Richard Courtney WallaceLieutenant (junior grade)
PCF-89, COSDIV-15, TF-115, USNAVFORV
United States Navy
14 May 1938 - 08 November 1968
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REMEMBEREDKilled in action aboard PCF-89.
Terry L. Boone
A Note from The Virtual WallIn 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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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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