The Vietnam gun line.

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?” For the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, 1972 would prove to be a busy year of conducting numerous and dangerous combat operations. In less than two days since our ship, USS Rich … Continue reading The Vietnam gun line.

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

Christmas in Singapore

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

Subic Bay Thanksgiving

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 Subic Bay Thanksgiving

Red Fiery Summer

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 Red Fiery Summer

Vinh Da Nang and Therese

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 numerous … Continue reading Vinh Da Nang and Therese

Strike Attack on Vinh Son

From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” Linebacker II Operations with CTU 71.1.1. 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. Navy destroyers usually were initially assigned … Continue reading Strike Attack on Vinh Son

Bound for Vietnam and Typhoon Ruby

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” 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 October 22. We had a two … Continue reading Bound for Vietnam and Typhoon Ruby