“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.
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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.
“A story about a twenty year old tin can sailor and combat operations carried out by Navy destroyers during the Vietnam War.” Take a look inside - preview “Striking Eight Bells.”
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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.