Roark, James David, SF2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
SF-0000-Shipfitter
Last Rating/NEC Group
Shipfitter
Primary Unit
1965-1967, SF-0000, USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13)
Service Years
1958 - 1967
SF-Shipfitter
Two Hash Marks

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1941
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Abingdon, VA
Last Address
Abingdon, VA

Casualty Date
Nov 12, 1967
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Drowned, Suffocated
Location
Tonkin Gulf
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
29E 085 / Court B (Cenotaph)

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USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13)
  1965-1967, SF-0000, USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1968 PIRAZ Station SAR, North Vietnam
  1965-1966 Dixie Station, South Vietnam
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  Feb 16, 2016, General Photos
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Last Known Activity
Following six months of normal operations along the East Coast and in the West Indies, William V. Pratt departed Mayport on 20 June 1967 for her only deployment to the western Pacific during the American involvement in the Vietnamese civil war. En route, she transited the Panama Canal and made port calls at San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Midway, and Guam before arriving in Subic Bay in the Philippines on 28 July. Early in August, she departed the Philippines for the Gulf of Tonkin and duty on the northern sea-air rescue (SAR) station. She relieved USS BerkeleyTemplate:WP Ships USS instances on 12 August and remained on station in the gulf until early in September.

On 12 Nov 1967 USS WILLIAM V. PRATT (DLG 13) was preparing for helicopter operations from the helo platform on her stern. The ship was rolling in heavy seas when a 20-foot wave swept over the main deck and carried three men from the handling party overboard.

The ship immediately turned to recover the men while at the same time requesting a helicopter from another ship to assist. One man was quickly spotted and rescued. Five additional ships and two helicopters joined the search for the remaining men but failed to locate either one. The two men lost at sea were SFM2 James D. Roark and Seaman John D. Cayce of San Antonio, Texas.
   
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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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