Sparenberg, Benard John, SFC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
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Primary Unit
1964-1966, SF-0000, USS Navasota (AO-106)
Service Years
1947 - 1966
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Home Town
Baltimore, MD
Last Address
Baltimore, MD

Casualty Date
Feb 05, 1966
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
South China Sea
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Baltimore National Cemetery - Baltimore, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05E 005 / Cenotaph Section Ma Site 101

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Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP)USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16)USS Yosemite (AD-19)USS Navasota (AO-106)
  1947-1947, ME-0000, Metalsmith School
  1947-1948, ME-0000, USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16)
  1948-1949, ME-0000, USS Yosemite (AD-19)
  1964-1966, SF-0000, USS Navasota (AO-106)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (65-66)
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  Feb 11, 2014, General Photos4
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While the SH-3 helicopter was designed and equipped for anti-submarine warfare, it was commonly used for intership transportation among the 7th Fleet ships operating in the Gulf of Tonkin and South China Sea areas.

The USS NAVASOTA (AO-106) was a fleet oiler which replenished the warships with fuel oil, aviation gasoline, and jet fuel. During operations offshore Vietnam, three NAVASOTA crewmen were lost at sea when the SH-3A (BuNo 149926) they were aboard enroute it went down. As with most at-sea losses, their remains could not be recovered. 

They had been returning from a collision of 2 destroyers the USS Brinkley Bass and the USS Waddell. 

The three men were
Chief Shipfitter Bernard J. Sparenberg, Baltimore, MD
Shipfitter First Class Glenn E. Asmussen, Washington D.C
Shipfitter Second Class Dan D. McConnaugehay, Artesia, CA.
Lost at sea during one of those south seas Monsoons on Feb. 6, 1966. Two destroyers had run together and one was taking a lot of water, and a call went out for help. They needed someone who knew how to weld under water, The men had that experience and volunteered, eleven men made the trip of a mile or so in a helicopter.

The storm was so bad that the chopper had to hover and take the men in one at a time. They plugged up the hole and were returning when suddenly the chopper went out of control and plunged into the high waves then turned up-side down. All were rescued but three.
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