“The Vietnam Gun Line.”

For the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, 1972 would prove to be a busy year of conducting numerous and dangerous combat operations. After my ship, USS Rich (DD 820) arrived on the Vietnam gun line, our shipboard life had changed completely.
USS Rich (DD 820). A Gearing (Fram I) class destroyer.
Aft%20Berthing_820 Unidentified crew member keeping 5-inch rounds at ready in operations (aft) berthing outside of mount 52 (after gun mount) upper handling room. Photo by shipmate Ron Ciervo.
1280px-USS_Hanson_(DD-832)_firing_on_shore_targets_in_Vietnam%2C_in_1972 Mount 51, 5-inch/38 caliber twin guns letting loose on targets in Vietnam from a Gearing class destroyer.
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read it and another on same subject, same time frame. glad i never joined the navy!! The army was good to me for 24 yrs. though.