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.