Sailors to the End - The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It

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ISBN: 66212677

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Dramatic story of the 1967 fire on board the USS Forrestal off the coast of Vietnam. The carrier was preparing to launch attacks when one of its jets accidentally fired a rocket across the flight deck. A huge fire ensued, exploding a bomb on the plane hit by the rocket, More »

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ISBN: 66212677

Dramatic story of the 1967 fire on board the USS Forrestal off the coast of Vietnam. The carrier was preparing to launch attacks when one of its jets accidentally fired a rocket across the flight deck. A huge fire ensued, exploding a bomb on the plane hit by the rocket, and causing a chain reaction with other, WWII-vintage, unstable bombs on surrounding planes and the flight deck. The crew struggled for days to extinguish the fires, the 5,000 men on board experiencing different kinds of hell -- some trapped in damaged compartments waiting to die, some battling rivers of flaming jet fuel to rescue their buddies. They were almost all under 21, and were instantly thrust into a tragedy that nearly destroyed the ship and took the lives of 134 men. Based on never-before-disclosed information and extensive interviews with the fire's survivors. Full, minute-by-minute account of the disaster, told through the stories of a dozen sailors, including the carrier's beloved captain, who was made a scapegoat for the disaster. Even after all these years of living with nightmares and guilt, even after finding out that the Navy hushed up the presence of the aged and unstable munitions, these sailors remain proud to have served.

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