Davis, Leonard Ray, SN Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Seaman
Last Primary Designator/NEC
SN-0000-Seaman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman
Last Duty Station
1972-1972, USS Buchanan (DDG-14)
Service Years
- 1972
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Cold War
SN-Seaman

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Home State
Arizona
Arizona
Year of Birth
1951
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Phoenix
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Apr 17, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Vietnam, North
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 002

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 Duty Stations
USS Buchanan (DDG-14)
  1972-1972, USS Buchanan (DDG-14)
 Combat and Operations History
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign 30 March 1972 to 28 January 1973 VSM Streamer/Operation Freedom Train
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign 30 March 1972 to 28 January 1973 VSM Streamer/Operation Linebacker I
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Last Known Activity
At 0730 General Quarters was sounded, and at 0800 we started our firing run on the north part of Hai Phong Harbor. We were at G.Q. for a while, and then word came over the 1MC that BUCHANAN had been hit. The bridge called for EMERGENCY flank ahead and the forward engine room started drawing my steam and every thing went to max.

There was a loud noise like a steam line had ruptured. I just knew we were all going to die. I asked the upper level man if he knew what it was - he said no. It was my watch so I got a broom with a wooden handle on it and started at the back of 1B boiler with the broom out in front of me.

When I got to the drains off 1B1 forced draft blower, I ran the broom handle under them and it cut the end of the handle off. I know what was wrong, so I called Main Control and told them I was going to take 1B1 forced draft blower in hand and slow it down so we could close the drain valve. Then everything returned to normal in the forward fire room.

But SN Leonard Ray Davis lost his life that day from a direct hit on the main deck by gunfire from the shore.

1972? Was on DMZ when Vietnam Easter Offensive started. Provided Naval Gunfire support for Major Ripley at Dong Ha Bridge, and downed pilots. Was credited with 5 tank kills. April 6 took the war North OPERATION FREEDOM TRAIN. On April 17, 1972 BUCHANAN was hit by North Vietnamese shore fire. Seaman Davis was KIA and seven wounded. BUCHANAN took part in operation Line Backer II taking part on strikes on Hiaphong Harbor clearing SAM sites so the harbor could be mined. Buchanan replaced barrels and repaired battle damage in Da Nang from USS Hector was First time in Vietnam war for US ship to be serviced in war zone.
   
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