I was a Radarman aboard in 68 and was surface navigation. What I remember was that we were ancnbored out in the bay, not tied up at a pier. I also recall the damaged helo we offloaded and, there was a specialist aboard (i.e. spook) who had to go ashore with the officers for updates on the conditions in the north Gulf of Tonkin, where we were going next. We stayed in the bay for a little less than a 24 hours. Orders were that no one went out on deck for any reason unless you were supposed to. I recall sneaking onto the signal deck with one of the signalmen and looked through the night scope telescope mounted on the signal deck. Thing was huge. Saw a truck convoy moving up the hillsides near the harbor and they were being fired upon. Lots of flairs going off over the hills as well. That doesn't include the dead water buffalo floating by the side of the ship either. Sure wanted to get out of there as fast as we could.
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