Swift Boat Sailors Memorial

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Bases

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Training for Swift Boats began in 1965 at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA.  In the first year, some of the men went next to the US Naval Base in Subic Bay, Philippines to ready the Swift Boats for service.  The remaining men went on to Vietnam.  After arriving in Vietnam, the men dispersed to one of the following bases:  An Thoi, Cam Ranh Bay, Cat Lo, Chu Lai, DaNang or Qui Nhon.

 

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Patrol Craft Fast (PCF) - Swift Boats

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Patrol Craft Fast (PCF), also known as Swift Boats, were all-aluminum, 50-foot (15 m) long, shallow-draft vessels operated by the United States Navy.  Its initial duties included patrolling the coastal areas of South Vietnam.  Its later duties included working in the interior waterways as part of the brown-water navy to prevent Vietcong movement of arms and munitions, transport Vietnamese forces and insert SEAL teams for counterinsurgency (COIN) operations during the Vietnam War.

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Videos

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Swift Boat Sailors produce the videos contained in this exhibit during their time of service in the Vietnam War.  In most cases, they used Super 8 cameras to shoot the footage.  Swift Boat Sailors narrated some of the videos years after the events, some are without sound, and others have been set to music.  The raw videos portray life for a Swift Boat Sailor.

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