HC-7 RESCUE 117(1) 9-Aug-1972 (Wednesday)

HH-3A Sikorsky Seaking helo Det 110 Big Mother
Routine Day (2)
61 miles off North Vietnam coast

Pilot – LT John L. Pitts
Co-pilot – CDR David J. McCracken
1st crew – ADJ-2 Timothy M. McCarthy
2nd crew – AEAN Gordon P. Canzler

USS Basilone (DD-824)

STG-3 W. J. Nunley
(Sonar Tech. surface- 3rd Class)
Man overboard

USS Basilone (DD-824) Deck Logs (course and speeds changes omitted)

13:08 set HIFR detail. 13:10 Man Overboard port side, maneuvering to recover. 13:26 man overboard recovered by helo, taken to USS Dewey (DLG-14). Man identified as W. J. Nunley STG-3, USN, 13:40 commenced refueling helo. 13:40 completed refueling helo. 14:10 Transferred BM3 W. Williamson via helo to USS Midway (CVA-42) for medical treatment of injured index finger. 14:13 secured flight quarters. 14:30 steering various courses at various speeds to recover life rings. 15:05 set flight quarters. 15:08 received BM3 W. Williamson back aboard, transferred PC3 BENCOFF for emergency leave. 15:11 secured flight quarters. (5)

1) Numbering as per HC-7 Rescue Log (accumulative rescue number)
2) HC-7 Rescue Log – states the rescue of GMAN Jim Connaley – only data on record, changed to match Deck Log of USS Basilone. Rescue of W.J. Nunley
3) HC-7 Det 110 Rescue report – none on file
4) Map – Google Earth
5) USS Basilone (DD-824) – Deck Logs
10) HC-7 History collection; Ron Milam – Historian

(Compiled / written by: Ron Milam, HC-7 Historian – HC-7, 2-1969 to 7-1970, Det 108 & 113)