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.”
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 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 a newly located coast … Continue reading Back to Hon Co/Tiger Island!
My first post about Operation Lion’s Den only provided a generalized overview of the raid of August 27, 1972, off the Do Son Peninsula and Cat Ba Island area at the entrance to Haiphong Harbor. Several folks that were there, have commented that they have slightly different memory of this raid and attack. So, I … Continue reading Operation Lion’s Den-Addendum