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

An Inconceivable Story of Brave Men Battling Raging Fires and High-Order Explosions to Save Their Shipmates and the World’s First Super Aircraft Carrier

In March of 1967, Ken Killmeyer became a crewmember of USS Forrestal CVA-59, the first of the super aircraft carriers. In 1995, Ken was offered the position of historian of the USS Forrestal Association. During his time as a historian, Ken began collecting personal experience narratives of crewmembers who were aboard along with him during the worst naval disaster to befall a ship since World War II. Ken has combined those stories with USS Forrestal’s deck logs and the official investigation report into the cause of the Forrestal fire and has given the reader an undeniable window into this devastating event. Ken takes the reader on a journey like none other, from high above the busy flight deck on the navigation bridge down to deep within Forrestal’s hull in the hot, steamy engine rooms. The reader will hear from the crew in their own words what they experienced before, during, and after this most tragic day in the lives of USS Forrestal’s Westpac 1967 crew.

 

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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