Last Known Activity|
SN James Joseph Sansone's last known activity was serving aboard USS Newport News (CA-148) off the coast of North and South Vietnam in 1972. On Sunday, September 10, 1972, SN Sansone died as a result of a non-hostile accident, having fallen overboard while manning a 5-inch mount. SN Sansone was on the outboard side of the mount holding onto the mount's metal ladder rungs, when suddenly, the mount lurched as it swung over the water, causing SN Sansone to lose his grip. Despite search and rescue attempts by an approaching mail helicopter and Newport News, SN Sansone's body was never recovered. He was 22 years old.