Passage to Vietnam in 1972

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” Atlantic Fleet Navy destroyers deployed to Vietnam in time to take part in combat operations during the Vietnam Cease Fire Campaign 1972-1973. On the morning of October 17, 1972, my ship USS Rich (DD 820) departed our homeport in Norfolk, Virginia beginning the long passage to Vietnam. Four days … Continue reading Passage to Vietnam in 1972

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