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Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir by [George Trowbridge]

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As written about in "Striking Eight Bells," the actions our crew were put through were not unique from any other destroyer sent to Vietnam. All destroyer crews went through the grinds and challenges that are described in many parts of this story. If the war had continued, the cycle for our ship would have continued with rotations of roughly three weeks on the gun line and carrying out strike missions followed by three weeks or so out at Yankee Station. I think naval commanders understood that for a destroyer, 18 to 21 days of continuous combat operations were the outer limit of crew endurance and stamina. The crew of USS Rich was young. We represented a minuscule splinter group from our generation. We took on or accepted the burden of military service. We were a group of young men who transformed into a unified, efficient, and deadly fighting team. We took part in bringing a long, unpopular, and viciously fought war to a close. As our generation retires or moves into retirement, we will soon wither away and die off. Once that happens, the sub-subspecies of our generation who served and fought in Vietnam will be extinct from our planet, the likes of which will never be seen again.

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In Striking EightBells, George Trowbridge recounts his journey from the Midwest to a warshipin the Gulf of Tonkin during the closing months of the Vietnam War. Choosing toenlist in the Navy at 19, versus being drafted into the military, Trowbridgeleft a wife and newborn son in the States as he traversed the oceans of theglobe to fight in America's most unpopular war. George shares the details ofthe living conditions on board a naval destroyer during this era, what it waslike going through training, the grind for his ship's crew in supporting groundforces with naval gunfire as well as the strike attacks his ship made on enemycoastal defenses, and finally coming home at the end of the war. This emotionalstory is not only historically focused, but it also is informative about lifein the military, all filtered through the personal lens of a first-handperspective.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B079ZMFB8S
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Richter Publishing LLC (February 21, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 21, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4760 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 310 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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I ended up serving twenty years in the U.S. Navy retiring from active service in 1992, as a Master Chief Petty Officer, Quartermaster, with the Surface Warfare (SW) designation. Including USS Rich, I served at sea in five different destroyers or fast frigates and on coastal-river fast patrol boats. I completed seven overseas deployments starting with Vietnam and ending with Desert Shield/Desert Storm. My two shore tours were as a Navy recruiter in the Chicago metro area and later as a ship control and navigation instructor at the Navy’s Officer Candidate School.

After retiring from the Navy, I sailed for several years as a Merchant Marine Officer in the positions of Chief Mate and Mate on board various commercial vessels. My post-navy experiences working on merchant vessels, prompted me to become the founder of my own private maritime training institutions. During the intervening years, I have founded two private maritime training institutions and have managed two other major maritime training institutions in the Gulf of Mexico region.

My other books are on topics ranging from ship navigation technologies and maritime safety for merchant marine qualified ratings and operational level ship’s officers to leadership and managerial skills for officers at the management level.

“Striking Eight Bells,” is my first crossover from technical writing style to just writing in order to tell a story. A very different writing experience. My story in “Striking Eight Bells” is one that I have contemplated telling for a long time. In recent years it somehow seemed to become more important to me to tell of the time when young people were raised to be patriotic and to believe in our country, at the same time a sense of obligation to serve the country was instilled into many of us.

Janice and I live in Largo, Florida. I am now semi-retired but sometimes still teach marine technologies and advanced ship navigation training courses.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Like reading my own biography!
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I ordered, Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir, because I wanted to read about what is was like to be on a destroyer on the "gun line" off the coast of Vietnam in the early 70's. The main reason for this was that I was on board the USS Santa Barbara (AE-28) at that very time and in fact, we rearmed the USS Rich (DD820) that George Trowbridge was on board. George was a quartermaster and so was I. His telling of the events is detailed and easy to understand. Because this is a memoir, George can report the events and share his personal thoughts about this period of his life. He tells about his life before the Navy and then the lead-up to his WestPac cruise. Many of places, events, and reactions that George writes about were the same for me. At times, I felt like I was reading my memoirs!
Needless to say, I enjoyed the book tremendously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare book of a story not told to oftern-Vietnam naval combat.
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