Clark, William, Jr., BM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1969-1972, BM-0000, USS Newport News (CA-148)
Service Years
1969 - 1972
BM-Boatswain's Mate

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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1950
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Vienna, GA
Last Address
Vienna, GA

Casualty Date
Oct 01, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Misadventure
Location
Tonkin Gulf
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 076/Burial Unknown

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
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  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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. The barrel was never repaired.
   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1969, Recruit Training (Orlando, FL)
 Duty Stations
USS Newport News (CA-148)
  1969-1972, BM-0000, USS Newport News (CA-148)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1972 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (72-73)/Battle of Haiphong Harbor
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