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.

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

Stopover at Guam

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 Apra Harbor, Guam on November 15, 1972. The ship had departed Rodman Naval Station in the Panama Canal Zone on … Continue reading Stopover at Guam