Posts and Stories

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

Story expanded on from: "Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir." 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 … Continue reading North to Haiphong

Vietnam’s MR1, Point Allison.

Excerpt from; "Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “The arrival of USS Rich (DD 820) on the infamous Vietnam gun line, brings about big changes to the crew's onboard life.” In less than two days since our ship, USS Rich (DD 820) had arrived on the Vietnam gun line, our shipboard life had changed completely. It … Continue reading Vietnam’s MR1, Point Allison.

New Year 1973 – Back to Vietnam

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 1973, the war in Vietnam was essentially over. However, for the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, January 1973 would prove to still be busy conducting numerous … Continue reading New Year 1973 – Back to Vietnam

Christmas in Singapore – Finale

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 Christmas in Singapore – Finale

Christmas in Singapore, Part 2

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?” Note: Before reading this post, you may want to read my post titled; Christmas in Singapore, Part 1 first. On 23 December 1972, my ship, USS Rich (DD 820) arrived at the ANZUK … Continue reading Christmas in Singapore, Part 2

Christmas in Singapore, Part 1

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 Christmas in Singapore, Part 1

Thanksgiving in Subic Bay

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 Thanksgiving in Subic Bay

Red Fiery Summer

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 Red Fiery Summer

Vinh Da Nang and Therese

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 numerous … Continue reading Vinh Da Nang and Therese