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

Operations with CTU 71.1.1.

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 Operations with CTU 71.1.1.

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 afternoon on December 1, 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

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

Big Ass Waves and Green Water

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Bound for Vietnam and the Western Pacific Typhoon.” “Another story on what most Americans don’t know about the Navy’s role in the Vietnam War.” My ship’s passage, USS Rich (DD 820) from Norfolk, Virginia to Vietnam was making progress as we arrived early morning in Apra Harbor, … Continue reading Big Ass Waves and Green Water

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!

Task Unit 77.1.2 at Haiphong

Expanded story from: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir." “Into the Lion's Den - 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. On August 27, 1972 … Continue reading Task Unit 77.1.2 at Haiphong

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