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is honored on Panel 1W, Line 62 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Casualty at Sea

    Posted on 10/15/17 - by
    Seaman James J. Sansone was a crewmember assigned to USS Newport News (CA 184) on station in the Gulf of Tonkin offshore from the Demilitarized Zone in Vietnam. On September 10, 1972, at 8:47 AM, Seaman Sansone was seen to fall overboard from the outboard hatch of a 5" / 38-gun mount. All main 5" /38-gun mounts on the Newport News are positioned so that when trained centerline their outboard sides are parallel to the life lines which run fore and aft on the sides of the ship. Since such lines preclude movement of the mounts, they are removed at any time a mount is to be trained outboard in firing position. Prior to Sansone's fall, the gun mount had been trained to the starboard side in order to conduct transmission checks. At the conclusion of these checks, a warning bell would sound to indicate that the mount was about to move and to warn all personnel to clear the area around it. Seaman Sansone was apparently in a position half in and half out of the mount's outboard hatch. As the mount came to centerline, the operator stated that he applied the brake switch and the mount jerked in a quick movement of two or three degrees each way as it came to rest. It was at this moment that Sansone was seen to fall into the water. "Man Overboard" was immediately sounded. Seaman Sansone was seen by several ship's crew to be swimming toward one of the life rings and appeared to be unhurt. He sank beneath the surface several times before reaching any ring, and was not seen again after going under the fifth time. A rescue helicopter was overhead just as he disappeared below the water's surface. Search and rescue efforts continued with the use of nearby units from the USS Hoel and USS Anderson, but failed to produce any sign of Seaman Sansone. He was placed in a category of Killed, Body Not Recovered. [Taken from]
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 1/15/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SN James Joseph Sansone, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned. May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

    With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.

    Curt Carter
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 2/10/12
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 8/25/05 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary Frye – 1932

  • Who Shall We Send

    Posted on 8/10/03 - by Dave Avery
    "An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

    Isaiah 6:8
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The Wall of Faces

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