Sam shares some in emails in 2004
From: "sam" <> Save Address | Headers
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Date : Tue, 17 Feb 2004 03:45:26 -0500
Subject : 1972 NUC/Providence

Good Guys of Providence,
Former Marine of Providence Kim Diemand, has shared a rare document of the NUC that Providence earned in 1972. It is now on the links page of our website.

Thanks Kim for making the Prov site better.


Many thanks. Relieved June 72 by Paul Gibbons. Sincerely regret he is no
longer among us -- a very fine Naval Officer.

Warmest regards,
Ken Haynes

Hello Sam,

Please ask Kim Diemand if he was serving in Mt 51 when we attacked shore
targets about 0200 on the morning of 22 May 1972 in the vicinity of Vinh, North

Thank you.

Ken Haynes

Good Morning Admiral:

No, sir, I was not aboard the Providence in May 1972, although I heard the
stories of the support provided during the Easter counteroffensive. I
joined ship's company in July 1972 and served until April 1973 when, due to
the ship's pending decommissioning, I was transferred to the Marine Security
Guard Battalion, ultimately serving at the embassy in Caracas, Venezuela.

Semper Fi.

Kim Diemand

From: "Pat Vollmar" <> Save Address | Headers
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Date : Sat, 22 Nov 2003 22:52:56 -0500


Hey, thanks for the quick come back, I just got goose bumps thinking about all of this. Man its been 31 years ago and memory bring it all back like yesterday. I
gotta tell you one of my storys of meeting up with another marine, yes another marine, not just another guy from the PROV., you know the detachment wasn’t big so listen to this. I’m a retired police officer now but when I was accepting a Chiefs position in a little village named HOLGATE , OHIO , the paper did a nice right up about me. Well I was talking to a railroad worker (is boy had gotten into a little trouble) and he told me his supervisor knew me. I asked from where? He said he thought is was the military, Well I have also retired out of the NATIONAL GUARD and I said maybe the guard, I have taught with the academy there and run a lot of students through, no he said he thought it was boot camp or something. Well this threw me off, whats his name? He said it was RUTTER

Well the cogs got to turning but the boot camp kept fouling me up, and then one day he’s out on the tracks near the PD and as I watch him walking down the tracks I recognize him by his build and walk, man I don’t believe it, its Corporal Rutter from the PROV. 23 years later in a little town of 1200 people heres a guy that I spent some hell bent for leather time with in the 5”

Twin 38s. Well I spent a lot of time with him over the next several months just talking about BACK THEN. Then last night I just typed in on the web and found your site, recognized several names, I see CAPTAIN GIBBONS passed, I was his orderly when we got back from wespac, he was pretty cool, sorry to hear about that. I check back in from time to time, keep up the good work. RANDY VOLLMAR MAR/DET SEMPER FI

From: "Ronald Pagliaro" <> Save Address | Headers
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Date : Sat, 10 Jan 2004 20:10:33 -0500
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Attached is a picture of the Providence cruising up the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon. Taken in June, 1966 during Portland's Rose Parade celebration. The photo is from an old National Geographic magazine, which was recently found by my son, he framed it and gave it to me for Christmas.

Ron Pagliaro, MM3