The information below was sent to me in an email from Captain Smith's son Kim Arthur Smith

I am one of the sons of the late Captain John A. Smith who was captain of the USS Newman K. Perry from September 1966 to September 1968. When my father passed away in 2003, I inherited a flag that was flown from the mast of the Perry during it's Vietnam theater deployment. The flag is green with a large orange ball in the middle and reads "Tonkin Gulf Service". I wanted to inform you that I have donated the flag to the Virginia War Museum in Newport News Virginia in remembrance of my father and the men who served on the Newman K. Perry. I will take a picture of the flag and send it to you before I ship it to the museum.

Kim Arthur Smith

Flag pictured above flying over N K PERRY while operating in the Tonkin Gulf 1966 or 1967

The flag was flown when we were refueling Mine Sweepers.  The BM's came up with a way that we could refuel them while underway. Below     This would allow them to remain on station for as long as it took to sweep the area.