Marcoux, Donald, BM2

Boatswain's Mate
 
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1967-1969, NAVSTA Treasure Island
Service Years
1962 - 1969
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
BM-Boatswain's Mate
One Hash Mark

 Official Badges 

U.S. Navy Security U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Assault Boat Coxswain


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge


 Military Association Memberships
Department of VermontDisabled American VeteransSurface Navy AssociationVietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
  2008, American Legion, Department of Vermont (Member) (Montpelier, Vermont) [Verified]2 - Chap. Page
  2008, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), 45, Disabled American Veterans (Member) (Spokane, Washington) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  2009, Surface Navy Association [Verified]6
  2010, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Semi-retired, working prt time to stay active and subsidize income
   
Other Comments:
Not Specified
   
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Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (62-65)
Start Year
1962
End Year
1965

Description
This campaign period was from 15 March 1962 to 7 March 1965. In the early days of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Sailors worked with the developing Vietnamese Navy as advisors, helping them with such things as logistical support, vessel construction techniques, and so forth. As the Communist insurgency increased, the Americans became more and more involved in combat operations.

The average American naval advisor was dedicated to preparing the Vietnamese Navy to some day stand alone against the Communist foe. Often assigned to vessels or bases lacking even basic amenities, the advisor also shared the risks of combat with his hosts. His task was a heavy one. Not empowered to give orders, he could only hope to persuade his Vietnamese counterpart that a particular course of action was warranted. That advice often was ignored. Aside from the natural difficulty of getting others to accept counsel, the naval advisor was often hampered by the language barrier and differences in cultures, educational levels, and personalities that separated him from his counterpart. Furthermore, the one-year tour completed by most advisors did not allow them enough time to learn the job and bring about meaningful change. Despite all this, the Naval Advisory Group helped improve the Vietnamese naval service in important respects.

During this phase, The first significant U.S. naval engagement of the war was the famous Tonkin Gulf incident of 1964. On the afternoon of 2 August, three North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats attacked the destroyer Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin with gunfire and torpedoes. On the night of 4 August, Maddox and another destroyer, Turner Joy, reported fighting a running battle with hostile patrol craft in the middle of the gulf. Communications intercepts and other relevant information convinced Washington that an attack had taken place. At President Lyndon B. Johnson's direction, on 5 August navy carrier forces bombed North Vietnam. Two days later, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which Johnson thereafter used to wage war in Vietnam.  A sustained bombing campaign of the North (dubbed "Rolling Thunder") began on 2 March 1965.
 
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1962
To Year
1965
 
Last Updated:
Feb 4, 2017
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
Crews of USS Hull DD 945 and USS Canberra CAG-2


Memories
Down Pilot rescue Gulf of Tonkin, Gun fire support operating with USS New Jersey and multiple operations with Riverine force.

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  • Anders, Patrick, PO1, (1960-1980)
  • Armstrong, Joe, PO2, (1957-1987)
  • Baring, Joseph, PO3, (1962-1966)
  • Beauregard, Mable
  • Boger, Fred, PO3, (1962-1966)
  • Boling, Barry, LT, (1960-1974)
  • Boller, Ray, PO2, (1962-1966)
  • Bradley, Ronald, MCPO, (1962-1986)
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  • Bredimus, Michael, PO2, (1962-1968)
  • Brunner, Waldo Joe, MCPO, (1956-1975)
  • Carroll, Francis, MCPO, (1959-1982)
  • Chrisman, Robert, LT, (1961-1971)
  • Clement, Robert, LCDR, (1941-1972)
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  • Cloud, Jack, CPO, (1951-1971)
  • Cloud, James, PO1, (1959-1979)
  • Cole, Jr, Edward, CDR, (1961-1981)
  • Copeland, Bob, PO2, (1960-1964)
  • Cote, Richard, PO1, (1954-1974)
  • Crawford, William, PO1, (1956-1965)
  • Crowe-Fjelstad, Richard, PO2, (1962-1984)
  • Crutcher, Robert, CMC, (1961-1990)
  • Elliott, Joseph, PO3, (1962-1966)
  • Fliegel, Bob, LCDR, (1962-1983)
  • FLOYD, GEORGE, MCPO, (1963-2003)
  • Frame, Raymond, PO2, (1961-1973)
  • Frank, John, PO3, (1964-1967)
  • Fraser, William, CPO, (1952-1972)
  • Fuller, David, PO2, (1961-1965)
  • Gallagher, Pat, SCPO, (1956-1982)
  • Gast, Michael, MCPO, (1964-1986)
  • Gelbhar, Martin, AA, (1962-1968)
  • Giacomo, Paul, PO2, (1959-1970)
  • Gibbs, Cliff, SCPO, (1963-1993)
  • Gifford, Larry, PO1, (1956-1975)
  • Goddard, William, PO3, (1963-1965)
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  • Golob, Richard, CPO, (1957-1982)
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  • Haley, Robert, CPO, (1959-1996)
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  • Hansen, Kurt, PO2, (1962-1966)
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