Chapter 4 – Bob – Years After Vietnam

Chapter 4 – Bob – Years After Vietnam

  Chapter Four Bob – Years after Vietnam He stood gazing down the pier.  His eyes although stoic swelled up producing a tear that grazed his cheek.  It was a lifetime ago, but the memory was still as vivid as the day it happened. He stared at the ships lining...
Chapter 5 – The Unveiling

Chapter 5 – The Unveiling

Chapter Five The Unveiling   The thick fog covered Point Loma and the Harbor in San Diego like a blanket warming an infant from the cold.  A foghorn sounded alerting mariners of the dangers that may await them. The loud bellowing blast echoes “-BWAAAAAAH-caution,...
Chapter 6, Time to Say Good-Bye

Chapter 6, Time to Say Good-Bye

Chapter Six Time to Say Good-bye Bubba wasn’t married when he entered the Navy, but some of his shipmates were. He had the opportunity to meet a group of the wives when the Captain invited the families of the crew to come aboard for one last visit before the ship...
Chapter 7 –  His Side of the Story

Chapter 7 – His Side of the Story

Chapter Seven His Side of the Story The ship slipped away from the pier and is no longer tethered to the dock. Left behind are the families, the homes, the friends and the country all which they so loved. Alone on the ship meant being with three-hundred-fifty sailors...
Chapter 8 – The Ship

Chapter 8 – The Ship

Chapter Eight The Ship Vietnam was reaching a pinnacle and the Conflict escalated in the late sixties.  The naval vessel, the USS Mathers, was a fighting ship.  It was new and outfitted with some of the most modern equipment a ship of this size could handle. She was...
Chapter 9 – The Orders

Chapter 9 – The Orders

Chapter Nine The Orders The Mathers arrived in beautiful Hawaii for two days of rest and recreation (R&R) before heading out to its station in Vietnam. It was 1969 and even though the word was out that we were winning the war, the reality was that U.S. led forces...
Chapter 10 – The Motive

Chapter 10 – The Motive

Chapter Ten Motive  This was a significant time in the history of the United States. There was divisiveness at home splitting the country into several factions.  Vietnam remained high on the list of reasons why the relations between China, Russia, and the United...
Chapter 11 – ‘Til Death Do Us Part

Chapter 11 – ‘Til Death Do Us Part

Chapter Eleven Until Death Do Us Part The helicopter searching for the Russian submarine radioed a find. “Located target. The coordinates are 27.49 North and 161.59 East. Do you copy?” “Mathers copies,” replied a voice from the ship. “We have visual confirmation. She...
Chapter 12 – ‘Nam Away

Chapter 12 – ‘Nam Away

Chapter Twelve Nam Away Bob noticed the ship wasn’t going in circles.  She was steaming Southwest with the controls set at fast speed ahead.  If you were on the bridge, you realized they were going twenty-five to thirty knots.  The Mathers could go faster, but for...
Chapter 13 – Who Do They Think They Are?

Chapter 13 – Who Do They Think They Are?

Chapter Thirteen               Who Do They Think They Are? “I’m so sick of being out here in the Gulf following the same pattern for over thirty days now.  This wasn’t my idea of fun when I joined the Navy”.  Bob felt so trapped on the ship that he thought he would...

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