Market Time Patrol Areas – Vietnam

At some point during the Vietnam War Operation Market Time divided the Coastal Areas into Patrol Sectors so Market time units could be assigned patrol areas, and to┬áproduce nightly reports on patrol activities for the day. When standing the early 1966┬ámid-watch on MSC-207 USS Widgeon, I recall having to obtain the Captain’s signature on the form, and it was then submitted by the RM for transmission, I assume to our assigned Coastal Surveillance Center. As a first hand witness to 24/7 junk searching, this report was the Navy’s “body count” equivalent.

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