Pilot, Stanley George, Jr., 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
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Salisbury, NC
Last Address
Salisbury, NC

Casualty Date
Oct 01, 1972
Hostile, Died
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Salisbury National Cemetery - Salisbury, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 078

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USS Newport News (CA-148)
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US Navy Seaman Apprentice, (SA)Stanley George Pilot, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Salisbury, NC.

US Navy Seaman Apprentice Stanley George Pilot Jr was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Navy, SA Pilot served our country until October 1st, 1972 in North Vietnam. He was 18 years old and was not married. It was reported that Stanley died from a premature explosion of a Naval Artillery Shell. His body was recovered. SA Pilot is on panel 01W, line 078 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year.

On October 1, 1972, an explosion aboard the USS NEWPORT NEWS killed 20 of our shipmates. Seaman Apprentice Stanley Pilot 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.

He is interred beside his Father, Stanley George Pilot Sr, Plot D/509.

After returning from a tour in Vietnam I was asigned shore duty in Salisbury, N.C. As the Master Chief in Charge of recruiting for Western N.C. I was requested by Stanley's Mother Peggy to accompany her throughout the ordeal of the funeral. Looking back it was the most memorable experience of my 20 yr. career. I visit the Wall in Washington every few years and visit with Stanley whom I would have been proud to serve with. Jack Kinney, OSCM, USN Ret, John Kinney, 9213 Pegasus Ave, Port Richey, Fl 34668, navy@sanctum.com.

He served aboard the USS Newport News(CA-148), with the 7th Fleet.

He was awarded The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.

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