|WDE||487||Coast Guard Destroyer Escort|
|DER||387||Destroyer Escort Radar Picket|
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These pages encompass USS Vance 1943 - 1985
|On 15 January 1967, Vance returned to the Far East
for another 7th Fleet deployment and relieved Koiner
(DER-331) off the mouth of the Saigon River. Once again,
Vance's duties involved hunting for contraband carrying
craft attempting to infiltrate from the north to deliver
their cargoes to the Viet Cong. Vance tracked all
ocean-sized vessels and stopped and searched junks and
sampans--tedious and frustrating but vital work.
The ship conducted two more "Market Time" patrols during her third WestPac deployment and, between missions, underwent a tender availability at Kaohsiung, Taiwan; rest and recreation at Hong Kong; and upkeep at Subic Bay. At the end of her last "Market Time" assignment, she patrolled the Taiwan Strait between communist China and Taiwan before returning to Pearl Harbor for routine overhaul. In late 1968, the ship began her final WestPac deployment in which her duties were similar to those of her third and fourth deployments. She subsequently returned to the west coast of the United States in July 1969 for inactivation.
Placed in reserve, at the Inactive Ship Facility, Vallejo, Vance was decommissioned on 10 October 1969, struck from the Navy list on 1 June 1975, and scheduled to be used as a target.
Vance received seven battle stars for service in Vietnam.
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