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At various times during its history, BSU-1 deployed SEAL Support detachments with the designation "MST-3." The first MST-3 detachments went to Nha Be in 1967, after training and preparation as part of "Project Zulu" (Sources: Death in the Jungle, Dairy of a Navy SEAL by Gary Smith (SEAL MCPO (Ret.)) and Jim Gray GMCM (CC) Ret.). These first MST-3 detachments had one Mike boat, two LCPLs, two boston whalers and about 25 personnel. (Source: former EM3 Randy "Bear" Miller, MST-3).

It is possible that BSU-1's plan was to have a different numerical designation for each Mobile Support Team location, but the fact that many detachments moved locations during their deployment seems to have lead to the temporary dropping of the idea in favor of designating each detachment as part of MST-2. But MST-3 came back at least once more, for the first detachment sent to SEAFLOAT -- LT Bruce Robert's Det Echo in June of 1969 -- was designated MST-3. In any event, this site is dedicated to and seeks to document the men of MST-3 as well as those of MST-2. And you've gotta love their patch. (Patch courtesy of Randy "Bear" Miller)
06-25-06 - Did you know Ltjg  Robert Frederick Dussault, with MST-3? Bob was 97% disabled from gunshot wounds to his right shoulder which he sustained in a running gun battle with enemy forces on a river in Vietnam.  Bob received the Purple Heart for Wounds Received in Action, 7 July, 1968.

Bob passed away on 16 Sept 05 and his friends Kathleen Manning and Robert Tilley have memorialized him here. If you can help identify any of the attached photographs please email Robert Tilley at  rltilley@sbcglobal.net with any history or other recollections..
August 6, 2006 - From Randy "Bear" Miller - I was on the Warboats, MST-3 web site and read with interest your story on LtJG Dussault and was fascinated by the pictures that you posted. In reading his citation for his Bronze Star, I remembered the night of Apr 11, 1968 very well. I was on the LCPL while he was on the Mighty Mo.. . . More Here
 
Received 11-11-05 - MY NAME IS BILL MOREO ENCM USN RETIRED, RANDY MILLER WAS MY GUNNER IN NHA-BE R.V.N. I DROVE THE BOSTON WHALERS ON MISSIONS INSERTING AND EXTRACTING SEAL TEAMS, LATER ON RANDY DROVE A WHALER  . . . More Here

July 12, 2006 - Randy "Bear" Miller
I came to BSU-1 at the AmPhib Base at Coronado around Jan of 65. I went immediately to the 52 ft LCSR's, we had about 5-6 of them. I was an E-2 Electrician striker fresh out of school. I have a few pictures and I was on Highstreet's boat then.  . . . More Here

From the Randy Bear Miller Photo Collection: MST 2 & 3
On Patrol on LCPL MKIV, March 1968. Miller EM3, Manning GMG1, Signor FN, Lynch SN, Smith ET-3 (Randy Miller) "Mighty Mo" HSSC extracts SEALs. (Randy Miller) Boston Whalers on MST-3 with SEALS on board heading out on OP from NhaBhe. (Randy Miller) PBR tied up to Mike boat, April 1968. Looking back to con on "MIghty Mo" Note MK-18 Grenade launcher, MG and Comm gear. MST-3 LCPL MKIV tows the whalers to Op Area. Miller on Right, Sequior gunner, Moreo on left lynch gunner. (Randy Miller)
MST-3 on STAB boat (Gary Smity [SEAL}) STAB - MST-3 returns to LCPL with suspected Viets. (Gary Smith[SEAL]) Twin 60's on LCPL MKIV (Randy Miller) MST-3 crew prepare 106 recoiless rifle on "Mighty Mo" (from Randy Miller) LCPL MKIV extracting from river bank with SEALs onboard.
 
Coming back off a mission with the SEALs lying on top of the canopy. Before 106 recoiless installed. (Randy Miller) Seal Team Attack Boat STAB run by MST-3 (From Capt Joel Brilliant) MST-2 Solid Anchor Base - Vietnam 1970 Newly installed 106mm recoiless rifle on HSSC "Mighty Mo." (Randy Miller)  
 
Added 07-26-09  
    There counting to one. HSSC of MST-3 (Added 07-05-2013)  
         

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