White, James Darrell, GMG3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
GMG-0872-5"/38 Cal Twin Mount Maintenance Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate G (Guns)
Primary Unit
1985-1989, GMG-0872, USS Iowa (BB-61)
Service Years
1985 - 1989
GMG-Gunner's Mate G (Guns)
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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1967
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember White, James Darrell, GMG3.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Norfolk, Virginia
Last Address
USS Iowa (BB-61)

Date of Passing
Apr 19, 1989
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 60 Grave 4076

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In the Line of Duty
  1989, In the Line of Duty [Verified]


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Gunners Mate third class, U.S. Navy. GMG3 White was killed in the explosion of turret 2 on board the USS Iowa. White had been in the Navy since 1985 and was from Norfolk, California. 

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USS Iowa Turret Explosion Incident (Puerto Rico)
Start Year
1989
End Year
1989

Description
The USS Iowa turret explosion occurred in the Number Two 16-inch gun turret of the United States Navy battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) on 19 April 1989. The explosion in the center gun room killed 47 of the turret's crewmen and severely damaged the gun turret itself. Two major investigations were undertaken into the cause of the explosion, one by the U.S. Navy and then one by the General Accounting Office (GAO) and Sandia National Laboratories. The investigations produced conflicting conclusions.

The first investigation into the explosion, conducted by the U.S. Navy, concluded that one of the gun turret crew members, Clayton Hartwig, who died in the explosion, had deliberately caused it. During the investigation, numerous leaks to the media, later attributed to U.S. Navy officers and investigators, implied that Hartwig and another sailor, Kendall Truitt, had engaged in a homosexual relationship and that Hartwig had caused the explosion after their relationship had soured. In its report, however, the U.S. Navy concluded that the evidence did not show that Hartwig was homosexual but that he was suicidal and had caused the explosion with either an electronic or chemical detonator.

The victims' families, the media, and members of the U.S. Congress were sharply critical of the U.S. Navy's findings. The U.S. Senate and U.S. House Armed Services Committees both held hearings to inquire into the Navy's investigation and later released reports disputing the U.S. Navy's conclusions. The Senate committee asked the GAO to review the U.S. Navy's investigation. To assist the GAO, Sandia National Laboratories provided a team of scientists to review the Navy's technical investigation.

During its review, Sandia determined that a significant overram of the powder bags into the gun had occurred as it was being loaded and that the overram could have caused the explosion. A subsequent test by the Navy of the overram scenario confirmed that an overram could have caused an explosion in the gun breech. Sandia's technicians also found that the physical evidence did not support the U.S. Navy's theory that an electronic or chemical detonator had been used to initiate the explosion.

In response to the new findings, the U.S. Navy, with Sandia's assistance, reopened the investigation. In August 1991, Sandia and the GAO completed their reports, concluding that the explosion was likely caused by an accidental overram of powder bags into the breech of the 16-inch gun. The U.S. Navy, however, disagreed with Sandia's opinion and concluded that the cause of the explosion could not be determined. The U.S. Navy expressed regret (but not an apology) to Hartwig's family and closed its investigation.
   
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From Year
1989
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1989
 
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Aug 12, 2014
   
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