Richard Courtney Wallace

Lieutenant (junior grade)
United States Navy
14 May 1938 - 08 November 1968
Norfolk, VA
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13 Oct 2002

Richard C Wallace
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Killed in action aboard PCF-89.

Terry L. Boone

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In November 1968 PCF-89 operated out of Qui Nohn. On the night of 08 November the boat's 81mm mortar exploded, apparently as the result of an accidental double loading, killing the boat officer and two crewmen and severely wounding a third crewman. The three dead were


Naval mortars, unlike their infantry counterparts, are not fired by dropping rounds into the tube, where they strike a firing pin and are immediately launched. The naval mortar round is inserted into the muzzle, as with the infantry version, but the gunner decides when to fire and does so with a conventional trigger.

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