San Diego Maritime Museum Welcomes Vietnam War Swift Boat


IN 1971, THE U-S DONATED TWO SWIFT BOATS TO
THE REPUBLIC OF MALTA. FORTY-ONE YEARS LATER, ONE OF THOSE BOATS HAS RETURNED HOME TO BECOME
THE MOST RECENT EXHIBIT AT THE MARITIME MUSEUM OF SAN DIEGO. ACQUIRING THE SWIFT BOAT ALLOWED US TO ADD
ANOTHER PIECE OF HISTORY TO THE MUSEUMS COLLECTION. MANNING THE RAILS WERE THIRTY-FIVE VIETNAM
VETERANS THAT SERVED ABOARD SWIFT BOATS DURING THE WAR. MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE I THINK IT WAS A WELCOME
HOME FOR THE GUYS WHO WERE ACTUALLY HERE AND THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT. MANY OF THESE VETERANS HAVE BEEN WAITING MORE
THAN FORTY YEARS FOR A WELCOME HOME AND A LONG OVERDUE THANK YOU. I WAS LOOKING AT MY COMRADES THAT I SERVED
WITH IN VIETNAM THAT WERE HERE TODAY, AND THINKING ABOUT THOSE THAT WEREN’T HERE, SOME
OF THE MEN WE LOST. THIS BOAT IS TO REPRESENT THEM AND TO HONOR THEIR SERVICE. FROM SAN DIEGO, I’M PETTY OFFICER JONATHAN
IDLE.

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