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USNS SEAY is the third BOB HOPE - class large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ship (LMSR) and the first ship in the Navy named after Army Sgt. William W. Seay. The USNS SEAY is operated by Patriot Contracting Services.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: September 27, 1994|
|Keel laid: March 24, 1997|
|Launched: June 25, 1998|
|Delivered: March 28, 2000|
|Builder: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, LA|
|Propulsion system: 4 Colt Pielstick 10 PC4.2 V diesels|
|Length: 951.4 feet (290 meters)|
|Beam: 106 feet (32.3 meters)|
|Draft: 34.8 feet (10.6 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 62,070 tons full load|
|Speed: 24 knots|
|Aircraft: helicopter landing area only|
|Capacity: 380,000 sq. ft.|
|Crew: 26 civilian crew (up to 45); up to 50 active duty|
|Homeport: Philadelphia, PA|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS SEAY. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Name:
USNS SEAY is named in honor of U.S. Army Sgt. William W. Seay (1948-1968), a native of Brewton, Ala., who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his gallantry in action at the cost of his own life in Vietnam on Aug. 25, 1968.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Seay distinguished himself while serving as a driver with the 62d Transportation Company, on a resupply mission. The convoy with which he was traveling, carrying critically needed ammunition and supplies from Long Binh to Tay Ninh, was ambushed by a reinforced battalion of the North Vietnamese Army. As the main elements of the convoy entered the ambush killing zone, they were struck by intense rocket, machinegun and automatic weapon fire from the well concealed and entrenched enemy force. When his convoy was forced to stop, Sgt. Seay immediately dismounted and took a defensive position behind the wheels of a vehicle loaded with high-explosive ammunition. As the violent North Vietnamese assault approached to within 10 meters of the road, Sgt. Seay opened fire, killing 2 of the enemy. He then spotted a sniper in a tree approximately 75 meters to his front and killed him. When an enemy grenade was thrown under an ammunition trailer near his position, without regard for his own safety he left his protective cover, exposing himself to intense enemy fire, picked up the grenade, and threw it back to the North Vietnamese position, killing 4 more of the enemy and saving the lives of the men around him. Another enemy grenade landed approximately 3 meters from Sgt. Seay's position. Again Sgt. Seay left his covered position and threw the armed grenade back upon the assaulting enemy. After returning to his position he was painfully wounded in the right wrist; however, Sgt. Seay continued to give encouragement and direction to his fellow soldiers. After moving to the relative cover of a shallow ditch, he detected 3 enemy soldiers who had penetrated the position and were preparing to fire on his comrades. Although weak from loss of blood and with his right hand immobilized, Sgt. Seay stood up and fired his rifle with his left hand, killing all 3 and saving the lives of the other men in his location. As a result of his heroic action, Sgt. Seay was mortally wounded by a sniper's bullet. Sgt. Seay, by his gallantry in action at the cost of his life, has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
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