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Operation End Sweep

On 27 January 1973, American and North Vietnamese officials signed a protocol to the Paris agreement that called for the United States to neutralize the mines that the Navy had dropped in North Vietnam's coastal and inland waterways.

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Comment by James J. madigan on April 20, 2017 at 4:07pm

I was a RD or OS later on the New Orleans LPH-11 As i remember 2 helicopters went down during the time up there.I had both instances on my scope as they happened and i vectored craft to the sites of the sinkings.All were saved as i recollect

Comment by Mike Ayars on April 20, 2017 at 3:19pm

Michael, I reached out to my congressman and he could not find a record of this in their electronic system. My congressman is Frank Lobiondo (R-NJ). He is very supportive of veterans in his district. Can you provide any contact information for Mr. O'Keefe or Congressman Graves?

Comment by Michael Austin on April 12, 2017 at 4:48pm

Information of interest to those who served directly aboard one of the TF 78 ships or on ships providing direct support near Haiphong Harbor, especially for sailors or marines who joined the party in Vietnam a bit late (after March '73).  

A 2017 congressional proposal would extend eligibility for the Vietnam Service Medal to those who were previously denied , or would establish a Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Expeditionary Medal or another unique award for all who participated in Operation End Sweep.  If you would like to see this happen, please contact your congressman ASAP and ask him to join Congressman Garret Graves (R-La) in support of recognition for Operation End Sweep and TF 78. Whether or not a Louisiana constituent, you can also express support through Congressman Grave's legislative coordinator for veterans affairs, Mr. Kevin O'Keefe.

Comment by Alton Ray Adams on February 26, 2017 at 4:46pm
I ment by the loading ramp of a 53.
Comment by Alton Ray Adams on February 26, 2017 at 4:45pm
I remember during the op we lost a Marine H53. The crew were picked up and returned to the Ogden. Also lost a good friend ABHAN Tim O'niel when he was crushed by the loading of a 53. We were both tad from the Tripoli.
Comment by Eric Van Stralen on November 11, 2015 at 1:43pm

I was on the Constellation, pretty far offshore during this op but still awarded the unit citations.   Curiously, my DD214 only shows a few months in 1973 for Viet Nam service, when I made 2 deployments to the Tonkin Gulf prior to that.

Comment by William Lee Bragg on November 12, 2014 at 6:03pm

During End Sweep I flew off and onto the Ogden, Tripoli, Debuque, and a few other ships. It was a benefit when the Holidays rolled around and everyone was serving up steak and lobster. I've always wondered why we never received any awards for serving and flying in hostile territory myself. They said it was because there was supposed to be a ceasefire in effect. I guess they never heard of the TET Offensive in 67&68. BUT I always remembered it while flying past their gunboats AND not being allowed to mount our 50 cals.

Comment by Don Behrens, Sr on January 17, 2014 at 12:10am

I was aboard the USS Ogden LPD-5. Was on Endsweep from the beginning to the end.

Comment by Alton Ray Adams on December 31, 2013 at 3:34pm

It's been a while since I checked in on this site and Jeff you are right. TF 78 has been treated like the redheaded step child. I've been trying to get an answer why we were not awarded anything while in hostile waters. I've written to the Navy Personnel Center with no response. If we all contact our bozos in Washington maybe something can be done.

Comment by James H. Flore on June 21, 2013 at 9:48am

In 1972, I was an RM2 on RADM McCauley's staff in Charleston SC.  The Admiral approached me and told me he wanted me to accompany him on a Top Secret mission.  Of his staff of 200, he selected 5 officers and myself and we flew out in the middle of the night in the CNO's A3 converted jet.  We eventually made it to Pearl Harbor and then on to Cubi Point aboard an Air Force C5A loaded with mine sweeping gear.  This was the beginning of the plan to create Operation End Sweep.  I stayed with the group for nine months,  several of which were spent aboard the USS New Orleans.  During that period, we swept the inland coastal waterways and Haiphong Harbor while the Admiral negotiated terms of the Peace Treaty.   It was an exciting time and one I'll never forget!


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