Gamewarden’s Association (Vietnam to Present), NW Chapter
The Gamewardens Association (Vietnam to Present) is a National Organization with five regional branches across our great nation. Composed mostly of Combat Veterans who served in the Brown Water Navy of Task Force 116. Purposely developed for special inland water warfare operations during the Vietnam War, it has continued to this day in support of today’s Riverine Naval Units, stood up after September 11, 2001. Task Force 116 is the most decorated Naval Unit of the Vietnam War. Their daring accomplishments, grit and service are still studied today by current brown water sailors.
The Gamewarden Association’s NW Chapter membership is composed mostly of Combat Veterans who served in the Brown Water Navy of Task Force 116. The unit, originally developed during and for the Vietnam War has continued in support of today’s Riverine Naval Units stood up after September 11, 2001. Task Force 116 was the most decorated US Naval Unit of the Vietnam War and their daring accomplishments, grit and service is still studied today by our current brown water sailors.
Membership is open to Veterans and non-Veterans alike.
The organization is a 501 C-19 – Veterans Association (State & National )with five other regional chapters across our great nation. What we do :
· Local Parades within the states of Oregon and Washington.
· Perform Escort Duty for US Naval Ships
· Support other 501’s and Reunion Friendly Partners
· Support Patrol Craft Restoration Projects
· Educate the public of our work / garner new friendships
· Maintain & Operate the last 32 Ft. MKII PBR in the US Navy inventory
· Celebrate our Sailors, Soldiers and Marines serving on the rivers, canals and backwater battlefields of today
If you wish to become a member, we will be happy to “Welcome you Aboard”. Our Home Port is located at 1595 North National Ave. in Chehalis, Washington 98532
We maintain 2 vintage patrol boats, PBR – 31RP7336 on loan from the Navy Historic Center and also on loan, PBR – J7844, the last Army PBR manufactured. Both were built in Bellingham Washington by Uniflite. We have a great group of men who work tirelessly to maintain these boats before the public and allow the public to board them to hear their history. Members are treated a few times a year to a ride….Very Cool, happy times to be aboard and go through the paces.
It is our hope that you will want to be a part of this unit and our continuing history.