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