Today I'm going to chat about Coast Guard Point Boats. Remember ... the Compass Points from C Day.
The Compass Point names began with the first letters of the four winds - N, S, E, W, and R for the Compass Rose. AND the men all served aboard Coast Guard Point boats in Vietnam.
The Point boats were a class of 82-foot boats. In particular, I'm going to talk about the Point boats used in Vietnam during that conflict.
Like the 26 letters of our alphabet, 26 Coast Guard Point boats went to Vietnam. Under their own power. Wouldn't you like to make your way across the Pacific in an 82-foot boat?
They were called Point boats not because they had one pointy end - yes, I know at least one of you thought that - but because their names began with the word Point. Two of these were the Point Banks and the Point White.
Carol combined those two names into the Point Whitebanks for the one Point boat she called by name in SOLOMON'S COMPASS.
From Wikipedia, this is a photo of the Point White before she was assigned to Squadron One. When the boats went to Vietnam, they were painted Battleship Gray.
If you go here, you'll find all kinds of photos. This takes you directly to the Coast Guard Squadron One page, which includes all the Point boats used in Vietnam.
You can also go here, to see a list of all 26 Point boats involved in the Vietnam Conflict. There's a photo on this page of the gun crew of the Point Comfort at work.
Both of these links contain a lot of additional information.