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December 72, Operation Linebacker

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” Strike Attack on Vinh Son - Linebacker Operations with CTU 71.1.1 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 numerous and dangerous combat operations. … Continue reading December 72, Operation Linebacker

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 Atolls

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” 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, the ship began its approach from east of the island of Molokai. The intent was for the … Continue reading Stopover at Midway Atolls

Cua Viet River and the DMZ

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?” My ship, the USS Rich (DD 820), was on deployment from our home-port of Norfolk, Virginia to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC). We had originally been assigned to the gun line just south … Continue reading Cua Viet River and the DMZ

Operations with CTU 71.1.1.

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 Operations with CTU 71.1.1.

USS Warrington, her final fate.

Expanded story from “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Another story 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 numerous and dangerous combat operations. … Continue reading USS Warrington, her final fate.

October Passage to Vietnam in 72

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Deployment to Vietnam.” On the morning of October 17, 1972, my ship USS Rich (DD 820) departed our homeport in Norfolk, Virginia beginning the long passage to Vietnam. Four days later in company with USS Bordelon (DD 881) we arrived at the Panama Canal Zone early morning on October 21, 1972. … Continue reading October Passage to Vietnam in 72

NGFS at MR1

Excerpt 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 … Continue reading NGFS at MR1

Hot Afternoon at Tiger Island

Excerpts 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?” "Side Trip to Hon Co/Tiger Island." It was early afternoon on December 1, 1972. Our 26-year-old U.S. Navy Gearing class destroyer, USS Rich (DD 820) was operating in the coastal waters … Continue reading Hot Afternoon at Tiger Island

“This is Blackbeard.”

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 “This is Blackbeard.”

“Linebacker II at Hon La”

Excerpts From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” "Hit and Run at Hon La." 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 … Continue reading “Linebacker II at Hon La”