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Kenneth V. Killmeyer

Ken Killmeyer as a native of the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania joined the navy in 1966. He served as an enlisted man aboard the USS FORRESTAL from 1967 to 1969. During that time period Forrestal deployed to Yankee Station on her first combat deployment off the coast of North Vietnam. On July 29, 1967 tragedy struck Forrestal with the worst naval disastor since World War II. Years later living in Northern Virginia he worked for 37-years as a roofing contractor and salesman in the home exterior improvement  industry. In 1991 Ken joined the USS Forrestal Association of 3,100 former members. In 1995 he was offered the position as Historian of the Association. Twenty-two years ago, Ken began a journey to write the story of the Forrestal fire. All aboard that day vividly remember what they experienced. Here in this book, Ken has joined their shared experiences into one story. Ken takes the reader along in real time, minute by minute, second by second; as his fellow crew members  first experience a surprising accidental rocket launch, flash-fire, then billowing smoke, then all-consuming fire. Then the first one-thousand-pound bomb explodes high-order. Men were burned, injured, and killed in this most tragic event. You will be with these brave men in real time as they risk life and limb to rescue their shipmates, battle the raging flames, and save their ship.

Fire, Fire, Fire on the Flight Deck Aft; This Is Not a Drill

Fire, Fire, Fire on the Flight Deck Aft; This Is Not a Drill