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

Transit to Vietnam via the Panama Canal

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Bound for Vietnam.” 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 to the Western Pacific (WESPAC) and Vietnam, with a departure date of October 17, 1972. The … Continue reading Transit to Vietnam via the Panama Canal

“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

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!

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 Vietnam gun line.

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?” For the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, 1972 would prove to be a busy year of conducting numerous and dangerous combat operations. In less than two days since our ship, USS Rich … Continue reading The Vietnam gun line.

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

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