Some Relief at Watch Condition II

From: "Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir." “A story on what most Americans don’t know about the Navy’s role in the Vietnam War.” During early December 1972, my ship USS Rich (DD 820) had spent the previous five days attached to Commander Task Unit (CTU) 71.1.1 comprised of three ships, the USS Henry B. Wilson … Continue reading Some Relief at Watch Condition II

From the Panama Canal to Pearl Harbor.

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” A story about Navy destroyers being deployed from the U.S. Second Fleet, bound for Vietnam in 1972. My ship’s passage, USS Rich (DD 820) from Norfolk, Virginia to Vietnam was making progress, after our day spent transiting the Panama Canal our ship would be back underway the … Continue reading From the Panama Canal to Pearl Harbor.

Passage from Guam to Subic Bay

Excerpts from: "Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir. U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet destroyers make the long passage to Vietnam during late 1972. On November 15, after refueling the ship in Apra Harbor, Guam, USS Rich (DD 820) got underway at 1400 that afternoon and steamed back out to sea. Once the ship was in open … Continue reading Passage from Guam to Subic Bay

Stopover at Midway

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” A story about Navy destroyers being deployed from the U.S. Second Fleet, bound for Vietnam in 1972. My ship’s passage, USS Rich (DD 820) from Norfolk, Virginia to Vietnam was making progress as we arrived at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During the early morning hours of November 3, … Continue reading Stopover at Midway

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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.

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 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.

Passage to Vietnam in 1972

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” Atlantic Fleet Navy destroyers deployed to Vietnam in time to take part in combat operations during the Vietnam Cease Fire Campaign 1972-1973. On the morning of October 17, 1972, my ship USS Rich (DD 820) departed our homeport in Norfolk, Virginia beginning the long passage to Vietnam. Four days … Continue reading Passage to Vietnam in 1972

NGFS at MR1

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 NGFS at MR1

Hot Afternoon at Tiger 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?” "Side Trip to Hon Co/Tiger Island." 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 … Continue reading Hot Afternoon at Tiger Island