The Passage to Vietnam

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Bound for Vietnam via the Panama Canal.” The week after our ship USS Rich (DD 820) returned to Norfolk from six weeks of Refresher Training (REFTRA) in Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) preparations began for the deployment departure date of October 17, 1972. The initial passage plan was laid … Continue reading The Passage to Vietnam

“North of the DMZ in 72”

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 “North of the DMZ in 72”

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

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

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Strike Attack on Vinh Son

From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” Linebacker II 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. Navy destroyers usually were initially assigned … Continue reading Strike Attack on Vinh Son

Bound for Vietnam and Typhoon Ruby

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” 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 October 22. We had a two … Continue reading Bound for Vietnam and Typhoon Ruby