02 August

1943…PT-109, under command of Lt. j.g. John F. Kennedy, cut in half by Japanese cruiser Amagiri.

1964…Three North Vietnamese PT boats attack USS Maddox (DD 731) in international waters in Gulf of Tonkin. Maddox sinks one.

1966…RADM Ward, COMNAVFORV and RADM Weschler, COMNSA Da Nang visited NMCB-7 at their Hue/Phu Bai base camp

1967…NMCB-3 placed in operation a 200 ton-per-hour rock crusher
…Asphalt distributor caught fire in NMCB-3’s project material yard causing damage in excess of $3,000. 28 letters of appreciation were awarded to personnel who prevented the fire from spreading throughout the project material yard.

1968…NMCB-3 received BUPERS message authoring LCDR Bonham and LT Luzum to assume duties as Executive Officer and Operations Officer, repectively.

1971…The big event for CBMU-302 was the change of command ceremony held on 2 August at Bien Hoa in which Cdr. Henry E. Keppel was relieved by Cdr. Dean G. Wilson. The senior officer present and principal speaker was Radm. Spencer R. Smith, Commander, Construction Battalions, Pacific Fleet. Also in attendance was Radm. Foster M. Lalor, Commander, Third Naval Construction Brigade.

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