SEAL/MST OPERATIONS FROM SEA FLOAT/SOLID ANCHOR IN 1970
GMCM (SW) Robert H. Stoner (Ret.)
An early morning extraction
of a SEAL squad from the LSSC's perspective. Note the two blue-lens strobe lights.
This was the signal to come in for the extraction. From the shadows on the water
there are at least four SEALs on the beach. Photo: Bob Stoner
My converted A/N M-3 aircraft
..50 machinegun on the starboard weapon mount of the MSSC. Note the ammunition
feed arrangement. We used bungee cords and nylon line to hold the ammo boxes
to the outside of the boat. This is a 426-round ammo box for .50 ammunition.
Just visible to the right is a box for 7.62mm ammo for the M-60. The ballistic
nylon, vinyl-covered "flak blanket" is laced to the inside of the
boat's interior. Underneath the flak blanket were ceramic armor tiles. Photo:
Low tide at SOLID ANCHOR. The armored troop carriers (ATC or Tango boats) are beached. The piers at the rear have any assortment of ATCs and PCFs ("Swift" boats). Note the two sandbagged bunkers on the river bank and the "two hole" head (white shack). The guard tower at the rear marks the east edge of the base. Across the canal and in back of it is the camp for the Vietnamese "Kit Carson Scouts" (KCS), who were ex-enemy soldiers now supposedly working for the South Vietnamese side. (Right! That's why one of the two SEAL advisors was always awake while the other slept at their camp.) Photo: Bob Stoner
RM2 Jimmy Wells (left) converses with RD2 "Wally" Wallace (center) on Det. Charlie's LSSC. The flak jackets in back of Wallace are piled on the stanchion for the radar which was removed as unnecessary. This is the usual armament arrangement for our two LSSCs: two M-60s midships and a .50 BMG aft. Photo: Bob Stoner