GRAHAM, GILBERT JAMES

Name: Gilbert James Graham
Rank/Branch: E3/US Navy Reserves
Unit: Commander River Squadron 5, River Sector 51, River Patrol Boat 100
Date of Birth: 24 February 1946 (London, Ontario, Canada)
Home City of Record: Anaheim CA
Date of Loss: 28 September 1967
Country of Loss:  South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 101600N 1060301E (XS150350)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: PBR 100
Refno: 0843

Other Personnel In Incident: Joseph T. Musetti (missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 June 1990 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
NETWORK 2017.

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: Seaman Gilbert Graham and Engineman Petty Officer Second Class
Joseph Musetti were crewmembers aboard River Patrol Boat #100 assigned to
Commander River Squadron 5, River Sector 51. On the afternoon of September
28, 1967, Graham was the forward gunner aboard PBR 100 on a routine patrol
of the Mekong River approximately five miles northeast of Vinh Long, South
Vietnam. Musetti was a boat captain.

The commander of the craft was in the process of investigating watercraft
near the mouth of a canal when it received enemy rocket fire. Three rocket
rounds struck the boat killing Graham and Musetti. The resultant explosion
and fire consumed the boat and made it impossible to remove the bodies. From
the survivors of the incident, it was determined that Graham and Musetti
were killed instantly when the rockets exploded nearby. Both crewmen were
placed in Killed/Body Not Recovered status.

In 1985, a private citizen obtained a lengthy document through the Freedom
of Information Act describing in great detail a POW camp near Hue where many
American prisoners of war were held. Details of the report were confirmed by
returned POWs who were held there. The source was shown photos of missing
men who did not return and identified several - some as "positive", and
others as "possible". On the "possible" list was the name Richard Musetti,
USN. There is no other Musetti missing.

The Department of Defense states that the source is a liar.

The two crewmembers of PBR 100 are listed with honor among the missing
because their remains were never found. Their cases seem fairly clear. For
others who are listed missing, resolution is not as simple. Many were known
to have survived their loss incident. Quite a few were in radio contact with
search teams and describing an advancing enemy. Some were photographed or
recorded in captivity. Others simply vanished without a trace.

Reports continue to mount that we abandoned hundreds of Americans to the
enemy when we left Southeast Asia. While the crewmembers of PBR 100 may not
be among them, one can imagine their proud willingness to cruise one more
mile of river to help bring them home.

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Gilbert Graham http://www.canadianvietnamveterans.ca/GilbertGraham.html
He was born in London, Ontario, Canada.  He has a grave marker in Florence
Carlton Cemetery, Florence, MO

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On 11/21/2017 12:44 PM, Stephen Watson wrote:

Found this info about two Navy PBR sailors

Can you verify?

 

Steve Watson

USN Ret

River Patrol Force, Vietnam

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01/2020

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000KYoxEAG

SN GILBERT JAMES GRAHAM

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On September 28, 1967, a U.S. Navy patrol boat (PBR-100) with two crew members on board was on a routine patrol on the My Tho River in South Vietnam, when it was ambushed by the enemy in the vicinity of (GC) 48P XS 044 414. The boat was hit by enemy rockets, automatic weapons, and small arms fire and took two direct hits from the rockets, which set it on fire. Both men were killed instantly in the blast and despite an extensive search by helicopters and boats, attempts to recover the bodies of the men following the incident were unsuccessful.

Seaman Gilbert James Graham, who joined the U.S. Navy from California, served with River Sector 51, Commander River Squadron 5. He was one of the men aboard the patrol boat and was killed when it was ambushed on September 28, 1967. His remains were not recovered at the time, and he is still unaccounted-for. Today, Seaman Graham is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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