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Jan 15

Angels of the Oriskany – Fire!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:01 AM


I sent my father’s cousin Dale Barck a postcard during a port call to Hong Kong in 1997, he replied sending me letters filled with sea stories from his days in the Navy, including the fateful events of his deployment on board the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA-34) in 1966. Dale was a pilot in a detachment of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) One, nicknamed “the Pacific Fleet Angels,” serving on board the Oriskany. After the Angels’ rescue of crewmen of the British merchant ship August Moon during heavy seas on 16 September, the adventure continued. Just before 0730 on 26 October 1966,… Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 23

The WEST-PAC Cruise From Hell

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:01 AM


I enlisted in the U.S. Navy on my 17th birthday. Within four months, I finished basic training, graduated from data processing school, and reported on board the USS Ranger (CV-61), an aircraft carrier homeported out of San Diego, California. The ship was scheduled to deploy on a Western Pacific cruise (WEST-PAC). The “itinerary” included 12 fantastic port calls. It was so impressive that one would have thought I was stationed on board the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, instead of an aircraft carrier. On the fateful day of 15 July 1983, it was time for the ship to depart. She pulled… Read the rest of this entry »

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