Apr 28

Casualties: USN and USMC Personnel Killed and Injured in Selected Accidents and Other Incidents Not Directly the Result of Enemy Action, 1946-1989

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 7:29 PM


This is a selected list of incidents not directly the result of enemy action which resulted in US naval personnel casualties, typically while these personnel were on official duty. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to identify well known incidents including those involving the sinking of a commissioned ship, and specific accidents involving numerous personnel, though undoubtedly we have missed some of these type of incidents.

Barracks fire at Naval Training Station Barracks B in Newport, Virginia. 4 were killed. 23 Jan. 1946.

Seaman Fist Class R.L. Mangum drowned during Operation Crossroads. 25 March 1946.

USS Solar (DE 221) destroyed in ordnance accident at Naval Ammunition Depot at Earle, New Jersey. 165 killed and 65 injured. 30 April 1946.

Radioman First Class J.D. Moran died from accidental electrocution on seaplane tender USS Albermarle (AV-5) during Operation Crossroads. 4 July 1946.

Lieutenant W.H. William was killed in an aircraft crash on Roi-Namur Island in Kwajalein Atoll during Operation Crossroads. 9 July 1946.

Seaman First Class J.R. Reagan died as a result of methyl alcohol poisoning during Operation Crossroads. 24 July 1946.

PBM-5 crash in Antarctica during Operation Highjump. Ensign Maxwell A. Lopez, ARM1 Wendell K. Henderson, and ARM1 Frederick W. Williams killed. 30 December 1946.

Liberty boat capsized in Mediterranean off Les Salins d’Hyeres, drowning eight sailors. 16 February 1948.

Navy launch approaching an aircraft carrier sank off Norfolk, Virginia. Approximately 31 died. 1 June 1948.

USS Tusk (SS 426) crew members washed overboard while rescuing crew of fire damaged USS Cochino (SS 345) in the Norwegian Sea. 7 drowned. 25 August 1949.

Gasoline tanker USS Chehalis (AOG 48) sunk by fire and explosion at Tutuila, Samoa. 6 killed. 7 October 1949.

Hospital ship USS Benevolence (AH 13) rammed and sunk by freighter Mary Luckenbach near San Francisco Bay. 18 killed. 25 August 1950.

Liberty launch capsized off Newport, Rhode Island, 19 sailors drown. 24 May 1951.

Collier Thomas Tracy collided with seaplane tender USS Valcour (AVP-55) off Cape Henry, Virginia, starting a severe aviation gasoline fire. 36 lost. 14 May 1951.

While at Yokosuka, aircraft carrier USS Bairoko (CVE-115) suffered an explosion and flash fire in flight hanger. Five killed. 18 May 1951.

After an F2H Banshee crashed through the safety barrier of USS Essex (CV-9), the resulting fire and explosion killed seven sailors. 16 September 1951.

LCPL of LST 561 foundered off Yongpyong-do, west coast of Korea with loss of all hands: two US Navy officers including Commander LST Division 12, two US Army officers, one Republic of Korea Navy officer, five US Navy enlisted personnel and two Royal Marines. 2 March 1952.

During gun fire operations off North Korea, 30 killed in a powder blast in forward turret of cruiser USS St. Paul (CA-73). 21 April 1952.

USS Hobson (DMS 26) broke in half and sank after collision with USS Wasp (CV 18) in mid Atlantic collision. 176 killed. 26 April 1952.

While USS Boxer (CV21) conducted flight operations off Korea, an explosion of a Panther jet aircraft (F9F) on the hangar deck caused a fire which ignited gasoline and ammunition. Nine personnel including one officer died of smoke and burns. Helicopters and destroyers of Task Force 77 rescued 63 survivors from the sea. 6 August 1952.

A Navy Mariner PBM crashed on the west slope of Bataan Mountain, near the entrance to Manila Bay. Thirteen bodies were recovered from the wreckage, with no survivors. 7 August 1952.

A Navy Mariner PBM, while on a night ASW patrol flight, crashed on Shikoku Island, Japan. The entire crew including five officers and nine enlisted men, killed. 8 August 1952.

Six F9F-4s from VMF-115 crashed into a South Korean mountain following lead aircraft navigational instrument failure. All six pilots killed. 11 September 1952.

176 killed in an Atlantic collision between the Wasp (CV-18) and the Hobson (DD-464). While the Wasp turned into the wind to recover aircraft, Hobson crossed the carrier’s bow from starboard to port and was struck amidship breaking Hobson in two. 24 September 1952.

USS Ashtabula (AO 51) suffered a gasoline explosion while at Sasebo, Japan, resulting in one man missing, three injured, and considerable material damage to the ship. 30 November 1952.

PBM-5 aircraft of Patrol Squadron 47 crashed in the Sea of Japan while on anti-submarine patrol, killing ten members of the crew of fourteen. 29 December 1952.

Explosion in aircraft carrier USS Bennington (CV-20) off Cuba killed 11, injured 4 more. 28 April 1953.

A target drone plane accidentally crashed light carrier USS Wright (CVL-49), 3 killed, 4 injured. 12 May 1953.

Accidental ignition of hydraulic fluid in catapult system started a fire in Leyte (CV-32) at the Charlestown Naval Shipyard, Boston. 32 sailors and five civilians killed, 40 injured. 15 October 1953.

Landing craft sunk after collision in Inchon harbor, Korea. 24 marines drowned. 21 January 1954.

While off Narragansett Bay, a catapult hydraulic fluid explosion, followed by secondary explosions, killed 103 crewmen from the aircraft carrier USS Bennington (CV-20) and injured 201 others. 26 May 1954.

USS Atka (AGB-3) helicopter pilot Lieutenant John P. Moore killed in helicopter crash at Kainan Bay near Little America, Antarctica. 22 January 1955.

Battery explosion in submarine USS Pomodon (SS-486) at the San Francisco Naval Yard. Five killed, six injured. 20 February 1955.

During an exercise off San Diego, a single-engine Douglas Skyraider AD-5N attack bomber accidentally crashed destroyer USS Hopewell (DD-681). Five killed. 11 November 1955.

Engine room fire in radar picket ship USS Searcher (YAGR-4) off Cape May, New Jersey. Three killed, two injured. 13 November 1955.

Destroyer USS Basilone (DDE-824) ran hard aground at Hampton Roads. One killed. 5 January 1956.

D-2 tractor offloaded from icebreaker USS Glacier (AGB-4), driven by CD3 Richard T. Williams, USN, crashed through the ice off Cape Royds, Antarctica, during Operation Deep Freeze I. The driver and tractor were swallowed by the ice. 6 January 1956.

D 8 tractor driven by CD1 Max R. Kiel, USN, was swallowed by a 100 foot deep “V” shaped crevasse while filling the crevasse 110 miles east of Little America, Antarctica, during Operation Deep Freeze I. The cab of the tractor was smashed by impact with the narrowing ice walls and Kiel was instantly crushed. It was impossible to recover Kiel’s body. 5 March 1956.

Two killed, four injured after collision between Columbus (CA-74) and Floyd B. Parks (DD-884) off Luzon. 11 March 1956.

Three sailors died from exposure in an open whale boat found in Narragansett Bay. 17 March 1956.

During a night march at the Parris Island recruit depot, an exceptionally strong tidal current in Ribbon Creek swept over Marine Platoon 71, drowning six men. 8 April 1956.

Accidental 5-inch shell explosion on destroyer USS Buck (DD-761) killed one, injured nine. 28 September 1956.

Anti-aircraft gun explosion killed two, injured 11, on John R. Pierce (DD-753) while off Nice. 1 October 1956.

P2V-2N from Squadron VX-6 crashed in a storm at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, during Operation Deep Freeze II. Captain Rayburn Hudman, USMC; Lieutenant David W. Carey, USNR; Aviation Electronics Technician 1 Charles S. Miller, USN; and Aviation Machinist’s Mate 1 Marian O. Marze, USN, died. 18 October 1956.

Commander Ollie B. Bartley killed when his Weasel tracked carrier fell through the ice at Hut Point, Antarctica. 14 January 1957.

Steam-line explosion killed two, injured five, in aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42). 20 June 1957.

Fire on two lighters adjacent to aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain (CV-39) in Marseilles harbor killed three sailors, injured five. 4 July 1957.

Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2 Nelson R. Cole, from aviation Squadron VX-6, died from burns received in a helicopter crash in vicinity of McMurdo Station, Antarctica. 12 July 1957.

Three killed, at least four injured, by explosion in patrol ship USS Somersworth (PCER-849) off Montauk Point, New York. 18 July 1957.

Two killed, three injured, following a steam catapult explosion in Kearsarge (CV-33), Yokosuka, Japan. 10 January 1958.

During pre-deployment exercises out of San Diego, an attack bomber exploded on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Hancock (CV-19). Two killed. 30 January 1958.

During a storm in the Atlantic, one officer is swept off the bridge of submarine USS Cutlass (SS-478) and drowned. 23 April 1958.

At Pearl Harbor, an accidental explosion in the depth charge fuse locker injured five destroyer escort Silverstein (DE-534) crewmen. 21 May 1958.

During an ASW exercise off Pearl Harbor, submarine USS Stickleback (SS-415) lost power and broached just ahead of destroyer escort Silverstein (DE-534). Holed in the resulting collision, the submarine gradually flooded and sank in 1,800 fathoms of water. No injuries. 28 May 1958.

Flight deck explosion on Ranger (CVA-61) killed two crewmen during training operations off San Francisco. 11 November 1958.

Single-engine Otter cargo aircraft from VX-6 crashed during takeoff at Marble Point, Antarctica. Lieutenant Harvey E. Gardner and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Lawrence J. Farrell died. 4 January 1959.

A collision in the Strait of Gibraltar between Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713) and supply ship Haiti Victory killed one and hurt four. 5 March 1959.

At Norfolk, a flash electrical fire in aircraft carrier USS Randolph (CVA-15) killed one sailor, severely burned two others. 4 May 1959.

During carrier operations, an FJ Fury crashed USS Essex (CV-9) flight deck, killed two men, injured 21, and destroyed five other planes. 20 June 1959.

During a test in the hangar of aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18), a runaway helicopter engine exploded, killing two and injuring 21. 19 August 1959.

An engine room fire hurt two crewmen in destroyer USS Decatur (DD-936). 29 August 1959.

During a storm off Virginia, destroyer USS Daly (DD-519) was caught in a huge swell, killing one sailor and sweeping five others over board. 4 February 1960.

Radar Man 6 Douglas Liftmaster from Fleet Tactical Support Squadron One (VR-1) involved in mid-air collision with a Brasilian Real Airlines aircraft over Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, during President Eisenhower’s 3-day tour of Brasil. Of the 41 passengers and crew on the R6D, 3 survived. The dead included 19 US Navy Bandsmen. 25 February 1960.

In a collision near Cape Henry between destroyer escort USS Darby (DE-218) and ore ship Soya-Atlantic, two sailors were killed and several others injured. 19 March 1960.

An explosion in aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CV-38) injured three near Valparaiso, Chile. 6 April 1960.

An oxygen feed-line fire and explosion in Sargo (SSN-583) after torpedo room. One killed. 14 June 1960.

Destroyers Ammen (DD-527) and Collett (DD-730) collided in a dense fog off Newport Beach, California. 11 killed, 20 injured. 10 July 1960.

A flash fire in the engineering spaces of minesweeper USS Exultant (MSO-441) killed five off Savannah. 12 August 1960.

Steel Worker 1 Orlan F. John, USN, killed in accidental explosion at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. 2 November 1960.

A fire during the building of aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA-64) at the New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, killed 46 workers and injured 150. 19 December 1960. [It is not clear how many of these were naval personnel and how many were civilian employees of the Navy or contractors.].

During operations in the Aegean, a fuel oil fire in USS Saratoga (CVA-60) engine room killed seven. 23 January 1961.

After launching from the deck of USS Antietam (CVS-36) on 4 May 1961, and reaching the unprecedented height of 113,500 feet, the high-altitude research balloon Strato-Lab High 5 splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico. Following the accidental flooding of the passenger compartment, Lieutenant Commander Victor A. Prather drowned before rescue crews could arrive on the scene. 4 May 1961.

While anchored at Cannes, France, a fire in No. 4 main machinery space of aircraft carrier USS Independence (CVA-62) injured four. 19 August 1961.

During a test run from Norfolk to New York, a fire in the machinery room of aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA-64) killed four men and injured nine others. 6 November 1961.

P2V Neptune from VX-6 crashed during take-off from Wilkes Station, Antarctica. Lieutenant Commander William D. Counts, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Romauld P. Compton, Aviation Structural Mechanic 1 William W. Chastain, Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2 James L. Gray, and a civilian seismologist were killed. 9 November 1961.

An S2F Tracker from USS Randolph (CVS-15) lost during night flight operations while southeast of Norfolk, Virginia. Four personnel died. 4 April 1962.

During a practice torpedo firing exercise west of Pearl Harbor, toxic gases from a fire in the forward torpedo room of USS Tiru (SS-416) injured 18 sailors. 23 June 1962.

USS Thresher (SSN 593) sank with all hands in 8500 feet of water, 220 miles east of Boston. 112 Navy personnel and 17 civilian technicians killed. 10 April 1963.

A two-alarm fire swept through a storage building on the Washington Navy Yard, DC, injuring two sailors. 30 April 1963.

While operating at night off Cape Henry, USS Randolph (CVA-15) starboard deck-edge elevator broke loose, dropping five men and one airplane into the Atlantic. Three men recovered, two drowned. 1 April 1964.

A four-engine P-3A Orion crashed in fog while attempting to land at Argentia Naval Air Station, Newfoundland, Canada. Ten crew members killed. 17 November 1964.

A twin-engine P2V Neptune crashed into a mountain near the tip of Cape Newenham, Alaska. Twelve crew members killed. 26 November 1964.

Two enlisted deep sea divers burned to death and two others functioning as “tenders” were injured (treated for smoke inhalation) during a flash fire inside a decompression chamber during a physiological experiment simulating a pressure of 250 feet of depth for two hours at the Washington Navy Yard, DC. 16 February 1965.

During combat flight operations off Vietnam, USS Ranger (CVA-61) suffered a fuel line fire in her No. 1 main machinery room. One sailor died before the fire was extinguished. 13 April 1965.

USS Newman K. Perry (DD-883) collided with USS Shangri-La (CVA-38) in the Tyrrhenian Sea, one destroyer sailor killed, another injured. 27 August 1965.

A flash fire in USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) No. 3 machinery room suffocated two sailors. 6 December 1965.

While off Norfolk, a catapult launch off Independence (CVA-62) ruptured an F-4B Phantom fighter’s detachable fuel tank, spilling and igniting 4,000 gallons of jet fuel. Fire destroyed another Phantom and spread into aviation stores compartment before being extinguished. 16 sailors burned or injured. 12 December 1965.

DC-3 aircraft from VX-6 crashed during landing on the Ross ice shelf in the Antarctic while supporting Operation Deep Freeze. All six members of the crew killed. 3 February 1966.

USS Oriskany (CV 34) fire and explosions in hanger bay during flight operations off Vietnam. During handling in a high explosives magazine a Mk Mod 3 flare was dropped and its safety lanyard inadvertently pulled, starting the fire which ignited more flares, 2.75-inch rockets, and a liquid oxygen cart. 44 died of asphyxiation except one who died from burns and injuries. 156 injured. 26 October 1966.

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) fire in a supply store room asphyxiated eight men, injured four more. 4 November 1966.

USS Nautilus (SSN-571) collided with USS Essex (CVS-9) during maneuvers off North Carolina. One submariner injured. 10 November 1966.

During gunline operations off South Vietnam, USS Manley (DD-940) suffered a 5-inch gun powder fire and explosion. Three sailors injured. 7 December 1966.

A collision between tanker SS Tom Bigbee and USS McMorris (DE-1036) about 75 miles southeast of Honolulu killed two sailors and injured seven others. 2 February 1967.

While in the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, a crane accident killed two USS Oriskany (CVA-34) sailors and injured another. 9 February 1967.

During a NATO exercise off the Faeroe Islands, two USS Picuda (SS-382) sailors were washed overboard and drowned. 17 April 1967.

USS Raleigh (LPD-1) suffers an engine room steam accident which killed two sailors. 22 June 1967.

USS Forrestal (CVA 59) fire and explosions on flight deck during combat operations off Vietnam. After an inadvertent firing of a Zuni rocket which struck an A-4 aircraft igniting its JP-5 fuel, other aircraft loaded with bombs and missiles were consumed leading to explosions. Sixty aircraft were damaged or destroyed. Ship damage totaled $72.1 million. 134 killed and 161 injured. 29 July 1967.

At Mayport, a spontaneous-combustion fire in a rag store room in aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CV-38) killed one sailor in the fire party and severely injured another. 7 October 1967.

During flight operations in the Tonkin Gulf, an accidental Zuni rocket ignition in USS Coral Sea (CV-43) injured nine sailors. 25 October 1967.

During deck operations in the Tonkin Gulf, jet blast from a taxiing aircraft knocked an A-4 Skyhawk into the sea, drowning the pilot. 25 November 1967.

While at Sasebo, Japan, a fire in USS Kearsarge (CV-33) enlisted quarters killed three sailors, injured two more. 22 December 1967.

Also at Sasebo, a small explosion in Lynde McCormick (DDG-8) injured two sailors. 24 December 1967.

Grounded at Rhodes, Greece, by heavy winds and seas, destroyer USS Bache (DD-470) was abandoned and later broken up for salvage. No major personnel injuries. 7 February 1968.

USS Scorpion (SSN 589) was lost with all hands 400 miles southwest of Azores, in over 10,000 feet of water. 99 killed. 22 May 1968.

Helicopter operating from Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31) crashed near Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Five Navy personnel including a Filipino steward killed. 10 July 1968.

While operating off Charleston, South Carolina, a fire in Douglas H. Fox (DD-779) killed two sailors and injured six others. 7 September 1968.

USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) suffered ordnance accident resulting in fire and explosions while operating off Hawaii. Fifteen aircraft were destroyed and 17 were damaged. The ship suffered $56.2 million in damages; aircraft losses totaled over $70 million. 28 killed, 343 injured. 15 January 1969.

An F8H Crusader from VF 24 crashed and went over the side while trying to land on USS Hancock (CVA 19), Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Swigart killed. 5 February 1969.

An A4E “Skyhawk” from VA 164 was lost when aircraft nose gear collapsed during catapult launch from USS Hancock (CVA 19), killing Lieutenant Commander Myers. 9 February 1969.

USS Frank E. Evans (DD 754) cut in half in collision with Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne (R 21). 74 killed. 2 June 1969.

At Jacksonville, a flash fire in aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CV-38) killed one sailor and severely burned two others. 10 January 1970.

An F 8J Crusader from VF 24 struck the flight deck ramp of USS Hancock (CVA 19) and exploded during night carrier qualifications, killing Lieutenant Darrell N. Eggert. 1 September 1970.

An F 8J Crusader from VF 211 crashed into the flight deck of USS Hancock (CVA 19), killing Lieutenant G. J. Carloni. 28 October 1970.

USS Trenton (LPD-14) engine room main guarding steam valve ruptured, instantly killing four sailors and burning six others, two of whom later died from burns. 28 June 1971.

While operating off Vietnam, a turret fire and explosion in Newport News (CA-148) killed 20 and injured another 36 sailors. 1 October 1972.

USS Saratoga (CVA-60) suffered a fire in No.2 Machine Room while at Singapore, three killed and 12 injured. 29 October 1972.

One sailor died fighting a fire in the forward hold of Florikan (ASR-9). 30 October 1972.

Two sailors were injured in premature shell explosion on Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) off Saigon, Republic of [South] Vietnam. 6 January 1973.

A boiler explosion in the after fireroom of USS Basilone (DD-824) killed seven sailors and injured another four. 5 February 1973.

Three sailors were injured in an engine room fire in USS Agerholm (DD-826) off San Diego, California. 7 February 1973.

One sailor was electrocuted while working in fireroom on USS Garcia (FF-1040). 28 June 1973.

Commander A. L. Wilderman, Commanding Officer of USS Plunger (SSN-595), lost overboard in a storm just off San Francisco. 2 December 1973.

No.1 Main Machinery Room fire in USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) in South China Sea killed six, injured 38 sailors. 11 December 1973.

Jet aircraft crashed into eastern Indian Ocean after taking off from USS Enterprise. One crew member killed and another injured. 13 January 1975.

USS Belknap (DLG 26) collided with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in the Mediterranean. One Kennedy crewman killed, seven Belknap crewmen killed and 47 injured. 22 November 1975.

USS Voge (FF-1047) collided with unidentified Soviet submarine in the Ionian Sea, 1 sailor injured. 31 August 1976.

USS Wabash (AOR-5) was caught in major storm off the Philippines, 14 sailors injured. 16 September 1976.

USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) collided with USS Bordelon (DD-881) near Scotland, six destroyer crewmen injured. 16 September 1976.

Helicopter from USS San Diego crashed at sea. Russell Eugene Ward (and perhaps others) died. 17 December 1976.

LCM-6 from USS Trenton (LPD-14) carrying sailors and marines returning from liberty to USS Trenton and USS Guam (LPH-9), capsized after collision with Spanish merchant ship Urlea off Barcelona, Spain. 49 died in the accident. 17 January 1977.

Dummy training shell fired from a destroyer accidentally struck USS Opportune (ARS-41), injuring four sailors. 30 July 1978.

USS Francis Marion (LPA-249) collided with Greek freighter off Virginia, two sailors injured. 5 March 1979.

A severe storm off Cape Hatteras swept four sailors overboard from USS King (DDG-41), one rescued and three drowned. 9 February 1980.

Low flying P-3 Orion struck a cable and crashed at Pago Pago, American Samoa. Seven crewmen killed. 18 April 1980.

USS Midway (CV-41) and Panamanian-registered cargo ship Cactus collided, two sailors killed and three injured. 30 July 1980.

Training aircraft crashed in the Chesapeake Bay, two killed. 18 December 1980.

US Navy C-130 Hercules crashed in South China Sea, 16 killed. 26 February 1981.

EA-6B Prowler crashed into flight deck of USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during a night landing, 14 sailors and marines killed, and 45 injured. Twelve aircraft lost or destroyed at a cost of $73 million. 26 May 1981.

Flight deck accident killed one sailor on USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). 8 September 1981.

During landing on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), an A-7E Corsair snapped an arresting cable, two killed and three injured. 4 December 1981.

Lieutenant Commander Stu Powrie, a member of the Blue Angels, was killed in the crash of his A-4 Skyhawk in California. 23 February 1982.

US Navy C-1A Trader cargo plane crashed in Crete, 11 killed. 3 April 1982.

Steam accident in USS Saratoga (CV-60) during overhaul at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, injured ten. 17 June 1982.

One sailor died and four others injured in USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) during severe storm off Hawaii. 25 November 1982.

EA-6B Prowler crashed near Coupeville, Washington, killing three crewmen. 29 December 1982.

Three fighter aircraft lost during training exercise off Puerto Rico, two killed. 18 March 1983.

US Navy plane crashed in St. Johns River, Florida, killing 15 passengers and crew. 1 May 1983.

P-3 Orion lost over Kauai, Hawaii, killing 14 crewmembers. 17 June 1983.

Two US Navy aircraft collided near Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, one killed. 3 September 1983.

Space shuttle Challenger (Mission STS-51-L) exploded during launch killing Commander Michael Smith and 6 other non-Navy astronauts. 28 January 1986.

USS Iowa (BB 61) ammunition explosion in the #2 16 inch gun turret while conducting firing practice northeast of Puerto Rico. 47 killed, 11 minor injuries. 19 April 1989.

Heavy waves washed three sailors from the deck of USS Barbel (SS-580) while operating off Kyushu, Japan. Two sailors drowned, one rescued. 1 May 1989.

Fire in engine room of USS White Plains while 100 miles east of Hong Kong killed six sailors. 9 May 1989.


Smaller lesser-known incidents involving fewer personnel are only included if data was readily at hand in the Navy Department Library or in some cases in the Ships history Branch of the Naval Historical Center. A comprehensive list of such incidents would require many years of research in archival records at numerous repositories. As examples of data not included, according to the Annual report of the Secretary of the Navy, in 1937, 378 sailors died in accidents; 67 in motor vehicles, and 43 by drowning. According to a Bureau of Naval Personnel Memorandum http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/aviation_fatal.htm, 3,257 naval aviation personnel were killed in an unknown number of non-combat related aircraft crashes between 7 December 1941 and 31 December 1946. Only a few of these accidents are listed above, however, primarily owing to the lack of easy access to detailed information. The date provided at the end of each entry is the date of the accident/incident, rather than the date of death of individuals who died subsequent to the event. Data are based on incomplete and sometimes conflicting sources. Suggested additions or corrections with photocopied supporting documentation should be mailed to: Navy Department Library, Naval Historical Center, 805 Kidder Breese Street, Washington Navy Yard DC 20024-3805.

Note regarding ship identification: On 17 July 1920, following the promulgation of Navy Department General Order No. 541, the Office of Naval Operations established standard nomenclature for naval vessels. The type name and number was replaced with a letter designation and a hull number, for example “Battleship No. 5” became BB 5. This alpha numeric hull designation system is still in use today.


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  • The Navy Safety Center might be another source of info – not sure how far back their records go, but you can pull mishaps by aircraft type, severity, etc. As the Maintenance Dept head in a VA squadron, I used their data at an earlier time to compile a list of all E-2 Class A/B/C mishaps and the run covered the entire span of the aircraft from first flight in ’62. Some of the details may be considered “privileged information” however, and not subject to FOIA (e.g., you’d get a date, a/c type, location and short narrative of accident and proximate cause — no names, etc.)
    w/r, SJS

  • Jacqueline Martin

    May 2, 2010
    Hi, I am looking for some information on a Roy L Pease, Jr. USN (Active Duty). He enlisted in 1950 right after graduation from Follansbee High School, Follansbee, WV. I do believe. He was stationed in Norfolk, Va aboard a ship and was washed overboard and drowned. Born 1931. Died 23 Feb 1952 according to the Newspaper from Steubenville Hearld Star, Steubenville, OH.
    He is listed in the Navy Memorial with no other information. I would like to put that information in for him as a classmate.
    I also haven’t been able to find any of the family.
    Would appreciate any help you can give me about the accident, ship and etc, or how I might be able to obtain any informaiton.
    Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for listening.
    Jacqueline ( Jackie) Martin
    jlcbm at comcast.net

  • Catherine Carter

    May 9, 2010
    I would like to know the names of the 7 crewmen killed on the US BASILONE 824
    in a boiler room explosion on Feb 5, 1973. The US Basilone was in the port of Newport, Rhode Island. This may be a long shot, but was Donald Dobson from Charles City, Virginia one the casualities?

    Please forward any information reqarding Donald; I know he was on board at the time of the accident.


  • Jeff Hoerger

    I am seeking information about a sailor who was injured onboard USS Constellation (CV-64)following an overhaul in April-May 1976. Sailor was in P-3 engine room when a piece of machinery exploded, causing severe burns. He was medevaced off the carrier. Looking for sailors name and any existing records of this event.
    Jeff Hoerger
    Bucks County (PA) Vet Center

  • Judy

    I am seeking information pertaining to a sailor that was killed aboard the USS Constellation as a result of being sucked into a jet intake between September 1972 and March 1973. We need the sailors name, any records of the event, and any witnesses of the event taking place.


  • Judy, Here’s a link to the Navy’s FOIA room: http://www.foia.navy.mil/

  • linda

    July 19, 1981, six Willow Grove Marine Reservists killed in
    helicopter crash during training exercises on aircraft carrier
    in North Carolina. Why can’t I find any mention of this? Is it because it happened 29 years ago? In memory of Staff Sergeant Joachim G. Riccardi

  • Johnny Martinez

    I was attached to HS-15 The Red Lions (Heliantisubron-15)Stationed at Naval AirStation Jax, Jacksonville Florida, From 1979-1982, We were attached to USS INDEPENDENCE CV-62. I have been searching Through the internet, looking for Info on events that took place aboard this Carrier. I mentions other accidents, but not the one’s that took place during our mission in the Persian Gulf. We lost Pilot’s and Petty officer in Gruesome accidents. VF-102 Diamondbacks had a plane hit the back of the ship, It was during High Seas, Pilot was flying on auto, then he came in on his own as we were told, was told to wave off, came in nose gear hits flips plane upside down explodes on impact slides across deck,takes out railing near our line shack, takes out weather station, sets deck on fire, fire suppression teams on deck, General Quarters is sounded deck full of planes, explosion rips holes through our Helicopter causing big shotgun like punctures, we found body parts. from the pilots won’t forget that Ever!!!!! Petty officer 2nd class had short timers disease 2weeks left the old FTN attitude and did’nt have his head in the game, Plane captain tried to get his attention S-3 Viking was powering up at 80% when he walked into the intake and was sucked in-off the Fan tail, Plane Fodded out all that was left was his legs and part of his midsection, yet no mention anywhere. I can go on with more events, its just unreal, Maybe I needed to get it off my chest, to many things to still remember like it was yesterday, Can’t sleep all kinds of awful thoughts.

  • michael t johnson jr

    Hi i am looking for the name and rank and any information i can get about two marines. A fire aboard camp pendelton in which a cook was servely burn during a field excersise. in the year of 1987 i belive his last name was armstrong or logan he was a Cpl USMC and i saved his life by putting him out. another marine got the award an credit because i was in shock and he grab the blanket that i used as i walk away. while i am not looking for any credit or rewards i do have these throughts of this accdent in my head and i need his name and any information so that i can recive help from the va.. next is a marine aboard the USS IWO JIMA 2002-2003 of fell threw a portal and latter died. unit was lar or aav i was with the blt 1/8 it was the 26 MEU anyone that can help me or guide me to where i can get this information . GySgt Johnson USMC RET ([email protected]

  • David Hobart

    Hello I am looking for any information I can get about an electircal arc onboard the USS Enterprise CVN65 that badly burned a civillian worker circa June 1983

  • Gary Dickey

    Hello: I served with ComCarDiv 5 aboard the USS CONSTELLATION during the Gulf of Tonkin incident, Aug. 2, 1964. I am looking for information about an aviation ordinanceman killed around this time by walking into the prop of a plane. Any info on this incident would be appreciated. [email protected]

  • Joseph Schoonmaker

    Do you have any information on the accident wher a wave broke the wings off of two f4s aircraft
    while they on the elevator.. Iwas on the haner deck about to get on the elevator and ride to the
    flight deck. Aproximate date or month of accident would help. Uss franklin d Roosevelt 1972


    Joe Schoonmaker… AMH2

  • john a macki

    Looking for information on accidents, deaths on board the USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA-42) DURING 1960-may 1963. I have read just about everything on deaths and accidents and did not see one rewport of deaths, accidents. I knew personally of many. what happened to information. I was Marine who served on board from Dec 7 1960-May 1963. I worked as a brig turnkey on board and in office for Marine Detachment. I was busted two ranks while on board and left with rank of Cpl. Marine 5/11 nearly sank a destroyer on starboard side when we fired a round off after getting an incorrect order. Dont’ undersand why no events of this nature. My accounts call for about 75 personnel who were killed w/no combat occurances. any help?



    AIRCRAFT: WV-2, BuNo 141294, TL-?, “?? Grass Skirt”
    LOCATION: NAS Argentia, Newfoundland.
    EVENT: Crashed into Placentia Bay 1000 feet short of runway during CGA
    landing trying to get under weather; flight from Pax to Arg.
    U.S. Naval Aviation Safety Center, Accident Brief No. 10, May 1960:
    “The ceiling was reported indefinite 200 feet, visibility 2 miles
    in drizzle and fog. A precision approach was commenced to the duty
    runway. The approach was within tolerances and normal until after
    passing through GCA minimums, at which time the aircraft went below
    glide path and the pilot was instructed to take a waveoff. The waveoff
    was not executed until after the aircraft had actually made contact
    with the runway.
    After climbout, GCA was contacted and a second approach was requested
    to commence with no delay. The pilot advised GCA that the runway was in
    sight just before GCA gave him a waveoff on the first approach.
    The second approach was again normal until the final controller gave
    the instructions to the pilot, “Approaching GCA minimums.” The aircraft
    immediately commenced dropping below glide path. An emergency pullup
    was given, but the aircraft collided with the water [Placentia Bay] and
    came to rest 2050 feet east of the approach end of the runway. It sank in
    26 feet of water and 11 persons lost their lives.”
    LOSS: 11 of 29-man crew & passengers killed:
    CREW: LT Donald A. Becker, PPC
    CDR Raymond L. Klassy, VW-13
    ENS Donald E. Mulligan
    Lyle W. Foster, American Red Cross
    A. S. Corrado
    Robert N. Elliot, AN
    R. J. Emerson
    Clarence J. Shea
    J. E. Strange
    William Jerome Taylor, AD3 (body never recovered)
    D. D. Wilson

  • Steve Novell

    Independence from 79-83 OI division Hey Johnny Martinez HS-15.. Remember every event and more, those three kids washed overboard and one not recovered. Guys that died going down in void spaces. All those planes we lost from FOD. I remember very clearly the S3 incident I was the aft lookout on my perch in the aft barbet next to Air Ops bridge looking down at that site. I remember the stokes with a 1/2 filled body bag. The F4 crash was something, when that flipped over it landed on top of OI berthing I was a few feet underneath in my bunk. One of the OS’s was in the after weight room on the O3 level when the impact happened. What a bang! he said… Then the Cat shot over the and we recovered 3 of the 4.

    HS15 was our angels you guys always ready to pull someone out of the drink…

  • Johnnie D Sims

    Looking for Marines involved in Amphibious Tractor Rollover 19 June 1973, I am the crewman that survived in the accident of A-23, Your Major put me up for the Navy Commendation Medal which I recieved but would like to know his name and names of marines involved.

  • Leslie A Randall

    I was aboard the U.S.S. Oriskany in 1955 and am trying to find out about an accident that the life of Air Force exchange pilot, captain T. Booth Holker. he was with VF-191 and flying F9F-6 Cougars. Would appericate any information.

  • joe Schoonmaker

    Do you have any information on the incident where a wave broke the wings off of two f4s aircraft
    while they on the elevator of Uss franklin d Roosevelt in1972..
    I was on the haner deck about to get on the elevator and ride to the
    flight deck. Aproximate date or month of accident would help.


  • Joe Roth

    Locate any information on March or May, 1988 vehicle accident
    that resulted in death of Lt. (jg) Patricia A. Granger Hoar.
    Occurred at Rota, Spain.


  • CMDCM Anthony Cole

    I am trying to find the names of the 22 Sailors killed off the USS SARATOGA in a ferry accident on 21 Dec 1990. I was on the Ferry behind it and helped pick Sailors up. I have never seen a fulll list of names, I have only found 11 names in my search. I plan on doing a memorial here at SURFLANT and FFC.

    Thank You
    Anthony Cole

  • John R. Corcoran

    I am looking for any information regarding the disappearance of James Connolly(sp)Ensign U.S. Navy. He was piloting an aircraft in vicinity of Guantanamo Bay in October of 1960. As I recall …his aircraft was assumed to have been shot down. As far as I know aircraft or remains were not recovered. Jim was a very good friend of my family. He came from Levittown New York. Any information would be deeply appreciated as well as suggestions as to where I can seek info on my own. Thank you so much

  • Gorman Frederickson

    I am interested in learning the specifics of how Todd Dawson AO2 died during the Forrestal incident on July 29, 1967.



  • Mary Whisner

    I was looking for information about the accident on Culebra in April 1946 when a pilot dropped ordnance on the observation post instead of the target. Nine Navy men were killed.

  • Brian Burke

    Looking for information about the sailor who was sucked into the engine of an S-3 Viking onboard a carrier during a Westpac in 1984-1986 timeframe. I can’t remember the carrier or the exact date but I was working AIMD at North Island Naval Air Station when the engine came in for repair. It was “canned” under pressure and when we released pressure and opened can……well, I haven’t been the same since. Any info would help, such as carrier, dates, name of sailor.

  • ronald kiser

    looking for information about my brother mmfn tony william kiser.he was killed aboard the lph 9 u.s.s guam in 1984.He was crushed by an elevator hatch after they left granada.They were anchored off lebanon when the accident happened.

  • John Kennedy

    The referenced fire on 23 Jan 1946 was actually in Newport, RI. According to a base history, the fire started on the night of 19 Jan 1946:

    “The worst fire in the history of the Station swept Barracks “B” the night of 19 January 1946, with the temperature at four degrees below zero, completely destroying the old building, which since 1900, had been housing and training recruits and station personnel. Four lives were lost in this disaster.”

  • Don Lehmer

    To Catherine Carter re: USS Basilone DD824 boiler explosion on February 5th, 1973. I don’t recall Donald Dobson being injured. I was one of those injured by steam from the explosion. Others injured were Swoyer, Soule, and maybe 2-5 others. Those who were killed due to the steam were Hardin, Hearrold, Kelley, Raun, Rogers, Thimmer, and Zacjakowski.
    Go to the homepage of USS Basilone DD824/DDE824 and click on “Taps”. There are some articles about the accident/incident there as well. It shouldn’t have happened.

  • harder l. e.

    march 16, 2011. it’s my 40th. ann. coming home doing run for the wall and rolling thunder, i would like to take my brother’s that were murderd in oct. 1970 at camp fuji, japan. any informtion: names, rank, home town. would like all d/1/9/3 fmf pac members to join me on my quest. (253)473-0454 please leave message. semper- fi. hope to hear from all who served with me.

  • Chris Weppler

    Looking for any info I can find about my own head injury/coma 1987 on the hanger of USS Independence CV-62. After the injury I was told very little. I was dazed for a long time and never thought to ask. 100% service connected disability, after 24 yrs I thought Id roll the dice and see what I can find. Thanks to all, C

  • Jim Elliott

    This is for Catherine Carter’s request on May 9 2010 for info on the USS Basilone explosion of 1973. The seven sailors who died were as follows:
    More can be found on this site.

  • Ron Reeves

    Just trying to contact Steve Novell USS Independence. Please email me at [email protected] .

  • Oliver Pope

    the name of the two men lost in april 1 1964 uss randoph cva-15 accident should be publish,the body of MR. LAWRENCE MONROE HILL
    was never recovery.

  • Oliver Pope


  • In relation to the incident reported below:

    USS Voge (FF-1047) collided with unidentified Soviet submarine in the Ionian Sea, 1 sailor injured. 31 August 1976.

    During research for my Historical Fiction novel “BEAR – Flight to Liberty”, I found the following data from Soviet/Russian Navy sources which identify the submarine which collided with the USS Voge:

    K-22 ‘Krasnogvardeyets’ (NATO Echo II)

    Designer: P.P. Pustyntsev of the Rubin Central Marine Design Bureau (SKB-18), Leningrad. Constructed at Factory 538, Komsomolsk-na-Amur, Far Eastern Siberia. Displacement: 4500 tons surfaced, 5760 tons submerged. Speed: 23kts surfaced, 29kts submerged. Dimensions: length: 115.4m, beam: 9.3m, draft: 7.8m. Working depth: 240m. Maximum depth: 300m. Propulsion: Two 70MW VM-A pressurized-water nuclear reactor steam turbines; 25,000 shp 2 shafts, 5-bladed propellers. Crew: 137. Endurance: 50 days. Armament: 8 SS-N-3 or SS-N-12 rockets, six 533mm torpedo tubes forward, four 406mm torpedo tubes aft, 36 mines. Radar: MRP-25 (NATO: ‘Snoop Tray’) I-band surface search radar; Argument (NATO: ‘Front Piece/Front Door’) fire control radar; Nakat (NATO: ‘Stop Light’) 10GHz ESM radar. Sonar: Feniks low-frequency. Called Podvodnaya Lodka Atomnaya Raketnaya Krylataya (Cruise Missile Atomic Submarine) or PLARK in the Soviet Navy. The US Navy gives it the hull classification SSGN.

    On August 8th, 1976, while on her way to the Mediterranean, the K-22‘Krasnogvardeyets’ Echo II submarine took water when the hatch for the second launcher developed a leak. The malfunction was promptly repaired by the personnel onboard while she was still underwater. On August 28th, 1976, while performing a fast dive in the Mediterranean, 244 kms south of Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, K-22 collided with the US Navy destroyer escort DE 1047 USS Voge. In the collision the USS Voge sustained serious structural damage in the port quarter below the helicopter hangar, split bulkheads, buckled plating, and a damaged propeller, losing propulsion as a result, necessitating towing by the US Navy ships USS Monester (FF 1097) and USS Preserver (ARS 8) and later drydocking at Toulon, France.
    K-22 suffered a damaged №1 rocket launcher, several moving mechanisms, some hull, sail, and deck rail structures and superstructures. Water ingressed into the hull through a hole in the raising mast for the ‘Argument’ radar mechanism at a rate of 2-3 tons an hour. K-22, assisted by Soviet Navy ships but sailing under its own power, reached a Greek port off Kithera Anchorage. On September 7th, 1976, the US State Department announced that the US and the USSR had exchanged notes, each blaming the other for the collision. On July 7th, 1994, K-22 was given the tactical number “B-22” by the new Russian Navy. A week later she was struck from the Russian Navy’s active submarines list. Finally, in November 2000, K-22/B-22 was placed in permanent storage at the Ara Guba Naval Storage Base for nuclear submarines in Vidayevo, near Murmansk.

  • Sonny Caparelliotis

    Does anyone have any information about the men who were killed during a launch accident on May 31 1948 on the USS Kearsarge cv-33 at Hampton Roads Virginia if so please contact me at [email protected]. My dad whom I never met was one who perished and I would like to hear from anyone who knows any thing about this incident or my dad, seaman Arthur Caparelliotis Sr
    I truly appreciate any information any one may be willing to share with me about this. Thank you all kindly- Sonny C

  • Barry Mote

    Iwas aboard the indy, and that aircraft at that time.I was the final checker, trouble shooter for that launch. I told the 2nd class that we would stow away the power cord becuse we were powering up #1 engine.I was on #2 engine. he went around the other side.the 2nd class wanted that power cord put up right then! the other trouble shooter did not see the 2nd class until it was to late.dont think anybody know what was happing at the time until we shut the aircraft down. Iwent over to port side and knew it was the 2nd class, It happend so fast.I have only talked about it a few times over the last 27 or so years. always wondered if there was anything else I or we could have done to prevent this. the only reason Iam saying anything now is I just ran across this web site, and was reading Mr.Johnny Martinez, and Mr. Steve Novell comments. Thanks guy’s its nice to here from Shipmates from back in the day, good and bad. Barry AMS-3 VS-28 AIRFRAMES The Gamblers

  • Larry Howell

    Seeking information regarding a listing of the accidental death, by auto crash, of James (Jimmy) Lorian Withrow. USN serving in Italy and responsible for an inland radar station. Jimmy had the accident in the late sixtys and was buried in Midland, Texas.

  • joe clark

    I was on the Indy.cv62 from 75 to 77 we lost 3 people in 76 and one a good budy Thomas L. Judkins 18yr old drown in barcelona bay and in 77 the 3rd class that was injured by the arresting cable I was below deck when they brought him by on a stretcher white as a sheet and the large dark blood drops down the hall way I heard he did not make it a good looking kid only 19 years old that was 34 yr ago and how meny more have been wasted .

  • Ron Blackburn

    In reponse to Johnny Martinez’s post. I was also on the Indy during the s-3 accident. I was in vs 28 as a trouble shooter during the ae-2 getting sucked into the port intake, my co=worker paul cerrato was the safety p.o. on the cat walk to prevent personell from walking into the jet blast during start up, was not good for him as he got most of the remains of the body on him from going through the intake.Was in sick bay for two days in shock. During the f-4 crash i was in the aft weight room when the plane struck the fantail, sound was very loud during impact, general quarters called and went to flight deck to help fight fire and then search and pick up remains of pilot, remember it like it was yesterday

  • RuEtta Gray

    Looking for info on pilot Lt John B Caske (Caskey). Oriental Cruise Jan -Jun 1950. His parents received word of his death in March 1950. I cannot locate anything about the accident that killed him, or for that matter, information about him. In the Cruise book, his picture appears as one of the 3 that didnt return from the cruise, but no mention of what happened. Can anyone shed some light on this 61 year old mystery?

    Below is what appeared in the Jamestown NY newspaper March 31, 1950

    Local Airman Dies In China Sea Crash
    Lt. Caskey, Nationally Known As Athlete, Was Recently Married
    Lt (J.G.) John Brewster Caskey, USN, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gideon R Caskey of 41 Chestnut Street, and nationally known, one time track star, died in a mid-air collision of two Naval Planes over the China Sea.
    A telegram notifying his parents of the tragedy, received last night from Vice Admiral John W Roper, Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington DC, stated that the body of the young pilot had not been recovered.
    Though the details of the accident are still unknown, it is believed that Lieutenant Caskey was flying an F8F Bearcat, a small naval fighter plane, from the carrier USS Boxer with the Seventh Fleet, between Manila and Saigon, when the accident occurred.
    Born in Jamestown, April 12, 1924, Lieutenant Caskey lived most of his life in this city, graduating from Jamestown High School and entering Annapolis in July of 1942. He graduated an ensign on June 6, 1945.
    The USS Augusta, a cruiser, was his first assignment, aboard which he made two trips to Europe. He also served aboard the USS Columbus, another cruiser, before being accepted for flight training in October of 1947.
    A great athlete, Lieutenant Caskey held track records in high school, inter-collegiate and Naval Academy competition. The present half-mile track record in Western New York high schools, was set by him prior to his graduation in 1942.
    On June 6, 1945, his graduation day from Annapolis, Lieutenant Caskey was awarded an ‘N’ and an ‘N-Star’ for track excellence, for his capture of the half-mile title of the inter-collegiate Amateur Athletic Association of America and his winning the 600 meter dash in Madison Square Garden in 1944. He also had the distinction of pacing the famous Swedish running ace, Gunder Haegg, when the Swedish star visited Jamestown, some years ago.
    Lieutenant Caskey was commissioned a naval pilot in April of 1949, in Corpus Christi, Texas and was a short time later promoted to his present rank and stationed aboard the USS Boxer, an Essex type aircraft carrier commissioned during World War II.
    He and his wife, the former Joan Gorlinski, whom he met in Shanghai, China in 1947, were married at the McClellan Air Force Base Chapel in California. Lieutenant Caskey was recalled to duty two weeks after their marriage.

  • john robinson

    Do u have any infor on any death on the USS Independence from 1972-1975

  • Kathy Gonzales

    Hello, I am looking for information inregards to some Navy planes that went down on a training excercise in a Korean Range between 1983-84. Any information will be of help. I haven’t been able to find anything. No record of the crash but I know it happened.

  • James O. Morris

    I am looking formation on a Marine landing exercise in the Mediterranean where 3 helicopters were lost. A Cobra, a CH46 & a CH53. I believe it was the 1979 Med Cruse & The Hellos were off of the USS Guam. I cant remember the Sqdn or where the landing took place. I do know the Cobra hit high tension lines and crashed killing both crewmen, the CH46 was responding to that crash when the Helocopter blades hit the side of a ravine and it crashed, Then during exercise backload the CH53 lost an engine and had to ditch in the water.I believe everyone got out.
    Any information you can provide, would be most aooreciated

  • PT-3 Ron Olsen

    My dad was on Boxer at that time, took alot of pictures, have to ck with mom about it.

  • Edwin Drew Robinson, Sr.

    I was a young Seaman, just into my military career, aboard the USS NIMITZ CVN-68(aircraft carrier) and was returning to my ship the same night my high school (Marion-Franklin, Columbus, OH) friend, Cpl. Wayne Hagwood, was returning to his ship, the USS Guam LPH-9, when he lost his life in the collision of his liberty launch and the Spainish Freighter, “Urlea”, in Barcelona, Spain. We had ran into each other at the local USO club that night, he was in his “Full-Dress” and I was in my “Cracker-Jacks”. It was a great surprise to us both, he being in Marine Corps and me in the Navy and us in Spain, together, so far from our homes in Columbus, Ohio. We shared a drink, spoke fondly of our friends, family, and our wives as he shared with me that he was going to be a father. He was proud of that and just as proud of being a Marine. He never got to see his daughter. However, I did because my wife, Allison was a Child Photographer she too ran into Donna, Waynes wife and had taken their little girl’s pictures. They shared their information about Wayne and I being in the military. It wasn’t until the 29th of January, 1977, while reading the US NAVY TIMES, that I found out about Wayne’s death. I still to this day have the news clip from The Navy Times Newspaper and the photo of his little girl.

    SEMPER FI Cpl. Wayne Hagwood!

    Edwin D. Robinson, Sr. (CW2 US Army, Retired)

  • Doug Simerly

    This message is for Brain Burke.
    I was an I.C.man on the Kitty Hawk,1982-1987. The s-3 accident was
    not on West Pac.,it was during flight ops on Inserv.,or? I seem to remember it being in September,to an aa.,who stood up after he signaled the ok.That is a very emotional memory for myself,and a lot of other shipmates.
    I know for sure we were already back from Westpac, the month I am not positive about.The name Dixon comes to mind,but not sure.
    We had completed two cruises without a fatality,a first.I hope this helps you,Doug.

  • Looking to find the names of the sailors killed on the USS Midway July 29, 1980.

  • Ricardo Livingston

    I remember clearly the accident that Johnny Martinez described on the USS Independence 1979 (Oct or Nov). Two pilots died after their plane hit the back of the carrier, rolled in a ball of flames on the deck into the ocean. I can’t stop hearing the voice of the plane director telling the pilot to wave-off, wave-off, wave-off with no avail. It plays over and over in my head. I was assigned to record the daily flight operations but at the time I was off duty watching it play out on the video monitor.


    Hi my name is ray robinson i was on the uss kitty hawk cva 63 i work in the ao shop we where the ones that had the saikor in the hole between the cats that lauch the fighter jet off the flight deck and we work on the 440 volt cables that plug in to the side of the jet to start it and i am looking for anyone that knows about the accident that happen between 1968 and 1969 on the flight deck it was sailor that got blown off the flight deck need to know what ever you can tell me jan. 15 1969 crash on the flight deck, bob hinman got blown off the flight deck, and a few more so ifyou can help i would be thankful THANK YOU

  • Lawrence J. Simon

    Looking for any COMCARDIV Nine staff member that was on the USS Constellation during deployment of 64 that rotated back to CONUS from Tan Son Nhuet AFB. We flew back on a MAT flight I think it was World Airways. Simon RM2/1 at the time. Our admiral was RADM William S. Guest and the Flag Secretary was LCDR L. R. Myers.

  • My brother recommended I may like this blog. He used to be entirely right. This post truly made my day. You cann’t consider simply how so much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  • I am looking for info on W/O. officer killed abroad the U.S. shangria-La on an explosion 1958 bv the name W/O Hughes might be
    mis-spell. Help!

  • Brad Little

    Looking for imfo about a missile firing mission on USS_GOLDSBOROUG_DDG_2o 1976 F-4 fantom pulling drone not soawking IFF, missile killed pilot

  • cobra pilot crashed and died 1982 on med cruise ship uss iwo jima pilots name lt pagel crashed and burned alive off shore on a training exersize it was horrible any info on this anywhere please send

  • Bill Whalon

    Looking for anyone whom was in platoon 3045 or 3rd recruit training Bat.(1989) who was trapped in the fire during the night infiltration course near Oscar One training area sometime around July 18th thru July 20th. Also looking for information about a recruit that commited suicide in the field around June 10th 1989 near San Onefre 2nd rtn. http://[email protected].

  • Jose Rocha

    Too many naval personnel died by drowning themselves. Wearing a life-jacket is not mandatory for sailors or the life-jackets lack efficiency?

  • Looking for more information regarding Lt. Stephen C. Miller, Navy pilot stationed at Oceana Naval Air Station in 1977 who chose not to eject from his plummeting F-14 Tomcat over a populated area of Virginia Beach, resulting in no deaths on the ground. He, of course died when the plane impacted the ground. I am researching this because a grand piano was donated in his honor to the church I serve in as music director – Foundry UMC in Virgina Beach, VA. Anyone having information is asked to contact me.

  • Looking for serviceman who perished and was pulled out of the Chesapeake bay in the early 60’s. Last name might possibly be : Wilson. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
    My phone # is 615-540-0207
    Thanks again,
    Amy Shurlow

  • David Kowals

    Looking for information on a pilot, Travis Holland, that was lost at sea during an accident on a carrier. I think it was in 1981 aboard the Forrestal. Please help.

  • Two officer pilots and two enlisted crew members died when their HS-6 helicopter crashed flying from the USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) to Ream Field, Imperial Beach, California at the end of her deployment late in 1961. I know as I escorted my friend back home.

  • Jack Coss

    I am searching for a friend not heard from since the early 1960’s. He was an officer on a nuclear submarine. I wonder if he was on the USS Scorpion which mysteriously was lost at sea May 22, 1968. How can I know the names of the 99 lives lost when the Scorpion sank? My friend’s name was Ross Cameron.

  • Peter Bellone

    John Larsen, you are looking for information about Capt John Pagel USMC. I was on the float with him when he died. I was one of the first on scene after the crash and assisted in the Class A investigation. Contact me if you have questions.


  • Joe

    Dear Shipmates,
    I served in the Royal Australian Navy as an Aircraft Handler on our last carrier HMAS Melbourne during the late 70’s.
    I collect copies of ‘privately’ filmed (8mm or video) carrier films as a hobby as well as PLAT footage, mishaps, cruise video’s and other items filmed by Navy cameramen aboard carriers. I would like to swap copies of any carrier flying footage you may have, especially home video, mishap films or standard PLAT footage.

    If you have any USN carrier footage from your time aboard your various NAVAIR related commands and are interested in sharing with a fellow ex sailor, please reply.

    **I can easily organise for my ex USN friend who lives in D.C. to do expert free conversions for old reels filmed aboard carriers and slides onto DVD as well.

    I have been a member of the Tailhook Assoc since 1990.

    Regards Joe
    Sydney Australia

  • RT

    “looking for information about my brother mmfn tony william kiser.he was killed aboard the lph 9 u.s.s guam in 1984.He was crushed by an elevator hatch after they left granada.They were anchored off lebanon when the accident happened.”

    I was on the ship at that time and have info. contact me at boycottchina1 at gmail dot com

  • Armando Escudero Soler

    August 15th, 1957, a USS F. D. Roosevelt helicopter crashed in Port of Barcelona, Spain, after collision with a wire, and two pilots died. This case is not included here.

  • James

    I remember in 1976 on the USS independence when a f4J phantom had lost its hydraulics and came in for a barricade catch, That F4 went thru Barricade like it was butter, the plane skidded across deck and went off the waist as it went over the edge 1 pilot ejected away from ship then the others seat went into side of ship and was killed on impact then when the helo went to pick up the second pilot the rotor wash pushed the parachute under and the pilot was never recovered

  • Chris White

    I was witness to Marine Corps AMTRAC that sank off coast of Italy in spring of 1979. Ship was USS Barnstable County LST 1197. 2 Marines (Scott and Lott) and 1 navy Corpsman (Rousom?) drowned, and another corpsman (Beaman) was crushed and killed by bow ramp of LCU. I am looking for any information. Was there official report? Was there any offocial inquiry? The “accident” was avoidable – did anyone get in trouble? Why does the NAVY always seem to cover up these things and rarely are those responsible held accountable.

  • Dorrie Lombard Fox

    My father James R Lombard was the sailor killed in a fire, October 30, 1972, on the USS Florikan (ASR 9). I never did meet him, my mother was two months pregnant when the accident occurred. I also have a brother Jimmy and a sister Tracie. It is now 40 years later and I am just looking for anyone whom may have know him and would like to tell me some stories about who he was and what he was about. Also, if you have any pictures to share that would be great as well, as I do not have many. Thank you in advance I am looking forward to hearing from anyone.

  • James Daley

    I would like to help another sailor to remember an incident, it dealt with ABEAN Thomas Judkins, We actually lost Judkins in Palma De Majorca. His badly beaten body was recovered three days after we left PDM. I was in the Bowcats when this incident occurred.

  • George

    Does anyone remember a shipmate getting killed by the Number 1 JBD on the Constellation sometime between 1981 and 1984 ?

  • looking for any information on a plane captain for v-87 on the USS Roosevelt…either 1971 or 72 who died when he was sucked into the intake of a V-87 jet…thank you.

  • Frank W. Irvin Jr.


    I was the Crew Chief on the first CH-46 that arrived at the scene of the Cobra crash. The story is that the pilot was flying low along a river and seen the power lines at the last minute. He pulled collective to clear the power lines but didn’t make it. I heard through the grape vine that the pilot pulled collective so hard that the engines oversped and came apart.

    I will never forget the incident because someone found one of the crew members helmets and threw it up to me as I was standing in the crew door of he CH46. I caught the helmet with the open end pointing up and I saw part of the persons head still in the helmet.

    One of the crew members was a Lt., Dusenbury who was a long for the ride. He previously was in a CH53 accident during the last Med cruise in 1978.

    I do remember the CH53 crashing in the water. I flew over it and remember seeing the form the helicopter under water. It looked all in tact. However, I do not remember a CH-46 crash at all. Considering it was my squadron and I new all the CH-46 crew members, I am thinking you may have some misinformation.

    If you want to talk, call me 904-786-4501


  • Le Goof

    Shortly after I left the Kennedy (CV-67) in late Sep 1976, 4 aircraft accidents, 3 directly related to the Kennedy claimed 4 pilots’ lives. Two A-7E’s – cold CAT (VA-46 – my squadron); control malfunction (off CAT, VA-72), one KA-6 tanker simply disappeared tankering fuel back to the ship from VA. An airwing E-2B Hawkeye lost the elevator hinge (keeper pin(?) not installed correctly), causing complete loss of control, killing all onboard (at least 5), including a VA-46 pilot riding down to Jacksonville, FL

  • “reg”

    i was aboard the midway CV 41 when she collided with the Cactus i knew one of guys that got killed, i use talk to him some times usually about comic books, as i had some first edition comics at home.

  • GS

    I knew him.

  • nicholas mennite

    Chris Weppler , I have been looking for you

  • nicholas mennite

    Chris Weppler, I have been looking for you about what happened in 1987, my number my number is 2698613299

  • Michael Mccabe

    I remember the guy being blown overboard, we watched the helo’s search for him. I also remember the fire, we sent a rescue,and assistance team over to help. I was on the USS San Jose at the time. We were the one that transported the bodies, We took them to an airstrip in Oman and transferred them onto an Air Force C-141 for transport back to the U.S. They were sad and solemn days, but we treated your shipmates with respect, as if they were our own.

  • Tom Sgt

    I served with and will always remember.

    Lt. Col. FRANK KOLBER, JR., of Perkasie, Pa.

    Sgt. JOACHIM G. RICCARDI, 24, of Philadelphia.

    Cpl. KENNETH A. McKINLAY, 20, of Secame, Pa.

    Lance Cpl. JACQUES R. MAYO, 25, of Philadelphia.

  • Mark

    I was on the flight deck and helped rig the barricade when this happened. LT O’Malley was my Division Officer, VF-102 Diamondbacks. He was a very well respected Officer who always treated his Sailors with the utmost dignity and respect. I remember this tragedy and was actually looking for some info on this, as it still haunts me. Do you happen to remember the other Pilots name? I was invited to his house for a BBQ before deployment with his young wife and I can’t for the life of me remember his name. Thank you. AOCM (AW/NAC) Mark Woodward USN Retired

  • USS Midway Library

    FN Jeffrey A. Vierra, MSSN Ulrich P. Johnson, and DC3 Robert S. Kilgore.

  • USS Midway Library

    Sorry, Alfred, we gave you the names of the sailors who died in the fire in July 1990. Will get back to you with the other names.

  • Anthony the Puerto Rican

    I remember it well. We were granted liberty and we all headed out. Plenty of beer and women. We ran out of money and the women ran out on us. Oh what a night! She broke my heart and my wallet. And that’s all I remember.

  • davir

    LT Herst

  • Kevin Foltz

    Not sure I can be much help other than say I watched this accident happen while I was stationed at Oceana. I was working on an F4 and was taking a break standing at the hangar 500 door as this A/C took off. There was a thin ribbon of flame trailing behind the A/C as it lifted off and he turned left immediately (I understand that the tower informed him of the fire) to come back in for landing. The flames kept crawling up the tail and engulfed the tail by the time he was ready to make his last turn for landing. He had shut down the left engine in efforts to stop/slow the fire and unfortunately when he made that last left turn the right engine stalled and the A/C started to roll over. At that point they both did eject but were too low to the ground and upside down so they didn’t have a chance. I didn’t know either of the men but both guys were heroes because they stayed with the A/C to avoid crashing into the surrounding neighborhood and killing many more people. The crash investigation revealed a faulty fuel dump valve that was leaking fuel on take-off. The fuel dump mast on the F14 is between the two engines which was a poor design so you can see how this might happen with the hot exhaust from the engines on take-off.

  • Theodore McCall

    ( BAGGIO) 1973 Young Sailor dies in Virginia. Associated with VF103 or VF104. He fell and fatally struck his head and later died at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. His name is believed to be Nicholas Baggio; we often just called him by the name Baggio. If there is any information on his death please contact me anytime at 843-485-4098 . I was there and witnessed the injury and stayed by his side until medical staff came to get him. Any information or details regarding the unfortunate death of a great man, and United States Sailor would be appreciated.

  • Megan Cleveland

    Feed Pumps– The boiler room accident – do you know who that man was????? FN Jody Hietala?? Today is the anniversary of his death. My grandmother never received closure or the “real story” of what happened. You’re story, is the closest I have found to what we’ve been told.
    Please, if there is anything else you can tell me…my family could actually get closure and peace.
    These “Accidents” are not listed ANYWHERE – in fact, i can’t even find his name/picture in the 1982 Cruise Book.
    Please contact me, [email protected]

  • Jeffrey Saupp

    In the early morning hours of 02 Oct 1969 a VRC-50 C-2A COD [BuNo 152796] with Fleet Tactical Support Squadron FIFTY (VRC-50) departed NAS Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines on a logistics flight to the carrier USS Constellation (CVA-64).

    Twentysix men were aboard – five aircrew, 20 sailors from Task Force 77 ships and squadrons, and a civilian technical representative.

    Shortly before 0600, as the aircraft approached Constellation for landing, the C-2 disappeared from the approach controller’s radar scope. Search and rescue efforts began at once, with helicopters overhead the C-2’s last known position within minutes of its disappearance.

    SAR efforts continued through the day but failed to locate anything except an oil slick and aircraft fragments. No human remains were recovered.

    Since there was no doubt the 26 men aboard had died in the incident they were classed as Died/Body not Recovered.


    MM1 Paul E Gore
    FTM2 Robert B Leonard
    HM3 Roy G Fowler
    ABH3 William D Gorsuch
    DS3 Keavin L Terrell

    Carrier Air Wing 14, embarked in USS CONSTELLATION

    ASE3 Michael L Bowman, Attack Squadron 27 (VA-27)
    AMH2 Carl J Ellerd, Attack Squadron 97 (VA-97)
    SD2 Fidel G Salazar, Electronic Warfare Squadron 133 (VAQ-133)
    HM2 Donald C Dean, Early Warning Squadron (VAW-113)
    ADJ2 Kenneth M Prentice, Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142)
    ATR3 Richard W Bell, Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142)
    AMS3 Delvin L Kohler, Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142)
    AN Howard M Koslosky, Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142)
    AQB2 Ronald W Montgomery, Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143)
    AE2 James J Fowler, Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143)
    AME3 Terry L Beck, Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143)

    USS WALKE (DD-723)

    YNC Leonardo M Gan
    PN1 Rolando C Dayao


    MM2 William R Moore

    USS HAMNER (DD-718)

    TN Reynaldo R Viado


    LT Herbert H Dilger
    LT Richard A Livingston
    AMS3 Rayford J Hill
    ADJ3 Paul K Moser
    ADJ3 Michael J Tye

    Civilian TechRep, Mr. Frank L. Bytheway

  • Cpl. Tony

    My brother was on that same mike-6 that collided with that freighter in Barcelona. He was throne off into the water but lost about half of his platoon that died that night. He told me that the mike-6 was running without lights and that the Bosoms mate and the Ensighn and the sailors that were operating the craft back to the LPD-14 USS Trenton carrying sailors and Marines back to the ship from Liberty were all drunk along with the ones come back from liberty. I was in the Corps at that time to. And lived in the barracks across the street from him at Camp LeJeune, NC. I Heard about it from my parents the called me at my barracks and told me they heard it on the News and to see if I could get any info from the Red Cross or from someone at Camp Lejeune. The Red Cross wasn’t telling them any information because it was under investigation. My brother said that they had to stay there on ship for about month because the Navy was investigating the incident. My brother to this day sometimes when he drinks too much starts talking about that night and starts getting very emotional because He lost alot of his close friends from his Landing Support Company Platoon that got caught in the nets and drowned or got caught in the under tow wake and got chewed up from the the props.I don’t know how long ago you posted this but I hope that you get this Message.

  • Cpl. Tony

    Cpl. Tony again. I think that Arthur Ash the Famous Tennis players brother was Company CO of the Landing Support Company FMF 2nd Mar Div Camp Lejeune at the time. I don’t remember if he was a LT or CAPT. at that time. I don’t know his first name but my brother filled me in on that info when I was in the barracks across from him in Garrison. My brother went by Cpl.Chuck V. if anyone else that knows about the incident that might know him or if this message just goes to you or public. My brother also said that the mike-6 only held like 100 at max capacity and that it was way over 120 drunk Sailors and Marines all piled on top of each other on that liberty craft going back to the Trenton that was anchored out in the Harbor. Hope to hear from you soon, and maybe this infor might be of some help to you. My brother doesn’t have a computer and it was by accident that I ran across this sight.

  • Linda
  • George Yacus II

    My grandfather, Earl Russel Baker, was one of the deceased pilots. I, too, a helicopter pilot now, and am curious about the cause of the crash.


    I vaguely recall that a cousin of mine by name Carter was killed in a non-combat Navy carrier training accident sometime during the Vietnam era or possibly shortly after. As I recall the plane missed the wire and went over the edge, and the pilots could not be saved. I also believe the accident was off southern California but I could be wrong. Does anyone have any leads for this? Carter was from from Memphis TN area.

  • Carl Sutton

    I know this is very, very late (4 years) for a response. I was on the U.S.S. Independence in VS-28 during an Indian Ocean cruise that ended in June 1981. We had a guy sucked into one of our port engines. He wasn’t in our squadron. He was putting an electrical cable away. The port engine was winding up and this guy walked right in front of the plane captain. The plane captain grabbed the guy’s arm as he walked past him but he jerked it away and walked right in front of the engine. I remember the day very well. I remember the pilot. I remember the NFO and I remember the plane captain. I remember the plane being in the hanger and one of the guys assigned to clean out the engine who ended up getting killed in a car wreck going home for Christmas 6 months later.

    I don’t know if this is the same one that you’re referring to, but I hope to God it didn’t happen twice.

  • charles lytle

    i was on the uss passumpsic 1967 and a friend of mine was killed when the 8 inch line pulling thr anchor chain through thr bullnose towards the buoy got too tight and broke sending one end of line back over the winch capstan and hitting my friend dead in the face and instantly killing him, this was fault of first lt. over deck playing silly wargames off coast of san diego at night while raining. friend couldnt see how tight line was getting because lieutenant wouldnt allow lights on-onli a small red filter light. we wrote our lt. up for neglgence. his only comment after seeing friend dead on deck was and i quote—get this shit cleaned up and get back to work. by the way my friend was henry blackmon-and he was black-and the first lt was a bit predjuiced. they should have court martialed him-he was worthless as an officer and no other officers liked him as far as that goes. only tolerated him.i will remember this incident all my life.

  • Carl Sutton, AW2, VS-28

    It was the U.S.S. Independence on an Indian Ocean cruise in 1981. The squadron was VS-28. I don’t know the name of the sailor because he was not from VS-28. He was from another squadron and was stowing an electrical cable. The plane captain grabbed the guys arm as the port engine was going to 80%. The guy jerked away and walked right in front of the intake.

  • Carole Anne Gandolph

    My husband was one of two sailors from the USS Holder that rescued the three survivors in the elevator platform accident on April 1, 1964. Would like to know if they are still with us.

  • Harry Reid

    Navy VC-131H (Convair 580) 542817 crashed at Dothan Al on takeoff killing two pilots and the flight engineer in November 1985.

  • Joey

    Was stationed on. Uss. John F Kennedy did 2 Mediterranean tours in mid 80s the first deployment i know we lost 7 planes only a couple were ever reported we had 1 crash on flight deck hitting another plane. Causing. Massive. Fire. Pilots ejected i manned the. L S O platform and had spot light on pilots as i could see there emergency strobe lights in water. We had to extinguish the fire and do.a fod walk for debris another plane in flight pattern wa . Running out of fuel we had to barricade the plane because he only had 1 shot at landing. We were successful in catching the f14 and. Helicopter plucked pilots from. The ocean. A. Night i will never. Forget its all on. Tape. Because my. Vla devision. Recorded all landings and catipult take offs. This was all in matter of hours. The other incidents pilots were. Lost. 🙁 joey

  • James Bogle

    hi I have been looking for many years for shipmates that were on board the USS LOCKWOOD DEC 10 1985 COLLISION off the coast of Yokosuka Japan. my name is James Bogle at time MM3 Bogle A-gang department. I was stationed in the bow of the ship (Anchor Windless station)at time of collision and was thrown off and hit my lower back on the point of a ballord (cleat);i could not walk on my own for days andd was assisted to my GQ station where I could only lay down and could only move my neck and arms.
    My problem is at the Yokosuka Naval Hospital they missed diagnosed my injury and was not treated correctly. im sure no one ever saw me throughout my stay on board doing PT, because I was on light duty throughout my stay.
    Over the years my injury left me 100% disabled and in severe pain 24/7.
    The VA denies my claim due to their are no ship medical records found with my name.
    The VA however will reopen my file if I get 3 Shilmates to sign a letter of afidavit of acknowledgement of my injury.SO I NEED YOUR HELP BADLY IVE BEEN IN THIS SITUATION SINCE 1988.there is no medical treatment since the doctors found out my injury too late i have permanent nerve damage down my spine.
    [email protected]

    I Sincerely hope all are doing well its been a long time.
    Thank You,James Bogle can send picture if needed

  • Angel Martinez

    I lost some I met as well some were on my ship causing close contact and becoming friends only and sadly I remember a few names…..1 17 77…..USMC. we collected and was happy to see a monument it their honor.

  • Carrie Winingar-Fisher

    Looking for information on two navy soldiers who were killed in a parachute accident. accident was on 11-21-1967 Class 741. Lake Hurst naval air station. Parachute Rigger A school.

  • Emma

    Dear Sir,

    My name is Erin Miller, and I am student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While doing research for an outside project, I came across a list of servicemen from Wisconsin who are listed as missing in action. I tried to follow up on the accounts of several of the servicemen, including Petty Officer William Gorsuch, but was not able to find out much beyond federal reports. Honoring our veterans and soldiers is something I feel very strongly about, and I’ve spent the last few months reaching out to the family and friends of these servicemen in an effort to put together a book about Wisconsin’s 37 MIAs, with a section on each man to bring to light who they were before the service as well as what they did in the military.

    I was wondering if you would be willing to speak with me about this incident or about Petty Officer Gorsuch, if you knew him personally, or if you know anyone who did. If so, I would greatly appreciate your help. My email address is [email protected]. Thank you for your time.

  • Slice

    there was a death on the Battleship New Jersey in 1985 while I was working in #3 fireroom.SN Fox died when he fell down a dumbwaiter.

  • Angel Huertas

    I remember that accident as I to was aboard that Mike boat 6. That was a very cold night. First night on liberty call. I remember losing a dear friend that had just got promoted to Cpl. He died that night when are boat was struck by the Spanish vessel Urlea I remember clearly when the commanding officer ordered the boat to be stopped. And giving us a few minutes to put on a life vest on or he was going to turn the boat around and bring us back to the port. I remember him saying oh my god just before the accident happened. Can someone give me information on how to obtain a list of the crew members that lost their life that night. I have been going crazy trying to get it. I am trying to validate that incident. My email address is [email protected] My name is Angel L Huertas. I was stationed at Camp Lejeune Delta Co 1st bat 6th marines 2nd Marine Div, please help! Semper Fi

  • Coach Mike

    I am looking for anyone who served aboard the USS Trenton LPD-14 from 1990-1992. I am looking for someone that remembers the incident during Desert Shield/Storm when a Navy Seal fell off of a watercraft during an exercise and got caught by the propeller of that watercraft. We heard that he survived after we got him a medal evacuation to the USS Guam. This happened between December 1990 and January 1991. Right around the time we got called to assist with evacuating the US Embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia (Operation Eastern Exit)

  • Jack Barrington

    I know of at least three deaths on the USS MIDWAY between 1983 and 1985. I saw an F-4 pilot skip across the ocean when the jet twisted sideways as he ejected. Another was a guy from photography from my hometown on the flight deck during operations blown overboard and lost at sea. The other was a replenishment accident. Remember those who gave all in one of the most dangerous environments in the world. Just remembered a couple more. One sucked down an intake and another sliced into balogna by a prop.

  • steve

    i was on the USS Shangri la 1969 and was blown over board by a F8 in the hanger and rescued. Cant seem to find any record of that.

  • Christopher White

    I think the date was 24 April 1979. We were heading back to the USS Barnstable Couty (LST-1197) I was on the Command Trac that was towing the Trac that sank. It was off Pania de Spila, Italy. Besides Scott and Lott, HMSN Harry Rousem and HM3 Beaman died. Rousem drowned along with the 2 marines. Doc Beaman was crushed under the bow ramp of an LCU as the Trac tried to board the Landing Craft. When Trac 32 sank, the command Trac was towing it and it nearly dragged us down too, but the Company Supply NCO, Corp. Mike “Norman” Viets, cut the towline with his bolo knife. It was a horrible night and we were lucky we did not lose more Marines that night.

  • Noella12

    My fiance was Navy from 1981-1986 on Shore Duty until 1986-1987 he got on USS Carl Vinson for 6 months and then made to go on the USS Constellation during last six months of1987. He remembers seeing the guy hitting the wall and being bounced overboard. They say he broke every bone in his body and died before going in the water. Does this happen fairly often or just once in awhile regarding the JBD? And by the way, if by any chance this might be the same incident, do you have any more info about it? Do you know the sailor’s name?

  • Don

    Doc Beaman was part of the LSU and went out as part of the rescue mission off the USS Austin. The Italians did not want the Marines backloading during daylight hours. The sea came up that night and backloading should not have taken place. HOWEVER, the tracks were in poor condition. Of course after the accident, the tracs got everything they needed to bring them up to speed. You may recall to that two helicopters went down during the disembark back at Camp LeJeune. Same thing. Under President Carter, we weren’t get squat in the way of money for maintenance. Ollie North was the S-3 for BLT 3/8. You may want to contact him or General Grinalds, who was the battalion CO at the time. FYI, Doc Beaman had a daughter born during the cruise that he never got to see.

  • I was on the mike boat back in 1977. We’ve set up a website and Facebook page with lots of information about the accident. In a few days, we will be in Barcelona with a group of shipmates, survivors and Gold Star families to observe the 40th anniversary of the accident. The chapel on JEB Little Creek-Fort Story will also be holding a memorial service at 10:30 am on the 17th. Please contact us. We’re working to find all our shipmates and the families of the men who perished.

    ​On behalf of everyone serving on 17 January 1977 aboard the USS Guam and USS Trenton:

    Harry Lamar Thomas

    Email: [email protected]
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ussguamtrenton1977
    Website: ussguamtrenton1977.wordpress.com
    GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/ussguamtrenton1977
    Commemorative items available at: https://squareup.com/store/barcelona/

  • I was on the mike boat back in 1977. We’ve set up a website and Facebook page with lots of information about the accident. In a few days, we will be in Barcelona with a group of shipmates, survivors and Gold Star families to observe the 40th anniversary of the accident. The chapel on JEB Little Creek-Fort Story will also be holding a memorial service at 10:30 am on the 17th. Please contact us. We’re working to find all our shipmates and the families of the men who perished.

    ​On behalf of everyone serving on 17 January 1977 aboard the USS Guam and USS Trenton:

    Harry Lamar Thomas

    Email: [email protected]
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ussgu
    Website: ussguamtrenton1977.wordpress.c…

  • Angel, we have a list of those who perished on our website and Facebook page.
    I was on the mike boat back in 1977. We’ve set up a website and Facebook page with lots of information about the accident. In a few days, we will be in Barcelona with a group of shipmates, survivors and Gold Star families to observe the 40th anniversary of the accident. The chapel on JEB Little Creek-Fort Story will also be holding a memorial service at 10:30 am on the 17th. Please contact us. We’re working to find all our shipmates and the families of the men who perished.

    ​On behalf of everyone serving on 17 January 1977 aboard the USS Guam and USS Trenton:

    Harry Lamar Thomas

    Email: [email protected]
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ussgu

    Website: ussguamtrenton1977.wordpress.c…

  • I was on the mike boat back in 1977. We’ve set up a website and Facebook page with lots of information about the accident. In a few days, we will be in Barcelona with a group of shipmates, survivors and Gold Star families to observe the 40th anniversary of the accident. The chapel on JEB Little Creek-Fort Story will also be holding a memorial service at 10:30 am on the 17th. Please contact us. We’re working to find all our shipmates and the families of the men who perished.

    ​On behalf of everyone serving on 17 January 1977 aboard the USS Guam and USS Trenton:

    Harry Lamar Thomas

    Email: [email protected]
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ussgu
    Website: ussguamtrenton1977.wordpress.c…

  • Shortly before 2:00 am on January 17, 1977, a U.S. Navy LCM-6 liberty boat embarked from the foot of the Muella de Barcelona (Pier of Barcelona), carrying 124 Sailors and Marines back to the USS Guam LPH-9 and the USS Trenton LPD-14.

    Minutes after launching the LCM-6 rounded the end of the pier and made a wide turn directly into the path of the Spanish merchant ship Urlea. The Urlea struck the liberty boat on the starboard side amidships causing it to capsize and throwing all passengers and crew into the icy harbor waters.

    Many of the men were trapped under the overturned LCM-6. Some were able to climb on top of the boat or swim to the shore.

    Almost immediately Spanish tugs and fishing vessels got underway and began picking up survivors. The Barcelona fire department and ambulances were on the scene within minutes. Divers from the fire department, the Spanish Navy, and a local diving club volunteered their aid in the recovery effort.

    The final body was recovered on February 2, 1977, bringing the total number of dead to 49.

    Memorial services were held on the USS Guam LPH 9 shortly after the accident. One year later in a solemn ceremony conducted by the Barcelona Council of the U.S. Navy League, a 12 foot granite and iron memorial was installed on the Muelle de Barcelona and dedicated to those who lost their lives.

    If you are looking for more information about the accident or you want to get in touch with other survivors, shipmates or next-of-kin, please contact us.
    On behalf of everyone serving on 17 January 1977 aboard the USS Guam and USS Trenton:

    Harry Lamar Thomas
    Lisa M. Thomas

    Email: [email protected]
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ussguamtrenton1977
    Website: ussguamtrenton1977.wordpress.com
    GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/ussguamtrenton1977
    Commemorative items available at: https://squareup.com/store/barcelona/

  • Flube Smith

    Thank you for your web page dedicated to those who lost
    their lives in service to their country.
    Browsing through the list I discovered that the tragic
    accident which occurred on our ship was not listed.
    On June 26, 1972, the USS Benjamin Stoddert DDG-22 suffered
    a gun mount explosion off the coast of Vietnam.
    Two sailors died instantly and two others died later as a
    result of their burns. The names are listed on this website
    It’s also documented on the Wikipedia site in the 10th paragraph
    after “1970s”
    At your earliest convenience, the addition to your list would be greatly appreciated.

  • jose allette

    looking for info on my buddy fireman joseph huninghake, he was killed while sitting in a car one night in Craddock(Portsmouth)VA.

  • jose allette

    looking for info on my buddy joseph huninghake,killed while sitting in a car in Portsmouth,VA 1975-76

  • Cliff Coburn

    I was a Plane Captain then in VF-102 and had just come down off the roof. We were all devastated. The most emotionally affected was PO Cruz who was the Plane Captain for their aircraft and had been awaiting their return. He was a basket case for about a week. He recovered and went on to VX-4 I believe, the unit with the playboy bunny. I heard several years later that he served in the Blue Angels as a maintenanceman.

  • Pamela Margate

    Looking for any information regarding an accident aboard the USS Hanson between 1961-1963. Father states that he and a few others were loading a 5 inch gun when one of the sailors moved their head forward and was decapitated. I am unable to locate any information on this. There was also an electrician killed in a separate incident and there is a memorial to the electrician in my father’s Westpac book from 1963. I just don’t see anything regarding the other sailor that was decapitated. Does anyone have any information regarding this incident?

  • john hubbard

    looking for name of enlisted man on cva 59 forrestal sucked into jet engine 1981-1982

  • john hubbard

    there was a crash during work ups in the Caribbean during night ops, plane struck the deck and co pilot ejected, the plane flipped and pilot was ejected into the ocean, I was there cant remember if was 1981 or 1982

  • Tony Griffin

    Looking for any info on BM1 that was killed on the USS John King DDG-3 in 1984 or 85. Was attacthed to reserve det unit

  • J_ab

    Hi im looking for my name and injury from a ship collision that left me disabled living in extreme pain with limited mobility. Due to now 33 years ago this happened and I can’t seek what the VA considers service connected disability.
    My ship the USS Lockwood 1064 had a collision off the coast of Yokuska Japan December 10 1985 .I was thrown off the anchor windlass platform and slammed my lower back into a steel ballard .I was seen at the naval hospital and diagnosis was mechanical back sprain. no medical records can be found saying my injury and name . just says treated for mechanical back strain. ive searched many years over 30 to obtain logs .medical reports anything that has my n ame and injury and I can’t find anything . Maybe I look wrongly so if anyone can help please do so.thank you.
    [email protected]

  • Jim Smith

    John Larsen, I was a 46 crew chief on that cruise (HMM 261 on the I so Jima). Capt Pagel was a Cobra Driver. I remember the incident. You can contact me at [email protected]

  • Derhyl flemming

    do any know the ship that a CH-46 crashed in front of June 21,1982 in Cape May NJ

  • bt3at18

    Information regarding the 30 Oct 1990 boiler accident aboard USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) that claimed the lives of ten Sailors: https://wp.me/p2WLSl-z

  • Eowyn Dernhelme

    Does anyone know the names of two crewmen injured by CV-14 impact of another plane on USS Midway in 1975?