Posts and Stories

“Linebacker II”

Excerpts From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” "Strike mission off Vinh Son." 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 Henry B. Wilson (DDG 7). CTU 71.1.1 was made up of our ship, USS Wilson (DDG 7) and USS … Continue reading “Linebacker II”

On the Vietnam Gunline

Excerpts From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” "NGFS at MR1, Point Allison" 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 … Continue reading On the Vietnam Gunline

The Passage to Vietnam

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Bound for Vietnam via the Panama Canal.” The week after our ship USS Rich (DD 820) returned to Norfolk from six weeks of Refresher Training (REFTRA) in Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) preparations began for the deployment departure date of October 17, 1972. The initial passage plan was laid … Continue reading The Passage to Vietnam

Attack on Vinh

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 Attack on Vinh

Pocket Money and Custom Tailor

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

“North of the DMZ in 72”

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 “North of the DMZ in 72”

Operation Lion’s Den

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 of conducting … Continue reading Operation Lion’s Den

“Western Pacific Typhoon Ruby”

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Bound for Vietnam and Typhoon Ruby.” “Another story on what most Americans don’t know about the Navy’s role in the Vietnam War.” 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 … Continue reading “Western Pacific Typhoon Ruby”

The Cease-Fire and Hong Kong’s Mary Soo

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?” 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 … Continue reading The Cease-Fire and Hong Kong’s Mary Soo

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?” 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 Into the Lion’s Den