Death in the Delta

Gary Smith and Alan Maki


With five tours of Vietnam and 257 combat missions under his belt, Navy SEAL Gary R. Smith has witnessed hell itself. DEATH IN THE DELTA covers his third and fourth tours in Nam. From Cam Ranh Bay to Nam Canh to night insertions into Cambodia, he served as SEAL adviser to volatile Vietnamese special forces, including the fierce PRUs (Provincial Reconnaissance Units), Biet Hai, and Regional Forces. Often accompanying their missions, Smith vividly captures the nightmare of a jungle war, whether staging sudden deadly ambushes or sitting silently for hours soaking in mosquito-infested swamps.
It wasn't pretty, but Smith makes no apologies for himself or his fellow warriors in this no-holds-barred account. For him, its a privilege and honor to pass on a small part of the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs experience as he saw it in Vietnam.

Authors purpose on writting the book

I think the purpose of this author writing this book was to inform us of what the war was like in Vietnam. He doesn't hide anything from the readers as he tells his story while he was over there. When you hear about Vietnam, you don't really know what to think. Gary Smith helps us capture what really went down over there for Americans and the SV trainees. The next evening almost ended up being my last as I found myself in the middle of a heated showdown between our own "friendly" troops.

"There is no future in the past! we must be brothers!" I exclaimed. with as much emotion and courage as I could muster I continued," our enemy is the VC, not each other. we must fight the enemy side by side, not fight against each other."

three concepts and one chapter

- saying goodbye is always hard

- live life to the fullest because you never know what could happen in the future

- keep your friends close and your enemies closer

I can't remember the chapter but there was one where he talks about this time that a bunch of his Vietnam buddies had a big goodbye party for him. it made a big impression on me because it shows how much they cherished their friendships in the war. knowing that you may never see them again can make all of those little moments count.

on a scale of 1-5 I would give it a 4. I'm not really into non-fiction books. but this book kept me interested and reading. he tells about his life over there and for some reason I really enjoyed reading it. I think anyone who is into war books or anything related to that would really enjoy this book.

Political and cultural. in this book you learn about some of the customs of the Vietnamese and political because it is war. wars always start out being political.