Brown Water Navy

In the late 1960s the Vietnam war was raging, and like most young men of that era, Bart grappled with the question of how best to navigate the war when a friend recommended he join the Navy Reserves. He called on the Chief Navy recruiter who assured him Navy Reservists weren’t being sent to Vietnam. That was all Bart needed to hear. The six-year program included one year of reserve meetings, two years of active duty, then back home for more meetings. That’s not exactly how it went.

Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.