Hamilton, Bennie Wilson, SN

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1950-1952, SN-0000, USS Saint Paul (CA-73)
Service Years
1950 - 1952

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Santa Rita, NM
Last Address
Santa Rita, NM

Casualty Date
Apr 21, 1953
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Korean War
Location of Interment
Memory Lane Cemetery - Silver City, New Mexico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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The National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial Korean War Fallen
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Saint Paul (CA-73)
  1950-1952, SN-0000, USS Saint Paul (CA-73)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1952 Korean War
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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.
Seaman (E3) Hamilton was a crew member of the cruiser USS SAINT PAUL (CA-73). On April 21, 1952, while firing on enemy installations at the Kojo area off the east coast of Korea, there was an explosion in a gun turret and he died of asphyxiation. 

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