Dan Daly received his naval commission upon graduation from Harvard College. After 18 months on a Navy destroyer, he volunteered for Swift Boat duty. Following training in Coronado, he and his crew served together for 12 months in Vietnam, 1967–68. He later founded several consulting firms and lives on Cape Cod with his family. He has written a nonfiction book on Swift Boat operations, White Water Red Hot Lead: On Board U.S. Navy Swift Boats in Vietnam (Casemate, 2016).