Coast Guard Heroes: Richard H. Patterson

While on a patrol in the waters near the mouth of the Cua Viet River, about three-quarters of a mile south of the demilitarized zone, Coast Guard Cutter Point Welcome was attacked. In response, Chief Petty Officer Richard Patterson took charge of the situation. Using a fire hose he quickly extinguished a blaze that had started as a result of the strafing. Then, climbing to the bridge, he took command of the cutter.


A Coast Guard Hero Honored

A memorial service and burial at sea was held for a Vietnam War Era Coast Guard Hero, Chief Boatswains Mate Richard Patterson June 16. BMC Patterson was a legendary Coastie honored for his heroic courage under fire when the CGC […]