Vietnam

 

 

 

The US Navy’s ocean going or “Deep water” ships were involved in the Vietnam War. Beginning with the USS Turner and USS Maddox and the famous “ Gulf of Tonkin Incident” through the evacuation of personnel at the US Embassy in Saigon to Air Craft carriers.  In the years in between Naval Ships provided much support and in addition air power from carriers.  

Buchanan and her crews took part in much of the war from the beginning.  Providing Naval Gun Fire support for ground troops, reconnaissance and attacks of areas north of DMZ, including taking part in Operations North of DMZ including  - Sea Dragon, Freedom Train, Line Backer I, Line backer II and the mining of Hai Phong Harbor. 

Providing navigation aid for aircraft in northern areas with TACAN guidance,  SAR stationing for radar early warning, air traffic control to direct air craft, stationed for  emergency recovery for any air craft that went down in hostile waters and plan guard for carriers at Yankee Station.   

 

Buchanan was the only deepwater USS war ship to have been hit twice by North Vietnamese artillery May 29, 1968 and April 17, 1972

Dates that Buchanan was in Vietnamese waters

         

1963

 

 03 Nov 1963

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09 Nov 1963

 

1965

   
17 Feb 1965 - 19 Mar 1965
01 Apr 1965 - 24 Apr 1965
12 May 1965 - 09 Jun 1965
01 Jul 1965  - 03Jul 1965
04 Jul 1965 - 15 Jul 1965

1966

07 Jul 1966 -

24 Jul 1966

29 Jul 1966 - 31 Jul 1966
11 Aug 1966 - 14 Aug 1966
19 Sep 1966 - 19 Oct 1966
30 Oct 1966 - 20 Nov 1966

1968

Tet Offensive

17 Feb 1968 - 26 Mar 1968
06 Apr 1968 - 16 Apr 1968
11 May 1968 - 08 Jun 1968
17 Jun 1968 - 15 Jul 1968

1969

16 Apr 1969 - 18 Apr 1969
09 May 1969 - 25 May 1969
19 Jun 1969 - 18 Jul 1969

1970

08 Aug 1970 - 22 Aug 1970
11 Sep 1970 - 07 Oct 1970
20 Oct 1970 - 08 Nov 1970
20 Nov 1970 - 01 Dec 1970

1972

Easter Offensive

15 Mar 1972 - 16 May 1972
08 Jun 1972 - 27 Jun 1972
30 Jun 1972 - 23 Jul 1972

02 Aug 1972

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27 Aug 1972

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