Thunder in the Night      
A Sailor's Perspective on Vietnam - by Raymond S. Kopp
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      This "Scoreboard" (left) was kept on the bulkhead of the ship's Combat Information Center, the nerve center of operations, inside the heavy cruiser's  massive steel hull. These "Strike" missions were the real combat forrays of Operation Linebacker I which included raids on Haiphong Harbor, the seaport entrance to Hanoi. Linebacker I was the first phase of America's last and most expansive assault on North Vietnam. Culminating in the air raids of Linebacker II in December of that year, these actions applied extreme military pressure at the time and place where it was needed most in an effort to bring about the signing of the Paris Peace Accord of January 1973.

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We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself. Indeed we felt that we had received the sentence of death so that we would rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

     He who rescued us from so deadly a peril will continue to rescue us; on him we have set our hope that he will rescue us again, as you also join in helping us by your prayers, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”  -  2 Corinthians 1:8-11 **