Swift Boat 70

Captain Warren P. Hudson

Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette.

There are only 350 Limited Edition Prints Available in this series.

Each Limited Edition is signed in pencil by Captain Warren P. Hudson.

All signatures by both the Aviator and the Artist is done in soft graphic pencil.

Limited Edition Prints are published on 100lb Museum Acid Free paper. Print size is 12x18"

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Poster Prints

There are only 250 Poster Prints in this series.

All Poster Pints have been autographed by the Swift Boat Captain.

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Captain Warren Hudson, USN

Warren Hudson was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1966 while he was attending the Vanderbilt University Naval ROTC program. His main interest was in the small river craft that were being used in the rivers of Vietnam during the conflict. Warren volunteered for duty on one of the Swift Boats. He was informed that this type of commission was one that officers had to earn through the regular Naval programs and processes. His main requirement for service in a Swift Boat was through becoming an “Officer of the Deck” on a regular Navy ship. Ensign Hudson was ordered by the Bureau of Naval Personal to a destroyer that was operating in the Atlantic. He learned that in order to receive a command of a small ship he had to serve as an officer on a larger vessel. His goal was to become an Officer of the Deck which he did achieve.

Finally in the spring of 1968 Lieutenant JG Hudson received his orders to report to Coronado, California for nine weeks of training with a crew of five enlisted men that would be his crew. Upon completion of his training Ltjg Hudson, his crew of five men and a Vietnamese liaison Petty Officer, were assigned to Patrol Craft Fast 70 (PCF-70). The boat was commonly called Swift Boat 70. His mission was to patrol the waterways in Vietnam.

On November 6, 1968 Swift Boat 70 came upon an enemy gun emplacement that was manned by numerous machine guns and a 75mm cannon. The enemy was located and dug into the bank on Cape Batanga, Republic of Vietnam. During the exchange form gun fire from Swift Boat 70 and the enemy position the boat was hit by two salvos from the 75mm gun. The Swift boat was armed with three fifty-caliber machine guns and an 81mm mortar. The heated exchange resulted in both of the Swift Boat engines being disabled leaving the boat dead in the water. There were also holes in the side of the boat below the water lie that was jeopardizing the safety of the boat and its crew.

During the attack LTJG Hudson called for assistance for an air strike. Aircraft came to the aid of Swift Boat 70 and silenced the shore guns of the enemy. With his boat dead in the water the crew also received casualties. Three of his crew was seriously injured with one dieing on the deck. Ltjg Hudson was also wounded in his head, arm and both legs. They were helped by another Swift Boat that took Swift Boat 70 in tow. They were able to temporally plug the wholes in the side of the boat and drained the incoming water with a portable pump. Swift boat 70 was towed back to base. He refused medical attention until his injured crewmen were treated first. For his unselfish courage in battle Ltjg Hudson was awarded the Bronze Star.

The citation read that “Ignoring his own painful wounds, he instigated damage control procedures I an attempt to save his rapidly sinking boat. He staunchly refused to leave Patrol Craft Fast 70 until he was sure of its safety and only then depart his craft to receive medical care. His unselfish attitude and quick thinking are directly responsible for the survival of his crew ad for the saving of Patrol Craft Fast 70. Lieutenant (junior grade) Hudson’s exemplary professionalism, courage under fire, and outstanding leadership were in keeping with the highest traditions on the United States Naval Service.”

Warren Hudson served in the Navy for twenty-six years. This included the command of a fast frigate. He was also in command of Tulane Naval ROTC Unit. He was Professor of Strategy at the National War College and as the Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. He also earned a graduate degree from Harvard and Tulane Universities. He received diplomas from the Naval War College and from the National War Collage. He finally retired from the Navy as a Captain in 1992 and served as president of a manufacturing company in Louisiana. Finally he is presently serving as the president of Lake Highland Preparatory School located in Orlando Florida.

Above is the original paintings of the Swift Boat I did for the print. Painting size is two by four feet.

About the Swift Boat

Swift Boat Specs: 50 foot overall length, displaced about 24 tons combat loaded, powered by 2 GM diesels at 960 HP, and armed with three .50 caliber machine guns and one 81mm mortar designed for naval use (mounted on trunions, recessed firing pin, trigger and sight mechanism, and recoil/counter-recoil cylinder.)

The above is a 30x40" paintings I did of the Swift Boat.

Below are photos of Warren and his Swift Boat 70 in action as described above.

Here is a photo of Warren as he exited the pilot house of his Swift Boat 70.

This is a great photo of Swift Boat 70.

Here is a close up of Swift Boat 70 during the battle.

These two combined photos show the battle from the deck of a Coast Guard boat.

Here is a photo of Warren being given a shot of morphine for the injuries he received during the battle.

Warren was severely injured but the crewmen who was also hit during the battle with the shore batteries died of his injuries.

All enemy gun emplacements were destroyed.

This is the Artist and Mr. Hudson.

The flag on the wall was the one that sailed with him on the day of his battle.

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