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

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 evening on December 2, 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

“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”

“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

Story expanded on 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 … Continue reading Operation Lion’s Den

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.

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

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 Operation Linebacker