Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir

Book Cover

ADVENTURE BIOGRAPHICAL WAR ACTION MEMOIR MEMOIR ACTION

1960s & '70s

George Trowbridge

Logline

In Striking Eight Bells, George Trowbridge recounts his journey from the Midwest to a warship in the Gulf of Tonkin during the closing months of the Vietnam War. Choosing to enlist in the Navy at 19, versus being drafted into the military, Trowbridge left a wife and newborn son in the States as he traversed the oceans of the globe to fight in America’s most unpopular war. George shares the details of the living conditions on board a naval destroyer during this era, what it was like going through training, the grind for his ship’s crew in supporting ground forces with naval gunfire as well as the strike attacks his ship made on enemy coastal defenses, and finally coming home at the end of the war. This emotional story is not only historically focused, but it also is informative about life in the military, all filtered through the personal lens of a first-hand perspective.

Genre

Adventure, Biographical, War, Action, Memoir,,Memoir,Action

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Iowa, Ilinois, Virginia. Onboard a U.S. Navy destroyer from Norfolk, Virginia to Vietnam including ports in Hawaii, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Richter Publising, LLC

Year Published: 2018

Starting Description

Formerly an Iowa farm boy, I had been married less than a year when my draft number was about to come up for military service. Rather than escape the draft, I decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy and travel across the globe to fight in America’s most unpopular war.

Ending Description

My story ends upon our ship's arrival back in the U.S. after surviving the war. We had participated in the Cease Fire Campaign of 1972-1973 in bringing the North Vietnamese back to the peace talks in Paris, which brought about the cease fire agreement in January of 1973.

Group Specific

Military veterans and their families.

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

ISBN-10: 1945812338, ISBN-13: 978-1945812330

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Philosophical Questions, Coming of Age, Meaningful Message

Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Main Character Details

Name: George Trowbridge

Age: 20

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Flexible, Aspiring, Naive, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous,Naive,Faithful,Adventurous,Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Janice

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous, Beautiful, Engaging, Faithful, Flexible,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious

Additional Character Details

Name: Chip

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Leader, Adventurous, Blunt, Confident, Decisive, Educated,Adventurous,Decisive,Flexible,Honorable

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Logline

In Striking Eight Bells, George Trowbridge recounts his journey from the Midwest to a warship in the Gulf of Tonkin during the closing months of the Vietnam War. Choosing to enlist in the Navy at 19, versus being drafted into the military, Trowbridge left a wife and newborn son in the States as he traversed the oceans of the globe to fight in America’s most unpopular war. George shares the details of the living conditions on board a naval destroyer during this era, what it was like going through training, the grind for his ship’s crew in supporting ground forces with naval gunfire as well as the strike attacks his ship made on enemy coastal defenses, and finally coming home at the end of the war. This emotional story is not only historically focused, but it also is informative about life in the military, all filtered through the personal lens of a first-hand perspective.

Short Summary

Formerly an Iowa farm boy, I had been married less than a year when my draft number was about to come up for military service. Rather than escape the draft, I decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy and travel across the globe to fight in America’s most unpopular war.


My story ends upon our ship's arrival back in the U.S. after surviving the war. We had participated in the Cease Fire Campaign of 1972-1973 in bringing the North Vietnamese back to the peace talks in Paris, which brought about the cease fire agreement in January of 1973.

Development Pitch

My story from time on board a U.S. Navy destroyer during the closing period of the Vietnam War. Formerly an Iowa farmer, and married less than a year when my draft number was about to come up for military service. Rather than escape the draft, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy and traveled across the globe to fight in America’s most unpopular war. Leaving my young wife and new born behind, along with an idyllic Midwestern life, I entered an accelerated training program and was promptly assigned to USS Rich. Soon, the crew found themselves thrown into the chaos of battle as we patrolled the infamous Gulf of Tonkin. On the other side of the world from our families, the crew members were forced to make the most of their situation aboard the cramped destroyer. They were subjected to everything from the heat of the Pacific to deadly typhoons that threatened to sink them all. Former sailors and history buffs alike agree that my story transports you through time and space, until you feel like you’re sitting right there beside me. You will feel every roll of the ship, taste every bland meal, and hear every blast of the artillery shells being launched into the murky jungle of Vietnam. Comedic moments of brotherhood quickly turn into battle as enemy shells crash into the water and explode around my “tin can.” In a world filled with stories about ground forces in Vietnam, mine is a refreshing first-hand account about a side of the war that has rarely been told.

About The Author

Core Theme

Voyage and Return,

Characters

Main Character

Name: George Trowbridge

Age: 20

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Flexible, Aspiring, Naive, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous,Naive,Faithful,Adventurous,Aspiring

Character 1

Name: Janice

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous, Beautiful, Engaging, Faithful, Flexible,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious

Character 2

Name: Chip

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Leader, Adventurous, Blunt, Confident, Decisive, Educated,Adventurous,Decisive,Flexible,Honorable

Supplemental Materials

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