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is honored on Panel 1E, Line 122 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Casualty at Sea

    Posted on 10/22/17 - by
    SN Jimmy C. Stinnett was a seaman aboard the destroyer USS Somers (DD-947). On May 21, 1965, the Stinnett was supporting combat operations in Vietnam and had just concluded a 120-round fire mission from its starboard side when a call was made for a corpsman. During the rapid-fire mission, the muzzle of Gunmount 51 exploded when a 5-inch round detonated prematurely within the barrel. Metal fragments from the burst struck SN Stinnett in the left side, critically injuring him while he was at his station as the starboard Target Designation Transmitter Operator. Efforts of personnel at the scene and the hospital corpsman to render first aid were unavailing, and Stinnett died of his wounds. His body was later transferred to a patrol junk and transported to the Naval Hospital in Saigon, RVN. [Taken from]
  • My Battle Station

    Posted on 5/15/17 - by Raymond Chinn Jr. SN
    My Battle Station aboard the USS Somers DD 947 was in the forward Gun Mount 51 Magazine on that fateful day 21 May 1965, I was 19 years old.
    During that Naval Operation off the coast of South Vietnam we was sending 5 inch 54 shells and gun powder up to Gun Mount 51at a very fast pace, not knowing until after it was over that we had lost a Ship Mate.
    I did not personally know Jimmy, but I felt so sorry and sad for his lost.
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 7/7/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Seaman Jimmy Cliford Stinnett, Served aboard the USS Somers (DD-947), Task Group 70.8 (TG 70.8), Task Force 70 (TF 70), 7th Fleet.
  • to Jimmy your spirit will always live in our hearts

    Posted on 10/13/15 - by
    Jimmy , you would be so proud and happy to know that each year we as an association have a reunion and we have more than 100 shipmates from Somers and every year your name is in our prayer as it is with so many of your brothers. I was down in the forward fireroom when the rounds were flying and especially remember that last two rounds and then over the 1MC they called for corpsman to the bridge. Jimmy I am so sorry we lost you but you will never be forgotten . We all love you BROTHER. Ray Wasilewski BT2
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 5/21/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear SN Jimmy Cliford Stinnett, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice 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. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

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

    Curt Carter

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