Location: National Museum of the US Navy - Building 76, Washington Navy Yard, DC

Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) historian, Dr. John Sherwood talks about U.S. Navy Coastal and Riverine Warfare in in Vietnam, 1965-1968.  With the onset of major combat operations in Vietnam during the mid-1960s, the Navy established the River Patrol Force and the Army-Navy Mobile Riverine Force whose charge was to secure the Mekong Delta. During the enemy's Tet Offensive of 1968 and the Sea Lords Campaign of later years, American and Vietnamese river units fought well and hard against a resilient Vietnamese Communist foe. While the Vietnam War ended in failure for the United States and the Republic of Vietnam in 1975, the experience left us with a wealth of information on the nature of modern riverine warfare. Insights abound on the most successful strategies, tactics, techniques, boats and craft, weapons, and equipment employed during the Vietnam War. Join Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) historian, Dr. John Sherwood as he talks about these strategically important operations.

About the Speaker: Dr. John Sherwood received his Master’s degree in history from Columbia University and his PhD in history from The George Washington University.  His work as a Department of the Navy civilian historian concentrates on contemporary military history with a research focus on humanitarian and disaster relief operations. Currently one of several civilian historians assigned to the Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, DC (NHHC), he is the first scholar at NHHC to have received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award.   

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PBR makes a patrol run on My Tho River, Republic of Vietnam, June 1969.   Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, K-74761.

A U.S. Navy River Patrol Boat (PBR) makes a patrol run on My Tho River, Republic of Vietnam, June 1969.   Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, K-74761.