Scheller, Jeffrey Lynn, SA Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Seaman Apprentice
Last Primary Designator/NEC
SA-0000-Seaman Apprentice
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Apprentice
Last Duty Station
1972-1972, SA-0000, USS Newport News (CA-148)
Service Years
1972 - 1972

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1954
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Rahway, NJ
Last Address
Rahway, NJ

Casualty Date
Oct 01, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Misadventure
Location
Vietnam, North
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 079

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 Duty Stations
USS Newport News (CA-148)
  1972-1972, SA-0000, USS Newport News (CA-148)
 Combat and Operations History
  1972-1972 Yankee Station
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign 30 March 1972 to 28 January 1973 VSM Streamer/Battle of Haiphong Harbor
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On October 1, 1972, an explosion aboard the USS NEWPORT NEWS killed 20 of our shipmates. This young man was one of the twenty dead. The full memorial is on the USS NEWPORT NEWS site. USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA-148) was a heavy cruiser, with a main armament of nine 8-inch naval rifles mounted in three triple turrets and a secondary armament of twelve 5" rifles in six twin turrets. Commissioned on 29 January 1949, she served three tours in Vietnam and participated in cruiser raids on Haiphong, Than Hoa, and Vinh in North Vietnam, as well as numerous other naval gunfire missions both north and south of the DMZ. At 0100 01 Oct 1972, while conducting a gunfire mission, an 8-inch projectile in the bore of the center gun of Turret Two exploded prematurely, setting off several powder casings in the powder hoists. The explosion resulted in the death of 20 men and injury to 36 others. Quick and efficient action by the repair parties concerned confined the damage to the inside of the turret and its barbette. The cause of the explosion was subsequently determined to be a faulty auxiliary detonating fuse. The USS NEWPORT NEWS departed the gun line for the Cubi Point Naval Station, Philippines, where temporary repairs were made to Turret Two. She returned to the South China Sea and recommenced naval gunfire missions on 21 Oct 1972, completing two additional gunline periods before returning to Norfolk (VA) on 24 December 1972. USS NEWPORT NEWS was decommissioned on 27 July 1975.
   
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