Larson, David Neil, SN Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Seaman
Last Duty Station
1971-1972, USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22)
Service Years
1970 - 1972
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Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Order of the Golden Dragon

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Home State
Nebraska
Nebraska
Year of Birth
1949
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Wausa
Last Address
Wausa

Casualty Date
Aug 08, 1972
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Other Accident
Location
Vietnam, South
Conflict
Vietnam War*/Multiple Operations 1972
Location of Interment
Thabor Lutheran Cemetery - Wausa, Nebraska
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 062

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Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

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Conflict  :   Vietnam War*
Start Year
1960
End Year
1975
Description
Vietnam War
   
Operations  :   Multiple Operations 1972
Start Year
1972
End Year
1975
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Not Specified
   
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From Year
1972
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1975
 
Personal Recollections

Memories
After a two-week repair and refitting period at Subic Bay between 12 and 26 May, she reentered the Tonkin Gulf on the 29th for more missions against the enemy's coastal logistics pipeline. Once American mines shut down the major North Vietnamese harbors, many Chinese communist merchant ships sought refuge in strategic lagoons and inlets whence their cargoes were ferried ashore. One of the guided-missile destroyer's missions was to search out and destroy the small ferry craft and any nearby supply caches. On the night of 10 and 11 June, Benjamin Stoddert closed one such merchant ship, firing on several small craft trying to make a run for shore. When she hit one, and its crew abandoned ship; Stoddert sent a boarding party to inspect the sampan. The craft ? loaded with seven tons of rice ? was later sunk by 5-inch gun and machinegun fire.

Resuming gunline operations on the 14th, the warship fired at enemy troop formations attacking ARVN troops, helping to stall and then repulse this communist thrust into South Vietnam. During one such mission, at 09:10 on 26 June, the forward 5-inch mount suffered a misfire which left a live round hung up in the barrel. Sadly efforts to extract the live shell failed when it exploded, killing two sailors outright and mortally wounding two others. The blast also heavily damaged the gun mount and nearby living spaces. Departing immediately for Subic Bay, the guided-missile destroyer spent the next month in port, replacing the wrecked gun mount and repairing other damage.


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