US Navy Birthday
United States Navy!!
The United States Navy was created on October 13, 1775 during the American Revolution, and today the Navy celebrates its 237th birthday. In order to celebrate this wonderful occasion the Vietnam Archive would like to present a few Navy items from our collections.
Please enjoy the materials and help us to congratulate all of the Navy personnel past and present on their big day.
OH0518 - William Culotta
Bill Culotta describes his experiences in Vietnam serving in the U.S. Navy as a member of the Seabees.
OH0446 - Helen Brooks
USN. Helen-Louise Brooks was born in Lowell MA and graduated from high school there in 1936. She attended nursing school at St John's Hospital in Lowell, graduating in 1939 and joined the US Navy Nurse Corps in 1944. Helen served at Charleston SC 1944-45 and was assigned with the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune NC in 1945. She served as an operating room supervisor on the hospital ship USS Consolation in Korea and Japan, 1950-52. Other postings included Pensacola FL; San Diego CA; Yokuska, Japan; Portsmouth VA; and Key West FL. Helen served in Vietnam 1968-69 as Chief Nurse at the Fleet Support Activity facility in Danang. She also served as Chief Nurse at the naval hospital in Charleston SC before leaving active service in 1971. Helen then worked at a hospital in Panama before retiring to the San Diego CA area.
OH0519 - Cornelius (Neil) J. Carmody
Cornelius "Neil" Carmody (Captain, USN, ret.) discusses his experiences in the US Navy. Carmody was captain of the USS Bordelon, as well as an LST, and served as Naval attaché in Saigon, 1974-1975. Carmody was one of the last members of the US Navy to evacuate Saigon in April 1975.
1429VI1683 - U.S.S. Jennings County, LST 846 
"Steve Viet 1966 LST 846 Me & helo, Combat Roll 3" Vietnam, 1966. U.S.S. Jennings County (LST 846) Steve Watson, helicopter and combat. U.S.S. Jennings County LST 846, with HAL 3 Helo and River Section 512 embarked. It was in the lower part of the Bassac River. [Stephen Watson Collection]