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Can't speak for the Navy aboard ships, I would think it would be the same...it was 12 months exactly (one tour) for in-country assigned. It was not considered a hardship tour as Korea was (13 months) but was a combat tour of one year. One could ask for additional time. One received a 30 day paid trip to anywhere in the free world for extending their tour by 6 months (per extension) and there was 15 days travel allowance added on.

If you were a career soldier/sailor, you didn't get off with just one tour.

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I would have thought it would depend on how long the ship was on station in waters supporting combat operations. Deployments for ships are usually less than a year before returning to home port. If you look up the history of the HANCOCK, that might give you some idea of how long she was on station off Vietnam.

Maybe our swabbies will chime in soon...

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The Navy had two navies in Vietnam, bluewater and brownwater. Bluewater, which is what I guess your fellow was, could have spent is whole enlistment on one ship off the coast of Nam, and his tours could have been counted in 12 month increments. If he spent three years on the ship and it was deployed all three years of the coast, he would have served three tours. Brown water was like everyone else, one year.

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According to wiki:

USS HANCOCK on patrol off Vietnam -

Nov 64 - Spring 65

Nov 65 - Aug 66

Early 67 - Jul 67

68 onward it isn't very specific; but from what it does say, the HANCOCK never spent a whole year on station. Looks like multiple deployments of several months to me...

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Thanks guys, I know the man and a little of his service - tried to contact him - but no answer. I do have 2 pictures of him, one a verified 1967 cruise book photo on the Hancock. I manged to pick up 2 privately named medals to him thus my interest. George

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