I’m sorry to hear about your friend.
Gator Fleet HM-2, 1972-76. Never in country like you guys, but caught up in mild action when Cambodia fell, and then again when Saigon fell a few weeks later. My hat’s off in deep respect to you and your buddy and all you did and all you put up with in country. God bless you.
Stay safe and healthy, and live long.
I salute all HM's. Although not happy about the twin bullets after leaving Subic Bay. Damn, you guys were brutal. Stick...next! You guys had no mercy. I can still feel your less than hospitable shots. Har! But then, my ex-wife thanks you!