Kemper Swanson Billings

Boatswains Mate 1st Class
United States Navy
16 July 1938 - 29 October 1966
Burlington, NC
Panel 11E Line 126


TF 115

National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Kemper Swanson Billings

18 Aug 2003

Kemper S. Billings

by his comrades-in-arms.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The mouth of the Hue River is a treacherous place, particularly during the seasons with southeasterly winds.

" . . . my personal log, dated 30 October 1966, tells of my being directed, in PCF-16, to proceed to the area off the Hue River, and to search for a crewman, BM1 Kemper S. Billings, that had been swept overboard from PCF-56, the night of 29 October, while traversing the river mouth. During our patrol, in that area, we had a UDT sailor from the USS Thomaston (LSD 29) on board to assist in recovery of the lost crewman if we found him. We never did find him, but my log also notes that I entered the Hue River the next day, to make a delivery of some materials to the Hue Swift Detachment. I can see that surf run, into that river, to this very day ... "
Anthony R. Taylor, LTJG
Officer in Charge, PCF-16
Taken from the
Coastal Squadron One site .

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow "Swift Boat" sailor,
Terry Boone 
18 Aug 2003

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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