NGFS at MR1, Point Allison

Excerpts From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” "Danger Close" 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 Corps 1st Air and … Continue reading NGFS at MR1, Point Allison

Deployment to Vietnam 72-73

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 72-73

Battle of Brandon Bay

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?” Did someone drop a goddamn nuke?  On 11 January 1973, another combat action occurred involving USS Cochrane (DDG 21), USS McCaffery (DD 860), and USS Turner Joy (DD 951) near … Continue reading Battle of Brandon Bay

Easter Offensive of 1972

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 Easter Offensive of 1972

Hong Kong’s Mary Soo

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” 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 Tri province of South Vietnam. The North Vietnam Army (NVA) was pouring truckloads of troops, … Continue reading Hong Kong’s Mary Soo

“Mining Haiphong Harbor.”

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?” “Operations Pocket Money and Custom Tailor.” Most Americans that may be old enough to remember probably believe that by 1972, the war in Vietnam was essentially winding down. However, for … Continue reading “Mining Haiphong Harbor.”

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?” On August 27, 1972 the Battle of Haiphong Harbor also known as Operation Lion’s Den, occurred involving one of the few ship-to-ship naval battles of the entire Vietnam War. This … Continue reading Into the Lion’s Den

The Olongapo Experience

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” USS Rich (DD 820) docked early in the morning on November 18, 1972 at the Subic Bay Naval Station in Subic Bay Harbor. The transit from Norfolk to Subic Bay, Philippines had taken one month and one day, 32 days total. Of the 32-day transit, almost 29 … Continue reading The Olongapo Experience

“Rogue Waves and Green Water.”

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Bound for Vietnam and Typhoon Ruby.” 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 … Continue reading “Rogue Waves and Green Water.”

Back to Hon Co/Tiger Island!

From: Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” It was early afternoon on December 5, 1972. Our ship, USS Rich (DD 820) just received a call for gunfire support via the Commander Task Unit (CTU) 71.1.1, from an aloft ANGLICO Marine spotter flying in a Cessna Bird Dog plane. The grid coordinates were passed to us for … Continue reading Back to Hon Co/Tiger Island!