Walking on Water

Walking on Water

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On the rivers, canals, and streams of the Mekong Delta the brown water Navy carried the men of the 2nd brigade, 9th Infantry Division to battle along narrow canals and rivers to landings deep in the delta. The sailors came from all over the Navy to do a dangerous job in horrible conditions. Their small boats were heavily armed and armored, but the Viet Cong leaned their weaknesses. They brought in weapons that could penetrate the armor and built bunkers that could resist the boat’s weapons. Operating on narrow canals and rivers, sometimes no wider than 100 feet, the boats were especially vulnerable to RPGs and recoilless rifles, and the Viet Cong learned to stage elaborate ambushes from both banks of the waterways to stop the boats with multiple armor piercing rockets. On some operations, Navy casualties were greater than suffered by the Army.
Radioman First Class Everett Fisher with a crew of six sailors fresh out of training at the Inshore Operations Training Center at Mare Island, California arrives at Dong Tam Army/Navy base on the My Tho River in November of 1967. Fisher qualified as a boat captain in training and is anxious to get his boat and crew into the action. His crew is trained, motivated, and ready for a fight. They would get their fight, all they could handle and then some. They were about to learn the wisdom in the old saying, careful what you wish for.

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  • a.t.m.

    Saga of a brown water unit in Vietnam.The book enlightens the reader on what it was like to fight in the rivers and canals of Vietnam. This very well could have been a personal narrative and the autho...

  • denise hodges

    ExcellentFor an Air Force puke ( retired) for some reason I have always had an interest in small navy patrol boats. As a teenager, what I knew about the Vietnam war came out of the tv. This novel gave...

  • Mark

    Pyle keeps getting better!I enjoyed this book, and the growth of Mr. Pyle's writing style, very much. The author gives us the essential details of these military operations, and doesn't sacrifice auth...

  • Robert Clark

    GREAT READI really enjoyed this book. I had read a lot of nonfiction about the riverine navy and this novel seemed to follow what I knew. It was a great read which left me feeling something tragic wou...

  • Edward Poole

    Wow what a book about the canals and rivers of Nam I learned allot about the Navy and what crazy things they went through in support of the Army. Great story line too. I really enjoyed this book 5 sta...

  • William B.

    Continuous RecoveryThis book is filled with imagination that, at times, seems real. Fortunately, it has a happy ending. I too went from an E7 to wearing bars in one short ceramony. Oh, how great, and ...

  • Henry C. Schumacher

    Great readI liked it ,fast paced, a swashbuckling adventure with love and romance on the high seas, well in the Mekong delta , I didn’t want to write this,but to give it 5 stars,I had to ,just read ...

  • Robert B. Williams

    Great read. Best VN novel I have read. I was infantry in Vietnam and hah the opportunity to explore a swift boat on the Saigon river. That made this book better.a good read for any VN veteran. I toure...

  • Samjoy

    Excellent!AnyVietnam vet should "eat" this book up. Pyle has it down. Read numerous books on Nam and this one is in top ten. Never read about the Navy's mission in the delta but this one tells all abo...

  • Michael Smith

    A very good book!You don't find many books about Brown water sailors,this book has it all.The action is fast,and you feel the tension,fear,and the bonds that form between the crews,as they man the boa...