Clinard, Charles Wayne, GM3

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

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Maysfield, TX
Last Address
Maysfield, TX

Casualty Date
Oct 01, 1972
Hostile, Died
Vietnam, North
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Marlow Cemetery - Cameron, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 077

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USS Newport News (CA-148)
  1969-1972, USS Newport News (CA-148)
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  1969-1972 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.
In a letter dated September 27, 1972 and in the letter he said that he couldn't wait to get home, because his mother was sick, and he told my his father to use all his savings if he had too, because when he gets out that he would dig ditches to make a living, but he could not dig ditches and make another mother and daddy like them because they were the best. He went into detail that it would be the 20 of December before they would get back to the states, then he says that he has served his time and that he would be out of the Navy in 7 months and he would be home to take care of them. Then he closes and that the last time they heard from him.

His mother kept notebooks on her family and she would write down everything in those books, she had in those books when Charles had gone down to join the Navy and the dates he left.  

A letter was sent to his parents about Charles that he had been awarded the Purple Heart, in addition he earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

As a child Charles was the baby of 12 children. He was born in Belton, Tx. He grew up in the Mayfield, TX area and he went to school at Cameron Public School System.

His parents and family were proud of him as for the family was too.  He maybe gone, but not forgotten.

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