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Attack on Vinh by Task Unit 71.1.1

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 by Task Unit 71.1.1

Task Force 77 & Task Unit 77.1.2

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?” “Operation Pocket Money and Operation Custom Tailor.” Most Americans probably believed that by 1972, the war in Vietnam was essentially winding down. However, for the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, 1972 … Continue reading Task Force 77 & Task Unit 77.1.2

“North of the DMZ to Dong Hoi”

Expanded story from: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “A 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 to Dong Hoi”

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

Big Ass Waves and Green Water

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Bound for Vietnam and the Western Pacific Typhoon.” “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, … Continue reading Big Ass Waves and Green Water

The Cease-Fire, On To Hong Kong!

From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” "The Cease-Fire and Hong Kong's Mary Soo." “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 … Continue reading The Cease-Fire, On To Hong Kong!

Task Unit 77.1.2 at Haiphong

Expanded story from: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir." “Into the Lion's Den - another story on what most Americans don’t know about the Navy’s role in the Vietnam War.” For the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, 1972 would prove to be a busy year of conducting numerous and dangerous combat operations. On August 27, 1972 … Continue reading Task Unit 77.1.2 at Haiphong

Prelude in Subic Bay

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 U.S. Navy in Vietnam, 1972 would prove to be a busy year of conducting numerous and dangerous combat operations. USS Rich (DD 820) docked early in the morning on November … Continue reading Prelude in Subic Bay

North to Haiphong

For the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, 1972 would prove to be a busy year of conducting numerous and dangerous combat operations. On August 27, 1972, off the Do Son Peninsula and Cat Ba Island area at the entrance to Haiphong Harbor a raid was carried out by Task Unit 77.1.2., which included four ships USS Newport News … Continue reading North to Haiphong

The Battle of Dong Hoi Gulf.

An expanded on 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 … Continue reading The Battle of Dong Hoi Gulf.