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Swift Boats at War in Vietnam

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David Colacci, Susan Ericksen

11 Hours 21 Minutes

Tantor Media

January 2018

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Developed specifically for the Vietnam War (and made famous by the 2004 presidential campaign), Swift Boats were versatile craft 'big enough to outrun anything they couldn't outfight' but too small to handle even a moderate ocean chop, too loud to sneak up on anyone, and too flimsy to withstand the mildest of rocket attacks. This made more difficult an already tough mission: navigating coastal waters for ships and sampans smuggling contraband to the Viet Cong, disrupting enemy supply lines on the rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta, and inserting SEALs behind enemy lines. The stories in this book cover the Swift Boats' early years, which saw search-and-inspect operations in Vietnam's coastal waters, and their later years, when the Swift Boats' mission shifted to the Mekong Delta's labyrinth of 3,000 miles of rivers, streams, and canals. This is an intimate, exciting oral history of Swift Boats at war in Vietnam.

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  • Peter H.

    Very good chronicle of a side of the Vietnam war few know about. Really gives you a glimpse into how it felt being there. I like the format of short accounts by those serving on Swift boats. Only reason for 4 vs 5 stars was the book wandered off the theme towards the end

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