U.S.S. OZBOURN DD846
IN MEMORY OF
On this date, my 2 best friends and shipmates were killed in action off the coast of North Vietnam while handling shells for the after gun mount in support of a SPECIAL FORCES compound being overrun by North Vietnamese regulars and Viet Cong forces.
While providing gunfire support, we came under fire of 81mm mortar shells. Close to 200 rounds bracketed our ship with one round going through the deck and exploding in the handling room where Robert and Ed was stationed. We were also hit in the electronics room where 3 were wounded and took 2 rounds in our Anti Submarine rocket launcher starting a fire. We also took some rounds in and near the water line. Despite all this, we remained online and along with U.S. Navy fighter planes, we prevented the enemy from overtaking the Special Forces camp.
"ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL"
Ed and Robert will always be in my memory
ANCHORS AWAY MY FRIENDS