Formed as a amphibian truck (DUKW) company in 1943. The Unit participated in the Normandy Invasion with campaigns in Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. We are very proud to welcome our newest member "Richard Leibel " Richard now age 90 drove a DUKW ashore during the D day landing. (PHOTO'S) We are in the progress of obtaining Richards story, what is known at this time he was involved in transporting troops across a river under enemy fire for which he received a citation. The 458th went to Vietnam (late 1966) as a(LARC-5) Transportation Company to help fulfill the difficult task of helping unload 20.9 million measurement tons of ships cargo to the beaches of South Vietnam. As the weeks and days went by two factors developed that changed the 458th from cargo handlers to warriors. As the stockpiles of cargo grew the resistance from the Viet Cong grew. Beach and ship security had to be improved, 50 cal machine guns were mounted on a few Larcs, instead of unloading cargo these Larcs started providing water borne security day and night. To meet the growing security requirements in August of 1967 the 458th was issued five Boston Whalers
During this time period the unloading of ships cargo was improving
(Docks were built, barges carried tractor-trailer units to the ships, the full might of our military was being felt)
The 458th was issued five Boston Whalers to help meet growing security requirements, during this same time the Navy was using a new boat (PBR) "river patrol boat: to patrol the inland rivers and coastlines of South Vietnam. The PBR had quickly proved to be a effective tool in denying the viet cong the sanctuary of inland streams and rivers that they had enjoyed for years
In Aug 1967 the 458th was notified that it would be trading its LARC-5s for the River Patrol Boat. A vanguard of twenty four men were sent to Nha Bey to receive training from the Navy on PBR operation.
The 458th was renamed "The 458th Transportation Company (PBR)' and assigned to the 18th MP Brigade, to say the next few months were hectic for the 458th would be a gross understatement. Old equipment was being turned in,new PBRs were arriving, school trained PBR crews were arriving, areas of operation were being assigned, many of the original 458th Officers and enlisted men had or were rotating back to the states. The area of operation was broken down to six locations, Newport, Cat Lo, Cat Lai, Vung Ro Bay, Qui Nhon, and Vung Tau. the 458th PBRs were detached to the local Provost Marshals at these locations
For months the unit was held together mainly by one warrant officer and some outstanding enlisted men, to further complicate matters officers were picked and sent to the unit not because of their qualifications but because they were available. It wasn't until October 1968 that the unit received it's first"FULLY QUALIFIED" commanding officer.
As I said before the 458th was a bastard unit ( no parents ) it was formed at the stroke of a pen, issued its gear and left on its own. Being a bastard unit was not all bad, mostly you were left alone by rear echelon nitwits. It didn't even have a authorized unit patch. As it was attached to the 18th MP Brigade, the MP patch was modified and was claimed as a unauthorized patch. Below the 18th MP Brigade Patch are 5 samples of patches made and worn by various 458th detachments. And out of the past came (we need a little Lone Ranger music here) (maybe Ghost Riders) Pete McGuirk has sent in a few photo's of what has to be the one of the better looking MK 2s in existence today. The original engines and pumps have been removed and a late model inboard-outboard has been installed
July 2006 members of the 458th Transportation Company formed a organization named "458th Sea Tigers " Officers were elected and the domain name "458th SeaTigers.com" was claimed
This page was last updated: January 22, 2016
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You have found the orginial 458th PBR Website established 1996
The 458th Was and Still is The ONE and Only Army Unit to have the Navy River Patrol Boat as Standard Equipment in Vietnam
The PBR was 1st used by the Navy to patrol the inland rivers and coastlines of South Vietnam. This boat proved to be very effective in its use. Navy forces carried the fight to the enemy in places that had offered them sanctuary for years; due in large part to the PBR as a effective weapon.