This week marks the 43rd anniversary of the tragic shipboard fire aboard USS Forrestal. Navy TV is commemorating the event by highlighting four historic films related to this tragedy that claimed the lives of 134 Sailors and injured another 161.
“Valor Under Fire” – Trapped in a deadly mix of flames, smoke, and explosions, here is an intense recap of the events that occurred aboard the USS Forrestal on July 29th, 1967, where so many lives where lost.
“Disasters Don’t Just Happen” – Made in the wake of the tragic accidents aboard USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and USS Oriskany (CV-34), this 1971 Navy training film examines the causes of shipboard accidents.
“Carrier Flight Deck Safety” – This Vietnam-era, Navy training film features footage shot in 1967 on USS Forrestal (CV-59), the same year the carrier suffered its terrible flight deck fire. It is unclear whether the film predates the fire.
A former Machinist’s Mate who survived an engine room fire recalls his close brush with danger and reviews a book about the lessons learned from the Forrestal accident: