Toggle navigation. The explosion, on 1 October 1972, in an 8-inch “bag gun” 27 aboard the heavy cruiser, USS NEWPORT NEWS, deserves special mention. Tribute to Fallen Shipmates, USS Newport News, Vietnam 1972 On October 1, 1972, an explosion aboard the USS NEWPORT NEWS killed 20 of our shipmates. (about October 5th, 1972) USS Bainbridge passed to … An explosion on board the USS Newport News operating off the coast of South Vietnam killed 19 sailors and injured ten others. Home / 1960-1972 / T2 explosion 02 [25/29] The full memorial is on the USS NEWPORT NEWS site. Please click "Continue" below to look for former crew members by date or by last name. The turret explosion of 1972 off the coast of Vietnam was devastating and my prayers will always go out to the men that sacrificed their lives and their families. Pictures of the USS Newport News a few days after the explosion of #2 turret from the USS Bainbridge. The projectile, loaded with Explosive D, detonated in the ram position in the gun chamber. In May 1972, the heavy cruiser USS Newport News suffered a premature shell detonation in the barrel of one of the ship's 8 inch guns, which … 8 October. In Paris, Le Duc Tho gave Kissinger documents outlining the North Vietnamese proposal for a peace agreement in Vietnam. T2 explosion 02 - T2_explosion_02.jpg. The six‐inch and fiveinch guns of the other ships have ranges from 7 to 12 miles. 2 of the heavy cruiser USS Newport News during shore support operations, killing 20 … The eight‐inch guns of the Newport News have a range of 15 miles. Old Crew Page 1972 has been retired. 7TH Fleet, USS Newport News (CA-148) Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Panel 01W - Line 80 Kish Funeral Home October 1, 1972, On this date, at about 01:00 while on a support mission off the coast of Vietnam, an explosion that tore through the center barrel of Gun Turret #2, killed 20 of our shipmates. Deploying to the Mediterranean, she assisted nations in the region during political and natural emergencies. Subj: USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA-148) Turret Explosion, 1 October 1972 Ref: (a) Conference 2 Oct 72 in HZ NAVORDSYSCOM among Admiral Kidd (CNM), Vice Admiral Sappington (COMNAVORDSYSCOM) and others The Des Moines-class heavy cruiser, USS Newport News (CA-148) was commissioned on January 29, 1949, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia. The explosion ignited the powder bags in the turret. * Oct. 1, 1972: During the Vietnam War, there was an explosion in the center gun of turret No. Seaman Apprentice Stanley Pilot was one of the twenty dead. All crew entries for 1972 are now in the "New" Crew Database. The accident was attributed to a premature fuze action. Paris, Le Duc Tho gave Kissinger documents outlining the North Vietnamese proposal for a peace agreement in.. 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