Delph, Scott Claymon, BM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0164-Assault Boat Coxswain
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1967-1968, BM-0164, River Division 53 (RIVDIV 53), River Squadron 5 (RIVRON-5)
Service Years
1956 - 1968
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1937
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sheridan
Last Address
Sheridan, Indiana

Casualty Date
Jun 21, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Dinh Tuong (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Cecil-Fry Cemetery - Pennington Gap, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
55W 012

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 Duty Stations
River Section 535, River Division 53 (RIVDIV 53)River Division 53 (RIVDIV 53), River Squadron 5 (RIVRON-5)
  1967-1968, BM-0164, River Section 535, River Division 53 (RIVDIV 53)
  1967-1968, BM-0164, River Division 53 (RIVDIV 53), River Squadron 5 (RIVRON-5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (68-69)/Operation Swift Raider
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The boats were maneuvering down the river when they spotted a sampan fleeing into a nearby canal. 

PBR-750 gave chase and captured the sampan one hundred meters further up the canal. 

As the patrol boat returned to the river with a Viet Cong suspect and the captured sampan in tow, it was ambushed by a Viet Cong patrol who unleashed an overwhelming barrage of heavy machine gun fire and rockets. 

Two explosive B-40 rockets struck PBR-750 immediately killing the patrol leader, Lietuenant William E. Dennis and the boat coxswain, Boatswain's Mate First Class Scott C. Delph. Within seconds the patrol boat was ablaze and out of control, heading directly for the Viet Cong positions. As the PBR veered toward the river bank, at least four additional rockets struck the craft. 

   

The Attack on PBR 750

 

   
   
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