Saturday 1 January , 1966
USS Bache DD-470
At Vung Xuan Dai Bay, Republic of Vietnam
USS Bache DD-470
Near a far distant land full of fighting and fear,
A lone greyhound prowls this first day of the year.
Number 1 and 2 gennies provide this ship power;
Lighting her spaces, no matter the hour.
Though all inside is brightness and light,
Out on the decks not a glimmer’s in sight.
The decks are all darkened, not a light can I see;
For if Charlie knew she were here, he surely would flee.
Material condition YOKE has been set.
Is she ready for anything? That’s a sure bet.
Of vessels present she’s likely to meet,
There’s just Vietcong junks in total retreat.
Though Bache is quite old and far far from home,
On gunfire support she’s left all alone.
On the whole Vietnam coast not another ship’s firing
But when Bache arrives VC start retiring.
Though left all alone, we raise not a fuss.
That simply means more targets for us.
We’ve fired and fired til our guns are quite worn;
Leaving many VC all shattered and torn.
Our skipper is SOPA of Vung Xuan Dai Bay.
This morning we fire: VC rue the day.
All’s quiet tonight, but in the morning,
We’ll strike once again without any warning.
Though haggard and drawn our men will still fight
When our spotter gets airborne at morning’s first light.
Each man is soon covered with hot perspiration,
From standing long hours at his GQ station.
Before we’re back home in Norfolk, Virginia
You VC will know just who’s been agin ya.
Our name is BACHE, Number 470
On who’s decks has tread so manya hero.
Anchored as before in 8 fathoms of water, sand bottom, in Vung Xuan Dai Bay, Republic of Vietnam....