Cua Viet River and the DMZ

From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Another story on what most Americans don’t know about the Navy’s role in the Vietnam War?” My ship, the USS Rich (DD 820), was on deployment from our home-port of Norfolk, Virginia to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC). We had originally been assigned to the gun line just south … Continue reading Cua Viet River and the DMZ

Operations with CTU 71.1.1.

From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Another story on what most Americans don’t know about the Navy’s role in the Vietnam War?” Many Americans probably believed that by 1972, the war in Vietnam was essentially winding down. However, for the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, 1972 would prove to be a busy year of conducting … Continue reading Operations with CTU 71.1.1.

USS Warrington, her final fate.

Expanded story from “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Another story about the Navy’s role in the Vietnam War?” Many Americans probably believed that by 1972, the war in Vietnam was essentially winding down. However, for the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, 1972 would prove to be a busy year of conducting numerous and dangerous combat operations. … Continue reading USS Warrington, her final fate.

Deployment to Vietnam

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Bound for Vietnam via the Panama Canal.” My ship, USS Rich (DD 820) and USS Bordelon (DD 881) arrived at the Panama Canal Zone early morning on October 21, 1972. As our ship approached the Cristobal breakwater and entered into Limon Bay, the Panama Canal Pilot boarded … Continue reading Deployment to Vietnam

MR1 and Point Allison

Excerpt From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Another story on what most Americans don’t know about the Navy’s role in the Vietnam War?” Many Americans probably believed that by 1972, the war in Vietnam was essentially winding down. However, for the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, 1972 would prove to be a busy year of … Continue reading MR1 and Point Allison

“Side Trip to Hon Co Island.”

Excerpts From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Another story on what most Americans don’t know about the Navy’s role in the Vietnam War?” 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 … Continue reading “Side Trip to Hon Co Island.”

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“This is Blackbeard.”

Expanded story from: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Another story on what most Americans don’t know about the Navy’s role in the Vietnam War?” Many Americans probably believed that by 1972, the war in Vietnam was essentially winding down. However, for the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, 1972 would prove to be a busy year … Continue reading “This is Blackbeard.”

“Linebacker II at Hon La”

Excerpts From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” "Hit and Run at Hon La." It was December 1, 1972. Our ship USS Rich (DD 820) was attached to the Commander Task Unit (CTU) 71.1.1, embarked on board USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG 7). CTU 71.1.1 was made up of our ship, USS Wilson (DDG 7) and … Continue reading “Linebacker II at Hon La”

Reality of life in Vietnam hits.

Excerpts From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” "Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS) at MR1." Just off the coast of Quang Tri Province in the area of MR1, but very close to the DMZ, was a gun line position designated as, “Point Allison.” Naval gunfire in South Vietnam was under the control of the U.S. Marine … Continue reading Reality of life in Vietnam hits.

Transit to Vietnam via the Panama Canal

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Bound for Vietnam.” The week after our ship USS Rich (DD 820) returned to Norfolk from six weeks of Refresher Training (REFTRA) in Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) preparations began for the deployment to the Western Pacific (WESPAC) and Vietnam, with a departure date of October 17, 1972. The … Continue reading Transit to Vietnam via the Panama Canal