In “Striking Eight Bells.”

©2018 George Trowbridge. Richter Publishing’s Number 1 Best Selling Book in 2021, Number 2 Best Selling Book for years 2019 and 2020; and selected as their “Best Overall Book published in 2018.”


Reader’s Reviews of Striking Eight Bells

In “Striking Eight Bells,” George Trowbridge tells his story on board a U.S. Navy destroyer during the closing period of the Vietnam War. Formerly an Iowa farmer, George had been married less than a year when his draft number was about to come up for military service. Rather than escape the draft, George decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy and travel across the globe to fight in America’s most unpopular war.

Leaving his wife and new born behind, along with his idyllic Midwestern life, George entered an accelerated training program and was promptly assigned to USS Rich. Soon, he and his crew found themselves thrown into the chaos of battle as they patrolled the infamous Gulf of Tonkin.

On the other side of the world from their families, the crew members were forced to make the most of their situation aboard the cramped destroyer. They were subjected to everything from the heat of the Pacific to deadly typhoons that threatened to sink them all.

Former sailors and history buffs alike agree that George’s book transports you through time and space, until you feel like you’re sitting right there beside him. You will feel every roll of the ship, taste every bland meal, and hear every blast of the artillery shells being launched into the murky jungle of Vietnam. Read as comedic moments of brotherhood quickly turn into battle as enemy shells crash into the water and explode around their “tin can.” In a world filled with books about ground forces in Vietnam, read a refreshing first-hand account about a side of the war that has rarely been told.



©2018 George Trowbridge




ISBN-10: 1945812338.
ISBN-13: 978/1945812330/978-1945812361


7 thoughts on “In “Striking Eight Bells.”

    1. After retiring I became Ships
      Volunteer Photographer on USS MIDWAY Museum. A few years ago the pilots that flew the lion den mission finally received their air medals in ceremony on Midway. I have the photos.

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  1. Great book George, thanks for writing it and sharing your story. There were times that I thought I was reading my own memoir since I was there the same time you were but on an ammunition ship that did rearm you.


    1. This book was written by my brother George. Great book. Doreen On Sun, Oct 24, 2021, 8:47 PM Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir wrote:

      > Kent Phemister commented: “I was an ET on board CLG 6 in August 1972.” >


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