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James Joseph "Jim" Sansone
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Birth: Mar. 24, 1950
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 1972, Vietnam

In Loving Memory ... SN. JAMES JOSEPH SANSONE.
*** Seaman Sansone was a crew member of the Cruiser USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA-148) stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin off shore from the Demilitarized Zone. On August 10, 1972, he was accidentally thrown overboard by a five inch gun mount jolting. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 22
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Mar 24, 1950
Marital Status: Single- Parents: Father, Leon Sansone and Mother, Ann (Keady) Sansone. In addition to his parents, he leaves a twin brother, Gerard; and two sisters, Mary and Ann Marie Sansone.

***** Happy 32 Anniversary that you are with God and looking over your family. I have a memorial display for honoring the oct 1 explosion that killed 20 of our fellow shipmates and our shipmate that we lost in an rearming accident, Stephen Michael Brumfield and you. in my display I have a 5 ft replica of our ship and have you by the 5 inch mount that when it jerk it threw you off the ship. I take all my fellow shipmate out every Veteran, Memorial and other important day to parade and functions so you will not be forgotten.
Luis L. Gonzalez Jr.
served with him 70/74 vietnam 72
Austin, texas 78754 USA

SN - E3 - Navy - Regular
His tour began on Sep 10, 1972
Casualty was on Sep 10, 1972
Loss Coordinates: 165544N 1071836E (YD460730)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered

Body was not recovered
Panel 01W - Line 62

Seaman James J. Sansone was a crewmember assigned to USS Newport News on station in the Gulf of Tonkin offshore from the Demilitarized Zone in Vietnam.

On September 10, 1972 at 8:47 a.m., 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.

Honolulu Memorial *
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Courts of the Missing
*Cenotaph [?]
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Dec 22, 2012
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