Costa, George, GM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1952-1952, GM-0000, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Service Years
1942 - 1952
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Panama Canal
GM-Gunner's Mate
Two Hash Marks

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fall River
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Apr 21, 1952
Hostile, Died
Other Accident
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Notre Dame Cemetery - Fall River, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesUnited States Navy Cruiser Sailors AssociationUSS Saint Paul AssociationKorean War Veterans Association (KWVA)
  1950, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified]
  1950, United States Navy Cruiser Sailors Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1950, USS Saint Paul Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1952, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)SSC (Cadre/Staff) Great Lakes, ILLFormal Schools and Training CoursesCTF 77
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1942-1942, SR-0000, HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1942-1942, GM-0000, SSC (Cadre/Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1942-1942, GM-0000, (GM) Gunners Mate A School
  1950-1951, GM-0000, CTF 77
  1950-1952, GM-0000, USS Saint Paul (CA-73)
  1950-1952, GM-0000, COMCRUDESFLOT 5
  1950-1952, GM-0000, COMCRUDESPAC
  1951-1952, GM-0000, CTF-74
  1952-1952, GM-0000, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1951-1951 Korean War
  1952-1952 Korean War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

In April 1952, Saint Paul participated in combined air-sea attacks against the ports of Wonsan and Chongjin.

On 21 April, while the cruiser was engaged in gun fire support operations, a sudden and serious powder fire broke out in her forward 8-inch (203 mm) turret. Thirty men died. The explosion occurred in the turret's left gun, which was loaded but had the breech open. The gun captain thought the weapon had fired and told the gun's rammerman to ram another projectile into the gun's breech. The gun blew up, setting off two other powder bags in the powder hoist.


                           LOCATION: AT SEA

                 AREA: EAST SEA OFF KOJO

                         BURIAL LOCATION

                           FALL RIVER, MA

Gunner's Mate First Class Costa served aboard the heavy cruiser USS SAINT PAUL (CA-73). On April 21, 1952, while the cruiser was firing at the enemy off the east coast near Kojo, North Korea, powder exploded in a gun turret killing him.



my name is georgina costa i am the only child of george costa. i was 2 years old when my father was taken from me. i know little about him and if anyone can tell me more about my father it would be greatly appreciated.


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