“Rogue Waves and Green Water.”

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Bound for Vietnam and Typhoon Ruby.” My ship’s passage, USS Rich (DD 820) from Norfolk, Virginia to Vietnam was making progress as we arrived early morning in Arpa Harbor, Guam on November 15, 1972. The ship had departed Rodman Naval Station in the Panama Canal Zone on … Continue reading “Rogue Waves and Green Water.”

Change of Life on DD 820

Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Change of Life on USS Rich (DD 820).” In less than two days since our ship had arrived on the Vietnam gun line, our shipboard life had changed completely. It no longer bore any resemblance to the old normal underway routine. The major changes were not much sleep for anyone … Continue reading Change of Life on DD 820

“Tiger Island: A Dangerous Place.”

From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” It was early afternoon on December 1, 1972. Our 26-year-old U.S. Navy Gearing class destroyer, USS Rich (DD 820) was operating in the coastal waters of Vietnam, south of the Dong Hoi Gulf region, about 15 nautical miles out from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The ship had gone … Continue reading “Tiger Island: A Dangerous Place.”

A stark reminder of what could happen.

From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” USS Warrington (DD 843). My ship, USS Rich (DD 820) docked on November 18, 1972 at the Subic Bay Naval Station in Subic Bay Harbor at 0710. The ship would remain in Subic Bay for six days while making the necessary preparations and alterations to enter the combat zone … Continue reading A stark reminder of what could happen.

Operation Lion’s Den

From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” August 27, 1972. Operation Lion’s Den, or the Battle of Haiphong Harbor, occurred, which involved one of the few ship-to-ship naval battles of the Vietnam War. The operation was carried out by four ships designated as Task Unit 77.1.2., which included USS Newport News (CA 148), an 8-inch … Continue reading Operation Lion’s Den