Tessman, Richard Carl, 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
1971 - 1972

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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
1953
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Britain, CT
Last Address
New Britain, CT

Casualty Date
Oct 01, 1972
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Other Accident
Location
Tonkin Gulf
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 080/Burial Unknown

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 Duty Stations
USS Newport News (CA-148)
  1972-1972, SA-0000, USS Newport News (CA-148)
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  1972-1972 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
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Last Known Activity
On October 1, 1972, an explosion aboard USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA 148) killed 20 of our shipmates. This young man was one of the twenty dead. The full memorial is on the USS NEWPORT NEWS site. NEWPORT NEWS 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, Thanh Hoa, and Vinh in North Vietnam, as well as numerous other naval gunfire missions both north and south of the DMZ. At 0100 on 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. NEWPORT NEWS departed the gun line for Subic Bay 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 on 24 December 1972. USS NEWPORT NEWS was decommissioned on 27 July 1975.
   
Comments/Citation
03 May 2006
You were only 19 years old when we lost you. Over 30 years have passed but we still miss you, brother.
Jim Tessman
   
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