"Swift Boats: Hard Day on the Bo De"

November 2004
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Nov2004, Vol. 130 Issue 11, p15
Conference Proceeding
This article presents comments of Robert B. Shirley, officer in charge of a U.S. Navy Swift boat in Vietnam, on the article "Webmaster, PCF-45," written by U.S. Navy Admiral P. Yost, concerning swift boat operations of the navy, previously published in the journal. The incident that is the subject of Yost's article is well known to most swift boat sailors and has been documented in an article for the "UDT-13 Cruise Book" by Peter Upton and a documentary film by Tracy Droz Tragos. The almost obsessive theme of Yost's article is that his boss, Roy Hoffmann, somehow subverted his tactical command of this operation by purposely failing to provide helicopter gunship support in a timely manner as requested by Yost.


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