The Published Swiftboat

    Over the past 35+ years there has been a very limited amount of history actually written down and published about the experiences, people, boats and bases that were Operation Market Time and the Brown Water Navy of the US Navy in Vietnam.

    This page is a way of exposing the general public to that which has been compiled by both those directly involved and by outside sources about the events and the people of Commander Task Force 115 (CTF 115) and US Navy presence in Vietnam from December 1965 through December 1970.

    With the help of the approximately 3,200 men who served on swiftboats, I hope to be able to present to you as many books, magazines and newspaper articles as possible so that what the "SWIFTEES" accomplished can be made known to a larger section of the general populace.

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   Books

    - STOP and SEARCH - A Novel of Small Boat Warfare off Vietnam
            Author : W.E. Butterworth
            Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
            ISBN:
            Library of Congress Number: 69-10648

    - BROWN WATER, BLACK BERETS - Coastal and Riverine Warfare in Vietnam
            Author: Thomas J. Cutler, LCDR, USN
              Publisher: Naval Institute Press
            ISBN: 0-87021-011-4
            Library of Congress Number:  Cataloging-in-Publication-Data         

    - RIVERINE - A  Pictorial History of the Brown Water War in Vietnam
            Author: Jim Mesko
            Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications
            ISBN: 0-89747-163-6
            Library of Congress Number:

    - THE VIETNAM BROWN WATER NAVY - Riverine and Coastal Warfare 1965-69
            Author: Gordon L. Rottman
            Publisher: Concord Publications Company
            ISBN: 962-361-617-1
            Library of Congress Number: Cataloging-in-Publication-Data 

    - VIETNAM - THE NAVAL STORY --- Fighting Where the Ground Was a Little Damp: The War on the Coast and in the Rivers
              Author: Frank Uhlig Jr
            Publisher: Naval Institute Press
            ISBN: 0-87021-014-9
            Library of Congress Number: Cataloging-in-Publication-Data

     - U.S. SMALL COMBATANTS - An Illustrated Design History
            Author: Norman Friedman
            Publisher: Naval Institute Press
            ISBN: 0-87021-713-5
              Library of Congress Number: Cataloging-in-Publication-Data 

     - From the Rivers to the Sea - The U.S. Navy in Vietnam
            Author: Commander R. L. Schreadley, USN (Retired)
            Publisher: Naval Institute Press
            ISBN: 0-87021-772-0
            Library of Congress Number: Cataloging-in-Publication-Data

    - CONFESSION TO A DEAF GOD - Memoir of a Mekong River Rat
            Author: Gary Robert Blinn
            Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
            ISBN: 1-4010-7464-2
              Library of Congress Number: 2002094498

    - WAR ON THE RIVERS - A Swift Boat Sailor's Chronicle of the battle for the Mekong Delta
            Author: Weymouth D. Symmes
            Publisher: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, Inc.
            ISBN: 1-57510-109-2
            Library of Congress Number: 2004092104

    - TOUR OF DUTY - John Kerry and the Vietnam War
            Author: Douglas Brinkley
            Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
            ISBN: 0-06-056523-3
              Library of Congress Number: Cataloging-in-Publication-Data 

    - UNFIT FOR COMMAND - Swift Boat Veterans speak out against John Kerry
            Authors: John E. O'Neill and Jerome R. Corsi, PH.D.
            Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc.
            ISBN: 0-89526-017-4
            Library of Congress Number: Cataloging-in-Publication-Data

     - RIVER RATS
            Author: Ralph Christopher
            Publisher: AuthorHouse
            ISBN: 1-4208-2689-1
              Library of Congress Number: Cataloging-in-Publication-Data

    - SWIFT BOAT DOWN - The Real Story of the Sinking of PCF-19
            Author: James W. Steffes, ENC, USN Retired
            Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
            ISBN: 1-59926-613-X
              Library of Congress Number: 2005907931

    - United States Coastal and River Forces in Vietnam - Army, Navy and Coast Guard Insignia; Including Navy Advisory and Support Units
            Author: Cecil B. Smyth, Jr.
            Publisher: American Society of Military Insignia Collectors

    - This is Latch - The story of Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffman
            Author: Weymouth D. Symmes
            Publisher: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, Inc.
            ISBN: 978-1-57510-137-8
            Library of Congress Number: 200
793799

   - CAT LO - A Memoir of Invincible Youth
            Author: Virg Erwin
            Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
            ISBN: 978-1-59858-985-6           
 

   - OPERATION MARKET TIME - The The Early Years, 1965-66
            Author: James W. Steffes, ENC, USN Retired
            Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
            ISBN: 978-1-4415-9050-3

   - FIREFIGHT - On Vietnam Brown Water
            Author: Lynn Salsi
            Publisher: Forza Renea Editions
            ISBN: 978-0-9706527-7-5

              

   Magazines

- All Hands Magazine, September 1965 - Counter-Infiltration Duty: Coastal Surveillance
  Story by: Thomas L. Moore, JO2 USN     Photos by: Jean C. Cote, PH1 USN
 
- All Hands Magazine, October 1965 - EVOLUTION OF NAVY RATINGS
  Prepared by ALL HANDS MAGAZINE
 
- All Hands Magazine, January 1966 - Swift Boat photo (no visible number)
official Department of Defense photo
 
- All Hands Magazine, June 1966 - ON THE MOVE (photo of PCF-10 and 4 others, taken from an underway swiftboat in Vietnam)
  official Department of Defense photo
 
- All Hands Magazine, July 1966 - Frontline Sidelines - Vietnam
  official Department of Defense photo
 
- All Hands Magazine, September 1966 - Neptune Surveys the Situation --- Swift Rescue (the story of PCF-61's rescue of 157 Vietnamese)
  Author: Eldon G. Kaul, LTJG, USNR
 
- All Hands Magazine, November 1966 - Sailing in the Midget Fleet; MOS: Many-Ships-in-One; School for Patrol Boat Crews; SMALL Craft: Big Job in Vietnam; Manhattan in Miniature; Noah's Ark of Chu Lai and rear cover "MIDGET FLEET ... WITH A GIANT PUNCH!" (drawing of an underway Swift Boat)
Stories by: Bob Neil, George L. Eldridge, YN3(JO), USN     Photos by R. W. Conrad, PHC, USN, George L. Eldridge, YN3(JO), USN
 
- All Hands Magazine, December 1966 - FROM THE VIETNAM FRONT: On Coastal, Air and River Patrol
  official Department of Defense photo
 
- All Hands Magazine, January 1967 - TURN-OVER-TEST (photos of Philippine Swift Boat turnover); EYES HAVE IT (photo of Swift Boat with Vietnamese junk under tow)
  official Department of Defense photo
 
- All Hands Magazine, July 1967 - Operation Deck House; Going to Vietnam? Check These Rights, Benefits
  Author: Marc Whetstone, JOC, USN
 
- All Hands Magazine, October 1967 - "Intercept Hot Cargo Below Chu Lai (PCF 79 and the Song Sa Ky trawler)
  official Department of Defense photo
 
- All Hands Magazine, February 1968 - Home away from Home (APL 26)
  official Department of Defense photo
 
- All Hands Magazine, June 1968 - A PROUD SHIP REJOINS THE FLEET (New Jersey BB62); CI/SERE Training  for Navymen Headed for Vietnam Duty
  Author: Jim Teague, JO1, USN, David E. Cockrum, YN3, USN
 
- All Hands Magazine, July 1968 - Sailing with the Philippine Navy (TURNOVER - six of seven U.S. vessels to be transferred to the Philippine Navy tied to the pier at Manila --- 4 PCFs)
  official Department of Defense photo
 
- All Hands Magazine, November 1968 - SWIFT TAKEOVER - Boat Transfers to Vietnamese Navy (An Thoi); Two More Barracks Ships
  official Department of Defense photo
 
- All Hands Magazine, January 1969 - One-third COPTER, One-third PLANE, One-third BOAT (PACVs); Apple 5 Says Farewell (APL5 leaves DaNang)
  Author: Henry Eichel, SN, USN, Rich Lizotte, JO3, USN
 
- All Hands Magazine, January 1970 - RNV Takes Over MRF; Modernizing the RVN Navy; Concrete Junk? Why Not? (also mentions ferro-cement Swift boat)
  official Department of Defense photo
 
- All Hands Magazine, September 1970 - ACTOV ASAP: Vietnamation; Service Numbers Are on the Way Out as Social Security ID Is Phased into use; Vietnam Rotation
  Author: Jim Shields, JO2, USN
 
- All Hands Magazine, February 1971 - THE EXPANDING ROLE of  THE NAVY ADVISOR IN VIETNAMIZATION
  official Department of Defense photo
 
- Popular Mechanics, July 1967 - I SKIPPERED A SWIFT
  Author: LTJG Jim Stephens
   
- SEA CLASSICS, Volume 8, Number 1, January 1975 - Swift Combat Gallery
Author: Matthew Johnson
   
- SEA CLASSICS, Volume 17, Number 2, March 1984 - The Swift Boats of Vietnam
  Author: Frank Johnson
   
- SEA CLASSICS, Volume 44, Number 4, April 2011 - PCF: The Patrol Craft Fast/Swift Boats of Vietnam
  Author: Tom Edwards

- VIETNAM, February 1996 - Fighting Forces
--- The U.S. Navy patrol Vessels of Task Forces 115, 116 and 117 played a key role in the war.
  Author: Alan L. "Buz" Lowe
- VIETNAM, February 1996 - Swift Boats in Operation Market Time --- Before 1965, 70 percent of enemy supplies were being infiltrated by sea. But Operation Market Time cut that flow to a trickle.
  Author: Raul Herrera
   
- VIETNAM, August 1997 - Fighting Forces --- "Vietnamization" was the mission, and ACTOV was the U.S. Navy's solution.
  Author: R. Blake Dunnavent
- VIETNAM, August 1997 - Arsenal --- The Coast Guard's piggy-back mortar/machine-gun combination proved its worth in Vietnam.
  Author: Chief Gunner's Mate William R. Wells, II U.S. Coast Guard (ret.)
   
- VIETNAM, August 1998 - Mined in the Mekong Delta --- When the VC frogmen struck USS Westchester County on November 1, 1968, they inflicted the Navy's greatest single
  Author: Gene W. Frederickson, U.S. Navy (ret.)       incident combat loss of the war.
   
- VIETNAM, August 1999 - Fighting Forces --- For the first time since the Civil War, riverine craft played an important part in combat operations.
  Author: Charles W. Sasser
   
- VIETNAM, April 2000 - Swift Boat Rescue --- When the coastal waters of the South China Sea turned treacherous, it was up to the crew of a U.S. Navy patrol boat to save comrades and
  Author: B. Anthony "Tony" Snesko      Vietnamese civilians whose boats had capsized.
   
- VIETNAM, February 2001 - Personality --- The real Adrian Cronauer is a far more complex and interesting figure than the character played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning, Vietnam.
          Author: Gordon Zernich

- VIETNAM, June 2013 - My War
--- Navy Petty Officer Wayne Jensen
          Author: James Gill, Wisconsin Public Television interview with Wayne Jensen