Mattson, Richard Dean, FTG3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
FTG-0000-Fire Control Technician Guns
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fire Control Technician Gun Fire Control
Primary Unit
1964-1966, FTG-0000, USS Hamner (DD-718)
Service Years
1963 - 1966
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Golden Dragon
FTG-Fire Control Technician Gun Fire Control

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fraser, MI
Last Address
Fraser, MI

Casualty Date
Aug 27, 1966
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Accidental Self-Destruction
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12E 117/Plot: Section 52 Site 2015

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1963, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Hamner (DD-718)
  1963-1964, FT-0000, (FT) Fire Control Technician A School
  1964-1966, FTG-0000, USS Hamner (DD-718)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1968 PIRAZ Station SAR, North Vietnam
  1966-1966 Operation Market Time
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 27, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

FTG3 Richard D. Mattson was a Fire Control Technician (Guns) on the destroyer USS Hamner (DD-718). In the late summer of 1966, the Hamner was involved in fire support missions off the coast of South Vietnam. The constant fire took a toll on the 5” guns’ hydraulic system on Gunmount 52. On August 27, 1966, the ship was at anchor in Song Nga Bay where crewmen were busy servicing equipment and making repairs. Right before sunrise, FTG3 Mattson was alone in the after Gunmount 52 servicing the fire control system. The gun system was in a “depressed” position, its guns pointed toward the deck for servicing. For reasons unknown, the system was activated and movement occurred in the breech. Mattson suffered a catastrophic head injury when the gun system was repositioned. [Taken from and information provided by Laverne Josey (October 2017)]
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