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Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir

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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. 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. ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published February 21st 2018 by Richter Publishing LLC
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Joy Kidney
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though my husband is an AF Vietnam veteran and a cousin's husband is a Navy Vietnam veteran, you never think or read about the naval war against North Vietnam. George Trowbridge grew up on an Iowa farm and, although married and with a child, enlisted in the Navy rather than be drafted. He takes you through training and fascinating navigation details. You find out the unusual reason a ship would maneuver INTO a rain squall, why sailors voted for Nixon, what it was like to be underway on the ...more
Patricia A
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A blast from the past!

George brings up many things from the 70s time period that I have long forgotten about. The casual manner in which he tells the story kept my attention throughout the book. As a sailor on a Knox class DE, I can attest to many of the things mention in the story. Thanks for the memories.
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brings Back a Lot of Memories

I also served on a navy Destroyer during the Vietnam War. The book brought back a lot of lost memories of what it was like to be at Yankee Station and the NGFS gunline.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great detailed story of what it was like to be drafted into the Vietnam war and serve in the Navy. Even my father who was in the navy said he didn't know so much detail about the ships we was on until reading George's book. ...more
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