Wreaths in the Gulf of Tonkin
October 1, 1972, USS Newport News CA-148 lost twenty sailors in an explosion in Turret 2.
September 10, 1972, USS Newport News CA-148 lost a sailor over the side.
July 4, 1972, USS Newport News CA-148 lost a sailor in an accident at sea.
June 17, 1968, HMAS Hobart DDG-39 lost two sailors to friendly fire.
When I originally prepared the list of shipmates names to be read, I omitted the name of one shipmate lost in a separate incident.
SK3 Stephen Michael Brumfield was lost in a in forklift accident at sea on July 4, 1972.
I am deeply sorry for the omission. To my mind, the wreath was as much for him as our other shipmates and I have added his name to this website as if I had not made the mistake.
For reasons of having an accurate history, the original list, as actually read on January 25, 2004, is preserved below.
Carl W. Cole
James Island SC
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Copyright 2004 - 2006 Carl W. Cole