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Offline Mark D

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Re: Combat Action, 22 NOV 72
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2006, 19:56:30 PM »
The following is a direct quote from the official Command History Narrative for 1972. This document came from Terry Forsyth (via Dave Nesbitt).

"On 15-16 November, King proceeded to Pt. Joey in MR II to relive USS Towers (DDG-9) as CTU 75.6.1. During her stay in MR II King answered daily calls for fire and expended 170 rounds of 5" 54 ammunition. Upon relief in MR II by USS Ramsey (DEG-2) on 20 November and, after a vigorous and increasingly familiar ammunition VERTREP, King commenced NGFS Ops on 21 November as a unit of TG 75.9 in northern MR I. Within two days on station King expended 431 rounds from her single 5" mount and, after the 12th UNREP and 3rd rearming in 34 days, proceeded to SSAR to relieve USS England (DLG-22)....

After reporting for duty with TG 75.9 at Pt. Allison on the northern MR I gunline later on 11 December, King's single 5" 54 mount fired 994 rounds in 48 hours including 275 rounds in one 8 hour period. Two ammo VERTREPS were conducted during this hectic gunline tour. On completion of her NGFS assignment on 13 December, King had fired 1636 rounds of Naval Gunfire Support during the deployment, a total believed to be the highest for DLG-type ships in the Vietnam War. These two gunline periods constituted the first time that King's guns have ever been fired in combat. During this time King, on two separate occasions, came under fire from a coastal defense site and returned over 20 rounds of counter-battery fire for which she was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon."
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Combat Action, 22 NOV 72
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2006, 18:25:15 PM »
Does anyone have information regarding actions aboard the King that earned her the Combat Action Ribbon dated 22 NOV 72?
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