Swift Boat Down: The Real Story of the Sinking of PCF-19


This Time We Win: Steffes himself watched as his PCF arrived at the sight of the sinking and observed the following: Mr Snyder the Captain of PCF was sitting on the edge of the gun tub when he saw the helicopter to starboard fire a rocket. I walked back to the stern as I passed the after control position, I felt a rush of heat and the hair on my neck stood up. I turned my head to see a small explosion in the water off our port beam. Apparently, the other aircraft fired a rocket that passed between our antennas and exploded in the water.

Snyder must have heard it as well as PCF jumped to max speed to clear the area. MiGs Over North Vietnam: The result drawn of Steffes description?

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A Soviet built M14 "Hound" helicopter! The twisted logic, despite all evidence Steffes painstakingly documents throughout this book, from Vietnamese witnesses, divers that were on the wreck, the medic on the scene that processed the bodies, pilots that flew in the area, experts in Russian avionics, and even a trip back to Vietnam a decade later, still has this event incorrectly in the record books as a friendly fire incident.

I was determined to write this story regardless of the fact that the official findings will never be changed. In the political climate of with America's thoughts of war and ending it on most of their minds it is easy to bring a quick closure to this incident by calling it "friendly fire: The media was satisfied and a war weary public felt that it was"just one of those accidents in war.

I took the facts as I know that, coupled with testimony from other Marine, Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force Veterans that were there and told the story as all of us believe it really happened I make the argument that given the proper atmosphere and time to investigate all areas of this incident a different finding may have been reached. Government conclusion of the sinking of PCF being attributed to friendly fire is attacked throughout the book.

Steffes quotes a Major Stefannson, who when he tried to report his sightings of North Vietnamese helicopters existing over South Vietnam, was castigated as follows: It was reported to Division, but like many other things, I don't think we were believed. When we first reported seeing helicopters at night, an Army team from Saigon flew up to Battalion and took our observers into "custody.

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I found the visitors from the South to be disgusting. Why was this classified as friendly fire? Air Command repeatedly claimed no U. Aircraft was in the area of the sinking of PC on the night of this tragedy. War on the Rivers: The attack of PCF and the 2 warships both occurred within twenty four hours of each other, were both after midnight, both involved aerial attack on a sea vessel.

Steffes postulates "It appears that higher commands wanted to give the impression that both events were related once the decision had been made to declare it 'friendly fire. Unquestionably, this book is an eloquent revelation that events are not as they appear to be, calling for justice awaiting the crew of PCF, for which they so righteously deserve. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Met a crew member of one of swift boats involved who recommended the book.

I learned a decent layman's perspective on an aspect Vietnam operations I did not know about before. Easy to read and understand by a sailor who was personally present and concerned about letting the truth be known. In the epilogue of this book the author, James Steffes, describes his goal in writing it as being to describe the mission of the Swift Boats and to tell the true story of the sinking of PCF At other places in the book, he expresses his desire to provide closure to the families of the men who were lost and to those who knew them or were involved in the incident.

In my opinion he achieved these goals as much as is humanly possible. My job was to maintain and repair the radio and radar equipment aboard the Swift Boats and I had dealings with all the boat crews. I personally was devastated by the news.

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Wanting to understand what had happened, I engaged in a conversation with a crew member of PCF After speaking with the author and comparing notes on the phone, we both agree that it was most likely the author, James Steffes, whom I spoke to. In that conversation the crew member, whoever he was, described the firefight with what they believed to be enemy helicopters. This conversation exactly matched the description James Steffes provides in the book. In the aftermath of the board of inquiry[described in the book], I experienced an interaction with a higher level of authority which proved to me that the Navy had no desire to be forthcoming regarding the sinking of PCF The author and I also discussed that incident.

That incident only adds fuel to my belief that the author is right on in his assesments and beliefs regarding the sinking of PCF Those of us on YR71 and people at home were provided with several story lines before being told it was "friendly fire". James Steffes also achieved his goal of providing a form of closure,to me personally and no doubt to many others. The memory of that incident has been a painful one I have carried with me these many years.

It is much less painful to believe, as I now do, that the crew of PCF did not die in a so called friendly fire incident. Jim has also achieved another goal which I consider important.

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He has not only written a lasting memorial to the men of PCF but to all the men of the Swift Boats by describing who they were and what the mission was. I would recommend this book to anyone who was there, anyone interested in Naval history and anyone who values the truth. Anyone who want's to know what "Swift Boating" really is should read it.

A tremendous amount of research went into this book. James Steffes, partly from what he lived and partly from the volume of his research, I believe has become the prime historian regarding Operation Market Time. From our conversation, I could tell he knows a lot more about the history of Operation Market Time and Naval forces in Vietnam than could be included in this book. I understand he has written a fiction book regarding Swift Boats.

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Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The last boat in line, PCF 43, was hit with a claymore mine, one 75 mm recoiless rifle round and three B40 rockets. How We Survived the Khmer Rouge. In addition, PCF 21 was hit with a B40 rocket on the port quarter just below the main deck, and both of these craft were sprayed with small arms fire and automatic weapons fire. Keyword Boolean Exact match Search only these record types: Snyder, who was standing in the doorway, I could see the other helo.

I Plan on purchasing that book as well. Earned my TG Yacht club patch with 3 air craft carrier deployments. Not a fairy tail!!! I like real 'sea stories' from those who were there. This is a very well written book with a great amount of research done - a lot of technical information during a critical time in the Vietnam war. See all 10 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on July 29, Published on March 10, Published on January 31, Published on July 26, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Around or so, we received a call from Enfield Cobra Alpha asking to meet us near the point that our patrol areas touched, saying they were having radar problems.

About , I guess, we met. It was dark when she came alongside. The problem was that their radar kept fading out, especially at slow speeds. They could not be sure where they were and their position was critical being so close to the DMZ. I climbed down into the engine room with their snipe, EN2 Edward Cruz. PCF had a knife switch on the after bulkhead that connected the two banks of batteries together in case of charging circuit problems.

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PCF had no such switch and since it was not his boat he did not know where his jumper cables were or if he had any. Now the port engine could charge both banks of batteries. I recall chatting and laughing with my new found snipe friend, Ed Cruz, as we slipped and slid in the wet bilges while hooking up those cables. With their radar working fine, we said goodbye and PCF moved off into the darkness, never to be seen again.

It stated that Enfield Cobra Alpha has disappeared in a flash of light and appeared to have sunk. We proceeded at max speed to the area, arriving just as the Point Dume was pulling two survivors from the water. After notifying CSC DaNang, "Article," that we were on station and assumed Enfield Cobra Alpha, we began to illuminate the area looking for survivors until we exhausted our supply of 81mm illumination rounds.

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We found only debris and a fuel slick, no bodies or survivors. Suddenly, we were illuminated by four amber colored illumination rounds, at a high altitude, directly overhead. Snyder called the Point Dume but she was still in Cua Viet. We headed south with illumination rounds continuing to light us up, following us southward. At some point, we stopped and checked our bearings.

As we looked around us into the darkness, with a moon that sometimes was behind the clouds, we spotted two aircraft "hovering" on our port and starboard beams. They were about yards away and feet above the water. Snyder requesting air support and identification of these helos.

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Swift Boat Down: The Real Story of the Sinking of PCF [James Steffes] on domaine-solitude.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A Swift Boat is sunk by two. I was aboard PCF on June 15, when we got underway from DaNang The Alpha boat was PCF with LTJG John Davis' crew aboard. . I know what the "official story" is, but this is mine, as true and complete as I.

The answer from the beach was "no friendly aircraft in the area, have contacts near you on radar and starlight scope. At this time, Mr. Snyder radioed, "Roger that, I am taking aircraft under fire if they show hostile intent. It had a rounded front like an observation helo and it looked like two crewman sitting side by side. I went up to the pilot house to tell Mr. Snyder, who was standing in the doorway, I could see the other helo. I watched as tracers began to come toward us as this helo opened fire.