Boor, Alan Scott, SN

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Last Primary NEC
SN-9700-Seaman - Infantry, Gun Crews, and Seamanship Specialists
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1969-1970, SN-0000, USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764/DDE-764)
Service Years
1968 - 1970
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Woodridge, IL
Last Address
Woodridge, IL

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 1970
Hostile, Died
South China Sea
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07W 054

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1968, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764/DDE-764)
  1969-1970, SN-0000, USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764/DDE-764)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Training Exercise - UNITAS '69
  1970-1970 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1970-1973 Vietnam War
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 11, 2012, General Photos
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Last Known Activity
Destroyers were stationed along the coast of Vietnam to provide artillery support to ground troops. Targets could be trucks, tanks, boats, bunkers, or enemy personnel. The Thomas could use one or both of her two twin gun mounts located fore and aft on the ship. These guns could fire a five inch high-explosive projectile nine to twelve miles inland.Occasionally, one of the guns would fail to fire normally, and the powder casing and the projectile would remain in the barrel. After several unsuccessful attempts to fire the gun using auxilliary firing methods, the “hot gun” would have to be cooled by flooding the barrel with water. This was to prevent the heat from previous firings from detonating the high explosive charge in the projectile (bullet) remaining in the gun barrel.During the 1970 WestPac cruise, the Thomas suffered an explosion in her forward gun mount not from a “hot gun” as such but from bad ammo. The problem was that the projectile was pretty old (Korean War vintage) and was designed for a particular powder, either flashless or non-flashless. The flashless powder would be used during the day as the burst of fire from shelling would not be seen during the daylight. The non-flashless powder would create smoke instead of a fire burst and would be used at night to prevent detection. The powder the Lloyd Thomas was using this day was a new smokeless, flashless formula that burned faster. It overstressed the projectile and blew the base fuse up into the High Explosive charge. That in turn ruptured the barrel and vented the force of the powder and the HE into the mount, killing three personnel Alan S Boor, Dennis J Bullock, and Douglas a Nieboer. 
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