Several are marked with asterisks to indicate men who died after 29 july of. After being built in newport news, virginia, the new ship was formally commissioned in october 1955. Asbestos was widely used in the ship building industry from the 1930s until asbestos use was discontinued in the early 1970s. You will be able to zoom in to better read names etc. The supercarrier uss forrestal cv59, formerly avt59 and cva59, was named after former secretary of the navy james forrestal and was the lead ship of her class of aircraft carriers. Freeman in midsummer 1967, the united states aircraft carrier forrestal, stationed off vietnam, lost 4 men to fires and ensuing explosions after an errant missile from one of its own planes ruptured a fuel tank on a nearby jet.
Her guest list during this cruise was headed by united states secretary of defense n. Forrestal had truly served her purpose as first in defense. Uss forrestal cva59 mediterranean cruise book 1972 1973 in collectibles, militaria, vietnam 196175. Guestbook archive uss saratoga museum foundation, inc. The aircraft carrier uss forrestal was decomissioned on 11 september 1993 after 38 years of active service. America kitty hawkclass and indy forrestalclass were coldwar. During the 1967 mediterranean cruise of uss america cva66. This dvd contains the actual, uncut 8mm footage that was filmed by a crewman during the 197273 med cruise. Uss forrestal mediterranean cruise 1974, marchseptember by forrestal ship. Uss forrestal cv 59, formerly avt59 and cva59, was a supercarrier named after the first secretary of defense james forrestal. Asbestos use was particularly high during the buildup of the united states navy during world war.
The super carrier uss forrestal departed norfolk, virginia in june 1967, with a crew of 552 officers and 4,988 enlisted men. On 29 july 1967, a fire broke out on board the aircraft carrier uss forrestal after an electrical anomaly caused a zuni rocket on a f4b phantom to fire, striking an external fuel tank of an a4 skyhawk. Wracked by eight highorder explosions of thinshelled korean warvintage bombs and a number of smaller weapons explosions, the worlds first supercarrier was mere minutes away from the. This time it was on the flight deck of the uss forrestal cva59.
Uss forrestal cv59 was a supercarrier named after the first secretary of defense james. Vietnam 1967 rare flight deck 59 patch, one of my old liberty cuffs and the hc2 1968 med cruise patch that i designed for them my very first graphics design job. Uss forrestal cva59 debris and damage caused by the fire and munition explosions. Inchon lph 12 naval cruise book, class of 1987, page 9 of 167 has the largest online yearbook collection of college, university, high school, middle school, junior high school, military, naval cruise books and yearbooks. Eisenhower, carl vinson, theodore roosevelt, abraham lincoln, george washington, john c. Marine corps mardet uss forrestal cva59 usmc veteran locator. Uss forrestal cva59 mediterranean cruise book 19721973 in collectibles, militaria, vietnam 196175 popscreen video search, bookmarking and discovery engine item discovered at. She displaced almost 80,000 tons and was 1,076 feet long and 129 feet in beam at the waterline. Mediterranean cruise 19641965 uss forrestal cruise book on. Uss forrestal cva59 fire on the flight deck on 29 july 1967. Asbestos use was particularly high during the buildup of the united states navy during world war ii. Attack aircraft carrier randolph cva15 relieved forrestal at the british. My westpac cruise recollections israeli sixday war breaks out and uss forrestal departs for the western pacific.
Uss forrestal was the defending carrier in an amphibious force landing exercise on vieques island, during the. Contributor virginia beach public library language english. Unlike the successor nimitzclass, the forrestal and her class were conventionally powered. The aircraft carrier uss forrestal was preparing to launch attacks into north vietnam when one of its jets accidentally fired a rocket into an aircraft occupied by pilot john mccain. The forrestal was an aircraft carrier and had been on station for four days. Were sorry this historic facts article is restricted to ussforrestal. For 591972 chevy impala chevelle nova direct fit aluminum radiator w at cooler. Bring the cruise book to life with this multimedia presentation. Former forrestal crewmembers held their inaugural meeting of the uss forrestal reunion association on board and ashore at mayport, overnight 2223 june. Uss forrestal cv59 former crew members, brownsville, texas. Uss forrestal cva 59 mediterranean cruise book 1971.
Cruise book and document reproduction naval historical. Commissioned as attack aircraft carrier cva 59, the forrestal was redesignated as multipurpose aircraft carrier cv 59 on june 30, 1975. Uss forrestal cva 59 mediterranean cruise book 197273. Uss forrestal cva59 1971 mediterranean deployment log cruise book cruisebook. Uss forrestal departs norfolks pier 12 on june 6, 1967, for her first combat deployment off the coast of north vietnam. Most sailors consider the cruise book one of their most valued treasures you would be purchasing the uss forrestal cva 59 cruise book during this time period. Forrestal, widow of the first secretary of defense, christened her uss forrestal.
The current boxing would represent something from the 80s or 90s. The uss forrestal cv59 was built during the cold war with 3 sister ships, uss saratoga cv60, uss ranger cv61 and uss independence cv62. Commissioned in 1955, only eight months after ark royal, fid first in defense, it was then the largest ship ever built, some 990 feet in length, as big as the luxury liner ss united states and 150 feet longer than the yamatoclass battleships. We never knew what life was like for a sailor in world war ii until we started taking an interest in these great books. Uss forrestal cva 59 mediterranean cruise book 1972 1973. Check out our uss forrestal cv 59 crew list and reconnect with old shipmates. We specialize in us navy cruise books, us marine corps cruise books, air force books, and books on us military history. Photo and escorts id thanks to enterprise westpac 197273 cruise book, via bob canchola. On july 29, 1967, the uss forrestal was on yankee station in the tonkin gulf off of the coast of south viet nam. Mediterranean cruise 19641965 uss forrestal cruise book. Uss forrestal was the first super carrier in the world. Forrestal departs norfolk naval base on her first shake down cruise sailing to guantanamo, bay cuba with air task group 181 aboard for 67 days.
The keel for this great ship was laid on 14 july 1952, and in less than 30 months later uss forrestal was launched. Please note that the scans in the download are the same images like above, however, they have not been resized. The number of copies of a cruise book is very limited. This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard uss forrestal. This cruise book documents her second tour of duty in the mediterranean, from 2 september 1958 to 12 march 1959, where forrestal again combined a program of training, patrol, and participation in major exercises with. Sixtyfour years ago today january 24, 1956 as uss forrestal got underway from naval operating base, norfolk, virginia for her shakedown cruise. Unlike the successor nimitz class, forrestal and her class were conventionally powered. June 19, 1967, we paused to pay homage to king neptune as almost 5,000 pollywogs including captain and the xo, became shellbacks when uss forrestal entered the royal domain of imperium regis, equatoria at latitude 00 00 00 and longitude 40 00 00w. Uss forrestal cva 59 first cruise book log 1957 cd ebay. Commissioning ceremonies were october 1, 1955, at the norfolk naval shipyard on the same day.
On 29 july 1967, only eight months after the oriskany fire, there was another aircraft carrier fire. Forrestal, cv59, 1978, 197980, 1981, 1982, 198385, 1986, 1988, 198990, 1991. Commissioned as attack aircraft carrier cva 59, the forrestal was redesignated. I have a copy of the pacific 1972 cruise book, and a long, official letter written. Jul 29, 2017 the super carrier uss forrestal departed norfolk, virginia in june 1967, with a crew of 552 officers and 4,988 enlisted men. Older carriers with wood or jointedsteel decks were fine for propellerdriven fighter planes with low landing speeds and short. Less than 30 months later, the first of the postwar carriers was launched. Despite the heroic efforts of the crew, men lost their lives. Printing is also easily possible because of the high resolution 300dpi and the missing watermarks. This is a group page for all crew members that served. Uss forrestal, named for secretary of the navy james forrestal, was the first ship of the new 56,000ton aircraft carriers built during the 1950s. Names are linked to their personal memorial pages on the virtual wall. Red ripper, ships patch and vf11 camo patch if i had to explain these, you wouldnt understand. Us navy cruise books are unofficial publications published by a ships crew to document a cruise or deployment.
Dec 18, 2011 uss forrestals nickname would be first in defense. Sailing around the horn of africa, forrestal stopped briefly at leyte pier in the philippines, before sailing on to yankee station in the gulf of tonkin, arriving on july 25. Commissioned in 1955, she was the first completed supercarrier, and was the lead ship of her class. She was the lead ship of the forrestal class of which all four carriers have been decommissioned during the 1990s. The uss midway cv41 was able to become a museum because it was first used for prop driven planes. A fantastic look into naval aviation navair aboard a carrier in the med towards the end of the vietnam war. Uss forrestal was the defending carrier in an amphibious force landing exercise on vieques island, during the largest assembled naval force since the korean war. Find people you served with from mardet uss forrestal cva 59. This cruise was cut short by a devastating fire on 29 july of that year. Uss forrestal cv59 former crew members home facebook. Back to last page back to cruise book page back to uss forrestal page. The listing below includes all of the men who died as a result of the 29 july fire. Uss forrestal cv59 evolution 1981 malignant mesothelioma.
Airtex engine water pump for 1967 1972 chevrolet k10 suburban 5. Cruise books are yearbookstyle books put together by volunteers on board ship to commemorate a deployment. Most sailors consider the cruise book one of their most valued treasures you would be purchasing an exact copy of. This dvd contains the actual, uncut 8mm footage that was filmed by a crewman during the 1972 73 med cruise. In 1952 uss forrestal would be the largest vessel ever constructed. For rating shirts click on your rating abbreviation below.
Forrestal cva59 crewmen are assisted by those from rupertus dd851 in fighting the fires raging aboard forrestal, while a helicopter ferries firefighting supplies to the burning ship. Several commands only order copies for about 23 of the crew as a rule of thumb. Ships log, uss forrestal, marchseptember, 1974 addeddate 20120724 17. On 10 july 1972, while moored at pier 12, norfolk, forrestal was once again the scene of a. Maiden cruise book 1957 mediterranean cruise book 195859 mediterranean cruise book 195960 mediterranean cruise book 1961 mediterranean cruise book 196263 mediterranean cruise book 196465 mediterranean cruise book 196566 vietnam cruise book 1967 forrestal fire mediterranean cruise book 196869 mediterranean cruise book 196970. Alamo, lsd33, 1966, 196768, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1986. Forrestal cva 59 naval cruise book, class of 1967, page. On 29 july 1967, uss forrestal cvacv59 suffered a catastrophic fire during flight operations while on yankee station off the coast of vietnam. The uss forrestal cva59 fire and munition explosions the.
That sea would be a common destination for her over the next twenty or so years. The flammable jet fuel spilled across the flight deck, ignited, and triggered a chainreaction of explosions that killed 4 sailors and injured 161 at the time, forrestal was engaged in. We found pictures which we never knew existed of a relative who served on the uss essex cv 9 during world war ii. A supercarrier named after the first secretary of defense james forrestal. Persons born in the 1960s and later do not know about the cold war. Uss forrestal cva 59 mediterranean cruise book 1972 73 did you serve aboard uss forrestal cv 59. Forrestal was commissioned 1 october 1955, and remained on the active navy roles until her decommissioning in september 1993. Doohan, an actor famous for his role as chief engineer montgomery scotty scott on board starship enterprise ncc1701 in the tv series star trek, visited the ship.
A huge fire ensued, and mccain barely escaped before a 1,000pound bomb on his plane exploded, causing a chain reaction with other bombs on surrounding planes. Five thousand of my shipmates and i had been qualified to be num. As a modern carrier she was a huge ship, the first carrier designed so that jet planes could launch and land simultaneously. Inchon lph 12 naval cruise book, class of 1987, page 9. It is usually under the boxing of forrestal or saratoga.
But by the middle of 1968, forrestal was making her eighth mediterranean voyage. Marine corps mardet uss forrestal cva59 usmc veteran. I remember captain beling coming on the 1mc mentioning the outbreak of war in the middle east. The uss forrestal cva59 fire and munition explosions. The deadly fire on the uss forrestal and the heroes who fought it by gregory a. Forrestal cva 59 naval cruise book, class of 1967, page 156 of 368 has the largest online yearbook collection of college, university, high school, middle school, junior high school, military, naval cruise books and yearbooks. Go back to main historic uss forrestal historic facts section. Barney ddg6 196364, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 197677, 1978, 1990. Forrestal cv59 1978, 197980, 1981, 1982, 198385, 1986, 1988, 198990, 1991. The ship accomplished a sixweek refresher training cruise off the. The other carriers of her class were uss saratoga, uss ranger and uss independence.
Here you can download the uss forrestal cva 59 mediterranean cruise book 1971 as a high resolution. A former crew member of the mighty o has made the entire collection of cruise books from the uss oriskany available in digital format. The catastrophic fire on board uss forrestal cva59. Feb 02, 2017 i shot this video aboard the uss forrestal, june 1987 during my 2weeks active duty in the u. I shot this video aboard the uss forrestal, june 1987 during my 2weeks active duty in the u. Us navy cruise books the largest online collection of. Uss forrestal mediterranean cruise 1974, marchseptember.
Cruise books in the navy department librarys collection. Creating those books is an old tradition in the us navy. The deadly fire on the uss forrestal and the heroes who fought it if you want the truth about what happened that day on the forrestal and john mccains plane being hit by the rocket where only karma kept him alive, then read this book and. She would displace 60,000 tons, be 1,039 feet long, and have a flight deck width of 252 feet. In june 1967, she went to the pacific to aid with the vietnam war effort. Each cruise book cd will automatically start when inserted in your computers cd drive. Navy photo the navy had no data on the time a munition could endure a fuel fire without reacting or on the violence of the explosive reaction that could be expected when it occurred. Asbestos was a primary building component of every ship. Alamo lsd33 1961, 1966, 196768, 1969, 1972, 1974, 197576, 1977, 1980, 1986. Unfollow uss forrestal cruise book to stop getting updates on your ebay feed. The aurora forrestal kit is 1600 and considered one of the worst kits of the class. Navys first carrier of entirely postworld war ii design, she was conceived as an operational platform for large, highperformance aircraft.270 36 1172 731 62 743 1279 527 871 1339 508 603 340 954 949 965 850 197 978 144 27 332 1295 1235 520 167 80 943 626 1424 1065 179 1127 221 851 312 345 261 552