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Combat on the Rivers and Canals

Controlling South Vietnam's 4,000 miles of rivers and canals was vital to allied forces. U.S. Sailors operated river patrol boats and aircraft in the River Patrol Force to secure those waterways for friendly use and deny them to the enemy. Other Sailors served alongside Army soldiers in the joint Mobile Riverine Force, credited by General William C. Westmoreland with "saving the Delta" during the Tet Offensive.
 
 

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 play videoRiver Patrol (1967):  This 1967 U.S. Navy documentary looks at the sailors operating on the rivers and in the skies above Vietnam. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section UMO-25.

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