Bruce Allan Timmons

Radioman 3rd Class
United States Navy
20 July 1947 - 15 November 1966
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Bruce Allan Timmons

4 Feb 2003


by his comrades-in-arms.

From another Swift Boat sailor,
Terry Boone

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 15 Nov 1966, PCF-77 was at sea with seven men aboard: As the boat was in the approaches to the mouth of the Hue River, reportedly searching for a crewman washed overboard from PCF-21 during a monsoon storm, it was overtaken by a 30' wave which flipped her bow-down, stern-up and sank her immediately. Three men who were below deck were trapped and lost at sea. The bodies of two men, Chief Petty Officer Baker and Petty Officer 3rd Class Brock, were recovered; Petty Officer 3rd Class Timmons' body was not.

Several days later, when divers attempted to locate the wreckage

"the largest piece they found was a piece of 'rolled aluminum' not more than 18 inches in length. The boat had been ripped apart by the sea, the sandy bottom and during the course of the storm had been torn and shredded into small, unrecognizable pieces. The recovered aluminum piece looked as it had been rolled up, like a newspaper, and then been polished silvery bright."
As recalled by Anthony R. Taylor, LTJG, OinC PCF-16

Summarized from the
Swift Boat site
LTJG Taylor's account

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