The U.S. Naval Advisory Effort in Vietnam

An Inside Perspective

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About the Book

An advisor to the South Vietnamese Navy Mobile Riverine Forces in 1970–1971, U.S. Navy Commander Richard Kirtley was tasked with helping implement Nixon’s policy of “Vietnamization”—the rapid drawdown of U.S. troops to bring an abortive end to the Vietnam War. The program called for the turnover of arms and equipment to South Vietnamese forces, while U.S. personnel trained their counterparts to continue fighting the war alone. The U.S. Navy’s supporting effort, Accelerated Turnover to the Vietnamese (ACTOV), emphasized “Accelerated.” Kirtley’s account gives an up-close look at the futility and frustration of the advisory effort during the withdrawal, the implementation of both programs—doomed to failure yet hyped to cover a lost-cause retreat—and their disastrous outcomes.

About the Author(s)

CDR R.W. Kirtley, USN (Ret) is a retired 20 year Navy Vietnam veteran, followed by 18 years as an executive with Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems. He is also a humorous motivational speaker, stand up comedian, artist, and author. He lives in Palm Coast, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

CDR R.W. Kirtley, USN (Ret)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8695-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4469-1
Imprint: McFarland