"Dan Daly's book captures the essence of the U.S. Navy small boats operations in Vietnam. Combat was never far away, we built the bonds of brotherhood, often with tears and laughter, where 'above and beyond' became the norm. You got it right. Bravo Zulu."--Thomas Kelly USN, Vietnam Veteran, MOH
"I comment as a former Marine infantry platoon commander. Dan's book propels you, in seconds, from the laid-back and tranquil to the chaos of a firefight. If you are seeking a realistic portrayal of combat leadership in Vietnam, this is it!"--Beirne Lovely USMC, Khe Sanh, Vietnam 1968
"Skipper, each page brought me back to the time when we were young and strong, brave and fearless. The events from 48 years ago: Drag racing a Navy destroyer in San Diego and flying that 'last patrol, going home' flag in Vietnam. A cherished memory is being part of the crew aboard PCF 76. 'Thank you for remembering, Dan'."--Rev. Oscar E. Wells, Maj. US Army, Engineman 2nd Class USN, "Snipe"
"Another fine book from Casemate that reads like fiction - amazing accounts of daring and courage in one of the worst wars in living history."--Books Monthly
"I have to say that it is one of the most pleasant books that I have read, and the comradeship and love that these warriors felt for themselves and others is a bright ray of sunshine in a war history...An excellent book about a little known area of an almost forgotten war and one I thoroughly enjoyed. 4.5 stars."--Army Rumour Service
"The Vietnam War has had some 'classic' books written about it...and this book will be up there with them...If you have an interest in small-scale naval actions, and the Vietnam War in particular, then this is a must-read!"--Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy
"The publishing standard is very high as one would expect from Casemate and this book is a great addition to anyone with an interest in naval operations of the Vietnam War and what leading a small team of young men into combat must have been like in such a unique and challenging assignment. I highly recommend this book."--Military Enthusiast Book Club
"An impressively written and riveting history of what this particular area of lethal combat was like on a daily basis by a man who survived it, "White Water Red Hot Lead: On Board U.S. Navy Swift Boats in Vietnam" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library 20th Century American Military History collections in general, and Vietnam War History supplemental studies reading lists in particular. The stuff from which block buster movies are made"--Midwest Book Review
"Daly holds a lasting fondness for his crewmen and fellow Swift Boat skippers. Through his eyes, his men saw themselves as elite sailors working hard to maintain that status. His book makes a strong case for an overwhelming sense of teamwork and dedication to duty among Swift Boat crews. Throughout the book, Daly has blended an excellent collection of photographs, most of which he shot, with the text."--The VVA Veteran Books in Review II
• Written in an engaging, immediate style with touches humor
• Compelling account of human courage and friendship
During the Vietnam war 3500 officers and men served in the Swift Boat program in a fleet of 130 boats with no armor plating. The boats patrolled the coast and rivers of South Vietnam, with the average age of the crew being twenty-four. Their days consisted of deadly combat, intense lightning firefights, storms and many hidden dangers.
This action-packed story of combat written by Dan Daly, a Vietnam combat veteran who was the Officer in Charge of PCF 76 makes you part of the Swift Boat crew. The six man crew of PCF 76 were volunteers from all over the United States, eager to serve their country in a highly unique type of duty not seen since the PT boats of WWII. This inexperienced and disparate group of men would meld into a combat team - a team that formed an unbreakable, lifelong bond.
After training they were plunged into a 12 month tour of duty. Combat took place in the closest confines imaginable, where the enemy were hidden behind a passing sand dune or a single sniper could be concealed in an onshore bunker, mines might be submerged at every fork in the river. The enemy was all around you, hiding, waiting, while your fifty-foot Swift Boat works its way upriver. In many cases the rivers became so narrow there was barely room to maneuver or turn around. The only way out might be into a deadly ambush. Humor and a touch of romance relieve the tension in this thrilling ride with America's finest.