Richard Carl TessmanSeaman Apprentice
USS NEWPORT NEWS, 7TH FLEET
United States Navy
14 May 1953 - 01 October 1972
New Britain, Connecticut
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You were only 19 years old when we lost you. Over 30 years have passed but we still miss you, brother.
A Note from The Virtual WallUSS NEWPORT NEWS (CA-148) was a heavy cruiser, with a main armament of nine 8-inch naval rifles mounted in three triple turrets and a secondary armament of twelve 5" rifles in six twin turrets. Commissioned on 29 January 1949, she served three tours in Vietnam and participated in cruiser raids on Haiphong, Than Hoa, and Vinh in North Vietnam, as well as numerous other naval gunfire missions both north and south of the DMZ.
While conducting a gunfire mission at 0100 01 Oct 1972, an 8-inch projectile in the bore of the center gun of Turret Two exploded prematurely, setting off several powder casings in the powder hoists. The explosion resulted in the death of 20 men and injury to 36 others. Quick and efficient action by the repair parties concerned confined the damage to the inside of the turret and its barbette. The cause of the explosion was subsequently determined to be a faulty auxiliary detonating fuse. The dead were
USS NEWPORT NEWS was decommissioned on 27 July 1975.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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