This is a memoir that combines hundreds of stories and memories into a narrative about a young man who begins his story at the draft board in Houston, and ends it on his last day of active duty in Seattle, and all that happened in between. Essentially a view of daily life in the Navy of 40 years ago, it is abundant in characters, places and events that challenge the imagination.
Blue Water, Brown Water: Stories of Life in the Navy and in Vietnam My Life as a Baby Boomer Book 2 #ad - For vietnam veteran families and friends.
THE MUDDY WATERS OF VIETNAM#ad - This book is dedicated to the men and women that served in the Brown Water Navy during the period from 1968 -1969; when the Tet offensive changed the course of the war. People were beginning to realize there was no ‘light at the end of the tunnel’. While tet was a military disaster, it was a huge propaganda victory for the Viet Cong.
These brave sailors ran huge risk every time the ventured out into the Muddy Waters of Vietnam.
Sea Stories: Tales told by an old school, politically incorrect Navy ChiefDog Ear Publishing #ad - When a sailor goes ashore after a long, hard period at sea he wants to accomplish three things: get drunk, hook up with a woman and get in a fight. If he manages to do two of the three it's considered a good liberty. Those words, hell-raising navy first-class petty officer in "Patsy and the Tyke, the diminutive, spoken by the fictional Tyke, " is but one of sixteen actual real-life stories that have been set to fiction in this book of short stories.
The reader will meet the intellectually challenged Seaman Bobby Joe Solomon who nearly sets his general quarters station ablaze while polishing his shoes in "Dumber Than a Bag of Hammers. Geno, the tough-as-nails sailor from south baltimore City is always ready to defend his current girl friend with his fists is introduced to the reader in "The World-Famous Jet Inn.
Parachute rigger bill thompson's compulsion to"moon" bar patrons in an Australian bar gets an unusual reaction in "Whiskey Bill Drops His Toolbag. Senior chief Gunners Mate John "I. W. Harper, whose nickname is representative of an above-average fondness for a certain brand of bourbon in "Semper Fi, " arbitrates an ugly dispute between a Filipino club manager and two young Marines.
Sea Stories: Tales told by an old school, politically incorrect Navy Chief #ad - These are a few of the memorable characters you will meet in Sea Stories: Tales told by an Old School, Politically Incorrect Navy Chief. Some are hilariously funny, some are tragic, some are violent, some vulgar. All will afford the reader laughter, and a welcome escape from the uptight political correctness of today's society.
Probe the Ocean, Plow the Sea: A Destroyer Sailor's Vietnam Era Odyssey#ad - Probe the ocean, in prolific detail, plow the Sea” chronicles, the enlisted tour of duty of a destroyer sailor in the western Pacific during the Vietnam era. Whether conducting combat operations at the close of the Vietnam War, suffering through prolonged yard periods, or gathering intelligence off the Korean peninsula, the ships of Destroyer Squadron 15 homeported in Japan were the point of the spear for U.
S. Far less common is the view from the bottom looking up by junior enlisted sailors, particularly those who served in less glamorous surface ships such as destroyers. The lack of detailed U. S. Particularly overlooked is the important role cruisers and destroyers played in “Linebacker”, the final combat operations off North Vietnam in 1972.
Probe the Ocean, Plow the Sea: A Destroyer Sailor's Vietnam Era Odyssey #ad - Author paul jewell joined the USS Richard B. Anderson in the closing phase of Linebacker and remained with the ship until 1974. Naval memoirs tend to be written by senior commissioned officers or well-known biographers. This memoir chronicles that history during the early years of the Anderson and other DESRON 15 ships forward deployment as seen through the eyes of an enlisted sonar technician.
Foreign policy in half the world’s ocean. Navy surface ship narratives is particularly chronic for the Vietnam War where if naval forces are acknowledged at all it is generally the role played by naval aviation.
Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam MemoirRichter Publishing LLC #ad - Choosing to enlist in the navy at 19, versus being drafted into the military, Trowbridge left a wife and newborn son in the States as he traversed the oceans of the globe to fight in America’s most unpopular war. George shares the details of the living conditions on board a naval destroyer during this era, the grind for his ship’s crew in supporting ground forces with naval gunfire, as well as the strike attacks his ship made on enemy coastal defenses, what it was like going through training, and finally coming home at the end of the war.
This emotional story is not only historically focused, but it also is informative about life in the military, all filtered through the personal lens of a firsthand perspective. In striking eight bells, george trowbridge recounts his journey from the Midwest to a warship in the Gulf of Tonkin during the closing months of the Vietnam War.
Olongapo Liberty#ad - As baggs struggles to make a decision, the "Fighting Saint" pulls into Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines. Across a narrow river from the base lies the town of Olongapo, "mama-sans, shoe shine boys, thieves, a raucous "liberty town" teeming with bargirls, pickpockets, " and drug pushers.7, charlie baggs must make a decision: stay in the Navy, USS Saint Paul, aboard the heavy cruiser, CA-73, 000 miles away, or get out.
Will the uss saint paul head back to the war zone with him, or without him? And will the next few days he spends in Olongapo's silken hands affect that decision? Demonstrations against the Vietnam War rock America. Baggs and other sailors in "oe division" aboard ship swarm into Olongapo to blow off steam in perhaps the single most infamous place ever created by the collision of sailors, bargirls, beer, and money.
Olongapo Liberty #ad - Baggs has but five days to decide what his future will be. Hippies and flower power are in. 1969: nixon is president.
Walking on Water#ad - Fisher qualified as a boat captain in training and is anxious to get his boat and crew into the action. His crew is trained, motivated, and ready for a fight. They would get their fight, all they could handle and then some. They brought in weapons that could penetrate the armor and built bunkers that could resist the boat’s weapons.
On the rivers, canals, and streams of the mekong Delta the brown water Navy carried the men of the 2nd brigade, 9th Infantry Division to battle along narrow canals and rivers to landings deep in the delta. The sailors came from all over the Navy to do a dangerous job in horrible conditions. On some operations, Navy casualties were greater than suffered by the Army.
Walking on Water #ad - Radioman first class everett fisher with a crew of six sailors fresh out of training at the Inshore Operations Training Center at Mare Island, California arrives at Dong Tam Army/Navy base on the My Tho River in November of 1967. Operating on narrow canals and rivers, the boats were especially vulnerable to RPGs and recoilless rifles, sometimes no wider than 100 feet, and the Viet Cong learned to stage elaborate ambushes from both banks of the waterways to stop the boats with multiple armor piercing rockets.
Their small boats were heavily armed and armored, but the Viet Cong leaned their weaknesses. They were about to learn the wisdom in the old saying, careful what you wish for.
A Vietnam Journey: My two Vietnam tours Aboard the USS Jennings County with the Brown Water Navy and USS Stribling with the Blue Water Navy in the Mekong Delta Riverine Force and the Tonkin Gulf#ad - Navy radioman tom johnson had the experience of serving back-to-back tours to Vietnam, one with the brown water Navy and one with the blue water Navy, which if not unique was likely not common either. Tom would return for a second tour shortly after completing his tour aboard the USS Jennings County and returning home where he reported aboard his new command the USS Stribling.
The period covered was from 1967 to 1968, which included the January 1968 Tet offensive. He recounts life aboard this river patrolling LST as she plied the river systems of the Mekong Delta with her detachments of PBR patrol boats and Seawolf helicopters. The stribling remained on station in the Tonkin Gulf until August 1969 when she returned to Mayport.
A Vietnam Journey: My two Vietnam tours Aboard the USS Jennings County with the Brown Water Navy and USS Stribling with the Blue Water Navy in the Mekong Delta Riverine Force and the Tonkin Gulf #ad - U. S. This is his recounting of his tours in Vietnam and is written as a personal recounting only and not as a historical narrative. Revised and edited February 2018. This is a narrative of his journey from boot camp to the mekong Delta Vietnam and his tour aboard a WWII LST, the USS Jennings County, as part of the TF 116 Riverine Force.
In january 1969 the uss stribling departed mayport, florida on a long sea voyage to the Tonkin Gulf off the Vietnamese coast and deployment with the blue water navy where Gun line and Yankee Station duties kept the ship busy. Tom starts his narrative when he joins the Navy and goes through his boot camp period, his first year in Key West then a six-month Radioman school after then his deployments to Vietnam.
In all he spent the last two-and-a-half years of his first four-year enlistment either deployed to Vietnam, or from, preparing to deploy or traveling to, that country.
Condition Red: Destroyer Action in the South PacificFrigate Publications #ad - Immediately following the engagement and during the night, he conducted a search for lost planes, taking his ship into enemy waters and away from the protection of friendly forces. Tales of himself and the men, of the function of destroyers, of early difficulties of poor charting, of periods without sleep, alone and in group action, of shore landings, of successive South Pacific engagements, of ‘coconut shoots’ and many a ding dong with the enemy.
Kirkus reviewsthe valor that bell demonstrated during the battle of ontong Java in August 1942 earned him the Medal of Honor, and later during USS Grayson’s operations at Guadalcanal in February 1943 he received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Many planes. What was it like to be trapped upon a ship and constantly under threat of attack from Japanese forces?Frederick J.
Condition Red: Destroyer Action in the South Pacific #ad - He died at the age of 91 in Miami in 1994. As we passed hutchinson reef the loud-speaker in the pilot house blared forth with “Condition Red over Guadalcanal. Directed the fire of his battery with outstanding efficiency, destroying at least two Japanese dive bombers and damaging others. Condition Red. He established the identity of lost aircraft and, by flashing messages, directed our planes safely to the carriers.
After the war bell became a business executive and later at the age of 68 he became an Episcopal priest. His books room to swing a cat, a history of the early American navy, and Condition Red were published in 1938 and 1943 respectively.
Tin Can Navy in VietnamTrikke.MI #ad - A discussion of destroyer life and Destroyers in Vietnam with photographs mostly by the author equally accessible to Navy Veterans and Civilians. The author had three tours in Vietnam and these pictures are from two of the ships he served on.
Through the Water and the Fire: A Swift Boat Sailor's StoryChristian Faith Publishing, Inc. #ad - Laura T. Based on his letters and audios sent home during his days serving on a Swift Boat, Hunt allows the reader to glance through a window into the mind, heart, and emotions of a Vietnam combat sailor as well as glimpse his reflections of the Vietnam era as a retired veteran decades later. Within the pages of his book lies not only a true war story but also a history lesson, an autobiography, and a witness to the love and grace of God.
Between the covers of his book, he heralds the value of freedom, reveals the cost of freedom, and shares his laments when sacrifice is wasted. Gainsborg. While most of us who grew up in the late 60s and early 70s sentimentalize the flower-covered vWs, bell-bottom jeans and tie-dye t-shirts, there exists a smaller segment of men who conversely recall days and days of sitting in the blazing sun, the Beatles, bathing in murky rivers, being bitten unmercifully by swarming mosquitoes, and even the party-like atmosphere of some of the anti-war demonstrations, and being fired upon by a hidden enemy.
Through the Water and the Fire: A Swift Boat Sailor's Story #ad - Charles hunt, the author of through the Water and the Fire: A Swift Boat Sailor’s Story, falls into this latter group.