Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Change of Life on USS Rich (DD 820).” In less than two days since our ship had arrived on the Vietnam gun line, our shipboard life had changed completely. It no longer bore any resemblance to the old normal underway routine. The major changes were not much sleep for anyone … Continue reading Change of Life on DD 820
From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” 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 Wilson (DDG 7). CTU 71.1.1 was made up of our ship, USS Wilson (DDG 7) and USS Rowan (DD 782), CTU 71.1.1 embarked on USS … Continue reading “Hit and Run at Hon La”
Join me on my journey from my teenage years through the age of 20 via Vietnam. My journey to adult life began early. In “Striking Eight Bells,” I recounted my journey as a 16-year-old Iowa farm kid to reporting onboard my first U.S. Navy destroyer at the age of 19. USS Rich DD-820 deployed to … Continue reading Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.