some of the guys who were aboard at the time - happened at 2AM and went aground on some rocks near China Point. It was up in a skid at CRS-1 for the longest time with the bow stove in. We called it "Building 22" - it was stripped for parts I think and burned. I think that the other Nasty's went to Israel but I'm not 100% positive - they just sort of disappeared and we cross trained into the MK III's which basically were dogs that couldn't get out of their own way.Neil MacDonald