Moore, Robert Thomas, SA

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Last Rank
Seaman Apprentice
Last Primary NEC
SA-0000-Seaman Apprentice
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Apprentice
Primary Unit
1972-1972, SA-0000, USS Newport News (CA-148)
Service Years
1972 - 1972

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1952
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Oct 01, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Misadventure
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Beverly National Cemetery - Beverly, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 078

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 Duty Stations
USS Newport News (CA-148)
  1972-1972, SA-0000, USS Newport News (CA-148)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1972-1972 Vietnam War/Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (72-73)/Battle of Haiphong Harbor
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 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.
   
Comments/Citation
Bob just reported on board in September '72.  He was assigned to the large guns on the Newport News as a turret loader, and died aboard the ship in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam on October 1, 1972, during the blockade of the North Vietnamese port of Haiphong. Moore was the last Navy veteran from Philadelphia to die in Vietnam. He was survived by his parents, a brother and two sisters. He was from Frankford, a middle class neighborhood.   He graduated from Frankford High in June of '72.  He was working as a mess cook by day, and was striking for GMG.  On 1 October he was on Condition 3 watch in T-2.

   
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