By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)
On the night of 20 January 1969, five U.S. Navy riverine craft growled their way along the very narrow Kinh Dong Tien Canal in the Mekong Delta. Drooping fronds of Nipa palm brushed by as Yeoman First Class G. H. Childress steered his PBR 8137 by the dimly visible wake of PBR 770 ahead.
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