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SUBMITTED BY BOB ROSS

The following is an unclassified message that the USS Collett sent in
April 1967 about Operation Sea Dragon describing our action.

 

XIRB DE JOKY
T
ZNY EEEEE
P 241550Z APR 67
FM USS COLLETT
TO CTE SEVEN ZERO PT TWO PT ONE PT ONE
BT
UNCLAS EFTO
PLS PASS TO CBS BUREAU CHIEF
24220 FLYNN WITH OPERATION SEA DRAGON OUR SHIP DESTROYER COLLETT FIRED
ABOUT FORTY ROUNDS FROM FIVE INCH THIRTY EIGHT CALIBRE GUNS AT NORTH
VIETNAMESE TARGETS IDENTIFIED AS RADAR INSTALLATIONS LOCATED ABOUT SIX
MILES NORTH OF BORDER BETWEEN TWO VIETNAMS STOP SHELLS FIRED FROM POINT
ABOUT SIX AND HALF MILES FROM NORTH VIETNAMESE COAST DASH POSITION
WHICH JUST INSIDE RANGE OF NORTH VIETNAMESE SHORE BATTERIES STOP BUT NO
COMMUNIST FIRE RETURNED STOP COLLETT OFFICERS REPORT TODAYS ATTACK
TOUCHED OFF TWO SECONDARY EXPLOSIONS PROBABLY THEY SAY BOTH AMMUNITION
MAGAZINES STOP THEY ALSO REPORT THAT NORTH VIETNAMESE RADAR TRIED LOCK
ON TO COLLETT BUT DID NOT SUCCEED DASH AND AFTER COLLETTS FIRING DASH
NO MORE COMMUNIST RADAR DETECTED STOP WE CONTINUING NORTH TONIGHT STOP
HALLELUJAH
KALB