I was on the last crew of the USS Haven AH-12 before going to the Station Hospital, Da Nang, Vietnam, to take care of sick and wounded Marines. This is my patch from the USS Haven. These were rare for even the last crew on the Haven to obtain.
I was on the decommissioning (last) crew, when the new Naval Hospital Long Beach, California, was built. After serving in the Korean War, the USS Haven had served as the Naval Hospital for the greater Long Beach area. The USS Haven was used as a viewing station and carried the scientists when the first atom bombs were tested in the pacific before being used to end World War II.
Here I am pictured in February of 1967, on the Haven A-H12’s rear stack for a photo, and this is the last Christmas card of the USS Haven AH-12. The USS Repose and the USS Sanctuary would be the only hospital ships used in the Vietnam War.