U. S. Navy in the Vietnam War: An Illustrated History

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In 1950, the first U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group in Vietnam included a contingent of nine men from the U.S. Navy. Over the course of the next 25 years, some 2,600,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel served in Vietnam, conducting combat operations of every kind and providing direct support to the other services and to civilian noncombatants. Navy historian Edward J. Marolda skillfully blends superb research and writing with an excellent mix of photographs and combat art depicting Navy ships, aircraft, ...
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Overview

In 1950, the first U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group in Vietnam included a contingent of nine men from the U.S. Navy. Over the course of the next 25 years, some 2,600,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel served in Vietnam, conducting combat operations of every kind and providing direct support to the other services and to civilian noncombatants. Navy historian Edward J. Marolda skillfully blends superb research and writing with an excellent mix of photographs and combat art depicting Navy ships, aircraft, facilities, and especially people. The nearly 500 photos have captured numerous memorable moments, such as American destroyers churning through the gray waters of Tonkin Gulf, jets launching from the deck of an aircraft carrier, SEALs venturing through the muddy Mekong Delta, proud Marines displaying their award for exceptional service during the North Vietnamese siege of Khe Sanh, and a Navy chaplain baptizing sailors in a river. This volume offers an enduring tribute to the men and women of the Navy and Marine Corps who served in America's longest war.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781574884852
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1902
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Chapter 1 The Early Years, 1950-1959 1
Passage to Freedom 6
Development of the Vietnamese Navy 10
Chapter 2 The Era of Growing Conflict, 1959-1965 13
The Crises in Laos 13
U.S. Naval Advisors and the Vietnamese Navy 20
Counterinsurgency and the Navy 31
U.S. Navy Direct Support 36
Expanding Operations into North Vietnam and Laos 45
Gulf of Tonkin Incidents 48
The Conflict in Transition 56
Chapter 3 The Years of Combat, 1965-1968 63
The Naval Command in Southeast Asia 65
The Carrier Force 70
Rolling Thunder 86
Amphibious Landings in South Vietnam 119
Bombardment from the Sea 137
Coastal Interdiction 143
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