While on a patrol in the waters near the mouth of the Cua Viet River, about three-quarters of a mile south of the demilitarized zone, Coast Guard Cutter Point Welcome was attacked. In response, Chief Petty Officer Richard Patterson took charge of the situation. Using a fire hose he quickly extinguished a blaze that had started as a result of the strafing. Then, climbing to the bridge, he took command of the cutter.
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CHATHAM, Mass. – Retired Master Chief Petty Officer Mark “Mac” McKenney and David O’Connor, both former Coast Guardsmen aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Point Welcome, scatter former shipmate Chief Petty Officer Richard Patterson’s ashes at sea from the deck of Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark off the coast of Chatham, Mass., Wednesday, June 16, 2010.