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.
7 thoughts on “In “Striking Eight Bells.””
There is definately a lot to find out about this issue. I love all the points you’ve
USS Providence Sailor during
Lions Den August 1972
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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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.
I was an ET on board CLG 6 in August 1972.
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.” >
Great Book, I was on the Goldsborough DDG20 December 19 1972 After fireroom. Brings back a lot of memories.