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“Mining Haiphong Harbor.”

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

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?” On August 27, 1972 the Battle of Haiphong Harbor also known as Operation Lion’s Den, occurred involving one of the few ship-to-ship naval battles of the entire Vietnam War. This … Continue reading Into the Lion’s Den

The Olongapo Experience

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” USS Rich (DD 820) docked early in the morning on November 18, 1972 at the Subic Bay Naval Station in Subic Bay Harbor. The transit from Norfolk to Subic Bay, Philippines had taken one month and one day, 32 days total. Of the 32-day transit, almost 29 … Continue reading The Olongapo Experience

“Rogue Waves and Green Water.”

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.”

Back to Hon Co/Tiger Island!

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!

Change of Life on DD 820

Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Change of Life on USS Rich (DD 820).” In less than two days since our ship had arrived on the Vietnam gun line, our shipboard life had changed completely. It no longer bore any resemblance to the old normal underway routine. The major changes were not much sleep for anyone … Continue reading Change of Life on DD 820

“Tiger Island: A Dangerous Place.”

From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” 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 of Vietnam, south of the Dong Hoi Gulf region, about 15 nautical miles out from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The ship had gone … Continue reading “Tiger Island: A Dangerous Place.”

A stark reminder of what could happen.

From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” USS Warrington (DD 843). My ship, USS Rich (DD 820) docked on November 18, 1972 at the Subic Bay Naval Station in Subic Bay Harbor at 0710. The ship would remain in Subic Bay for six days while making the necessary preparations and alterations to enter the combat zone … Continue reading A stark reminder of what could happen.

Operation Lion’s Den-Addendum

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

Operation Lion’s Den

From “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” August 27, 1972. Operation Lion’s Den, or the Battle of Haiphong Harbor, occurred, which involved one of the few ship-to-ship naval battles of the Vietnam War. The operation was carried out by four ships designated as Task Unit 77.1.2., which included USS Newport News (CA 148), an 8-inch … Continue reading Operation Lion’s Den