“Our mission was
independent, no-holds-barred combat against a stubborn enemy in the enemy’s
In Vietnam, river warfare was often conducted in the dark. It was
always dangerous, sometimes fatal—especially in the eastern end of the Viet Cong-plagued
Mekong Delta. In 1967, US Navy Lt. Wynn Goldsmith was the “river rat” who led
the first MK II PBR patrol boats in brutal combat.
It was a deadly business.
These sailors, famous for their courage and combat effectiveness, faced sniper
bullets, machine guns, and mines while searching sampans, patrolling
treacherous enemy-controlled waterways, and rescuing crews from burning boats
in the middle of firefights. During the Tet Offensive, Goldsmith’s area saw
some of the most hotly contested fighting in the entire Mekong Delta. This
gripping account is a tribute to these brave men and their agony, sacrifice,
and heroism. Download and start listening now!