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Swift Boats at War in Vietnam (English Edition) Format Kindle
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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- ASIN : B06VSRYLL1
- Éditeur : Stackpole Books (1 mai 2017)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 27686 KB
- Synthèse vocale : Activée
- Confort de lecture : Activé
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 345 pages
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“Swift Boats at War in Vietnam” is about the battles and strategies. It’s about food and beer, the screwed up military policies and the sadness of loss. This book more than anything, however, is about people, individuals who tell their stories about swift boats and the sailors who manned them. Tense, horrifying, funny, breathtaking...the adjectives go on and on. More than anything else, the reader comes to know, albeit for only a few moments, what life was like in the brown water Navy fighting an elusive enemy day and night.
Sincere thanks to those who made this book possible.
As a historian, David McCullough recently advised, “you’ve got to wait
50 years” before rendering “judgment of a period of history.” Perhaps
now is the time to come to terms with the Vietnam War – the most
divisive foreign war in U.S. history (1964-1975).
“Swift Boats at War in Vietnam” has helped begin the healing process for
me. Swiftboat service was supposed to be voluntary, but as one “Swiftie”
relates, “in part they took the job because nobody else wanted it. In some
cases, they had no choice.”
The 38 stories in this book written by those who served remind us that our
Vietnam troops were really no different from U.S. troops in other foreign wars.
They, too, risked their lives for each other, trusted one another with their own
lives, all the while serving our country honorably and fulfilling their duty nobly.
Yet many, for whom they served, did shamefully treat them differently.
For Americans at home, much of the media’s nightly war coverage focused on
widely spread anti-war sentiment, uncivil discourse and domestic protests.
Returning vets were often rancorously reviled.
“Swift Boats at War in Vietnam” is a satisfying salve – offering readers a full
measure of well deserved gratitude and respect for Swifties and for all who
served in this unpopular war. My hope is that next month’s film, “The Vietnam
War” by Ken Burns will further the healing.
Swiftboating - was 3,600 men who served on or supported Swift Boats from 1965 through 1970. 600 officers and 3,000 sailors. 400 were wounded. 50 men died.
Swiftboating - was for the officers that commanded them a chance at independent duty at a young age, most were under 25-years of age. For sailors who crewed Swift Boats, it was an opportunity to abandon big-ship confusion and bureaucracy and for a small combatant, where every man counted and every man could trust his shipmates and befriend them like family.
Swiftboating- was about men who fought in the closest confines imaginable, along the coast and upriver in Vietnam. The river narrows to thirty feet; it’s flanked by dense foliage; life narrows to the sound of the metal flaps tapping against the exhaust pipes and the soundless communication between skipper and crew. The enemy is on both banks of the river. Swiftboating is the story of men who survived in the Navy’s most gruesome face-to-face combat since the Civil War, on a small and vulnerable boat.”
Swift Boats at War in Vietnam uses a historical narrative about the US Navy’s involvement in Vietnam and the development and use of Swift Boats to give the read a context in which to read 38 firsthand accounts of what it was like to serve aboard a Swift Boat. Please spread the word.