Gohan's Oklahoma City CLG-5 Collection
QM3 Dave Rice, (Gohan)  USS Oklahoma City CLG-5,  June 1970 - October 1973
Currently a QMCS in the United States Naval Reserve, Fargo, North Dakota
"Sharing an important part of my life with my Oklahoma City (CLG-5) Shipmates."


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Viet Nam - A Beautiful Country
During A Not So Beautiful Time

A quiet morning off the coast of Viet Nam (left), and a beautiful sunset below.   It was not always peaceful and beautiful off the coast of Viet Nam for the men of USS Olkahoma City.  Eighteen hour work days were not uncommon, firing all day and all night then rearming and/or refueling then back on the gun line again.  CLG-5 conducted thousands of NGFS (Naval Gunfire Support) missions on Viet Nam, many NGFSO (Naval Gunfire Strike Operations), and hundreds of hours on PIRAZ (Positive Identification Raday Advisory Zone) duty.

 

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Red Sky at Night - Sailors Delight
Red Sky in Morning - Sailors take Warning

Oklahoma City (CLG-5) spent several years in WESTPAC as COMSEVENTHFLT and providing Naval Gunfire Support and Strike operations on North Viet Nam.  Many ships served on deployment there, but few, if any, as long as Oklahoma City.  She fired over 3,900 six-inch rounds on North Vietnamese Targets in April, 1972 alone.

April 19th, 1972 was perhaps her peak combat operation during the Viet Nam War.   At 1600 that day she lead a strike force accompanied by USS Higbee (DD-806) and USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764) in strike operations on targets in and around Dong Hoi, North Viet Nam.  USS Sterett (DLG-31), equipped with Terrier missiles, was assigned to monitor and protect the task force from enemy aircraft.

The task force was under fire by enemy shore batteries, two North Vietnamese MiG-17s attacked the task force and four high-speed gunboats (torpedo boats) were moving in.  Higbee was hit in the aft 5-inch mount, Oklahoma City received minor damage from sharpnel by shore battery fire.   Sterett shot down one of the MiGs, possibly both.   Three of the four torpedo boats were sunk, see "Hard battle erupts anew" AP story.

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Two excellent sources of information concerning the battle of Dong Hoi on 19 April, 1972 can be found on USS Higbee and USS Sterett Web Pages.  I would be interested to hear of first-hand accounts by Oklahoma City sailors.  I was there and am researching my files and letters home from that time period to try and reconstruct this battle..

USS Higbee: Battle of Dong Hoi
http://home.att.net/~iris.gardner/subic.html

USS Sterett: Battle of Dong Hoi
http://www.sterett.org/battle.htm

 

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