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Man of the River: Memoir of a Brown Water Sailor in Vietnam, 1968-1969 Paperback – September, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sergeant Kirkland's Press; 1St Edition edition (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188790123X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887901239
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Crago on December 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
I served in Viet Nam on the gun boats, during the time Chief Bryant was in country. His book is written very well. The real history of the bravery,and dedication comes through. I recommend it for people who wish to know what really happened on the rivers of Viet Nam.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
Koen Review; Volume 5,Issue 12;August 15, 1998 Man of the River, SMC Jimmy R. Bryant, USN Man of the River is a highly personal account of a man's Naval experiences in Vietnam's rivers from 1968 to 1969. In his dedication Bryant made sure to stress that this is not an individual's war story but one of a team. He shows his pride and respect for his fellow "men of the sea" in Task Force 116, River division 591. It is to these brave men whom he dedicates this book. While on active duty he is credited with 38 accounts of enemy contact with his fellow patrolmen. The role of the Navy in Vietnam's waterways was to patrol the rivers in high-speed small boats using hit-and-run tactics to disrupt the flow of enemy troops and supplies. The threat of combat was always with them, and Bryant soon realized that fear was not an option if he were to keep his men alive. His whole task force knew that one false move could be death for them all, and Bryant with great pride tells of how each member kept a cool head throughout with their own bravery and the grace of God. Bryant's straightforward and detailed account was not written for personal glory but from thankfulness for surviving to be able to tell his story in respect and remembrance of all those who fought honorably for the American ideal.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Don Stewart(cdstewart@prodigy.net) on April 2, 1999
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As a member of the base support personnel at Nha Be during Chief Bryant's tour I was and still am pleased to serve with people like Chief Bryant. This is a great book written by a humble man who truly represents America's finest.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TMac on April 8, 2001
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I found Chief Bryant's memoir to be a very moving, and personal account of the life of the riverine sailor in Vietnam. The reader feels a part of the action because this is not a story written by an Admiral, General, or historian, but rather by one man who was part of a boat crew who was just trying to stay alive.Highly recommended for readers interested in riverine warfare or the Vietnam War. Also recommended is "Coast Guard Action in Vietnam" by Paul Scotti.
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