OK, Kona--You wondered if the North Vietnamese fired back on the bombarding ships, and here’s what I found:
Operation “Sea Dragon” March 1967-September 1971, US and Australian ships were engaged in shore bombardment of North Vietnamese shore installations, which included radar sites, oil storage farms, truck concentrations and bridges along with assisting rescue helicopters. On numerous occasions fire was returned with varying results. These ships included the HMAS Frigates Hobart, Perth, Brisbane and the Destroyer HMAS Vendetta, along with The Battleship USS New Jersey, Cruisers, USS Newport News (ca148), Saint Paul (ca 73) And Providence (clg 6) as well as several US destroyers.
The Newport News engaged 20-28 shore batteries simultaneously , being bracketed by over 300 rounds but not hit. Saint Paul wasn’t quite so lucky, on Sept. 2, 1966 when she receiving one hit on her starboard bow above the waterline that inflicted no casualties and did only minor damage. Providence dueled with an enemy shore battery on May 25, 1967 but was not hit. On Feb. 2, 1966, the destroyers USS Brinkley Bass (DD887) and USS Waddell (DDG 24) engaged in an exchange of fire in support of a rescue helicopter.
The most one sided duel occurred on Oct 19, 1969 when the battery commander of a shore battery had the nerve (insanity?) to try to return the fire of the USS New Jersey. 10-12 rounds were fired, all falling short. Considering that the guns were either 152mm or 130mm, that’s like a pigmy trying to bring down an elephant with a bamboo spear. Nothing is reported as to whether the New Jersey fired back or not, although I’m inclined to think that they simply ignored the presumptuous popguns and went about their business in the stately manner that all battleships display. No doubt there were more engagements featuring destroyers and frigates, but they were not well publicized and I would have to find what ships were there, and look up the individual record of each, which even on the internet would be a daunting task--even though...