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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.

©2017 Guy Gugliotta, John Yeoman, and Neva Sullaway (P)2018 Tantor

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Ride with the Swift Boats

Personal accounts of life on a Swift Boat in Vietnam that immerse the reader with the entire range of human emotion. The reader feels as if he is onboard living the experience in each of these stories. An excellent book.

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Crazy brave young dudes

How about you mount a machine gun on the bow of your ski boat and scoot up rivers, creeks and blind canals for fun. Oh, and the bad guys are hidden on the banks with machine guns, RPGs, mines, etc waiting to blow you out of the water.

It’s not a Disney attraction, it was what the Swift Boat crews did in Vietnam. Every day. Can’t say enough good things about these brave souls. Good read.