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”
From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” 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 Naval Gunfire Liaison … Continue reading “Danger Close”
“Bound for Vietnam via the Panama Canal.” From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” The Rich and USS Bordelon (DD 881) arrived at the Panama Canal Zone early morning on October 21. As our ship approached the Cristobal breakwater and entered into Limon Bay, the Panama Canal Pilot boarded the ship from the pilot boat. … Continue reading Bound for Vietnam
From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” Battle of Brandon Bay: January 11, 1973. On January 11, another combat action occurred involving USS Cochrane (DDG 21), USS McCaffery (DD 860), and USS Turner Joy (DD 951) near Vinh, North Vietnam, about 100 miles north of the DMZ. This action, which came to be called “The … Continue reading Did someone drop a goddamn nuke?
In April of 1972, along the coast of North Vietnam the Dong Hoi Gulf was a unique and active area. The coastline was mountainous and Highway 1 went through a pass very near to the Gulf of Tonkin. There was the point south of Brandon Bay where the highway could be attacked by naval forces … Continue reading The Battle of Dong Hoi Gulf.
You can also read about USS Rich DD 820 participation in the Vietnam Linebacker operations in my book "Striking Eight Bells." Off the coast of Vietnam during Operation Linebacker in January 1973 , injured Storekeeper Glen Cruikshank made an audio recording while resting in his rack outside the upper handling room of mount 52, the … Continue reading Vietnam Linebacker Operations
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.