"I WISH TO HAVE NO CONNECTION
WITH ANY SHIP,
THAT DOES NOT GO FAST,
FOR I INTEND TO GO IN HARM'S WAY
John Paul Jones,Capt. Continental Navy
Rick's Brown Water Navy Reading List
The following is a collection of books I have found which attempt to describe
our experience in Vietnam. Most of us who served in the brown water navy have
trouble articulating the experience since it was another world and most
people in the "real world" have no frame of reference. Even though in
most cases it was only a year it was a large part of most of our lives. I am
glad that some have tried to document our experience, before our small part of a
small conflict is completely lost to history.
Having served in Tra Cu during operation Giant Slingshot,
This book had many historically accurate details,
Such as correct call signs that many of us have forgotten.
Plus it is a good adventure story. I recommend this book
Brown Water, Black Berets by
Thomas J. Cutler
This was an excellent history of the navy in the delta. Closer to a history book than a personal account. It is still well written.
- U.S. Navy Seawolves and
- Seawolves by
Daniel E. Kelly
Mr Kelly's latest book isn't as good as his first however it is still a good
tale of how the selwolve squandron was formed and several of their most memorable
His first book is a very good book. I thought the author did an excellent job of portraying the
many mixed emotions of the time. It not only covered time in country through the eyes
of an 18 year old sailor, but also a chapter about survival school in Coronado.
- Man of the River : Memoir of a Brown Water Sailor in Vietnam,
1968-1969 by Jimmy R. Bryant
This book is the story of one sailor's experience. It brought back
a few memories.
- Papa Bravo Romeo : U.S. Navy Patrol Boats at War in Vietnam
by Wynn Goldsmith
This book is the story of another sailor's experience. It brought back
a few other memories. I liked this book it. I thought it did a good job of describing the operational tempo of a PBR Division in the delta. It is a little controversial in that the
Author berates specific people and/or events especially SEALS
- Duty Honor Sacrifice
by Ralph Christopher
This story is primarily on Mobile Riverine Assault force and the integration of
the army and navy units. It has a good introduction to the Vietnam
War and how we got in this mess. It has numerous stories of heroism which
become mind numbing after awhile.
Laughter on the rivers of Death
by Bill Ferguson
One sailor's humorous experience in Vietnam. Part of this story is on the lower Vam Co Dong river near where I was stationed in Tra Cu.
Corpsman the Vietnam Memoir of a Navy SEALs Medic by Greg McPartlin
This story is of one Seal's experience. I liked this book. It is told from the
point of view of a young man caught up in the war .
It did just kind of end leaving one wondering how is life went after his tour.
but in researching the links to this book I discovered that the author now
runs an Irish tavern in Coronado. http://www.mcpspub.com/welcome.htm
Men in Green Faces
by Gene Wentz, B. Abell Jurus (Contributor)
This story is of one Seal's experience. Mostly he thinks highly
of Seals and looks down on lowly PBR sailors, but its not a bad
yarn and I bought it from the author at the Vietnam memorial.
River Patrol - Operation Giant Slingshot,
2000 by Jimmy R. Bryant
The story in the book starts in Nha Be and moves up to Tra Cu and
Operation Giant Slingshot. Tra Cu is the ATSB the most of the action
centers around. Although it is written as fiction, It tried to give the
PBR Forces center stage.
- My Father My Son by
Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Jr. & Lieutenant Elmo Zumwalt III
This book is the story of the Admiral's son tour of duty and his subsequent fight with cancer. .
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