Coast Guard Action in Vietnam: Stories of Those Who Served
Paul C. Scotti. Central Point, OR: Hellgate Press, 2000. 250 pp. Photos. Notes. Bib. Index. $17.95 ($16.15); paper.
Reviewed by Master Chief Petty Officer Vince Patton, U.S. Coast Guard
Of all of the many books I have read on Coast Guard history, this one carries a great deal of personal value for me. There are dozens of names in this book of Coastguardsmen who I have had the pleasure of knowing and/or serving with throughout my career. It indeed was interesting to read their personal reflections on their experiences in Vietnam.
There are not many monographs in print dealing with the Coast Guard's involvement in Vietnam. The few that are published have become significant references to those both affiliated and not with our service's extensive and important involvement during this military action. Paul Scotti's approach is to tell individual stories that help reveal the real faces of the unsung Coast Guard heroes who served in Vietnam.