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On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history (Part 1)

02-10-2022 Jim Brackens 0 comments

On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - November 21, 1972 LCDR William G. Martin relieved LCDR George Sullivan as Commanding Officer. Later this day USS BLANDY DD943 departed Subic Bay, Philippines setting a course that would lead to a position near the mouth of the Cua Viet River in S, Vietnam on November 23, 1972. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - November 23, 1972 The USS BLANDY DD943 arrives in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province in support of the 369th Vietnamese Marines. They ask her to engage 1 VC/NVA Position after arriving and she will expend 65 rounds of HEPD ammunition. The BLANDY will remain in the Quang Tri Province area until December 7th while supporting the 369th Vietnamese Marines, the 258th Vietnamese Marines, the 147th Vietnamese Marines, the 1st Vietnamese Marines and the 1st Airborne Division at different times. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - November 24, 1972 Also still supporting the 369th Vietnamese Marines located in the I Corps region, the USS BLANDY DD943 is asked to engage 1 Vehicle, 1 Troop Concentration and 1 VC/NVA Position and will use a total of 110 rounds of AAC and another 38 rounds of HC ammunition. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - November 25, 1972 The USS BLANDY DD943 is once again asked by the 369th Vietnamese Marines located in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province to engage 1 Base Camp, 1 Troop Concentration, 1 VC/NVA Position and 1 Bunker and will use a total of 90 rounds of AAC and another 61 rounds of HEPD ammunition. She is also asked by the 258th Vietnamese Marines in that same region to engage 1 Mortar Site and will expend 1 more round of HEPD ammo. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - November 26, 1972 While she is still steaming the in the Corps region of the Quang Tri Province, the USS BLANDY DD943 is asked by the 369th Vietnamese Marines to engage 1 VC/NVA Position. No damages are recorded after she uses 149 rounds of HEPD ammunition. She is also asked by the 258th Vietnamese Marines located in that same region to engage 1 Bunker. They too, do not give a damage report after she expends another 10 rounds of HEPD ammunition. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - November 27, 1972 The USS BLANDY DD943 is asked by the 258th Vietnamese Marines in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province to engage 2 Troop Concentrations and 1 VC/NVA Position. No damage report is documented after she uses 272 rounds of HEPD ammunition. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - November 28, 1972 While supporting the 369th Vietnamese Marines in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri province, the USS BLANDY DD943 is asked to engage 1 Artillery Site and 1 Bunker target. One mortar site is reported to be destroyed after she expends 81 rounds of HEPD ammunition. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - November 29, 1972 While she is still on station in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province, the USS BLANDY DD943 is asked once again by the 369th Vietnamese Marines located nearby to engage 1 Artillery Site, 1 VC/NVA Positions and 1 Mortar Site and will expend a total of 63 rounds of HEPD ammunition. Afterwards, they report that 1 bunker is destroyed. She is also asked by the Airborne Unit located in that same region to engage 1 Artillery Site and 1 VC/NVA Position and will use another 107 rounds of HEPD ammo. They report that 5 bunkers are destroyed. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - November 30, 1972 While she is still supporting the 369th Vietnamese Marines located in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province, the USS BLANDY DD943 is asked to engage 1 VC/NVA Position and will expend a total of 84 rounds of HEPD ammunition. 6 bunkers are destroyed causing numerous secondary explosions and 1 mortar and 1 artillery piece is silenced.

On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 1, 1972 In support of the 369th Vietnamese Marines in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province, the USS BLANDY DD943 engages 1 VC/NVA Position and 1 Artillery Site. They do not give a damage report after she uses 94 rounds of HEPD ammunition. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 2, 1972 The USS BLANDY DD943 is asked by the 258th Vietnamese Marines in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province to engage 2 VC/NVA Positions. She is also asked by the 369th Vietnamese Marines in that same region to engage another VC/NVA Position. Neither of them gives a damage report after she uses a total of 218 rounds of HEPD ammunition on the 3 targets. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 3, 1972 While she is still supporting the 258th Vietnamese Marines located in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province, the USS BLANDY DD943 is asked to engage 1 VC/NVA Position and will expend 110 rounds of HEPD ammunition. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 4, 1972 Still supporting the 369th Vietnamese Marines located in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province, the USS BLANDY DD943 is asked to engage 1 Artillery Site, 1 Troop Concentration, 1 VC/NVA Position and 1 Bunker where she will use a total of 287 rounds of HEPD ammunition. She is also asked by the 258th Vietnamese Marines located in the same region to engage 1 VC/NVA Position and 1 Troop Concentration and will expend another 106 rounds of HEPD ammunition. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 5, 1972 While she is still steaming in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province, the USS BLANDY DD943 is asked by the 369th Vietnamese Marines to engage 2 VC/NVA Positions and will use a total of 200 rounds of HEPD ammunition. She is also asked by the 258th Vietnamese Marines in that same region to engage another VC/NVA Position and will use another 71 rounds of HEPD ammunition. The BLANDY is also asked by the 147th Vietnamese Marines to engage 1 VC/NVA Position and will expend 10 more rounds of HEPD ammunition. Also located in the I Corps region, the 1st Vietnamese Marines asks the USS BLANDY DD943 to engage 2 VC/NVA Positions and 1 Mortar Site. They report that 1 bunker is destroyed after she expends another 110 rounds of HEPD ammunition. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 6, 1972 While she is still patrolling in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province, the USS BLANDY DD943 is asked by the 258th Vietnamese Marines to engage 1 Bunker and 1 VC/NVA Position and will expend 240 rounds of HEPD ammunition. Three secondary explosions are observed afterwards. She is also asked by the 147th Vietnamese Marines located in that same region to engage 1 Artillery Site where she will use another 10 rounds of HEPD ammunition. The BLANDY is also asked by the 369th Vietnamese Marines to engage 1 Bunker. They report that 2 bunkers are destroyed after she expends another 41 rounds of HEPD ammunition. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 7, 1972 The USS BLANDY DD943 departs the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province. Before leaving the area, she is asked by the 1st Vietnamese Marines to engage 1 VC/NVA Position and 1 Mortar Site and will use a total of 81 rounds of HEPD ammunition. The BLANDY will return to the gun line on December 20th. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 8, 1972 The USS BLANDY DD943 departs for Subic Bay, Philippines for upkeep 10 - 17 December 1972 and was regunned as barrel life had been exceeded by 1000 rounds. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 17, 1972 The USS BLANDY DD943 departs Subic Bay, R.P. for the Vietnam gun line 17 - 18 December 1972. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 19, 1972 The USS BLANDY DD943 arrives on the gun line, embarked CTG 75.9 and assumed duties as gun line flagship with Captain Creighton D. Lilly and staff onboard.

On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 20, 1972 The USS BLANDY DD943 returns to the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province in support of the 369th Vietnamese Marines. Upon arriving, they ask her to engage 2 Bunkers, 1 Mortar Site and 1 VC/NVA Position. Using a total of 139 rounds of HEPD ammunition, they report that 1 bunker and 1 mortar site is destroyed, 2 mortars are silenced. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 21, 1972 The USS BLANDY DD943 is once again asked by the 369th Vietnamese Marines located in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province to engage 5 Troop Concentrations. Using a total of 312 rounds of HEPD ammunition, they report that 6 secondary explosions are observed. She is also asked by the 258th Vietnamese Marines in that same region to engage another Troop Concentration 3 miles North of Quang Tri and will use 6 rounds of WP ammunition. Numerous secondary explosions are observed. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 22, 1972 While she is still patrolling in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province and supporting the 369th Vietnamese Marines, the USS BLANDY DD943 is asked to engage 3 VC/NVA Positions, 1 Bunker, and one 130MM gun position and will expend a total of 148 rounds of HEPD and another 38 rounds of AAC ammunition. Afterwards, they report the weapon’s position is destroyed and a large secondary explosion is observed in the immediate area. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 23, 1972 The USS BLANDY DD943 is once asked by the 369th Vietnamese Marines located in the I Corps region to engage 2 VC/NVA Positions and will use a total of 197 rounds of HEPD ammunition on various intelligence targets. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 24, 1972 No report given On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 25, 1972 While she is still supporting the 369th Vietnamese Marines in the I Corps region, the USS BLANDY DD943 is asked to engage 1 VC/NVA Position. They do not give a damage report after she expends a total of 162 rounds of HEPD ammunition. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 26, 1972 When it looked like Hanoi was still not coming to peace table, President Nixon decided to launch a maximum effort raid against Hanoi. Unlike in previous maximum effort missions where launches of B-52s were spread over a 6- to 10-hour window, all the B-52s launched in one time block so that all 10 targets scheduled to be hit that night would be struck during the same 15-minute period. The “maximum effort” raid was one of the most successful days of bombing in the history of American air power. Over a 15-minute period, 120 B-52s hit the Hanoi rail yards, the Hanoi POL storage facility, Duc Noi, Kin Ho, the Haiphong rail yard, and the Haiphong transformer station. An additional 100 aircraft, including Air Force F-111s, A-7s, and F-4s as well as Navy A-6s, struck a variety of SAM and radar sites. Four hundred eighty-six rounds of naval gunfire support from three destroyers hit a variety of targets near Dong Hoi, Thien Ki, Tho Vinh, and Ha Tinh. Hanoi sent a message to Washington the next day that condemned the “extermination bombing” and proposed that peace talks resume in Paris on January 8th. Nixon replied that he wanted the talks to begin on January 2nd, and offered to stop bombing above the 20th parallel. On December 28th, following two more nights of bombing, the North Vietnamese gave in and agreed to talks on January 2nd. 1972 – Still supporting the 369th Vietnamese Marines in the I Corps region, the USS BLANDY DD943 is asked to engage 2 VC/NVA Positions and 1 Troop Concentration and will expend a total of 92 rounds of HEPD ammunition. On this day in (Navy) Vietnam War history - December 27, 1972 Still patrolling in the I Corps region of the Quang Tri Province, the USS BLANDY DD943 is once again asked by the 369th Vietnamese Marines to engage 2 Troop Concentrations, 1 VC/NVA Position and 1 Bunker and will expend a total of 299 rounds of HEPD and another 6 Illumination rounds. She is also asked by the 258th Vietnamese Marines to engage 1 Structure/Building target and will use another 19 rounds of HEPD ammunition. They report that 1 truck is destroyed. She receives 6 rounds of hostile fire at 1458 hours approximately 1000-1500 yards off the starboard bow.


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