Название:Brown waters , black berets. Coastal and Riverine Warfare in Vietnam
Автор:Lt. Cdr. Thomas J. Cutter, USN
On the night of 20 January 1969, five U.S. Navy riverine craft—one heavily armored "Tango" boat leading a column of four fiberglass river patrol boats (PBRs)—left the Mekong River and turned into the Kinh Dong Tien Canal. In the faint glow of starlight, Yeoman First Class G. H. Childress watched the barely visible wake of the boat ahead as he steered from the coxswain's flat of PBR-8137. The boats were proceeding slowly up the canal, fifty to seventy-five yards apart. Even at the slow speed, the twin diesels of the lumbering Tango boat, a converted landing-craft, growled much too loudly, promising little hope of surprising the Viet Cong.