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Jack LeCroy | USS Cone (DD-866) - Navy

4:02   |   His high school friends said they'd just joined the Navy Reserve, so Jack LeCroy thought that sounded fine for him, too. When he was activated, he joined the crew of the USS Cone, a destroyer.

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Vietnam
  • Jack LeCroy  |  Vietnam  |  USS Cone (DD-866)  |  5:21

    After a nice cruise to Saint Thomas, the men of the destroyer USS Cone got orders to Vietnam. The mission was offshore bombardment and interdiction fire. Jack LeCroy was a gunner's mate on one of the five inch guns and he describes the workings of the weapon.

  • Jack LeCroy  |  Vietnam  |  USS Cone (DD-866)  |  4:32

    Jack LeCroy never set foot in Vietnam. He was a gunner's mate on the USS Cone, a destroyer engaged in offshore bombardment, and when the ship was not on a mission, it headed for ports elsewhere.

  • Jack LeCroy  |  Vietnam  |  USS Cone (DD-866)  |  2:39

    Gunner's mate Jack LeCroy returned from his Vietnam tour without encountering any protests. The only one he'd ever seen was during a port visit in Japan. He finds some parallels between the jungle warfare of the ground troops in Vietnam and the suburban warfare today's combatants must face.

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