Anthony Gordon ChandlerBoatswains Mate 2nd Class
PCF-19, COASTAL DIV 12, TF-115, USNAVFORV
United States Navy
21 October 1944 - 16 June 1968
Warner Robins, Georgia
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The database page for Anthony Gordon Chandler
REMEMBEREDby a fellow "swift boat" sailor,
While visiting Washington DC in the fall of 1992 with three Quincy (Illinois) University students for a journalism conference, I joined them for a late night sightseeing tour which took us to the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial. It was late that fall evening - after 11 pm - and we walked 10-12 city blocks from our hotel. Normally, I would not have thought of going out late at night but my duties were to keep track of this youthful and energetic group so that pulled me out into the cool fall evening.
And it was at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where we met a group of Vietnam Veterans who had a booth near the Memorial. At this booth, along with brochures, were the familiar steel bracelets etched with names of American servicemen who died or were still missing in action from the Vietnam war. The college students were too young to remember this war and didn't know the meaning behind these stainless steel bracelets. While I attempted to explain to them the significance of the war and ongoing work of these and all Vietnam Veterans, I knew of a better way to educate these young students. I made a donation to the group of Vietnam Veterans and then gave a bracelet to each of these students. I also took one for myself. While I didn't wear this bracelet all the time, I certainly thought of the bracelet daily and, most importantly, the name etched on the bracelet. It was my very small token of thanks for the sacrifice this brave American made for me and all who enjoy freedom today.
The name etched on the bracelet that has rested on my bookshelf for the past twelve and half years is BM2 Anthony G Chandler. The second line of the bracelet reads, USN 16 JUN 68 SVN. While I learned from reading this that Anthony Chandler served in the US Navy and died or was missing in action on June 16, 1968 in South Vietnam, I didn't have any additional information. Traveling to the Vietnam Memorial, I looked up his name and located it on the wall and the directory showed that he was from Georgia.
Not until now - through the internet almost 13 years later - am I able to discover more about this brave American. The articles (discovered online) that report on his funeral in 2001 attended by his fellow soldiers and family was well-written.
If there is an interest, I would like to offer this bracelet of Anthony Chandler to his parents if there was a way to get this to them. If there is a way, I would appreciate anyone passing along the information. Thank you. And thank you to all those who have served in Vietnam. This is one American who is most grateful.
Notes from The Virtual WallOn the night of 16 June 1968 PCF-19 was cruising on a routine patrol offshore northern South Vietnam. A sudden explosion rocked, then sunk, the small ship. Four of its crewmen were lost that night:
There was no certainty about how it happened - some said the PCF was attacked by North Vietnamese helicopters while others believed that a friendly aircraft had attacked the boat by accident. Eventually the US Air Force concluded that one of its aircraft had attacked the swift boat, believing it to be a North Vietnamese PT boat - a "friendly fire" incident.
What was certain was that four men had died, and that two had not been recovered. On 6 October 1993, an armbone fragment was recovered from a grave ashore; a Vietnamese fisherman stated that he had recovered the bone and buried it. It was almost 8 years before the fragment could be positively identified through DNA testing, but once done there was another certainty: Tony Chandler had come home.
All that remained of Petty Officer Chandler was buried in the Centerville (Georgia) City Cemetery on 16 June 2001 - a sailor finally home from the sea.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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