Vietnam War River Patrol

A U.S. Gunboat Captain Returns to the Mekong Delta

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About the Book

As a 20-year-old gunboat captain and certified U.S. Navy diver in the Mekong Delta, the author was responsible for both the vessel and the lives of its crew. Ambushes and firefights became the norm, along with numerous dives—almost 300 in 18 months. Forty years after the war, he returned as a tourist. This journal records his contrasting impressions of the Delta—alternately disturbing and enlightening—as seen first from a river patrol boat, then from a luxury cruise ship.

About the Author(s)

Richard H. Kirshen has had three short stories published as well as numerous stories published in on-line magazines. He lives in Cooper City, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Richard H. Kirshen
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: 152 photos, maps, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6814-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2742-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Introduction 1

 1. First Encounter 3

 2. Go Back? 9

 3. Flying Follies 12

 4. Hong Kong to Saigon 17

 5. How the Navy Got Me to Vietnam 19

 6. Japan and Overt Sexuality 24

 7. Subic Bay, Diving and Coronado 28

 8. Prep-Work for War 38

 9. Arrival 44

10. How the Hell Had I Ended Up in This Mess Anyway? 45

11. Touring Saigon 49

12. My Initial Introduction to Saigon 60

13. Eating 66

14. Cu Chi, Mr. Nam and the Tunnels 69

15. Operation Giant Slingshot 79

16. The Post Office and the Angkor 85

17. Nha Be 88

18. River Jobs 97

19. The Mekong 104

20. The Eskimo 108

21. Visits Along the River 111

22. Fish Farms and Wiping Out a Village 120

23. Cambodia and Night Travel 125

24. Phnom Penh and the Killing Fields 132

25. Our Prisoner 139

26. The Boat Show 142

27. New Life 146

28. Visiting a Cambodian Village 150

29. Again with the Darkness and My Night on the River 157

30. The Fighting Monks 163

31. Zippo Boats and Body Counts 170

32. The Afternoon Trip Without Me 172

33. R & R 175

34. Bus Rides and Ox Carts 179

35. On Watch 184

36. Busses, Goat Roads and Angkor Thom 190

37. Life on the River and Getting Shot 196

38. The Hotel and New Year’s Eve 201

39. Cam Ranh Bay 203

40. Angkor Wat and the Citadel of Women 211

41. Bare Sole 215

42. Hanging Out in Town 218

43. The Incidents 223

44. Bangkok and the End of the Trips 228

45. Entertainment 236

46. War? 244

Acronyms and Foreign Words 249

Index 251