October Passage to Vietnam in 72

Excerpts From: “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir.” “Deployment to Vietnam.” 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 later in company with USS Bordelon (DD 881) we arrived at the Panama Canal Zone early morning on October 21, 1972. … Continue reading October Passage to Vietnam in 72

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December 72, 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 December 72, Operation Linebacker