April 6, 2017
Casemate Publishers is proud to announce the publication of White Water Red Hot Lead by Dan Daly. This action-packed story of combat, written by a Vietnam combat veteran who was the Officer in Charge of PCF 76, makes you part of the Swift Boat crew.
The six-man crew of PCF 76 were volunteers from all over the United States, eager to serve their country in a highly unique type of duty not seen since the PT boats of World War II. Combat took place in the closest confines imaginable, where the enemy was hidden behind a passing sand dune or a single sniper could be concealed in an onshore bunker. In many cases the rivers became so narrow there was barely room to maneuver or turn around. The only way out might be into a deadly ambush. This inexperienced and disparate group of men would meld into a combat team – a team that formed an unbreakable, lifelong bond.
Dan Daly received his naval commission after graduating from Harvard College. After 18 months on a Navy destroyer, he volunteered for Swift Boat duty. He and his crew served 12 months in Vietnam, 1967–68. He later founded several consulting firms and lives on Cape Cod with his family.
Praise for White Water Red Hot Lead
“White Water Red Hot Lead is an extraordinary story of heroism and love set against a backdrop of small boat operations in Vietnam. Above all, this is a book of leadership and deserves a close read from but historians and leaders in today’s turbulent world.” –Admiral James Stavridis USN, Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
“Dan Daly’s book captures the essence of the U.S. Navy small boats operations in Vietnam. Combat was never far away, we built the bonds of brotherhood, often with tears and laughter, where ‘above and beyond’ became the norm. You got it right. Bravo Zulu.” –Thomas Kelly USN, Vietnam Veteran, MOH
“I comment as a former Marine infantry platoon commander. Dan’s book propels you, in seconds, from the laid-back and tranquil to the chaos of a firefight. If you are seeking a realistic portrayal of combat leadership in Vietnam, this is it!” –Beirne Lovely USMC, Khe Sanh, Vietnam 1968
“Another fine book from Casemate that reads like fiction – amazing accounts of daring and courage in one of the worst wars in living history.” –Books Monthly, March 2017
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