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We Remember

For those who died so close to us
And ne'er returned to love at home
To those whom most knew but a bit
But live with us forever more.

In memory of
the 20 of us who died
on October 1, 1972.

On this date, at about 01:00 while on a support mission off the coast of Vietnam, an explosion that tore through the center barrel of Gun Turret #2, killed 20 of our shipmates.  Some died in the explosion, others died of smoke inhalation. An eight inch projectile jammed inside the center barrel as it was being fired.  The powder casing behind the projectile fired inside the barrel, causing an explosion which had no place to go but into the gunner's compartment.  Smoke quickly spread throughout the ship putting many of us at risk.  Most of the ships company survived but at least 20 did not.

Below is a list our shipmates who were killed in the explosion.  Click on a name to open a memorial page for that shipmate.

SA  Herman Carol Acker
SN  Jack Stephen Bergman, Jr
BM3  William Clark, Jr
GMG3  Charles Wayne Clinard
SA  Ronald Paul Daley
SR  Raymond Rance Davis
SN  Terry Wayne Deal
SN  Joseph Grisafi
SA  William Harrison, III
GMG2  Tommy Hawker
SA  Robert Kikkert
SN  Edward McEleney, Jr
SA  Robert Moore
SA  Stanley Pilot, Jr
SN  Ralph Robinson
GMG1  Wesley Rose
SA  Richy Rucker
SA  Jeffery Scheller
SN  David Lee Scott
SA  Richard Tessman

Turret Two Explosion Investigation

Compiled and Transcribed by Mike Lanier
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Damage Control Measures After the Explosion
Summary Report to the Chief of Naval Material
Detailed Report on Turret Two Explosion

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