Bergman, Jack Stephen, Jr., SN

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Primary Unit
1971-1972, SN-0000, USS Newport News (CA-148)
Service Years
1970 - 1972

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Baltimore, MD
Last Address
Baltimore, MD

Casualty Date
Oct 01, 1972
Hostile, Died
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Loudon Park National Cemetery - Baltimore, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 076

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USS Newport News (CA-148)
  1971-1972, SN-0000, USS Newport News (CA-148)
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  1972-1972 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1972-1972 Vietnam War/Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (72-73)/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.
Jack was a fun loving and caring brother who enjoyed life so very much.  The night of the explosion was a time our family will never forget.  Our brother was taken from us on that October 1st, but the years we had living and growing together as a family still leave the great memories and admiration we will always have for him.  There could not have been a better brother anywhere.  We will always miss you and never forget you big brother.

Fun loving kid
Posted on 3/2/09 - by Michael D. Monfrooe USA Ret
I live near the Bergmans and buddied around with both Jack and Ron. Thier dad Mr. Jack was a neat guy. I went over to see the family right after the funeral. I was on leave and heard about his death. Great kid, nice family.
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