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Vietnam Veterans: Curtiss Poteat: Patrolling The Rivers Of South Vietnam


February 26, 2018

Courtesy photo

Curtiss Poteat with a Russian AK-47 in front of the team barracks at Cat-Lai.

Private Curtiss Poteat left the tranquility of Marion, N.C. for South Vietnam in 1969, having trained as a military policeman to work on Army patrol boats (PBRs).

"The uncle that I'm named after was on PT boats in WWII and I liked McHale's Navy," said Poteat, "so I thought that would be a cool job."

Provided River Security

Poteat was assigned to the 18th MP Brigade as a member of the 458 Sea Tigers.

"All the security in Vietnam was under the 18th MP Brigade," said Poteat. "My job as an MP was to take care of the weapons."

In Vietnam, the Sea Tigers, initially cargo handlers, evolved...

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