Dow, Robert Melvin, BM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1972-1972, HT-0000, USS Goldsborough (DDG-20)
Service Years
1961 - 1972
BM-Boatswain's Mate
Two Hash Marks

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Albuquerque, NM
Last Address
Albuquerque, NM

Casualty Date
Dec 19, 1972
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Santa Fe National Cemetery - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 096

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Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
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  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Duty Stations
USS Goldsborough (DDG-20)
  1972-1972, HT-0000, USS Goldsborough (DDG-20)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1972 Vietnam War
  1972-1972 Vietnam War/Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (72-73)/Operation Linebacker I
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Burial Information
  Jan 01, 2014, General Photos4
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
From 31 October – 21 November, and again from 14-19 December 1972 GOLDSBOROUGH conducted “LINEBACKER” operations as part of Task Unit 77.1.1. From her holding station in the Hon La Surveillance Area, the ship made nightly Naval Gunfire Strikes on North Vietnam, averaging two or three strikes per night. On the night of 19 December the ship was struck by an enemy shell. The explosion holed the 01 Level Aft between mount 52 and the Tartar Check-Out Compartment. Fires started on the 01 Level and in the After Chief’s Quarters, directly below, were quickly extinguished; however shrapnel and shell fragments killed two men and wounded six.

The two dead were HTC Donald A. DIX, USN and BM1 Robert M. DOW, USNHT2 Gary L. BOYCE, USNR, later died as a result of his wounds at the Air Force Hospital, Clark AFB, Republic of the Philippines. Damage to the ship was judged light, and after picking up materials in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, temporary repairs were made onboard, and the ship continued NGSF Missions in Military Region I. On 24 December GOLDSBOROUGH departed Vietnam for Sasebo, Japan, for repair of battle damage, arriving on 28 December. The ship remained at the Repair Facility in Sasebo through the beginning of the New Year.
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