This little gray ship here was YFR-66, which was commanded by a chief bosun's mate and had about a ten-man crew, and they came up once a week to bring us non-perishable provisions, welding, gas, oxygen, lubricants, ammo, and so forth. The crew lived in the forward part right behind the letters, YFR. You can see the two portholes. They had an air-conditioned bunk room and galley, all in one big room, and the chief petty officer had a sea cabin up there on the bridge. These were good guys. We depended on them greatly. In the close up to you in the lower left, again, you see one of our approximately twenty 50-caliber machine guns, and down there in the water in between us and the YFR is a pontoon, which has some stores that the helicopter people needed uniquely for their jobs. Going back up again, you'll notice the safety net sticking out all the way around the side of the helo pad. This saved a few lives every now and then, especially at night.
Slide VAS022668, No Date, Edwin L. Oswald Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 6 Dec. 2013. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=VAS022668>.
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VAS022668, Edwin L. Oswald Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University