San Diego, CA - 'Lest We Forget'
Maritime Museum Remembers, Honors Swift Boat Mission
June 1, 2017
During the Vietnam conflict 3,600 served or supported America's PCF Swift Boat mission. Four hundred were wounded. Fifty died. These are their stories of heroism, humor and heartbreak, told in first-hand accounts and photos by the men who were there, 50 years ago. Based on the book Swift Boats at War in Vietnam, this immersive new exhibit lets you experience their courage under fire.
Six-man crews aboard 51-foot unarmored aluminum vessels journeyed upriver facing the constant threat of naval mines, ambush and rocket fire from an enemy bunkered on riverbanks just 30-feet away.
Tour Swift Boat PCF 816, part of the Museum's permanent collection, fully restored by volunteers including Vietnam veterans. Reserve your seat for a spectacular Naval history cruise of San Diego Bay aboard the Swift Boat PCF 816 most weekends for an additional $10.00 with general admission ticket purchase.
Swift Boats at War in Vietnam, edited by Guy Gugliotta, John Yeoman and Neva Sullaway is now on sale in the Museum Gift Shop and online at sdmaritime.org. The authors will donate all proceeds from book sales to support the Museum's PCF 816.
Memorial Day. So many of our own never made it home.
1. The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France.. A total of 2289
2. The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium. A total of 5329
3. The American Cemetery at Brittany, France. A total of 4410
4. Brookwood, England - American Cemetery... A total of 468
5. Cambridge, England... A total of 3812
6. Epinal, France - American Cemetery.. A total of 5525
7. Flanders Field, Belgium... A total of 368
8. Florence, Italy... A total of 4402
9. Henri-Chapelle, Belgium... A total of 7992
10. Lorraine , France... A total of 10,489
11 .Luxembourg, Luxembourg... A total of 5076
12. Meuse-Argonne.. A total of 14246
13 .Netherlands, Netherlands... A total of 8301
14. Normandy, France... A total of 9387
15. Oise-Aisne, France... A total of 6012
16. Rhone, France... A total of 861
17. Sicily, Italy. A total of 7861
18. Somme, France... A total of 1844
19. St. Mihiel, France... A total of 4153
20. Suresnes, France... A total of 1541
The count is 104,366 Dead, brave Americans.