During the Vietnam War, almost half of Viet Cong insurgents lived and worked in the Mekong Delta, the southernmost part of Vietnam crisscrossed by 3,000 miles of canals and streams. The waterways act as river roads and support thick, often impenetrable vegetation perfect for concealing guerrilla operations.

In 1967, in an effort to take on the Viet Cong and reclaim the swampy Delta for friendly forces, the US created the Mobile Riverine Force (MRF), the first major joint Army-Navy operation in history.

Joining us tonight to talk about the MRF is retired Lt. Gen. Gus Pagonis. At the time Gus was a Commander of the MRF in Vietnam.

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