Anderson, Demetrius, HM2

Hospital Corpsman
 
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
HM-8421-Physician Aid Screener
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1971-1973, HM-8421, Naval District Washington, DC/Naval Dispensary
Previously Held NEC
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
Service Years
1967 - 1973
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Shellback
HM-Hospital Corpsman
One Hash Mark

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Cold War Veteran

SERE Vietnam 50th Anniversary


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)HAL-3 Seawolf Association
  1990, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1990, HAL-3 Seawolf Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page




Vietnam War/Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
Start Year
1969
End Year
1969

Description
This Campaign period was from 9 June to 31 October 1969.  In the Mekong Delta proper, Swift boat, PBR, riverine assault craft, SEAL, and Vietnamese ground units struck at the Viet Cong in their former strongholds, which included the Ca Mau Peninsula, the U Minh Forest, and the islands of the broad Mekong River system.

After raiding and harassing operations like Silver Mace II, the combined navies often deployed forces to secure a more permanent Vietnamese government presence in vital areas. In June 1969, for example, the U.S. Navy anchored a mobile pontoon base in the middle of the Ca Mau region's Cua Lon River. This operation, labelled Sea Float, was made difficult by heavy Viet Cong opposition, strong river currents, and the distance to logistic support facilities. Still, Sea Float denied the enemy a safe haven even in this isolated corner of the delta. The allies further threatened the Communist "rear" area in September when they set up patrols on the Ong Doc, a river bordering the dense and isolated U Minh area. Staging from an advance tactical support base at the river's mouth, U.S. and Vietnamese PBRs of Operation Breezy Cove repeatedly intercepted and destroyed enemy supply parties crossing the waterway.

By October 1969, one year after the start of the SEALORDS campaign, Communist military forces in the Mekong Delta were under heavy pressure. The successive border interdiction barriers delayed and disrupted the enemy's resupply and troop replacement from Cambodia. The raiding operations hit vulnerable base areas and the Sea Float deployment put allied forces deep into what had been a Viet Cong sanctuary. In addition, American and Vietnamese forces captured or destroyed over 500 tons of enemy weapons, ammunition, food, medicines, and other supplies. Furthermore, 3,000 Communist soldiers were killed and 300 were captured at a cost of 186 allied men killed and 1,451 wounded.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1969
To Year
1969
 
Last Updated:
Dec 22, 2018
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade

USS Mauna Kea (AE-22)

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  220 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adams, Jack, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Almashy, Danny, PO3, (1968-1974)
  • Baker, Ronald, CPO, (1966-2000)
  • Betts, Perry, PO2, (1967-1970)
  • Blackburn, Larry, CPO, (1968-1988)
  • BREWSTER, TIMOTHY, PO2, (1969-1975)
  • Chiappi, William, MCPO, (1955-1975)
  • Corrigan, James, PO2, (1967-1971)
  • Crane, William, PO3, (1968-1970)
  • Elwood, Steven, PO3, (1968-1971)
  • Fay, Jerry, PO1, (1966-1973)
  • French, Craig, PO1, (1974-1983)
  • Gaston, Mack, RADM, (1964-1995)
  • Gilreath, James, PO2, (1967-1973)
  • Gingrich, Stewart, LT, (1966-1974)
  • Gisel, Charles, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Hall, Joseph, CDR, (1968-1996)
  • Hampton, Michael, SN, (1968-1970)
  • Hayes, Wayne, PO3, (1969-1973)
  • Heinz, John, PO2, (1967-1972)
  • Hurtis, Dennis, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Jackson, Michael, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Jenness, Frederick, PO1, (1968-1970)
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