The Cease-Fire and Hong Kong’s Mary Soo

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?” For the crew of USS Rich (DD 820) January, 28 1973 had finally arrived. On the mid-watch, we brought the new day in with an attack on Highway 1 in the Quang … Continue reading The Cease-Fire and Hong Kong’s Mary Soo

Into the Lion’s Den

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 Into the Lion’s Den

Prelude in Olongapo

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?” 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 Prelude in Olongapo

USS Warrington, dark and deserted.

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 USS Warrington, dark and deserted.

North to Haiphong Harbor

“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 numerous and dangerous combat operations. On August … Continue reading North to Haiphong Harbor

The Battle of Dong Hoi Gulf.

An expanded on 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 … Continue reading The Battle of Dong Hoi Gulf.

Change of Life on USS Rich (DD 820)

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 conducting … Continue reading Change of Life on USS Rich (DD 820)

New Year 1973 – Back to Vietnam

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 1973, the war in Vietnam was essentially over. However, for the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, January 1973 would prove to still be busy conducting numerous … Continue reading New Year 1973 – Back to Vietnam

Christmas in Singapore – Finale

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 Christmas in Singapore – Finale

Christmas in Singapore, Part 2

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?” Note: Before reading this post, you may want to read last week’s post, Christmas in Singapore first. On Christmas Eve 1972, my ship, USS Rich (DD 820) arrived at the ANZUK Naval Basin, … Continue reading Christmas in Singapore, Part 2