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.
USS Haven AH-12
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.
General William C. Westmoreland Photo by Jim Rockett
I took this picture of General William C. Westmoreland at NSA Station Hospital, Da Nang, Vietnam. From 1964 to 1968, he was the Chief of Military. He shook my hand just after this picture was taken. General Westmoreland toured the Station Hospital and I never saw him again. Vice President of the United States, Hubert Humphrey and the Governor of Michigan, George Romney were with General Westmoreland during his visit to NSA Station Hospital, Da Nang, Vietnam, in December 1967. The 1968 Tet Offensive would take place one month after this picture was taken.
Former Governor of Michigan & CEO of American Motors Corp.,George W. Romney shaking my hand AT NSAH. I was on duty at the time taking care of 100 patients that day, the majority, US Marines. Govenor Romney would later hold an office on President Nixon’s staff. We lost governor Romney in 1995. He was a great politician and business man.
Governor George W. Romney shaking my hand in 1967
Note: The Navy Officer behind Governor Romney is the Commanding Officer of NSAH Da Nang, Vietnam, December 67′.
I hitched a ride back to the Station Hospital aboard a deuce and a half truck. Later that day, a helicopter arrived with a portion of the USO tour members, including Madeleine Hartog Bell. She graciously took this picture with me in front of the Station Hospital. I will always remember her warm personality and friendly manner. She was a brave young lady to enter an advanced combat area in order to boost the morale of our troops.