Comments from Bob Nowlin:[ Here is a great photo of PTF-22. See if you recognize anyone in the Hi-Resolution photo]
I JUST FOUND THIS LINK TONIGHT.
I WAS WITH BSU-1 FROM 12 AUG 69 TO 6 MAY 71. WAS IN NAM AT SON ONG DOC AND AT SEAFLOAT FROM 18 DEC 69 TO 17 JUN 70 WITH MST 2 DET "C".
ATTACHED IS A PICTURE OF PTF-22 TAKEN IN MARCH OR APRIL OF 71 AT THE PIER AT THE AMPHIB BASE.
GOD ONLY KNOWS WHO MOST ARE. THE ONLY ONES I DO KNOW ARE BY THE 50/81mm MOUNT (LYNCH [GMG 1], ME,
HOWARD LORTON [RD 2].
[ Here are some observations by Bob Stoner about this boat.]
Good Day . I just received a nice pic of PTF-22 done in early 1971 that shows a lot of detail that you can use a a cross-reference for the mark-up I sent you on the PTF-9 deck plan. Please note that this boat has been outfitted for RVN service. The portside 20mm Mk4 gun has the spacer or riser that was added for the shorter-stature VNN gunners. Not shown are the riser blocks which were added to the foot pedals of pointer and trainer positions on the 40mm gun. You can pick out the fuse setter on the side of the 81mm/.50 cal. ready service locker in front of the bridge. There is also a grab rail for the crew attached to the front and sides of the superstructure. The plexiglass bridge cover has been completely removed from this boat. The ready service locker to its immediate right is for the port 20mm gun (1 of 2). The second 20mm locker is directly behind the gun. The plate attached to the locker top is a holder for the 20mm magazine which had to have its spring tensioned in order to feed the ammo. You can pick out the racks for the 40mm ammo cans (filled with hoses for the P-250 pump, mooring lines, and other stuff) behind the port life raft. There appears to be another ready service locker in back of the 40mm racks, but I have no idea what it might have contained -- it was not standard. - Bob