Michael (tug)
The escalating military involvement in Vietnam resulted in the first loss of life among the civilian tugboat men working in that area, when the former Puget Sound Miki type tug Michael was hit by enemy rocket fire on the Mekong River in April. Capt. Wallace Proux of Vancouver, Washington and James Almony, mate, of Hawaii, were killed. Surviving members of the crew were able to get the tug back to Vung Tau under her own power. The Michael was being operated under a government contract by Alaska Barge & Transport, a subsidiary of PAC. Gordon Newell, Maritime Events of 1968, H. W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest 1966 to 1975, p.54.
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